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Metro Newsroom - 2008 Archive


12/31/2008
Junk Pickup Dates for 2009 Available Online
Curbside junk pickup will continue in the urban services district (old city limits) in 2009, but residents must check the city website or call MetroCall to get information on their pickup dates.

12/31/2008
Swearing in Ceremony for Metro Council set for Monday, January 5th
The Louisville Metro Council will hold a ceremonial swearing-in at 5:00pm on Monday, January 5th for new council members and those who were re-elected to office in May and November of 2008.

12/30/2008
Metro Parks to accept 2009 rentals beginning Jan. 12
Metro Parks offering 2009 rental reservations beginning Jan. 12

12/29/2008
Majority Caucus to resume meetings in January 2009
The Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council will resume its meetings schedule on January 8th.

12/29/2008
Mayor Unveils Top 10 Accomplishments of 2008
From being named one of America’s Most Livable Cities and hosting the international Ryder Cup to overcoming the worst windstorm in 30 years, 2008 was a year of challenges and progress for Louisville, Mayor Jerry Abramson said today.

12/29/2008
Parks Committee to Hold Special Meeting on Both Library and Parks Master Plans
The Metro Council’s Parks, Libraries, Zoo & Arts Committee will hold a special meeting on December 30, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. The committee will hear testimony from Dan Jones regarding the 21st Century Parks Open Space Master Plan.

12/24/2008
Holiday Greetings From 'Light Up Louisville' Delivered to Kentucky Troops
Holiday greetings, created by families and children at this year's Light Up Louisville, have been delivered to Kentucky soldiers serving overseas.

12/23/2008
Metro Government Holiday Closings
Louisville Metro Government offices will be closed December 25 and 26 and January 1 and 2, in celebration of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

12/23/2008
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Nicotine Patches to Seniors
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is now offering free nicotine replacement patches to people age 60 older who enroll in Cooper/Clayton stop smoking classes throughout the area.

12/23/2008
Comment Period Extended on Proposed STAR Permits
Notice of Action on Title V STAR Permits

12/22/2008
Park Hill Company Growing
Great Northern has signed an exclusive agreement with P&G to manufacture and distribute DuraFlash vinyl flashing Central Bank provided the financing and Metro Government has praised the deal

12/22/2008
LMPD Holiday Safety Enforcement
The LMPD wants to encourage everyone to exercise caution during the holiday season.

12/22/2008
Recycle Your Christmas Tree After the Holidays
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a program to help residents recycle their live Christmas trees into nutrient-rich mulch.

12/19/2008
Proposed Revision of Operating Permit for Swift and Company
APCD proposes to revise the federally enforceable District origin operating permit (FEDOOP) for Swift and Company

12/19/2008
Proposed Operating Permits for PolyOne Corporation and BAE Systems
APCD proposes to issue federally enforceable District origin operating permits (FEDOOP) to two companies.

12/19/2008
New Toys for Christmas? Recycle Old Electronics
Mayor Jerry Abramson encouraged families who might be receiving new computers, televisions or video game systems for the holidays to recycle outdated electronics through CyberCycle, the city’s electronics recycling program.

12/19/2008
Abramson, Mayors Meet with Obama Team on Investment in Cities to Spur Economy
Mayor Jerry Abramson and other top mayors met with leaders of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team Thursday to discuss an economic stimulus package that would create jobs by investing billions of dollars in roads, schools and other city construction projects.

12/18/2008
Offer Extended! License Your Pet Online and Skip the Late Fees!
Metro Animal Services extends dealine for online licensing with waived late fees.

12/17/2008
Budget Commitee reviews revenue projections at special Wednesday meeting
The Metro Council’s Budget Committee will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, December 17th to hear from Dr. Paul Coomes, Professor of Economics at the University of Louisville. He will discuss local, state and national revenue projections and the impact of past recessions on Metro Louisville.

12/17/2008
Metro Animal Services Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe and Healthy This Holiday Season
Metro Animal Services offers holiday safety owners for pet owners.

12/17/2008
District 1 joins Southwick Community Center for holiday party on December 23rd
In an effort to bring holiday cheer to the children of the Park DuValle area, Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1) will join with the Southwick Community Center to help sponsor a Christmas party on Tuesday, December 23rd.

12/16/2008
Two Businesses Receive METCO Loans
New East Market Restaurant, Retail Mall Awarded Small-Business Loans

12/16/2008
New Signage Installed Near Harrods Creek Bridge
Decreases in traffic and reduced awareness are hurting many businesses located near the Harrods Creek Bridge on River Road in eastern Jefferson County. Since the closure of the bridge on November 26, 2008 owners have seen decreases in customers. The closure of the bridge along with the economic slowdown have made the past month difficult for business owners.

12/15/2008
Monday's Transportation Committee Meeting is cancelled
Due to the forecast of severe winter weather in the next 24 hours, the Metro Council’s Transportation and Public Works Committee has cancelled its meeting for Monday, December 15th at 5:00pm.

12/15/2008
Metro Parks Designates Seven Hills for Winter Sledding
LOUISVILLE -- For thousands of local children – and quite a few adults, too – sledding is a highlight of the winter season. With Louisville facing a possible significant winter weather-related event over the next few days, Metro Parks wants to remind the public it will open hills in seven parks for sledding from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on days when snow accumulation reaches 2-3 inches.

12/12/2008
National FFA Convention Will Return to Louisville
The National FFA convention will return to Louisville in 2013, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today, pumping $40 million into the local economy.

12/12/2008
"Safe Streets Louisville" to appear before Transportation Committee on Monday
“We have seen an unfortunate amount of fatal accidents in the Metro Area this year involving pedestrians and bicyclists,” says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) who chairs the Committee. “Safe Streets Louisville” has asked to come before us to explain their efforts to lower these kinds of accidents.”

12/10/2008
"Deck the House" In District 5
The call is going out to the Shawnee, Portland, Chickasaw and Russell Neighborhoods: the Christmas decorations on your house might be a winner. “Once again in the spirit of the season, I am happy to announce the District 5 Christmas Decorating Contest,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5)

12/10/2008
Mayor Delivers $20 Million Budget-Balancing Plan
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a plan to reduce government spending to close a projected $20 million hole in Louisville’s budget, the result of a national economic recession that’s eroding the city’s tax revenues. Abramson’s plan maintains basic government services, avoids employee layoffs and shelters public safety agencies from the deepest cuts.

12/10/2008
President King returns 10% of his Discretionary Funds to Metro Goverment
In an effort to ease the financial crunch Metro Government continues to face, Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) will return to Metro Government 10% percent of discretionary funds for the current fiscal year allocated to District 10.

12/10/2008
Henderson announces VITA workshops for volunteers
This year, 1,088 taxpayers and their families in District 14 were helped by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. As the program gets ready for 2009, two workshops will be offered to train volunteers beginning on Saturday, December 13th

12/9/2008
District 5 hosts Holiday Reception on Friday, December 19th
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) will continue a holiday tradition on Friday, December 19th with a reception for the residents of her of her district.

12/9/2008
Sun Valley hosts holiday events in District 14
“This is a special time of year, and the staff of the Sun Valley Community Center is making sure everyone has a nice holiday,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14). The Children’s Christmas party will get underway on Friday, December 12th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

12/4/2008
Fleur-de-links Gift Benefits Brightside
Fleur-de-links: A Holiday Gift That Benefits Brightside

12/4/2008
"Santa Land Party" tonight in District 14
The Jolly Old Elf is a popular person this time of year and he will make a special visit for holiday fun in Fairdale on Tuesday, December 16th when Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) joins the Fairdale Community Club for the “2008 Santa Land Party”.

12/4/2008
LMPD Names Suspect in 25 Year Abduction Case
The LMPD Homicide Unit announced Greg Lewis Oakley, Jr. is the main suspect in the abduction and disappearance of Ann Gotlib.

12/4/2008
Proposed Revision of Construction Permit for American Synthetic Rubber Company
Notice of Action on Title V NSR/PSD Construction Permit

12/4/2008
Metro Parks Gearing Up for Holiday Season With Numerous Holiday-Themed Events
Families who are looking for affordable family entertainment during the holiday season will find many fun and inexpensive options through Metro Parks.

12/4/2008
Councilman Peden to take part in Highview Holiday Fest
Louisville Metro Councilman James Peden (District 23) will take part in the Annual Highview Holiday Fest Friday, December 12, 2008. The event will be held at the Central Government Center & Highview Park (located at7201 Outer Loop ) from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

12/4/2008
Mary T. Aquatic Center therapy pool to be closed Dec. 19-21 for repairs
Metro Parks will be closing the therapy pool at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center from Dec. 19-21 to make improvements to the pool’s drain system.

12/3/2008
Governor, Mayor Say Ford Plants Vital to State and City Economies
Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jerry Abramson say the two Ford plants in Louisville are too important to the economy to fail – and they will join Ford executives for a rally tomorrow morning at the Kentucky Truck Plant.

12/2/2008
Owen encourages everyone to walk the 2008 Bardstown Road Aglow, Saturday December 6th
The Bardstown-Baxter Avenue Corridor is a unique stretch of road in Metro Louisville because of its quaint shops, restaurants and churches. On Saturday, December 6th, the Corridor will continue a tradition begun in 1985, with the 23rd Annual Bardstown Road Aglow.

12/2/2008
Louisville Wins $400,000 Grant to Fight Childhood Obesity
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has been awarded a $400,000 grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to reduce childhood obesity. The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement will use the money from the foundation to improve opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy, affordable foods for children and families.

12/2/2008
"Olde Tyme Chirstmas on Frankfort Avenue" returns to District 9 on Saturday, December 6th
It’s a chance to run with Santa, take a trolley ride or tour historic homes when “Olde Tyme Christmas on Frankfort Avenue” returns to mark the holiday season. It is also a chance to help an organization that helps others in need.

12/1/2008
Mayor Announces $3.4 Million in Service Cuts To Help Offset Budget Shortfall
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced additional spending reductions that include closing libraries and community centers one day a week and eliminating all street paving through June 30, 2009, to help close a $20 million budget hole.

12/1/2008
District 3 Holiday Caring and Sharing Celebration set for Saturday, December 13th
Metro Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) is inviting children and their families to come out for her Holiday Caring and Sharing Celebration on Saturday, December 13th.

12/1/2008
Proposed STAR Permits for 9 More Companies
Notice of Action on Title V STAR Permits

12/1/2008
Proposed Renewal of Title V Operating Permit for Marathon Petroleum Co.
APCD proposes to issue a Title V construction permit for Rohm & Haas

11/26/2008
Harrods Creek Bridge Closed Indefinitely
Metro Public Works has closed the River Road bridge over Harrods Creek after a state engineer deemed the bridge unsafe for travel.

11/25/2008
Proposed STAR Permits for 11 Companies
Notice of Action on Title V STAR Permits

11/25/2008
Mayor Meets With Union Leaders to Discuss Alternatives to Employee Layoffs
Mayor Jerry Abramson began meeting today with union leaders to discuss options for closing the $20 million hole in the city’s budget. The mayor is meeting over the next several days with leaders from AFSCME, Teamsters, Firefighters and Fraternal Order of Police unions to discuss ways to reduce personnel costs, which account for about two-thirds of the city’s $500 million General Fund budget.

11/25/2008
Minority Caucus will not meet on Thursday, November 27th

11/25/2008
Councilwoman Shanklin hosts Light Up Newburg on Saturday, December 6th
For many residents, Petersburg Park is a perfect recreational spot for walkers or joggers who just want to enjoy the Newburg Area. Once on Saturday, December 6th the Park will take on a holiday feel when Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin helps “Light up Newburg”.

11/25/2008
LMPD Unveils "Choose Your Ride" Poster to Keep Louisville Safe
"Choose Your Ride" is the latest Keep Louisville Safe Campaign to combat DUI.

11/25/2008
Grinches Target Light Up Louisville
Lawyers for the company that owns legal rights to the Dr. Seuss’ Christmas classic have become real-life Grinches, threatening legal action unless Louisville cancels plans to use “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” as part of its theme for this year’s Light Up Louisville holiday celebration.

11/24/2008
District 17 Councilman Glen Stuckel to Hold Town Hall Meeting
Louisville Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel (District 17) will hold a Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of Republic Bank (9600 Brownsboro Road).

11/24/2008
Topping-off for Louisville's Newest Downtown High-rise
Downtown Louisville's newest high-rise, Zirmed Gateway Towers, reached a milestone on Monday -- with the topping off of the twin 12-story glass towers.

11/21/2008
City to Close for Three Days To Help Manage Budget Shortfall
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced government offices will be closed and all non-essential employees placed on unpaid furlough for three days – a decision that will save about $2 million to help manage the projected $20 million hole in the city’s budget. Abramson also announced that he and the city’s top leadership team will take a 10-percent pay cut starting Jan. 1, 2009 – a move that will save about $200,000 this year.

11/20/2008
Metro Council begins "live web streaming" of its meeitngs online
The Louisville Metro Council will officially go online with all council and committee meetings beginning November 20th. The public will be able to access web streaming to see each meeting as well as review ordinances and resolutions under discussion

11/18/2008
Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free Flu Nasal Spray at Preparedness Exercise
The Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free nasal spray flu vaccine at an exercise to test its ability to administer such vaccine to the public in an emergency. There will be plenty of free parking

11/18/2008
Metro Council members join PRIDE Inc for Seniors Thanksgiving Day Dinner
Several members of the Louisville Metro Council and P.R.I.D.E. Inc will usher in the holiday season on Thursday, November 27th with the Annual Senior’s Thanksgiving Day Dinner.

11/17/2008
Mayor Orders Spending Restrictions To Manage $20 Million Budget Shortfall
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced an immediate hiring freeze and restrictions on travel and discretionary spending as the first steps to manage an expected $20 million budget shortfall for the fiscal year.

11/17/2008
Louisville Water Company comes before Public Works Committee this afternoon
Officials of the Louisville Water Company have been invited to appear before the Metro Council’s Transportation and Public Works Committee to review a recently approved 5.5 per cent rate increase for its customers.

11/17/2008
Councilwoman Flood to help "Light up Okolona" on Friday
The Okolona area will gather to officially welcome the holiday season, when Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) welcomes Santa Claus for Light up Okolona on Friday, November 21st.

11/17/2008
Historic Locust Grove to host Holiday Sampler
Spend the day after Thanksgiving exploring our region’s heritage at Historic Locust Grove. We are open our regular hours, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and have a brand new gallery, “A Country Worth Defending-Land and Family in Early Kentucky,” to tour.

11/15/2008
Brightside Honors Wiche Adult Winner
The Brightside Fred Wiche Award Adult Division Recipient Honored

11/13/2008
Metro Parks, MSD to partner on work along Beargrass Creek
An effort to create enhanced wetlands along Beargrass Creek may impact users of the Beargrass Creek Greenway trail over the next few weeks. The 1.3-mile paved off-road path for pedestrians and cyclists connects the intersection of Grinstead Drive and Lexington Road to Locust Street near Spring Street.

11/13/2008
Mayor's Community Conversation Tonight in District 12
District 12 will play host to the last Mayor’s Community Conversation of 2008 at Pleasure Ridge Park High School on Monday, November 17th. "It is always a nice to welcome the Mayor and Metro Government to the District,” says Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12).

11/12/2008
Proposed Agreed Board Order with Swift
Notice of Public Comment Period and Hearing. Swift & Company is alleged to have violated District Regulations 5.15, 2.17, 2.03, 1.07, and 1.13.

11/10/2008
Hamilton to host District 5 Community Quarterly Meeting Tuesday, November 18th
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton will host the District 5 Quarterly Community meeting on Tuesday, November 18th beginning at 6:30pm. “I hope to let everyone know, how we are proceeding with the Shawnee Weed and Seed program,” says Hamilton.

