Sunday December 9, 2018
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Join Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Louisville Parks and Recreation for cider and donuts to celebrate the completion of the Bonnycastle Hill restoration project in our beloved Cherokee Park! No need to RSVP—simply attend if your schedule allows. Contact Meghan Robinson with questions.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 9 to 10 am

Stegner Pavilion | Bonnycastle Hill in Cherokee Park

We are thrilled to share the new Stegner Pavilion, relocated basketball court, lit walking paths and reconfigured parking area with our vibrant community of park users.

Olmsted Parks Conservancy proudly thanks Louisville Parks and Recreation, the City of Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilman Brandon Coan, the Stegner Family and other generous donors to our Campaign for Extraordinary Parks for their partnership and support of this successful restoration project.

The Louisville Metro Waste Reduction Center will close for two weeks while repair work is done there beginning Monday, November 5, 2018. The facility, which offers drop-off disposal of large waste items at 636 Meriwether Avenue, will reopen on Tuesday November 20.

During the closure, the WRC will not be available for leaf drop-off service that will begin at two other locations on November 6, 2018. Leaf drop-off at the WRC will begin when the facility reopens on November 20 and continue at all three sites through December 1.

Drop-off will not be available on November 22 and 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Only loose leaves will be accepted. Containers used to bring leaves to the drop-off sites must be disposed of off-site by residents.

Leaf drop off sites through December 1:

  • Beginning November 6:
    • Public Works Yard 10500 Lower River Road (enter from Bethany Lane)
      • Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Public Works East District Operations Center 595 Hubbards Lane
      • Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Beginning November 20:
    • Public Works Waste Reduction Center 636 Meriwether Avenue
      • Tuesday – Friday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      • Saturday:  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The LIHEAP Program that helps low income residents of Jefferson County with their utility bills begins on Nov. 5, 2018.

LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is a federally funded, income-based program that provides financial help to low-income households in meeting the costs of heating their home. The LIHEAP Subsidy Component is a one-time assistance benefit, which is paid directly to the heating vendor. The LIHEAP Subsidy Component begins Monday, Nov. 5 and will operate through Dec. 14, 2018, or until funding is depleted, whichever comes first.

Residents wishing to apply must schedule an appointment utilizing the automated appointment system. The appointment system is currently open and is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Appointments can be scheduled by phone by calling 502-991-8391 or online at

Applicants must be Louisville Metro/Jefferson County residents with a household income at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For the Subsidy Component of LIHEAP, residents can apply regardless of the status of their utility bills. Applicants must also provide the following documentation.

  • Proof of all household income for the preceding month (Food Stamp award letter, Social Security Award letter, pay stubs, etc. or proof of $0 income. Note: Zero Income forms are available at the Office of Resilience and Community Services office at 701 W. Ormsby Ave., Suite 201 or by clicking here.
  • Proof of Social Security number for each member of the household.
  • Most current heating bill; or statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in your rent; or statement from your utility company if you participate in a pre-pay electric program. Please bring the account number and name on the account for main heating fuel sources and electric.

LIHEAP applications will be completed at the time of the appointment at one of the six locations listed below.

  • Northwest Neighborhood Place/Academy at Shawnee, 4018 W Market St., 40212
  • South Central Neighborhood Place, 4255 Hazelwood Ave., 40215
  • Neighborhood Place Ujima/Duvalle Education Center, 3610 Bohne Ave., 40211
  • Neighborhood Place/Bridges of Hope, 1411 Algonquin Pkwy., 40210
  • Newburg Community Center/East, 4810 Exeter Ave, 40218
  • Southwest Government Center/Dixie Highway location. 7219 Dixie Highway, 40258

Individuals who are unable to apply for this program in person may send a representative on their behalf with a note including the applicant’s signature and phone number. Residents who are homebound and who are unable to send a representative may call 502/780-7937.

Callers who require more information can contact MetroCall 311 by simply dialing 311 or (502) 574-5000, email, visit the website’s On Line Customer Service or Live Chat at, tweet @LouMetro311, or download the free Mobile 311 app from the website.  Residents can also call Metro United Way’s 2-1-1 help referral service.

LIHEAP is made possible by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is a pass through grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which contracts with Community Action Agencies across the state. Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services (RCS) serves as the administering agency of the Louisville Metro Community Action Agency. For more information about RCS, visit our website:  or call 574-1157 or Community Action Kentucky at (800) 456-3452.

