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

Here’s a random question: What was happening 60 years ago yesterday, October 10, 1959?

In 1959 the unemployment problems eased to 5.5%. Television programs included "Rawhide", "Bonanza" and "The Twilight Zone", movies included "Some Like it Hot", "Ben Hur" and "North by Northwest". Alaska is admitted to the union and becomes the 49th state and Hawaii is admitted to the Union and became the 50th State.

The average cost of a new car in 1959 was $2,200.00, the average cost of a new house was $12,400.00. (Today, the median home price is $200,000.). The average cost of a gallon of gas was $0.25 (yes that’s right, 25 cents), the average cost of a movie ticket was $1.00, and the average cost of a loaf of bread in 1959 was $0.20 (20 cents). Oh, and minimum wage was $1.00.

October 10 is National Cake Decorating Day, and World Mental Health Day, a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma, is celebrated. Did you hug a drummer yesterday? Well, you should have, because October 10 is National Hug a Drummer Day!

The birthstone for this day is Opal and Tourmaline, and the zodiac sign is Libra. Tanya Tucker, Brett Favre, Nora Roberts and Helen Hayes were born on October 10. And finally, there was one other very special event that occurred on October 10, 1959. My parents were welcoming a bouncing 7 lb. 14 oz baby girl – Me! – into the world. 

So…What Happened to Me on October 10, 2019?

First, I did a little math and came up with this: From October 10, 1959 to October 10, 2019, I

  • Was 31,559,040 minutes old.
  • Had been alive for 525,984 hours.
  • Had slept for 7,305 days or 20 years.
  • Have been blessed and highly favored for 60 years!

Second, I’d like to share with you my (mostly unplanned) birthday schedule:

7:32 AM: Woke up to a text message from one of my  girlfriends that read, “You have executive and leadership potential which comes with the responsibility to serve humanity to create equality for all people. You could make a significant contribution in aiding people in difficult or less-fortunate circumstances, and in assisting others to find their calling in life. Your inner nature has qualities of self-sufficiency, competency, and quick-mindedness with a penchant for business and finance.” (I bet my friend read that message from a horoscope web site!)

9:30 AM : Arrived at my boutique and conducted inventory and  prepared for a huge sale.

1:00 PM: Picked up new sunglass prescription (still waiting on my main specs to arrive!)


2:15 PM: Arrived at City Hall to assist others in unveiling the 2019 Edition of the “Art in City Hall” Exhibit, which features the work of Louisville Visual Artists. I was honored to serve on the selection panel this year. It was a wonderful experience viewing all the submitted artwork and allowing each piece to speak to me. The selection process was fair, but difficult. How can one choose among so many great entries?

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3:00 PM: Toured City Hall to view the art exhibit, and took a picture with an artist and two of his winning pieces. I had the pleasure of meeting several of the other artists, but didn’t get an opportunity to take a picture with them. I INVITE YOU to visit your City Hall to view the artwork on all three floors. You will be amazed at the raw talent of our fellow citizens and neighbors.










3:20 PM: Arrived in my office and was greeted by these birthday surprises:



4:00 PM: Attended a Metro Council Caucus meeting with colleagues.

5:15 PM: Attended a Metro Council Committee of the Whole with colleagues.

6:00 PM: Attended Metro Council Meeting. The agenda was aggressive and visitors to the Chambers were plentiful. After several proclamation presentations and addresses from citizens to the Council, the meeting began around 7:20. A zoning issue was heavily debated (more on that in another e-News issue), and an ordinance regarding our public golf courses was discussed for about an hour. It attracted several key amendments and a lot of back and forth questions and explanations.

During the meeting, audience members advocated through signage their position or opposition on agenda items. This was an interesting display of democracy at its best. 






We (Metro Council), in a 22-1 vote, passed an ordinance to make Louisville public golf courses self-sustainable and prevent the need for outside management. Councilman Bill Hollander was the dissenting vote. In summary, the ordinance: Hikes greens fees by $5 (raising approximately $1 million); allows six of the 10 golf courses to close during the winter months (again, saving money!); lets pros exercise dynamic pricing of greens fees, all of which go to the city’s general fund; requires revenue generated through the courses be dedicated solely to golf expenses and deferred maintenance; and ensures that golf pros have the right to submit proposals on courses; and requires pros to disclose revenue, expenses and profits associated with quarterly reports.

