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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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(502) 574-2285



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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: 574-7275

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, 

As most of you know, I was born and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I write about this today because of an interview I witnessed last Sunday on a network news channel. It was an interview of presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg. No, Mr. Bloomberg is not from my hometown; he was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and was, as you well know, the 108th Mayor of New York City.

Just as sure as my name is Paula, I would bet you my last dollar that if Mayor Bloomberg heard someone misspeak about Boston or New York City, he would be quick to make a correction. Well, that's exactly why I'm writing about Tulsa. Mr. Bloomberg misspoke about my lovely childhood home, and I am making a correction.

I'll speak more about what he got wrong at the end of this message, but first, I want to share with you a little bit about my hometown.

Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 45th-most populous city in the United States. As of May 2019, the population was 646,727 with a growth rate of 0.05% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. It is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, and is the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, with urban development extending into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties. Famous people from Tulsa include Garth Brooks, Bill Hader, Alfre Woodard, Tony Randall, Charlie Wilson, Paul Harvey, and yes, David Duke.

Points of interest in Tulsa:


Tulsa Tall Oiler

The Golden Driller

This is a 76-foot statue of a bare-chested golden man with a belt reading “TULSA” on the buckle. Known as the Golden Driller, it was built as a monument to honor the workers of the petroleum industry in the former “oil capital of the world.”  

In addition to being the Oklahoma State Monument, the Golden Driller is also the fifth tallest statue in the United States and has been named one of the top ten “quirkiest destinations” in the U.S. And it won’t be coming down soon. It is built to withstand the state’s vicious 200 mph tornadoes, and its mustard paint is said to last 100 years.

In recent years, people began painting shirts on him to reflect local events.

Tulsa Praying Hands

Praying Hands

At 60 feet tall and over 30 tons of pure bronze, the supplicating hands were one of the largest pure bronze statues in the world when built. The hands were originally called "The Healing Hands" and they stood in front of Oral Roberts' "City of Faith," a medical center devoted to faith healing. When the City of Faith declared bankruptcy in 1989, the hands were moved to the entrance drive of Oral Roberts University. Also on the property is the Oral Roberts Prayer Tower.

Philbrook Art Museum

Philbrook Arts Museum

This vast art museum, housed in an Italian style villa, has numerous exhibits from European, American, Asian, Native American and African artists and is surrounded by acres of lush gardens. When I was in school, one of the annual field trips for 6th graders was a visit to the historic Philbrook Museum of Art.

Brady District

Brady Arts District

The Brady Arts District encompasses two iconic special event venues, the Brady Theater and Cain’s Ballroom. 

Over the past 20 years, the area has morphed into an eclectic collection of bars, restaurants, residences, retail, additional businesses, performance venues, museums and arts establishments. There has been some revitalization with a few buildings renovated into new office space while still remaining true to their historic past. A new baseball park—ONEOK Field is located in the Greenwood District on the east edge of the district. When I visited my family about five years ago, I didn't recognize the Greenwood, Archer and Pine streets I once knew. 

While the Brady District is an economic boon for Tulsa, some would argue that it is the classic example of gentrification...which brings me to the next attraction, and back to the conversation about Michael Bloomberg...

Tulsa Cultural Center

Greenwood Cultural Center

This Center was not built when I lived in Tulsa. But, I had a chance to visit and tour it several years ago during a family reunion. It is by far one of the most fascinating places to visit because of its mission and what you learn as you view the pictures and listen to the stories about the incidents of 1921.

The Greenwood Cultural Center is the keeper of the flame for the events known as the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot (massacre), and the astounding resurgence of the Greenwood District in the months and years following the tragedy. Dubbed America's "Black Wall Street" by none other than noted author and educator Booker T. Washington, the 35-block Greenwood District surrounding the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Archer Street became a prosperous center for black commerce in the early 1900s. A hotbed for jazz and blues, and the site where Count Basie first encountered big-band jazz, the Greenwood District was the richest African-American neighborhood in North America. Greenwood's concentrated black wealth and the many successful businesses Blacks had built on their own were undeniable. 

All of that changed on May 31 - June 1, 1921, when the 1921 massacre (to date, still the single deadliest and most destructive act of racial violence and domestic terrorism in United States history) occurred. In less than 48 hours, more than 36 square blocks were burned to the ground, with approximately 300 African Americans murdered, more than 10,000 African Americans left homeless, and more than 2,000 businesses destroyed (including churches, hospitals, grocery stores, banks, elegant homes, two black newspapers, and others). The estimated value of the loss was 1.5 million in real estate and $750,000 in personal property.

