District 7 E-Newsletter - May 17, 2019

Councilwoman Paula McCraney 601 W. Jefferson Street (502) 574-1107
Paula McCraney - Official Metro Picture

601 W. Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1107
Email Councilwoman McCraney


Visit the District 7 Website

Phone Numbers
of Interest

Air Pollution: 574-6000

Animal Services: 363-6609
or 361-1318

Anonymous Tipline:
574-LMPD (5673)

Brightside: 574-2613

Jefferson County Clerk's Office: 574-5700

Legal Aid: 584-1254

Metro Call: 311 or 574-5000

Metro Parks: 456-8100

Metro Police: (Non Emergency) 574-7111 or 574-2111

Metro Safe: 572-3460
or 574-7111

MSD: 587-0603

PARC: 569-6222

Poison Control: 589-8222

Public Works: 574-5810

Solid Waste Management (SWMS): 574-3571

TARC: 585-1234

Veteran's Affairs: 595-4447

In this issue...

mother's day

No language can express the power, and the beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.  
—Edwin Hubbell Chapin (1814-1880)

Message from Councilwoman McCraney

mother's day

I’m generally very conscientious about special holidays and events --- Valentine’s Day, Easter, Ramadan. In fact, I was the one who often nudged my two sons during their adolescence to remember certain special occasions, especially their father’s birthday. So, imagine how stunned I felt when I discovered that I failed to add a Mother’s Day message or graphic to last week’s e-Newsletter. Who does that; who forgets Mother’s Day? 

The slight was not intentional, because as stated above, I have two sons. I’m a mother. While Mother’s Day is not my favorite holiday, I must admit that I enjoy the designated day very much. Through the years I’ve managed to drop a few hints to educate my family on what brings me happiness on my special day. From gift giving to pampering, my husband and sons know exactly what to give and do. I love perfumes, and save the newest scent of the year for my family to purchase. My husband made a mistake years ago and served me breakfast in bed. I made such a fuss about it (it was fabulous!), so now, breakfast in bed  on Mother’s Day has become a tradition in my house. Going out to dinner on Mother’s Day is not my thing. I don’t appreciate the wait time or the crowds. But, having someone (my husband) cook dinner for me as I sit around and do nothing, is the ticket! The menu is always the same (at my request) – a T-bone steak, baked potato, mixed salad, and a surprise dessert. Yummy. This year was no different; dinner was delicious. The evening is topped off with a Mudslide drink (complete with vanilla ice cream!) and a foot rub. Now, that’s what I call a mother’s day. 

As I sat one evening catching up on my reading, I ran across an article that made me laugh and sigh at the same time. It was an article entitled, 10 Reasons Mother’s Day Sucks. I couldn’t believe my eyes. As I read the article, I found it comical that someone -- obviously a mother – actually thought of 10 reasons to dislike Mother’s Day. If you read the article (which you can find at this website: http://www.yummymummyclub.ca/family/mummy/why-mothers-day-sucks), you, too, will be amused. You may also find it a bit sad, because if a mother experiences either of the 10 items listed, it’s just not fair.

I realize how blessed I am to be surrounded by a loving family -– the kind that allows me to dictate what type of day I should have on Mother’s Day. I wish this type of day for all mothers --- women who, as described in a Mother’s Day card, have hugged a baby, kissed a boo boo, taught a lesson, listened closely, cared deeply, and passed on her love and wisdom to someone in the world who needed her.

As Sharon DeVellis wrote in the last paragraph of her ‘10 Reasons Mother’s Day Sucks’ article, what it all boils down to is Mother's Day sucks because women feel unappreciated and unheard.  The key to pampering mom is being attuned to her needs and creating special time for her. Whether it means helping her getting away from it all for the day, or indulging at home with the gang, turning this Mother's Day from a disaster to delightful, it all depends on what the mom in your life needs.

Mothers, if your family doesn’t quite “get it,” don’t settle for a Mother’s Day that sucks. Do as I did some 10 years ago and let your family know exactly what it takes to make your day the special day it is meant to be. Happy belated Mother’s Day to each of you. May you be loved and appreciated 365 days a year.