9:12 PM: Left City Hall after Council meeting and joined my family for a late, late dinner.

How was your October 10? I hope it was as interesting and blessed as mine. October 10, 2019 is now etched in my memory as one of the most nonstop and exciting birthdays of my life. To me, every day is a good day. But, this 60th birthday, October 10, 2019, was simply one of the best!

4th Annual Fall Festival

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reGeneration Fair


reGeneration Fair

Saturday, October 12,2019 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free Admission, ($10 suggested donation)

Waterfront Botanical Gardens

1435 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206

Join us on the plaza of the Graeser Family Education Center for our annual, free, family-friendly environmental fair and Louisville Visual Art Plein Air Paint Out. This fair features food, drinks, music, activities for kids, and more. For more information, click here: www.waterfrontgardens.org

USPS Walk In Passport Fair- St. Matthews Post Office


USPS  Walk In Passport Fair-  St. Matthews Post Office

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 09:00 am to 3:00 pm

 4600 Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY, 40207

To apply for a passport, you will need a certified copy of your birth certificate, a valid photo ID and a passport photo which you can obtain at the fair.

Passport fees are $110 for people aged 16 years or older and  $80 for minors under 16. For minors under 16, both parents must be present and have a valid ID. Fees must be paid by check or money order made payable to the US Department of State. Execution fees are $35, photo fees are $15. Fees must be paid by cash, credit/debit card, check or money order made payable to the US Postal Service.

Applicants may choose routine service (4-6 weeks) or expedited service (2-3 weeks). Expedited service costs an additional $60. You may also make an appointment at your local post office for a passport at  www.usps.com/scheduler.

For more information, click here: www.travel.state.gov.

St. Matthews Beer and Food Festival

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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 : $30.00

For more information and tickets, click here: St. Matthews Beer & Food Festival.

Courier Journal Wine & Food Experience

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The 3rd Courier Journal Wine & Food Experience presented by Kroger takes place at Norton Commons 10712 Meeting St, Prospect KY, 40059  from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 19, 2019. The event is described as “a quintessential Grand Tasting of Louisville’s fine food, wine, craft beer and spirits.” The Courier-Journal Wine & Food Experience presented by Kroger presents rich and colorful moments for guests to taste, savor and explore the Louisville culinary scene, from local trends to regional traditions. Enjoy the Grand Tasting: a gourmet showcase by local chefs, emerging talent and nationally renowned culinary leaders who mix with patrons in a convivial setting. Lively cooking demonstrations, chef meet & greets, and seminars deliver unforgettable experiences for fans, connoisseurs, partners, purveyors, and industry personalities. Indulge in the VIP experience for an hour early admittance into the experience, plus a chance to mix and mingle with chefs. Elevate your experience even further with additional Meet & Greet opportunities with our celebrity talent.

For more information and ticket, click here: www.wineandfood.usatoday.com

Frankenstein: A Reading Performance


Frankenstein: A Reading Performance

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Locust Grove

561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207

Right in time for Halloween, join Kentucky Shakespeare in the great parlor inside Locust Grove's historic home as they bring this classic story to life in a staged reading performance. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote and published Frankenstein during the Croghan's occupancy of Locust Grove, making this a perfect melding of worlds to mark the season. Light refreshments provided.

Tickets $20 per person or $15 for Locust Grove members; prepaid reservations required.

Doors open at 6:00 pm; performance begins at 7:00 pm.

Click here for tickets: Locust-Grove-Museum.

Westport Village Trick-or-Treat

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Join us at Westport Village, 1315 Herr Ln., Louisville, KY 40222 on October 25 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm for an evening of trick-or-treating. Participating shops throughout Westport Village will offer sweet treats during this family-friendly evening.

Don't forget to check-in on Facebook or tag @shopwestportvillage on Instagram to enter our costume contest for a $100 Westport Village shopping spree! Winner will be selected by originality and notified via social media by November 1st. Good luck! For more information, click here: Facebook.com.