Insurance companies denied all claims because the violence had been labeled by city officials as a riot. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed without comment a lawsuit against the City of Tulsa, its police department and the state of Oklahoma, demanding reparations for survivors of the 1921 massacre.

In 2018, Greenwood’s past was back in the news after the Republican Tulsa Mayor, G.T. Bynum, announced that the city would reopen its investigation into whether victims of the century-old race massacre were buried in mass graves.

Back to Michael Bloomberg... 

Again, Tulsa is in the news. This time the news was about Bloomberg's January 19th visit to Tulsa to discuss his plans to tackle racial economic inequality. The plan includes a $70 billion investment in the nation’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.  This was his first visit to Tulsa, although it's worth noting that in 2019, Bloomberg Philanthropies donated $1M to the Greenwood Art Project to fund temporary artworks commemorating Black Wall Street.

During Mr. Bloomberg's interview, he mentioned the $1M donation. No one can argue a gift so kind as $1M. That's not my issue with Bloomberg. I took issue with him when he "attempted" to tell the story about the 1921 massacre and destruction of an entire African American community. He stated a major fact incorrectly. He said that Greenwood was a small town on the outskirts of Tulsa. He somehow managed to say it twice in the same breath. FAKE NEWS!

Not being from Tulsa, you might wonder what is the big deal. The blunder means something to those of us from there because to this day, no one was arrested or held accountable for the massacre of 300 black people, and for centuries, the City of Tulsa was in denial of the incident and did not talk about it. So, how convenient is it for an outsider - a former Mayor of a city, to intentionally or not, separate the Greenwood area from the city of Tulsa. 

Let's be crystal clear, the 1921 race massacre occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It's always better to face the truth, no matter how uncomfortable, than to continue coddling a lie. Sometimes just the act of accepting the painful truth can relieve some of the pain. It doesn't mean that the pain never existed, it just means that the damage no longer controls our lives. Facing the truth with all the facts included, contributes to healing. The City of Tulsa is now embracing the truth, and that can only mean that the healing has begun. Facts matter.

So, if you run into Mr. Bloomberg, please let him know that all the money in the world cannot erase in people's mind a lie you tell, misinformation you share, or the fact that when you misspeak on a topic as historic and important as the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, it comes across as if you really don't care. As the saying goes, "People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." Not knowing the facts, sharing the wrong facts, or thinking that no one is checking up on your facts, can be fatal; it's a misstep, and quite unbecoming of a presidential candidate.

Summary of the Metro Council Meeting

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Here are the results of three major issues determined at Thursday’s Metro Council meeting:

Golf – We passed a resolution approving six of the ten Louisville Metro-owned golf courses. Those approved included, Charlie Vettiner, Iroquois, Long Run, Seneca, Shawnee and Sun Valley. The remaining three courses, Bobby Nichols, Cherokee and Crescent Hill, although without an approved contract, should open in the spring. Several Metro Council members vowed to continue working hard on the issue of golf until all contracts are in place and satisfactory to all involved.

I voted YES on this measure and support the maintenance of all golf courses, if they are profitable or do not drain or put a strain on the Louisville Metro budget.

Clean Energy – Although not without much debate and a chamber filled with citizens and signage, the Council passed a resolution calling for 100% clean renewable electricity for Louisville Metro government operations by the year 2030, 100% clean energy by 2035 and, 100% community-wide clean energy by 2040. 

I voted YES in support of clean energy. This resolution, while it does not mandate the city to do anything, it serves as encouragement for city government to begin thinking about climate issues, efficiencies, and the cost associated with tackling such topics.

Revenue Bonds – An ordinance passed, authorizing the issuance of a health systems revenue bond not to exceed $600,000,000. The proceeds of which shall be loaned to Norton Healthcare, Inc. and Norton Hospitals, Inc. for the cost of acquiring, constructing, renovating and equipping certain healthcare facilities or Norton Healthcare, and certain affiliates, and refund and retire certain outstanding indebtedness.

I voted YES on the issuance of these bonds because there’s no risk to Louisville Metro in doing so; it is a loan. The healthcare system is mandated to go through its local government for such bonds, and in turn is afforded the advantage of the ratings of the city.


