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

Councilwoman McCraney
601 W. Jefferson Street
(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...

Message From McCraney

Hello neighbors!

I’m out of the country this week, but I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to say hello and share with you a few pictures from last week’s "Muffins with McCraney" at the Coffee Zone in Westport Village.

I arrived about five minutes before the event, convinced that no one would show up for the meet and greet. I took my laptop to work on a project while I sat for the 1.5 hours allotted for the morning.  I entered the coffee house, and to my surprise, a constituent had already arrived. I almost did the happy dance!


I was greeted by the Coffee Zone staff,  shown the area where I could set up and ordered my muffin and coffee. No sooner than I sat down with my one guest, another constituent, and yet a couple more arrived. As we leisurely sat around discussing District 7 and other random topics, several constituents appeared. I directed them to the counter to get their muffins and coffee, and they joined us afterwards. At one point, 10 of us were gathered in the lovely living room-like area of the coffee shop. We were enjoying ourselves. It was a great morning!


I shared with the group the plans to move lights and make some other adjustments along Westport Road to relax congestion and backup from the I-264 exit to Herr Lane. The project will extend past Goose Creek. I also shared information about our drainage issues, locating a turn lane near Ballard High School, car theft annoyances, abandoned houses and District 7 tours around Louisville Metro.


Whether it’s helping constituents get answers from a local agency, taking legislative ideas to our state representatives, or explaining my positions and votes, my priority remains being open with all constituents and representing you with integrity.

Muffins with McCraney sessions are opportunities for constituents to come in and talk to me one-on-one or in a small group about any issue they choose. It's one of the ways I choose to be accessible and engaged. 

The next Muffins with McCraney is November 16, 2019, at Panera Bread, located at 1801 Rudy Ln, 40207.  It will be from 10:00 -   11:30 a.m. I hope to see YOU there!

Friends of the Northeast Regional Library

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The Woman's Club of St. Matthews


On September 23, 2019,  The Woman's Club of St. Matthews members and guests will meet at the Ronald McDonald House Charities located at 550 S. First Street, Louisville, 40202 at 10:30 AM to tour their facility and learn about the valuable services Ronald McDonald House Charities provides to families who must be away from their homes, due to their children being treated at local hospitals.  Ronald McDonald House Charities not only provides a place to stay, but meals and support during this very stressful time.  Come visit and see what Ronald McDonald House Charities is all about. Cost is FREE. Everyone is welcome to attend. 


If you wish to bring a needed item to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities, see their WISH List below. 

Food Items
Butter / margarine
Individually packaged snacks
Individual microwave meals
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Icing (for cookies and cakes) 
Drink mixes ( Lemonade, Kool-Aid, tea, etc.)

Cleaning Supplies / Kitchen Needs
Swiffer supplies, dry floor cloths
Dish Soap
8 & 12 ounce Styrofoam cups
Disinfectant spray
Paper plates & bowls
Paper Towels
Sponges/ scrubbers

Other Essentials
Plastic pillow covers
Metal flatware: forks & spoons
DVD Players (HDMI)
LED light bulbs 40w & 60w

For more information, contact The Woman’s Club of St. Matthews' president at 425-0903.

Historic Locust Grove


Fall Antiques Market

Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 10 AM – 4:30 PM

 Historic Locust Grove

561 Blankenbaker Ln, Louisville, Kentucky 40207

Treasures from bygone centuries abound at this favorite summer sale, from delicate China teapots to silver spoons, vintage jewelry to Kentucky-made chairs—there’s something for all tastes and every budget. Featuring dozens of professional dealers from around the region, the Antiques Market offers fine and country furniture, books, textiles, jewelry, ephemera, silver, and more. Admission includes tours of the historic house museum. Fine food & drink available. $8 adults; children under 12 free.

Prospect Fall Festival

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Prospect Fall Festival

Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 4 PM – 7 PM

Faith Community Church,  7611 Rose Island Rd, Prospect, Kentucky 40059

So what makes the Prospect Fall Festival unique? Our event directly benefits Louisville's homeless community. This year we’ve not only added new attractions, but we’ve also given ourselves a big goal!
Last year, our generous guests supplied enough donations to stock the shelves of the homeless rescue mission for 8 months. This year, our goal is to supply the rescue mission with enough supplies to last for an ENTIRE YEAR!

Will you help us reach this goal?

