District 7 E-Newsletter

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


Paula McCraney
601 W. Jefferson Street

Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-1107


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Animal Services: 363-6609
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Brightside: 574-2613

Jefferson County Clerk's Office: 574-5700

Legal Aid: 584-1254

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MSD: 587-0603

PARC: 569-6222

Poison Control: 589-8222

Property Valuation Administration: 502-574-6380

Public Works: 574-5810

Solid Waste Management (SWMS): 574-3571

TARC: 585-1234

Veteran's Affairs: 595-4447


In this Issue

Message From McCraney


As I sat down to write my message this week, it occurred to me that I have always looked at Labor Day as the start of the fall season and a time to look forward to cool-weather sports. Labor Day is an interesting holiday. I think most Americans tend to use it as a barometer to flag the unofficial end of summer. And that whole thing about not wearing white after Labor Day is a serious matter to some, and people in violation are accused of committing a fashion faux pas. But what is Labor Day really all about? Also, who started it, and when did it became a holiday? 

Here's the skinny...

In the late 1800's and as America became more industrialized, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day work weeks in order to make a living. With rising labor disputes, labor movements began as a protest against poor working conditions and low pay of the American worker. Due to the efforts and organization of union members who fought for workers' rights, people today can enjoy weekends off, overtime pay, and various other decent working conditions.

Here’s some history about Labor Day…

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, some records show that in 1882, Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, suggested setting aside a day for a "general holiday for the laboring classes" to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold."

But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that machinist Matthew Maguire, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday.

Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, New Jersey, proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York.

The New Jersey Historical Society informs us that after President Cleveland signed the law creating a national Labor Day, the Paterson Morning Call published an opinion piece stating that "the souvenir pen should go to Alderman Matthew Maguire of this city, who is the undisputed author of Labor Day as a holiday." Both Maguire and McGuire attended the country’s first Labor Day parade in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882.

By 1894, the legislatures of 23 more states had adopted the observance as a holiday, and President Grover Cleveland signed a law on June 28, 1894, making the first Monday in September of each year a national holiday.

Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of the American worker, and it is designed to honor the many contributions American workers have made to the strength and well-being of our nation. It falls under the umbrella of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968, which ensures the holiday will always fall on a Monday so that federal employees can have a three-day weekend.

On Labor Day, I shall focus my attention on saluting the laborers of this land (past and present) for their dedication to making America the greatest nation on earth. I hope you will join me in honoring them and taking time out to relax, celebrate, reflect, and rejuvenate during this three-day weekend, even if it’s only for a day or simply for a moment. While you're at it, do ignore the folks who will be obsessing over wearing white after Labor Day. The faux pas is on them.

Happy Labor Day! Enjoy!

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District 7 Has Flavor


Napa River Grill is a favorite of District 7 residents looking for a good meal in a relaxed environment. It is located in Westport Village at 1211 Herr Ln. and is Louisville's only restaurant featuring Northern California cuisine. There are food options for all palates, from pastas, to seafood as well as burgers! There is also a full drink menu with a variety of cocktails. You can enjoy outdoor dining on the patio if you'd prefer to eat al fresco. 


Napa River Grill is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, as well as Sunday brunch. Help to support this District 7 business by stopping by for a meal.

Click here to see the website/menu.


Shop District 7


District 7 has a plethora of places to shop, eat, grab a drink and get a workout in. There are even a couple of places within the district where all of these things are possible. You can (theoretically) wake up, grab breakfast and coffee, workout, get lunch (probably after a shower), shop for a few hours and then hang around for dinner, drinks and dessert all in Westport Village. This shopping center has a wide selection of shops, gyms, services and restaurants for District 7 residents to frequent.

There are over 40 businesses of all kinds in Westport Village, many of them locally owned. If you are looking to support local business, you can check out this District 7 shopping center located at 1315 Herr Lane.


