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Louisville to Host Family-Friendly New Year's Eve
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that families can once again ring in the new year together with an evening of free children’s activities, games, movies and music.

Louisville Metro Crews Clear Roadways, Respond to Winter Storm's Aftermath
Louisville Metro road crews have made substantial progress in their around-the-clock efforts to clear snow and ice from the 2,300 miles of roads and streets in the community.

Louisville Storm Response Fares Well; Community Prepares for Cold Weather
With Louisville Metro Government’s snow-response agencies “operating on all cylinders,” Mayor Jerry Abramson said the community has fared well thus far through the winter storm.

Louisville Metro Responds to Winter Storm
Despite a significant winter storm, Louisville Metro Emergency Management Director Doug Hamilton credits careful planning and diligent work of road crews for keeping Louisville’s priority roads passable through Wednesday morning and early afternoon.

Abramson: Adult Entertainment Enforcement to Begin in 60 Days
In response to Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Stephen Ryan’s ruling in favor of Louisville Metro’s adult-entertainment ordinance, Mayor Jerry Abramson today said: “Louisville Metro’s adult-entertainment ordinance was overwhelmingly adopted by the Metro Council earlier this year, and we are glad Judge Ryan has reaffirmed it. "

Abramson Signs Fairness Ordinance, Denounces ‘Hateful Politics of Division and Deception’
Mayor Jerry Abramson today signed the Fairness Ordinance into law just hours after the 19-6 passage Thursday night by the Louisville Metro Council.

Corrections Director Resigns, Secretary Allen To Serve in Interim
Louisville Metro Corrections Director George DeTella resigned effective today to return to his family in Illinois

Clarksdale Hope VI Initiative Underway
Mayor Jerry Abramson, Congresswoman Anne Northup and other dignitaries broke ground today for the first phase of construction for the Clarksdale HOPE VI revitalization.

Louisville Gear Available at ‘The Louisville Store’
The Louisville Store, a new retail and online source for buying authentic Louisville-themed products, was officially launched today by a partnership of four Louisville organizations.

Louisville Metro Provides Free Firewood from Storm Debris; Public pickup scheduled for Nov. 20
Metro Government is turning a negative into a positive by making available free firewood, collected from tree limbs and branches that fell after major storms earlier this year. I

Light Up Louisville to be Brighter than Ever
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the 23rd annual “Light Up Louisville” will be brighter than ever, thanks to the support of a new slate of corporate sponsors.

Abramson Details Plans for Replenished Flu-Shot Supply
Mayor Jerry Abramson today detailed plans for a new supply of 35,000 flu-vaccine doses that is coming to the Louisville area.

Louisville Metro ready for snow Five agencies, 120 vehicles, 35,000 tons of salt prepared for winter
Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined Louisville Metro government employees from five agencies in conducting training and preparation for snow and ice removal for the upcoming winter season.

Louisville Metro Weatherization Program Receives State Award
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that the Department of Metro Housing and Community Development has received the Program of Distinction award from the Kentucky Weatherization Program.

Gallopalooza Horses Auctioned for Charity
Mayor Jerry Abramson will join Gallopalooza Committee members, community leaders and many local and regional artists at the Louisville Palace Theatre, 625 South Fourth Street, for the Gallopalooza Charity Auction on Saturday, October 23.

Abramson Unveils Street Sweeping Program To Clean, Pick Up Litter On Major Roads
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a new street-sweeping program that will clean 1,100 miles of major roads and transportation routes in suburban areas of the community

Abramson: Project DRI Will Invest Nearly $125 Million In Neighborhood Drainage Improvements
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that work will begin next year on Phase II of Project DRI (Drainage Response Initiative), pushing the investment in fixing the community’s major neighborhood drainage problems to nearly $125 million.

Louisville Metro Housing Authority Receives Neighborhood Networks Grant
The Louisville Metro Housing Authority has been awarded a $220,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a state-of-the-art computer lab in a community center in the revitalized Clarksdale neighborhood.

Abramson: Semi-Annual Fall Junk Drop-off Day
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced Louisville Metro’s free junk drop-off day – Sunday, October 31, 2004.

Abramson, DuPont Team Up To Promote Science Education in Schools
Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined a DuPont field engineer and a classroom of 2nd and 3rd grade students at Field Elementary School to emphasize the importance of science education in the schools.

Phone Book Recycling Program Begins
Mayor Jerry Abramson today encouraged Louisville residents and businesses not to trash their outdated telephone books but recycle them by taking advantage of special containers and drop-off sites provided by Louisville Metro Government.