Tree Giveaway

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The Louisville Palace


RuPaul's Drage Race: Werq the World Tour 2019

625 S. 4th Street Louisville, KY 40202

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Doors open at 7:00 pm and Show starts at 8:00 pm 

For ticket information, click here: www.louisvillepalace.com.

Louisville Palace Halloween Movie Series: Hocus Pocus

625 S. 4th Street Louisville, KY 40202

Friday, October 18, 2019

Doors open at 7:00 pm and Show starts at 8:00 pm

For ticket information, click here: www.louisvillepalace.com.




625 S. 4th Street Louisville, KY 40202

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Doors open at 6:30 pm and Show starts at 7:30 pm

For ticket information, click here:www.louisvillepalace.com.

Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly 

The Rock 'N' Roll Dream Tour

625 S. 4th Street Louisville, KY 40202

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Doors open at 7:00 pm and Show starts at 8:00 pm

For ticket information, click here: www.louisvillepalace.com.


2019 Car Audio Championship

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Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Conference

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The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon


 The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® on October 19, 2019 is a 13.1 mile race that starts and finishes in downtown Louisville, follows Cherokee Park's Scenic Loop and finishes back on Main Street - with great scenery, music and entertainment along the way. Participants in the half marathon and Team Challenge will receive long-sleeve tech shirts, virtual goodie bags, unique bourbon-themed medals and entry into the post-race Urban Bourbon Bash. In the Urban Bourbon Bash, all registrants will receive bourbon samples, Falls City beer, and hot food including Kentucky burgoo and a slice of Bearno's pizza. Walkers may participate, but must be able to keep a 15:00 minute per mile pace in the half marathon since roads will reopen at this pace (the finish line will close at 11:30 am).

Since our Urban Bourbon Half Marathon presented by Jim Beam® is meant for those age 21 or older, includes bourbon and bourbon-themed medals, you must be 21 or older on Oct. 19, 2019 to register. Online registration will close at 11:59 pm on Oct. 17, 2019. For more information, visit our website: www.urbanbourbonhalf.com.

Sista Strut Breast Cancer Walk

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Real 93.1 and 98.9 Radio Now are excited to return to Shawnee Park this fall for the 3rd annual Sista Strut Breast Cancer 3k walk presented by Becker Law and Papa Johns. Sista Strut's mission is to increase awareness about breast cancer and provide information on community resources in the area. A portion of the proceeds from the Sista Strut 3k walk presented by Papa Johns will benefit Kentucky African Americans Against Cancer and Susan G. Komen of Kentucky.

For more information and tickets, click here: Sista Strut.

Corn Island Storytelling Festival

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Trick or Treat at The Track

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Family Adventure Day-Presented by Kroger

Churchill Downs
700 Central Ave, Louisville, KY, 40208

Sunday, October 27, 2019  Gates Open at 11:30

Churchill Downs & their charitable partners invites little ghouls and goblins to Trick-or-Treat at the Track during Family Adventure Day. Enjoy Halloween fun under the Twin Spires, a day of thrilling racing, and over 20 activities that kids under 12 can enjoy. Come pick out your own pumpkin at our Pumpkin Patch to take home. Tickets are just $8 when purchased online in advance, and include unlimited access to all kid-friendly activities. Tickets are $10 if purchased day of event.

For more information and tickets, click here: https://www.churchilldowns.com. 

Louisville Orchestra Violins of Hope


Violins of Hope

Friday, October 25th - Saturday, October 26th

The Kentucky Center, 501 W Main St 

Violins that survived the Holocaust were restored with great love and devotion and now offer an opportunity for learning and reflection. Known as the “Violins of Hope,” these instruments tour the world with a powerful message. The Louisville Orchestra is proud to be a partner in a city-wide consortium of organizations that are bringing these violins to Louisville to share their stories through an exhibit at the Frazier Museum along with concerts, educational programs, lectures, and community events. 

For more information and tickets, click here: http://www.kentuckycenter.org

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer presented by Kroger

Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 12:30 PM – 4 PM

Cardinal Stadium,  2800 S. Floyd Street, Louisville, KY

The American Cancer Society started Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks to unite communities in the fight against this deadly disease. Today, Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation - and we do more than just walk. We raise money to help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking breast cancer research and provide patient services like free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a live 24/7 cancer helpline. But we can’t do any of this without the help of people like you.

