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...


Oprah Winfrey made famous these four simple words, "Live your best life." These four words were shared by Oprah with millions of her viewing audience during a taping of one of her shows. She also shared with them what they could do to start living their best life. Some of her suggestions  were, finding your purpose, being mindful to promote happiness, staying positive in your life, and taking action in your life.  Now, while I agree with Oprah's assessment of the term, today, I simply want to suggest that if you want to live your best life, then, JUST LIVE!  Get out of your own head, get out of your comfort zone, get out of your way ---- JUST LIVE!  

The following pictures illustrate how I chose to JUST LIVE this week --- and live, I did. From attending a Metro Council picnic (I had to  get out of my head to attend, because I generally turn down invitations that require me to be outside for an extended period of time in the heat of the day, and bugs are not my thing either), to showing up at three National Night Out to Fight Crime police events (where I mounted a large ATV!), and shadowing a surgeon and observing medical professionals in real time do amazing work, I'd say I lived my best life this week. So, whatever makes you happy, do it. Go ahead, LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE (every week)!

Week in Pictures
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Chilling at the Metro Council picnic with two fabulous Legislative Assistants, Shay West, my new assistant (more about her in next week's issue), and Chanelle Smith, LA to Councilman Piagentini. We had a good time discussing family and sharing pictures.

Cornhole competitors, Metro Council President David James, District 6, and Kyle Ethridge, District 9 Legislative Assistant to Councilman Bill Hollander. In the background are Steve Haag, Minority Caucus Director and one of the wonderful County Attorneys who is always so attentive to the Metro Council's needs and requests.

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A picnic wouldn't be a picnic without good food. The food was not only good, but it was plentiful. Yummy! 

National Night Out...

First stop....Middletown, to meet and greet Major Frank Hardison (far left), newly appointed as commander of the 8th Division, and Major Jamey Schwab, newly appointed as the Commander of the Special Investigative Unit (far right). Oh, and I would never roll through  Middletown without rubbing elbows with my colleague, the incomparable and Honorable Councilman Anthony Piagentini.

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A quick pic with my buddy, LMPD               Lieutenant Alejandro Cabrera. He is                  always very responsive, and has shown            time and again a commitment to his duties.





St. Matthews Police & Internal Order of Police - representing SAFETY and HONOR at its BEST!

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Chief Wilkerson

I'm honored to be pictured here with St. Matthews Police Chief, Colonel Barry Wilkerson. I have to tell you, we are cracking up in this picture because just as one of Chief Wilkerson's officers was about to snap our picture, Chief Wilkerson called him a funny name. It was hilarious! The officer was so busy cracking up, too, that he warned us that he could not guarantee how the picture turned out. 

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LMPD's Finest!...No, silly, not me --- Lieutenant Colonel Shara Parks.  (She was responsible for encouraging me to get on that ATV. In fact, she took the pictures.)




Sharing a light moment (no, not a Bud Light) with my colleague, The Honorable Bill Hollander, Councilman, District 9, at the 5th Division Night Out event. (I couldn't convince him to get into the dunking booth, though. Lol.)

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It was a sight for sore eyes - me - getting on that ATV (thus the reason for the celebratory thumbs up). Thanks to Lieutenant Neal Tenbarge, LMPD, and the boost he gave me, I somehow was able to mount on to experience something new and adventurous. (Lol, I said that like I actually drove the ATV. Nope, it was stationary the whole time - even when the Lieutenant gave me a helmet to put on.)




Isn't this pitiful? I'm acting like I'm racing the police cruiser, which by the way, was also stationary. Lol!



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Do you have a Bucket List? If you do, I recommend putting on your list an opportunity to job shadow a surgeon. I can't believe I got the opportunity to participate in the Wear the White Coat Experience.

This experience is a program that allows select community leaders to get a firsthand look at the medical field while spending a day shadowing a surgeon. This was an experience that I will not soon forget. 

It's a three-part program that begins with a breakfast to introduce the 20 yearly participants to the program and

whte coat program

pair them with a medical doctor. I was paired with Dr. Williams, a surgeon at the Rudd Heart and Lung Center. He is FABULOUS! He is a great surgeon, but moreover, he has a wonderful personality, and bedside manners of a Saint. I was impressed beyond words by him, and by the staff. Everyone worked diligently to get their tasks done, and they made it seem so easy.  Teamwork describes the entire team of professionals in the operating room and associated support departments.  

I observed several gallbladder and hernia surgeries, tagged along as Dr. Williams visited his patients, both in the hospital and those getting prepped for surgery. I reported for duty at 7:15 am, and left at 4:00 pm. As I exited the building, Dr. Williams was getting ready to scrub in for his last surgery of the day. He was nonstop, and he didn't skip a beat. Somehow, I managed to

White Coat and Doctor

keep up.  Well, I did better than I thought I would, and perhaps better than most.  Not one time did I have the urge to throw up or pass out. But, I should give some of the credit to head nurse, Cathy (or maybe she spells it with a "K"). She made sure before I stepped foot in the OR, that I had eaten something. When I told her that I had only eaten a boiled egg (it's protein!), she saw to it that I ate some peanut butter and crackers. Thanks, Cathy; you are phenomenal in your role!!  

Check out my hero, Dr. Williams, on the right --- and to the far left...Yes, that's also him --- the face on the elevator door! This was a great day, and thanks to Dr. Williams, the Greater Louisville Medical Society, and the staff at the Rudd Heart and Lung Center, I was able to Live my best life -- that entire day.

Back to School

Back to School

First Day of School - August 14!