Health Department to Limit Flu Shot Clinics to Those at High Risk
Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Louisville Metro Health Department will limit flu shots to the following high-risk individuals until further notice

LMPD's Crime Tip Number
The Honorable Mayor Jerry Abramson and Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White will announce a new community policing initiative on Wednesday, October 5, 2004.

Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement Kicks-Off First Phase Focuses On “Move It, Louisville!”
Citing local studies that show Louisville ranks above national averages for lack of physical activity, obesity and poor nutrition, Mayor Abramson today announced a communitywide effort to focus on health and fitness issues and encourage participation in physical activity by individuals and groups alike.

Abramson, Northup Announce $280,000 Federal Grant To Resolve Drainage Problems in Newburg
Mayor Jerry Abramson and U.S. Rep. Anne Northup announced today the Newburg neighborhood will soon get more than $280,000 in drainage improvements under a disaster recovery grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Statement of Mayor Abramson on Trial Verdict
Statement of Mayor Abramson on Trial Verdict

Abramson Announces Brightside/Republic Bank Community-wide Cleanup
Mayor Abramson today urged citizens to get involved in cleaning up Louisville Metro by joining in the annual Brightside/Republic Bank Community-wide Cleanup on Saturday, October 2, 9 a.m. to noon.

Abramson: Riverview Park Undergoing Expansion; Land Set Aside for Regional Sports Complex
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans to expand Riverview Park to nearly 90 acres – five times its current size – and develop plans for a new regional sports complex.

Highlights of Fire Station Study
An independent study of environmental and architectural needs in the 12 oldest firehouses was conducted this summer by two firms – Bailey and Associates and Micro-Analytics, both of Louisville.

Firehouse Study Highlights Repair Needs; No Pressing Life, Safety Issues Reported
A comprehensive study of Louisville’s oldest firehouses has highlighted the need for numerous repairs, but does not find any pressing life or safety issues.

On September 21, TARC will unveil the first of its new hybrid-electric buses. This innovative new technology uses electric power in combination with a diesel-powered engine.

Frankfort Avenue Trolley
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh and TARC Executive Director J. Barry Barker will introduce the Frankfort Avenue Trolley (F.A.T.)

Abramson Leads Summer Reading Prize Celebration
Rangeland Elementary School students will be recognized by Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson at the school on Wednesday, September 8, 11 a.m., for a very special accomplishment: The entire school completed the Library’s Summer Reading Program in 2004.

Louisville Providing Information On Disaster Preparedness for Citizens
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Louisville Metro Government is distributing a booklet designed to provide citizens with information on how to prepare for severe weather and other emergencies.

Steps Being Taken to Address Jail Population
Louisville Metro Corrections officials today announced a series of short-term steps over the Labor Day weekend to address rising population levels. During last weekend, the jail population exceeded 2,100, approximately 400 over the recommended capacity of 1,694, said George DeTella, director of the Louisville Metro Corrections Department.

Fleischaker Couch Named Communications Coordinator for Community Development Cabinet
Rebecca Fleischaker Couch has been named as the Cabinet Communications Coordinator for Louisville Metro Government’s Cabinet for Community Development, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

Section of Baxter Avenue To Close As Repairs Made To Retaining Wall
A section of Baxter Avenue will be closed starting Monday as a safety precaution while repairs are being made to a retaining wall, the Louisville Metro Public Works Department announced today.

Abramson Helps Unveil New Hispanic Directory
Mayor Jerry Abramson today joined officials with Louisville-based Cobalt Ventures to unveil a new Hispanic Yellow Pages that will be distributed throughout the community.

Kentucky State Fair August 19 – 29, 2004
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville Metro Government will have an expanded presence at the 2004 Kentucky State Fair, the event’s 100th anniversary.

Brown Foundation Announces Major Donation to Phase III of Waterfront Park
The James Graham Brown Foundation has approved a gift of $3.5 million to Phase III of Louisville Waterfront Park, payable in December 2004.

Abramson: Metro Agenda Focuses On Job Creation, Public Safety
Mayor Jerry Abramson is traveling to Chicago today to finalize work on a special report for the presidential candidates that outlines the needs of the nation’s metro areas.

Parents Urged to Get Children Immunized; Health Department Offers Back to School Shots
More than one-third of the school children in Louisville Metro don’t have the immunizations they need to protect them against serious and debilitating diseases.

Louisville Pride Initiative Recognizes Accomplishments of Hometown Heroes
Mayor Jerry Abramson today helped unveil 11 new murals recognizing prominent Louisvillians that will be displayed on buildings throughout the community over the next 18 months.

