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

601 W. Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1107

Email Councilwoman McCraney

Shay West

Legislative Assistant

 (502) 574-3454



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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

***My message today is on a topic that is often debated and considered controversial. If the subject is of interest to you – one way or the other – I urge you to mark your calendar and attend a special discussion on climate change, Saturday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m.***

What is your opinion on climate change? Do you think there’s something to it, or do you think it’s a bunch of malarkey?

Some folks believe that climate change is the defining issue of our time and now is the defining moment to do something about it. Accordingly, Mayor Greg Fischer has declared climate change an emergency. As a result, the Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability is developing a Climate Adaptation Plan to address and prepare for the existing and anticipated effects of climate change on the city and is seeking public input about residents’ experiences, concerns, and ideas.

The Fischer administration states that Louisville is experiencing more rain and major floods than in the past, and the number of hot summer days is rising. Winter temperatures swing between record warm and cold days and winter storms are intensifying. Extreme weather puts people at risk, disrupts daily life, impacts city services, damages roads and buildings, and is costing us more than ever.

Major announcements by government and private sector leaders at the September 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit boosted climate action momentum, and demonstrated growing recognition that the pace of climate action must be rapidly accelerated. According to the UN, global emissions are reaching record levels and show no sign of peaking. The last four years were the four hottest on record, sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying, and we are starting to see the life-threatening impact of climate change on health, through air pollution, heatwaves and risks to food security.

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said that we must change course by 2020, or we risk missing the point where we can avoid the “disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.”

So, District 7, here is your chance to get involved on the cutting edge of the discussion on climate change, or gain more information and knowledge about the subject.  You are encouraged to attend the upcoming open house to talk about how climate change is affecting you and explore tactics to combat it.

The open house will begin with a brief presentation from consultant Climate Access, and will be held at the following time and location:

  • Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Northeast Regional Library, 15 Bellevoir Circle

Residents also can offer their input through the Prepare Louisville online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/preparelouisville.

For more information about the city’s current sustainability efforts, please visit:


I found this pie chart and a link to a global warming white paper that may be of interest to you as you formulate your opinion on climate change.  This topic is not going away anytime soon, so we might as well gather information as we gather our thoughts.

pie chart

Results of the Cook et al. (2013) 97% consensus on global warming paper.

Here is additional information that may pique your interest.

polar bear

Is Human Activity Primarily Responsible for Global Climate Change?



Climate Change Public Opinion Polls (Click here to read more) 9/20/2019 - A poll released in Sep. 2019 found that 86% of teenagers believe human activity is causing climate change, compared to 79% of adults. Other polls have found that 14% of Americans deny climate change exists, and noted the political divide among those who think climate change is mostly caused by humans (84% of liberal Democrats vs. 26% of conservative Republicans).

NEW ProCon.org Website! – 2020 Presidential Election: The Candidates and Where They Stand on the Issues (Click here to read more) 8/29/2019 - Learn about the presidential candidates' views on important issues, compare them with a side-by-side chart, find your best match with a fun quiz, track their finances, and so much more on our 2020 Presidential Election website. The New York Times called our previous presidential election site "The most comprehensive tool for researching the candidate's stance on issues." Check back monthly for expanded issue coverage.

You may also like:

1. Should People Become Vegetarian? - Top Pro and Con Quotes

2. Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?- Top Pro and Con Quotes

3. History of Alternative Energy and Fossil Fuels

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District 7 Sidewalk Repairs for 2019


Art in the Park

arts in the park

10th Annual Art in the Park

 September 28, 2019 at 10 am – 4 pm

Brownsboro Park Retirement Community

2960 Goose Creek Rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40241

Enjoy a fun-filled day of local art, shopping, live entertainment and great food.

Fall Antiques Market


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

Historic Locust Grove

561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville KY 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.

TOPS Sneak Peek Launch Party


TOPS Sneak Peek Party

Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8 PM

3907 Chenoweth Sq., Louisville, Kentucky 40207

Come see the October issue of TOPS Magazine before anyone else in Louisville. Enjoy free food, drinks and great giveaways from the Chenoweth Square merchants, benefiting Hope Scarves and supporting the many courageous women who are battling cancer.