11/10/2008
Mayor, Congressman Honor Veterans at VA Hospital
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Congressman John Yarmuth greeted veterans at the VA Hospital this afternoon and urged citizens to thank veterans for their service. Veterans’ Day will be observed tomorrow, and Abramson announced that the bells on city buildings will toll 11 times at 11 a.m. to commemorate the holiday.

11/10/2008
Light Up Louisville 2008
City Welcomes You Home for the Holidays with Light Up Louisville.

11/7/2008
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer to host District 11 Town Hall Meeting
Councilman Kramer will host a District 11 Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, November 11 from 6:30 to 8 pm at Ninth and O Baptist Church (4401 Breckenridge Lane).

11/6/2008
Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free Yoga at the Center for Health Equity
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer free yoga classes every Thursday (except Thanksgiving) from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. November 13 to December 18 at the Center for Health Equity located at 2422 W. Chestnut Street. Classes are open to the general public and to those of all ability levels.

11/6/2008
Sun Valley Center to celebrate Veterans Day on Tuesday, November 11
Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14) is encouraging everyone to take some time next Tuesday to honor the men and women who have served the United States of America in uniform.at the Sun Valley Community Center at 6505 Bethany Lane.

11/6/2008
The Mayor Appoints New Corrections Director
Director, Mark E. Bolton Mayor Jerry Abramson today introduced Mark Bolton, most recently the community corrections director for the state of Arizona, as the new director of Louisville Metro Corrections.

11/6/2008
KY and IN Leaders Discuss Regionalism
Leaders from Kentucky and Southern Indiana will come together this Friday to discuss regionalism and its importance in the global economic environment at a regional summit titled Beyond Boundaries – Building our 21st Century Community.

11/5/2008
City Sponsors Job Fair This Saturday
Louisville Metro Human Resources will hold a public protection job fair on Saturday, where applicants can explore jobs in police, fire, EMS, corrections and related agencies.

11/5/2008
License Your Pet Online and Skip the Late Fees!
A new online tool allows Louisville pet owners to license their cat, dog or ferret without ever leaving home.

11/3/2008
Metro Government to sue NexStep over use of grant money for sex offenders
In the summer of this year, Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) became aware that several apartments along Hackel Drive were housing registered sex offenders. Blackwell immediately asked the Jefferson County Attorney’s office to look into possible housing violations with these sex offenders.

11/3/2008
Metro Air Net Improved
The web application that provides current and historical raw air quality data has been upgraded to improve its performance.

11/3/2008
Metro Air Net Improved
The web application that provides current and historical raw air quality data has been upgraded to improve its performance.

10/30/2008
Ford Plans Additional $200 Million Investment at Two Louisville Plants
Ford Motor Company plans an additional $200 million investment at its two Louisville manufacturing plants under an amended incentive package approved this morning by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.

10/30/2008
Ryan Irvine Promoted to Deputy Director for Public Health and Wellness
Dr. Adewale Troutman, Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, recently promoted Ryan Irvine to the position of Deputy Director.

10/30/2008
Mayor: Louisville Ready for Winter Weather
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the city has added new ways to keep roads clear and prevent potholes as part of Louisville’s snow-removal response – making it more efficient and effective.

10/30/2008
Two Loans Approved by METCO
Two local businesses, including a steel fabrication company, have been awarded small-business loans from Louisville Metro Government.

10/29/2008
Waverly Park to be closed Oct. 30
Waverly Park, located at Arnoldtown Road and Clayton Terrace in west Louisville, will be closed on Thursday, October 30 for paving work. The contractor will be installing expanded parking facilities and paving over a gravel portion of the park entry road.

10/29/2008
Matt Rhodes Promoted to Deputy Director for Public Health and Wellnes
Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, recently promoted Matt Rhodes to the position of Deputy Director.

10/28/2008
Owen to give presentation Nov. 5 at Historic Locust Grove
How did people get the news in early Louisville? On Wednesday, November 5, Tom Owen, associate archivist and community relations associate at the University of Louisville, as well as a Metro Councilman, will share the history of Louisville's early newspapers at Historic Locust Grove.

10/28/2008
Abramson to Testify Before Congress for Main Street Stimulus Package
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson will testify before a House of Representatives committee in Washington, D.C. tomorrow, where he will push for a federal stimulus package aimed at creating jobs and improving infrastructure in cities.

10/27/2008
Metro Animal Services Hosts Fall Rabies, Licensing and Microchipping Clinics
Louisville Metro Animal Services’ mobile medical and adoption unit, S.P.O.T. (Stop Pet Overpopulation Today), will host three rabies, licensing and microchipping clinics for cat, dog and ferret owners in October.

10/27/2008
Free Leaf Dropoff at Public Works Yards
Homeowners looking for ways to dispose of fallen leaves can drop them off at two Metro Louisville Public Works yards beginning today.

10/24/2008
District 22 Public Town Forum

10/24/2008
District 22 Councilman Robin Engel to Participate in Brightside’s Community Wide Clean-Up
Metro Councilman Robin Engel (District 22) will partner with the Fern Creek Community Association and Chamber of Commerce to hold Brightside’s Community Wide Clean-up on Saturday, October 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the Fern Creek Community Center, (6104 Bardstown Road.)

10/24/2008
Halloween fun at Chickasaw Park on Friday, October 31st
Chickasaw Park will take on the feel of a creepy, eerie haunted night but it’s all in fun for the children of District 1. Some Chickasaw residents and Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1) will play host to a Halloween Party on Friday, October 31st.

10/23/2008
President King hosts "Make a Difference Day" Saturday, October 25th
From Germantown to Audubon Park; to the Highlands to Bashford Manor; President Jim King (D-10) is putting out the call for volunteers in neighborhoods to pitch in for Brightside’s community wide cleanup on Saturday, October 25th

10/23/2008
Sun Valley Children’s Halloween Party set for Friday at Frost Middle School
Due to renovations, Frost Middle School will host the annual Sun Valley Children’s Halloween Party on Friday, October 24th. "This is a fun celebration for children in the area and this year we had to find a temporary location and we still plan to have fun for children and their parents,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14).

10/23/2008
2008 Southwest Pride Cleanup set for Saturday
Homeowners, business people, children and adults will be among the hundreds of volunteers who will answer the call of the Southwest Pride Community Cleanup on Saturday, October 25th.

10/23/2008
Vanpooling Program Continues Growing, Adds New Vans
The Ticket to Ride program has unveiled 18 new 12-passenger Ford vans to help meet the area's growing need for vanpooling.

10/22/2008
Green to serve on Leadership Louisville Board
Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1) has added another responsibility to her civic work in Metro Louisville. For a second time she has been elected to the Leadership Louisville program as a member of its Board of Directors.

10/22/2008
District 1 and Green Clean team united with Brightside on Saturday
A special reunion will take place on Saturday, October 25th when members of the Youth Alive “Green Clean Team” will work once again with the Councilwoman that gave them their name.

10/21/2008
IEDC Award Goes to COOL
Louisville Metro Economic Development Department Recognized for Innovative Neighborhood Development Program

10/21/2008
Citizens Weigh in on Park Hill Revitalization
Citizens met with city planners to provide input to help make choices from a number of potential approaches to attract business and create jobs in the 1,400-acre Park Hill Industrial Corridor.

10/21/2008
Kilowatt Crackdown Rewards Energy Efficient Buildings
Mayor Jerry Abramson today encouraged business owners and building managers to join a yearlong energy efficiency contest -the Louisville Kilowatt Crackdown.

10/20/2008
Hamilton applauds State ABC decision to deny liquor license on West Market Street
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) is applauding a decision by the Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control Board to deny a liquor license for Bakos Liquors at 3400 West market.

10/20/2008
Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free Diabetes Classes
Public Health and Wellness to Offer Free Diabetes Classes LOUISVILLE, Ky. – (October 20, 2008) Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend two free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. Classes begin Saturday, November 1 at the Department of Public Health and Wellness, 400 E. Gray Street. There is free parking for the classes.

10/20/2008
Public Health and Wellness Continues to Offer Flu Shots
Public Health and Wellness Continues to Offer Flu Shots LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 20, 2008) The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will continue to offer flu shots by appointment through the remainder of October and through November as long as vaccine supplies last. . Two walk-in clinics are also scheduled for tomorrow October 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Metro Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray Street and at the Newburg Health Center at 4810 Exeter Avenue.

10/17/2008
Council members Johnson and Butler work out a plan for storm debris cleanup in Districts 21 and 15
Council members Dan Johnson (D-21) and Marianne Butler (D-15) have finalized plans for crews from Solid Waste Management to intensify the cleanup storm debris due to the high winds of September 14th.

10/17/2008
Henderson stops "Form District" for District 14
Citing concerns of residents and many unanswered questions, Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14) has asked that a proposal for a “form district” zoning designation of 2,200 acres in the Valley Station area be withdrawn.

10/16/2008
District 12 Dialogue Tonight: River Park and Waterfront Development
A progress report on Riverview Park along the Ohio River will be the highlight of the October District 12 Dialogue set for Tuesday, October 21st beginning at 7:00pm.

10/15/2008
Mayor Dedicates Renovated Shawnee Pavilion
LOUISVILLE (Oct. 15, 2008) – The historic Shawnee Pavilion, an original feature of the Olmsted-designed Shawnee Park, has been renovated and made accessible for the disabled – and new restrooms have been added near the structure.

10/15/2008
Frankfort Avenue cleanup set for Saturday, October 25th in District 9
The Frankfort Avenue Cleanup will get underway on Saturday, October 25th from 8:00am to 12:00pm. Volunteers should meet at the Keats Parking Lot adjacent to the Irish Rover located at 2319 Frankfort Avenue. The cleanup is in preparation for the “Olde Tyme Christmas” on Frankfort Avenue in December.

10/15/2008
"Trick or Treat Street" Tonight in District 13
Ghosts, goblins and children of all ages will have a chance to have a safe and fun Halloween thanks to Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and the Fairdale Community Club as they present “Trick or Treat Street” on October 30th

10/15/2008
Slugger Field Flu Shot Clinic Set for Sunday
The Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold its annual Louisville Slugger Flu Shot Clinic at 401 E. Main Street on Sunday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shots will be available for everyone 6 months of age and older. There will be plenty of free parking and no appointments are necessary.

10/15/2008
District 23 Councilman James Peden to Hold Safety Walk
District 23 Councilman James Peden to Hold Safety Walk Louisville, KY – Metro Councilman James Peden (District 23) will lead a Public Safety Walk through his district on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. The safety walk with start from River City F.O.P. Lodge #614 (6204 Price Lane).

10/14/2008
Public Health and Wellness Offers Free Massage Therapy at Its Dixie Site
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is now offering free massage therapy to the general public. Massage therapy is offered at the Dixie Health Center located in the Southwest Government Center at 7219 Dixie Highway every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sign-ups for 30 minute massage slots are taken at the Dixie Center each Wednesday morning.

10/14/2008
Crews Clearing Storm Debris: View Removal Map
Louisville Public Works crews are working to remove trees and limbs from the public right-of-ways throughout the city, a process that will take at least two months. Residents have a tool to check pickup status in their area.

10/13/2008
Delta Queen to Make Final Stop in Louisville
Delta Queen, the beloved paddle wheeler that has been part of the Great Steamboat Race nearly every year since 1963, will make its final voyage to Louisville this month — and the city is throwing a party to honor its heritage.

10/13/2008
Keep Louisville Safe Campaign - Bicycle Safety
Mayor Abramson and Chief White encourage motorists and bicyclists to keep Louisville safe.

10/10/2008
District 23 Councilman James Peden to Host Highview Community Festival
Councilman James Peden (District 23) will host the Highview Community Festival in a joint effort with ValuMarket Grocery and the Highview Business Association.

10/10/2008
Abramson: Council's Inaction May Derail Center City Project
Mayor Jerry Abramson said today that Metro Council’s inaction on the Center City project has the city’s partner, The Cordish Company, strongly reconsidering whether to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in Louisville.

10/9/2008
Councilwoman Woolridge will participate in the JCPS “2008 Middle School Connection”
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) will join hundreds of volunteers on Thursday, October 9th as part of the 2008 Middle School Connection of the Jefferson County public Schools.

10/9/2008
Councilman Henderson invites everyone to the 2008 Southwest Community Festival on October 11th
Sun Valley Park will welcome all of Metro Louisville for a day of entertainment, fun and food when the Southwest Community Festival kicks off on Saturday, October 11th. It will also be a chance to help a local agency.

10/9/2008
Notice of Action on Title V Construction Permit
APCD proposes to issue a Title V construction permit for Rohm & Haas

10/9/2008
Metro Council will continue discussions on the Center City Project
By a voice vote, the Louisville Metro Council on Thursday night has tabled a resolution concerning the Center City project. Representatives of the Council will continue discussion between the Abramson Administration and the Cordish Group. Action on approving final land purchase set for October 23rd

10/9/2008
Jefferson Memorial Forest finalist in Save the Trails competition
The Louisville Metro Parks Foundation and the Jefferson Memorial Forest have been named finalists in a competition for Save the Trails funding that will be determined by online voting during October.

10/9/2008
Councilman Henderson joins Southwest Center for “Weekend Extravaganza” on Oct 11th & 12th
A weekend of fun cars and motorcycles will help on local agency continue its work for adults with developmental disabilities. The Southwest Center is once again holding its “Weekend Extravaganza” on Saturday, October 11th and Sunday, October 12th.

10/8/2008
West Main Street Named Great Main Street
West Main Street has been named one of America’s Top 10 Great Streets by the American Planning Association.

10/8/2008
Opportunity for Public Review and Comment
The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District has determined that the environmental acceptability demonstrations of a set of companies can be approved.

10/7/2008
Lisa Tobe Named Director of Center for Health Equity
Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, recently announced Lisa Tobe, MPH as the new director of the Center for Health Equity.

10/7/2008
Public Health & Wellness Names New Senior Business Manager
Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, recently announced David Hillebrand as the agency’s new Senior Business Manager.

10/7/2008
Memorial Forest Master Planning meeting to be held Oct. 22
LOUISVILLE -- The nation’s largest municipal urban forest has a new vision that calls for continued growth, expanded facilities for education and recreation, and new nature programs to better serve the public and draw more visitors.

10/6/2008
Nearly $4 Million in Stimulus Checks Unclaimed in Louisville
The IRS reports that $3.7 million in economic stimulus checks have gone unclaimed in Louisville – mainly because people who don’t have to file income tax returns, like the elderly or disabled, haven’t filled out the paperwork to receive their money.

10/6/2008
Mayor and Firefighters Urge Families To Prevent Home Fires
Mayor Jerry Abramson and local fire chiefs today encouraged families to learn ways to prevent fires in their homes as part of National Fire Prevention Week, which runs from Oct. 5 to Oct. 11. This year’s theme is “Prevent Home Fires”.

10/3/2008
"Movies under the Stars" returns October 11th to Iroquois Amphitheatre
“Movies under the Stars” will wrap up a successful season at the Iroquois Amphitheatre with the showing of “Dream Girls” on Saturday, October 11th at 7:30pm.

10/2/2008
District 13 welcomes walkers and hikers to the Jefferson Memorial Forest on Saturday, October 18th
In mid October, there is no place more beautiful in Louisville Metro than the Jefferson Memorial Forest. Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Wlech (D-13) says it is the perfect time of year to not only enjoy the view but get healthy too with th eMayor's Healthy Hometown Hike.

10/2/2008
Metro Council’s Minority Caucus to hold press conference regarding Center City Project
Members of the Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus will hold a press conference at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2008 in the 1st Floor Conference Room of City Hall (601 W. Jefferson Street).

10/2/2008
Minority Caucus Members Announce their Opposition to Center City Giveaway
Members of the Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus announced their opposition to the Mayor’s plan to give away approximately $30 million dollars in funding to the Baltimore Based Cordish Company.

