District 12 eNewsletter - September 28, 2022

District 12
CM Blackwell

Councilman Rick Blackwell
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1112
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Heather Blazis
Legislative Assistant
(502) 574-1112
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In this edition...



climate change flyer

Intro To Bird Watching

Open Invitation for Saturday October 1 event honoring Major General Phil Ardery (1914 - 2012)


Take the ARC Challenge

arc challenge

The 4-week Anti-Racism Challenge begins October 1st!

To participate, you are asked to complete 3 anti-racism activities per week during a 4-week period. The ARC begins Saturday, October 1st, and then each Friday morning through October, you will receive an email with a list of 10-12 suggested anti-racism activities for you to choose from. These range from reading an article, calling an elected official, making a donation, watching a film by Black artists, patronizing a Black business, attending a rally, etc. 

This is a personal Challenge -- there's no need to report back, but ask a friend to join you! You will even receive a tracking tool! If you're willing to take the Challenge, look for the ARC email or Facebook post each Friday (From October 1st through October 28th). 

Sign Up Here

mayoral forum


Tree Week: October 8-16


Tree Week is an opportunity for community members to come together and learn more about, as well as appreciate, trees and all they provide to us. Organizations around the city and surrounding counties will be hosting a number of tree-centric events that are sure to spark an interest! There is something for everyone, including; volunteer opportunities through tree planting and maintenance projects, tree giveaways, plant sales, family friendly arts and crafts, story times, hikes, educational talks, yoga and bike rides in the park, and many other activities! Individuals can learn more, or register for certain events, by visiting https://sites.google.com/treeslouisville.org/louisvilletreeweek2022/home.

It's also not too late to host your own Tree Week Event! See the website for how to register. The deadline is October 3rd. 

Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup


The next Community-Wide Cleanup is happening Saturday, October 22nd. Be a part of this city-wide event to keep Louisville looking bright and beautiful by signing up here

We encourage all residents make a difference by taking part in our Community-Wide Cleanup. It is a great service opportunity for boy/girl scouts, sports teams, faith groups, community organizations, and corporate teams. 

Cleanups are an integral part of Brightside's mission and without the help of volunteer groups, and many other volunteers throughout the year, Brightside could not achieve their goals of a cleaner, greener Louisville.

Neighborhoods can hold their own cleanups at any point throughout the year and Brightside can provide gloves and bags for each Neighborhood Cleanup. They will work with Solid Waste Management to have the collected litter bags picked up. Give them a call at (502) 574-2613 or register online about two weeks prior to your event to schedule your cleanup and for information about getting supplies. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest 2022

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2022) – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announces that entries are being accepted for the 2022 edition of its popular Adopt-a-Highway art contest for Kentucky school students. The theme is Adopt-a-Highway: Keep Kentucky Clean and Green.

Entries must be postmarked no later than Oct. 28, 2022. Students enrolled in Kentucky public, private or home schools may enter. The entry form, evaluation criteria and other information for students, parents and teachers are available on the program website.

The contest is divided into four age groups: 5-8, 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18. Winners of each age division earn a $100 gift card while second- and third-place finishers receive a $50 gift card. Additionally, first- through third-place winners in all age groups will have their artwork featured on social media and prints will be displayed in the Transportation Cabinet’s Conference Center in Frankfort.

KYTC has held the contest for over 20 years to increase environmental awareness among children, educate the public about the harmful effects of litter and encourage behaviors that promote a clean environment. Last year, nearly 300 students from across the commonwealth submitted artwork.

For additional information about the Adopt-a-Highway Program, including entry forms and evaluation criteria for the 2022 Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest visit transportation.ky.gov/AdoptaHighway.

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Registration for the Zoo’s annual Throo the Zoo 5K is now open. The wildest 5K in town presented by Norton Audubon Hospital takes off at 8:00am on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at the Louisville Zoo. Race proceeds benefit the Louisville Zoo, which is dedicated to its mission of bettering the bond between people and our planet.

One of Louisville’s most distinctive run/walk events, the course takes participants “throo” the Zoo —alongside some of their favorite animals and exhibits. The start and finish lines are just outside the Zoo gate, but along the way, participants will be able to see animal ambassadors like bears, giraffes and sloths. The chip-timed course is open to runners and walkers at all fitness levels, including guests with strollers.

