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Beargrass Creek Shared Use Path Meeting – December 6 Friday, Dec 2 2016 


Olde Tyme Christmas – Saturday, Dec. 3 Thursday, Dec 1 2016 

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It’s the time of year when Frankfort Avenue rings in the holidays with the 21st Annual Olde Tyme Christmas on Saturday, December 3.  The festivities kickoff at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m.

“Saturday is shaping up to be a beautiful day to kick off the holiday season, with a sprint, a stroll, a walk with your dog or a visit with Santa,” says Councilman Bill Hollander (D-9).  “It’s a great way to support the important work of United Crescent Hill Ministries who help those in need at this time of year, while also supporting our local businesses.”

The day begins with the annual Santa Sprint & Stroll, a merry 5k Run or 1-Mile Walk presented by the Frankfort Avenue Business Association, to benefit the United Crescent Hill Ministries.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at Barret Traditional Middle School, 2561 Grinstead Drive.

The run and walk starts at 9:00 a.m. and travels a flat course on South Peterson Avenue, South Galt Avenue and Frankfort Avenue before ending back at the school, where refreshments will be served. Photos with Santa will begin at 8:30 a.m. Bring your camera.

The following streets will closed from 8:30 am – 10:30 am, with no parking from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.:

Street Closures from 8:30 am – 10:30 am

  • South Peterson Avenue from Frankfort Avenue to Grinstead Drive
  • Frankfort Avenue from Stilz Avenue to the railroad tracks
  • South Galt Avenue from Frankfort Avenue to Rowland Avenue

No Parking from 7:00 am – 11 am

  • Frankfort Avenue from Stilz Avenue to the Railroad Tracks
  • South Peterson Avenue from Frankfort Avenue to Grinstead Drive
  • South Galt Avenue from Frankfort Avenue to Rowland Avenue

At 11:00 a.m. dogs take over the Avenue with the annual Holiday Dog Walk.  Registration and a costume contest begin at 11:00 a.m. at 2005 Frankfort Avenue, in front of the locally owned Barkstown Road at Frankfur Avenue. The walk will start at Noon and will go to the Pet Wants on The Avenue, 1718 Frankfort Avenue, where Santa Paws will be waiting to take pictures with pets from Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Free trolleys run throughout the Avenue from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and free horse carriage rides are from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Carriages rides will be available at two pickup locations: parking lot of The Manhattan Project (behind Nancy’s Bagels) and at Walgreens (corner of Ewing and Frankfort). The Manhattan Project will be offering drink and food specials for those waiting for carriages. Many shops and restaurants all over The Avenue will have holiday specials and churches have craft and gift shows and bazaars.

In the early afternoon, the focus shifts to the Avenue in front of Margaret’s Consignments, 2700 Frankfort Avenue.  Councilman Hollander will present the Frankfort Avenue Business Association’s Golden Antler and Good Neighbor Awards at 2:00 p.m., recognizing the Avenue’s best-decorated shops and some outstanding area neighbors.

“Come out and join the fun, and Happy Holidays,” says Hollander.


Volunteers Needed for the 2016 Tax Season Friday, Nov 4 2016 

Tax Prep

For the past several years, the District 9 office has hosted a mobile tax preparation site at United Crescent Hill Ministries, offering free tax preparation to individuals and families under a certain income bracket. Each year we depend on volunteers to help prepare taxes and greet clients at our mobile site. We have a few dedicated volunteers that help us out every year, but we need more! This year we’d like to offer additional tax preparation dates and hope you’ll consider joining our team! If you are interested in volunteering for the 2016 tax season (February-April 2017) please contact Kyle Ethridge or call 574-1109. The first volunteer training will be offered in December. Volunteers are needed to help prepare taxes AND greet clients.

FREE Mammogram Screenings – December 9 Tuesday, Nov 1 2016 


On Friday, December 9, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, the 9th District office, in partnership with U of L Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, will offer FREE mammograms at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street.  To make an appointment please contact my office at 574-3908.  Mammograms are for women age 40 and over. There is no cost to eligible women without insurance.  Women with insurance will need to bring their card so a claim may be filed.

Don’t trash that pumpkin. Put in the yard waste instead. Monday, Oct 31 2016 

Louisville, Ky.  (October 28, 2016) – The Fall holiday season means tons of pumpkins must be disposed of in Louisville once their days as decoration are over. This year Metro Public Works has a special request for residents: Don’t trash that pumpkin!

Our Solid Waste Division wants citizens to put their real pumpkins out with their regular yard waste for collection instead of putting them in the garbage. That will allow us to recycle the pumpkins, along with yard waste, into mulch to be reused in landscaping and gardening. It will help make Louisville look good and prevent the gourds from taking up landfill space.

Pumpkins must be free of decoration other than coloring. This program applies to residents of the Urban Services District (old City of Louisville boundaries). Customers of other Jefferson County municipalities and of private haulers should check with them regarding pumpkin disposal.

Yard waste is collected on the same day as recycling. To find the recycling date for a particular address, type the address into the MyLouisville tool at the bottom of the website or click here.

D9 Fall Community Cleanup a Success! Friday, Oct 28 2016 

Thank you for volunteering with us on Saturday to work along the Frankfort Avenue corridor between Mellwood and Story Avenues. We worked to clear the sidewalk, clean sewer grates, clear debris that has accumulated along the side of the road, trim trees, mulch tree wells, weed and pick-up litter. It was an extremely successful event, and we couldn’t have done it without your help! Click here to check out the photos from the event, and watch for more improvements along this stretch of the road in the coming months.


