BBB Tips: Black Friday Shopping Thursday, Nov 27 2014 

Are you counting down the days and hours until Black Friday shopping? It’s time to start planning! Remember, all deals are not created equal and the fine print is often the most important thing! Before you head out the door, and get caught up in the frenzy, BBB offers these tips:

Be Prepared. Many retailers will release their Black Friday deals online, in social media, in newspapers, and other publications. Research where the sales are and make a list of your gift priorities to compare prices and plan your day of deals. Build up a coupon collection, and remember to bring ads with you on Black Friday just in case the price is not what you expected.

Sign up for Email Alerts and Loyalty Programs. Retailers often use email alerts to encourage frequent shopping. By signing up, you get the latest deals and coupons!

Use Social Media. Before you decide to buy, visit the Facebook pages and Twitter feeds of your favorite retailers and see if they’re offering any incentives, like discounts, when you “like” their page or follow them.

There’s an APP for that. Download comparison-shopping apps that let you see special deals and compare prices while you’re in the store. Many include a bar-code scanner that lets you scan and compare prices.

Look for QR Codes. They’re square, black-and-white and funny looking – but they can take you straight to a deal. QR stands for Quick Response codes and they’re popping up in many ads and print materials. Several BBB Accredited Businesses use them to help you Start with Trust and they can bring you directly to a special offer or a BBB Business Review. Before you can scan one and view the offer – you’ll have to install a QR app reader on your smart phone.

Avoid Bait-and-Switch Tricks. These ads are designed to bring you in, but push you toward a more expensive item. Retailers will sometimes advertise great deals, but only have one or two of those deals in stock. Once you are in the store, they hope you will purchase a more expensive item.

Create a budget—and stick to it. Decide ahead of time how much you want to spend, and resist impulse buying in the store, especially if you don’t know how good a deal you’re really getting.

Store Policies. Understand the store’s policies. They can change on Black Friday! Read the fine print on return policies, final sales, and warranties. Some stores also charge restocking fees if products have been opened.

Comparative Shop Online. There are dozens of Black Friday websites that claim to capture the best deals around and they can really help you do your comparative shopping online. Before you pick your favorite site, BBB recommends consumers find a reputable site that’s not a fly-by-night operation by checking them out at bbb.org and see what others say about the site through an online search. When shopping, confirm the site is secure and be certain you have a phone number and physical address in case there are problems.

Shop with Trust. If you find a deal – don’t just jump at the first chance to get it. BBB recommends doing your research on the business – know how long they’ve been in business, look into their customer service track record, and check them out at bbb.org.

Shop Safely. While getting a deal is important, there are ways to shop safely without putting yourself or your wallet in jeopardy. BBB advises consumers to take their time and plan ahead for the best rewards.

  • Make a list and prioritize where you should go and when.
  • Bring friends. You can work together to get the best deals.
  • Remember to get gift receipts and keep them organized.
  • Keep all receipts so you can compare them with what you purchased when your monthly statement comes in.
  • Keep your personal information to yourself and be mindful of where you are laying your credit card, driver’s license, wallet, purse, etc.
  • If shopping online, confirm the security of your online purchases. Shoppers should always look in the address box for the “s” in https:// and in the lower-right corner for the “lock” symbol before paying. If there are any doubts about a site, BBB recommends right clicking anywhere on the page and select “Properties.” This will let you see the real URL (website address) and the dialog box will revel if the site is not encrypted.
  • Pay with a credit card. Under Federal law, you can dispute the charges if you don’t receive the item. Shoppers also have dispute rights if there are unauthorized charges on their credit card, and many card issuers have “zero liability” policies under which the card holder pays nothing if someone steals the credit card number and uses it.

For more tips, go to www.bbb.org or call 1-800-388-2222.

Free Sample Paper Yard Waste Bags and Container Labels Available & Leaf Drop Off Wednesday, Nov 26 2014 

LeavesLeaf drop-off sites also still available through December 6

As Louisville continues the transition away from regular plastic bags for yard waste disposal, our Solid Waste division is offering free paper yard waste bags along with labels for reusable yard waste containers during the balance of the fall leaf season.

During regular yard waste collection operations, one free paper bag, stapled with an educational flyer on the new Yard Waste Container Regulation, will be distributed to each residence found not yet to have made the switch to paper or a reusable container. This will give everyone a chance to sample the strength and quality of the paper bags in advance of the January 1, 2015 start of enforcement of the regulation.

The flyer will remind residents of the options for compliance, including mulch mowing—what we call Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em—reusable containers, paper yard waste bags and compostable plastic.
All residents are also invited to pick up a sample bag and flyer at one of the locations below. Those opting for reusable containers are also invited to pick up free labels to place on those containers that will help collection crews identify yard waste. Leaf drop-off is also available through December 6 as listed separately below.