For more information, click here: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer .

Year-Round Cutural Pass

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The Cultural Pass is now Year-Round!

The 2019-2020 school year pass is presented by Republic Bank, in partnership with Metro Louisville, Fund for the Arts, Arts and Culture Alliance, Louisville Free Public Library and with support from Yum! and Kosair Charities. Greater Louisville youth will now have free access to many of Greater Louisville’s arts and cultural institutions during the 2019-2020 school year.

The Vision of the Cultural Pass:

A Cultural Pass for children of all ages that supports and encourages life-long learning by providing access to Greater Louisville’s art and cultural institutions.

The School Year Cultural Pass works differently than the summer pass.

The School Year Cultural Pass is valid for one-time general admission at each of the participating institutions between September 14, 2019, and May 31, 2020- BY REGISTRATION ONLY.

New Cultural Pass events will be added throughout the school year. Be sure to check this website often to learn about those opportunities. Pass holders are encouraged to visit as many venues as possible. Pass holders that visit the most venues will be entered into a drawing for tickets, season passes and other prizes provided by members of the Arts and Culture Alliance.

To Register for your 2019-2020 School Year Cultural Pass, click here: Fund for the Arts.

District 7 Crime Report


For the week of Sunday September 29, 2019 to Saturday October 5, 2019

Theft from Automobile - There were a total of nine thefts from autos, which was a decrease from the previous week (13). In two of the thefts force was used. Two were by unknown means, and five were left unlocked. Please remember to lock your vehicles and take your valuables out of your car.

Auto Theft - There were seven reported auto thefts for the week, which was the same as the previous week (7). In four the keys were used and three were by unknown means. 

Burglary - There were three reported burglaries this reporting period, which was the same as the previous week (3). Two of the burglaries were residential and one was a business. Force was used in all three. 

There was one reported Robbery for the reporting period.

On Monday, September 29, 2019 at 4:00 pm at 947 Baxter Ave., two black male juveniles entered the store and took two iPhones from the display. Subjects got into a scuffle with employees while attempting to exit store.

Air Pollution Control District

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Notice of Public Hearing

The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board will hold a public hearing on an Agreed Board Order with Hexion Inc. Hexion is alleged to have violated District Regulations 1.05 (Compliance with Emission Standards and Maintenance Requirements), 2.16 (Title V Operating Permits), and 5.15 (Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions) at the facility located at 6200 Camp Ground Road in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Written comments from the public will be accepted by the board, Rachael Hamilton, Secretary-Treasurer, 701 W. Ormsby Ave. Suite 303, Louisville, KY 40203, until 5:00 pm on October 15, 2019. Written comments will also be accepted electronically until the same deadline at e-mail address: airorders@louisvilleky.gov. Oral comments will be accepted at the public hearing on October 16, 2019, at 10:00 am  Air Pollution Control District, 701 W. Ormsby Ave., Louisville, KY 40203 in the board room.

Information may be obtained from the following website: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/APCD/docket or by contacting Steven Gravatte, (502) 574-6000, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Works Week

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11th illegal dumping impound of 2019


Our Metro Solid Waste Enforcement team located and impounded its 11th vehicle this year for illegal dumping. The Ford F-150 was witnessed on surveillance cameras being used to dump a mattress and construction debris in District 6 on September 21 and September 28. Metro Solid Waste Enforcement Officers were able to track down the vehicle in the 3500 block of River Park Drive. The illegal dumper admitted that he was working on a property and was given money to dispose of the material properly but chose instead to dump it behind a vacant property. In total, the illegal dumper received a citation with a fine of $1000 and approximately $250 for impound and storage fees.

If you hire someone to dispose waste for you, ask to see their Waste Hauler License and do not pay without a disposal receipt. Properly disposing of truck loads of materials generally costs at least $60 - if you're charged less than that, be suspicious. 

Public Notice

BOZA 10-24

Just For Fun

Word of Week



Definition: Denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.

In a sentence: Youth has been justly termed the halcyon era of life.

Quote of Week

“Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic” 
~Stephen Covey

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NOTICE: All Metro Council meetings are carried live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 and U-verse Channel 99. The meetings are also available online at the Metro Council home page at http://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk by clicking on the “Watch Meetings Online” button.