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

In this Issue...

Message from McCraney


On many occasions I think of my father. When I parallel park or see someone changing a tire, I think of him (he taught me to do both tasks!). When I renew my driver’s license I think of my dad. He was the parent who took me to get my license (Little known fact – basically because I rarely share this: I passed my written test with flying colors but, flunked my first driver’s test. I cried all the way home, despite my father’s consoling words and his soothing reassurance that I was not a failure). When I catch my husband dozing while watching professional basketball, I fondly recall the times I sat on Sunday afternoons with my dad watching such greats as Jo Jo White, John Havlicek, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, Darryl Dawkins, Walt Frazier and Dan Issel (a few of my all-time favorites --- because they were my dad’s favorites).

The memories of my father are more prominent on Veterans Day. He was my hero, and the hero of millions in America while he served during World War II in the United States Army. I could think of a thousand adjectives to describe this gentle giant I affectionately called daddy --- brave, courageous, caring, faithful, generous, considerate…the list could go on and on. He was quite the guy.

Monday, November 11, is Veterans Day. Two things will occur on this special day – for sure: I will think of daddy often, and my younger sister will call to inform me that she has visited Fort Gibson and placed a wreath or flowers at his gravesite.

Veterans Day is celebrated every year on the 11th of November (regardless of what day of the week it falls) to honor military veterans – those who served in the United States Armed Forces, and those who are currently active duty military.

HISTORY OF VETERANS DAY: According to the website of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m. The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a resolution on June 4, 1926. An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday.

Something happened along the way to change the date from the 11th of November to the fourth Monday of October, but that confused the masses. So, on September 20th, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of November 11, beginning in 1978. This action satisfied the wishes of state legislatures, all major veterans service organizations and the American people.


  1. Veterans Day does NOT have an apostrophe. A lot of people think it’s “Veteran’s Day” or “Veterans’ Day,” but they’re wrong. The holiday is not a day that “belongs” to one veteran or multiple veterans, which is what an apostrophe implies. It’s a day for honoring all veterans — so no apostrophe needed.

  2. Veterans Day is NOT the Same as Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a time to remember those who gave their lives for our country, particularly in battle or from wounds they suffered in battle. Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.

  3. It was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I. World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. However, the fighting ended about seven months before that.   

  4. Other countries celebrate Veterans Day, too, but in their own ways. Canada and Australia both call Nov. 11 “Remembrance Day.” Canada’s observance is pretty similar to our own, except many of its citizens wear red poppy flowers to honor their war dead. In Australia, the day is more akin to our Memorial Day. Great Britain calls it “Remembrance Day,” too, but observes it on the Sunday closest to Nov. 11 with parades, services and two minutes of silence in London to honor those who lost their lives in war.

VETERANS DAY PARADE: This year’s parade is Monday, November 11, the day cease fire took effect to end WWI.  


To help form a corridor of flags, meet on the corner of 6th & Jefferson between 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM to receive a FREE American flag. (The parade starts at 11:00 AM and concludes at 1:00 PM. )

Location: Jefferson Street between 4th and 7th Street. The 9th Annual Veterans Day Parade is the official Veterans Day event for Louisville and is supported via the Mayor’s Office. Grand Marshall’s for this year’s Veterans Day Parade will honor our many men and women who served during World War II. Massing of the Colors/Blessing of the Flags takes place immediately after the parade at the Review Stand on the front steps of Metro Hall. No cost to enter the parade; participation limited to military and/or veterans' groups. Contact: Treva Brockman at (502) 552-1131 or tpbrockman@gmail.com  http://www.louvetparade.com


Many generous companies, restaurants and organizations offer discounts to military members to thank them for their services to our country. Some also provide their services FREE of charge.

Here’s a list of possible eateries that may be offering free meals on this special day. Go through the list, make phone calls to verify participation, grab your military ID and don’t hesitate to enjoy free food for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner, because this is your day and you deserve this honor.