Photo: Louisville Metro Council

On Sunday, November 4th, Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) will join family and friends of the late Frank W. Weaver for the dedication of an honorary sign at the corner of St. Francis Street and Broadmoor Boulevard.

“Frank Weaver was a true American. He was one of the last of the famed Tuskegee Airman who came home to his native Louisville to start a family after his service to our country,” says Shanklin. “He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who provided for his family and was an important part of our community.”

At 3:00pm on Sunday, Shanklin will officially unveil a “Frank Weaver Way” honorary street sign. The designation was approved by the Metro Council on September 27th.

Mr. Weaver was born on December 28, 1926 in Louisville, and died on August 18, of this year at the age of 91.

At 18 years of age he was drafted into the United States Armed Forces, and after basic training was assigned to the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Tuskegee, Alabama. In1939, training of African American pilots began and by 1941 during World War II, the first African American U.S. military pilots were trained at the Tuskegee Army Air field and Tuskegee University.

Mr. Weaver was as one of the famed Tuskegee Airman and served our nation during World War II as Hanger Chief and a B-25 engine mechanic.

After the war, Mr. Weaver came home to Louisville and worked first for the Jeffersonville Quartermaster Depot, and later worked for General Electric where he retired after 32 years. He also owned a neighborhood gas station where he put his mechanical skills to work repairing automobile engines;

He was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown, a volunteer in the political arena, and a member of the Brigadier General Noel F. Parrish Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. in Kentucky.

Mr. Weaver was married to the late Jewel D. Titus for 58 years.

They have two children (Gary L. Weaver, Sr. and Andre’ M. Weaver), six grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

The Ceremony will take place at the corner of St. Francis Street and Broadmoor Boulevard.

Photo: Louisville Metro Council

Young people from all over Metro Louisville will be on hand this Saturday, November 3rd to talk about gun violence and other issues surrounding such violence in society as part of the exhibit of James Pate’s KKK Series Kin Killin Kin.

“This is an important forum as young people discuss how violence has impacted their lives and the lives of their friends. They will hear from those who are trying to help offset such violence through interactions and alternatives,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5), who is sponsoring the discussion. “Young people are our future and we must bring them into any conversation about making our neighborhoods safer and curbing violence.”

The Youth Voices Against Violence Forum is set for the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage between 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

There will be a panel of young people who will examine the themes of gun violence in the context of public health, bystander action, healing through the arts and mobilizing change through community dialogues. It will be moderated by Dr. Eddie Woods.

Rashaad Abdur-Rahman Director of the Department of Safe and Health Neighborhood will be on hand as well as Metro Council members.

One of the highlights of the discussion will come from James Pate, the artist of the series, who will talk about his motivations for creating Kin Killin Kin.

The exhibit is a series of paintings in charcoals and colors that realistically show how violence is impacting young men and children. A stark feature of the works shows African Americans wearing the hoods of the Ku Klux Klan as they execute acts of violence. The exhibit will run until November 12th at the Center. It is free and open to the public.

Councilwoman Hamilton first saw the exhibit in Cincinnati at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. She was joined in bringing this exhibit to the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Center by Council Members Barbara Sexton Smith (D-4), Mary C. Woolridge (D-3), Barbara Shanklin (D-2), Jessica Green (D-1) and President David James (D-6).

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage is located at 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.

To learn more go to Or you can call 502-583-4100.

On Friday, November 16 at 11AM and Saturday, November 17 at 8PM the Louisville Orchestra welcomes guest conductor, Ken-David Masur to the Kentucky Center for a concert featuring Richard Strauss’ Oboe Concerto and celebrating veterans. Strauss composed his Oboe Concerto after meeting an American Soldier at the end of World War II. The soldier happened to be Pittsburgh Orchestra’s principal oboist, John de Lancie, who later became the director of the Curtis Institute of Music where he taught Richard Woodhams, who instructed our soloist, Alexander Vvedenskiy.

Single tickets range from $85 – $20* and are available by calling 502.584.7777 or by visiting

As Strauss’ work was inspired by a soldier, and this concert follows Veterans Day, the Louisville Orchestra will celebrate veterans in our community and offer all active-duty and retired military $10 tickets (up to 4) by using the code “THANKYOU” at checkout.

Strauss’ Oboe Concerto is reflective and lighthearted unlike his more familiar and dramatic work such as Also Sprach Zarathustra. This program also features Brahms’ Serenade No.1 and a contemporary piece, the space of a door by composer Eric Nathan.

