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

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In this Issue...

Message from McCraney

Hello Neighbors,

October is designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I am utilizing my message space this week to bring awareness to these two dreadful subjects. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating survivors, honoring those who have died, raising awareness, and making a commitment to get annual mammograms or seeing to it that your loved ones get them, and making a commitment to speaking up against intimate partner violence in our community.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Domestic violence is a serious violent crime that includes both physical and emotional abuse. It is frequently hidden from public view. Many victims suffer in silence, afraid to seek help or not knowing where to turn. The traumatic effects of domestic violence also extend beyond the abused person, impacting family members and communities. Children often witness the violence or become victims themselves. Stalking is a common and very dangerous tactic used by perpetrators of domestic violence and can pose challenges for victims seeking help.

Many communities throughout the country have developed support networks to assist victims in the process of recovery.  If you need assistance or know someone who needs help, find local resources on the OVW map or contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

No person should be subjected to the fear, shame, and humiliation that an abusive relationship produces, and leaving these relationships is not easy. This National Domestic Violence Awareness Month let us take the time to educate ourselves about how to support friends or family members who are fighting to free themselves from abuse and unite to give a voice to those who suffer in silence.

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence


The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) provides a strong, statewide voice on behalf of survivors and their children. KCADV administers $13 million in state and federal funds to its 15-member programs, runs a Certification Program for all domestic violence program staff including 30 hours of classroom instruction, and operates an Economic Empowerment Program serving survivors across the state. KCADV also advocates on domestic violence-related issues at the state and federal levels, coordinates an annual conference with the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault programs, and provides resources, training, and technical assistance to its member programs. The mission of the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence mobilizes and supports member programs and allies to end intimate partner violence.

The Center for Women and Families – Louisville, KY


The Center for Women and Families strives to offer services in ways that foster safety, choice, trustworthiness, collaboration, and empowerment. They believe in trauma-informed care. This means they acknowledge that everyone responds to and heals from trauma in different ways, so they provide services in a way that promotes healing.

Clients of The Center have the right to privacy and confidentiality, the right to stop or refuse services at any time, the right to be treated with respect and dignity, and the right to appropriate services free from discrimination. With more than 90 dedicated employees, The Center offers hope, safety, shelter, healing, and advocacy to those who have been victimized by intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

Get Help Now

Call 1-844-237-2331


Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

A variety of events around the world are organized in October, including walks and runs, and the pink illumination of landmark buildings. In the United States, the National Football League promotes breast cancer awareness by incorporating pink on and off the field, and comic strip artists use pink on one day in October.

Breast cancer is a type of cancer originating from breast tissue, most commonly from the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules that supply the ducts with milk. Cancers originating from ducts are known as ductal carcinomas, while those originating from lobules are known as lobular carcinomas. (With material from: Wikipedia, this text has been taken from www.cute-calendar.com.)

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October is usually a month associated with Halloween colors of orange and black. However, the Louisville Metro Council is focusing its attention on pink to let everyone know it’s time to do something to fight a killer.

“We hope pink will serve as a reminder that lives from all over Metro Louisville have been touched by breast cancer,” says Council President David James (D-6). “Anything we can do to bring awareness to prevention of this disease is a priority for many of us on this Council.”

Breast cancer information and statistics:

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • After skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among U.S. women, and the second leading cause of cancer death among women after lung cancer.
  • In 2019, approximately 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among U.S. women, and 41,760 women will die from the disease.
  • The overall breast cancer death rate has decreased consistently since 1989, attributed both to improvements in early detection (through screening as well as increased awareness of symptoms) and treatment, for a total decline of 40% through 2017. As a result of this decline, 375,900 breast cancer deaths have been averted in U.S. women through 2017.
  • In 2019, there are more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors (women).
  • In 2019, about 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in men. About 500 men will die from breast cancer.