Celebrating Louisville’s Quiet Giant

Louisville water tower

St. Matthews Area Ministries


Celebrating 100 Years of Service

fire and rescue

St. Matthews Beer and Food Festival

beer and food

1st Annual St. Matthews Beer & Food Festival

October 12, 2019  3:00 pm - 7:00 pm with LIVE bands until Midnight


 Enjoy beers from all over the world, local food trucks and live music until midnight!

General admission (Advance): $25.00

General admission (Week of the event): $30.00

For more information and ticket: St. Matthews Beer & Food Festival

NuLu Fest

Nulu fest

For the 11th year NuLu is hosting its well-known street festival celebrating the continued growth and revitalization of Louisville’s East Market District. Come enjoy live music by sonoBLAST! Records, regional craft beers and spirits, 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.

The East Market District, also referred to as NULU, is now best known for its art galleries, unique specialty stores, antique shops and a growing number of upscale restaurants. The term “NULU” is a portmanteau meaning “New Louisville.” As home to many historic restoration projects, as well as several restaurants offering organic and locally sourced ingredients, NULU has emerged as the city's "hot spot" to shop, eat, drink and spend time with friends.

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

Don’t miss the fun! Visit Website

Downs After Dark

Bourbon and Beats

 Downs After Dark - Bourbon & Beats

Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Churchill Downs

  700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208

This event is a Forecastle Foundation & Churchill Downs collaboration pairing Kentucky Sounds & Spirits. Enjoy an old fashioned Old Forester dance to the beats of renowned DJ's and watch racing under the lights at our premier Downs After Dark event. Stakes races for the evening include the Ack Ack (GIII), Lukas Classic (GIII) & Jefferson Cup (Listed).

What to Wear: Shades of purple - on trend with Autumn fashions.

Event Highlights Include:

  • Live Music on the Plaza Stage: The Jesse Lees (6pm - 8pm) DJ Matt Anthony (8pm-11:30pm)
  • Experience the return of the high-energy dance party at the Silent Disco
  • Silent Disco Stage Line Up: Glittertitz DJz & DJ S.Y.I.M.O.N.E (8pm-11:30pm)

For more information and tickets: Visit Website 

Waterfront Botanical Gardens' Opening Festivities

waterfront botanical garden

opening day

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony  

Friday, October 4, 9-10am

Join us as we celebrate the grand opening and dedication of the long-awaited Graeser Family Education Center, the first building of Waterfront Botanical Gardens located at 1435 Frankfort Ave Louisville, KY 40206.

This special event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but please plan ahead!

Parking is extremely limited. We recommend carpooling, TARC routes 15 or 31, biking, walking, or using the trolley shuttle from the field adjacent to Hadley Pottery and the Yellow parking lot on Waterfront Park next to the U of L Rowing club boathouse.


Beer and Music in the Gardens

Friday, October 4, 7-11pm

Join us on the Graeser Family Education Center plaza for an evening of live music, featuring performances by Tyler Lance Walker Gill and James Lindsey. Food and local beers from Against the Grain, Mile Wide, and Apocalypse will be available for purchase. Pets are not permitted at this event.  Limited spots available.  Non-Members: $25, WBG Members: $20 Tickets

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Night of a Thousand Flowers

Saturday, October 5, 6-9:00pm

Join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating the opening of Waterfront Botanical Gardens’ first building, The Graeser Family Education Center. Gala Guests will enjoy a seated dinner, cocktails, live music by Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet, and complimentary admission to the Garden After Party. Garden After Party guests will enjoy cocktails, desserts, and live music by Carly Johnson and the Hot Sauce Brass Band. Limited tickets available. Tickets

Night of a Thousand Flowers – AFTER PARTY

Saturday, October 5, 9:00 pm-midnight

Join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating the opening of Waterfront Botanical Gardens’ first building, The Graeser Family Education Center. After Party Guests will enjoy cocktails, desserts, and live music by Carly Johnson and the Hot Sauce Brass Band. Limited tickets available Tickets

after party

Nunnlea Craft Fair


Nunnlea Craft Fair

October 5, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm and October 6, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Nunnlea Historic Home

 1940 S. Hurstbourne Parkway

The Thirteenth Annual Nunnlea Craft Fair takes place at the 157-year-old  Historic Nunnlea Home. Craft artists will offer a wide variety of quality handmade items including, jewelry, gourd art, needlework, glass, basketry, woodcrafts, and pottery. Besides great artists, we have plenty of free parking, and space for browsing in a beautiful setting. The community is invited, and the admission is free.