10/1/2008
Riverside Heritage Festival to take place on Oct. 11
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing invites everyone to its annual Riverside Heritage Festival on Saturday, October 11, from noon-5 p.m.

10/1/2008
Otter Creek Park to host Halloween-themed weekend events
Families who are interested in all the fun and pageantry of Halloween in a natural setting will have four opportunities to enjoy the holiday during the month of October at Otter Creek Park.

9/30/2008
Annual Mayor's Hike to take place at Oct. 18
Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging Louisville residents to “hit the trail” on Saturday, October 18 at the fourth Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest. The free event is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, designed to encourage healthy behavior including better nutrition and increased physical activity.

9/30/2008
Annual Mayor's Hike set for Oct. 18
Mayor Jerry Abramson is encouraging Louisville residents to “hit the trail” on Saturday, October 18 at the fourth Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest. The free event is part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, designed to encourage healthy behavior including better nutrition and increased physical activity.

9/30/2008
Family Golf Package to be offered at Metro Parks courses during October
As a result of interest generated by Kentuckians Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes in helping Team USA capture the Ryder Cup, Metro Parks is offering an affordable family golfing package at its nine golf courses during October weekends.

9/30/2008
2008 Willie Bright BBQ set for Saturday, October 4th
Councilman David Tandy (D-4) is continuing a tradition of inviting residents to an old fashion cookout and community get-together beginning at 12:00 noon to 4:00pm on Saturday, October 4th at Shelby Park in front of the Community Center at 600 East Oak Street..

9/30/2008
Hamilton provides funding to victims of storm damage in District 5
As part of the Metro Council’s Emergency Storm Ordinance passed last Thursday, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton is giving $7,000 to the Metro Housing Resource Center to help residents pay for tree and debris removal from their property in District 5

9/30/2008
BACnc for Propionaldehyde
Propionaldehyde has been added to the US EPA's Integrated Risk Information System

9/30/2008
Design Entries Sought for Gallopalooza
Design Entries Sought for Gallopalooza

9/29/2008
Mayor Calls on Volunteers for Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup
Mayor Calls on Volunteers for Brightside Community-Wide Cleanup

9/29/2008
Councilwoman Woolridge thanks local agencies for their dedication during storm recover efforts.
In an effort to replenish agency resources and help victims of the recent storm damage, Councilwoman Mary Woolridge (D-3) has given $9,500 to local agencies. This funding was a part of the September 25th Metro Council Emergency Storm Ordinance.

9/29/2008
Councilman Johnson gives $10,000 to South Louisville Community Ministries for Meals on Wheels Progra
At Thursday nights’ Metro Council Meeting, Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) announced the allocation of 10,000 from his Neighborhood Funds to be directed to South Louisville Community Ministries for their Meals on Wheels Program.

9/26/2008
Mayor Announces $18 Million Whiskey Row Lofts
One was built by the L&N Railroad as its headquarters and the other once housed Louisville’s famous bourbons – and now two historic buildings on Main Street are being converted into a mixed-use project that includes apartments, condominiums, restaurants and offices.

9/26/2008
Nearly $5 Million in Bike, Pedestrian Improvements for Louisville
Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced nearly $5 million in grants for bicycle and pedestrian improvements that will improve access and increase safety along Louisville’s roads and streets.

9/25/2008
Metro Council members Ken Fleming and Julie Raque Adams host flu shot clinic today
Metro Council members Ken Fleming (District 7) and Julie Raque Adams (District 18) invite residents to a Flu/Pneumonia Shot Clinic in the St. Margaret Mary Hospitality Room (7813 Shelbyville Road) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2008.

9/25/2008
METCO Loan Awarded to East Broadway Owner
East Broadway Property Owner Awarded Small-Business Loan

9/25/2008
Fourth Annual Free Community Shredding Event
Mayor Jerry Abramson today urged Louisville residents to begin collecting documents and materials now for the annual free community shredding event at the Louisville Zoo on Saturday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

9/25/2008
District 20 Councilman Stuart Benson to hold Town Hall Meeting
Metro Councilman Stuart Benson (District 20) will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, October 13, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the Fern Creek Community Center and Chamber of Commerce (6104 Bardstown Road).

9/25/2008
Notice of Action on Title V Construction Permits
APCD proposes to issue Title V construction permits for Rohm & Haas

9/25/2008
Registration for Fall classes to begin at Metro Arts Center
Registration for Fall classes at the Metro Arts Center, 8360 Dixie Highway, will begin October 1.

9/24/2008
Metro Parks properties continuing to recover from storm
Louisville's parks, golf courses and community centers are among Metro Parks properties that are continuing to recover from the September 14 wind storm.

9/24/2008
Storm Recovery Progress
Louisville is bouncing back from the hurricane-force winds. Most power is back on, but the massive cleanup continues, with community-wide debris dropoff sites open.

9/23/2008
Brightside Awards Fall NatureScape Grants
Brightside awards neighborhood and civic groups with NatureScape beautification grants

9/23/2008
Mayor Announces Plans to Create More Public Art
The art group Creative Time -- which has developed innovative public art in New York City for the last three decades, including at the World Trade Center site -- will develop a plan for creating more public art in the city.

9/22/2008
Humana Bringing Innovative Bike-Sharing Initiative to Louisville
Humana and their Freewheelin program will make 250 bicycles available – free of charge – to visitors and Louisville-area residents during the Sept. 24-27 Idea Festival in downtown Louisville.

9/22/2008
Mayor Announces Medication Disposal Program
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of the city’s fourth “Drug Toss” that helps local residents properly dispose of expired or unused pharmaceuticals. Five disposal sites will accept medications Sept. 26-28.

9/22/2008
Louisville Extreme Park closing for annual repairs
Louisville Extreme Park to be closed Wednesday, September 24 through Friday, September 26

9/19/2008
Governor Beshear Submits Presidential Disaster Declaration
Gov. Steve Beshear today announced that he is requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help recover costs for public damages suffered in some 70 counties and cities across the commonwealth.

9/19/2008
Five Community Centers to be open for extended hours this weekend
Five Metro Parks community centers will be open for extended hours this weekend to offer family-friendly activities to those still without power following Sunday's wind storm.

9/19/2008
Flood joins B.C. Roosters and Republic Bank for a fundraiser to fight breast cancer
With the help of B.C. Roosters and Republic Bank, Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D-24) is inviting everyone to help raise money for the Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk. The fundraiser involves having a good tossing arm.

9/19/2008
Mayor Announces “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” Weekend
Mayor Jerry Abramson is urging Louisville residents to reach out to their family, friends and neighbors this weekend as the city recovers from the massive windstorm, one of the worst the community’s history.

9/18/2008
Metro Parks to host cleanup events at local parks
To commemorate National Public Lands Day, Metro Parks, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) will host four cleanup events in area parks on Saturday, September 27.

9/18/2008
Public Health and Wellness to Begin Flu Shots October 1
Beginning October 1, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer flu shots to anyone age six months or older. Adequate vaccine supplies are expected.

9/18/2008
Diabetes Classes Being Offered by Public Health & Wellness-October
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. Classes begin Monday, October 6 at the Neighborhood Place South Central, 4255 Hazelwood Avenue.

9/16/2008
Metro Councilman Peden to host 5th Annual McNeely Lake Cleanup
Louisville Metro Councilman James Peden will host the 5th Annual McNeely Lake Cleanup on Saturday, September 20th. The cleanup will start at 9:00 a.m. and will last approximately 3 hours.

9/16/2008
Center for Health Equity to Kick Off Second Annual Speakers Series
The Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department’s Center for Health Equity will kick off its 2008-2009 speakers series CLOSING THE WIDENING GAP: SOCIAL JUSTICE & PUBLIC HEALTH with a talk by Dr. Thomas LaVeist PhD., Why African Americans Live Sicker and Die Younger. The lecture will be held Tuesday September 23 at the Muhammad Ali Center located at 144 N. 6th Street. A reception with light refreshments will be held at 5:00 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 5:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Interactive discussion and audience participation will follow the lecture.

9/15/2008
Councilman Blackwell hosts Crime Prevention 101 set for District 12, September 23rd
It is a course that will go a long way in protecting you and your family. Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) is bringing Crime Prevention 101 to Pleasure Ridge Park. “Public safety has always been one of my highest priorities for the District,” says Blackwell. “It is my hope that Crime Prevention 101 will give residents the tools they need to protect themselves.”

9/15/2008
6th Annual National Family Day at Park DuValle set for September 22nd
The Sixth Annual National Family Day at Park Duvalle is a time for families to enjoy a day of food and fun. It is also an important day to encourage parents to get involved with their children to prevent substance abuse. Council members Judith Green (D-1) and Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) join the Community Builders and Wendy’s in sponsoring the event and encouraging families to come out and enjoy the day.

9/15/2008
Food Safety Information from the USDA
Severe weather events can mean power outages, floods, and other problems that can affect the safety of food.

9/15/2008
Mayor Addresses Storm in Letter to Citizens
Mayor Abramson addresses the storm damage in a letter to Louisville residents.

9/15/2008
MetroCall 311: Storm Debris Notice
Latest news from MetroCall on the city's storm debris procedures.

9/15/2008
Storm Debris—What do I do with it?
There are three options to dispose of storm debris -- don't burn it!

9/11/2008
Proposed Amendments to APCD Regulations 2.08 and 6.40
Notice of comment period and public hearing for proposed new versions of three APCD regulations

9/11/2008
CANCELED - Forest to host Kentucky Reptile and Amphibian Day Sept. 20
Snakes, lizards and frogs aren’t to be feared – in fact, they’re an essential ingredient in keeping the balance at America’s largest municipally-owned forest.

9/11/2008
Muhammad Ali Will Welcome Ryder Cup Fans
Muhammad Ali, Louisville’s most famous native son, will welcome guests from around the world to the 37th Ryder Cup and a festival of events surrounding the international golf championship.

9/10/2008
PRP Fire Chief to speak at September District 12 Dialogue, September 16th
Councilman Rick Blackwell is bringing Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Chief Vincent Smith to the next District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, September 16th at St. Paul Catholic Church, 6901 Dixie Highway beginning at 7:00pm.

9/10/2008
Transportation Committee to hear from Build the Bridges Coalition on Monday, September 15th
The “Building the Bridges Coalition” has been invited to appear before the next meeting of the Metro Council’s Transportation Committee on Monday, September 15th at 5:00pm.

9/9/2008
District 4 welcomes Mayor's Community Conversation on Monday, Sept 15th
Councilman David Tandy (D-4) and Central High School are ready to welcome the public and Mayor Jerry Abramson for one on one conversation on Monday, September 15th.

9/5/2008
Riverpark Boat Cruises postponed until October 12th
It is a chance to spend a nice Sunday afternoon taking a cruise on the Ohio River courtesy of Councilmen Rick Blackwell (D-12) and Bob Henderson (D-14) and help Southwest Community Ministries

9/5/2008
UPS Opens New $67 Million Hub
Mayor Jerry Abramson joined state and local officials today as UPS officially opened the Louisville Centennial Hub – its $67 million ground-package sorting operation near Louisville International Airport.

9/3/2008
Welch to attend UPS Ribbon Cutting for new HUB
Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) will join officials with United Parcel Service on Friday, September 5th for the Grand Opening of the new UPS Louisville Centennial Hub.

9/3/2008
Construction Begins on City Green Roof
Construction of the first green roof on a city-owned building is underway, and city engineers expect the new roof to reduce energy costs and improve insulation. The roof over the Metro Development Center at 444 S. 5th Street will be planted with hardy vegetation and trees.

9/3/2008
Minority Caucus Meeting Cancelled for September 4, 2008 Next Meeting scheduled for September 11, 200
The Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus will not meet this week. The Minority Caucus will return to its regular schedule, meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays starting September 11, 2008.

9/2/2008
Ryder Cup Raffle Raises Bucks for Brightside
Don’t despair if you still haven’t found those elusive tickets for the Ryder Cup – a pair of tickets could be yours for just $50. St. Matthews boutique Parallel 38 is selling 500 raffle tickets for two ground passes for the golf event. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Brightside, the city’s beautification program.

9/2/2008
Every 1 Reads Reaches $8 Million Fundraising Goal
Four years after announcing an ambitious city-wide initiative to have every Jefferson County Public School student reading on grade level, Mayor Jerry Abramson and Superintendent Sheldon Berman announced today that Every 1 Reads has reached its $8 million fundraising goal.

9/2/2008
City Shows Developers Acres of Opportunity in Park Hill
National and local developers tour Park Hill Industrial Corridor

9/2/2008
Air Quality Alert for September 2
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

8/29/2008
Louisville Intl Airport Ranked 3rd Busiest Cargo Airport
Louisville International Airport ranked 3rd busiest cargo airport in North America, and 9th busiest in the world, during 2007 by Airports Council International.

8/29/2008
New METCO Loans Awarded
Five local businesses, including a new restaurant in Valley Station, have been awarded small-business loans from Louisville Metro Government.

8/29/2008
Preliminary Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Results Available
Trinity Consultants presented a summary of the preliminary results of the inventory at the August 28 Climate Change Committee meeting

8/29/2008
Louisville Metro Councilmen to attend 2008 Republican National Convention
Four members of the Louisville Metro Council’s Republican Caucus will attend next week’s Republican National Convention. Councilmen Kevin Kramer (District 11), Ken Fleming (District 7) Glen Stuckel (District 17) and Hal Heiner (District 19) will be in St. Paul, Minnesota, Sunday August 31 through Friday, September 5.

8/28/2008
Welch invites everyone to the 78th Fairdale Community Fair
Over its 78 years, the Fairdale Community Fair has always tried to come up with an event that showcases fun, friends and family for the first weekend of September. “This is a special time of year for Fairdale and all of Metro Louisville,” says Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13). “The Fairdale Community Fair is one event where everyone can be a part of our community.”

8/27/2008
Flood encourages residents to visit Colon Cancer Prevention Project at Jefferson Mall
A new interactive display is going a long way in helping the public understand a deadly disease. On Labor Day weekend, Jefferson Mall will host a unique exhibit that offers much more than just simple information on Colorectal Cancer.

8/25/2008
District 20 Councilman Stuart Benson to hold Town Hall Meeting
Metro Councilman Stuart Benson (District 20) will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the community room of the Jeffersontown Fire Department (10540 Watterson Trail).

8/22/2008
City Website Named One of Nation's Best
Louisville Metro Government’s website, www.louisvilleky.gov, has been named one of the top three city government websites in the country - the third consecutive year the city's website has been named one of the nation's best.

8/22/2008
Attorney General Issues Civil Subpoenas in Gas Price Investigation
Attorney General Jack Conway announced that because of information received during a preliminary investigation into Louisville gas prices, his office has today issued civil subpoenas to refiners and suppliers of the Kentucky petroleum market and has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the anti-trust division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the merger of Marathon and Ashland Oil.

8/21/2008
Mayor Releases Cash Economy Study
Retailers Missing $1.1 Billion in Potential Sales in Louisville; Mayor Abramson says report shows neighborhoods’ economic clout

8/20/2008
Hamilton announces District 5 Community Celebration on Saturday, September 13th
It is an opportunity every September for the Community to come together, hear good music, enjoy the fun of an historic park and honor some outstanding people who have given their time and talent to Metro Louisville. The District 5 Community Celebration is set to return to Shawnee Park on Saturday, September 13th.

8/20/2008
Councilman Johnson says it is time to restart serious talk about light rail
Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) is encouraging the Louisville Metro Council to revisit the issue of light rail. During a meeting Monday of the Council’s Transportation Committee, Johnson encouraged committee members to pick up where Metro Louisville left off when TARC first began a review of light rail in the late 1990’s.

