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

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

Shay West 

Legislative Assistant




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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...

Message from McCraney

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No, we shall never forget...

In fact, every one of us probably remembers where we were and what we were doing on the tragic morning of September 11, 2001. It is an occurrence that is forever etched in our minds. 

I was working at the Jefferson County Clerk's Office as the Director of Public Relations.  On any given day my office television would play in the background as I sat at my desk working on one project after another.  On this day, the television was not on. 

I received a call from someone I had just recently met, and had a 12 noon lunch planned with her at Vincenzo's. She asked me if I thought we should reschedule. I didn't quite know what to think of her question; she obviously thought I had heard. When she told me that a small plane had struck the World Trade Center, I recall thinking what a horrible accident that was. But when she told me that a second plane had hit the tower as well, it felt like the whole world had turned upside down.

Susan and I decided not to reschedule. It was important for us to meet because we were to discuss plans for a Public Relations Society conference that we had volunteered to chair, and we had deadlines to meet.  Little did we realize at the time, to cancel our plans and sit around in shock would be playing into the hands of the terrorists. The perpetrators --- murderers, would have loved nothing more than to see Americans shrivel up and stop living our lives as normal.

We arrived at Vincenzo's, and it was basically empty. The hostess, a woman named Paula, greeted us and showed us to our table. She was visibly upset, too. As Susan and I sat there trying to process what had just happened to our nation, Paula joined us. We talked and comforted each other as if we were lifelong girlfriends. We all had just met.

Paula (the hostess), ordered a glass of wine for each of us, and we ate, drank, vented, grieved and licked our wounds. While we were beside ourselves - basically down, we were not out. We were good for each other, and a bond formed between us. By our thoughtful conversation, we defined what is good, and pleasant, and caring about America, and established that we would not be moved.

Susan and I became great friends, and for 18 years on September 11, we have met for lunch at Vincenzo's (except for the year the date fell on a Sunday and Vincenzo's was closed --- we ate at another location that year). In the words of my friend, Susan Lindsey - an excerpt from her 2018 Facebook posting - "We catch up with each other, talk politics, and greet our friend, Paula Fisher. It's an annual reminder about the horror of terrorism and the ugliness that is sometimes world politics, but it's also about the power of friendships and rituals and caring people in this world."

What were you doing or where were you when you first heard the news about the terrorist attack? What do you do now on September 11?  Granted, September 11th is not a national holiday, but it is a date that is memorialized, and all Americans should at least pause for a few minutes to remember those who lost their lives at the hands of terrorists,  and those who lost their lives or contracted a deadly disease trying to save them. Whatever you choose to do, just vow 'Never to forget.'

Susan and Paula

Meet my good friend, Susan. Our friendship has lasted 18 years, and we're still going (and growing) strong!

Paula and Vincinzo

Here's the great Vincenzos himself. He always manages to greet us every year. 



I recommend this restaurant to all who like good food.  Not only do I eat here once a year, I sneak in a few other visits throughout the year, too.  Check out my September 11 dish --- Blackened salmon, risotto and fresh vegetables; and of course, an Italian dessert - Tiramisu, compliments of Vincenzos, no doubt. Yummy!

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Meet Councilwoman Paula McCraney


Gaslight Festival


2019 Gaslight Festival

Friday, September 13 – Sunday, September 15, 2019

Over 135 arts & crafts vendors travel from across the country to showcase their talents, and over 130 area business, civic & nonprofit organizations come to spread awareness at this 3-day event. Centered in the small-town ambiance of Gaslight Square, the festival has evolved into a time-honored tradition of Jeffersontown. VENDOR BOOTHS ARE SOLD OUT!

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Friday, September 13 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, September 14 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Sunday, September 15 Noon – 6:00 PM

The Gaslight Festival is a PET FREE FESTIVAL. 

No pets are allowed on festival grounds. Although, we love furry companions, please leave yours at home.

St. Matthews Farmers Market

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Welcome to Louisville’s premier farmers market. Featuring more than 70 farms and vendors selling local meats, vegetables, fruit, hot breakfast, and crafts, the market offers live music each Saturday and volunteer parking attendants assure complimentary onsite parking for patrons.