The Metro Council is also encouraging the community to get involved with the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. It will take place on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, at a new location, Cardinal Stadium. Registration opens at 12:30 pm; walk begins at 1:30 pm.

The event is free and open to the public and raises funds for breast cancer research, patient support programs, and early detection and prevention programs.

For more information and to register, go to: Making Strides.

To learn more about breast cancer and services, go to: www.cancer.org.

Or call the American Cancer Society’s 24/7 toll-free number: 1-800-227-2345.



Sunny's Sol Fest

Sunny's Sol Fest

 Sunny’s Sol Fest (formerly known as PITTY FAIR) is back!

Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Louisville Water Tower Park

3005 River Rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40207

Sunny’s Sol Fest is Saving Sunny’s flagship event -- our pet friendly art and music festival where we celebrate our hard work each year, and promote all the creative compassion that Louisville has to offer. Sol Fest promotes equality for all walks of life, and plays host to dozens of vendors that range from local artists, businesses, non-profits, raffle, and more. Sol Fest also enjoys live music all day, refreshing beer, and delicious local food trucks. Since Halloween will be right around the corner, doggy costumes are encouraged! Sunny’s Sol Fest is FREE to the public, so grab the whole fam and friend crew and come on down!

*Please bring resuable cups to refill your water!
For more information, click here: Sunny's Sol Fest.

Louisville Small Business Networking Event


Harvest Festival


18th Century Market Fair at Locust Grove

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Saturday, October 26 & Sunday, October 27, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Locust Grove 

561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207

Join Locust Grove and the Illinois Regiment of Virginia as we bring the spirit of the past alive with the 18th Century Market Fair. Who will you meet at Market Fair? From rat catchers to musicians to tarot readers to blacksmiths, there's a story behind every trade and every friendly face, whether they're siding with Congressional or Crown forces. Experience the this era with all five senses as you browse 18th century wares for your 21st century home, trying foods and drinks and enjoying 18th century style entertainment.

Purchase replicas of 18th-century military and household items, see the pony cart, sheep, and horses, and meet and converse with early Americans. There will be mock battles for our country’s independence featuring General George Rogers Clark’s own company, the Illinois Regiment of Virginia, as well as British Dragoons and Marines.

Admission: $8 for adults; $4 for children 5-12; Free for children 4 and under.

For more information, click here: 18th Century Market Fair

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Halloween at Brown Park

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Saturday, October 26, 2019
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

1000 Browns Ln, Saint Matthews, KY 40207

For well over 20 years, the Chamber of St. Matthews and City of St. Matthews have brought together thousands of residents, dozens of organizations, and countless area businesses in a fun-filled family friendly, safe, Halloween event.

Starting as a small community event to give families in St. Matthews a safe place to take their young ones trick-or-treating, this event has grown to be very open and welcoming to the entire area. With over 60 area businesses setting up trick-or-treating stations throughout Brown Park’s trail, bounce houses, hay rides, and games and crafts, this event is always a great way to get into the Halloween spirit. 

LMPD 8th Division 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat


St. Matthews United Methodist Church

St. Matthew Methodist

Friends of the Library


Join us for the Friends of the Library Book Sale! Find some fantastic bargains in our wide selection of gently used books. Proceeds benefit the Louisville Free Public Library.

Louisville Free Public Main Library

301 York St, Louisville, Kentucky 40203

Friday at 5 PM – 8 PM

Saturday at 9 AM – 5 PM

Sunday at 1 PM – 5 PM

NOTE: **Friday, October 18th is Members Only Preview Night. Memberships available at the door.

Friends of the Louisville Free Public Library is a group of citizens interested in promoting the welfare and growth of our library. We support pro-library advocacy at state and local levels, fund scholarships for library staff wishing to pursue higher education, and sponsor programs and events for children, teens, and adults.

Learn more and join the Friends at https://www.friendsofthelfpl.org/.

Victorian Ghost Walk


Join us for a theatrical experience from beyond the grave as the porches and parlors of Old Louisville come alive with spirits from the past.