Another shopping center in District 7 is the Holiday Manor Shopping Center. It is located at 4943 Brownsboro Road, and has a range of restaurants, gyms and shops. Coming soon to Holiday Manor is a First Watch, which is a popular breakfast, lunch and brunch spot. There are restaurants featuring  cuisines from all over the world. There is enough variety to offer either a classy night out or a relaxed meal at low cost.

A full list of businesses at Holiday Manor is available here.


Let's not forget that Brownsboro Road Shopping Center is also right here in the heart of District 7. Like the other two featured shopping centers, this one offers residents a variety of places to shop, eat and get their errands done. The Brownsboro Road Shopping Center is at 4840 Brownsboro Road.


If you are looking for some new restaurants, a place to workout, have a treat or run errands, I encourage you to check out these District 7 heavens!


Safety First


This past week saw heavy rainfall as remnants of Hurricane Ida came through our region. MSD tweeted out a reminder this week about safety when dealing with flooded roads. Remember, if you ever encounter a flooded road, do not try to drive through it. Please find another route. Prioritize your safety!

LG&E and KU Ida Response


Hurricane Ida is one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the United States. The entire city of New Orleans lost power and the flow of the Mississippi River was reversed due to Hurricane Ida's force. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said, “This is going to be much stronger than we usually see and, quite frankly, if you had to draw up the worst possible path for a hurricane in Louisiana, it would be something very, very close to what we’re seeing."

This storm comes on the back of a healthcare system already beleaguered from fighting COVID for well over a year. Sometimes it feels as if we cannot catch a break, and that this past year has not offered any reprieve from one disaster after another. This week, though, LG&E and KU announced they sent 84 line technicians to Louisiana-based utility company CLECO.


This is a welcome occurrence in a world that desperately needs positivity. LG&E has reassured Louisvillians that they are fully prepared to handle service needs in our area. The 84 line technicians are headed where they are needed most, and we will hold tight here in Louisville. 

Sometimes the lights go out. We must ask ourselves if we will submit to the darkness, or work together to bring the light back. Those 84 line technicians have our answer, and to them we say: go south and get those lights back on. We are fully behind you!

St. MAM Call for Volunteers


St. Matthews Area Ministries is actively recruiting volunteers. These volunteers are needed to stock shelves, sort donations, pack food boxes, run errands, organize the pantry, offer administrative support, help with food distribution, and help with delivery services. If interested, please contact Suzanne, Volunteer and Food Pantry Coordinator, for opportunities, at 502-893-0205 or email suzannedegregorio@stmam.com

Addiction Help


August 31st was International Overdose Awareness Day, reminding us all that addiction is a disease that affects so many people around the world. FindHelpNowKY.org can help you find an addiction treatment facility that is taking new clients. 

Click here for more resources on addiction help, and know You'll Never Walk Alone.

Resources for Veterans & Families


Click here for info on the Louisville Metro Office for Veterans.

Department of Corrections Needs You!


Click here for more information.

New Directions Repair Affair


From the Office for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods:

The Repair Affair gathers volunteers annually to assist homeowners with repairs ranging from simple yard work to complicated plumbing and electrical work.  To qualify, you must be a low-income homeowner, age 60+ or have a certified disability, and you must own and live in the home.  To learn more about qualifying or volunteering, contact Teresa Devine at 502-719-7153 or email teresad@ndhc.org

Metro Open Positions


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Parks & Recreation Open Positions


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Food Truck Monday


From the city of Windy Hills: 

On Labor Day,  Monday, September 6th 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dakshin will be with us with their delicious Indian food! 

See https://app.dakshinlouisville.com/restaurant-detail/1 for their restaurant menu to get the flavor of what may be available on the food truck. 

As a way of providing some summer celebration, the City of Windy Hills is inviting food trucks once each month on Monday evenings. Sojourn Community Church is graciously allowing us to use their parking lot at 2501 Rudy Lane.  

Please socially distance as you purchase your food. No onsite dining. 