Last Public Hearing on the Metro Budget

Let Your Opinion and Voice be Heard!

Monday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m.

3rd floor of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson St.


External Agency applicants have been heard, and now it's time for the Budget Committee to hear from the public about more general aspects of the budget. 

Sign-up sheets are available one hour prior to the hearing on the 3rd floor of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson Street. External Agency applicants are welcome to attend, but will not be permitted to speak again.

Buy Local Louisivlle Fair - May 19


Sunday, May 19 from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Louisville Water Tower Park, 3005 River Road

Free Admission!
(Parking $7 per carload, free for bicycles)

* Local Businesses, Artists, Craftspeople, Farmers and More
* Local Food, Beer, Bourbon, Brandy & Wine
* Live Entertainment
* Iron Chef-Style Cooking Competition
* Kids Activities
* Relax on The Back Porch
* Green event featuring recycling and composting!

For full details, visit www.keeplouisvilleweird.com/buylocalfair

Election Day - May 21

Kentucky constitutional officers are on the ballot this year and the primary election is Tuesday, May 21.  There are contested primary elections for Democrats and Republicans.  

Most of us in Kentucky can only vote on Election Day, from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at the precinct where we are registered. To help make a plan to vote, you can check your registration, including your party, and find your polling location at https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/vic/.

Voters who will be outside Jefferson County on Election Day are among those who can vote absentee. More information about voting absentee can be found here

If you qualify to vote by absentee ballot, you can do that by voting in-house at the Jefferson County Election Center, at 701 West Ormsby Avenue, Suite 301.

In-house Voting Dates:

Monday – Friday
Now through May 20 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

May 18 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Here’s A Comprehensive 2019 Primary Election Guide – All the News You Can Use to Be an Informed Voter (Provided by WFPL).


Good Night Networking - May 22

Wednesday, May 22 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Park Community Credit Union
3083 Breckenridge Lane

st. matthews chamber

Come out for a fun night of networking, food and prizes. There will be interactive activities to get you mixing and mingling. No registration required. The event is free to members and guests.

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Rummage/Trunk Sale - May 25


The Rummage Sale is a good old fashioned yard sale held inside the lower level of the church; all proceeds will go to St. Matthew’s outreach projects. Items may include furniture, books, jewelry, electronics, DVDs, CDs, toys, video games, kitchen items, household items, sports equipment, art, garden/yard stuff, young children’s clothing (sizes only: newborn – 3T), and decorative items.

For a Junk-in-the-Trunk Sale, load up the trunk of your car and sell your "stuff". Each seller must register and pay the $25 fee in advance for space to park and display your items. You keep all proceeds from your sale. To register, click on this link.


If you have questions or concerns, email sara.bailey@ministryarchitects.com.

Unlimited Laser Tag - May 19

Sunday, May 19 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Lazer Blaze, 4121 Shelbyville Road


Bring your family to Lazer Blaze this weekend for a fun outing, and join A Nerd Like Me Jr. for unlimited laser tag from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 19! Parents are also welcome to buy a ticket and play along with the children!

A Nerd Like Me Jr. provides the youth with a safe and fun environment to make friends through event hosting and building smart partnerships with businesses nerds love.

Louisville Nature Center Open House & Tree Giveaway - June 1


Support St. Matthews Area Ministries


Better Business Bureau Hot Topics for May

  1. May is National Military Appreciation Month, so beware of scams targeting the military. Watch out for fake charities claiming to raise funds for military organizations, con artists posing as the Veterans Administration, and scammers offering “instant approval” loans with high interest rates and fees.  

  2. Remember to “give wisely” when donating to charities. After last month’s fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral, many fundraising efforts have surfaced for rebuilding efforts. Before you give to a charity, make sure to research them first at Give.org  

  3. Watch out for the “one ring” phone scam. Scammers are calling consumers, letting the phone ring once, and hoping you call back. If you call back the number on the caller ID, you may be calling an overseas number and be charged international fees.
  4. If you receive a call from Apple Support, don’t answer the phone! Scammers are spoofing the caller ID and telling people there is suspicious activity with their iCloud account or Apple ID information and ask to verify the information over the phone. This is a scam!  