Bag and label pick up sites:

  • 595 Hubbards Lane Recycling Center
  • 7201 Dixie Highway Recycling Center
  • 7219 Outer Loop Recycling Center
  • 600 Meriwether Ave. Solid Waste Office

Leaf drop-off Tuesday – Saturday:
Public Works Yard
10500 Lower River Road (at Bethany Lane)
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Public Works East District Yard
595 Hubbards Lane
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Public Works Waste Reduction Center
636 Meriwether Avenue
Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Solid Waste Management Thanksgiving Holiday Week Collection Schedules Wednesday, Nov 26 2014 

There will be no residential garbage, recycling or yard waste collection within the Louisville
Metro Urban Services District (former Louisville city limits) on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday
November 27, 2014. There will also be no junk/bulk waste collection the entire week.
Residents who normally have garbage/yard waste/recycling collection on Thursday will have
service instead on Friday, Nov. 28. The regular Friday collection will be delayed until Saturday,
Nov. 29.

Staffed recycling centers and the Metro Waste Reduction Center will be closed Thursday,
November 27 and Friday, November 28. Leaf drop-off will also not be available those days. All
three services will resume on Saturday.

The HazBin hazardous waste facility at 7501 Grade Lane will be closed on Saturday, November
29.

Residents outside the Urban Services District who rely on private haulers for garbage, recycling
and yard waste collection should consult those haulers about holiday collection schedules.

Downtown Crossing: Look Ahead Friday, Nov 21 2014 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (November 21, 2014)The following closures and lane restrictions are expected the rest of this week and next week in connection with construction on the Downtown Crossing:

Work Scheduled for This Week:

Kentucky Side:

  • Frankfort Avenue from Story Avenue to River Road is closed. Local access is available between Story Avenue and Washington Street. It’s expected to be closed into December, but will be open for the Trolley Hop on Friday, November 28.

Overnight closures scheduled Friday, November 21-Saturday, November 22*:

  • Ramp from I-65 North/I-65 South to I-64 East
  • Ramp from I-64 East to I-65 North
  • Ramp from Story Avenue to I-64 West
  • Only one lane open on I-64 West from the Story Avenue ramp to the I-65 split
  • One lane of I-65 South from the Kennedy Bridge to Muhammad Ali Boulevard
  • One lane of I-65 North from just past Brook Street to the Kennedy Bridge
  • One lane of I-64 East from 9th Street to Story Avenue

*Overnight closures are scheduled to begin around 9 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. Signed detours are in place during full closures.

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Frankfort Avenue Hosts “Shop Small on the Avenue” Contest from Nov. 28-30 Friday, Nov 21 2014 

Louisville, KY (November 19, 2014) – In celebration of Small Business Saturday and the dozens of locally owned businesses in the area, Frankfort Avenue will host “Shop Small on the Avenue” from Friday, November 28th through Sunday, November 30th. Fourteen local eateries and retailers have donated items for the contest, and the items will be displayed at each of their locations. Items range from a $50 North End Café gift certificate to a handmade scarf worth $120. Shoppers can pick up a contest form at any of the participating businesses, and every time they make a purchase at a participating business they will get a stamp. Once three stamps have been collected, shoppers can drop off their contest form at the business whose prize they want to win.                                                  

The fourteen participating businesses and items up for are grabs are:

  • Crescent Hill Trading Company – Gift Certificate & vintage jewelry
  • The Comfy Cow – a Handcrafted Custom Made Ice Cream Pie
  • Consider Boutique – Locally hand felted/dyed scarf, retailing at $120
  • Lexie’s Trading Post – a gift basket with goodies worth $50
  • Nancy’s Bagel Grounds – a free dozen every month for a year
  • Carmichael’s Bookstore – a tote bag full of books
  • Just Creations – $30 fair trade gift bag
  • Redefine Design on the Avenue – Custom designed Christmas wreath (up to $100)
  • Crave Cafe – $25 gift card
  • North End Cafe – $50 gift card
  • Sister Dragonfly – Scarf, gloves, and $20 gift certificate
  • Surroundings – Collection of goat milk soaps, natural sponge worth $30
  • Margaret’s Consignment – $25 gift certificate
  • At Home on the Avenue – hand-poured soy candle in vintage container worth $40

Drawings will be held Monday, Dec. 1st and the winners will be notified by the end of that day. Shoppers can enter as many times as they like, provided they make purchases at new shops and collect a new passport. For more information, call Corin at Carmichael’s Bookstore at 502.896.6950.

