Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 27, Issue 12
House Tour Flyer (.doc)
Seeking Board Members
The Old Louisville Information Center is seeking nominations for
board members for the upcoming year. Meetings are held monthly
at the Information Center in Central Park. Please consider
nominating a worthy neighbor or yourself, for that matter. It
takes a team to help our neighborhood thrive. Consider joining
the team or urging a neighbor to do so.
Anyone interested in nominating someone, or if
you have additional questions about the duties and time
requirements, call Linda Ewing at the Information Center at
Elections will be held at the December OLIC
meeting. Check the calendar on the back of the newsletter for
This is your chance to get involved!
There will be a
public meeting to preview the final draft of the
Central Park Master Plan
on Monday, December 5, 2005,
7 p.m. at the
Old Louisville Information Center.
St. James Court Art Show Wraps Up 2005 and looks ahead to
the 50th Anniversary
The St. James Court Art Show had another
successful year! The weather was beautiful and the crowd was
large. Metro Police estimated the overall attendance this year
As my first show as Director, I was very
pleased and relieved everything went so smoothly. I always love
hearing from the artists how hospitable and friendly Old
Louisville residents are to them. I’m sure your southern
hospitality along with your enthusiasm for quality art are
reasons the art show has remained at the top. Thank you to all
those that went out of your way to make the artists feel
welcomed while they were here.
The Art Show Consortium has had a wrap up
meeting and has discussed ways of improving this event. Resident
and artist parking concerns are on the list along with finding
more sponsors to help with rising costs of producing this art
show. As costs increase, the money available to go back into Old
Louisville for historic preservation is shrinking. On behalf of
the Consortium, I would like to invite Old Louisville and
Kentuckiana companies to contact me to find out more about
becoming a sponsor for the 50th Anniversary St. James Court Art
Show. Companies don’t have to be huge and have a large budget to
make a difference and in return gain fantastic media and
community exposure over the 3 day weekend.
As 2005 melts into 2006 I look forward to
keeping you updated on the “hoopla” planned around the 50th
Anniversary art show. In this day and age fifty years of doing
anything is a milestone that should be celebrated and I look
forward to celebrating with Old Louisville.
Director, St. James Court Art Show
Lessons from Katrina...and watchful eyes
The news has not been good for
neighborhoods across America over the past few months. Natural
disasters in the gulf states have filled our newspapers and
televisions with images of destruction, grief and even
lawlessness. New members to our community have settled here
either temporarily or permanently, hoping to escape the horrors
of their experiences. Economic impacts from these storms have
been felt here in Louisville through rising gas and heating oil
prices. Closer to home, lives have been damaged or destroyed by
tornados striking our neighbors to the southeast in the middle
of the night. Evansville will be a long time in recovery, as
will our gulf shore neighbors to the south in Florida, Texas,
Alabama, Mississippi and Louisianna.
I’ve wondered often what would happen here in Old Louisville
should some horrendous event impact us. How would we react as a
neighborhood? Would I know how to help my neighbors or contact
them if something happened? For that matter, do I even KNOW my
I can only imagine that the residents here would, in fact, band
together and help each other. I’ve both witnessed and
participated in the groups of Old Louisville neighbors who turn
out for a spring cleaning of Central Park and who volunteer to
help with the Art Show and House Tour. I’ve walked the
neighborhood streets smiling and greeting everyone as we pass on
the sidewalks. I’ve seen the tremendous crowds that turn out for
the summer tradition of Shakespeare. I, for one, moved to this
neighborhood by choice. I have no regrets about living here. In
fact, in the face of what could become a volatile neighborhood
issue, lawlessness in Old Louisville, I am comforted by none
other than my neighbors. Allow me to explain.
Hurricane Katrina was not the only storm to hit New
Orleans...the storm of lawlessness hit, too. I’m worried for Old
Louisville, but not about a hurricane. I am worried about a
storm of lawlessness. Crime is on the rise here in our
neighborhood. I have lived here for seven years and have felt
completely safe with no worries and no issues. I am noticing,
however, that the our streets are not as safe as they have been.
