Parents Night Out @ Louisville Nature Center
December 15th Time: 5pm - 9pm      
    Enjoy a few hours out without the kids! Whether you finish your shopping, start your shopping or just enjoy a quiet dinner your kids will Play Games, Make Christmas crafts...Nature style, Listen to Holiday music. Light refreshments will be served and Santa might make a visit. We will get your kiddos in the Christmas Spirit and you can relax or shop for a few hours before the chaos of Christmas Break. For ages 6 - 12 $10 for members $15 for non-members Registration & Prepayment required by 12/12/17 Call 502-458-1328 for more information*Every child will take away a nature made ornament

President Yates Partners with the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council and UAW for a Children's Coat Drive
    President David Yates (D-25) is encouraging every business in Louisville to join the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council and United Auto Workers in donating a new coat or jacket to a child in need. On Tuesday, December 19th at 10:00am in the Chambers of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson Street, President Yates will welcome his Council Colleagues, representatives from the Greater Louisville Central Labor Council, UAW, and businesses throughout our community to stand together and to distribute the donated coats to representatives from Jefferson County Public Schools to keep the children in our community warm. “This is the season of giving and there are needy children in our area who need our help in staying warm this winter,” says Yates. “I am asking every business in our city to join our efforts this holiday." The goal of the Coat Drive is to accept as many new coats for children in our community as possible. The Greater Louisville Central Labor Council and the UAW have donated 75 new puffer jackets. Currently Craig and Landreth Cars, Millers Transportation and Shirley’s Way have each partnered to purchase additional new coats to contribute to this community effort. If you are a business owner willing to purchase new coats or an individual with a new coat to donate please consider contacting President David Yates at david.yates@louisvilleky.gov or 574-1125 to be a part of the Coat Drive.

Loomhouse December Classes
School's Out Drop In Weaving
  Wednesday December 20 
  Thursday December 21
  Friday, December 22
Each day will offer 2 sessions:
  Session 1: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM &  
  Session 2: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Ages 6 and over, Families Welcome! Students are welcome to join us for one or both sessions! Students are also welcome to sign up for the week. Call 367-4792 or email us at elittleloomhouse@gmail.com to register & for information on all events & classes. 328 Kenwood Hill RD.

Lighting of the Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Tree and Sky Chapel
    Councilwoman Marianne Butler joined Charlie Powell, President Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, Iroquois High School Band and Chorus and residents for a ceremony that began the holiday season with the lighting of St. Mary's tree and outdoor chapel. Thanks to St. Mary's for making this a community event and special thanks to the students and teachers at Iroquois for an outstanding performance!  

7th Annual Give-A-Jam to end Homelessness
Thursday, December 21st, 6 P.M. to 11 P.M.
Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street
    The evening will feature performances by local musicians and artists, soups from Louisville’s best chefs, a silent auction and a cash bar. Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and includes $10 worth of food/drink tickets. Proceeds will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless’s efforts to end youth, veteran and chronic homelessness. For more information and to purchase tickets go to www.tix.com. Tickets may be available at the door, but the event has sold out in years’ past so advanced tickets are encouraged. Each of the musicians and restaurant chefs are donating their time and talents, and the event will be staffed entirely by volunteers to ensure that all proceeds go to support the Coalition for the Homeless’ efforts to end homelessness in our community.

Lights Under Louisville
​Now through December 31, Louisville Mega Cavern

Please Help Keep Our Community Clean
    If you see an area that is in need of litter clean up please call Metro Call 311 to report the location. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our neighborhoods cleaner!

BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention
Kentucky Exposition Center
Saturday January 6 and Sunday January 7, 2018
Tickets on sale now at www.brickuniverse.com/louisville
     BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention returns to the Kentucky Exposition Center January 6-7, 2018. The event builds on LEGO's popularity and ingenuity with awesome attractions centered around everybody’s favorite plastic building blocks. At past events, thousands of LEGO fans have enjoyed live LEGO builds, galleries of life-sized LEGO models, and a Building Zone with a myriad of LEGO bricks for attendees to build with.
    Professional LEGO artist Jonathan Lopes of San Diego, California will showcase over 30 of his select LEGO displays and will be at the convention all weekend. He will also talk to attendees about his life as a professional LEGO artist and how they can become LEGO master builders. 
    Additionally, Chicago-based LEGO artist Rocco Buttliere will bring over 50 LEGO models of world famous landmarks. Attendees can see the largest skyscraper in the world, Burj Khalifa, the full Westminster Palace in London, and other famous landmarks built from LEGO bricks.
    The Fan Zone at BrickUniverse features fan-built LEGO creations by the world's best LEGO Fan builders, including some from Kentucky. Fan models include LEGO cities, towns, trains, castles, and more. 
Other attractions include:
LEGO Friends Building Area
Big Brick Building
LEGO Retail
BIONICLE Warrior Building
Star Wars Zone
The Challenge Zone
 Tickets are $15 and make for great gifts for any LEGO fan. For more information, visit https://www.brickuniverse.com/louisville