The LO Concert Talk is free for ticket holders and will take place at 10AM on Friday and 6:45PM on Saturday in Whitney Hall. The Concert Talk will be led by 90.5 WUOL’s Daniel Gilliam with featured artist and LO principal oboe, Alexander Vvedenskiy.

Ken-David Masur Ken-David Masur, the next generation of the talented Masur family (his father Kurt was a noted-conductor), is making his mark as a bold and fearless conductor whose performances as Associate Conductor with the Boston Symphony are thrilling audiences.

Alexander Vvedenskiy Mr. Vvedenskiy became the Principal Oboist for the Louisville Orchestra in 2015. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in numerous concert halls of Europe, Asia, and the United States and has appeared as Guest Principal Oboe with the New York Philharmonic, The Pittsburgh Symphony, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Mayor Fischer has announced today that Develop Louisville’s Office of Advanced Planning will issue a Request For Proposal to create a master plan for Broadway between Shawnee Park and Baxter Avenue. The city is seeking proposals that will transform the corridor, as envisioned by Move Louisville, from its existing auto-centric form into a multi-modal “complete street” designed to enable safe, convenient, and efficient access with a focus on premium transit that will serve as a catalyst for economic development.

Move Louisville, the city’s long-range transportation plan, identifies Broadway as one of its 16 priority projects and recommends a complete street retrofit of the corridor. The entire length of Broadway (about six miles) from Shawnee Park to Baxter Avenue will be studied. The objectives for the Broadway master plan are to build upon the five guiding CHASE principles (Connected, Healthy, Authentic, Sustainable, Equitable) established as the framework for Plan 2040, the city’s comprehensive plan.

“From end to end, Broadway is diverse in people, culture, business and landscape. A ride starting at Shawnee Park and ending at Cave Hill Cemetery will offer anyone a remarkable look at Louisville’s diverse neighborhoods,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “That ride though should be safer for people in cars, in buses, on a bicycle or on foot. The corridor is too car focused and has some of the city’s most dangerous intersections for car and pedestrian crashes. Broadway has tremendous potential for revitalization and economic development. My team envisions a Broadway – the same road Muhammad Ali was paraded down as champion and as icon – that is safer, more vibrant, and full of life along every neighborhood that touches it.”

“Broadway has a large footprint and a long history,” said District 4 Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith. “Everyone should feel safe on Broadway from Shawnee Park to the Highlands. I look forward to working together to build a better Broadway, one that is safer, more connected and open for economic development from end to end. Together we can do this.”

What we know today as Broadway was constructed in 1832 and was then named Dunkirk Road. By 1879, the road was 120-feet wide and stretched from the Ohio River to Baxter Avenue. The creation of Shawnee Park has since shortened the road in length. Over the next several decades, a boom in downtown made Broadway a focal point of the central business district. A streetcar line served the entire corridor from 1940 until 1966. It has long served as one of Louisville’s most iconic roadways, connecting Louisville’s eastern and western urban neighborhoods.

Over the past several decades, Broadway has evolved into an auto-centric corridor that is littered with surface parking lots and an under-performing built environment. The current roadway design prioritizes automobiles, promotes high vehicular travel speeds, and has led to unsafe conditions for all users, such as the high pedestrian crash rates near Jefferson Community Technical College and along the western parts of the corridor.

Broadway also provides critical transit access for the Transit Authority of River City (TARC). The #4, #18, and #23 TARC bus routes all offer frequent service along Broadway and give key connections to provide links to other routes for transfers. These three routes account for more than 5 million trips per year, which is about 40 percent of TARC’s ridership.

Despite its current insufficiencies, Broadway is beginning to show signs of revitalization. Numerous planning efforts and development projects that will directly impact the area are completed or are underway, and amplify the need to holistically plan for the corridor. These projects include two multifamily apartment complexes between Barret and Baxter avenues, the Paristown arts and entertainment district, Reimagine 9th Street, Dixie Highway Bus Rapid Transit, the 18th Street realignment, the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA, and the Passport Health Plan campus.

A consultant for the master plan will be selected in early 2019 and community engagement – which will occur in many forms and will involve residents, organizations and venues throughout the entire corridor – will take place through spring and summer 2019. A draft plan is expected to be available for public review in fall 2019, and a final document should be complete in spring 2020.