  • Applebee’s: veterans and troops will receive a free meal on November 11
  • Chili’s Bar & Grill: grab a meal on the house on November 11
  • Golden Corral: mosey on down for your free dinner between 5-9 pm on November 11
  • Red Robin: order a free burger and fries on November 11
  • Mission BBQ: get a tasty sandwich and a slice of cake on Veterans Day
  • IHOP: start your day with pancakes and syrup on November 11
  • Texas Road House: from 11am-4pm, free Texas-sized lunch for active duty and veterans
  • Bob Evans: choose from a special Veterans Day menu of complimentary meals just for veterans
  • California Pizza Kitchen: choose from a free pizza, pasta or salad on Veterans Day
  • Hooters: enjoy your wings, or any entrée for free on Veterans Day
  • Little Caesars: grab a Hot N’ Ready meal deal, up to $5, on November 11
  • Olive Garden: free special menu on Veterans Day
  • Starbucks: or grab a tall cup of joe here on Veterans Day
  • TGI Friday’s: free lunch, up to $12, from 11am to 4pm
  • Denny’s
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Cracker Barrel
  • O’ Charley’s
  • Logan’s Roadhouse
  • Famous Dave’s
  • White Castle
  • BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery
  • Red Lobster
  • Churchill Downs Racetrack honors all Veterans and active military personnel by offering free general admission and $29 tickets to Millionaires Row (normally $38). Valid Military I.D. must be presented to receive offers.

FYI: Sunday, November 10, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Churchill Downs VFW Post 2921, Veterans Breakfast. Location: VFW Post 2921 at 2902 7th Street Road, Louisville, KY 40216. VFW Post 2921 invites everyone in the community to the All Veterans Day Breakfast. Come and enjoy a breakfast for all Veterans and military personnel. Free for Marine Corps Veterans, $2.00 for all other Veterans and $5.00 for non-Veterans. For more information, contact: John Wingfield at (502) 381-1612 or cbt91e@yahoo.com. 

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Louisville Metro Council District 7 is one of the many proud sponsors of the musical, “Rumpelstiltskin,” being featured at local elementary schools throughout Jefferson County.  Two schools exposed to the play, Bowen Elementary and Wilder Elementary, are situated in the heart of District 7.  On October 31st and November 1st, I was honored to attend the play at these two fabulous schools, meet the principals and staff, be among enthusiastic children and extend greetings from District 7.


The musical, written and directed by Mera Kathryn Corlett and scored by one of the main actors, Jacqui Blue, presents a new SPIN on an old classic (pardon the pun). It is performed by Commonwealth Theatre Center (Blue Apple Outreach / Walden Theatre Conservatory).  If you recall the original Rumpelstiltskin, you know that the play centers around a miller and his daughter.  One day, the father proudly proclaimed in earshot of the King that his daughter could spin straw into gold (he was being facetious, of course).  The King took the miller at face value and demanded the daughter follow him to the castle to spin straw into gold. Several twists and turns ensue, and long story short, the King eventually asks the young woman to marry him, a little man was demanding she turn over her pet goat to him, and her father didn’t want her to own her own business. She was a strong, business-minded young woman and  therefore turned down the proposal, cleverly determined the little man’s name (Rumpelstiltskin), and convinced the King to invest in her business. She became a successful entrepreneur and left the young audience members with the knowledge that they, too, can be successful because they have exactly what it takes as long as they have a vision, set goals, and not give up on their dreams.  It was a great musical with a great message, and the children at both District 7 schools loved every moment of it.  Thank you, Commonwealth Theatre, for the opportunity to be a part of a beautiful story about empowerment and determination. Well done!


Commonwealth Theatre Center’s Walden Theatre Conservatory is one of the nation’s leading theatre programs for young people.  Classes (and financial aid!) are available for ages 5-18 and adults for Fall and Spring semesters.  Call 502-589-0084, for information, or visit them online at CommonwealthTheatre.org/show. You’ll find a fun activity page and much more on the website. 

Meet Your Councilwoman


Westport Road Public Meeting





If you have questions about the six potential spot improvement sites, join us at a public meeting: 6:00 PM‐8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in the Westport Middle School gym.

If you would like to share your thoughts on the study recommendations, take a quick survey: available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WNVQYYR  or by snapping a photo of the QR code at right.

Louisville Metro will produce a report by late 2019, providing a summary of the study process. The report will include additional description about existing highway conditions,a description of improvements considered, community input, and recommendations.

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Congratulations Statewide Office Winners!


CONGRATULATIONS to District 7 resident, Andy Beshear, Governor-elect, Commonwealth of Kentucky!


Congratulations to all of the other statewide race winners.  The Commonwealth has spoken, and we look forward to your service.  Daniel Cameron, Attorney General; Mike Harmon, State Auditor; Michael Adams, Secretary of State; Allison Ball, State Treasurer; and Ryan Quarles, Agriculture Commissioner.