8/20/2008
Woolridge supports Healthy Lifestyle Fair on August 30th
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge is encouraging residents of District 3 to take time to learn how to improve their health by visiting the first Healthy Lifestyle Fair on Saturday, August 30, 2008.

8/19/2008
Diabetes Classes Being Offered by Public Health & Wellness
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. Classes begin Wednesday, September 3 at the Shively Municipal Building, 3920 Dixie Highway.

8/19/2008
A Java Treat for WorldFest Visitors
Java Brewing Company offers tastings at this years WorldFest

8/19/2008
Air Quality Alert for August 20
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

8/18/2008
Metro Council members Kramer, Benson & Engel to Host Mobile Mammography Clinic
Councilmen Kevin Kramer (District 11), Stuart Benson (District 20) and Robin Engel (District 22) in conjuncture with the Metro Health Department, the Partnership for Cancer Control and the Kentucky Cancer Program are hosting a Mobile Mammography Clinic for area women age 40 and over.

8/18/2008
Mayors Make Soapbox Derby Wager
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory have made a friendly wager on the big Soapbox Derby being held in Cincinnati.

8/18/2008
Air Quality Alert for August 19
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

8/15/2008
District 12 Back to School Pool Party Tonight at Southwest YMCA
As a way to kick off a new school year, Councilman Rick Blackwell is hosting the 3rd annual District 12 Back to School Pool Party on August 22nd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Southwest YMCA.

8/15/2008
Mayor Honors My Morning Jacket as ‘Louisville Music Ambassadors’
Mayor Jerry Abramson will honor members of the Louisville-bred band, My Morning Jacket, as ‘Louisville Music Ambassadors’ at their concert at Waterfront Park on Saturday, August 16th.

8/15/2008
O'Connell Named County Attorney
Mayor Jerry Abramson today named Mike O’Connell, a former judge and veteran lawyer, to fill the post of Jefferson County Attorney following the appointment of Irv Maze to a judgeship. Gov. Steve Beshear has named Maze, who has served as county attorney for nearly 10 years, to fill the vacancy on the Jefferson County Circuit Court created by the recent death of Judge Kathleen Voor Montano.

8/15/2008
Neighborhood Place becomes Louisiana law
Neighborhood Place becomes Louisiana law...When a Louisiana coalition searched for strategies to address the state’s biggest problems of poverty, unemployment, and the lack of education and healthcare, they studied the successes of a Louisville Metro/Jefferson County program

8/15/2008
Shawnee Neighborhood Clean-up Set for Saturday August 23rd
The Shawnee Neighborhood needs volunteers to come out and help clean things up on Saturday, August 23rd. The targeted areas: West Broadway from I-264 to Shawnee Park and Muhammad from I-264 to the Park.

8/14/2008
New Youth One-Stop Center Opens
Youth One-Stop Career center expands to assist more youth to get “back to school” and obtain jobs

8/14/2008
Campbell to Retire Sept. 30 as Corrections Chief
Louisville Metro Corrections Director Tom Campbell announced today that he plans to retire effective Sept. 30.

8/14/2008
Notice of Action on Title V Operating Permit
APCD has extended the comment period on the proposed Title V operating permit for GE Consumer & Industrial

8/13/2008
Mayor’s Hike & Bike Set for Labor Day
Mayor Jerry Abramson announces that the city’s eighth Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike & Bike will take place on Labor Day, September 1, beginning at 10 a.m. at Waterfront Park.

8/13/2008
Mayor Announces WorldFest 2008
The Mayor announces WorldFest 2008 will take place on Labor Day Weekend at the Belvedere to Celebrate Louisville's Diversity.

8/13/2008
Metro Parks, Kentucky Forestry purchases 98-acre walnut farm
Louisville Metro Parks and the Kentucky Division of Forestry purchased a 98-acre walnut farm this week, part of the City of Parks initiative. The property – the largest known walnut plantation east of the Mississippi River – will ultimately become publicly accessible park land.

8/13/2008
A New Gallopalooza Herd in Town
A NEW GALLOPALOOZA HERD MAKES IT WAY TO TOWN

8/13/2008
Minority Caucus Meeting Cancelled for August 14, 2008 Next Meeting scheduled for August 21, 2008
The Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus will not meet this week.

8/13/2008
Wednesday’s Meeting of the Metro Council’s Accountability and Audit Committee Cancelled
The Wednesday, August 13, 2008 meeting of the Metro Council’s Government Accountability and Audit Committee has been cancelled. The meeting was to continue the investigation of the use of Federal Funds within Metro Government’s Department for Housing and Family Services.

8/12/2008
District 5 Friday Night Family Film Festival extended to August 22nd
The District 5 Friday Night Family Film Festival will be extended through August 22nd. On Friday, August 8th, “Shrek the Third” was to be the featured film but a technical problem developed after the movie began. Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton’s office has announced that “Shrek the Third” will be shown in its entirety on Friday, August 22nd.

8/11/2008
“2008 Newburg Festival” gets underway this weekend
The 2008 Newburg Festival will kick off a weekend of events on August 22nd with a search for the most talented people in the Metro Louisville.

8/8/2008
Panera Bread To Open Downtown
Panera Bread, one of the nation’s fastest-growing restaurant chains, will open a store in downtown Louisville this fall.

8/8/2008
Mayor's Community Conversation tonight in District 2
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin will welcome Mayor Jerry Abramson to District 2 when the Mayor’s Community Conversation gets underway on Monday, August 18th. “I encourage everyone in the Newburg and Norfolk communities along with the Rangeland Road area to come out and talk with me and the Mayor about any issue on your mind,” says Shanklin.

8/8/2008
Lauren Anderson Named Executive Director of Air Pollution Control District
Lauren Anderson has been named executive director of the Louisville Air Pollution Control District.

8/6/2008
Woolridge hosts Back 2 School Bash with Youth Alive and St. George Community Center on Friday
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3) will host Youth Alive and the St. George Community Center on Friday, August 8th for the annual Back 2 School Bash 2008. The day will begin with a clean up of Algonquin Park at 9:00am.

8/6/2008
District 12 Dialogue tonight:Bobby Holsclaw is featured speaker
The Honorable Bobbie Holsclaw, the Jefferson County Clerk, will be the featured guest of the August 19th District 12 Dialogue at Mt. Everest Baptist Church

8/5/2008
Locust Grove to host book sale August 16-17
More than 12,000 used, collectible & remaindered books will be for sale at Historic Locust Grove’s annual August book sale, featuring a large collection of Civil War, military, cookbooks and children’s books as well as a large assortment of other quality books in all categories. Sale takes place August 16 & 17.

8/5/2008
Mayor Outlines Resources Available for Heat Relief
With temperatures expected to hit the high 90s and a heat index exceeding 100 degrees, Mayor Jerry Abramson issued a reminder of city resources available to residents for heat relief.

8/4/2008
"Movies under the Stars" return to Iroquois Park on August 16th
Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake will provide a night of free entertainment at the Iroquois Amphitheater when “Shrek III” plays the big screen on Saturday night, August 16th.

8/4/2008
"Green Clean Team" making an impact in District 1
Things have been picking up in Metro Louisville’s District 1 area. This development is due in large part to some 40 young people who have spent this summer being part of the “Green Clean Team.” Their goal has been to clean up many areas of District 1.

8/4/2008
Miller-Cooper Named New Director of Human Relations Commission
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Carolyn Miller-Cooper has been named the permanent director of the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission.

8/4/2008
Air Quality Alert for August 5
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

8/4/2008
Mayor in New York for Economic Development Trip
Mayor Jerry Abramson is headed to New York City tomorrow for a four-day economic development mission that also includes a side trip to the Philadelphia Crime Summit.

8/1/2008
District 4 hosts "2008 Russ Parr Bus Tour" on Tuesday, August 5th
Councilman David Tandy (D-4) will sponsor the nationally known “Russ Parr Bus Tour” when it rolls into Louisville’s Waterfront Park on Tuesday, August 5th.The fun begins at 6:00am

8/1/2008
August is Honor Elvis Month
Honor Elvis Month at Metro Animal Services

8/1/2008
Ninth Annual District 9 Back to School Party Tonight at Mary T. Meagher Center
As Summer winds down, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) will continue a tradition for children and their families in the area as they get ready for a new school year. “Every year I look forward to hosting this event as a way for families to have a little more fun before its time to hit the books at school,” says Ward-Pugh.

8/1/2008
Hamilton hosts “Youth Summit: An Open Dialogue” on Saturday, August 16th
Middle school students in West Louisville will have a chance to learn responsibility and respect for others when the Youth Summit: an Open Dialogue gets underway on Saturday, August 16th.

8/1/2008
Air Quality Alert for August 3 and 4
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

7/30/2008
Dist 8 & 9 Neighborhood Watch Summit this Saturday, August 9th
How safe is your home? Do your neighbors know what to watch for when you and your family are at work or school? What is the best way to notify police if you see something suspicious on your street? The answers to those questions can be learned on Saturday, August 9th when Council members Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9 and Tom Owen (D) 8 host a Neighborhood Watch Summit.

7/30/2008
"Safe & Healthy Return to School': District 5 Thursday, August 7th
With a new school year just around the corner, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and the Shawnee Weed and Seed Committee have organized a new event for parents and children in District 5. “A Safe & Healthy Return to School” is set for Thursday, August 7th.

7/29/2008
Metro Parks, Crime Stoppers team to fight vandalism
Seeking to reduce the amount of graffiti and vandalism taking place in Louisville’s parks, three organizations have teamed up to offer cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of individuals committing crimes in parks and recreation facilities owned by Louisville Metro Government.

7/29/2008
Air Quality Alert for July 29
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

7/29/2008
Shanklin invites Newburg and Norfolk to National Night Out
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D) 2 and the Sixth Division of Louisville Metro Police will host National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5th at H&S Hardware, 5416 Preston Highway from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

7/29/2008
2008 National Night Out
Celebrate the 25th Annual National Night Out with your LMPD Division on Tuesday, August 5, 2008.

7/29/2008
The Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus will not meet this week.
The Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus will not meet this week. The Minority Caucus will return to its regular schedule, meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays starting on August 7, 2008.

7/29/2008
Districts 1 & 5 join LMPD for National Night Out August 5th
When the 2nd Division of Louisville Metro Police hosts National Night Out, officers will have support from Council Members Judith Green (D-1) and Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) and other community organizations to provide a variety of information from health screenings to voter registration.

7/29/2008
Department of Public Health and Wellness Announces Nurse of the Year Winners
The Metro Department of Public Health and has honored two of its staff members as “Nurses of the Year.” Each year the department names a winner in both the Clinical Nurse and Outreach Nurse categories.

7/29/2008
Air Quality Alert for July 29
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

7/29/2008
Park Hill Business Open House
Businesses in the Park Hill Industrial Corridor will meet with Louisville Metro Economic Development officials tomorrow to discuss potential physical changes to a 1,400 acre area that the city envisions as a new-generation job hub for Louisville.

7/28/2008
LMPD hosts National Night Out on Dixie Highway on Tuesday, August 5th
It is known as America’s Night out Against Crime. Southwest Jefferson County residents will once again have the chance to learn how to fight crime on Tuesday, August 5th. National Night Out will be at the Caritas Mall at Dixie Manor Shopping Center from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. It will be hosted by LMPD, St. Mary’s Elizabeth Hospital/ Jewish Hospital Medical Center Southwest and sponsored by Target.

7/28/2008
National Night Out at Wyandotte Park on August 5th
Members of the Metro Council will join in support of the 25th Annual National Night Out (NNO Program) with the Louisville Metro Police Department on Tuesday, August 5th at Wyandotte Park. The NNO Program which is held on the first Tuesday each August has been extraordinarily successful in promoting involvement in crime and drug prevention activities, strengthening police-community relations and encouraging neighborhood cooperation as a part of the fight for safer streets.

7/28/2008
Have fun Saturday at the Cane Run Road Community Festival
Councilwoman Judith Green (D) 1 will host the Cane Run Road Community Festival on Saturday, August 2nd from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. It will be held at the future site of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Kroc Center, 4646 Cane Run Road.

7/28/2008
Center for Health Equity Announces Grant Winners
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness’s Center for Health Equity has awarded eight local organizations a total of $40,000 under the Building Civic Capacity for Policymaking Grant Program. The program provides grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 for local initiatives that reduce health inequities among minority and lower socio-economic populations

7/28/2008
Summit Targets Dropout Rates in Louisville Schools
Saying the public school dropout statistics are way too high, Mayor Jerry Abramson and JCPS Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman are holding a summit to target the problem.

7/25/2008
Councilman Hawkins to Hold Press Conference Regarding Reformulated Gas
District 25 Councilman Doug Hawkins will hold a press conference tomorrow, July 24th at 10:00 a.m. in the first floor conference room of City Hall (601 West Jefferson Street) to discuss his recently filed resolution regarding the use of reformulated gasoline in Jefferson County.

7/24/2008
Tandy sponsors Back to School Jam at Meyzeek Middle School On Saturday
Councilman David Tandy (D) 4 will partner with Smoketown and Shelby Park neighborhood groups to host the 8th Annual Back to School Jam on Saturday, July 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at Meyzeek Middle School, 828 S. Jackson Street.

7/24/2008
Ford Will Invest Millions in Louisville
Ford will invest millions of dollars to retool its two Louisville assembly plants, a central part of the company’s aggressive restructuring plan and a key to the company’s future, Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

7/23/2008
Festival of Upper Highlands set for Atherton High School this Saturday, July 26th
Safety Demonstrations, children’s programs, music and food are just a few of the highlights of the Fourth Annual Festival in the Highlands.

7/23/2008
New Headquarters for Sixth Division and Open House
The Sixth Division has a new home and is having an open house.

7/22/2008
Notice of Action on Title V Construction Permit and Operating Permit
APCD proposes to issue a contruction permit to Louisville Medical Center Steam Plant and a Title V operating permit to GE Consumer & Industrial

7/21/2008
Mayor Abramson, GLI Throw Party In Tampa To Lure Young Professionals
Armed with bottles of bourbon and jobs, Mayor Jerry Abramson will throw a party in Tampa on Thursday night to lure young professionals to Louisville.

7/21/2008
Drivers, Cyclists: Share the Road
After the death of a bicyclist on Outer Loop last week, Mayor Jerry Abramson today warned drivers and cyclists to be more observant.

7/21/2008
Metro Council’s Accountability Committee to Begin Investigation into Department of Housing and Famil
The Metro Council’s Government Accountability and Audit Committee will meet today July 21st at 3:30 p.m. to begin its investigation into the approximately $19.5 million dollars in housing grants that have been lost, forgotten or unclaimed. These grants were awarded for important human service programs such as Project Warm, Lead Safe Louisville, the Healing Place and various Neighborhood Partnerships.

7/21/2008
Councilman Owen invites District 8 businesses to marketing seminar in August
Councilman Tom Owen (D) 8 and the Highland Commerce Guild are partnering an effort to help local businesses. On Monday, August 18th a special seminar will get underway to help the businesses with marketing skills to expand sales.

7/18/2008
Air Quality Alert for July 19
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

7/17/2008
Community Open House set for Braden Memorial Center for Saturday, July 26th
In years past the Backyard Barbeque and Community Open House at the Carl Braden Memorial Center has been a chance for the community to get involved in local civil rights issues. This year it will have a significant meaning on Saturday, July 26th.

7/17/2008
Study Calls For Expansion of Locally Grown Foods
The Louisville region can reduce its reliance on imported food by increasing the number of neighborhood farmers’ markets and creating a network that connects Kentucky farmers with Louisville buyers, according to a report released today by Mayor Jerry Abramson.