We truly have a lovely neighborhood. Our properties continue to
rise in value, yet our streets are not safe. I hear the
community chat about sheds being broken into and gardening
supplies being taken. I hear about homes being burglarized. I
hear of people being stopped in the streets or in their garages
and robbed of their belongings. This has not been the case in
this neighborhood in the recent past but it is becoming a
I said earlier I was comforted by my neighbors regarding this
issue. As I sat down tonight to check my messages, I found not
one, but two emails from neighbors regarding crime in our
neighborhood AND the willingness of the residents to take the
initiative to do something about it. I share this with you
because it is important for all of us to help keep the streets
and sidewalks of our neighborhood safe. Become involved in the
neighborhood association where you live. Be diligent about
looking out for each other. We do have a Crime and Safety
Committee here in Old Louisville. Some of the members of that
committee have created a website. Please visit http://oldlouwatch.blogspot.com/
and leave comments by clicking on the “comments” link at the
bottom of each post. Also call 574-7111 to report ANY AND ALL
questionable people or odd behaviors you notice in the
Katrina taught us the value of community and the fragility of
social order. Together, we can turn a watchful eye to the
neighborhood and help turn back the tide of lawlessness some are
attempting to mount. We are the residents of Old Louisville and
this is our neighborhood. Stay watchful and stay involved.
Track Those Planes
Louisville International Airport has a new flight
tracking and monitoring system in place. It can be accessed
through the airport’s website at flylouisville.com. Click on
“About the Airport” for a menu where you then click “Noise
The Noise Compatibility page offers the opportunity to view
near-real time flight tracks. It includes information such
as tracking flight activity over a chosen location,
including individual homes and residences. Information is
also available on individual noise events.
For help with the flight tracking page or other noise
issues, contact Bob Slattery at 363-8516 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Sistarenik, chair of the Louisville International
Airport Community Noise Forum and vice president of the
Airport Neighbors’ Alliance can be reached at 634-8613 or
Cabbage Patch Update
For several years Cabbage Patch Settlement House has
been making plans for updates and expansions of their
property on S. 6th Street and W. Magnolia. A preliminary
site plan was originally outlined at a meeting in 2002 with
the Old Louisville/Limerick Neighborhood Plan Task Force and
was received positively.
More recently, meetings with the Old Louisville ZALU
committee and the Architectural Review Committee for the
Landmarks Commission have been held. Based on those meetings
a new Master Plan has been developed and will be presented
at a special meeting in December.
Cabbage Patch has served this community for 95 years and
provides recreational, educational, and social services to
children, youth and families.
Please plan to attend this meeting to learn more about
Cabbage Patch and their plans for the future. If you would
like to visit the Cabbage Patch please call Lisa Griffin at
753-4438. You may also learn more about The Cabbage Patch at
Public Meeting Notice
December 15, 7:00 PM
Meeting to review
proposed development plans
for Cabbage Patch Settlement House
at the Old Louisville Information Center.
Leaving vehicles running while unattended has been a major
cause of car theft in your neighborhood.
Kentucky Revised Statute 189.430 imposes a fine for drivers
who leave their vehicle running while unattended.
This is a courtesy notice from Louisville Metro Police.
Please do not leave your vehicle running while unattended.
Call the LMPD Fourth Division for information on reducing
auto thefts in your neighborhood.
Emergency 911, Non-emergency – To request a police officer
to respond 574-7111 and Fourth Division 574-7010.
Good News ..
The Century Court Properties on Third Street, owned by Dale
Strange, Bill Gilbert and Brian Shaw is prominently featured
in the November/December 2005 issue of Kentucky Home &
Garden. The very nice article includes 10 photos and
indicated what a great place Old Louisville is. Infact, the
magazine has recently opened offices in Old Louisville.
If you’re looking for something a little
different for your holiday meals, try this out. I stumbled on
this while surfing the net for a different sort of stuffing for
Thanksgiving. I know this will be a hit with my crowd and
hopefully with yours, too. I always try to throw something new
on the table. The sourdough bread makes this a huge hit! I also
added sun-dried tomatoes to mine. It was wonderful!
It’s from the Food Network...enjoy.
1-pound loaf sourdough bread
8 tablespoons butter
10 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced 1/2-inch thick in both
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 to 4 stalks celery with leaves, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
About 10 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped from the stems
10 to 12 fresh sage leaves, chopped
3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley leaves
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish
and set aside.
Cut or tear the bread into 1-inch cubes and spread it evenly on
2 baking sheets. Toast the bread in the oven until completely
dry and beginning to crisp and brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer
to a large mixing bowl.
Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over
medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and a few pinches of salt
and saute, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 6 to
8 minutes. Add celery, onion, 2 tablespoons butter, and thyme.
