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.


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 Follow us on Facebook/FrankfortAvenue.

Weekly No. 9 eNews Thursday, Nov 20 2014 

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

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


ONLINE: Register here

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 for more information.


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

Leaf Drop-off Sites to Open November 11 Wednesday, Nov 12 2014 

LeavesLouisville Metro residents not mulching autumn leaves into their lawns or using curbside collection will have the option to dispose of them at drop-off sites Tuesday through Saturday each week November 11 through December 6. The service will not be available on Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving.

Leaf drop-off is a joint service of Metro Public Works and Metro Parks. Only loose leaves will be accepted. Containers used for transport must be disposed of off-site by residents. The leaves will be used as compost material.

The Solid Waste Management Division of Metro Public Works recommends residents consider one of the following disposal methods before using the drop-off service:

  • Best: For a healthier lawn, mulch leaves with a lawnmower and let them settle into the turf system along with grass clippings and trimmings as a natural fertilizer and weed deterrent.
  • Next Best: Place yard waste in 20-40 gallon reusable containers with handles (old style trash cans) to reduce the need for continual purchase of single-use bags.
  • Still Good: Place yard waste in paper bags designed for yard waste collection or in compostable plastic bags that meet ASTM D6400 standards.

Large amounts: Reduce the volume by using a lawn mower or leaf shredder before putting them in a container.

Beginning January 1, 2015, yard waste left out in plastic bags that are not compostable will not be collected. This regulation applies throughout all of Jefferson County.

Drop-off will be available Tuesday – Saturday at the following locations and hours:

  • Public Works Yard, 10500 Lower River Road (at Bethany Lane) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Public Works East District Yard, 595 Hubbards Lane from9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Public Works Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue from Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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.

Thank you cleanup volunteers Thursday, Oct 30 2014 

Cleanup group photo

I would like to thank the dedicated group of volunteers who joined my team last Saturday, October 25, 2014, to cleanup lower Brownsboro Road. It was a perfect day to cleanup and beautify the District!

Tax Preparation Volunteers Needed Friday, Oct 24 2014 

Tax PrepMy office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2015.  We are recruiting volunteers to help prepare taxes on four Fridays in February and March 2015 (Feb 6, 20 and Mar 6, 20).  Full training is provided by the Louisville Asset Building Coalition on select dates in December or January.  To volunteer or to obtain more information please contact our office directly at 574-1109 or email Kyle Ethridge for a list of training dates and information.

More information on tax preparation dates will be posted soon.  The service is FREE if you earned $50,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2014 or if you quality for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

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