Kentucky Kingdom

kingdom fear

Louisville Halloween Parade and Festival

halloween parade

If you are looking for The Halloween season celebration in Louisville, this is it! The Louisville Halloween Parade & Festival  on October 5, 2019 combines what you love about festivals in the Ville with one of the nation's BEST Halloween Parades. This will be the 17th year of the Halloween Parade along Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road. The festival will begin at 12:00 pm on Baxter Avenue from Bardstown Road to Hepburn Avenue with live entertainment throughout the day, craft booths and other fun activities for you to enjoy. Then, at 6:00 pm the ORIGINAL crown jewel of the day, the Louisville Halloween Parade, will march down the street from the corner of Baxter Avenue and Broadway down to Bardstown Road and Rosewood Avenue. We will end the day at the festival with more live music and a very special pumpkin glow. It is a day that you don't want to miss!

For more information http://www.louisvillehalloweenfest.com/

2019 Craig Buthod Author Series


Best-selling author J.R. Ward and venture capitalist Bruce Gibney close out  the 2019 Craig Buthod Author Series, being held at the Louisville Main Public Library, 301 York Street, Louisville, KY 40203.

J.R. Ward - Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 pm

Bruce Gibney - Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 pm

Both programs are free, but tickets are requested. Learn More

Wine on the River

wine on the river

Come join us on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 2:00pm-6:00pm as we travel through different regions spanning the globe. Sample wine and spirits specific to a certain region. Restaurants featuring culturally themed menus will also have food available for purchase. Take a break from your travels and enjoy the soothing sounds of live music. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Haven.

Attendees must be 21+ to enter and show valid ID (sorry no children or pets allowed)

Wine On the River is a rain or shine event and no refunds will be given.

For more information or tickets: Wine on the River

Garvin Gate Blues Festival

garvin gate

The 24th Garvin Gate Blues Festival is the largest free neighborhood street music festival in Louisville, Kentucky.  This festival is a celebration of both the blues and the arts. In addition to continuous live entertainment from some of the best blues bands, the festival has an array of food and drink vendors and over 50 artisan and craft booths.

October 11, from 6:30 pm -11:15 pm, & October 12, from 2:00 pm -11:15 pm

500 W Oak St, Louisville, Kentucky 40203

The Gate on Garvin Place and W. Oak Street in historic Old Louisville.

For more information and artist lineup https://www.garvingatebluesfestival.com/

JCPS Community Forum and Information Fair


Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) families and community members are encouraged to attend a Community Forum and Information Fair hosted by the Jefferson County Board of Education on Oct. 1, from 6 - 8 pm, at Gheens Academy (4425 Preston Highway) on the campus of Louisville Male High School. During the event, families will be able to:

  • Provide feedback about the district’s student assignment plan.
  • Share ideas and input on what the four new schools (an elementary school along West Broadway, an elementary school in Newburg, an elementary school along the Dixie corridor, and a middle school in the east end) should look like before construction begins.

The Community Forum and Information Fair is an added opportunity for the community to be involved in and informed about the transformative work happening in JCPS. During the event, families will also be able to meet with school board members and district leadership.

Additionally, more than a dozen JCPS team members will be available to answer questions and provide information to families about several topics, including the JCPS Backpack of Success Skills, nutrition services, racial equity, school culture and climate, student supports and transportation services. 

Follow JCPS online on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

2019 Showcase of Schools


Before you decide which school your child will attend for the next school year, 2020-21, visit the Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) District’s Elementary, Middle, and High Showcase of Schools. JCPS has many great school choice options. School and district staff will be available to share program highlights and answer questions about the district.