Once the butter has melted, cook, stirring frequently, until the
vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes. Add sage and
remaining 4 tablespoons butter. Add chicken broth to skillet and
stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Transfer toasted bread cubes to a large bowl. Pour the chicken
broth mixture over the bread cubes and toss to combine until the
bread cubes absorb the liquid. Pour the mixture into the greased
baking dish, and sprinkle with parsley. Bake in the center of
the oven until heated through and the top is golden brown, about
Remove the stuffing from the oven and allow to cool about 15
minutes before serving.
Mayor Takes Government ‘Into
With New Outreach Team
Mayor Jerry Abramson announced that
citizens can be more connected to government through a new
team created within the Louisville Metro Department of
Neighborhoods. Called Neighborhood Outreach Liaisons, the
five-person team will empower neighborhoods with an array of
community-building tools. “These individuals will be an
invaluable resource for our citizens,” Abramson said. “By
implementing outreach programs at the neighborhood level,
our residents will become empowered to make Louisville a
safe, strong and vibrant hometown.”
Each Neighborhood Liaison will cover one of five areas,
designated as the Central, Western, West Central,
Southeastern and Northeastern territories. The areas
generally run north to south and fan out to include both
urban and suburban areas.
The Neighborhood Liaisons’ primary purpose is to connect the
community with government and make government more
accessible. Outreach programs include:
·Assisting residents to start or
rejuvenate neighborhood, homeowner or condominium
·Connecting neighborhood groups with business
associations to work on common issues in neighborhoods.
·Helping neighborhood groups participate in the
Neighborhood Assessment program. Neighborhood Assessments
are studies of a neighborhood’s demographic, economic and
land-use composition to provide a better understanding of an
area’s strengths, challenges and opportunities. Assessments
create a set of goals with an action plan for neighborhoods.
·Providing connections between residents and
government services such as MetroCall 311 and/or explain how
the Inspections, Permits and Licensing Department works. The
liaisons will go door-to-door to meet with neighbors and
promote programs and events, and listen to residents about
·Coordinating training. The Department of
Neighborhoods offers a number of programs to assist
neighborhood leaders, such as conflict-resolution workshops
and bylaws training for neighborhood associations. The
department also coordinates the annual Mayor’s Neighborhood
In addition the Neighborhood Outreach
Liaisons will receive professional certification as
community builders through the national NeighborWorks
America program. NeighborWorks America is a national
nonprofit organization created by Congress to provide
financial support, technical assistance, and training for
community-based revitalization efforts.
“NeighborWorks is proud to partner with Louisville Metro
Government to provide high-level training to this new
outreach team. We know of no other city in the U.S. that
requires their entire outreach team to receive a
professional certification through NeighborWorks. This is a
true commitment to excellence and will set a high example of
professionalism in delivery of governmental service,” said
Melvyn Colon, manager for community building and organizing
for NeighborWorks America, located in Boston.
In preparing for this new role, the five Neighborhood
Outreach Liaisons have spent the past three months
interacting with more than 100 neighborhood groups across
The Louisville Metro Department of Neighborhoods builds
strong neighborhoods block-by-block. The department works to
develop and strengthen neighborhood associations, create
safe and beautiful communities and offers year-round
training to empower our neighborhood leaders. The Louisville
Metro Department of Neighborhoods houses the divisions of
Brightside, Community Outreach, Office of International
Affairs, MetroCall and the Mayor’s Special Events Office -
working in unison to create a vibrant Louisville.
To contact a Neighborhood Outreach Liaison, call the
Department of Neighborhoods, at 574-3380.
From Metro Louisville...
Neighborhood LINK Training
Neighborhood LINK is a national program that provides free
websites to not-for-profit associations. The Louisville
Metro Department of Neighborhoods offers training assistance
to neighborhoods so they can establish and maintain their
free Website. The workshop is free, but registration is
required due to limited computer terminals.
For more information call MetroCall 311 or 574-5000. The
date is December 5 at Louisville Free Public Library,
Main Brach from 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Save The Date
2nd Annual Mayor’s Event Expo on Saturday, February
For all event organizers to meet, network, attend event
organizing training seminars and learn from experts at the
Brightside’s Cookbook by Community
The Brightside Community Garden Cookbook is available for
purchase. The recipes are by Brightside’s Community
Gardeners. Proceeds benefit the community garden program.
Brightside has 13 community gardens with over 1,600
participants in Louisville Metro. Brightside is Louisville’s
non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmental
stewardship and the beautification of our community.