This October 18, 19, and 20, David Dominé’s Victorian Ghost Walk ® celebrates America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood with a cast of real-life characters who return from the grave to tell their stories.

Simon Kracht, the infamous resurrectionist who stole just-buried corpses for the city medical college; millionaire Alfred Victor DuPont, who died at the hands of a scorned mistress; Lucinda, the grief-stricken lunatic who proclaimed herself “Queen of America” in 1885 – these are just some of the ghosts waiting to entertain you this year.

Tours start at 6PM and depart every 15 minutes, for two-hours.

Part walking tour, part porch play, David Dominé’s Victorian Ghost Walk ® brings together local acting talent to showcase the Old Louisville Preservation District and raise funds for neighborhood organizations.

Tours last under two hours and start and end at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 St. James Court, Louisville, KY 40208, and  Magnolia Ave.

When purchasing tickets please pay attention to the  time slot you are choosing and treat your tour tickets as you would theater or concert tickets. IF YOU MISS YOUR TOUR, THERE ARE NO REFUNDS. If you arrive late and the group has already departed, it is up to you to find your guide. This is a rain or shine event.

Jefferson Memorial Forest Adventure


Bats and Not So Scary Boos


Louisville is filled with Bats & Not So Scary Boos this Halloween season!

See baseball bats come to life on a tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, swing for the fences like a major leaguer, and head home with your own mini bat. Then as evening falls, don’t miss the sweetest party in town at the Louisville Zoo’s "World's Largest Halloween Party." The Louisville Zoo transforms into a living storybook with costumed characters and trick-or-treating filled with not so scary boos that are more kooky than spooky. (Perfect for children 11 and under.)

Check out Bats during the week and Boos on the Weekends (Thurs - Sun)

Louisville Slugger Museum 

800 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm

For more information, click here: www.sluggermuseum.com.


Louisville Zoo - The World's Largest Halloween Party 

1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213

Thursdays - Sundays, Starting October 3 through October 27, 2019.

Party starts at 5pm. Enter until 8:30pm.

For more information, click here: www.louisvillezoo.org.

Home Run Halloween


Sunday October 20, 2019  from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

800 W Main St, Louisville, Kentucky 40202

From out of the shadows of The Big Bat, the ghouls and goblins at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory are thrilled to announce the 4th annual Home Run Halloween, returning for another spine-tingling day of mischief and fun on Sunday, October 20, 2019  from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

No tricks about it. The day will be filled with an abundance of treats, including free admission for kids in costume. Additionally, kids can trick-or-treat inside the museum and factory. There will also be a number of other activities throughout the day including a costume contest, a booth to make fake blood from chocolate and mini-bat decorating.

This year also brings with it a spooktacular new, special-edition, glow-in-the-dark mini-bat which will be given to the first 800 kids. This supernatural bat features ‘Happy Halloween’ messaging and a jack-o-lantern baseball on a ghostly-white glow-finish. Full-sized personalized glow-in-the-dark bats will also be available at the museum store.

On display for another year is The World’s Largest Vampire Stake. The 8-foot-tall stake was crafted here at the factory and would make Van Helsing jealous. Vampires will shake in their capes at the sight of it, but guests can pose with this marvel for a delightfully frightful photo-op. The stake fits right in with the theme of big things at the museum. The downtown attraction is already the home of The Big Bat (the largest in the world at 120 feet tall) and a giant ball and glove sculpture carved from limestone.

For more information, click here: www.sluggermuseum.com.

14th Annual Chocolate Dreams


Mark your calendars for October 24, 2019, as over 20 of Louisville's top chefs converge at Mellwood Arts Center  located at 1860 Mellwood Ave., Louisville, KY 40206, for the 14th Annual Chocolate Dreams. Sample the most decadent chocolate creations from our city's top restaurants while enjoying drinks, a silent auction and live music!