7/17/2008
Air Quality Alert for July 18
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

7/16/2008
Councilman Unseld Sponsors “California Grooves” Jamming in the Park Saturday, July 19th
Councilman George Unseld (D) 6 hosts California Grooves, Jamming in the Park” will kick off at 5:30pm. It’s a musical event featuring the multi talented group Louisville Connection and the awe inspiring hip-hop jazz violinist Maestro J.

7/16/2008
Air Quality Alert for July 17
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

7/15/2008
Mayor Abramson and Chief White Address Metal and Copper Thefts
Home Builders Association of Louisville and E.ON U.S. cite growing concern with copper thefts.

7/15/2008
Air Quality Alert for July 16
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

7/11/2008
July District 12 Dialogue tonight at 7:00pm: Metro Call
Marilyn Givan, Metro Call’s Director, will be the featured guest of the July District 12 Dialogue. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:00pm at Rockford Lane Baptist Church, 2006 Rockford Lane.

7/10/2008
Air Quality Alert for July 11
Air quality is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups

7/10/2008
GE Spin-Off is Good News for Louisville & Kentucky
General Electric’s announcement today that it will focus on spinning-off its Consumer & Industrial division into a new company is the best possible scenario for Louisville and Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jerry Abramson said.

7/9/2008
Mayor's Community Conversation Tonight in District 1
Councilwoman Judith Green and Mayor Jerry Abramson will be on hand to help resident concerns at Carter Elementary beginning at 6:30pm

7/9/2008
Join Councilman Henderson at Old Fashion Ice Cream Social Sunday July 13th
It is a nice way to enjoy a lazy summer Sunday afternoon on the Ohio River the way it might have been done in years past. On Sunday, July 13th Riverside will once again host its Old Fashion Ice Cream Social.

7/9/2008
Third Annual Louisville Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet to Be Held Friday and Saturday
Louisville’s third annual Tommie Smith Youth Track and Field Meet will be held Friday July 11(throwing events only) from 3 to 6 p.m. at the University of Louisville Parkway Field, 350 Warnock St., and on Saturday July 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Male High School located at 4409 Preston. Olympic Gold Medalist Tommie Smith will be on hand both days and will be available for interviews on Friday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.

7/7/2008
Metro Council’s Minority Caucus July 3, 2008 Meeting Cancelled
The Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus will not meet this week (Thursday, July 3, 2008). The next Minority Caucus meeting will occur at its regularly scheduled time of 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, 2008.

7/7/2008
Metro Council’s Accountability Committee to Investigate Department of Housing and Family Services
Government Accountability and Audit Committee Chairman Kelly Downard (District 16) has announced that his committee will begin to investigate revelations that approximately $19.5 million dollars in housing grants have been lost, forgotten or unclaimed. These grants were awarded for important human service programs such as Project Warm, Lead Safe Louisville, the Healing Place and various Neighborhood Partnerships.

7/7/2008
Outside Magazine Names Louisville To Its “Best Towns of 2008”
Citing its expanding park system, the addition of biking lanes and a bustling downtown, Outside Magazine has named Louisville one of its “Best Towns of 2008.”

7/7/2008
Metro Council’s Minority Caucus Votes Against FY09 Capital Budget
Eleven members of the Metro Council’s Minority Caucus voted against the FY09 Capital Budget after an effort to protect previously funded projects was defeated. The debate focused on the proposed delay of $17.2 million in funding Metro Government would spend to purchase property for the Baltimore based Cordish Group’s Center City Project.

7/2/2008
Kentucky Trailer Announces Louisville Expansion
Kentucky Trailer announced today that it will expand its Louisville operations, creating 182 new manufacturing jobs while relocating to a new headquarters at Riverport.

6/27/2008
Riverside to host ice cream social July 12
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing is pleased to announce its 7th annual "Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social" on Sunday, July 13 from 1- 5 p.m.

6/26/2008
Mayor Awards 4th Annual Healthy Hometown Grants
The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement awarded nearly $70,000 today to 23 community service organizations to implement health, fitness and nutrition initiatives in Louisville neighborhoods.

6/26/2008
Public Health and Wellness Department to Offer Weight Control Series
Individuals interested in learning successful weight loss strategies, how to do smart grocery shopping, how to cook healthier foods, and how to overcome the common pitfalls of losing weight can take advantage of a free series of classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness

6/26/2008
Metro Council approves FY2009 Budget , one time windfall helps fund projects
The Metro Council on Thursday night approved the $820 million FY 2009 operational and capital budget for Metro Government. The Operating Budget was approved by a vote of 24 to 1. The Capital budget was approved by a vote of 14 to 11.

6/25/2008
District 14 VITA effort served more than 1,000 taxpayers
By the time April 15th had come and gone, some 1,088 taxpayers and their families were served in District 14 by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. “I want to thank everyone who has been associated with this program,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D) 14. “Especially, the volunteers who helped families in need with their tax returns.”

6/25/2008
July lecture series continues at Locust Grove
A panel discussion about the changing views of George Rogers Clark and his role in the American Revolution in the Ohio Valley Region will take place on Wednesday, July 2, at 1 p.m. at Locust Grove.

6/24/2008
Public Health and Wellness Department Offers Diabetes Classes
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Classes begin Tuesday, July 8 at the Highlands – Shelby Park Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, located in the Mid-City Mall at 1250 Bardstown Road.

6/24/2008
New Job Hub Envisioned for Park Hill
City launches effort to guide implementation of improvements, redevelopment of 1,400 acres near city center

6/24/2008
Spiderman swings into Iroquois Amphitheater July 5th
“Your Friendly neighborhood, Spiderman” heads to Louisville’s big screen this July 5th when Movies under the Stars makes it return to the Iroquois Amphitheater.

6/23/2008
Meth 101 offered tonight in District 15
It happens more often than many homeowners might realize. One day, the quiet house down the street surrounded by Police and a HazMat team. And word spreads through the neighborhood: a meth lab has been discovered. A new coruse can help homeowners understand the problem.

6/23/2008
Approximately 400 children taking part in Reds Rookie Success League - Louisville
Approximately 400 Louisville-area children ages 6-12 are getting a first-hand introduction to the game of baseball this summer through the Cincinnati Reds Rookie Success League-Louisville. The league, in its inaugural season in the Louisville area, is one portion of a significant investment made by the Reds in the city of Louisville.

6/20/2008
Proposed Pension Reforms Provide Windfall for Louisville
The proposed changes in the state’s pension system would provide a one-time windfall of about $5 million for Louisville Metro Government in the coming fiscal year.

6/19/2008
Louisville Wins Top Honors in Livable City Awards
Louisville’s outstanding quality of life has earned a national award – the U.S. Conference of Mayors awarded Louisville First Place in the City Livability Awards.

6/19/2008
Community-wide protest rally set for Sunday June 22nd in District 5
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5 has announced a community wide protest rally for Sunday, June 22nd at 2:00pm at the corner of 34th and Market Streets.

6/19/2008
Public Health and Wellness Department Issues Health Screenings Report
Today the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness issued a report on the Community Health Screenings Project that took place among residents of west and southwest Louisville Metro last September 10 – November 9

6/18/2008
Locust Grove gallery opening July 4
Historic Locust Grove will celebrate our nation’s birthday this summer with the grand opening of the new permanent exhibit in the state dedicated to Kentucky’s involvement in the Revolutionary War. The exhibit, entitled, “A Country Worth Defending: Land & Family in Early Kentucky,” will occupy a portion of the new 1,200-square foot wing of the Visitors Center.

6/18/2008
Southern Parkway Mile road race coming July 12
LOUISVILLE – Athletes of all ages – and their pooches too – are encouraged to participate in one of the more unusual and fun road races in the region on Saturday, July 12, when the Southern Parkway Mile takes place near Southern Parkway and New Cut Road.

6/18/2008
Councilwoman Green encourages District 1 to take advantage of free kidney screening on June 21st
In an effort to prevent kidney disease, Councilwoman Judith Green encourages residents of District 1 and Metro Louisville to take advantage of a free screening program this Saturday, June 21st.

6/18/2008
Councilwoman Woolridge invites everyone to have fun at Shively Fest this weekend
On the last weekend in June, the City of Shively will continue what has become a tradition. Shively Fest 2008 gets underway with fun and entertainment at 6:00pm on Friday, June 27th.

6/17/2008
Floyd’s Fork Pavilion to host Grand Opening
Metro Councilman Stuart Benson will be joined by representatives of Louisville Metro Government and the Jeffersontown Youth Soccer League as they celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Floyd’s Fork Park.

6/16/2008
"Let's Talk" Tonight in District for Rangeland Road
With the dog days of summer around the corner, more people are getting out doors and for Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D) 2 that is all the more reason to think safety and how to keep from becoming a victim of crime.

6/16/2008
Second public hearing on FY 2009 Budget set for Wednesday, June 18th
Persons wishing to comment before the Budget Committee can sign up between 5:00pm to 6:00pm before the hearing on the 3rd floor of City Hall. Signups will be on a first come first served basis. Speakers will have three minutes to comment and must be prepared to answer any Committee member questions.

6/16/2008
FY2009 Budget Hearings Resume on Tuesday, June 17th
The Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee will resume hearings on Tuesday, June 17th when officials with Housing and Human Services testify beginning at 9:30am.

6/16/2008
Final Wyandotte Park Master Plan Meeting set for July 1st in District 15
The last in a series of five public meetings to interact on the Master Plan for Wyandotte Park will be held on Tuesday, July 1st at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, 1010 Beecher Street at 6:00pm.

6/13/2008
Salmonella Case in Louisville Linked to National Outbreak in Tomatoes
Laboratory tests have confirmed that a case of Salmonella in a Louisville woman is Salmonella Saintpaul and that its genetic fingerprint links it to the national outbreak in tomatoes. The woman was ill in May and has since recovered. Privacy regulations prohibit the disclosure of any other information on the identity or health status of the patient.

6/13/2008
Louisville Begins Phase III of Project DRI
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the start of Phase III of the successful Project DRI, bringing total investment to more than $166 million in nearly 1,000 neighborhood improvements to prevent flooding.

6/11/2008
Louisville’s Water Judged Best-Tasting in America
Louisville has the best-tasting water in America – and Mayor Jerry Abramson and Louisville Water Company officials celebrated today by handing out free bottles of Pure Tap to children and adults at Waterfront Park.

6/11/2008
June District 12 Dialogue Tonight:Air Pollution Control Board featured
How Metro Louisville’s air quality is monitored will be among the subjects of the June District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, June 17th at 7:00pm at the Ormsby Heights Baptist Church, 2120 Lower Hunters Trace.

6/11/2008
Proposed Agreed Board Order with Bulk Petroleum Corporation
Notice of Public Comment Period and Hearing. Bulk Petroleum Corporation is alleged to have violated Regulation 6.40, Standard of Performance for Gasoline Transfer to Motor Vehicles, at several facilities.

6/10/2008
Councilman Henderson and Riverside take a walk through Louisville’s First Century
If you could step into a time machine, would you like to see George Rodgers Clark leading settlers to a place on the Ohio River that would become the city of Louisville? Such a time machine has not been invented but “100 Years on the Ohio” will serve the same purpose on Saturday and Sunday, June 14th and 15th at Riverside, the Farnsley Moremen Landing.

6/10/2008
Swimming Pool Shuttle Service Canceled
Metro Parks has cancelled service for a free summer swimming pool shuttle that had been operating since Memorial Day weekend.

6/10/2008
City Building New MetroSafe Communication Towers
Four new radio communications towers are under construction, and eight others are being upgraded as part of the continuing progress in the city’s MetroSafe communications system.

6/9/2008
Budget Hearings resume on Tuesday, June 10th
The Metro Council's Budget Committee will resume hearings on Tuesday, June 10th at 10:00am

6/6/2008
Mayor's Community Conversation Tonight in District 24
Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D) 24 will join Mayor Jerry Abramson on Monday, June 16th for the next Mayor’s Community Conversation at Knight Middle School. “I want to extend an invitation to everyone in District 24 to come out and talk with me or the Mayor if you have something on your mind,” says Flood.

6/6/2008
Wyandotte Park Planning Meeting to take place July 1
A master planning effort for Wyandotte Park that began last year will be completed on Tuesday, July 1, with a fifth and final public meeting to discuss park improvements. The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. in the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, located within the park at 1010 Beecher Street.

6/6/2008
Riverside to celebrate '100 Years On the Ohio'
Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing will celebrate “100 Years On the Ohio” with a historical timeline event representing the years 1765—1865 on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Visitors to the site will see over 100 historical re-enactors demonstrating the tools, weaponry, clothing and cooking of the various periods represented. Admission to the site is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for children per day. A family rate allows two adults with up to 3 children to enter for $15.

6/5/2008
Registration Open for Third Annual Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is seeking youth ages 5 to 18 to register for the third annual Tommie Smith Track & Field Meet. The meet is an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) sanctioned event and will be held Friday, July 11 (throwing events) at University of Louisville, Parkway Field, 350 Warnock St., and Saturday, July 12 (running and jumping events) at Male High School, 4409 Preston.

6/5/2008
Celebrate National Trails Day in Louisville
Take a hike – but don’t leave Louisville. This Saturday is National Trails Day and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy offers three ways you can get involved.

6/4/2008
District 3 Community Gathering on Railroad Safety Projects Tonight
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge is giving residents of District 3 the chance to learn more about proposed new railroad safety projects being considered for the area between 22nd Street and Virginia Avenue

6/4/2008
Minority Caucus to Meet at 11:30 a.m. during Metro Council Budget Hearings
The Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday June 5th and June 12th.

6/3/2008
Dr. Troutman a Founding Member of the Academy for Health Equity
Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Adewale Troutman is one of eleven founding members of the Academy for Health Equity, a new non-profit multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the elimination of health disparities.

5/31/2008
Sun Valley Swimming Pool Re-Opens Earlier than Expected
After making temporary repairs more quickly than first expected, Metro Parks re-opened the swimming pool in Sun Valley Park at noon on Saturday. The pool closed for one day after a system that controls the pump’s motor failed.

5/30/2008
Budget Committee announces sign up procedure for public in FY2009 Budget Hearings
The Metro Council’s Budget Committee has announced a sign up process for two public hearings when the budget review begins next week. The first public hearing will take place on Wednesday, June 4th from 9:30am to 11:30am in the Council Chambers, Historic City Hall at 601 West Jefferson Street.

5/30/2008
“Open D.O.O.R” Dialogue Tonight in District 1
– Councilwoman Judith Green (D) 1 is inviting residents of the western part of her district to the next “Open D.O.O.R.” Dialogue on Tuesday, June 3rd. “I want to meet and talk with residents of the district to see if there is something Metro Government needs to be aware of,” says Green.

5/29/2008
Smoketown Community Wide Cleanup set for June 7th in District 4
With the help of Louisville Urban League Young Professionals (LULYP) and the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL), Councilman David Tandy (D) 4 announces a community-wide clean up for the Smoketown neighborhood on Saturday, June 7th.

5/29/2008
Councilwoman Hamilton announces FY 2009 Budget Hearing Schedule
Now that Mayor Jerry Abramson has presented his budget for FY 2009, the Metro Council's Budget Committee will begin its review the plan and give approval by the end of June. The review process will start on June 4th with the very first of several budget hearings..

5/29/2008
Low Cost Vaccination Clinic
Rabies, Licensing and Microchipping Clinic

5/29/2008
Abramson Unveils 'Sound, Strategic' City Budget
Mayor Jery Abramson unveiled his proposed $812 million budget today which includes a new library in Newburg, a new firehouse in Beechmont, money to train new firefighters and police and funding to complete the MetroSafe communications network.

5/29/2008
Southwest Farmers Market ready to do business on Saturday, June 7th!
On Saturday June 7th, Southwest Jefferson County will welcome a soon to be popular place of business from local farmers, fresh produce and teeming with consumers visiting the Southwest Farmers Market at Valley High School.