  5. A consumer told BBB she received a Facebook message saying she had won free KFC for life. The consumer contacted KFC directly, who told her this was a fake promotion and not affiliated with them in any way.

  6. When shopping online, make sure you are purchasing from legitimate websites. BBB recently reported a phony website that sold products for $14.95; however, consumers never received their purchases or refunds. Check out companies first at Give.org

  7. Did you get a warning on a computer pop-up window? If you call the number, scammers may try to tell you that your IP address has been hacked and being used for illegal activities and offer to fix the problem if you allow them remote access.  

  8. If you are selling a vehicle online, watch out for fake buyers! Scammers are asking sellers to enter in their VIN on a certain website to pull a vehicle history report. The website asks for personal information and requires a fee. Don’t fall for it!  

  9. Be cautious when looking up customer service numbers. A Louisville consumer needed a number for a company and called one that came up on Google. After explaining the problem, the “customer service representative” asked for a fee before they could fix the issue.  

  10. While you may be a good citizen, you won’t receive a government grant for it. A local consumer was told she was eligible for over $14,000. All she had to do was give her debit card number over the phone so the funds could be put into her bank account.

For more consumer tips and information, call 1.800.388.2222 or visit bbb.org

Phone Scams


Scam calls are epidemic — and getting worse. A new report says nearly half of mobile calls are fraudulent.


  • Do put your phone number on the FTC’s National Do Not Call Registry. It won’t stop spam calls, but it will make them easier to spot because most legitimate telemarketers won’t call you if you’re on the registry.
  • Do consider using a call-blocking mobile app or device to screen your calls and weed out spam and scams. You can also ask your phone-service provider if it offers any blocking tools.
  • Do hang up on illegal robocalls.
  • Do slow down and ask questions of telemarketers. Legitimate businesses and charities will answer questions and give you time to consider a purchase or donation. Scam callers will pressure you to commit right away.
  • Do independently research travel deals, charities or business and investment opportunities you hear about by phone.
  • Do beware the area code: “Neighborhood spoofing” is a tactic in which fraudsters show up as a local number on your caller ID by matching the first six digits of your number. The report estimates that 9 in 10 scam calls will come from a familiar area code next year. 


  • Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers.
  • Don’t return one-ring calls from unknown numbers. These may be scams to get you to call hotlines in Caribbean countries that have U.S.-style three-digit area codes, and you could incur hefty connection and per-minute fees.
  • Don’t follow instructions on a prerecorded message, such as “Press 1” to speak to a live operator (it will probably lead to a phishing expedition) or press any key to get taken off a call list (it will probably lead to more robocalls).
  • Don’t give personal or financial data, such as your Social Security number or credit card account number, to callers you don’t know. If they say they have the information and just need you to confirm it, that’s a trick.
  • Don’t pay registration or shipping charges to get a supposed free product or prize. Such fees are ploys to get your payment information.
  • Don’t make payments by gift card, prepaid debit card or wire transfer. Fraudsters favor these methods because they are hard to trace.

MSD's Bowl Patrol

When it comes to what to flush, everyone should keep it simple and stick to the three Ps: poo, potty and (toilet) paper. MSD’s Bowl Patrol is on a mission to encourage people to stick to the basics in the flush game!


District 7 Public Notices

public notice




Development Proposal

air bnb


Word of the Week


Meaning: To understand thoroughly and intuitively; empathize or communicate sympathetically;
establish a rapport.

Used in a sentence: Because of all the commercials, children grok things immediately. 

Quote of the Week

“Energy and persistence conquer all things."
--- Benjamin Franklin

Life Hacks Lightbulb

Spider Repellant

peppermint oil

Spiders hate peppermint oil. Put some in a squirt bottle with water, spray your garage and door frames, and watch the spiders run!