Drop Off Service for Tree Debris Proves Popular; 50,000 Cubic Yards and Counting
More than 8,800 Louisville residents have dropped off tree debris free of charge at two temporary locations opened by Mayor Jerry Abramson to help people clean up after the recent storms.

Abramson Delivers ‘Foundation for Our Future’ Plan to Fix Long-Deferred Maintenance
Mayor Jerry Abramson today delivered a detailed plan to invest $25 million over the next three years to replace crumbling sidewalks, renovate playgrounds, repair government buildings and firehouses and resolve scores of other long-deferred maintenance needs across the community. Abramson forwarded the “Foundation for Our Future” capital program list to the Metro Council for their consideration.

Tumbleweed Restaurant to Locate at Waterfront Park
Tumbleweed Southwest Grill, Mayor Jerry Abramson and the Waterfront Development Corporation today announced plans to build an 11,000 sq. ft. restaurant on the riverfront as part of Phase II development of Louisville’s Waterfront Park along River Road.

Metro Government Adding to Mosquito Control Efforts
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced steps Louisville Metro Government is taking this summer to expand its mosquito control efforts. Abramson said for the second straight year more than 230 Metro Government employees, across eight departments, are involved in abatement efforts as part of the Mosquito Control Team or SWAT team.

Abramson: City Will Open ‘Cooling Centers’ This Weekend To Help Residents Cope
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the city is making available this weekend four government centers to serve as “cooling centers” and 32 other government and park facilities to help residents cope with the aftermath of this week’s storms.

Mayor Announces Additional Drop-Off Site for Tree Debris from Storms; Centers Open This Sunday
Responding to public need, Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the opening of a second location for homeowners to drop off tree debris free of charge.

What to do about your food if the POWER goes out!
Do not open the refrigerator or freezer. Tell your little ones not to open the door. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods safely cold for about 4 hours.

Abramson: New Department Will Increase Efficiency, Improve Service to Citizens
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that he has hired a woman with over three decades of management experience to oversee the consolidation of three government departments to increase efficiency and improve service.

Abramson To Address U.S. Conference of Mayors; Technology, Homeland Security Are Key Topics
Mayor Jerry Abramson will discuss Louisville Metro Government’s increasing efforts to use technology to save money and provide more efficient service to citizens at the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend in Boston.

Mayor Abramson Praises ‘Community Budget,’ Collaboration With Metro Council Members
Mayor Jerry Abramson released astatement regarding the 2004-2005 Louisville Metro Government budget adopted tonight by the Metro Council.

Residents, businesses can recycle computers, cell phones, other electronic items
Mayor Jerry Abramson today urged Louisville residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations to recycle their unwanted computers, cell phones, and electronic equipment by taking advantage of an expanded program provided by Louisville Metro Government.

The Metro Council is scheduled to vote tonight on Mayor Jerry Abramson’s budget proposal for the FY 2004-05 fiscal year.

Mayor Donates Surplus Government Cell Phones to Domestic Violence Victims
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that Metro Government is donating almost 1,000 cell phones to The Center for Women and Families.

Margi Decker of the Clarksdale HOPE VI housing development is the first public housing resident to purchase a home using the Section 8 for Homeownership program administered by the Louisville Metro Housing Authority.

Louisville To Host National Preservation Conference This Fall
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville will be host this fall for the 2004 National Preservation Conference sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

A new public/private partnership between the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Department of Neighborhoods and a Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse Store means that hundreds of residents will be able to make their homes more secure.

Abramson Named Kentucky’s Best In Magazine Survey
For the fourth time, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson has been voted Kentucky’s best “Civic Leader or Politician,” according to a reader poll conducted by a statewide magazine.

Abramson Announces Community-wide Anti-Litter Campaign
Mayor Jerry Abramson today challenged citizens and businesses to help ‘Keep It Clean’ as part of a wide-ranging community campaign aimed at reducing the tons of litter that spoil all areas of Louisville Metro.

Abramson, Northup Announce Additional $20 Million for Clarksdale Revitalization Effort
Mayor Jerry Abramson and U.S. Rep. Anne Northup today announced that an additional $20 million in federal funding has been secured to ensure completion of the revitalization of the Clarksdale public housing complex over the next few years.

Abramson Seeks Disaster Designation, Assesses Storm Clean-up Efforts
Mayor Jerry Abramson today asked state and federal officials for financial assistance to help cover costs related to storm clean-up and damage to government facilities based on the extensive damage to local communities in the last several days.