ElderServe empowers older adults to live independently with dignity. We serve 2,000 older adults each year. All proceeds will benefit ElderServe's 12 programs and services.

For more information, click here: Chocolate Dreams.

Spooktastic Farm-A-Palooza

food literacy

2019 Louisville Sustainability Summit


Why Should Nonprofits Care About the 2020 Census?


District 7 Crime Report

crime trends

For the week of Sunday October 6, 2019 to Saturday October 12, 2019

Theft from Automobile - There were a total of five thefts from autos, which was a decrease from the previous week (9). In one of the thefts force was used and four were by unknown means. Please remember to lock your vehicles and take your valuables out of your car.

Auto Theft - There was one reported auto theft for the week by unknown means which was a decrease from the previous week (7).

Burglary - There were three reported burglaries this reporting period, which was the same as the previous week (3).Two of the burglaries was residential and one was a business. The method of entry is as follows: Force was used in one, one was through a window and one was by unknown means. 

There were no reported robberies for the reporting period.

LMPD Car Safety

Guidelines for Calling the Police


Works Week

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Free paper shredding and drug toss event


Kentucky Exposition Center (Lot W)

1030 Phillips Lane

Saturday, November 2, 2019

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Louisville residents are invited to bring unneeded documents to be shredded and prescription drugs to be disposed of at a FREE event on November 2, 2019. The paper shredding and drug toss event is a joint operation of Louisville Metro Public Works and Louisville Metro Police. Businesses may not participate in this event. All paper materials will be shredded on site and recycled. Shredding services are donated by the Louisville Branch of Shred-It Louisville. 


The drug toss is a drive-through event. In advance, black out all personal information on all medication containers that will be tossed. For safety reasons, sharp items, needles, lances, cosmetics, personal care or hygiene items cannot be accepted. Medication products should never be flushed down the toilet or drain, burned in the open or thrown in the trash because they can contaminate the environment if exposed to drinking or ground water.

Here's a Quick Guide to Solid Waste Services - beyond weekly collections

Our Solid Waste Services Division offers an array of services beyond weekly collection of trash, recycling and yard waste.


Recycle Coach

Our Recycle Coach smartphone app and website offers users personalized calendars and reminders of waste collection services and events. It also answers questions about how to dispose of various items such as hazardous waste, batteries and more.


Waste Reduction Center

Drop off up to three large household items or recycle electronics for free at the Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue. It's open Tues-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Haz Bin

Our household hazardous materials drop off location, Haz Bin, is at 7501 Grade Lane. From asbestos to varnishes and wood preservatives, we'll take it Tues-Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Drop off Recycling

We have fourteen self-service drop off locations around the city for nonhazardous recyclable materials. Just put flattened cardboard and paper along with, glass, metal and plastic containers in the dumpster and close the door. We also have three full-service locations that accept those same items along with used cooking oil, motor oil and filters, antifreeze, and latex paint (seasonally).


Latex Paint Recycling

Drop off latex paint at Habitat ReStores (year round), the Haz Bin or our full service recycling drop off locations (seasonally) The paint is recycled and sold by Habitat ReStore.

Have more questions about recycling or solid waste disposal in Louisville? Contact Karen Maynard

Learn and Grow With Workshops


LIBA works with small business resource providers throughout the area, such as Louisville Forward, Navigate, the Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration, Community Ventures, Access Ventures, etc.

Many of these organizations offer classes and workshops that can help you improve your business. SCORE Louisville has pulled together many of these offerings onto one calendar – a valuable resource for small businesses in the area! See what’s coming up, and check back often to get help taking your business to the next level, click here: Classes.

BBB Hot Topic


Help Prevent Surface Flooding in your Neighborhood


Public Notices

BOZA 10/28


Just For Fun

Word of Week



Definition: A whispering or rustling sound.

In a Sentence:  I was lulled into a dream-like state by the susurrus of the creek.

Quote of Week

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

~ Henry Ford

Life Hacks

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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.