Great job, VOTERS!  The turnout for Tuesday’s election was greater than the 31% prediction from the Secretary of State’s office. Let’s keep up the good work and prepare to bring the percentage up even greater in 2020.



2020 Legislative Agenda


The 2020 Regular Session of the General Assembly begins January 7. You are encouraged to talk to your legislators now about the top issues for cities so your senator(s) and representative(s) are familiar with these important topics. You can learn more by reviewing the 2020 Legislative Agenda, it can be accessed online here . You can also see who the legislators are for your area here.

Wage & Salary Survey


The Kentucky League of Cities is collecting information for the 2020 Wage and Salary Survey. The information is vital to our research and support of KLC member cities. Your city should have received the survey in the mail. You can also access an electronic version here. If you complete the survey by December 6, you could win a $100 Visa gift card. You will also receive a free copy of the results and free access to run your own city-by-city salary comparisons. 

New And Improved Street Signs


Northeast Regional Library


Friends of the St. Matthews Library Book Sale

book sale

Book sale of newer hardback adult fiction and nonfiction at the St. Matthews Library located on 3940 Grandview Ave., Louisville KY 40207

Friday-Sunday, November 15-17, 2019, during Library hours in the small conference room.

Beautiful newer hardback books will be selling for $2 each and exact change is appreciated.

Westport Village Holiday Pop Up Shoppe

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Shop one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list in this brand new holiday market full of pop up shops in Westport Village!
The Shoppes are open Fridays through Sundays from November 15, 2019 - December 22, 2019

Vendors Popping Up Every Weekend:
Work the Metal
Red Tree Furniture
Him Gentlemen's Boutique
Moss Hill Bath + Body Collection
Layne Wilson Photography
Buy Socks You All
Shell-bees Gourmet Sea Salts and Spices

Rotating Vendors:
Nov. 15-17 - Parrish Pottery
Nov. 22-24 - Color Me Eden
Nov. 29-Dec.1 - Betty Jeffries
Dec. 6-8 - Raise My Glass
Dec. 14-15 - Owl Always Love You
Dec. 20-22 - Betty Jeffries

-Our Holiday Pop-Up Shoppe is located in Westport Village next to Clater Jewelers and across from Napa River Grill
-Him Gentlemen's Boutique will be located next to F45 Lyndon and Coldwell Banker McMahan Co.

Fridays: 3:00 pm -7:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am -6:00 pm
Sundays: 12:00 pm -6:00 pm

Festival Of Trees And Lights


Start a holiday tradition with your family at the 30th annual Festival of Trees & Lights held at the Louisville Slugger Field, 401 East Main St., Louisville, Kentucky 40202. Marvel at the hundreds of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and décor — all of which are for sale to raise funds for Norton Children’s Hospital. Photo with Santa, children’s crafts, stage performances and roving entertainment and Hanukkah activities are free with admission. Kids, including the young at heart, will love our ride-on train, sweet shop, gift shop, face painting and model train display. Don't forget about Elf Town outside (additional fee) that includes an obstacle course, reindeer food and snow ball toss!

General Admission - $9 for adults; $6 for children ages 3 - 12 and seniors 65+; free for children under 2. Children’s crafts are free with admission, other activities included for a nominal fee.

For more information and tickets, click here: Festival Of Trees And Lights.

Rapid Warrior 5K


Join USA Cares as we run to honor, remember and celebrate those who have served our nation. We encourage all runners and walkers to invite their friends and family to join us as we run a scenic route through the beautiful community of Norton Commons. Grab your family, friends and coworkers and run proudly knowing all proceeds from this race will benefit veterans and military families in need. All ages and skill levels are invited, as well as strollers. Pets are also welcome but must be leashed. Water stations will be set up along the route. Event day check-in begins at 9:00 am; race packets will be available for pickup at check-in. Awards available for top 10 finishers, male/female.


Pre-registrations: $35/person
(T-shirt included for pre-registrations only)
Race day registrations: $45/person

Awards and Recognition:
Top 10 overall male and female will be awarded a 5K finisher medal.

Event Schedule:
- 9:00 AM Packet Pick-up /Registration
- 9:45 AM Registration Closes
- 9:45 AM Runners Line Up
-10:00 AM 5K Race begins

For more information or to register, click here:Rapid Warrior.

