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Tax Preparation Appointments Available Thursday, Dec 28 2017 

Tax Prep

My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2017. The service is FREE if you earned $64,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2017 or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the office today to see if you qualify and make your appointment! Appointments are available every Friday beginning January 26 through the end of tax season between 9:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please call the office at 574-3908 to make an appointment.

Do you instead file your own taxes? Through the LABC website there are two options to self-file online. The “Turbo Tax Freedom Edition” is available if you have $33,000 or less in income. The software has a well-designed interview process that guides you through the process of making decisions about your filing status, inputting your income and making decisions about deductions and tax credits for which you may qualify. The other option is “My Free Taxes”, which is available if you make $64,000 or less. This program is developed by H&R Block and uses an interview process. Please visit, http://labcservices.org/index.php/free-tax-filing-at-labc-services, for more information.

No Garbage, Recycling or Yard Waste Pickup Friday, Dec 22 2017 

Solid waste collection services will be altered under the following schedule for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks:

Garbage/yard waste/recycling:

There will be no residential garbage, yard waste or recycling collection on Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1 within in the Urban Services District (former Louisville city limits). Residents who normally have garbage/yard waste/recycling collection on Monday will have service instead on Tuesday, December 26 and Tuesday, January 2. The Tuesday-Friday schedule will also be delayed by one day.

Collections in St. Matthews will not occur on Monday, December 25 and service will be delayed one day for the rest of the week. There will be no delays in St. Matthews on January 1 and Rumpke will follow the regular schedule.

Residents normally serviced by private waste haulers should check with those companies for holiday collection schedules.

Staffed Recycling Centers:

These centers will be closed Saturday December 23, Monday December 25, Saturday December 30 and Monday January 1.

  • East District Public Works Yard 595 N. Hubbards Lane
  • Metro Parks Landscaping 9300 Whipps Mill Road
  • Southwest Government Center 7219 Dixie Highway
  • Central Government Center 7201 Outer Loop

Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue

  • Closed Saturday December 23, Monday December 25, Saturday December 30, and Monday January 1.

HAZ BIN Hazardous Waste Facility, 7501 Grade Lane

  • Closed Saturday, December 23 and Saturday December 30

A Message from the Coalition for the Homeless: Some People Have No Home During the Holidays Wednesday, Dec 13 2017 

The Coalition for the Homeless has identified 10 ways to show compassion
during this holiday season

Louisville, KY (November 21, 2017) – This holiday season is a time for members in the community to start thinking about what they are thankful for, to share their compassion with neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and to work toward a world where no one has to experience hunger and/or homelessness. In fact, for most of us, the holidays bring happy memories, wonderful traditions, indulgent warm meals, and much-needed time spent with family and loved ones. But for some Louisvillians, these things are luxuries, not realities. The Coalition for the Homeless has identified a few ways in which members of our community can help those who are less fortunate:

1. Join the Coalition for the Homeless’ “Five Bucks A Month Club” to get one person off of the streets and into shelter for one night each month during extreme weather. This helps fund the city’s White Flag Program, which provides funding to local shelters to open their doors and make space for everyone during the coldest winter nights. Go to http://www.louhomeless.org and click “Make a Gift.”

2. Attend the 7th Annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness on Thursday, December 21 at the Clifton Center and enjoy an evening of amazing live music and local food while supporting a great cause. Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and includes 10 food/drink tickets. All proceeds will benefit the Coalition’s efforts to end youth homelessness.

3. Want to volunteer your time or plan a compassionate team building experience for staff or friends? Contact Metro United Way to find out what volunteer opportunities are available around the city. Call (502) 583-2821 to see how you can help.

4. Host a hygiene product drive amongst your friends or co-workers and collect things like lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, chap stick and other personal care products to donate to a local shelter.

5. Volunteer to join a local group like The Forgotten Louisville to hand out sandwiches and help the homeless. For details see their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/The-Forgotten-Louisville-240726189464726/

6. An unfortunate side effect of all the holiday parties is food waste. Instead of throwing away leftover food after a holiday gathering, call Kentucky Harvest at (502) 894-9999 and schedule a pick-up of the left-over perishable and non-perishable food. The donated food is then delivered to more than 120 missions, shelters and food pantries.