To purchase a cookbook, contact Brightside, 574-2613, or
download an order form,
The cookbook costs $10. It can be picked up at the
Brightside office or mailed (add $1 for shipping).
Congratulations to Brightside for IABC /
Brightside’s Gallopalooza Project won two first place IABC/PRSA
Landmarks of Excellence Communications Awards. The awards
were for “excellence in a special event” and the
Gallopalooza book won an award for “publications-special
project.” IABC and PRSA are local public relations
communications associations. Picture from left to right:
David Witt, Vice Chair Brightside Board of Directors; Lynn
Huffman, Gallopalooza coordinator; Cindy Korhorst,
Gallopalooza sponsorship coordinator; Leonard Lusky,
Moonlight Press; Cynthia Knapek, Executive Director of
Brightside; and Jason Vincent, Program Director of
Organize A Cleanup and Round Up
Volunteers to Help Pickup Litter.
For more information visit Brightside they can help you with
these programs and provide bags, gloves, brooms and rakes.
International Citizens Police Academy
The purpose of this 12-week course is to educate the public
about the police services delivered by the Louisville Metro
Police Department in order to foster understanding and
community support for the department. This class is repeated
in September. FREE. Dates are Feb. 15, 2006 – May 10,
2006 Contact: LMPD Officer Minerva Virola at (502) 574-8845
Residents May Now Learn CPR at Home
The goal of the project, Hands to Heart Louisville, is to
train 15,000 people in CPR within a few months. This would
more than double the number of people in Louisville who know
this basic lifesaving skill. The city, with funding support
from the American Heart Association and Anthem Blue
Cross-Blue Shield of Kentucky, will distribute 2,500 to
3,000 training kits - which include a step-by-step tutorial
on CPR and a practice mannequin – to targeted groups free of
charge. The Louisville Metro Office of Women will help reach
out to women’s clubs and civic groups, the Louisville Metro
Health Department will distribute kits to a network of
African-American churches and the Jefferson County Medical
Society will distribute kits to families of cardiac patients
through local doctors.
These kits will be distributed in the next few months, at no
charge, to three target populations in this community:
· women, because they are more likely to make healthcare
decisions in the family
· minorities, a group that is disproportionately affected by
· families of cardiac patients , who face an increased risk
of future heart attacks
For more information about how to participate in Hands to
Heart Louisville, call 574-4343 or MetroCall at 311. The
American Heart Association also has kits available for
$29.95 or will help residents enroll in traditional CPR
classes. Call 1-877-AHA-4CPR or log on to
Louisville Metro Police Department Crime
We need your help. In the past, police officers responded to
crimes after they had already been committed. Now we want
your help in preventing crimes before they occur. We need
everyone in our community to take an active role in learning
how to stop a crime before it happens. One way you can take
an active role in solving and preventing crime is by using
the Metro Police’s tip line, 574-LMPD.
HOME REPAIR SCAMS
Two of the biggest investments we make in our lives involve
our homes and our cars. These become two of the hottest
targets for scam artists. There are several things you can
do though to help protect yourself from becoming the victim
of a home repair scam.
· Be wary of unsolicited contractors who inform you of
damage and costly repair work on areas such as your roof or
· Pressure tactics and limited time offers should also raise
· Get several opinions on repair or replacement work before
· Check the company’s credentials, the better business
bureau or your State Attorney General’s office may be able
to provide you with sound resources.
· Make sure you get everything in writing and have someone
review any written contract before you sign it.
· Never pay for jobs in advance. Be wary of demands for
large payments before the job has ever been started. Deal
with licensed and insured contractors. Jobs that are a deal
due to the contractor having left over materials from a
previous job should raise suspicion, if it sounds too good
to be true it probably is.
By following the tips above you can insure you don’t become
the victim to a home improvement scam.
MetroSafe Communications Center
Effective September 1 MetroSafe Communications Center became
fully operational. This means emergency dispatchers for
police, fire, and EMS are now housed in one facility –
MetroSafe Communications Center, located at 768 Barret
Avenue. Having all emergency dispatchers under one roof
helps MetroSafe Communications Center expedite responders
for Fire, Police, and EMS in reaching you faster. Please
keep the following MetroSafe Communications Center numbers
readily available should you ever need us:
· 9-1-1 Emergency Number
· 574-2111 Non-Emergency Number (former county police telephone number)
· 574-7111 Non-Emergency Number (former city police telephone number)
Visit our website at http://www.loukymetro.org/Department/MetroSafe
for more information about Louisville Metro’s new MetroSafe
10th Annual Race & Relations Conference
January 11, 2006 The Louisville Metro Human Relations
Commission is having its 10th Annual Race and Relations
Conference: A Decade of Diversity. The Keynote Luncheon
Speaker is Harvard Law professor, legal theorist, and author
Charles Ogletree. For more information please call 574-3631.