Colonial Gardens to have New Life
    Councilwoman Marianne Butler was joined with Mayor Greg Fischer and several other councilmembers at the "ground breaking" for the newly restored/renovated Colonial Gardens corner. This $5.6 million, public/private partnership will bring four restaurants offering more choices for people attending events at Iroquois Amphitheater as well as those living in the area.
    "This is one of the largest economic development projects that South Louisville has seen in some time! I thank the Underhills and the administration for coming together to find a partnership that works for all involved," said Butler. "This is a development that will transform this tired corner into a vibrant community spot and show other developers that investing in South Louisville is a win." Construction should take about 15 months.
Projected Cost: $5,169,417
Construction: Post Construction Company is expected to begin construction on the property in early 2018, with a completion date of spring 2019. Construction is currently expected to take 14 months. 
Amenities: 
4 Restaurant "Corners" 
Hopeful for 3 Lunch/Dinner & 1 Breakfast 
Common Beer Garden for all shared use
Increased Parking

Metro Parks Accepting Registration for Winter Basketball Leagues
    Recreation is accepting team registrations for its adult men’s winter basketball leagues. Games will be played Sunday afternoons at the Cyril Allgeier Community Center, 4101 Cadillac Court, beginning January 21, with game times of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m.
    The fee is $450 per team, and participants must be 18 or older. Deadline to register is January 12, or until leagues are filled. For more information on how to register, please click here. Payments can be made by credit card over the phone at 502/574-4515 You may also pay by cash or check at the Parks and Recreation athletics office located at the Cyril Allgeier Center, 4101 Cadillac Ct., 40213.
    Payment must be made in full at the time of registration in order to reserve your place for the season. Registrations received after deadline will be subject to $35 processing late fee. All information concerning league offerings, rules, and team roster sheets can be found here. For more information, please contact Michael Wade at Michael.Wade@louisvilleky.gov or call 502/574-4515.

​Holiday in the City
        Louisville’s Holiday in the City promotes holiday happenings and events throughout Downtown Louisville, and markets the city as a holiday destination for residents and visitors. Holiday in the City will kick off with the annual Light Up Louisville tradition on Friday, November 24 and continues through the holiday season with ice skating at Holiday Square located at 4th and Jefferson. 
Hours subject to change pending weather and skating conditions. Check Facebook or Twitter for updates.
Opening day - Thursday, November 23, 2017
Closing day - Monday, January 1, 2018
More Skating Rink Information:
-Tickets are $12 per person per 60 minute skate session. Skate rentals are included in the ticket price.
-Tickets are $9 per person per 60 minute skate session. Skate rentals are not included in the ticket price. 
-Tickets can be purchased at the Skate Shack on site. 
-Hours are subject to change.
-Season Passes are available for $45 each and may be purchased at the Skate Shack (on site).
For more information, please call 502-574-3427. 
Please share and tag your photos using #AroundLou!
Special thanks to our amazing sponsors for making this event possible: MainSource Bank, LG&E, Fourth Street Live!, Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ford/UAW, 400 West Market, 106.9 Play!, Louisville Magazine, Outfront Media and WLKY!!

SWCM Annual Fundraiser
    Southwest Community Ministries will celebrate its 34rd year of uniting the SW community in helping our neighbors in need. The annual fundraising event, “Dinner with The Monarchs” is February 24 at Hope Hall, the former Our Lady of Consolation. The $35 ticket event will feature a delicious dinner, a live and silent auction, and music by The Monarchs. Doors will open at 5:30 and fun will immediately begin. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling SWCM at 502-935-0310 or stopping by to see us at 8504 Terry Road. Thanks for your unwavering support.

Community Dental Care Information Sessions Dec. 20th
    Call 366-4442 for more information. Community Dental Care is a full-service dental organization designed to increase access to health care in communities with the goal of improving the overall health of the population. Representatives will be on site to provide information about services offered and to assist in scheduling appointments for dental needs or for pediatric health needs. 
South Jefferson Neighborhood Place – Fairdale location, 1000 Neighborhood Place, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
South Jefferson Neighborhood Place – Valley Location, 10200 Dixie Hwy., 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Interested in Starting a Neighborhood Watch Program?
 Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program with neighbors watching out for each other. If you are concerned about crime or want to start a Neighborhood Watch where you live, go to https://louisvilleky.gov/government/police/start-neighborhood-watch-program.

Waverly Park Restrooms Plans Filed
    President Yates secured $250,000 in funding in FY16 to ensure the planning and development of the restrooms. President Yates has secured another $51,000 to ensure the construction of the restrooms as soon as possible.
While construction starts in Waverly Park please be careful around the site! We look forward to this significant improvement into our neighborhood park.

ECHO Mobile Unveiled
    Young children will enjoy nature-oriented, free play time this spring via the new “ECHO Mobile” nature play unit that debuted Saturday, October 21st at the Wilderness Louisville Forest Adventure. Mayor Greg Fischer joined Parks Director, Seve Ghose, Metro Council members,Wilderness Louisville Board Chair, Theresa Zawacki and a crowd of children to cut a pink ribbon on the vehicle.
      Staff from Jefferson Memorial Forest will be outfitting the unit over the coming weeks with plans to put it into service in the early spring. The ECHO Mobile will travel to 13 urban parks on various Saturdays. The ECHO Mobile can also ferry supplies like bikes, archery equipment, and fishing poles in support of Louisville ECHO’s programs. Look for information about upcoming scheduled appearances coming soon at www.louisvilleecho.com. 