Admission is one donation of the following items, per person, but please consider bringing more!
* Multi-purpose cleaner
* 39 Gallon Trash bags
* Laundry Detergent
* Paper Towels
* Washcloths
* Bathroom Tissue

At no cost, kids and their families will enjoy:
* Indoor Laser Tag
* Inflatable Slide
* Bouncy Houses
* Horse Rides
* Face Painters
* Balloon

Delicious food from Scarlet's Bakery will be available for purchase!

All donations will go to Re:Center Ministries, formerly Louisville Rescue Mission. 

A Celebration In the Country

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  "Sixty Years Young" Celebration

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm


 7611 Rose Island Road, Prospect, KY 40059

You won't want to miss this year's A Celebration in the CountryFriday, October 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Gingerwoods, surrounded by the 600-acre Wallace Farm, preserved by the Wallace Family and River Fields through a conservation easement.

Join your friends and fellow River Fields supporters as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary!!

Guests will enjoy cocktails, local food by Lilly's, entertainment by Carly Johnson and exciting live and silent auction items with mobile bidding!!  This year we'll dine al fresco to truly enjoy the beautiful surroundings! Get your tickets today

Trees Louisville


FREE Trees Provided by Trees Louisville in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation

Trees Louisville is a nonprofit organization focused on restoring the urban tree canopy in Louisville.They are partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to provide 1500 free trees to Louisville residents. Louisville loses around 54,000 trees annually and this is one way we can help restore our depleted canopy. 

To participate go to arborday.org/treeslouisville, type in your address, and choose your tree! Trees will either be shipped to your home or you can pick up a larger tree at one of the two scheduled events. 

Pickup events are scheduled for October 20, 12pm-4pm at Against the Grain Brewery, 401 E Main St, Louisville, KY 40202 or November 9, 10am-2pm at the Americana Community Center 4801 Southside Dr. Louisville, KY 40214.

Louisville Astronomical Society



Become a Scope Jockey!

To donate, join, or find our next event, go to: https://louisville-astro.org/

Louisville Slugger Museum

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Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is pleased to participate in the 15th annual Museum Day, an initiative by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country offer free admission to those with a branded ticket. On Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 9:00am - 5:00pm, the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory located at 800 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202 will be one of more than 1,500 museums participating in this event that replicates the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission daily.

Tickets and additional information about Museum Day can be found at Smithsonian.com/museumday.  or https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/museum/louisville-slugger-museum-factory/  

Revolution Kentucky Drive Electric Week


 EV Ride and Drive at Sullivan

September 21, 2019, 5:00pm-9:30pm

Sullivan University School of Pharmacy parking lot
2120 Gardiner Lane Louisville, KY 40205

National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Are you considering going electric? Come talk to owners who have successfully done so.

  • See electric sedans, SUV's, minivans, motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, and more!
  • Live music by the Pranksters
  • Fork & Greens food truck
  • Steel City Pops
  • Face Painting
  • Raffle- win a high-end electric lawnmower
  • Solar Installer Showcase

Fore more information: http://evolveky.org/

Expungement Clinic


Kentucky Science Center


Young Frankenstein

Saturday, Sept 28 | 7:00-10:00 p.m.
$15 for Members, $20 for Non-members

Kickoff the Halloween season with the greatest horror/comedy of all time—Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein! Gaze upon this creation of comedy genius in all its black-and-white glory at the Kentucky Science Center’s 4-story theater. Panel discussion on some of the science themes of the movie to follow, but no guarantees that this won’t just be an excuse to quote the movie! For ages 21+

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Camp Taylor Open House & Truck Dedication

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Please join the Camp Taylor Fire District for its Open House and Truck Dedication on Sunday, September 29, 2019. This celebration will take place at 4649 Poplar Level Rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40213 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The first 100 people will receive a goodie bag!

Louisville Zoo

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“The World’s Largest Halloween Party!”

If scary is no fun for your little ones, then don’t miss the sweetest party in town with costumed characters and trick-or-treating for kids 11 and under. We invite you to be our guest as you meet some of the most royal princesses in the land, journey back in time and marvel at prehistoric dinos, and dive into the fun as you explore under the sea. Visit with Mumpkin the talking pumpkin, wander up the yellow brick road to test your courage, brains and heart, and dance the night away in our out-of-this-world Astro Disco. Join us for a party that gets bigger and better around every turn!