5/29/2008
Small Business Loans Awarded
Beechmont Coffee Shop, Park DuValle Hair Salon Awarded Small Business Loans

5/29/2008
Majority Caucus ready to work with Mayor on FY 2009 Budget
With an $812 million dollar budget before them for review and approval, the Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council is ready to work with Mayor Jerry Abramson in moving the city forward.

5/28/2008
Metro Council to hear Mayor’s Budget Address Thursday
The Louisville Metro Council will meet at 2:00pm on Thursday, May 29th in order to hear the 2008-2009 Budget Address of Mayor Jerry Abramson. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, 601 West Jefferson Street.

5/27/2008
Dates set for Summer Chamber Series
Ten dates are set for the Mayor’s Summer Chamber Concert Series, which will bring professional musicians from the Louisville Orchestra to selected local libraries and community centers across the city.

5/23/2008
Drug Toss Collects 703 Pounds of Medications
Disposal programs safely discards old prescriptions.

5/23/2008
Councilman Engel to join Fern Creek/Highview United Ministries for Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Louisville Metro Councilman Robin Engel will join representatives from the Fern Creek/Highview United Ministries (FCHUM), Community leaders and church volunteers as they hold a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 28, 2008.

5/23/2008
Now Showing: “Movies under the Stars” June 7th at Iroquois Amphitheater
After a successful kick off in May, “Movies under the Stars” is back at Iroquois Amphitheater on Saturday, June 7th with “Oceans’ 13”.

5/23/2008
Public Health & Wellness Department to Offer Free Wellness Seminar
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will offer a free seminar on how to start a weight-control support group and how to offer low-calorie (lite bite) tasting opportunities. The seminar is aimed not only at professionals wishing to set up worksite classes, but also at those who wish to set up groups among their friends.

5/22/2008
Otter Creek Park dedicates new Splashpad
Thousands of area residents have flocked to Otter Creek Park over the years for the multitude of recreational opportunities and abundant natural wonders that exist in the 2,600 acre park, which is set along the Ohio River in Meade County, Ky.

5/22/2008
Metro Parks to offer free shuttle service to local pools
Louisville’s public pools open for the summer this weekend, and Metro Parks is offering free rides to families who want to visit a local pool. People may board a shuttle at one of the five closed pools and travel to the Norton or Algonquin pools. The free service begins Saturday.

5/21/2008
Councilman Henderson to walk with Letter Carriers on Thursday to highlight dog bite prevention
Residents of Valley Station will see someone join their regular letter carrier this week when Councilman Bob Henderson (D) 14 tags along to bring attention to the seriousness of dog bites and the responsibilities of pet owners.

5/20/2008
Diabetes Classes Being Offered by Public Health & Wellnes
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Classes begin Thursday, June 5 at the Fairdale Community Library, 10616 W. Manslick Road.

5/20/2008
Woolridge provides free admissions for young people at Algonquin Pool this summer
With Summer just around the corner, Metro Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3 announces a new program for young people in the district: free admission to the Algonquin Pool throughout the summer. It kicks off Memorial Day Weekend.

5/19/2008
Quiet Zone “Open House” meeting tonight at 6:00pm for District 9 residents
Councilwoman Tina Ward- Pugh (D) 9 announces a special “Open House” for Clifton/ Crescent Hill residents to learn the latest on the Quiet Zone project at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street in the Reception Hall from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Officials will be on hand to answer any questions.

5/18/2008
Mayor Attends ICSC Convention
Abramson attends national Retail Convention, hoping to recruit new stores to Louisville

5/16/2008
Councilman Henderson to help dedicate water park at Otter Creek on Saturday, May 24th
Metro Councilman Bob Henderson (D) 14 will help officially dedicate the newest recreational area of Otter Creek Park on Saturday, May 24th. Otter Creek Park has completed a new water play area for children and adults.

5/16/2008
Jefferson Memorial Forest Master plan meeting tonight at Fairdale High School in District 13
It is the largest inner city forest in the United States. Now, residents of Louisville are being asked the best way to use the Jefferson Memorial Forest and look to its futureat a special meeting set for Wednesday, May 21st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Fairdale High School, 1001 Fairdale Road.

5/16/2008
Councilwoman Flood to join others in honoring Okolona Post Office On Monday, May 19th
Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D) 24 will join Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth on Monday, May 19th for a special flag presentation at the Okolona Post office. OSHA has named the Post Office as a Voluntary Protection Programs Star site.

5/15/2008
Planning Process for Jefferson Memorial Forest Kicks off with Public Meeting
Citizens can help shape the future of the 6,191-acre Jefferson Memorial Forest during a public meeting on Wednesday, May 21. Based in part on feedback from the meeting, Metro Parks will develop a comprehensive master plan for the nation's largest municipal urban forest by fall 2008.

5/14/2008
Councilwoman Woolridge partners with various groups for Community Festival in District 3
In an effort to encourage neighborhood involvement to promote arts education and healthy lifestyles, Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3 is joining several groups for a new Community Festival set for this Saturday, May 17th

5/14/2008
Mayor Launches Kindergarten Countdown 2008
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced plans for the city’s annual Kindergarten Countdown to help prepare students entering school for the first time.

5/13/2008
Annual Memorial Day Ceremony to Honor Fallen Patriots
Veterans and their families will join with the community at an annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 26, 2008 at noon at the Patriots Peace Memorial to honor members of the Armed Forces who lost their lives in the line of duty under conditions other than hostile action.

5/13/2008
Councilwoman Green to help Healing Place grow on Thursday
Usually when ground is broken for any new facility, shovels turn dirt in a symbolic gesture that construction will begin. The Healing Place and Councilwoman Judith Green (D) 1 will take that one step further on Thursday, May 15th when seeds will be thrown out as a symbolic gesture of new growth.

5/12/2008
Bike to Work Week 2008
New Website Helps Citizens Bike To Work Mayor Abramson celebrates Bike to Work Week

5/12/2008
Lifeguards and Pool Attendants Must be Certified Before Memorial Day
The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness at 400 E. Gray Street will be open on Sunday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for lifeguard and pool attendant candidates to take the written test and to obtain the necessary permit to work at pools in Louisville. All public pools in Louisville are required to have a lifeguard or certified pool attendant. Pools more than five feet deep must have a lifeguard. Pools five feet and under must have a lifeguard or certified pool attendant.

5/9/2008
District 9 neighborhood meeting on Brownsboro Road Pedestrian Access project Tonight
Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9 announces the final Neighborhood meeting to hear discussion of the Brownsboro Road Pedestrian Access/ sidewalk project. The meeting will take place from 7:00pm to 8:00pm at the United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 South State Street on Wednesday, May 14th.

5/9/2008
Councilwoman Woolridge helps children at Johnson Middle School learn about the arts
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3 will travel to Johnson Middle School to get a first hand look at how school children learn about the arts with the help of Actor’s Theater of Louisville.

5/8/2008
Walk on the Waterfront 2008
Approximately 3,000 school children will join several hundred Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department staff members on Tuesday, May 13 for Walk on the Waterfront 2008.

5/8/2008
Flood set for Okolona Spring Clean-up on Saturday May 17th
Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D) 24 is calling for volunteers to rally on Saturday, May 17th when this year’s Okolona Spring Clean-up gets underway. The Clean-up begins at 10:00am. Volunteers and their groups should meet in the parking lot of Southern High School. Groups and teams will be picking up trash and debris along Okolona’s streets and parks.

5/8/2008
Louisville Named Among America's Most Improved Cities for Bicycling
Bicycling Magazine has named Louisville as one of the Top 3 Most Improved Cities for cycling, along with Washington D.C and New York City. The June issue hit newsstands this week.

5/7/2008
Mayor’s Hike & Bike Set for Memorial Day
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the increasingly popular Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Hike & Bike events will continue in 2008 with the first set for Memorial Day, May 26, beginning at 10 a.m. at Waterfront Park.

5/6/2008
Fourth Annual Forest Fest returns to Jefferson Memorial Forest on May 17th
Walking through the Jefferson Memorial Forest anytime is a treat for anyone no matter what the season of the year. However, don’t be surprised if you should happen to hear a little bluegrass music coming through the Forest on a special Saturday in May.

5/6/2008
Brightside Awards NatureScape Beautification Grants
Brightside awarded NatureScape grants to area nonprofit groups for a variety of beautification projects today. A Boy Scout Troop, an elementary school and a senior citizens home were among the 10 NatureScape grant awardees.

5/6/2008
Three Businesses Awarded Low Interest Loans
Three local businesses, from the Highlands to downtown to south end, are award low-interest loans

5/6/2008
“A Celebration of Community” to help District 5 get healthy on Saturday, May 10th
In an effort to promote a healthier neighborhood, “A Celebration of Community” will offer a wide range of free medical screenings to residents of Metro Council District 5. It will take place at French Plaza at Amy & Market Streets between 9:00am and 2:00pm.

5/6/2008
LMPD Addresses Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse
Louisville Metro Police address illegal prescription drug abuse to Keep Louisville Safe.

5/5/2008
“Movies under the Stars” premieres at Iroquois Park on Saturday night
A fun night of family entertainment will kick off on Saturday, May 10th when “Movies under the Stars” returns to the Iroquois Amphitheater for the summer. Council members Marianne Butler (D) 15, Dan Johnson (D) 21, Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13, Rick Blackwell (D) 12 and Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3 have appropriated the funds for five films to be shown at no cost the community

5/5/2008
2008 Front Porch underway in District 8
Once again, Councilman Tom Owen is encouraging residents of District 8 to leave the comfort zone of their homes and go out and talk to their neighbors at a simple meeting place: the front porch.

5/2/2008
Horse Fans “Race to Recycle” at Churchill Downs
A new partnership will bring recycling back to historic Churchill Downs just in time for the Kentucky Oaks and Derby races.

4/29/2008
District 20 Town Hall Meeting tonight at 7:00pm
Metro Councilman Stuart Benson (District 20) will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Jeffersontown Fire Department, 10540 Watterson Trail.

4/29/2008
Henderson invites the public to “Old Time Field Day”, take a trip back in time Saturday, May 10th
Back in the late 1800’s, Jefferson County’s farmers did not worry too much about high gasoline or diesel prices when it came to plowing fields. Like many farmers across the country, they relied on animals to do the needed work. On May 10th, the public will get a chance to relive that part of America’s rural heritage when “Rush & Jessee’s Old Time Field Day” gets underway in District 14.

4/29/2008
Diabetes Classes Being Offered by Public Health & Wellness
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of three classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Classes begin Wednesday, May 14 at the Center for Health Equity, 2422 W. Chestnut Street.

4/28/2008
District 24's free women’s self defense class Tonight at 6:00pm
It is a seminar every woman should be aware of and take advantage of; a chance to learn how to keep safe at home, work and play. “We had many phone calls last year from women who wanted to attend but couldn’t,” says Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D) 24. “I promised to make this available again this year to those who wanted to learn how to be safe.”

4/25/2008
Downtown in Bloom Thanks to Flowers on Fourth
Downtown is more colorful today thanks to 100 blooming flower pots, the result of a growing partnership between Brightside, Louisville Metro Government, Louisville Downtown Management District and area businesses and workers.

4/24/2008
Construction of New Portland Fire Station Begins
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick poured sand and gravel from wheelbarrows today to celebrate the construction of a new, state-of-the-art fire station at 2500 Griffiths Avenue.

4/23/2008
500+ Volunteers for Pre-Derby Cleanup
500+ Volunteers Team with Brightside and Chase to Beautify Louisville for Derby Visitors

4/23/2008
Councilwoman Hamilton helps District 5 get into the swim of things
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5 makes it easier for seniors and others to enjoy th ebenefits of exercise at the Shawnee High School Swimming Pool

4/22/2008
Mayor Announces New Grant to Curb Youth Gangs
A new program designed to deter youths from joining gangs has been awarded a $209,000 grant from the federal government, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

4/22/2008
Public answers the call for Doing Our Part From the Heart, 2008 campaign goes beyond its goal
At the Okolona Fire Station on Preston Highway, the real work begins of sorting, boxing and sending relief packages to the members of the United States military who are serving in Iraq.“I just do not know how to describe the response, except to say thank you to this community,” said Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D) 24

4/22/2008
Councilwoman Woolridge to attend special ground blessing for Habitat Home on Saturday, April 26th
Metro Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3 will be on hand for a special ground blessing ceremony that will welcome a family to 2332 Woodland Avenue in the district.

4/22/2008
Metro Council Committee to Hear Testimony from the Executive Director of Kentucky Retirement Systems
The Metro Council’s Government Accountability and Audit Committee will hear testimony on Wedneaday, April 23rd at 3:30 p.m. from Mr. Mike Burnside, Executive Director of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Mr. Burnside was asked to present an historical view of the present pension plan as well as any proposed changes to the plan

4/21/2008
Iroquois Park storm clean up part of a public private partnership
When unusual storms moved through Metro Louisville in January, Iroquois Park saw damage when several huge trees were blown over on Palatka and Dogwood near the riding stables. Now, neighbors in the area along with Deweese Tree Service want to give Metro Parks a hand in cleaning up the damage.

4/18/2008
Councilman George Unseld reviews damage in Old Louisville
Councilman George Unseld (D) 6 spent Friday afternoon looking over the damage to an office building in 300 block of West Kentucky and a bed and breakfast on South Fourth Street following the earthquake this morning.

4/18/2008
District 11 Town Hall Meeting, Tonight at 6:30pm
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) will hold a Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, April 22, 2008 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, (9212 Taylorsville Road).

4/17/2008
Pre-Derby Cleanup Volunteers Needed
Mayor seeks volunteers for Brightside Chase Pre-Derby Cleanup

4/17/2008
Mayor, Fire Chief Mark Construction of New Firehouse
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick today celebrated the construction of a new, state-of-the-art fire station at 300 N. Spring St.

4/17/2008
Occupational License Tax Bulletin!
Due to the passage of state legislation relating to occupational license taxes, the Louisville Metro Revenue Commission is proposing revisions to Section 110 of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Code of Ordinances.

4/17/2008
Mayor Congratulates City’s ENERGY STAR Buildings
Mayor Jerry Abramson and the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy recognized five Louisville buildings that have attained the EPA’s ENERGY STAR label.

4/17/2008
District 12 announces a series of safety seminars for the public- April 22nd Internet Safety
How would you keep yourself from being attacked? What should you know about child predators on the internet? What is the best way to crime proof your house and car? All of these are important questions and the answers can be found in a series of safety seminars hosted by Councilman Rick Blackwell (D) 12 over the summer and fall of 2008.

4/17/2008
Councilwoman Shanklin to salute Newburg’s Up and Coming Young Poets and Authors
It is a chance to hear the written words of future poets and authors when the Showcase of Youth Writing talent gets underway on Saturday April 26th. "We will have a selection of writings from students through out the area,” says Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D) 2. “This is a chance to hear some of the talented student we have that may some day make an impact on the arts and our culture.”

4/16/2008
Abramson Announces Free Spring Junk Drop-Off Day
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced details of the city’s free, semi-annual bulk waste and junk drop-off collection day April 20th.

4/16/2008
Local Group Honored for Tree Planting
Efforts Contribute to Cleaner Air for Louisville

4/16/2008
Councilwoman Green to join Project One kick off for teens and young adults
On Friday, April 18th, Project One will host its 23rd Annual Summer Jobs Kick-Off Breakfast at the Project One/Martin Academy in the Lyles Mall, 2600 West Broadway. The Breakfast is from 7:30am to 9:30am.

4/15/2008
Mayor Honors Outstanding High School Seniors
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the recipients of the annual Mayor’s Outstanding High School Seniors award.

