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

District 7

         601 W. Jefferson Street Louisville, KY 40202

Office: (502) 574-1107

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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...


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Last Sunday afternoon, while relaxing at home and talking on the telephone to a childhood friend, I heard my husband snicker. I didn't pay him much attention, until suddenly, he let out a gleeful chuckle. I looked up at the television to see what was amusing him, but all I noticed was a black and white screen. He let out another laugh, and yet another. His laughter was contagious.

Curious, I asked my husband what was so funny. What came out of his mouth was quite surprising. He said, "Shirley Temple."  Was he drinking a Shirley Temple with a splash of bourbon in it, I wondered. No, he was actually watching a Shirley Temple classic. I was  instantly intrigued. 

I said goodbye to my girlfriend and began watching the movie with my husband. I started laughing and singing along with Shirley Temple as she sang, "The good ship lollipop."  My husband kept saying to me, "watch this;" "look at what happens next;" "wait 'til you see this." He was enjoying every bit of the moment. I had not seen this movie before, or at least I didn't recall having seen it. But, my husband...well, he'd obviously seen it several times. 

I watched the movie, and I watched my husband. Both were equally entertaining. I witnessed my husband create beautiful space within his heart and then share it outwardly with me. He was enjoying two simple things - recalling a childhood memory, and sharing space, time and laughter with his spouse. Extraordinary.

The movie, Bright Eyes, centers around a cute and lovable Shirley Temple, who is caught up in a nasty custody battle after her mother tragically dies while crossing the street and getting hit by a car. I couldn't believe that the same movie that made me laugh out loud, also made me shed a tear. I was completely drawn into the moment, and appreciated my husband for the experience. This simple afternoon was filled with love and laughter - on screen, and on my sofa in the den.

That Sunday afternoon, witnessing my husband - a man's man, allow a movie to take him away from the stressors of the world, and take me along with him, reminded me of just how precious life is. No matter how tough you are, how busy your day becomes or how hard it seems to deal with the cards you're dealt, you must take time to enjoy the simple things in life.


Back to School

Back to School

First Day of School - August 14!

Are you ready?


JCPS Call Center

(502) 313-HELP (4357)


More Contact Options

PLEASE Practice School Bus Safety

As is true with all car crashes, each incident is unique. For every bus driver found at fault, a passenger car driver is also found in the wrong. Whenever drivers are behind a wheel-carrying 40 students or traveling solo through morning rush hour- it’s imperative to fight impatient urges and exercise extreme caution.

Passenger vehicles should always be prepared to use their brakes when driving near school buses. Yellow flashing lights are the universal symbol for a bus preparing to stop, while red flashing lights and an extended stop sign means stop. 

In general, when driving on a two-lane street or undivided roadways, all cars must stop. If a barrier separates the two directions, only cars traveling in the same direction must stop; however, all cars should proceed with caution as children can be unpredictable. While some states have stricter stop requirements than others, all 50 have severe penalties for violators from hefty fines to multiple points on licenses and even license suspension for repeat offenders. More importantly, however, obeying these basic laws can help save not only children’s lives, but your own.

School Bus Safety

Taste of Frankfort Avenue

Taste of Frankfort

Henny Penny - A Bilingual Event!

Henny Penny

50th Annual Street Rod Nationals

Street Rod Nationals

50th Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals

  • Location: Kentucky Exposition Center
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Address: 937 Phillips Ln. 
  • Louisville, Kentucky

Over 10,000 street rods, customs, muscle cars and street machines will be on hand at the Kentucky Expo Center this summer as the National Street Rod Association® presents its 50th Annual Street Rod Nationals. The dates for the city’s largest vintage car show will be August 1, 2, 3, 4, 2019.

This will be the 25th time the NSRA Street Rod Nationals has been held in Louisville and an all time high number of participants and spectators are expected this year. Almost all of the Kentucky Expo Center will be utilized for the event as well as many of the buildings, which will house over 350 manufacturer and dealer displays and other attractions.

TARC Mobile App

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The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) recently launched its new Mobility App (available now in the app store) to provide residents and visitors the ability to plan multi-modal trips around Louisville with ease and convenience. The app utilizes various modes of transportation (TARC, Uber, Lyft, Bird Scooters, Louvelo Bike Share, etc.) to direct people from point A to point B all in one place. Customers aren't responsible for locating and scheduling each transportation option individually because TARC's platform seamlessly combines these options using real-time data. To learn more, visit TARC's web site.

Have a Question of Complaint for Metro Government?

Metro 311

New Metro311 online reporting system and mobile app is available NOW!


On June 19, Metro311 launched a whole new online reporting system and mobile app that will make it easier to report issues online or on your phone. The new Metro311 will also let you see issues that have already been reported on a map, and will improve how you track progress of your issue along the way. Information about the app, including instructions for downloading to your phone, will be available on the Metro311 website.