October Halloween Events Friday, Oct 28 2016 

Jack O’Lantern Spectacular
Oct. 13 through Nov. 6 at dusk until 11:00 p.m.
Louisville’s Iroquois Park, 1080 Amphitheater Road

The pumpkins will illuminate a 1/4-mile trail adjacent to the Iroquois Amphitheater. The trail is open Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets range from $9 to $15, with discounts for seniors and children 12 and under. Proceeds from the event benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation. The event is held rain or shine. Individual tickets may be purchased in advance for specific nights at the Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office or online at

The Great St. Matthews Pumpkin Caper
October 15th-31st varying hours
Beargrass Christian Church, 4100 Shelbyville Road

The Great St. Matthews Pumpkin Caper, sponsored by Troop 115 Boy Scouts of America, will run through Halloween (or until the pumpkins run out!). The pumpkin sale is the major fundraiser for the troop for each calendar year.  Proceeds help the troop pay for operating expenses as well as help fund Scouts’ fees for trips, uniforms, and other expenses. Hours will be 4:30pm-8:30 pm Monday-Friday and 9am – 9pm Saturday and Sunday.  Credit cards accepted.

Free Dive-In Movie
Friday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, 201 Reservoir Avenue

Enjoy Hotel Transylvania, rated PG. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Concessions will be available. Free and open to the public 

Halloween in Brown Park
Saturday, October 29 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Event includes games, music, hayrides, with trick-or-treating beginning at 11:30 a.m. Children start at the pavilion in Brown Park and proceed through the “haunted forest” along the path where the participating organizations will be set up in their booths passing out goodies. The event ends at 2:00 p.m.

Halloween on Hillcrest Avenue
Monday, October 31

This time of year, Hillcrest Avenue becomes a destination where visitors can see up to fifty homes between Brownsboro Road and Frankfort Avenue all decked out for Halloween. Bring canned goods or non-perishable foods to donate to United Crescent Hill Ministries at the designated collection bins on each block. Click here to read an article from The Wall Street Journal, Finding the Best Places to Trick or Treat, published on October 5, 2016, and featuring Hillcrest Avenue

Crescent Hill Baptist Church
Monday, October 31

Stop by the Fellowship Hall at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue, while trick-or-treating from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. There will be games for children to play and crafts to make. Candy, popcorn, apple cider, and coffee will be offered. Also, in the event of rain or cold, the Fellowship Hall will be warm and dry.

Major Railroad Work in D9 Beginning on Monday Friday, Oct 28 2016 

After much delay, CSX is planning to replace the railroad ties along Frankfort Avenue and Westport Road beginning on Monday, October 31.

From Monday through Friday (October 31-November 4), a crew of sixty workers will be replacing ties from the Clifton neighborhood to Hubbards Lane and rebuilding crossings at many D9 streets. The crossings will be closed as the work progresses, including multiple crossings closed at the same time, which will force significant detours.  Each crossing will be closed for 24-48 hours once work begins there. CSX’s tentative schedule is as follows:

Monday, October 31

  • Galt Avenue
  • Birchwood Avenue

Tuesday, November 1

  • Crescent Avenue
  • Hillcrest Avenue
  • Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Reservoir Avenue
  • Blackburn Avenue

Wednesday, November 2

  • Masonic Home Drive (with Washington Square open during the closure)
  • Fenley Avenue (only after Blackburn reopens)
  • Chenoweth Lane

Thursday, November 3

  • Matthews Avenue
  • Clover Lane
  • Westport Road
  • Thierman Lane

Welcomes Red Hog to Frankfort Avenue Friday, Sep 23 2016 

Louisville’s first local craft butcher shop opens this week, with a ribbon cutting scheduled for Saturday, September 24 at 9:00 am.  Red Hog is located at 2622 Frankfort Avenue, at the corner of Frankfort and Franck Avenues.  

The business features pork, beef, lamb, and poultry, all from local farms.  The meat is currently available as fresh cuts, cooked or cured, in the butcher shop.   A café in the same location is expected to open in October. 
Red Hog is operated by Kit Garrett and Bob Hancock, who earlier brought the popular Blue Dog Bakery & Café to Frankfort Avenue.   They have extensively remodeled a building which formerly housed Bennie’s Transmission and a series of smaller businesses before it became vacant several years ago. 
“It is wonderful to see Red Hog turn a prominent vacant property into a beautiful spot which compliments Louisville’s local food movement” said Metro Councilman Bill Hollander (D-9), who will take part in the ribbon cutting. “This property has been a missing link in a thriving retail area for many years.” 
The opening follows several actions by Louisville Metro.  In August 2015, the Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment approved a variance and three waivers to allow an addition to the back of the building and four additional parking spaces on the side. Hollander spoke in favor of the project at the hearing, noting that the fenced-off property had become an eyesore.  A number of neighbors and the Frankfort Avenue Business Association also voiced their support.
Red Hog also received three METCO loans totaling $265,000 by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation to assist Garrett and Hancock in the revitalization of the property.  The loans leveraged $1.3 million in private funds, for a total investment of $1.6 million.  The loans include a $200,000 business loan, $50,000 façade loan and $15,000 accessibility loan.         District 9 Capital Infrastructure Funds assisted with sidewalk repairs along Frankfort Avenue. 
The butcher shop opens at 10:00 am, Tuesday through Saturday.

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