Louisville Zoo Reduces Winter General Admission Price and Announces Kroger Wild Winter Days Food Drive with Dare to Care
     The Louisville Zoo adult (12–59) general admission will be reduced to $9.95 and $6.95 for children (ages 3–11) and seniors (60+) now through Feb. 28, 2018. The Louisville Zoo is proud to team up with Kroger to help Dare to Care again support families in our community with a winter food drive during the Zoo’s Wild Winter Days presented by Kroger through Feb. 28. Guests who bring at least one canned food item per person to benefit Dare to Care or who show their Kroger Plus card will receive $1 off winter adult or child’s admission. If guests do both — bring a canned good and show their Kroger Plus card — they will also receive a voucher for a free carousel ride redeemable starting spring 2018 through Sept. 2018. Please note that the carousel is closed for the winter season and will reopen weather permitting in the spring of 2018. One ticket per Kroger Plus card. Not good with any other offers.
    To date, the Zoo has collected nearly 25,000 pounds of food thanks to the generosity of its guests. That is the weight of two African elephants like Mikki. The offer is not valid for Santa’s Safari, other special fee-based programs, for pre-paid groups, field trips or with other discounts. Some of Dare to Care Food Bank’s most needed items are canned meats, which includes tuna, canned fruit, beans, peanut butter, soup, rice, cereal, fruit juice, pasta and canned vegetables. Please avoid glass containers. More details are available at www.louisvillezoo.org/wildwinterdays/
    The Zoo is open daily year round. Fall/winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (exit by 5 p.m.) and continue through March 17, 2018. The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit LouisvilleZoo.org.

Louisville Metro Animal Services provide FREE adoptions!
    The Department of Animal Services has a fundamental mission to protect public health and safety, ensure the humane treatment of animals and provide quality, professional service to the public. LMAS serves as an authority in animal welfare by creating and preserving a safe and humane community for both people and animals. LMAS strives to eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable animals in Louisville Metro through education, community engagement, enforcement and leadership efforts
    For more information about events, adoption, and donations visit: https://louisvilleky.gov/government/animal-services
Animal Services (502) 473-7387 3516 Newburg Road
3705 Manslick Road

The New Dixie Highway Update
See Median and Sidewalk Placements In Online Plans
    Maps of Dixie Highway improvements, including planned medians and sidewalks are available for viewing on The New Dixie Highway website. 
    Medians are a vital part of reducing congestion and improving safety by reducing the number of left turns. In some sections, the medians will be planted with native grasses and low-maintenance plants to beautify the area while also making traffic safer and more efficient.
Limiting left turns will help make the New Dixie Highway a safer, and less congested commute for everyone. Left turns create backlogs of traffic, because vehicles waiting to turn block a lane of travel. Left turns are also one of the most dangerous parts of driving, and the ensuing wrecks cause more congestion. Other highways that have installed similar medians have seen a 30 percent reduction in crashes.
    The maps also feature the new, wider sidewalks on both sides of the highway, which are an important safety feature for pedestrians. Most of the sidewalks will be eight feet wide, much larger than current sidewalks in the area, and will help pedestrians safely reach bus transportation or other destinations.
Public Input Affected Median Design
    The New Dixie Highway Project is a $35 million effort to improve one of the busiest economic corridors in Louisville. It is the biggest transportation project in Louisville since the Ohio River Bridges Project, and the project has been in a design phase for about a year. During that time, the project team sought public input on many aspects of the plan, including the placement of medians and sidewalks.
    Residents, commuters and business leaders along the corridor expressed a strong preference for medians that would remain attractive over time, and long-term maintenance was a concern for many people. As a result of this public feedback, most of the medians will be non-mountable concrete curbs, but some key intersections will include wider medians with native plantings.

Did You Know About the "EMERGENCY REPAIR PROGRAM" of Louisville Metro Housing Department
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
  Must be owner occupied for at least one year.
  Not available on rental property.
  Must meet income guidelines (See Intake staff) 
  May receive assistance once in a five year period.
  Louisville-Jefferson County only!
TYPES OF REPAIRS
  Furnace Repair or replacement (October-April only)
  A/C Unit- Repair or replacement (Requires medical statement, Available May-Sept. only)
  Electrical repairs/upgrades. 
  Water Line repairs/replacement.
  Sewer Line repairs/replacement.
  Water Heater repair/replacement, Gas or Electric.
  Gas Line leaks.
For further information contact Jackie Wilson-Rudy at 502-574-5850 or Jacqueline.Wilson-rudy@louisvilleky.gov 

Big Lots Open @ 6650 Dixie Highway
    Please join us as we officially celebrate the new Big Lots store in Louisville on October 13! As part of the day's events, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony with $2000 donations made to each Greenwood Elementary, Doss High School and Pleasure Ridge Park High School.
    At 22,098 square feet, customers will find thousands of products available from everyday consumables, seasonal goods, home decor, electronics, toys, and one-time closeouts other stores just can't match. Big Lots also offers great values on a full assortment of brand-name furniture and Serta mattresses. WHEN: October 13 8:30 a.m., Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Check Presentation WHERE: 6650 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40258 We are excited to welcome Big Lots to District 12 and hope you can check out the new store!