From the Desk of Dr. Sarah Moyer, MD, MPH

Director, Chief Health Strategist, Louisville Metro

Department of Public Health & Wellness

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health Wellness is working with area physicians, hospitals and government agencies to guard against and prevent the potential spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus. So far, there have been no confirmed cases or suspected cases in Louisville.

 Communicable disease monitoring, outbreak response planning, and working with community partners to respond to community health threats is something that’s core to our daily operations. Our team, led by our medical director, Dr. Lori Caloia, is working closely with our partners at the Kentucky Department  for Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to stay up to date on the novel coronavirus. We’ve been sharing guidance to healthcare providers, local colleges and universities and local businesses with international operations. We maintain detailed plans on how to respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as the 2018 hepatitis A outbreak, as well as other community public health emergencies. 

I want to put the outbreak in perspective.  While there are no cases of novel coronavirus in Jefferson County or Kentucky, there have been more than 11,000 cases of the flu statewide, almost 6,000 here with 5 deaths. There have been more than 15 million cases of flu nationwide. To date only 11 cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed in the US.

We have helpful information on our website which we are updating regularly.  It includes a link to some informative videos about what people need to know and frequent questions we’re getting about the novel coronavirus. 

If our monitoring determines that the novel coronavirus is a threat to Louisville, we will immediately activate our emergency response structure, as we did for Hepatitis A, and coordinate a thorough community response.


Sarah Moyer, MD, MPH

See You Tomorrow


Please join me at Heine Brothers' this Saturday (TOMORROW!) to hear the latest update on Metro Council and the fun things being planned for District 7.  See you there!!!

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Runway for the Roses Fashion Show

Run for Roses Fashion Show
Westport Village

Runway for the Roses 2020

SAVE THE DATE for our annual Runway for the Roses on Thursday, March 19th, hosted by Bliss Home!

Experience this year’s hottest Derby and Spring fashion on the runway!

5:00pm: Cocktail Hour with hors d’oeuvres from Steak & Bourbon

6:00pm: Derby Fashion Show

7:00pm: Shop the Looks with exclusive deals

Purchase Tickets Here

About the Venue: Voted best furniture store, Bliss Home offers casual contemporary furniture for the entire home.

YMCA Healthy Living Challenges



Throughout the year, we encourage you to complete different fitness challenges to improve your well-being while also having fun!



Take a ride along a real Southern Tier bike trek across the USA. During this 6-week challenge, you will travel from San Diego, CA to St. Augustine, FL, all from the comfort at the YMCA or your own outdoor mileage. Cycling instructors will help motivate and guide you along this 3000+ mile route. You will cycle from city to city, stopping at 6 major milestones for photos and prizes along the way. A more fit you is waiting at the finish line! Each mile ridden equals 10 miles on the map. 

Drawings will be held each week to recognize milestones, and all participants will earn a commemorative magnet at the end of the challenge.

What: Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge

When: February 17-March 29

Rates: Facility Members: $5


For more information or for assistance with registration, please contact Brent Wallace at bwallace@ymcalouisville.org or at 502.425.1271.

YMCA of Greater Louisville

Northeast Family YMCA

9400 Mill Brook Road, Louisville, KY 40223 502 425 1271

  • Monday — Friday 5:00AM - 10:00PM
  • Saturday — Sunday

Northeast YMCA Pickleball

Pickleball Flyer

Audio Sampling Workshop

Library - Northeast

Book Sale

Friends of the St. Matthews Library Book Sale!

The St. Matthews Friends of the Louisville Free Public Library will have a mini-book sale in the small community room at the St. Matthews Library, 3940 Grandview Ave., February 7-9.   We have a wonderful large collection of science fiction and fantasy books. We also have some gorgeous large coffee table books. This is a cash and carry sale with exact change appreciated.   Hours are Friday, February 7, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, February 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, February 9, 1-4 p.m.

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19th Century Women's Fashions Presentation

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 "The History of Women's Fashion 1775-1800 by a Partial, Prejudiced, and Ignorant Historian"     by Carrie Wright

February 9, 2020

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Locust Grove - 561 Blankenbaker Lane, Louisville, KY 40207

The Audubon Room

Film and stage adaptations of Jane Austen's novels costume characters in the neoclassical and Regency styles of the early 19th century. But what did women wear during the first quarter century of Jane's life when she was growing up and writing her Juvenilia? Come join us as Carrie Wright shares what she has learned in the past year of costuming in this era. We'll explore the late eighteenth century changes (often dramatic!) in women's gowns, hats, jewelry and more, and enjoy a fashion show with members of the Indiana Historical Costuming Society in their own eighteenth-century creations!