Every Saturday 8 to Noon
May 12—Sept 29, 2018
Beargrass Christian Church
4100 Shelbyville Road - at the corner of Browns Lane and Shelbyville Road, across from the "old Sears building"

The East End Farmers Market


The Brand New East End Farmer’s Market is Now Open Every Tuesday and Saturday from 2:30 pm to 6:30pm through October 26th! Farm Fresh Produce & Fruit, Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, Eggs, Kentucky Scrapple, Cheeses, Pure Local Honey, Dry Rubs & Spices, Homemade Jams, Salsa, Baked Goods & Sweets, Fresh Cut Flower Bouquets, Plants, Scrubs, & Flowers, Dog Treats, Soaps, Candles, Jewelry, Clothing, Handmade Gifts, & So Much More! Plus a Food Truck!!! Located at 13060 Factory Lane 40245 - Off of Lagrange Road Next to the Forest Springs Shopping Center!! Come See Us!! Support Your Local Farmers & Small Business Owners!!

National Jug Band Jubilee


The 2019 National Jug Band Jubilee

 Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Brown-Forman Amphitheater in Waterfront Park.

The music begins at 1:00 pm and ends at 11:00 pm. In addition to the bands, the Jubilee features other fun activities for kids ages 2 to 82. There will be great local vending, food, beer and wine. And as always, the National Jug Band Jubilee will take a break from the music at 4 p.m. for several workshops. Learn to blow a jug, play a washboard, washtub bass, kazoo and more! 

For more information: www.jugbandjubilee.com 

Love Sings Louder

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Clearing The Air

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Future State of Aquatics in Louisville


University of Louisville Department of Theater Arts

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Upcoming Events At TheTrack



Sundays, Sept. 15 - 29, 2019

Come out to the track for a delicious breakfast buffet and an incredible view of the day's top-class racing in the beautifully appointed Stakes Room. View the menu>    


Twilight Thursday Presented by Blue Moon

Thursdays, Sept. 19 & 26, 2019

Enjoy live Thoroughbred racing, $1 Blue Moon & select domestic drafts, live music, local food trucks, lawn games, and one-on-one expert wagering advice!




FAMILY ADVENTURE DAY: Be Creative presented by Kroger 

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019

Bring the kids out to the track for an exciting day filled with creativity and exploration through art and music, featuring Louisville’s creative organizations. This family-friendly event is packed with thrilling racing & over 20 activities kids are sure to enjoy. BUY NOW >

DOWNS AFTER DARK: Bourbon & Beats presented by Budweiser  

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 

Bourbon & Beats is back with the return of the popular Silent Disco featuring GlitterTitz DJz, DJ S.Y.I.M.O.N.E, and DJ Matt Anthony. Grab a cocktail, enjoy the beats, and cheer on the night's live races, featuring the Ack Ack, Lukas Classic & Jefferson Cup. BUY NOW >

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Kentucky Kick Down Motorcycle Festival


Kentucky Kick Down Motorcycle Festival

September 20- 22, 2019

The Kentucky Kick Down Motorcycle Festival  is a 3-day vintage motorcycle festival held at Louisville Turners, a historic 13-acre complex perched on the banks of the Ohio River located at 3125 River Road Louisville, KY. Come enjoy the bike show, stunt show, live music, vendors, Miss Kickdown contest, food trucks, charity ride and moreGates open at 4:00pm on September 20, 2019

See Event Schedule: Schedule

For ticket information: www.kentuckykickdown.com/tickets.

Louisville Mac & Cheese Festival

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The 1st Louisville Mac & Cheese Festival is taking over Fourth Street Live

Saturday September, 21 - Sunday September 22, 2019.

Join us for a fun filled family day filled with Mac n’ Cheese themed activities & madness! The Louisville Mac & Cheese Festival will bring together the area’s best restaurants, food trucks & chef's cheesy visions into reality! Get ready to try a mountain of cheese goodness at Louisville's largest-ever mac and cheese festival. No matter how you like it - peppery, with ketchup, crispy with breadcrumbs or creamy like butter, you'll find the mac and cheese of your dreams right here. 