TREES LOUISVILLE - TREE REBATE PROGRAM
    Between 2004 and 2012, research found that Louisville lost the equivalent of 54,000 trees every year, and this alarming trend is set to continue unless actions are taken to replenish many of the trees we are losing. Trees provide cooling shade for our city, improve air quality, reduce heating & cooling costs and improve property values. Approximately 70% of available space for tree planting is privately owned, which means that homeowners can play a big part in helping to rebuild Louisville’s tree canopy!
     TreesLouisville, in partnership with the Louisville Metro Division of Community Forestry, is currently running a Tree Rebate Program as an incentive for homeowners to plant more trees. The Tree Rebate Program is open to all residents of Jefferson County. Through the program, participants can earn a rebate of 40% (up to $80) on the purchase of a shade tree. Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds run out.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
● Tree must be considered a shade tree (i.e. larger canopy trees - oaks, elms, maples, etc., though we will accept smaller species like redbuds or serviceberries to accommodate for smaller yards)
● Tree must be planted in a residential yard
● Maximum 3 tree applications per household
● Rebate does not include sales tax or any other costs - delivery, planting, other materials
● Tree must measure at least 1in in diameter at a point 6in above soil line
● Rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis while funds are available
For full details, visit treeslouisville.org/rebate

Got Junk? Don't Forget FREE Resident Junk Drop Off
    The Louisville Metro Waste Reduction Center at (636 Meriwether Avenue) provides a means for all Louisville/Jefferson County residents to properly dispose of tires and household bulk waste including metals, appliances, electronics, tree limbs and stumps up to three feet in diameter, unbagged yard waste, construction debris and furniture. *Up to three household junk items may be dropped off at no charge per day. If there are more than three items a fee will be charged according to the schedule below. https://louisvilleky.gov/sites/default/files/public_works/pdf_files/wrc_prices_2-1-16.pdf
Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Friday: 8 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 8 AM to 3 PM 

Addiction Recovery Services Available through Volunteers of America
    Volunteers of America have recently opened new addiction recovery locations to better serve the community. They have several programs at 1436 South Shelby Street. Freedom House is a residential program for pregnant and parenting women. Shelby Men’s Recovery Center is also located on South Shelby. This is a 90 day residential program for men, where clients are able to work while seeking treatment. They have Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and services for men, women and families. These services are available at 2500 West Broadway and 4303 W Broadway. Transitional Housing will be available in July for homeless women with children who would like to continue their sobriety at 4303 W Broadway
    If you are know someone who may be interested in VOA’s programs, please contact the intake office at 502-635-4530. They’re able to do a quick screening, verify their insurance, and set up an intake date and time.

Emergency Repair Program
DID YOU KNOW.......The Louisville Metro Housing Department has a "EMERGENCY REPAIR PROGRAM"
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:  Must be owner occupied for at least one year.  Not available on rental property.  Must meet income guidelines (See Intake staff) May receive assistance once in a five year period.  Louisville-Jefferson County only!
TYPES OF REPAIRS   Furnace Repair or replacement (October-April only)  A/C Unit- Repair or replacement (Requires medical statement, Available May-Sept. only)  Electrical repairs/upgrades.  Water Line repairs/replacement.   Sewer Line repairs/replacement.  Water Heater repair/replacement, Gas or Electric.  Gas Line leaks.
For further information contact Jackie Wilson-Rudy at 502-574-5850 or Jacqueline.Wilson-rudy@louisvilleky.gov

Harbor House: Home Sweet Home Cleaning Service
    Need help with light housekeeping chores? Let Harbor House Home Sweet Home help! We are an insured and certified cleaning service for our community. Let “Little Chores Open Doors!” and help us help you. Our mission is to empower individuals with disabilities and their families to lead fulfilled and productive lives. Light the Way for people with disabilities. For more information, contact Karen Fallon at 751-3212.  

Interested in Starting a Neighborhood Watch Program?
    Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program with neighbors watching out for each other. If you are concerned about crime or want to start a Neighborhood Watch where you live, go to https://louisvilleky.gov/government/police/start-neighborhood-watch-program.

Streetlight out? Here's how to report it!
You can report streetlights to LG&E/KU by following this link: 
www.lge-ku.com/outages/report/streetlight

2017 South Points Scenic Area Map Unveiled
    Councilman Blackwell was joined by Mayor Greg Fischer, Metro Councilmembers and local business owners and civic leaders to unveil the 2017 South Points Scenic Area Map and Calendar of Events at the Kentucky Derby Museum. 
    The newest edition of the South Points map features famed attractions such as Churchill Downs, restaurants, libraries, parks businesses, museums, and the historic Iroquois Amphitheater. It also details the interesting history of the area, including tidbits about the Wet Woods, West Point and Ford Duffield, Mann’s Lick, Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing and The Little Loomhouse. 
    The South Points Scenic area attracts 1.4 million visitors annually. The project also includes highway signage to direct visitors to points of interest. Four signs along Kentucky interstates and 52 signs along main thoroughfares with the South Points Scenic Area logo direct visitors to attractions.
    More signage is slated to be installed for to draw attention to attractions such as the Stizel-Weller Distillery, the Little Loom House, Sun Valley and Bobby Nichols golf courses and the Go Ape! extreme ropes course at Jefferson Memorial Forest. New sponsors of the map include the Altitude Trampoline Park on Dixie Highway and the South Points Farmer’s Market, located at Taylor Boulevard in the Save-A-Lot parking lot on Taylor Boulevard. For more information and to see a map of restaurants, landmarks and other Southwest attractions, visit southpoints.org/.