7. Advocate for more affordable housing through more community investment in the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

8. Donate gifts to local homeless youth and home goods for newly-housed young people through YMCA Safe Place Services. Contact Ariel Brooks at (502) 381-0140 for more information.

9. The Center for Women and Families accepts donations of used cell phones, so that their clients always have a way to make a call in an unsafe situation. They can be dropped off at any of their locations. For more information call (502) 581-7200.
10. You can also help from the comfort of your home by joining the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Linked In and educating your networks on what causes you care about. Use the hashtag #TakeAStandLou to join the Coalition’s conversation about how you’ll take a stand for the homeless this holiday season.

Finally, it is always great to get the community’s support during the holidays, but your gifts are needed all year and many service providers especially struggle to meet the needs of our community during the summer and other times of the year. So, while you are acting compassionately this holiday season, mark your calendars for six months from now and try another one of these ideas then.

About the Coalition for the Homeless
The Coalition for the Homeless, located at 1300 S. 4th Street, Suite 250, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to prevent and eliminate homelessness in Louisville. The Coalition has a three-pronged approach to this mission: advocacy, education, and coordination of their 30+ member agencies who provide a variety of services to the homeless throughout the city. For more information, visit http://www.louhomeless.org, call (502) 636-9550, or find The Coalition for the Homeless on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LouHomeless or on Twitter @louhomeless.

Metro Parks Public Meeting – December 6 Friday, Dec 1 2017 

Louisville Parks and Recreation will host a public meeting on Wednesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. at the Joe Creason Park Administration Building. Come and share opinions and ask questions about parks and recreation-related topics with Director Seve Ghose.

RSVP here. For questions, e-mail parks@louisvilleky.gov.

Register for 2017 Santa Sprint & Stroll Monday, Nov 27 2017 

Santa Sprint

Registration Deadline Extended – Nov. 29th! 

The pre-registration deadline for the 2017 Santa Sprint & Stroll has been extended to November 29, 2017 at 11:59pm! While we welcome day-of registration, pre-registration guarantees you an event t-shirt, and registration costs go up $5 on the day of the event.

We look forward to some healthy merry-making with you, so don’t miss out on meeting SANTA himself—at our 22nd Annual Santa Sprint & Stroll on December 2, 2017!

Registration and Fees:

  • “ADULT” (14 & Over): $25
  • “YOUTH” (13 & Under): $15
  • Participants in strollers: FREE
  • Only PRE-registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt.
  • DAY-OF Registration & Fees (Dec. 2): Add $5 to the fees listed above, for all participants.

Day of registration begins at 8:00am at Barret Traditional Middle School, 2561 Grinstead Drive. Race kicks off at 9:00am!

Click here to register.

Scouting for Food Friday, Nov 17 2017 

ScoutingIf you received a notice that Scouts would be picking up food donations, this Saturday, November 18, is the day.   Set out bags full of canned food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, juice and other nonperishable items by 8:00 a.m. this Saturday.  The food will be picked up by the Scouts and delivered to central locations (including Crescent Hill United Methodist Church’s “Praise Food Pantry” and St. Matthews United Methodist Church) for distribution to families in need throughout the area.

Scouts know how fortunate they are to have a warm meal every night — whether around the campfire or at the kitchen table. And they know that not everyone is so lucky.  Help them by setting out food this Saturday morning.

FREE Mammogram Screenings – December 8 Monday, Nov 13 2017 

On Friday, December 8, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, the 9th District obreast-cancer-ribbonffice, 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.

D9 Community Conversation – November 14 Tuesday, Nov 7 2017 

Join us on Tuesday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Whitehall House & Gardens, 3117 Lexington Road, for our bi-monthly D9 Community Conversation. As with all D9 Community Conversations, discussion of any other subjects is welcome and I will be available to talk with constituents about any questions, comments or concerns.  Mark your calendar – and bring along a friend or neighbor.

Don’t Forget to Turn Back Clock on November 5 Saturday, Nov 4 2017 

daylight-savings-time-is-scheduled-for-this-sunday-november-2nd-smevMQ-clipartSunday, November 5 at 2:00 a.m. clocks need to be turned backward one hour. Also, don’t forget to reset lighting timers, thermostats, security systems and other clocks in your household.

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