Abramson: $446 Million Budget Focuses On Public Safety, Funding Community’s Basic Needs
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a $446.5 million budget plan that puts more police officers on the street and proposes a $25 million initiative to repair deteriorating sidewalks, roads, park facilities and fire houses throughout the community.

Abramson: New Marriott Illustrates Economic Progress
Overlooking a new $110 million downtown Marriott hotel under construction, Mayor Jerry Abramson today said continued investment in job growth and economic development is critical to Louisville’s future.

Abramson, White Unveil Redistricting Plan, Budget Proposal Puts More Officers On Streets
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Police Chief Robert White today unveiled a redistricting plan and elements of a budget proposal that will improve community safety by putting more officers out in neighborhoods and deploying them more effectively.

Louisville Metro Police Department New Patrol Divisions
Louisville Metro Police announce new patrol divisions to increase public safety

Abramson: Taser Guns for Louisville Police Will Improve Safety of Officers, Citizens
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that his budget plan will include funding to equip all patrol officers with Taser Guns, giving the police another non-lethal weapon to fight crime.

Mayor to Host Informational Public Meeting
Louisville Metro to Initiate All Hazards Mitigation Planning Effort

Budget Will Require Tough Choices
Mayor Jerry Abramson said today that Louisville Metro Government faces an increase of $20 million in mandated costs - such as union salary increases and rising health insurance premiums - forcing a continued search for savings in next year’s budget.

Abramson Names Former Ill. Corrections Official To Serve As Head of Metropolitan Corrections
Mayor Jerry Abramson today named an official with nearly 25 years of experience as the new director of the Metropolitan Department of Corrections.

Abramson Dedicates New Vettiner Park Playground, Announces Improvements
Mayor Jerry Abramson today dedicated $100,000 worth of playground equipment at Vettiner Park, which now has one of the largest playgrounds in the parks system.

4th Street Live! Site Plans Released
Mayor Jerry Abramson, The Hogan Group and The Cordish Company released today a preliminary site and tenant location plan, along with a schedule of projected tenant openings for the 4th Street Live! development.

Grant Funding Will Help Make Government Buildings, Community Safer
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville Metro government has received about $3 million in grant funding to provide security upgrades for government buildings and facilities.

4th Street Live! Announces 7 New Tenants
Mayor Jerry Abramson, The Hogan Group and The Cordish Company today announced the addition of seven tenants to 4th Street Live!

Mayor Jerry Abramson and Bank One will kick off the Brightside/Bank One Pre-Derby Cleanup on Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Square, located at Sixth and Jefferson Streets across from Metro Hall.

Stepped Up Efforts To Clean Up Community with Corrections Crews
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that he has increased the number of crews from the Corrections Center - working seven days a week for the first time - that are picking up trash along major roadways in Louisville.

Revitalization Plan for Newburg Unveiled
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a $2 million revitalization plan for Newburg – a comprehensive housing program designed to increase home ownership rates, property values and opportunities for young people in the historic suburb.

Consolidation of Banking Business Leads to Savings for Taxpayers
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that two banks have been selected to provide banking for Louisville Metro Government – a process that will result in savings over the next five years of more than $800,000.

Phone Book Recycling Program Begins
Mayor Jerry Abramson today urged Louisville residents and businesses to recycle their old phone books by taking advantage of special containers and drop-off sites provided by Louisville Metro Government.

Abramson Announces Neighborhood Mobile Workshops
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the Workshops on Wheels (WOW) program, a mobile learning experience designed to connect citizens with other neighborhoods throughout Louisville Metro.

Team to Investigate Incidents Involving Animal Cruelty
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the creation of a special unit – involving officials from multiple Louisville Metro departments -- to investigate cases involving animal cruelty.

Earth Day 2004 at the Louisville Zoo
Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Mayor Jerry Abramson and the Louisville Zoo invite you to celebrate Earth Day 2004 at the Louisville Zoo on Saturday, April 24.

Abramson: Solid Waste Districts Merged To Create Greater Efficiencies
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the former city and county solid waste departments have merged to form the new Metro Solid Waste Management Department. Robert Schindler, who ran the county Waste Management District and who has more than 20 years of experience in local government, will serve as director of the new department, Abramson said.

More Companies Sign On To Mayor’s ‘Adopt-A-Park’ Program
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that two companies have joined the “Adopt-A-Park” initiative – an pilot program designed to get corporate citizens and neighborhood groups involved in preserving and enhancing the community’s 122 parks.