JCPS Registration/Application Period: October 28 – December 18, 2019

For additional information, visit the JCPS website or call 485-6250 or 485-3323.

Friends of the Library

Friends of the library

What’s Happening

 October is membership renewal month for Friends of the Louisville Free Public Library. You can renew online at one of the following levels: 

  • A $15 membership includes one free book coupon good at any branch book sale.
  • A $30 membership includes one free book coupon plus a Friends tote bag (new design).
  • A $60 membership includes a free book coupon and a Friends t-shirt (new design).
  • A $100 membership includes a free book coupon, a Friends t-shirt and two Friends tote bags (new design).

The Friends of the Louisville Free Public Library is a volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that exists to promote the welfare and growth of our public libraries. Donations are always welcome. Current Friends activities include:

  • advocating for adequate library funding through Louisville Metro Council,
  • providing supplemental funding to branch libraries for materials and activities,
  • hosting Café Louie events where citizens can meet with local legislators,
  • partnering with Metro United Way to refill Little Free Libraries throughout Louisville,
  • providing age-appropriate children’s books to Habitat for Humanity families,
  • donating books to the Louisville Metro Corrections and Probation and Parole Departments, donating books to ESL classes, retirement homes, art teachers and Kentucky Refugee Ministries Learn more at http://www.friendsofthelfpl.org.           

8 Reasons To Visit Louisville


8 REASONS TO VISIT LOUISVILLE, KY THIS FALL (Especially if you live here!)

Fall is one of the best times in and around Louisville.  This big city, with a small-town feel, offers a great combination of art, food, bourbon, culture, and some of the friendliest people you’ll meet in the country.

  Click here to Read More 

The Zero Hunger Mobile Market

Hunger Mobile

Bringing great food to your neighborhood!

The Zero Hunger Mobile Market is a single-aisle grocery store on wheels. The Mobile Market visits neighborhoods that have limited or no access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods.

Customers can board the vehicle to shop for fresh produce and staple food items, and pay by debit card, credit card, or EBT. No cash is accepted or stored within the Mobile Market. Click here to view a sample shopping list of items available.

The Zero Hunger Mobile Market makes two stops daily on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Mobile Market Calendar

Everyone is welcome at the Zero Hunger Mobile Market!

Thank you to The Kroger Company, Louisville Forward and the Louisville Metro Council for making the Zero Hunger Mobile Market possible!

PARC Pay By Plate Parking

Pay stations

The Works Week

The Works Week banner

3rd Street between Broadway and Muhammad Ali to be converted to two-way

Muhammad Ali

Third  Street between Broadway and Muhammad Ali Boulevard is slated to be repaved and converted to two-way traffic the week of October 7 – 11, 2019.  Two-way streets typically come in pairs with each serving a single direction (e.g. Jackson and Preston).  During the conversion of Second Street, Third Street should have been converted to two-way.  So today, Third Street north of Broadway is sandwiched between two-way streets: Second Street and Fourth Street.  Metro is finally in a position to remedy the “dangling pair” and convert Third Street north of Broadway to Liberty Street.  The conversion of Third Street to two-way is intended to improve vehicular access, reduce speeds, and reduce driver confusion, particularly with all the visitors to our city. The image above is the proposed Third Street configuration.

Know Waste: Styrofoam


Did you know Styrofoam is NOT accepted in Louisville's curbside or drop-off recycling? Unfortunately, Styrofoam to-go cups and containers should go in the trash. Try to avoid those single-use products! Large Styrofoam packaging inserts can be recycled locally, but only at Foam Fabricators in New Albany, IN during their business hours - they must be clean and free of tape and stickers. But if you're trying to dispose of Styrofoam at the curb, place in your trash container. Reuse it first if you can! Learn more at Louisvilleky.gov/recycling.

Just For Fun

Word of Week



Definition: A harsh discordant mixture of sounds.

Used In A Sentence: The multitude of creatures created a cacophony of calls that assaulted our ears.

Quote of Week

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”

― John Wooden

Life Hacks


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