About the Frankfort Avenue Business Association

The Frankfort Avenue Business Association’s (FABA) mission is to enhance The Avenue as a place to do business and work to stimulate economic development along the business corridor. In addition, FABA acts as an advocate for solutions when issues emerge in the community and helps keep The Avenue looking its best through clean-up and landscaping programs. For more information, pick up a map of The Avenue at any member business or visit www.frankfortave.com. Follow us on Facebook/FrankfortAvenue.

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Register for 19th Annual Santa Sprint and Stroll Tuesday, Nov 18 2014 

logoSantaSprint300Reindeer,
Take your marks!

The 19th Annual Santa Sprint & Stroll takes place on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 9:00 am. They will kick off at Barret Traditional Middle School, 2561 Grinstead Drive (at Peterson Avenue). Join for a 5k Run or 1-Mile Walk along historic Frankfort Avenue! Registration Fees increase 11/25, so REGISTER TODAY!

 

5k (3.1 mile) Run or a 1-mile Walk. Flat and fast course runs along historic Frankfort Avenue in scenic Crescent Hill and Clifton.

Sponsored by Frankfort Avenue Business Association (FABA) to benefit the work of United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM).

Begins at 9:00 am—rain, snow, or shine. (Severe icy weather may cancel, so check our website for updates on Race Day. No refunds given.)

Age Group Awards for Top 3 Finishers in each age group for the 5k. Top Male and Female walkers in the Stroll will receive an Award.

Door Prizes will be given out following the race

Photos with SANTA for a $5 donation, beginning at 8:30am

WAYS TO REGISTER

ONLINE: Register here

BY MAIL or DROP-OFF at UCHM:
Mail forms to: UCHM, 150 S. State Street, Louisville, KY 40206
Registration Brochure may be found and downloaded here.
Call (502) 893-0346 or Email uchm@bellsouth.net for more information.

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Light Up Louisville “40 Nights of Lights” Friday, Nov 14 2014 

major-lightupThe city’s “Light Up Louisville 40 Nights of Lights” event – the traditional starting point for the holidays – returns for its 34th year with music, fireworks and family activities and a nightly array of lights and happenings along four blocks of 4th Street, from the Galt House to Fourth Street Live. Light Up Louisville begins the day after Thanksgiving (Friday, Nov. 28), with the arrival of Santa Claus who will help illuminate downtown Louisville, followed by Zambelli fireworks – all centered at a main stage located at 4th and Main.

The downtown lighting will include LED lights synchronized to music in the “Light Up Plaza” at 4th and Jefferson. The 12-minute production will be presented on the half hour from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 4

A popular ice skating rink will again be located at Fourth Street Live!, starting Nov. 29. The rink uses a synthetic ice which ensures its availability even if outdoor temperatures go above freezing. The fee for skating is $5 an hour for adults, $3 for children under 13. Daily rates are $10, and a season pass is $40 for all ages. Skates will be available to rent for $2. New this year at Fourth Street Live! is the “Holiday Village” with special decorations and programs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the holidays. Hours are: 11a.m.-8p.m. with 6-6:30p.m. programming on Fri; 10a.m.-8p.m. with 2-2:30p.m. programming on Sat., and 10a.m.-7p.m. with 2-2:30pm programming on Sun. 

The annual Light Up Louisville Parade, with a theme of “Lots of Lights”, begins at 6:30 p.m. Parade units will be decorated in festive lights and will include bands, carolers, car clubs, floats, children’s groups and civic organizations. The parade route runs along 4th Street from Liberty to Main Street. Santa Claus is expected to arrive at 8 p.m., joining the mayor to insert the magic plug and turn on thousands of lights on buildings and trees of all sizes including the Light Up Louisville Christmas Tree near the main stage at 4th and Main and the second tree near 4th and Liberty. For more information please visit www.lightuplouisville.org

Volunteers Needed for Lexington Road Beautification Wednesday, Nov 12 2014 

DSCN0951The District 9 office recently appropriated funding to Whitehall House & Gardens for the purchase of 50 potted trees and shrubs for the hillside along Lexington Road at Top Hill Road. We need volunteers to help plant these trees and shrubs which will continue to help the stabilization of the hillside. Plan to meet on Saturday, November 22, at 8:00 a.m. at the corner of Top Hill and Lexington Roads. We will be blocking off one lane of the roadway to allow for safe working on Lexington Road. Please make sure you dress in layers. Gloves, tools, water and HOT coffee will be provided.

NEW Metro Louisville Website Friday, Oct 31 2014 

Greetings, have you noticed the new Metro Louisville website? If not, please take a moment and visit the new site, Metro Council District 9. It’s now easier to view on all smartphones and tablets.

We’ve added a couple new pages to the District 9 website.

If you are new to our blog and website please consider signing up for the weekly No. 9 eNews. Click here and fill out all your information online.

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