Bark & Brunch


Show your pup you are thankful for them and treat them to PUPSGIVING Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Village Anchor located at 11507 Park Rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40223. Come expecting Village Anchor's award winning brunch menu & famous $1 mimosas, plus all-natural dog snacks, giveaways, and Thanksgiving-themed cocktails! We will meet you and your good boy or good girl on The Village Anchor heated patios and lawn from 10:00 am -3:00 pm. Mark your calendars and invite your friends.

Property Tax Assistance


Louisville's Best Fall Colors


Free Tree Giveaway


One Love Louisville Ambassador Institute


The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods' One Love Louisville Ambassador Institute is a one day training designed to provide extended knowledge and skills for community members to make a difference in their neighborhoods. Training content will include Conflict Resolution, Mental Health 101, Suicide Prevention, Community Organizing and the Public Health Approach to Violence Prevention.

Participants will gain skills to take action in the One Love Louisville initiative. The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods is confident that your participation in the Ambassador Program will be instrumental in our collaborative effort to create a safer Louisville.

Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Training is sponsored by our partners Spalding University School of Social Work.

RSVP through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-love-louisville-ambassador-institute-14-tickets-79384506195

District 7 Crime Report

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For the week of Sunday October 27, 2019  to Saturday November 2, 2019

Theft from Automobile - There were a total of fourteen thefts from autos, which was an increase from the previous week (5). In six of the thefts force was used, four were unlocked and four were by unknown means. 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 a decrease from the previous week (6). In one the key was used, two were by unknown means and one was unfounded. 

Burglary - There were six reported burglaries this reporting period, which was a decrease from the previous week (7). All six burglaries were residential. The method of entry is as follows: force was used in two, two were by unknown means and two were attempts. 

There were no reported robberies for the reporting period.

The Works Week

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After repainting a room, you inevitably have paint leftover. After several projects, these paint cans start to pile up. Have you ever wondered what to do with your leftover latex paint? Through a partnership between Louisville/Jefferson County Waste Management District, Louisville Metro Department of Public Works and Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, you can recycle that leftover latex paint.

The Latex Paint Recycling Program is simple. Drop off your usable, latex paint and it will be sorted by color and re-blended by Habitat ReStore. The paint is then sold at Louisville Habitat ReStore locations for $13 per gallon. This money goes right back into our community by supporting Habitat for Humanity’s mission to create housing solutions for qualified families in Louisville.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • This recycling program is for LATEX PAINT ONLY. Anything oil based or requiring paint thinner or other solvents for cleanup is a hazardous material and should be taken to HAZ BIN for disposal: 7501 Grade Lane, Louisville, KY 40219
  • Paint that has been frozen and thawed will not be accepted.
  • Leaking, unlabeled and empty containers will not be accepted.
  • Containers with open lids or obvious cracks will not be accepted.
  • Excessively rusted containers will not be accepted.
  • Must pass the shake test; paint should move inside the container when shaken.
  • If less than 1 inch of paint remains, allow it to dry out and discard in the garbage.
  • Like colors may be combined prior to dropping off. 

Once you have your recyclable latex paint cans ready to go, they can be dropped off at the following Habitat for Humanity ReStore Louisville locations:

  • 2777 S Floyd St, Tues-Fri: 10 :00 am -6:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am -4:00 pm
  • 4044 Taylorsville Rd, Mon-Sat: 9:00 am -7:00 pm, Sun: 12:00 pm -6:00 pm
  • 1631 Rowan St, Wed-Fri: 10:00 am -6:00 pm, Sat: 9:00 am -4:00 pm


Metro Public Works is offering a free leaf drop-off service November 5, 2019  through November 30, 2019. Drop-off will not be available on November 28, 2019 and 29, 2019 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Only loose leaves will be accepted. Containers used to bring leaves to the drop-off sites must be disposed of off-site by residents.  

Leaf drop off sites:

Public Works Yard

 10500 Lower River Road (enter from Bethany Lane)

Tuesday – Saturday

9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Public Works East District Operations Center

 595 Hubbards Lane

Tuesday – Saturday

9:00 am – 3:00 pm


Public Works Waste Reduction Center

 636 Meriwether Avenue

Tuesday – Friday

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Public Notices


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Just For Fun

Word of Week



Definition: Completely fascinated by what one is seeing or hearing.

In A Sentence: The audience’s rapt admiration for the speaker on the stage made all the technical snags go unnoticed.

Quote of Week

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"

~Maya Angelou

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