Big Chairs!
    If you've passed by Joe Creason Park in recent weeks you may have noticed something a little different about the park - our new, oversized beach chairs that are a new feature. They're hard to miss! For a closer look, stop by and visit Joe Creason Park (across from the Louisville Zoo) and snap a shot in our new colorful lounge chairs if you're in the area, and be sure to tag us on Instagram or on Facebook! We've seen a lot of families enjoying them, even in the cold winter weather. 

Free Sundays at the Speed Art Museum
Sundays 12 pm to 5 pm
The Speed Art Museum

ATTORNEY JOSEPH D. GAINES’ LEGAL MINUTE
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN A CAR WRECK
    Most of us Kentuckians have either been in a car wreck at some point in our lives or will be in a car wreck in the future. Those of us that have been in a wreck know that immediately afterwards you might be in a state of shock. We should prepare ourselves ahead of time so we know what to do in advance. Here are some things to know so you can be prepared if you are in a car wreck.
    The first couple of seconds after the car wreck are very important. Sit still, survey the situation, and make sure you and your other occupants are ok. Call 911! Then, if you are not too hurt and can safely do so, write down or text yourself the other vehicle(s) license plate number. Take pictures of all vehicles in the wreck, especially the damage to the vehicles. During this time try to remain calm as a car wreck is very trying on someone’s patience. Do not move your vehicle. Wait for the first responders (police, ems, fire department) to come to the scene. They will tell you whether you are to move your vehicle or not.
    Next, make sure all of the occupants of your vehicle give their statement(s) to the police officer. Do not admit fault to anyone, especially not anyone from any of the other vehicles. Statements admitting fault can and will likely be used against you if ever you have to go to court over the car wreck. Try to write down or record any statements you hear the other driver or any of the occupants of the other vehicle(s) make. If you need medical treatment, then tell all of the first responders that you need medical treatment. Do not pass on medical treatment if it is needed. When seeking medical treatment do not go to a place where they pay you or give you something in return to receive your medical treatment. It is unlikely you will get the proper treatment you require and/or your potential injury claim value will be lowered if you are paid to get medical treatment. After you and all occupants of your vehicle have been tended to by the first responders and your vehicle is either off of the road or safe to be driven away, report the wreck to your insurance company.
    Lastly, call a knowledgeable car wreck attorney as soon as you can. You have seen the commercials and it is not a joke; the insurance companies will start on your claim immediately. The at fault vehicle’s insurance company is going to begin trying to lower the value of your claim right when their insured calls them. This is why you will receive calls from insurance companies in days, sometimes hours, after the wreck. Do not give your recorded statement without calling an attorney. Collectively my office has over thirty years of experience representing injured car wreck victims. Call me any time and we will immediately begin assisting you with your car wreck case. Keep yourself safe this winter. Make sure you are prepared when bad things such as car wrecks happen to you.
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Joseph D. Gaines Gorski Law Office, P.S.C.
821 S. Second Street Louisville, Kentucky 40203
(502) 569-6795 joedangaines@aol.com

What's your wish for the southwest?
What is your wish for the Southwest? Do you have an idea, hope, or dream to improve our community? Do you wish there were a restaurant, store, or business in the Southwest? Share what you would like to see happen in the Southwest with The Local Weekly and we may publish your idea in the weekly paper and our website. Submit your wish. Please include your first name or initials and zip code unless you wish to remain anonymous.CLICK here to submit your wish.
      I wish they would put some reflectors or something on the new redesigned medians. I have seen so many people hit the one by Jerry's and the Goodwill and blow out tires at night because they are difficult to see and before we could drive onto them. Now you can't. The need to do something to make them more visible.  Armanda McMurray, 40216

     My wish is : To create more community gardens on vacant lots to help people grow vegetables. This will help everyone be more self supporting. Have more local classes teaching people how to preserve food like we used to. More healthier and cheaper. B. N

     MORE SIT DOWN RESTAURANTS LIKE RED LOBSTER OR OLIVE GARDEN ETC.  CHARLIE 40215

     I wish there was a McAllister's and a Panera Bread in Southwest Jefferson Co. We want descent restaurants in the south end!!! 40272

    I would like to see something for the youth ages 11- 15 at the Southwest community center that gets kids involved. And is inexpensive. My kids are not into sports and really have nothing to do. And we can't afford to do a lot. Maybe free music lessons. Sincerely, J.Y. 40272

    I would like to see more restaurants in Valley Station like Panera Bread, McAllisters, Olive Garden, Carrabbas. Along the lines of those. Something in the 40272. So that we don't have to drive so far to enjoy. Thank you, D.Y

We need a movie theater. R.R. 40258

I wish we had a movie theater out here again. Better than Dixie Dozen. Corey 40272