Afternoon Tea (iced tea) and treats will be served after the presentation.

News You Can Use

National Pizza Day

National Pizza Day

February 9 is National Pizza Day!

The vast majority of people, in America and around the world, love pizza and eat it on a regular basis. It is very versatile, with a huge assortment of things you can put on it, including meats, vegetables and fruits. And, don't forget the fish.. Anchovies! With all this variety, there is a pizza for just about everybody.

Here is some interesting trivia on the ever popular pizza:

  • Pepperoni is the most popular, preferred by 36% of the people.
  • Over 3 Billion pizzas are sold n the U.S. each year.
  • More pizzas are sold on Super Bowl Sunday, than any other day of the year.
  • Halloween is the second most popular day for eating pizzas.  
  • Over 17% of restaurants are pizzerias, or serve pizza.
  • The first pizza was sold in Naples Italy in 1738.
  • Pizzas most likely evolved as a variation of flatbreads.
  • Americans consume over 23 pounds of pizza per year.

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

Abe Lincoln

Date When Observed: February 12th.is Abraham Lincoln's actual birth date. However, in modern times President Lincoln and all of the U.S. Presidents, are celebrated on President's Day.

Every American knows President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. "Honest Abe", as he was commonly known, was born in the wilderness country of Hardin County, Kentucky on February 12, 1809.

Abraham Lincoln became president in 1861. Although he hated war, he was drawn into it as he believed it was the only was to save the nation, after the southern states declared their secession from the Union.

In addition to serving as president during the civil war and saving the Union,  Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery in the U.S. forever.He also wrote and gave The Gettysburg Address, memorializing the bloodiest and most important battle of the Civil War. Gettysburg proved to be the turning point of the war.

Shortly after the war ended, Abraham Lincoln became the first U.S. President to be assassinated. He was shot and mortally wounded on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theatre.

Presidents Day

Presidents Day

Presidents Day for the year 2020 is celebrated/ observed on Monday,  February 17th.

President's Day, also known as Washington's Birthday, is on the third Monday of February each year and is a federal holiday in the United States. The day not only honors George Washington (born February 22), the first President of the United States, and Abraham Lincoln (born February 12) whose birthdays are both in February, but honors all the presidents who have served in the United States.

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Public Meeting Notice - Fountain Ave/Westport Rd

BOZA - February 13

Public Meeting Notice - Hubbards Lane

BOZA - Hubbards Lane

Public Notice - Indian Hills

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For the week of Sunday January 26th to Saturday February 1st

Theft from Automobile - There were a total of fourteen thefts from autos, which was a decrease from the previous week (15). In three of the thefts, force was used, six were by unknown means and five were unlocked. Please remember to lock your vehicles and take your valuables out of your car. See attached maps for more detail.

Auto Theft - There were five reported auto thefts for the week which was an increase from the previous week (4). In three of the thefts, keys were used and two were by unknown means. See attached maps for more detail.

Burglary - There were two reported burglaries this reporting period which was a decrease from the previous week (6). Both of the burglaries were residential.  Entry was made by the following: One was unlocked, and one was by unknown means. See attached maps for more details.

There was one reported Rape for the reporting period

On 1/26/2020 between the hours of 1:00am and 5:43am in the 600 block of Barret Ave. the victim reports being sexually assaulted. Sex Crimes is investigating. No suspect information at this time.

 There was one reported Robbery for the reporting period

On 1/30/2020 at 9:45pm in the 1200 block of block of Bardstown Rd. the victim reports that a subject approached him and demanded his wallet. The victim refused and the subject then pushed the victim down and took the wallet. Suspect- Unknown W/M approximately 42 years of age.

Community Events

41st YMCA Scholarship Event

Black Achievers Banquet

AKA Mammogram

Just for Fun

Did You Know

Fun Facts about the U.S. Constitution

The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world.

Of the spelling errors in the Constitution, "Pensylvania" above the signers' names is probably the most glaring.