Annual Unity Dinner
Presented by The Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and
Political repression. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Cornell
West. Date: January 21 – Louisville Gardens at
Habitat ReStore Now Open
On October 19, 2005, Habitat ReStore opened its doors to the
public. The primary purpose of ReStore is to generate funds
for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville. ReStore is a
retail operation that sells donated building materials,
tools, furniture and other items for the home at deeply
discounted prices. ReStore is located at 2777 S Floyd St,
across from Gate 1 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Hours of
operation are Wed. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., 636-2419.
The Bingham Enrichment Center, 3900 West Broadway, is
seeking volunteer tutors for reading, math and computers,
grade 1-11 for their after school program 4:00p.m. –
6:00p.m. Anyone interested can call Joyce Thomas at 291-1002
or 775-8479. She has recently received an influx of students
from Jefferson County Public Schools.
Going Away Party for
Officer Terra Long
December 8, 7 p.m.
Old Louisville Information Center
Another chance to see a
“Victorian Christmas Tour”
Our neighbors to the north, from
Historic Newport, Kentucky extend an invitation from one
historic district to another to join them for the 13th
Annual “Victorian Christmas Tour and More” on December 11,
2005 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Newport’s East Row Historic District, located along the Ohio
River across from downtown Cincinnati is one of the largest
designated historic districts in Kentucky second in size
only to your own Old Louisville. We are excited to share the
efforts of our residents with you and would be glad to
reciprocate in spreading the word here of any upcoming
events and activities Old Louisville is sponsoring. Articles
can be emailed to the editors of our district newsletter,
“The Voice of the East Row Historic Foundation” at
This year’s event offers visitors a chance to view eight
homes, all with traditional Victorian facades and an
eclectic mix of interior restorations ranging from
traditional period style to bold contemporary design. This
variety reflects an effort to share with visitors a myriad
of ways to repair, restore and preserve vintage homes. It
also demonstrates the versatility an old home offers to meet
the needs of modern life. What to do, for example, with
slightly fire-damaged gems bereft of the lovely old wood
that attracts many? Where to tuck modern conveniences
without destroying the period ambience? The solutions are
Come see the Jenn-air national grand prize kitchen makeover
one home offers. “Borrow” professional decorating ideas as
two homes belong to interior designers. Appreciate the
award-winning living room recognized in a national design
Marvel at the faux painting and custom murals resplendent in
one residence. Admire the lovely taste and drama all these
homeowners have lavished upon their Victorian treasures.
In addition to the late 19th century homes within the
district, guests can see a fabulous aerial view of the
region from a luxurious condominium included on the tour.
Located high atop a hill overlooking the City of Newport,
the Ohio River, and the Cincinnati skyline, this home offers
visitors a remarkable panoramic perspective.
Take a stroll back in time and into the future – through the
beautiful East Row neighborhood filled with twinkling
lights, mistletoe, Christmas trees, horse-drawn carriages
and strolling Christmas carolers. Finish the tour with a
wine and beverage tasting party hosted at our historic
Wiedemann Mansion. Tickets for the event can be purchased on
Sunday, December 11 at the tour starting point:
The Wiedemann Mansion
401 Park Avenue
(corner of 4th and Park)
House Tour Ticket - $20
Wine/Beverage Tasting Ticket - $15 (with purchase of House
Wine/Beverage Tasting Ticket Only - $20
All proceeds go to the East Row Historic Foundation
Neighborhood Block Association Chairpersons
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||1355 S 3rd St.
||1451 S. 6th St.
|Central Park West
||634 Floral Terrace
||213 E. Kentucky
||1445 S. 4th St.
||1202 S. 6th St.
|OL Chamber of Commerce
||1234 S 3rd St.
|Ouerbacker Arts & Crafts
|| 1379 S. 1st St.
|St. James Court
||1433 St. James Ct. #3
||1381 S. 2nd St.
||1466 S. 3rd St.
||1430 S 1st St.
|Treyton Oak Towers
||211 W. Oak St. #907
|W. St. Catherine
||622 W. St. Catherine St.
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