 Famous Dave's restaurant would be nice. L. Riley 40272

I Would Like To See Sam,s Club On Dixie Highway. 
Thank You EJA. 40258

I really wish we had a Best Buy store on Dixie Hwy. Ever since Circuit City closed, I've had to drive out to Outer Loop to the store there to get my electronic items. Anonymous

 I would like to see a Kohls store and more family style restaurants in the area. DM 40258

I would love to see Outback come to the 40258 area. Wanda 40258

It would be great to get an Ikea store. Don't know what's going into Kmart's location when they close, but Ikea, Kohl's, an updated Target, or Michael's would be awesome. MB 40216

I wish to see less garbage on the ground, in the parking lots and along side the road. The business should take pride in their establishments keep garbage picked and not have employees smoking out front. The bus stop in front of Valley HS is always full of garbage. Need to start a no littering campaign! Ty!

Less TARC stops or at least accountability for littering and trashing the area by the people who wait there. A wider variety of athletic activities for kids: I.e. volleyball, dance, gymnastics. A fun family place such as gattiland or chuck e cheese. People who CARE about where they live. Every time we get something nice, its trashed within months. Less section 8 housing...stop tearing down projects and moving them to the south end. Local schools should leave gates open to walking tracks for community use...it is our tax money! The city should put more money and support into our FAILING public schools in the south end. Less pawn shops, cash advance stores, dollar stores, flea markets, & used car lots. An indoor sports facility in riverport...get valley sports, prairie village and local schools to go in on supporting it..or ask local riverport businesses to help support the financing-they have plenty of money. Bring back Hometown Pizza!!! Please and thanks! SIDEWALKS ON GREENWOOD ROAD ALL THE WAY TO RIVERVIEW PARK! TD 40258

 We live on the edge of a beautiful subdivision. Most of us have older homes that we try and maintain, as well as keeping our yards looking nice. We have two vacant houses side by side that have needed tearing down for a long time. They are an eve sore as well as a breeding ground for mice. It would be a big encouragement to our neighborhood if something could be done about these houses. Thanks Pat, 40272

Improve the service industry, hire people who understand how to treat customers with respect. What happened to the customer is always right? Also, why are the side roads so trashy? Who is monitoring the maintenance of Dixie Hwy? I work in the east end. The difference is like day and night. Anonymous

I would like to see a stronger police presence. Fewer section 8 /HUD would be a step in the right direction as well as fewer Peddle Malls, used car lots and cash advance type businesses. MS 40258

Valley Station on Dixie could sure use a bigger Walmart. The one we have is so very limited. Hardly any room for housewares or clothes anymore since they added the grocery area. Not complaining about that though, that is something we needed, too. Just need a bigger store that carries much more merchandise.There are lots of people living in this area, now. C.T.

I would love to see a Kirkland's Home Store on Dixie Hwy JM 40214

I would love to see a Panera Bread, Red Lobster or Olive Garden out here. A Barnes and Noble would be great too. It just seems like we are the forgotten people out here that don't deserve nice things. We can read out here, why can't we have a bookstore. VA 40258

I would like to see Dixie Hwy cleaned up and less trashy looking shops. Also nicer sports facilities for the children. Additional eating places and different/better stores. I also wish more living in the area would take pride in what we do have while voting into office persons who will fight for us Southenders. Thank you. JP 40272

Panera Bread, Heine Brothers, Longhorns Steakhouse, Cheddars, Planet Fitness, Workout places with pools (very helpful for preventative care - esp for elderly), Nicer shopping centers (cleaned up and fresh), Smoothie King or a Cold Stone Creamery, more healthy eating options 
please! Kohls, TJ maxx or Homegoods, an upscale restaurant maybe. 
 -Anonymous 40258 

Panera Bread!! Pleaseeee!! I know many agree with me! MH 

I live in the 40214 area I want to see a Culver's. Restaurant in the pleasure ridge park/valley station area Jeremy 40214 

New to the area in Southwest Louisville. Please demolish the older buildings as well as that burned building near Lower Hunters Trace and put up newer restaurants. Dixie Hwy needs a makeover Now! Would love 
to see FiveGuys, Jet'sPizza, Cluckers, Firehouse Subs, Chick-fil-A, Jason's Deli, Outback, Cheddars, Red Lobster, J Gumbos, El Nopal, Hometown Pizza. I would like to suggest the Southwest YMCA move on Dixie Hwy. Why is it down a creepy side road off another winding road? Do the roads get plowed well in the winter? Would love to have Half Price Books, Sam's or Costco, nicer Wal-Mart. 40258 LA

Better places to eat and shop. Chick-fil-a, Kingfish, Claim jumper, Carrabas, Max and Ermas, etc. If Dixie Manor could attract an Old Navy, Jc Penny's and a sporting goods store would be fantastic 

Clean up old Johnsontown road. Go through there every morning as a cut through to get to terry road and it is just a mess in that area, like it has been forgotten. LH 40272 

40272 gets the trash. no more car lot, cash advances. Need better grade stores and resturants. Problem is.. if a nice department store would come, that store would get the trash from their other stores that don't sell. therefore would not stay. We have money out here and want to spend it out here instead of driving across town. But no we get the trash. Diane 40272 

I recently had to be out late after dark. I live in the 40272 Valley Station area and travel on Old 3rd Street a lot. I had to take notice how very dark and dimly lit it is on that road. I think we are much in need of a little more sufficient lighting on some streets around this area,especially on Old 3rd because it is such a winding and narrow street with so many hills and dips.It can be treacherous at night when it's raining or icy. We need more street lights. N.B.40272 

A nice movie theatre like Baxter Theatre or Village 8.  
A shopping mall would be awesome. 