Thomas Jefferson did not sign the Constitution. He was in France during the Convention, where he served as the U.S. minister. John Adams was serving as the U.S. minister to Great Britain during the Constitutional Convention and did not attend either.

The Constitution was "penned" by Jacob Shallus, A Pennsylvania General Assembly clerk, for $30 ($830 today).

Since 1952, the Constitution has been on display in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Currently, all four pages are displayed behind protective glass framed with titanium. To preserve the parchment's quality, the cases contain argon gas and are kept at 67 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity of 40 percent.

Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17, the anniversary of the day the framers signed the document.

The Constitution does not set forth requirements for the right to vote. As a result, at the outset of the Union, only male property-owners could vote. African Americans were not considered citizens, and women were excluded from the electoral process. Native Americans were not given the right to vote until 1924.

The 15th Amendment was important because it stated all United States citizens are treated equally with their right to vote. The fifteenth amendment prohibits federal and state governments to deny a citizen of the United States the right to vote based on their race or color or condition of servitude. The Fifteenth Amendment was necessary because the United States was divided between slave states and free states.

Of the forty-two delegates who attended most of the meetings, thirty-nine actually signed the Constitution. Edmund Randolph and George Mason of Virginia and Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts refused to sign due in part due to the lack of a bill of rights.

When it came time for the states to ratify the Constitution, the lack of any bill of rights was the primary sticking point.

The Great Compromise saved the Constitutional Convention, and, probably, the Union. Authored by Connecticut delegate Roger Sherman, it called for proportional representation in the House, and one representative per state in the Senate (this was later changed to two.) The compromise passed 5-to-4, with one state, Massachusetts, "divided."

When it was ratified in 1787, the Constitution enshrined the institution of slavery through the so-called "Three-Fifths Compromise," which called for those "bound to service for a term of years" and "all other Persons" (meaning slaves) to be counted for representation purposes as three-fifths of free people. The word "slavery," however, did not appear in the Constitution until the 1865 ratification of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States.

Patrick Henry was elected as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, but declined, because he "smelt a rat."

Because of his poor health, Benjamin Franklin needed help to sign the Constitution. As he did so, tears streamed down his face.

There was initially a question as to how to address the President. The Senate proposed that he be addressed as "His Highness the President of the United States of America and Protector of their Liberties." Both the House of Representatives and the Senate compromised on the use of "President of the United States."

James Wilson originally proposed the President be chosen by popular vote, but the delegates agreed (after 60 ballots) on a system known as the Electoral College. Although there have been 500 proposed amendments to change it, this "indirect" system of electing the president is still intact.

George Washington and James Madison were the only presidents who signed the Constitution.

In November of 1788 the Congress of the Confederation adjourned and left the United States without a central government until April 1789. That is when the first Congress under the new Constitution convened with its first quorum.

James Madison was the only delegate to attend every meeting. He took detailed notes of the various discussions and debates that took place during the convention. The journal that he kept during the Constitutional Convention was kept secret until after he died. It (along with other papers) was purchased by the government in 1837 at a price of $30,000 (that would be $695,000 today). The journal was published in 1840.

Although Benjamin Franklin's mind remained active, his body was deteriorating. He was in constant pain because of gout and having a stone in his bladder, and he could barely walk. He would enter the convention hall in a sedan chair carried by four prisoners from the Walnut Street jail in Philadelphia.

From 1804 to 1865 there were no amendments added to the Constitution until the end of the Civil War when the Thirteenth amendment was added that abolished slavery. This was the longest period in American history in which there were no changes to our Constitution.

John Tyler was the first Vice President to assume the responsibilities of the Presidency upon the death of William Henry Harrison in 1841. There was nothing in the Constitution that provided for the vice president to BECOME the president. Article II, Section 6 of the Constitution states that: "In case of the removal of the President from office, or of his death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office, the same shall devolve on the Vice President..." The Article did not state that the vice president would BECOME the President! Tyler immediately began to refer to himself as the President with no actual Constitutional authority to do so, and every succeeding vice president in the same position did the same. It was not until the Twenty-Fifth Amendment was passed in 1967 that the vice president technically BECAME the president. This amendment legitimatized Tyler's unconstitutional assumption!

As Benjamin Franklin left the Pennsylvania State House after the final meeting of the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, he was approached by the wife of the mayor of Philadelphia. She was curious as to what the new government would be. Franklin replied, "A republic, madam. If you can keep it."

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