4/15/2008
Fairdale High School and District 13 welcome Mayor's Community Conversation tonight
Fairdale High School will play host to the Mayor’s Community Conversation on Monday night, April 21st. The event will get underway at 6:30pm at Fairdale High School, 1001 Fairdale Road.

4/15/2008
District 1 to support ECHO in internet safety workshop on Wednesday, April 16th
In an effort to help keep children safe and parents to better understand the online world of the 21st Century, Councilwoman Judith Green (D) 1 is encouraging everyone to come out to an internet safety seminar on Wednesday, April 16th.

4/15/2008
Mayor opens 23-mile section of Louisville Loop
It stretches 23 miles, from downtown Louisville to the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, and it meanders along the Ohio River and through numerous neighborhoods, from Portland to the Cane Run area.

4/14/2008
Metro Council Members encourage use of free junk drop off in April
The Spring Junk Drop off and bulk waste disposal date is set for Sunday, April 20th from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Outer Loop Landfill. It is a free service offered by Metro Louisville.

4/11/2008
Three free concerts to take place at Shelby Park
Three two-hour concerts will be performed in the recently renovated Shelby Park this spring and fall thanks to a sponsorship by Chase and a partnership between the Louisville Orchestra and Metro Parks.

4/11/2008
Main Pool at Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center to re-open Monday
After more than a month of extensive repairs, the main pool at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center is scheduled to re-open at 5 a.m. on Monday, April 14.

4/8/2008
One week left to go for “Doing Our Part…From The Heart”
Only one week remains in 2008 “Doing Our Part From the Heart Campaign” to help the men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the United States Military. As a result of bad weather in February and March, the campaign was extended until April 15th.

4/7/2008
Wildflower walk to highlight Olmsted Parks
Take time to stop and smell the wildflowers on a nature walk through one of Louisville’s most beautiful historic parks.

4/7/2008
Derby Tie Makes Winning Finish
Proceeds from Vineyard Vines Tie Benefit Brightside

4/4/2008
Community Centers adjust hours for Spring Break
Metro Parks community centers will be open for adjusted hours during the local Spring Break school schedule, officials announced today.

4/4/2008
Mayor Calls on Volunteers for Brightside Chase PreDerby Cleanup
The Brightside Chase Pre-Derby Cleanup helps to prepare downtown Louisville for our derby guests

4/4/2008
Economic Development focus of April’s District 12 Dialogue
The economic development efforts of Metro Louisville will be the topic of the April District 12 Dialogue hosted by Councilman Rick Blackwell. The dialogue will be held on Tuesday April 15th at the Shively Christian Church, 1822 Kendall Lane, and will begin at 7:00pm.

4/4/2008
Councilman Unseld invites Metro Louisville to Prayer Hour on April 8th
Councilman George Unseld (D) 6 is issuing an open invitation to everyone in Metro Louisville to take a moment and attend a “Prayer Hour” at Tri-Stone Church located at 2307 Wilson Avenue on April 8, 2008 starting at 9:00am to 10:00am.

4/3/2008
Additional corporate sponsors step up to share lighting expenses
Mayor Jerry Abramson has signed a full roster of local corporate sponsors who will provide one-time funding to cover electric bills at Louisville Metro Parks fields used by youth leagues.

4/3/2008
President King Thanks Mayor and Corporate Sponsors for helping Little Leagues
Once again, the generosity of Metro Louisville’s business community has stepped in to help out in tight economic times and Metro Parks Little Leagues will not have to worry about extra costs for electricity this year.

4/3/2008
Registration set to begin for Summer Camps
Registration begins April 7 for Metro Parks summer camps at 16 community centers and outreach sites across Louisville.

4/3/2008
Councilwoman Green to participate in MLK Memorial Walk on Saturday, April 5th
Councilwoman Judith Green (D) 1 will join thousands of others when the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Memorial Walk gets underway on Saturday, April 5th. The theme of the walk “Supporting Community Pride” will mark 40 years since the passing of Dr, King in Memphis.

4/3/2008
Gallery Square Lofts Opens in East Market Arts District
Mayor Celebrates Grand Opening of Gallery Square Lofts - offers condos, retail space in East Market Arts District

4/1/2008
Green joins others for kick off for child abuse prevention month Today
The “Rally Around Our Children” will kick off 2008 Child Abuse Prevention month as participants from the two states gather on Waterfront Park to highlight awareness of child abuse and call for its prevention. The event is sponsored by Family & Children First.

4/1/2008
Cutting Edge EMS Technology to Improve Patient Care
Louisville’s EMS crews are among the first in the country to use new handheld computers to wirelessly communicate patient information with local hospitals.

3/31/2008
New Downtown Restaurant Gets METCO Loan
Three local businesses, including a new downtown restaurant, have been awarded low-interest loans to help with expansion and property renovations.

3/31/2008
Councilwoman Hamilton encourages Portland to learn about new firehouse
The design of a new firehouse for the Portland area will be available for public review on Tuesday, April 1st. The meeting will take place at Neighborhood House, 201 N. 25th Street beginning at 6:30pm.

3/31/2008
Brightside Citi CWC volunteers make record

3/28/2008
Louisville Non-Profits to Receive Computer Donation
AT&T, Louisville Metro Council, and Hilliard Lyons Sponsor ConnectKentucky’s Donation of New Computers to Non-profits to Support Participants’ Education

3/27/2008
Councilwoman Green ready for clean up with District 1 volunteers
District 1 residents, civic groups and churches are expected to roll up their sleeves and get to work for Brightside’s Spring Clean Up this Saturday, March 29th. “I am delighted so many want to be a part of this event,” says Councilwoman Judith Green (D) 1. “People from all over the district are taking pride in their neighborhoods and communities.”

3/27/2008
LMPD Pancake Breakfast set for Saturday at Southwest Government Center
It will be a chance to talk with Louisville Metro Police, Metro Council members, have breakfast and raise money all at the same time. On Saturday April 5th, LMPD will host a Pancake Breakfast at the Southwest Government Center 7219 Dixie Highway. The breakfast will get underway from 8:30 am to 11:00am.

3/27/2008
Southwest Pride Community Clean up set for Saturday, March 29th
Two times a year, volunteers from all over Southwest Jefferson County get together and make an effort to keep their community clean. Homeowners, students and business people will share one thing in common because of their efforts: pride.

3/27/2008
Abramson and Yarmuth Announce Health Funding for West Louisville
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth announced new funding to support health and wellness initiatives in West Louisville.

3/27/2008
PNC Bank to Make Donation for Youth League Lighting Expenses
PNC Bank is donating $15,000 to help pay for lighting expenses incurred by youth leagues that use Louisville Metro Parks, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

3/26/2008
Mayor Offers Bourbon to NCAA-Competing Mayors
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson is shipping bottles of bourbon to the mayors of Knoxville, Tenn. and Chapel Hill, N. C., in preparation for the upcoming NCAA games against the University of Louisville.

3/26/2008
Metro Councilman Robin Engel and Fern Creek Chamber of Commerce to Host Annual Cleanup
Metro Councilman Robin Engel, the Fern Creek Community Association and Chamber of Commerce will hold a District 22 clean-up on Saturday, March 29 beginning at 8:00 a.m.

3/26/2008
JMF Forest Fest to take place May 17
A spectacular day of Bluegrass music, food and youth activities in the scenic environment of America’s largest municipal forest awaits those who visit Jefferson Memorial Forest’s fourth annual Forest Fest on Saturday, May 17.

3/26/2008
Faith Walk Slated for Saturday
People from churches, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of faith throughout Louisville will participate in the Second Annual Faith Walk on Saturday, March 29th in Shawnee Park at Broadway and Southwestern Parkway.

3/26/2008
District 20 Residents and Brown Forman Employees to help Clean Up Fisherman’s Park during Annual Bri
Metro Councilman Stuart Benson, Employees from Brown Foreman’s Finlandia Vodka and residents of District 20 are invited to attend the this Clean Up Event. This year’s event will focus on improving the condition of Fisherman’s Park (5607 Old Heady Road).

3/26/2008
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer to Host Brightside Annual Cleanup
Metro Councilman Kevin Kramer will host the Fifth Annual District 11 clean-up on Saturday, March 29. The clean up will run between the hours of 9:00 a.m. until 11 a.m.

3/25/2008
Shanklin announces Newburg Clean up Day and junk drop off on Saturday, March 29th
Hundreds of young volunteers are expected on Saturday, March 29th for “Clean up Newburg Day” in conjunction with Brightside’s Metro wide spring cleaning weekend.

3/25/2008
District 9 Spring Clean up set for this Saturday, March 29th
Frankfort Avenue is one of many areas of Metro Louisville where volunteers will set out this coming Saturday armed with trash bags, tools and enthusiasm to pick up litter and trash along with Brightside.

3/25/2008
Brightside Wiche Award Call for Entries
Call For Entries The Brightside Fred Wiche Award 10th Anniversary of Awards to be Celebrated

3/21/2008
Job Fair To Feature 100 Employers, 17 Colleges
People looking for new jobs — or to return to college — should attend the Louisville Career Expo to network with more than 100 employers and 17 local colleges and universities.

3/20/2008
Call to Market for Southwest Farmers at Valley Station
Starting in June, Southwest Jefferson County will have a chance to buy farm fresh vegetables and fruits at Valley High School when a long awaited Farmers Market begins in the summer of 2008.

3/19/2008
Mayor Abramson and Chief White Unveil Auto Crime Prevention Campaign
Mayor Jerry Abramson and Chief Robert White today unveiled a new awareness campaign designed to reduce the number of auto thefts and thefts from autos.

3/18/2008
Closure of Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center’s Olympic pool extended until April 14
Metro Parks has extended the closure of Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center’s Olympic pool until April 14.

3/18/2008
Portion of Rehl Road Closed for Safety
Louisville Metro Public Works crews have closed a short section of Rehl Road in eastern Jefferson County due to risk of sliding. The road is closed between South Pope and East Rehl Court, near the Gene Snyder Freeway.

3/18/2008
Mayor Launches Construction of Kentucky Show!
Mayor Jerry Abramson has launched construction on a new home for the Kentucky Show!, a 30-minute multimedia presentation.

3/18/2008
Councilman Stuart Benson to Participate in St. Baldrick’s Events
Metro Councilmen Stuart Benson (District 20) will give words of encouragement to the more than 60 students, faculty and parents of Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL) Rock Creek who will be shaving their heads for St. Baldrick’s or cutting their hair for Locks of Love.

3/17/2008
Public Health and Wellness Department to Offer Weight Control Series
Individuals interested in learning successful weight loss strategies, smart grocery shopping, light cooking, healthy eating on the go and how to deal with the common pitfalls of losing weight, can take advantage of a free series of classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

3/17/2008
City Launches “Go Green Louisville!”
On a day celebrated by “the wearing of the green,” Mayor Jerry Abramson announced the city’s new plan to “go green and save green.”

3/17/2008
Local entertainment showcase slated for Iroquois Amphitheater
Two events featuring some of the best local entertainment Louisville has to offer will take place at the historic Iroquois Amphitheater on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30.

3/17/2008
March 31st deadline approaching for 2008 “Doing Our Part” campaign
The effort to help men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan has been on going for four weeks now but Mother Nature has not been cooperating. The 2008 Doing our Part From the Heart Campaign has only reached the half way mark of collecting personal items for the military with only two weeks left to go.

3/13/2008
Woolridge, Blackwell and Henderson praise Norton Healthcare for announcement for former Dillard's Ce
Several members of the Louisville Metro Council are praising the Thursday announcement by Norton Healthcare to relocate an existing primary and specialty care physicians practice in the former Dillard’s Center on Dixie Highway.

3/12/2008
Councilman Unseld announces “Clean Teams” for District 6
On Saturday, March 15th three very important groups of people will begin cleaning up neighborhoods and kick off a valuable program design to create jobs for young people in District 6

3/12/2008
Firehouses, Firing Range Part of $40 Million Bond Issue
From building new firehouses to widening suburban roads, more than $40 million of construction projects and capital improvements will soon be underway. The projects were included in Mayor Jerry Abramson’s fiscal year 2008 budget and approved by the Metro Council. The council is expected to vote Thursday night on an ordinance that authorizes the administration to sell bonds to finance the projects, which total $41.5 million.

3/7/2008
Metro Parks Designates Seven Parks for Winter Sledding
For thousands of local children – and quite a few adults, too – sledding is a highlight of the winter season. Metro Parks will open hills in seven parks for sledding from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on days when snow accumulation reaches 2-3 inches.

3/5/2008
Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center's main pool remains closed
The Olympic pool at Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center will remain closed for repairs through March 24.

3/4/2008
Mayor Unveils New TARC3 Vans
Mayor Jerry Abramson today christened 11 new mini-vans to transport people with disabilities.

3/3/2008
Louisville To Award $1 Million in College Scholarships
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today that $1 million in college scholarships are available to help Louisville-area residents finish their associate’s degrees.

3/3/2008
District 18 to hold meeting on Greenway Trail/Bike Lanes
Councilwoman Julie Raque Adams will hold an open house on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at the University of Louisville’s Shelby Campus (Founder’s Union Building, Room 218A). The open house will focus on options for bike lanes on Whipps Mill Road and plans for a greenway trail through A.B. Sawyer Park.

2/28/2008
Metro Parks Golf Course Greens Fees to Increase
LOUISVILLE – For the first time in two years, Metro Parks has adopted minimal increases in greens fees at the 9 public golf courses it operates throughout Louisville.

2/27/2008
Mayor Unveils Events Calendar and Resource Guide for Event Planners/Producers
Mayor Unveils 2008 Events Calendar and Resource Guide for Event Planners/Producers

2/26/2008
Aquatic Center Closed to Repair Leak
The Olympic pool at Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center developed a significant leak last night, and will be closed for several days while Metro Parks officials work to make repairs.

2/26/2008
Louisville Serves Up Another Hot Summer Event!
The AVP Crocs Tour Louisville Open will be held May 23-26 over Memorial Day weekend at Waterfront Park, which will be the site of a big beach party.

2/25/2008
21st Century Parks Debuts Website, New Tool for Public Input
A new website will allow the public to get the latest information about the Floyds Fork Greenway project, part of the City of Parks initiative.

2/25/2008
President King applauds new website for 21st Century Parks
Metro Council President Jim King (D) 10 is encouraging the public to review and comment on a new website designed to highlight the 21st Century Parks plan of The Fork.

2/25/2008
Councilman Henderson asks public to watch out for illegal dumpers
On Monday morning, residents along Blevins Gap Road and Medora Road in Southwest Jefferson awoke to the unwanted sight of garbage and trash dumped along the road. “We want the public’s help in finding who may have done this so we can prosecute the person responsible." says Councilman Bob Henderson (D) 14.

2/21/2008
Proposed Amendment to Board Order for Louisville Medical Center
Notice of Public Comment Period and Hearing on change to an existing Board order for the Louisville Medical Center Steam Plant

2/21/2008
Louisville Foreclosure Prevention Hotline Postponed Due to Winter Storm
Metro Government and Metro United Way are postponing the second night of a phone-a-thon aimed at helping those who are facing foreclosure.

2/21/2008
Louisville Named Finalist in Bushmills Twin City Search
In celebration of the 400th anniversary of its original license to distill, Bushmills – home of BUSHMILLS® Irish Whiskey – continues its nationwide search to find the “Twin City of Bushmills in America.” Today, the town announces Louisville, Ky. as one of the three finalist cities. Louisville could win a $40,000 grant along with the Twin City title.

2/21/2008
Mayor Calls for Staggered Release of Employees
With the approaching hazardous winter storm closing local schools, Mayor Jerry Abramson today called for employers, especially those at Louisville’s major employment centers, to stagger the early release of employees beginning at 11 a.m.