Ashby lane is in desperate need of sidewalks. 2 
bicyclists have been hit and killed, as well as many hit by cars. There is no safe place to walk or ride on ashby lane 

I wish there was s turn signal arrow at cane run rd & Ralph ave coming off expressway making a left turn. Lived in this shively area for 2yrs but that turn scares me everytimewith barely missed accidents. .. thank you. .vme

Been on Rockford Ln for 21 years need more lights, a gattiland, and a gym or recreation center for the kids to play these kids are good they have no where to go play basketball so we try to keep a rim so they can play there's nothing here for our youth ages 12-17 thank you Betty Caliste

There is a great need for a STREET LIGHT at Kendall Dr and Dixie Hwy where Tumbleweed is located. It is very dark trying to turn left onto Kendall. With the new library open traffic has increased. To prevent accidents a street light to light the street would be a great help. Pat 40272 

I would love to see Dixie Hwy west to south down to Westpoint repaved and reflectors dividing the lanes. This has not been done in over 15 years. Tracy  

I would like to see a YMCA with pool closer to the 
Valley Station area. C.Hall 40272 

My family and I have lived in a good subdivision on Flowervale for about 12 years.There is a very sharp curve in front with a guardrail. There are so many accidents in that spot, especially at night.There have been one or two a year as long as I can remember living here. They are always bad but this last one lost his life. His family placed a memorial in the place where his motorcycle hit.It seems to me after that many crashes in that same area we could at least get a street light or more reflectors or something.The problem has been ignored for many years.We need lights on this curve! 40272 J.B. 

I would like see a movie theater out here ......Also nice to place to eat and upgrade greenwood park 

My husband, neighbors and myself wish we could get a Sam's Club or Costco and also since Target is leaving update that entire strip to look like the new area by Jefferson Mall/ Middletown area by the Gene Snyder. With Five Below, Liquor Barn, Academy, etc. I would also like to see a McAlister's. Thank you!! L.T. 40216 

NO MORE thrift stores or carlots, pawn shops or anything of that short. We need a mall that would be GREAT and more upscale shops and dinning like st.Matthews. make it look more cleaner and more inviting, nobody wants to come out this area because there's nothing out here and it's not up kept like it should be. We need to be the area people travel 40 minutes to get to for shopping and eating . Oh also Mabey a nice movie theater would be great 
to . AH 40272 

I wish there were a place for infants and toddlers (kids like age to 10&under) there nothing really out here for them to do , you have to travel far for a fun place for them . I would like tone see something like an puzzle fun dome or something of that short, with affordable prices and nothing to outrageous, so these kids can have something to do especially in the summer . I think that would be fun for them also something Mabey for the older one like a go-cart track/arcade! Let's give these kids something to do , and keep them out of trouble !!!!!! 

Would welcome a Trader Joe's and Rainbow Blossom. 40177 
in Southwest Jefferson County. 

I wish Riverview Park had a boat dock. It would make it much easier to get on and off your boat. Also it would be safer than jumping off your boat to stop it for hitting the concrete ramp!! 40258 

We need some better places to shop for clothing and house hold goods. Belk, Kohls, Pennys, or something along that line. We deserve that out here we are not second class citizens out here. Also maybe a Whole Foods or Trader Joes might be nice too, some of us like healthy and specialty foods at times and the prices there are not much different than Krogers as I have drove the long distance to the East End to shop there. These stores would also create more jobs for people in our community.

The South and Southwest Louisville need to see more Doctors stepping up to treat Heroin addiction. Doctors can get certified to help our community with an issue that's troubling our neighborhoods and breaking our families with medically assisted treatment. Treating heroin addiction with suboxone and therapy has been proven to work with much high success than the widely available abstinence model. Currently there is only one office in all of the 40118, 40208, 40210, 40215, 40216, 40258 & 40272 zip codes offering the treatment but it can be offered in every office if doctors get certified. More availability would save so many lives and reduce crime. Get educated!!! More info for doctors wishing to obtain certification, individuals seeking help and anyone who wants to learn more is available at http://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment. TAKE A STAND AND HELP OUR COMMUNITY. 

My wish is for a JcPenny store. We have no clothes stores but Walmart, Meijers. Not good clothes. Its sad the Southend can't get a name brand store. We have to many chicken places, mattress stores, nice and junk car lots by the dozens, dollar stores, rebuilding same stores just making them bigger like Kroger. Before long we will have no clothes. The Kmart center on Dixie would have been a great place for JcPenny instead we get what we don't need, a bigger Kroger. Please tear all these junk stores and junk car lots down and give us better stuff. We do matter out here. 40216 

I would like to see is outback on Dixie hwy to. I like to see Greenwood's get updates and side walk be good We all need to get in involved and keep the community from get Junk up!! 

