District 7 E-Newsletter - May 24, 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...

Happy Memorial Day!  Thank you to those who gave the ulitmate sacrifice!

Message from Councilwoman McCraney


This year Memorial Day is May 27. It was traditionally observed each year on May 30. In 1971, Congress moved Memorial Day to the last Monday in May, making it an official federal holiday.

For most people, Memorial Day has become simply a kickoff to the summer season of cook-outs, picnics and pool parties. Sadly, it appears that some people have forgotten or never known the actual reason Memorial Day became a holiday.

The origin of Memorial Day, formally called Decoration Day, takes on many forms depending on your research. Some attribute the holiday to General John A. Logan, the commander-in-chief of the Union veterans group known as the Grand Army of the Republic. He issued a decree declaring May 30 a nationwide day of commemoration for the more than half million soldiers killed in the Civil War. Logan dubbed the day, Decoration Day, encouraging Americans to lay flowers and decorate the graves of fallen soldiers.

According to legend, General Logan chose May 30 because it was a rare day that didn't fall on the anniversary of a Civil War battle. However, some historians believe the date was chosen to ensure that flowers across the country would be in full bloom.

Further research will reveal that one of the earliest commemorations was organized by recently freed slaves. Other accounts point to a time before the end of the Civil War when women's groups across the South gathered informally to decorate the graves of dead Confederates. (This activity may have inspired General Logan's idea of Decoration Day.)

Memorial Day is much, much more than food, friends and frivolity. The observance of Memorial Day was started in remembrance of those who died in the War Between the States. Since that time, those who have sacrificed their lives in the service of our nation in any war have been added, and since 9/11, there has been more mention of those who have died in the line of duty in emergency services such as Fire, Police, Rescue and Medical personnel. 

However you view the Memorial Day holiday, I hope you'll set aside some time to remember the sacrifices made by all fallen soldiers (and other emergency and safety public servants) on our behalf, and on the behalf of our beloved country.

I also encourage you take part in one of the local civil ceremonies that will occur on Monday.  We have listed several of them in this e-Newsletter. In fact, we've listed many Memorial Day activities that are designed to help you Celebrate, Participate, and even Donate. 

CELEBRATE with the Memorial Auditorium as it turns 90 years old, or check out the Memorial Day Ceremony at 12 noon at the Patriots Peace Memorial on River Road.

PARTICIPATE in the Hike, Bike & Paddle event at the Waterfront Park. 

DONATE your time on Saturday, May 25, at the Flags4Vets Vigil. Adult and kid volunteers are needed to place 15,000 Veterans' Grave Flags on the Great Lawn at Waterfront Park.

Have a safe, enjoyable and memorable holiday weekend. In memory of many, and in honor of all, I personally thank you for being such great District 7 residents. Happy Memorial Day!

Councilwoman Paula McCraney 

Patriots Peace Memorial - May 27


Kentucky Reggae Festival - May 25 & 26


Sickle Cell Anemia Day at Outback Steakhouse - May 30


St. Matthews Chamber After Hours Networking - May 30


3rd Annual Craft Beer Throwdown - May 30


The 3rd Annual Craft Beer Throwdown benefitting the Coalition for the Homeless will be held at Louisville Water Tower Park on Thursday, May 30th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Attendees will enjoy new brews from six local breweries and then vote on their favorite. Food trucks and other local favorite beers will also be available. The suggested donation is $20 in advance/$25 at the door. 

To purchase tickets or get more information, call (502) 636-9550 x 213 or visit www.louhomeless.org

Flags4Vets Memorial Day Vigil - May 25


Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike, and Paddle - May 27


The Subway Fresh Fit Hike, Bike & Paddle is a twice annual event held every Memorial & Labor Day. Thousands of participants flock to Waterfront Park to enjoy a morning full of fun. Bring the entire family for this free, healthy community event. Various fitness demonstrations start the day including yoga, tai chi and zumba. There are numerous vendor booths available for information and giveaways. After all of that, take your pick from a 5k hike, 12.5-mile bike ride or a paddle on the Ohio River. This event is not a race. It is open to participants of all levels and we encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the festivities!  

Free t-shirt while supplies last. Go Green! Bring your own water bottles!  Fill stations are available at Waterfront Park.

Memorial Auditorium 90th Anniversary Concert - May 27


Wear Orange 2019 - June 7-9


People around the country are coming together with a simple message: there's more we can do to end gun violence. Join the movement by signing up to attend an event during Wear Orange Weekend, June 7-9.

For more information about events in your area, please contact info@momsdemandaction.org.

If you have a media inquiry or would like to cover an Orange event, please contact press@everytown.org.

4th Annual Sickle Cell Golf Scramble - June 15


Dual at the Bridge Golf Challenge - June 28

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Repair Affair Needs Volunteers


Low-Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic

rabies vaccination clinic

District 7 Public Notices

public notice




Development Proposal

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Word of the Week


Meaning: Given to using long words

Used in a sentence: My father was a professor so I picked up a sesquipedalian way of speaking.

Quote of the Week

“Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."
--- Henry Ford

Life Hacks Lightbulb

Stretch Your Shoes


Shoes too small? Put on three pairs of socks, put the shoes on, and blow dry for ten minutes. They'll fit perfectly now!

NOTICE: All Metro Council meetings are carried live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 and U-verse Channel 99. The meetings are also available online at the Metro Council home page at http://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk by clicking on the “Watch Meetings Online” button.

Have a Happy Memorial Day!