2/20/2008
Councilwoman Shanklin to host community meeting on Thursday, February 21st
Newburg residents have been issued an invitation to a night out with Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D) 2 to talk about issues and concerns in the community. The District 2 Community Forum will be held at the Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue beginning at 6:00pm.

2/20/2008
Crescent Hill/Clifton area meeting tonight on "Quiet Zone"
This past week, residents in the Clifton/ Crescent Hill area of Frankfort Avenue have heard something they have not heard in the last 20 years: train horns at railroad crossings. Because of mandatory changes to safety standards for Quiet Zones on the federal level, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will host a meeting about the new “Quiet Zone” requirements. The meeting will take place at the Clifton Center, Reception Hall in the lower level from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

2/20/2008
Diabetes Classes, Support Group Offered by Public Health & Wellness
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. Classes begin Thursday, March 6 at the Central Government Center, 7201 Outer Loop.

2/20/2008
New playground, memorial to be added at South Louisville C.C.
Metro Parks and the Fight Crimes Against Children Partnership announced plans for a new playground and reflection memorial, to be built in two phases at South Louisville Community Center, 2911 Taylor Boulevard.

2/19/2008
College Fair for Adults is Wednesday
People who attended college but never graduated may attend a college fair this Wednesday to re-enroll in school and to receive help paying for it.

2/19/2008
Gourmet Market To Open Downtown
A new gourmet grocery will soon open downtown, thanks in part to a loan from Louisville Metro Government. The market was one of five Louisville businesses and individuals receiving METCO loans in late January. The loans are used to encourage new stores and business expansion.

2/15/2008
Kentucky Homeland Security Chief Meets with Louisville’s Emergency Responders
The leader of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security met today with Louisville’s emergency response leaders to build a stronger state and local partnership to improve public safety.

2/15/2008
Turn Your Child Into an Adventurer at Jefferson Memorial Forest
The Jefferson Memorial Forest is offering an exciting new series that will expose 5-and 6-year olds to the wonders of the natural world.

2/14/2008
Councilwoman Flood kicks off 2008 “Doing Our Part, From the Heart!”
When the campaign was over in 2007, 240 boxes of basic necessities were on the way to soldiers who were serving the United States in Iraq. Flood and the Mohawk District of the Boy Scouts of America, the Okolona Business Association, the Okolona Fire Department, Republic Bank and Interlink Counseling Service Inc have kicked off the 2008 Doing Our Part campaign in hopes of exceeding last year’s efforts.

2/13/2008
Councilwoman Woolridge honors Outstanding Volunteer with Community Spirit Award
When the Louisville Metro Council meets on February 14th, Mary C. Cooper will be honored with the Third Annual District 3 Community Spirit Award.

2/13/2008
Proposed Agreed Board Order with Clark Management Co., Inc. et al.
Notice of Public Comment Period and Hearing. Clark Management Co. Inc., et al. are alleged to have violated an asbestos regulation at 1860 Mellwood Ave.

2/13/2008
District 8 and Atherton High School host Mayor's Community Conversation tonight
Councilman Tom Owen, District 8 and Atherton High School will play host to the Mayor’s Community Conversation and Metro Government on Monday, February 18th. "We want to welcome Mayor Abramson to the District,” says Owen.

2/13/2008
City Nearing End of Winter Storm
Louisville Metro Public Works managers say the city’s main roads are in remarkably good shape following several days of snow and freezing rain.

2/12/2008
New Louisville Initiative Encourages Finishing College
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced a major new initiative today to encourage citizens to return to college to finish their degrees.

2/12/2008
City Prepared for Second Blast of Winter Weather
As the city prepares for a second blast of winter weather, black ice is likely on the roads tonight so the police urge motorists to use caution.

2/12/2008
City Prepared for Winter Storm
Louisville’s Public Works crews are preparing for another round of precipitation after 6 p.m. – one that could result in icy roads for the evening.

2/12/2008
City Prepared for Second Blast of Winter Weather
Louisville’s Public Works crews are preparing for another round of precipitation after 6 p.m. – one that could result in icy roads for the evening.

2/11/2008
Councilwoman Flood to announce 2008 "Doing Our Part From the Heart" campaign today
On Thursday February 14th, Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D) 24 will announce the 2008 “Doing Our Part, From the Heart Campaign” beginning at 10:00am at Station One of the Okolona Fire Department.

2/11/2008
City Offers Tips for Winter Weather
As the city prepares for a winter storm that could drop as much as eight inches of snow, the Louisville Metro Emergency Management Agency is offering advice on weathering the storm safely.

2/11/2008
City Prepared for Winter Storm
Mayor Jerry Abramson said today that the city is ready to battle the snowstorm scheduled to arrive late this afternoon. Forecasters anticipate four to eight inches of snow, followed by freezing rain or sleet.

2/7/2008
Councilwoman Hamilton issues statement on Kentucky Court of Appeals decision in wet/dry vote
On Thursday, February 7th, the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that the issues raised by the plaintiffs who filed lawsuits in the special wet/dry election on September 11th, 2007 are moot.

2/6/2008
Councilwoman Ward-Pugh invites District 9 out for a walk on Saturday, February 9th
It is not uncommon to see groups of people walking up and down Frankfort Avenue at any time of the year. But a special group will be on a mission this coming Saturday.

2/5/2008
Councilman Doug Hawkins to Give Testimony in Frankfort on Immigration House Bill
Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins will give testimony before the Judicial Committee in Frankfort, Kentucky today at 2:00 p.m. Committee members will be discussing Representative Robert Damron’s KY House Bill 304, an act relating to homeland security and immigration, which has the support of eight members of the Kentucky General Assembly.

2/5/2008
Mayor Reduces Government Spending by $9.4 Million
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced $9.4 million in spending restrictions and savings to address a projected revenue shortfall, the result of a national and state economic downturn.

2/4/2008
Yarmuth Secures Federal Funding for Police Technology
Congressman Yarmuth secures federal funding for police technology. Mayor Abramson and Chief White are to receive $492,000 from Representative Yarmuth for LMPD mobile data terminals (MDTs).

2/4/2008
Councilwoman Butler issues statement concerning Child Victims Memorial
On Monday, February 4th Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D) 15 issued the following statement with regard to the placing of a memorial in the Metro Parks to honor all children who are victims of crime.

2/1/2008
City Offers Free Storm Debris Drop-Off
Metro Solid Waste is offering Louisville residents a chance to drop off storm debris from the recent windstorm for free.

2/1/2008
A Romantic Valentine's Day Awaits at Jefferson Memorial Forest
A perfect romantic Valentine’s Day evening awaits February 14 at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

2/1/2008
The Revenue Commission is moving!
Effective February 25, 2008, the office of Louisville Metro Revenue Commission will be moving to 617 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202.

2/1/2008
U of L Moving Business Graduate Programs to Museum Plaza
The University of Louisville College of Business announces the location of its graduate programs to Museum Plaza in the city’s central business district in 2010.

1/31/2008
Dr. Troutman Appointed to National HHS Committee to Set Health Goals
United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Michael Leavitt has appointed Dr. Adewale Troutman, Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020. Dr. Troutman is one of only 13 Committee members recruited by HHS.

1/31/2008
Councilman Henderson announces Tax Assistance program during February and March
In an effort to assist working families, Councilman Bob Henderson (D) 14 announces a new program in Valley Station that will offer free tax filing and asset building advice for residents in District 14

1/30/2008
Councilwoman Green to be Principal of the Day on Friday
When students at Foster Traditional Academy go to school on Friday, February 1st, they will have a new principal to greet them at the door, Councilwoman Judith Green (D) 1.

1/28/2008
Metro Parks Seeking Entries for 4th Annual Dance Extravaganza
After yet another successful event in March 2007, Metro Parks is hoping to make the 4nd Annual Youth Extravaganza Dance Competition bigger and better.

1/27/2008
Butler joins Cincinnati Reds for Wyandotte Park Dedication
As a way of saying thank you for fan support, the Cincinnati Reds officially broke ground Sunday for renovations to the baseball fields at Louisville’s Wyandotte Park. "The community is so grateful to the Cincinnati Reds and the Reds Community Fund for their on going commitment to Louisville,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D) 15.

1/27/2008
Reds Announce Wyandotte Baseball Field Renovations
The Cincinnati Reds, Louisville Bats and Metro Parks held a ceremony at Wyandotte Park Sunday in which the organizations announced a large-scale renovation of the baseball fields at the park, located near historic Churchill Downs.

1/25/2008
Louisville Wins National Recycling Award
Louisville’s aluminum can recycling program crushed the competition in a nationwide contest sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

1/25/2008
Ad Hoc 8664 committee to hear urban traffic alternatives on Monday, January 28th
John Norquist, the former mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and current President of the Congress for the New Urbanism will address the Ad Hoc Committee on the 8664 Proposal on Monday, January 28th at 5:00pm.

1/24/2008
Wyandotte Park Master Plan update for District 15 on January 31st
Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D) 15 is encouraging residents to learn the latest information on the revitalization of Wyandotte Park at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club located at 1010 Beecher Street at 6:00pm on January 31st.

1/24/2008
Councilman Blackwell joins Harbor House for Health Fair on Wednesday, January 30th
Councilman Rick Blackwell (D) 12 is encouraging everyone to take part in the 1st Annual Harbor House Health Fair at the Incarnation Parish Center, 2229 Lower Hunters Trace.

1/24/2008
Louisville Named one of "100 Best Cities for Young People"
Louisville has been named one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People” for a third time according to Mayor Jerry Abramson.

1/23/2008
President King announces 2008 Chairs and Vice Chairs of Metro Council Committees
President Jim King (D) 10 has officially appointed the 2008 Chairs and Vice Chairs of the Metro Council's 12 committees. The Committees will resume work in the first week of February

1/23/2008
President King announces 2008 Committees for Metro Council
Metro Council President Jim King (D) 10 on Wednesday announced an updated and restructured committee system for the Metro Council and the related appointments for Chairs and Vice Chairs of such committees.

1/23/2008
Wyandotte Park to see ballfield improvements, Master Plan
A master planning effort for Wyandotte Park that began last year continues on Thursday, January 31, with a third public meeting to discuss park improvements.

1/18/2008
2008: Year of Transformation for Louisville
Mayor Jerry Abramson said 2008 will be a transformative year for Louisville with new investments and initiatives, despite a national economic downturn that is beginning to impact the city.

1/18/2008
Council Members to join PRIDE for 36th Annual MLK Rally on Monday, January 21st
Some 2000 cars are expected to participate in PRIDE Inc’s 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. motorcade and rally on Monday, January 21st. For the first time, the motorcade will travel down a major highway named in his honor.

1/18/2008
Public Health and Wellness Department to Offer Weight Control Series
Individuals interested in learning successful weight loss strategies, how to do smart grocery shopping, how to cook healthier foods as well as overcome the common pitfalls of losing weight, can take advantage of a free series of classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

1/17/2008
Shanklin invites community to brunch honoring Dr. Martin Luther King on Saturday, Janaury 19th
Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D) 2 will join the Men of Peace for a Martin Luther King Jr. Brunch to help children in the community as Metro Louisville begins a weekend of events honoring the civil rights leader

1/17/2008
Mayor Appoints Two to Board of Health
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson recently appointed two new members to the Louisville Metro Board of Health.

1/17/2008
Metro Council to take on St. Gabriel Men’s Club in 2nd Annual Charity Basketball Event
Louisville Metro Council will field a team of 11 players in the 2nd annual charity basketball game against the St. Gabriel Men’s Club. The game, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on January 19th at St. Gabriel (5505 Bardstown Road) will raise funds for the Fern Creek/Highview United Ministries (FCUM) Capital Building Fund.

1/17/2008
Diabetes Classes Being Offered by Public Health & Wellness
Individuals interested in learning about and managing diabetes are invited to attend a series of four free classes being offered by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. Classes begin Wednesday, February 6 at the Southwest Regional Public Library, 10375 Dixie Highway.

1/16/2008
Council Members hit the hardwood for charity Saturday, January 19th
Louisville Metro Council will field a team of 11 players in the 2nd annual charity basketball game against the St. Gabriel Men’s Club. The game, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at St. Gabriel, 5505 Bardstown Road will raise funds for the Fern Creek/Highview United Ministries (FCUM) Capital Building Fund.

1/14/2008
District 12 Dialogues begin a new year on Tuesday Night -- TRIAD and Senior Services featured at Ja
Metro Councilman Rick Blackwell will continue his tradition of bringing Metro Government to the people when the first District 12 Dialogue gets underway on Tuesday, January 15th. The event will be held at Incarnation Catholic Church, 2229 Lower Hunters Trace and begins at 7:00pm.

1/14/2008
Mayor, Police Offer Tips to Prevent Identity Theft
Mayor Jerry Abramson encouraged individuals to safeguard their financial health in the new year by protecting their personal information.

1/11/2008
Mayor signs new Smoke Free Law

1/10/2008
Mayor to Present Freedom Award to Rev. Chatham at Concert Honoring King
The Rev. James O. Chatham is the 2008 recipient of Louisville Metro’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award, according to Mayor Jerry Abramson.

1/10/2008
Council members Blackwell and Green elected Chair and Vice Chair of the Majority Caucus
Metro Council members have selected Rick Blackwell (D) 12 as the Majority Leader and Judith Green (D) 1 Vice Chair of the Metro Council’s Democratic Caucus. The two Council members were elected during the regular Majority Caucus meeting on Thursday, January 10th.

1/10/2008
Councilman Jim King elected Metro Council President for 2008
By a vote of 18 to 8, Councilman Jim King (D) 10 was elected President of the Louisville Metro Council in its first meeting of 2008 on Thursday night, January 10th.“I’m humbled to be given the opportunity to lead you as your president and I will honor your vote by doing my very best,” said King

1/9/2008
Additions to Adoptions Packet
New Treats for Adopting at Metro Animal Services

1/9/2008
Metro Council to elect President and Clerk on Thursday, January 10th
In its first meeting of the new year, the 26 member Metro Council will elect a Presidentr and Clerk when it meets at 5:00pm on Thursday, January 10th

1/9/2008
Welch and Henderson join Mayor tonight for Community Conversation
When Mayor Jerry Abramson begins his sixth year of Community Conversations, he will be joined by Council members Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13 and Bob Henderson (D) 14.

1/9/2008
District 13 Breast Cancer Screening set for January 30th
With the beginning of a new year, Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13 will sponsor breast cancer screenings in an effort to help women with early detection of this disease at the St. Jerome Catholic Chrurch

1/8/2008
Exceptional Events in 2007 Affecting Air Quality Measurements
The District is providing this notice that it has prepared exceptional event reports for three events in 2007 and is providing a 30-day opportunity for the public to review and comment on these reports.

1/7/2008
First Flu Case Reported in Jefferson County
The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has reported the first confirmed case of the flu for Jefferson County.

1/4/2008
Smoking Ordinance receives first Committee review today
The Louisville Metro Council’s Health and Human Services Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday, January 7th at 1:00pm to discuss the proposed smoking ordinance.

1/4/2008
District 5 hosts Community wide meeting tonight at 6:30pm
Residents and neighborhood leaders are being encouraged to attend a special community wide meeting hosted by Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D). The topic for discussion is an update on the special wet-dry election and the on-going litigation following the vote on September 11th of last year.

1/3/2008
Louisville Receives Additional $2 Million in Job-Training Funds
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that KentuckianaWorks received a $2 million increase in funding for job training in high-growth professions from U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Investment Act Funds.

1/2/2008
Metro Parks Presents 2008 Mayor's WinterScene Performances
Those who have the itch to enjoy the performing arts will find a lot to like during January and February with the 2008 season of the Mayor’s WinterScene.

1/2/2008
Mayor's Community Conversations Continue in 2008
The monthly "Mayor's Community Conversations" - designed to make city government more accessible to citizens - will continue in 2008 according to Mayor Jerry Abramson.