New Metro311 Service Request Information

Submit a Service Request in the new system.

Only service requests for the past 30 days will be accessible in the new system.  If you need information on an older request, please call Metro 311 for status.

Anything submitted in the old reporting system (prior to June 19, 2019) will not show in the new system.  It is still being processed however. Please call Metro311 for status.

To receive email notifications of the status of your service request you must have an account and you must have included your email address when you created your account. You can create a new account and report a new issue with Metro 311 by following this link.

Not all issues you put a service request in for require you to login. Some issues may be submitted anonymously, such as reporting a pothole and property maintenance cases, for instance. But having an account will allow you to track the progress and status of the request.

The outlined or highlighted area on the map indicates the area which is serviced by Louisville Metro Government.
If you do not see a category which corresponds to your issue, please call Metro 311 at 311. 

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Call Before You Dig!

MSD - Call before digging

Kentucky 811


Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will investigate and impose fines on anyone who comes into contact with an underground natural gas line while digging without having contacted 811 to have the lines located before digging.

Contact 811 (call 8-1-1 or submit an online locate request at 811.com) before you dig and make sure that anyone doing excavation on your behalf contacts 811 two working days before they start.

For more information, please visit lge-ku.com/safety/digging.

Beware of Storm Chasers

Warning - Storm Chasers

As storm season approaches and you experience damage to your home and begin to evaluate damage that may have occurred, the BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky wants to remind consumers to beware of “storm chasers” and out-of-town contractors soliciting business.


Read the tips below to avoid a SCAM...


BBB offers the following tips to help you avoid a scam:

  • Check your insurance. Talk with your insurance agent to find out about your coverage and filing requirements. Make sure to save copies of your receipts.
  • Ask BBB. Visit bbb.org or call 502.583.6546 to find out a company’s BBB Business Profile. This information includes the BBB rating, contact information, BBB customer complaints, and more.
  • Get quotes in writing. Try to get at least 3-4 quotes in writing. Be wary of any quote that seems unusually low or high compared to the others.
  • Check for licensure. Businesses must be licensed. Contact the Revenue Commission at 502.574.4860 to check out a company’s licensure.
  • Get a copy of the contract. Read over it carefully and ask questions on anything you do not understand. The contract should detail all the work, costs, pay schedule, and projected completion date. The contract should also state who will obtain the proper permits.
  • Don’t pay the full amount upfront. If a company demands full payment upfront, stay away.
  • Resist high-pressure sales tactics. Don’t feel pressured to hire someone on the spot. Allow yourself time to do your research before you sign a contract.
  • Beware of accepted payment methods. Watch out for businesses that only want cash. Pay by a credit card or check whenever possible.

Air Quality

Air Watch

Keeping Up With Air Quality

The Air Quality Index (AQI) tells how clean or polluted your outdoor air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you. The EPA calculates the AQI for five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act, but the primary focus in Kentuckiana is ground-level ozone (O3) and particle pollution (PM2.5).

Clean Air Workshop

Protect Your Family from Radon

radon 2019

Protection From Mosquito Bites

Mosquito Bites

Waste Audit Workshop

Louisville Grows

Waste audits can be an eye-opening experience in identifying wasteful practices! Learn the process to determine the amount and types of waste that are generated by you, your family or coworkers. Information from these audits can help you determine how you can reduce the amount of waste that is being created at your home or office.

Workshop includes:

  • Expert instruction and peer interaction
  • Creating a waste reduction/recycling plan
  • Optimal placement of collection containers and types of containers
  • Best practices for labeling and reminder-behavior prompts
  • Hands-on waste audit session
  • Spreadsheet/database templates for entering/managing data
  • Analyzing resulting audit data

For more information and to register for this event Click Here


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verb [tur-ji-ver-seyt]

Definition: To change repeatedly one's attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.

History: This unique word holds an honor that very few words can claim: it was named the 2011 Word of the Year by Dictionary.com. Why? According to the website, this weird word rose to fame “because it described so much of the world around us. Editors at Dictionary.com saw the stock market, political groups, and public opinion go through a roller coaster of change throughout 2011.” 

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Life Hacks
Life Hack

Life Hack

Mayor's Book Club

Mayor's Book Club

The Mayor’s Book Club began in 2011 as a way to encourage local reading groups to explore books with roots in different countries and cultures, as well as celebrate the diversity of Louisville. The Mayor's Book Club meets at the Main Library on the third Wednesday of the month, from noon – 1p.m. (new time: 1 - 2 p.m. beginning September 18). Brown-bag lunches are welcome.

Book - Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Wednesday, July 17, 12 p.m.

In the 1920s, the Osage Indian nation possessed the greatest wealth per capita in the world...which made them targets of one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history, and birthed the modern version of the F.B.I.