I would like to have a movie theater on Dixie Hwy again. 40216 

We in Dixie area need a nice clothing store. JcPenny. We have NOTHING out here for clothes except walmart, Meijers and dollar store. Restraunts are nice, but we need clothes more. Get rid of so many car lots taking up good space and build what we need. 40216 

I would love an Olive Garden, Noodles, Jet's pizza and more clothing stores in the 40258 area. We also need a toy store. I would also like to see shops in the Terry Rd shopping center by West Pages 40258 which is empty.  

I would LOVE to have more free music events at southwest park like the ones highview puts on.Also Would Love to have Free MUSIC LESSONS FOR TEENS AND EVEN PARENTS AS WELL AT THE SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY CENTER.This could be really wonderful famiy time together .we need more of this.There really is not alot for our 12-18 year olds to do at community cnter.Cooking , Crafts,Cornhole,and Free Music Lessons would be wonderful..I as a parent would even volunteer to help.But also would like to participate in Music lessons with my grandkids. thanks dv 

I think we need a sporting goods store in the 40258 area. There is nothing in this area with the exception of Hibbets comma which is limited. Mama needs a new fishing pole Bass Pro 

My wish is to have a strip of stores similar to the setup in Elizabethtown, KY that has: Bed Bath and Beyond, Kirklands, Old Navy, Michaels, Pier 1, bookstore chain (Christian bookstore), etc. Also, a McCallisters would be lovely. Of course we need a department store like Kohls. I am still mourning the loss of Bacons. Thank you "Tired of driving to the east end, Veteran's parkway in Indiana, and E-town for the good stuff" 40258

We need desperately one nice clothing store, not generic version of JCPenny or Sears. We are sick of these little stores that have nothing and Walmart. Anonymous

A Kohl's where target was would be perfect! Cheddars and McAllister's would really draw more people. Anywhere there is a Southeast Christian Church, restaurants would be smart to open. Just look at the rural areas where the others are. Everyone was looking forward to Goody's, but their prices were sky high, and I am by no means a mizer. 40216 MS

Two big, empty buildings now-old Kroger and old Target. Could put movie theater at one of them! Really want a Michael's over in this area too or Joann Fabrics since Hancock is no longer.

Kohl's, bookstore, Honey Baked Ham, theater complex, Jersey Mike's, Mom's Music Store (with lesson studios), glass blowing gallery, farmer's market year round (sell what is in season), candy store, art store (with lessons/studios), Shaheen's, and a one stop shop/center for seniors for lunch, activities, workshops & entertainment. Thank You. VJW 40214

I wish for a Half Price Book & Records to open in this end of town. Scott 40258

I wish we had a Trader Joes, Lucky or Whole foods in the South end. Christine 40118

 We need a place to shop for clothes. We need a Penny's or a Kohls. Hazel Smothers 40268. Everybody I talk to wants a Kohls. I want Both.

 A Traffic light drastically needs to be installed on Old 3rd Street Rd, Valley Station !! Too many accidents/deaths have been ignored on this road. Turning left off of East Pages on to this road has uncrontrolable speeders with nothing to stop them. Not only that, but there are senior patio homes that are unsafe for residents to pull out with the speeding taking place. If the speeders knew they were going to have to control their speed due to the placement of a traffic light near Valley View Church, they would have no choice but to slow down and decrease their speed. This has resulted in way too many accidents and deaths and has been ignored for way too long. How many more accidents and deaths is it going to take to do something !!!!
40258, 40214, and 40272.

Panda Express !!!!

Badly need some apparel stores like Kohls or Old Navy. JV 40258

If people in the southwest would stop going out to the east end to shop, We would get better stores out here. shop on -line.If the better stores won't come to the Southwest then I won't shop at them.I will shop on-line at other stores.We need better stores out here,maybe jc pennys,Sears,a big name brand store.menards,rural king, Nicer sitdown eating places.But you have to remember, if we get them we have to spend our money at them, or they will close,40216

I would love to see a Heine Brothers Coffee shop, lets keep it local. Tina Jo 40214

We need another grocery store to replace Kroger that was in Southland terrace. Even if it was a grocery store. The Kroger Marketplace is nice, but its a hassle just to get small things and there is no more running to the store anymore. Its crowded with cars and people and the wait in lines are longer. Its just such a fight to get what you need, and neighborhood grocery stores are important also. Possibly a Price Less food store, Valu Market, Walmary Grocery, pic pac etc.

It would be wonderful to have a Five Below over here on Dixie!! I think it would do very well-maybe in Goodys or old Hancocks spot!!! Cmon everybody! Let's make them hear us! MB 40216

I would just like to see more people take pride in the home,yards and neighborhoods. We have to many properties/homes that are not being kept up by the owners or tenants. They can ''pretty'' up Dixie Hwy. all they want if the surrounding neighborhoods and homes are run down they are wasting their time and monies. Andy 40258

I wish more southerners would take a little pride in the area and STOP LITTERING and maybe even pick up someone else's litter. Roads by Iroquois Park, 3rd near near stores, strawberry ln, and the new Crittened connector are covered in litter. JJ 40214

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