Louisville Zoo 

1100 Trevilian Way  Louisville, KY 40213

October 3–6, 10–13, 17–20, & 24–27, 2019
Party starts at 5 p.m. Enter until 8:30 p.m. (Route open until 10 p.m.)
Special Tickets Required for all Guests (age 3+)


Adult Costume Guidelines:  Adults may wear costumes, but we ask that they be family friendly (not scary please). And since this event caters to small children, adults may NOT wear masks that cover the face. The Zoo reserves the right to ask adults to remove masks. Tickets and additional information:https://louisvillezoo.org/halloween-2019/

Out of School Day Camp




Saturday & Sunday - October 5 & 6, 2019
Location: Bowman Field Terminal Building
2805 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY, 40205

Enjoy the sites of the Golden Era of Aviation History. Explore and see planes from the 1920's through the 1960's. Talk to pilots and owners of these vintage planes. Take a peep inside to see what it is like to step back in time... or buy a ticket to ride! Vintage plane rides will be available throughout the day on various historic planes. 

  • 30 + Military and Civilian Airplanes
  • Aircraft flyovers and air show maneuvers
  • Vintage cars, motorcycles and military vehicles 
  • C-130 Hercules - Kentucky Air National Guard, Over 50 years of continuous service for the US military.  One of the largest aircraft to ever land at Bowman Field.  Extremely rare opportunity to walk through and experience this special aircraft
  • Military re-enactors and encampment 
  • Historic military and aviation exhibits 
  • FLIGHTLINE:  Rides available for purchase in advance and onsite: 
    • B-25 Mitchell
    • TBM Avenger
    • Classic Waco Biplane
    • WWII Beechcraft C-45
    • Helicopters 
    • Others Aircraft
    • Discovery flights in Cessna 172’s and modern helicopters
  • Four Roses Bourbon tastings and Educational Sessions, Craft Beer, and Food Trucks
  • LIVE Music including Ladies for Liberty and educational speakers throughout the weekend
  • NEW for 2019: The Bowman Bouncy Field, with an acre of inflatables and the Mighty Titans® Adventure Run available for kids
    • Local aviation group exhibits
    • History of Bowman Field  by Charles Arrington 
    • Boomin’ on Bowman free concert: Live music on the airfield Saturday night ($5 parking charge per car)
  • Live entertainment including Ladies for Liberty and educational speakers
  • Food Trucks, Craft Beer and Four Roses Bourbon 
  • Local vendors and veteran groups
  • *Vintage Plane Rides available for additional fees per plane. Prices vary. 

 VETERANS & ACTIVE MILITARY GET IN FREE.  Please bring Military ID card.

For ticket and more information:https://www.bowmanaviationfest.com/

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

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The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

OCTOBER 8, 2019 – NOVEMBER 3, 2019

Iroquois Park

5216 New Cut Rd, Louisville, KY 40214

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular began in Oxford, Massachusetts in 1988. The Louisville event, celebrating its 7th year in 2019, is held in Iroquois Park with 5,000 carved pumpkins lining a 1/3-mile walking trail, illuminated at night as an “art show”. The show runs daily from dusk to 11 p.m., during the week (Sunday-Thursday), and closes at midnight on Friday & Saturday.

•   Nightly illumination

•   Entertainment for the whole family

•   5,000 illuminated pumpkins on a 1,500-ft. trail, with more than 100 pumpkins carved into  veritable works of art.

•   Presented, each year, in newly themed scenes, with music

•   Proceeds benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation

No pets or animals, other than service animals (such as seeing-eye pets under leash control of their owner), are allowed in the Iroquois Amphitheater, or on the Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular trail.

For ticket information: https://www.jack-o-lanternlouisville.com/shows


St. James Court Art Show

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The St. James Court Art Show® is a juried fine arts and contemporary crafts show featuring over 700 artists from around the U.S. held among the country’s largest collection of Victorian homes in the heart of historic Old Louisville. This 4-square block, outdoor art show takes place annually on the first weekend of October, Friday through Sunday.

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Zomo The Rabbit


Toll Bridges Collect $108 Million


Kentucky’s toll bridges are meeting or exceeding revenue projections. The system is continuing to grow, collecting fees, meeting financial obligations and seeing increases in the number of users. Transportation Cabinet officials reported Tuesday morning that $108 million was collected last year from the three toll bridges currently in use in the Louisville area.

Megan McLain, innovative finance manager for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, told members of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation, “Our average daily traffic is continuing to grow.” She reported 82,000 users when the system began and 99,000 this year

Tolling began in 2017. The rate increased 2.5% earlier this summer, with vehicles charged anywhere from $2.10 to $12.61 depending on size and prepayment. Tolls are charged to use the two bridges that cross from Louisville into Indiana, the I-65 Abraham Lincoln Bridge and the I-65 Kennedy Bridge. Kentucky also charges the toll for the State Road 265/KY 841 Lewis and Clark Bridge from Prospect into Indiana.