City of Langdon Place Celebration


On September 11th, Langdon Place is hosting a community celebration. There will be free food, a slushie truck, a bouncy house and lawn games. The event will take place at St. Thomas Episcopal Church (9616 Westport Road) and will go from 4 pm until 8 pm

This is an outside event and masks are not required. This is a no cost fun event for everyone!



The WorldFest will be on the Belvedere all weekend from September 3rd to September 6th. There will be more than 40 food vendors and almost 100 booths representing cultures all over the world. 

The Global Village Overlook Plaza will host a place for those 21 and older to responsibly sample international and domestic beers. All attendees are encouraged to mask up in common areas. Youth and adult masks will be provided.

Click here for more information.

Gilda's Club Fundraiser


Dine in or carry out at the Texas Roadhouse at 5005 Shelbyville Road on Wednesday, September 8th to support Gilda's Club Kentuckiana. Between 4 and 9 pm 10% of your purchase will go to Gilda's when you show this event page while ordering. 


Are you a runner looking for a new challenge? You can sign up for the PureTap 5k that begins and ends at the Louisville Water Tower! The course runs down River Road past District 7 staples like Cox Park and Thurman-Hutchins Park. Walkers and strollers are allowed. It is to be run on September 11th.

Click here for a schedule.

Click here for the PureTap 5k FAQ page.

Click here for any other information on this event.

An Art Affair


Click here for more information.

Boo at the Zoo


Boo at the Zoo is back for its annual Halloween event. Children 11 and under dress up in costume and trick-or-treat around our world-class zoo! This event provides a safe place for kids to trick-or-treat and offers a chance to see a variety of animals. 

Tickets went on sale on September 1st. The trick-or-treat events take place October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 and 28-30 (Thursday – Sunday nights, October 1-30). Tickets for Boo at the Zoo are $12.50 for non-members (both adults and children 3 and older) and $6 for members (both adults and children 3 and older). Children 2 and under are free and do not require a ticket.


To reduce contact points, tickets are all-inclusive. They cover the cost of Boo at the Zoo admission, parking, Spooktacular Carousel, “not-so-itsy-bitsy” Spider House and the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow attraction. 

Click here for tickets and information.

Lunch in the Garden


Come out for a lunch at the peaceful Waterfront Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, September 15th from noon to 1:30 pm. Lunch will be provided by LadyFingers Catering, followed by a presentation and a tour by WBG staff. 

Box lunches are available for $12 per person or you can pack your own lunch. Every box lunch will include a sandwich option, chips and a cookie. Lunch orders are due by Sunday, 9/5. Water and soft drinks will be provided. Place your order when you RSVP to the event.

Click here for registration and sandwich options.


7 Fun(ny) Facts

1. There is a basketball court on the top floor of the U.S. Supreme Court Building. Its nickname is The Highest Court in the Land.


2. The medical term for the "fear of long words" is:


That's just wrong...

3. In 2012, a man wore 60 shirts and nine pairs of jeans on an 11-and-a-half hour flight because he didn't want to pay the extra baggage fee. I hope he didn't need to use the restroom...

4. Pringles are not potato chips. They are dehydrated potato flakes that are pressed into their parabolic shape, which is what makes them less greasy. The FDA ruled that due to this, they aren't technically potato chips (which are thinly sliced potatoes) but rather are "potato crisps." Take a look at the next can of Pringles you see; the word "chip" won't be on there!


5. If you search the word "askew" in Google, the page will tilt slightly to the right.

You just tried it, didn't you?  If you didn't, you should try it just to see if I made it up. Lol

6. A car was cemented to the pavement in Brazil after a car dealership refused to move it. A salesman from the car dealership claimed the spot had been used to advertise cars for years, and it wasn't illegal to have a car there, but the work crew needed the car moved to finish the job. The salesman allegedly instructed the work crew "not to lay a finger on the car." They didn't.



7. A study suggested most people can't tell a difference between expensive wine and inexpensive wine.


Map of District 7


Safety Reminder:



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Weekly Update from LMPD 8th Division

No crime reported!




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