- 15+ Mac and Cheese Food Vendors (Over 40 styles)
- Kids Fun Zone Carnival Games and Activities
- Mac and Cheese, French Fry Eating and Can of Whiz Holding Contests
- Cheese Fry Bar
- "Best of" Awards Ceremony
- Giant Craft Beer Garden
- Axe Throwing
- Live Entertainment
- Baggo Tournament and Tailgate Games
- Merchandise, General Vendors and more!


GENERAL ADMISSION $9.99* (Pre-Sale Price) 2PM - 8PM
- 1 Drink Voucher (good for alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks)

VIP TICKET $49.99* (Pre-Sale Price) 12PM - 8PM
- Express Two-Hour Early Entry (Doors open at 12PM for VIP)
- 2 Hours of All You Can Eat Mac N' Cheese! (12PM-2PM)
- 4 Drink Vouchers
- Complimentary order of French Fries
- Commemorative Keepsake

Restaurants and food purveyors will be providing Unlimited Mac and Cheese to VIP ticket holders from 12PM -2PM along with dishing out a variety of 2oz Mac and Cheese samples (sold in sample sheets of 10) from 2PM – 8PM. All food related items will work on a voucher system – there will be various voucher stations throughout the festival and all vouchers will be exchanged at each vendor for all food related items. There will be various bars, beverage stations and beer gardens serving ice cold brews, fine spirits, water, soda and other refreshments on a normal cash and credit system. Additional vendors will be on hand to sell funnel cakes, cotton candy, ice-cream, water ice, hot chocolate, desserts and other goodies!

Cost: Payment required - General Admission: USD 9.99, VIP Admission: USD 49.99

For ticket information: Tickets

Monster Jam

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Monster Jam is coming to Freedom Hall on September 21 - September 22, 2019          

Monster Jam®  is adrenaline-charged family entertainment providing jaw-dropping displays and gravity-defying feats that promises to always leave fans entertained. Monster Jam events feature some of the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger®, Max-D, El Toro Loco® and many more. Our world-class drivers push these perfectly engineered Monster Jam trucks to their limits in Freestyle, 2-Wheel Skills and Racing competitions that will put families on the edge of their seats and leave them craving more of this unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable event.

Freedom Hall, 937 Phillips Lane Louisville, KY 40209

Saturday, September 21, 2019       Gate Opens at 6:00pm     Show Time at 7:00pm

Sunday, September 22, 2019          Gate Opens at 12:00pm   Show Time at 1:00pm

For more tickets and more information: www.monsterjam.com

Adult Health & Wellness Clinic


2019 Flutter Festival


Flutter by the Louisville Zoo for a day of unique hands-on fun celebrating the annual Monarch Butterfly migration. Enjoy 15 stations where you can learn more about the amazing monarch butterfly migration and why pollinators like bees and butterflies are important. A limited number of guests can become a hands-on citizen scientist by helping us tag monarch butterflies so we can track their long journey to their wintering grounds in central Mexico. Enjoy fun games and activities like buggy toss, caterpillar to butterfly matching game, and our crazy migration obstacle course! Create fun crafts that you can take home and enjoy year round. Brought to you in partnership with Idlewild Butterfly Farm.

Louisville Zoo 1100 Trevilian Way Louisville, KY, 40213

 Activities include:

  • Butterfly Tagging. Help us tag more than 1,000 butterflies (first come, while untagged butterflies last) and be amazed at the release during the festival. Tagging monarchs helps to track their migration and monitor their population. Some tagged in 2017 were located in Mexico, over 1,500 miles away!
  • Craft and Activity Stations. Children of all ages can play games and make crafts while learning more about monarchs and their long journey.
  • Education Stations. Visit stations to learn the importance of pollinators and what you can do to help them.
  • Meet and Greet The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Hear the beloved tale of a particularly hungry caterpillar and stick around after story time to meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
  • Butterfly Talks and Release. Join us as butterfly expert Blair Leano-Helvey gives a talk on the importance of pollinators like monarch butterflies. Then watch in wonder as the sky fills with beautiful butterflies during the release of over 1,000 tagged monarchs.
  • Pollinator Parades. Wear your wings and join the fun! Kids can join our special pollinator parade!