McLain reported the system is doing a good job of identifying drivers and collecting fees. Only about 7% of the vehicles that pass over the bridges cannot be identified by the automatic system that captures license plate numbers. Vehicle owners are sent a bill.

About 13% of revenue generated in 2019 was from late fees. Owners are charged $5 if an invoice is not paid within 30 days, $30 after 60 days and $60 after 90 days.

The state recently conducted a risk assessment into the toll system. McLain said the Cabinet is reviewing the findings and considering recommended improvements.

Source: KLC City Limit, Sept. 2019

District 7 Crime Report


For the week of Sunday, September 8, 2019  to Saturday, September 14, 2019

Theft from Automobile - There were a total of sixteen thefts from autos, which was an increase from the previous week (13). In three of the thefts, force was used; six were by unknown means, and seven were left unlocked. Please remember to lock your vehicles and take your valuables out of your car.

Auto Theft - There were four reported auto thefts for the week, which was an increase from the previous week (3). Two of the auto thefts were attempts, and two were unfounded. 

Burglary - There were five reported burglaries in this reporting period, which was an increase from the previous week (4). Three of the burglaries were residential and two were businesses. The method of entry is as follows: Force was used in two, and three were entered by unknown means. 

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10th Illegal Dumper of 2019!

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Metro Solid Waste Enforcement has located and impounded its 10th vehicle of 2019 for illegal dumping. The Ford Ranger truck and two individuals were caught on a Schnitzelburg neighborhood resident’s security camera. The video shows the two men dumping a couch behind the property. While the license plate was not visible in the video, there were clear images of the individuals. Still shots were shared last week through this newsletter, Facebook, and Nextdoor asking the community to help identify the culprits.

Enforcement received an anonymous tip that led them to the owner of the truck in District 21. The owner stated that he planned to dispose of the couch for free at the Waste Reduction Center, but he didn’t realize it is closed on Mondays. Instead of waiting another day, he dumped it on someone else’s property, leading to a $500 fine and $250 cleanup fee plus impound lot fees.

Residents of Jefferson County can take up to 3 large household items per day to the  Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue for free. But keep in mind, they are open Tuesday through Saturday and closed on Sundays and Mondays. 

Yard Waste is Not Trash!


Can you spot the plastic trash from residential yard waste collection? 


Public Education Coordinator, Karen Maynard, recently visited Smith Creek's Louisville location where most local yard waste haulers offload their collections. The material is sent through a grinder before being loaded onto another truck and taken to their industrial composting facility located in Borden, IN. It takes about 6 to 8 months for it to be ready for distribution to stores, even locations here in Louisville. This amazing closed loop system could be better, though.The piles of yard waste from neighborhood collections contains

plastic pots, plant tags, straws, plastic drink bottles, mulch bags, and the list goes on. These items aren't necessarily easy to spot - they are often buried deep in the paper yard waste bags. When the plastic hits the grinder it is shredded into small plastic pieces that can't be easily removed. This reduces the value of their product. And if you've ever found small pieces of plastic in your purchased mulch or compost, now you know why. If you have yard waste collection service, make sure to follow the guidelines. Yard waste includes leaves, twigs, small branches, grass clippings, and plant trimmings. It does NOT include trash generated from yard work or litter found in your yard. Use the Recycle Coach app to search "What Goes Where?"

Animal Services


Make a Service Request to Animal Control

Dispatchers are accessible 24 hours a day for emergencies, and during business hours when Animal Control officers are on-duty. To make a service request, call Metrocall at 311 Monday-Friday from 7a.m.-7p.m. Service requests are also taken via the Metrocall311 customer service portal. After hours, citizens can call LMPD Dispatch at 502-574-7111 or 502-574-2111. Please provide complete and accurate information, must have an exact address to respond to complaints. 

Service Requests Taken by Metro Animal Services Include: 

  • Cruelty
  • Inhumane treatment
  • Chaining violations
  • Abandonment
  • Bite/quarantine cases
  • Lack of necessary shelter, water & food
  • Lack of veterinary care or grooming
  • Unhealthy living conditions
  • Confined strays and stray animals at large

Louisville Metro Animal Services does not remove deceased animals from the roadway. Click here to report a deceased animal.

Public Notices



Just For Fun

Word of Week



Definition: complete and confident composure or self-assurance

In A Sentence: Despite the ice storm, the police officers went about their duties of protecting and serving the public with aplomb.

Quote of Week

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.”

-Author Unknown

Life Hacks
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