JCPS Call Center

(502) 313-HELP (4357)


More Contact Options

Practice School Bus Safety


Teachers Rule

Movie at the LeVee

Movies at Le


Join us for an outdoor Movie Night, on Thursday, August 29th!

Grab a seat on our patio or bring your own lawn chairs to watch the show and create the perfect summer night with friends and family at our outdoor movie night!

9:00pm-12:00am- Captain Marvel

Come enjoy a night under the stars, and watch a free showing of Captain Marvel at Levee!

Movies at Churchill Downs

Infield Movie

August 10th, 2019 - Gates Open 5 PM

Introducing Movies in the Infield; a new family-friendly summer movie outing. Watch a double feature of horseracing movies on one of the world's largest 4K video boards at the home of the Kentucky Derby. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and pick your favorite spot in the Churchill Downs Infield.

  • Featured Films:                                                                                                           
    • Racing Stripes* (6pm) : A zebra who thinks he's a racehorse saddles up with the best of 'em and overcomes the odds to run in the big race
    • Secretariat* (8pm): A portrait of Triple Crown winner and unlikely horse-racing superstar Secretariat, chronicling his career alongside industry outsider Penny Chenery as she successfully navigates her way through the male-dominated world of horse racing.                                                                           
  • Admission is just $5 (Children 2 and younger are Free)**
  • Free Parking (Enter off of Central Ave, ADA shuttles available)
  • Food Trucks: Fistful of Tacos, The Blue Crab, Louisville Dessert Truck & Concessions
  • Kids Play Zone
  • Lawn Chairs and Blankets Welcome
  • Enter thru the Paddock Gate
  • No Re-Entry Allowed
  • Rain Date is August 11th
  • View Prohibited Items for this event
  • View Frequently Asked Questions

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St. Joe's Picnic

St. Jose's Picnic


For 170 years, generations of friends and family gather every August for the annual Picnic at St. Joseph Children’s Home to play games, visit, eat, drink, and volunteer.  St. Joe’s Picnic has been a staple of the Louisville community since before the Kentucky Derby and continues to be one of the largest fundraising events in Kentucky!

St. Joe’s Picnic For the Kids goes beyond the typical fundraiser by recruiting new foster parents, giving SJ alumni the opportunity to reunite with their peers and former staff, as well as providing an inclusive and accessible space for the Louisville community. The proceeds from this event support children who have survived abuse and neglect as well as continue St. Joe’s mission of “Giving Children a Home.”

Become a part of Picnic history today!


  • Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult after 9:00pm
  • Bags and purses are subject to search
  • No solicitation
  • No coolers
  • No weapons
  • Service animals only
  • No skateboards or bikes


Handicap and limited public parking will be available on St. Joe’s campus via the Brownsboro Road entrance. Additional off-site parking is available at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with shuttle service to and from the Picnic. Carpooling, biking, or riding the TARC are also encouraged.  Learn more about Parking.


Picnic Pre-Party, Friday, August 9th

The Crashers


Picnic Day, Saturday, August 10th

Rear View Mirror



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Henny Penny - A Bilingual Event!

Henny Penny

Brew @ the Zoo and Wine Too

Brew & Z00

Enjoy delicious tastings from craft breweries, wineries and local restaurants, music entertainment and animal encounters while supporting the Louisville Zoo’s mission to “better the bond between people and our planet.”

A selection of non-alcoholic products and water will also be provided.


Saturday, August 24th, 5pm-9pm.

4:00 p.m. — VIP entry
5:00 p.m. — General Admission entry
9:00 p.m.  — Event End

Tickets NOW on Sale!



  • ALL guests must be 21 years or older and must bring a valid ID to the event. (No exceptions will be made.)
  • This is a Rain or Shine event.

For more information on the event, to register to become a food partner or to learn about sponsorship opportunities for Brew at the Zoo, please emaifriendsofthelouisvillezoo@gmail.com.


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Downtown Louisville Scavenger Hunt

August 31, 2019

Slugger Field Parking Lot (NE corner) 9: 00AM Mass Start [$10]

 Find the marked locations on your map to answer trivia questions on clue sheet

 30 ‘clues’ worth one point each - access them in any order

 Teams allowed, but must stay together & no smart phone ‘Googling’ allowed

 Mass Start ~9 am & ends exactly three hours later. One point will be deducted

for each minute you are late.

Orienteering Pics

Jazz in Central Park

Jazz in the park

Water for Life Event


Come to the Water for Life event!

On Sunday, August 18, enjoy this free festival from 1-4 p.m. at the Big Four Lawn right by the walking bridge. At Water for Life, children and adults can taste, touch, and experience all things water. There will be interactive exhibits, games, and bounce houses for kids as well. Come join in the fun and learn a little something too!

Do You Have Water Bill Questions?

Click here for  Frequently Asked Questions about your Louisville Water bill. You might find the answer to such questions as, where is your account number, how is your bill calculated, and why do you see MSD charges on your bill.

Water Bill


Word of Week



Definition: A persons with excellent dinner table conversation skills.

Used in a Sentence:  Even when placed with people he didn’t know during dinner on the cruise, the deipnosophist was able to hold a decent conversation.

Quote of Week

‘Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.’    

-Benjamin Franklin

Teachers' Influence

Life Hacks
Life Hack - Paint

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 Title

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

Wednesday, August 21, 12 p.m.

Daniel, an orphaned Chinese American, struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents' wishes to assimilate into white America with the memories of his mother, Polly, who left one day for work and never returned.