Abramson, Officials Re-Open Aiken Road Bridge; Project Will Provide Safer Access for Residents
Mayor Jerry Abramson and other elected officials today re-opened the Aiken Road Bridge, an eight-month, $1.9 million construction project that will make it much easier – and safer – for residents in eastern Louisville to access the Gene Snyder Freeway and other major roads.

Abramson Names Veteran Official To Lead Louisville Zoo
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that he has named John T. Walczak as the new Director of the Louisville Zoo.

Louisville Metro Hits ‘Government E-Bay’ For On-line Sale of Surplus Property, Vehicles
Louisville Metro Government is putting surplus vehicles – and other property -- on the Information Superhighway, seeking a better return for taxpayers.

Multicultural Guide Highlights Diverse Louisville Community
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled the “Louisville Multicultural Visitor 2004-2005,” a 63-page booklet that highlights the community’s increasingly diverse neighborhoods and businesses.

Abramson Announces New Initiative to Improve Access to Health Care for Uninsured Adults
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced a new health initiative today for uninsured adults ages 19-64 in Louisville Metro whose incomes are at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

Abramson: One Month Left for Tax Filing, EITC Benefits Available to Many Residents
People have exactly one month left to find out if they’re eligible for thousands of dollars in benefits as part of the Earned Income Tax Credit

Summer Lunch 2004 Planning Underway CAP Now Accepting Site Applications
The Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership (CAP)- has begun preparations for the 2004 Summer Lunch Program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Division of School & Community Nutrition of the KY Department of Education.

Carol Butler Leaving Mayor's Office for Family Business
Carol Butler, a Senior Assistant to Mayor Jerry Abramson and Director of Community Relations and Events for metro government, will retire from her staff position on May 1 to rejoin her husband as a partner in their family book publishing business, Butler Books.

The unveiling of Lucky Strike at 4th Street Live, with its cutting edge combination of dining, bowling, and multi-media art, follows enormously successful premieres in Hollywood and Orange County, CA

Comedy Club, Island Themed Bar To Join 4th Street Live!
Mayor Jerry Abramson, The Hogan Group and The Cordish Company today announced the addition of Rascals Comedy Club and Funky Parrot to the 4th Street Live! district.

Abramson Signs Adult Entertainment Ordinance
Mayor Jerry Abramson has signed the adult entertainment ordinance approved last week by the Metro Council.

Red Cheetah to Join 4th Street Live! Lineup
Mayor Jerry Abramson, The Hogan Group and The Cordish Company today announced the addition of Red Cheetah, an upscale lounge and dance club, and Bartini’s martini bar to the 4th Street Live! district.

Mayor Announces Pothole-Patching Blitz
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville Metro Government has launched a comprehensive blitz of pothole repairs coinciding with the peak pothole season.

Science Center announces $6.7 million capital campaign
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and Congresswoman Anne Northup joined Louisville Science Center leaders today in announcing the public phase of a $6.7 million, multi-purpose capital campaign that will fund a major new permanent exhibit and provide for future growth, education and financial stability.

Abramson: New Program Will Help Move Homeless Toward Self-Sufficiency
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that he will target $1 million over the next two years on a program designed to move more homeless families toward self-sufficiency.

Abramson: Reducing False Alarms Will Save Money, Increase Efficiency and Safety
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a proposal to reduce the incidences of false alarms in the community, a problem that costs taxpayers $500,000 and police more than 19,000 work hours each year.

T.G.I. Friday’s To Join 4th Street Live! Line-up
Mayor Jerry Abramson and The Cordish Company today announced the addition of T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant and bar to 4th Street Live!

Louisville Asset Building Coalition announces free tax assistance campaign
The Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) announced its 2004 FREE TAX PREPARATION SITES during a press conference with the Mayor at Metro Hall on Wednesday.

Abramson Names Director of Office for Women
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Maria Gabriela Alcalde will serve as Director of the Louisville Metro Office for Women.

‘Mayor’s Community Conversations’ Will Continue Giving Citizens a Voice in 2004
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the 2004 schedule for the “Mayor’s Community Conversations,” monthly meetings that last year allowed hundreds of citizens to talk directly with Louisville Metro government leaders and department directors.

Leading Wall St. Agency Gives Top Rating To New Louisville Government
A leading Wall Street agency has given Louisville Metro Government its second highest credit rating, putting the new government among the highest rated local governments in America.

Abramson: First Year Important Foundation for Community’s Future
Mayor Jerry Abramson today said in the first year of merged government great strides were made in laying a “foundation for a more efficient, effective government and a stronger, more vibrant community.”