Louisville Pride Festival

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Louisville Pride Festival

Saturday, September 21, 2019 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

1201 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204, USA

The festival features music, food, drink, over 100 vendors, a Family Zone, a Wellness Zone, and a Job Shop. And of course, crowd favorites will be returning like the Dance Dome and the Louisville Silent Disco! Bardstown Road will be closed from Grinstead Drive to just past Beechwood Avenue. Gates open at 11:00 AM and the event ends at 11:00 PM. Donations are accepted at all gates.

VIP Passes are available for purchase at :Louisville Pride VIP and Meet and Greet Passes

Nulu Fest


Food, Fun, Frolic! Don't miss out on the 11th Annual NULU Fest.

For the 11th year NuLu is hosting it's well-known street festival celebrating the continued growth and revitalization of Louisville’s East Market District. Come enjoy live music by sonaBLAST! Records, regional micro-brewed beers, and numerous food and retail booths by local vendors. There will be activities for all ages. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public. We will shut down the street for a good 'ole block party, featuring local food, craft beers, bourbons, local and regional awesome vendors, and live music on two stages.

WHEN:     Saturday, September 28th, 2019
WHERE:   600, 700, and 800 blocks of East Market Street

 Don’t miss the fun! nulufest.com

Homegrown & Handmade Arts and Crafts Fair Day


Portland Art & Heritage Fair


2019 Portland Art & Heritage Fair

 Saturday, September 28, 2019 – Rain or Shine – 11am to 5pm

 Portland Avenue, between 23rd & 26th Streets – Outdoors

This annual event will include an (almost) 5k run/walk, live music, art/craft booths, food booths, art & history exhibitions, community info, and more -- all FREE & open to the public!


Community Conversation with Dr. Neeli Bendapudi


Yard Waste Collection Guidelines

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Now Your Hands Are Clean!


Public Notice


District 7 Crime Report

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For the week of Sunday September 1st to Saturday September 7th

Theft from Automobile - There were a total of thirteen thefts from autos which was a decrease from the previous week (26). In two of the thefts force was used, two were by unknown means and nine were left unlocked. Please remember to lock your vehicles and take your valuables out of your car.

Auto Theft - There were three reported auto thefts for the week which was the same as the previous week (3). Keys were used in two of the thefts and one was unfounded. 

Burglary - There were four reported burglaries this reporting period which was a decrease from the previous week (10). Two of the burglaries were residential and two were businesses. The method of entry is as follows: One was unlocked and force was used in three. 

There were two reported Robberies for the reporting period.

1) On Sunday 9/1/2019 at 12:07am in the 2700 block of Lindsay Ave., the victim stated that suspects forced their way in the front door and pointed a gun at her. Subjects then took victims property, along with her boyfriend's vehicle. Vehicle recovered on University Rd. Suspects- Two white males, one tall, and one short. Both were armed with handguns

2) On Saturday 9/7/2019 at 12:30am at 3814 Frankfort Ave (Diamonds Pub) the victim stated that he was leaving  the bar when two black females got out of their car and then jumped him. Suspects took victims property and fled scene. 

The Works Week

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Help us catch the 10th illegal dumper of 2019!

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Our Metro Solid Waste Enforcement team is requesting help locating this vehicle that was caught on a resident's security camera unloading a couch and a bag of trash in District 10. If you recognize these individuals or can help us locate the vehicle, contact Solid Waste Enforcement or call 574-8455.Remember, you can take up to 3 large household items per day to the Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue for free.

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Just For Fun

Word of Week


Definition: Using few words in speech or conversation.

In A Sentence: I was trying to hold a conversation with the new student, but he was so pauciloquent it was like pulling teeth.

Quote of Week

“Don’t feel bad if people remember you only when they need you. Feel privileged that you are like a candle that comes to their mind when there is darkness.”



Life Hacks


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