Registration for this important Zoo fundraiser starts at $30 now through September 29 and can be completed online at louisvillezoo.org/throo. Register early before prices increase on September 30 to $35 and again on November 6 to $40. Registration on the morning of the race at the Zoo is $50.

Racers unable to attend the November 12 event, or who prefer to get their miles in at home, can register for the Zoo’s Throo the Zoo Virtual 5K race. Participants will be mailed a finisher medal and Zoo ticket for a future visit, allowing them to be part of the fun, no matter where they race. Pricing for the Virtual Throo the Zoo 5K begins at $25 with an increase to $30 on September 30.

ROAD CLOSURES: Illinois Ave. will be closed from Grenade Ave. to Trevilian from 7 - 8:45am and Illinois Ave. from Taylor Ave. to Grenade Ave. from 7:45 – 8:45am.


Dixie Highway Medians


Many of you have reached out to our office regarding the condition of the Dixie Highway median landscaping. We have been in talks with Public Works creating an RFP (request for proposal) for a new company to select, install and maintain new landscaping for the medians. Stay tuned for more details and updated medians!



Project Location: WW Cousins, 4913 Dixie Highway 

Project Description: A minor subdivision plat to create 2 tracts from 1 tract in C1,C2 zoning on 8.7 acres


Project Location: Las Chamas, 8019 DIXIE HWY, #104

Project Description: Illuminated Box sign on building


Project Location: 9736 3rd Street Road

Project Description: Campbell's Auto Sales Phase 2
A Category 2B plan for the addition of 5,940 sq ft of new structures on 1.432 acres in the C-2 zoning district.


diaper drive

Diaper Need Awareness Week

September 24 - October 6 

Diaper Need Awareness Week will be held across the US on September 24 - October 6 to raise awareness of the ongoing need to provide diapers to families. Here in Louisville, advocates are working to encourage donations of diapers to organizations, including the St. Bernadette Diaper Bank. Community members can shop for diapers and donate them at the "Fill the Truck" events hosted by the Diaper Bank during this period:

Saturday, September 24, Kroger 9440 Brownsboro Rd., 10:00am - 1:00pm

Wednesday ,September 28, Walmart 3706 Diann Marie Rd., 9:00am - 1:00pm

Saturday, October 1, Valu Market Outer Loop Plaza, 7519 Outer Loop, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Register to Vote!


The 2022 General Election is November 8.

The deadline to register online to vote in the 2022 General Election is October 11, 2022 4:00 p.m. local time.

Register to vote or verify your registration status today!

Neighborhood Meeting

Project Location: 9718 Dixie Highway

Project Description: A rezoning pre-application has been filed under docket number 22-ZONEPA-0087 to rezone a property located from R4 to C2 to permit an event center. 

Click here for meeting details and additional information.

Public Hearing


Pets of the Week

kitten adoptions

Kitten adoptions:

The Pussycat Lounge inside Animal House Adoption Center has experienced a kitten invasion. Come meet more than two dozen adoptable kittens who need good homes. Kitten adoptions are a $100 donation - or adopt two, and the donation remains the same. All kittens are already spayed-neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on vaccinations. You don’t need an appointment, Animal House (3516 Newburg Road) is open 12:00 - 6:00pm daily. To view all adoptable cats and kittens, click here

dog of the week

Dog of the Week:

Titanium, aka Mr. Blue Eyes, turns a lot of heads, but he has yet to meet his pawfect match. The two-year-old Siberian Husky mix’s adoption fee is waived, thanks to the Pay It Forward Program. Titanium is a friendly dog who has been gentle with other shelter dogs he’s met. Titanium can be tested with other dogs or cats by request. He weighs 55lbs and is already neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on vaccinations. For more info about Titanium, email LMAS at animalservicesadoption@louisvilleky.gov. To meet or adopt Titanium, visit Animal House Adoption Center, located at 3516 Newburg Road, from  12:00 - 6:00pm daily. To view more adoptable dogs at LMAS, click here

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