The 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 7

July 2005    

Crime in the Neighborhood...
LMPD Officers Speak to the Property Improvement Committee

Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White, outgoing Fourth Division Major Larry Watkins, and Lt. Michael Brandon discussed the future of the Fourth Division headquarters in Central Park, LMPD structure and operations, crime statistics for Old Louisville, and answered questions related to current criminal activity in the neighborhood at the June 9, 2005, meeting of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Property Improvement Committee (PIC). Major David Ray, the new Fourth Division Commander as of June 11, 2005, was also introduced.
Herb Fink, PIC Chair, opened  the meeting with an historical overview of the police presence in Central Park. Chief White acknowledged issues related to space and maintenance at the Central Park facility, but he reiterated that moving the division elsewhere is not on his or the Mayor’s radar screens.
Chief White said his primary goals are to maximize the availability and ability of the current force to fight and prevent crime. He supports upgrading department technology and restructuring procedures in order that jobs, such as routine report writing, can be assigned to civilian personnel, which will free up more officers to be on the streets fighting crime. The degree of efficiencies that result will determine whether the Chief decides to increase force numbers.
Reassigning majors is one way the Chief seeks to improve the department; he feels it fights complacency, brings fresh ideas and expertise to neighborhoods, and sustains the department energy level. Hence, Major Watkins now heads the Eighth Division in eastern Louisville; Major Ray perviously headed the Third Division in southwest Jefferson County.
Lieutenant Michael Brandon summarized neighborhood crime statistics for the past month and acknowledged that citizen’s perceptions of crime levels can differ from police statistics. Discrepancies between the two can be caused when citizens do not report crime information or the suspicion of criminal activity to police. Chief White said citizens should always promptly report crime information or suspicious behavior by calling the LMPD tips hotline, 574-LMPD (574-5673). LMPD dispatch, 574-7111 should be called to report a crime that has already taken place; 911 should be called when a crime is in progress.
Most people at the crowded meeting commented that crime was definitely up in the neighborhood, and many of them had been victims. They voiced complaints that in some instances, officers had cavalierly told them that crime is what one should expect if one lives in Old Louisville. Chief White said such attitudes on the part of police are unacceptable and should be reported.
Major Watkins said that drugs are the major problem in Old Louisville at this time; he urged patience, indicating that the police are laying the groundwork for an imminent, major effort to solve the problem.

Major Larry Watkins was the guest of honor on his last day as Commander of the LMPD Fourth Division at a reception hosted by Helga Ulrich at
her home on June 10, 2005.
Sergeant Doug Sweeney presented Major Watkins with a plaque expressing appreciation from the officers of the Fourth Division. Rick Tapp baked the cake for the occasion




To everything there is a season...
Hard Work Makes A
Second Street Garden Grow

When Jan Cieremans and Holly Liter moved into their home on South Second Street in January, 2003, they found a back yard in need of much repair and renewal. After two years of hard work, the fruits of their labor will be on display during the Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour on Saturday July 9, 2005, and Sunday, July 10, 2005, from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.
Holly says the garden was a veritable jungle complete with a huge dead tree, a huge mound of soil which had been excavated by the previous owners to create a pond, and ugly chain link fencing. The mound, she discovered, also served as a burial ground for someone’s deceased dog!
Today the yard is an inviting oasis featuring a refurbished goldfish pond surrounded by aquatic plants, flowers, holly bushes, and a container bald cyprus. Japanese and red maple trees have been planted. New wooden fencing, a tent gazebo, and a swing and slide set for their 13-month old daughter, Emily, complete Jan’s and Holly’s garden. Both are self-proclaimed novice gardeners who have obviously learned a great deal.
Eleven other gardens will also be on the tour. New this year will be a preview of a landscape rehab in progress of a privately owned, but open to the
public, neighborhood park. Art in the Garden will again be held at the DuPont Mansion Bed and Breakfast where artists will be painting and exhibiting their works in the mansion’s backyard during both days of the tour.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of the tour. Advance tickets can be obtained through July 8, by calling, writing, e-mailing, or visiting the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park. Phone: 502-635-5244, or E-mail: Cash, check, or VISA/MC accepted. A fax order form may be downloaded at Day-of-tour tickets and maps will be available in front of the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 St. James Court. Tickets are good for both days. No rain dates or refunds.
Complimentary refreshments will be available in Haskins Hall in the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. Water will be available at each garden. Restroom facilities will be identified on the map.


More than the seasons have changed in the back yard of Jan Cieremans and Holly Liter.

ZALU has a  New Chair and a New Schedule

Kevin McFadden, from the 1300 South Third Street Association, has been appointed Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Zoning and Land Use Committee. He replaces Chuck Anderson, who serves as Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.
ZALU has changed its meetings dates from Tuesdays to Thursdays. The remaining schedule for 2005 is:

Thursday, June 30, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Thursday, September 1, 2005
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Thursday, December 1, 2005

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm. in the Old Louisville Information Center. Each neighborhood association is invited to sent a representative. Any other interested neighbors are also invited.

Reading and Signing of Ghosts of Old Louisville
to be held at Conrad-Caldwell House


On Monday, July 11, 2005, at 7:00 pm, Old Louisville author David Domine will read from his newly-released book, GHOSTS OF OLD LOUISVILLE: True Tales of Hauntings from America’s Largest Victorian Neighborhood, at the Conrad-Caldwell House, 1402 St. James Court. The event is free.
The book, a collection of legends and scary tales from the neighborhood, published by McClanahan Publishing House, Inc., is the first of a four-part series that will showcase the unique architecture, local lore and colorful history that make up Old Louisville, the largest Victorian neighborhood in the country.
A book signing will follow the reading, and attendees can purchase signed presentation copies for $20.00 (regularly $21.95). A portion of the proceeds will go to the Conrad-Caldwell House. Call 502/718-2764 for more information.
The book can also be purchased at most local book dealers, as well as online at such sites as, Walmart Books, Barnes & Noble, etc. or from the publisher directly at

Old Louisville Visitor Center
Promotes the Neighborhood

After almost three months in existence, the Visitor Center, 218 West Oak Street, is doing a brisk business in providing information and promoting historic Old Louisville.
According to Nore Ghibaudy, Interim Director, the Center has served visitors from over 17 states and two foreign nations.
Bus tours of the neighborhood began on May 13, 2005, with three ghost tours hosted and narrated by David Domine that evening. Tours are available every Friday at 7:30pm at a cost of $25 per person. The tours last one hour and fifteen minutes. The Center plans to provide architectural bus tours also.
Ghibaudy mentioned that the Center is interested in creating a walking tour brochure, perhaps in
collaboration with the Old Louisville Information Center.
Nore Ghibaudy brings considerable experience to his position at the Center. He is a former vice president of tourism development for domestic and international markets with the Louisville Convention Bureau; he served for 14 years as director of marketing, public relations, and sales for the Kentucky Horse Park; he is a past president of the Kentucky Tourism Council.
The Center also houses the offices of its parent organization, the Old Louisville Community Development Corporation, and the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the CoAlliance of Business Associations and
The Center is staffed by Ghibaudy and volunteers Monday through Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. For further information call 637-2922 or access;; or

Are You Prepared for the Summer Heat Waves?

A heat wave is more likely to affect children, seniors, and people with health problems. People with poor blood circulation or who take diuretics may be more susceptible as well.
Prepare for heat emergencies by completing the following with your household:

  • Discuss what each member of the family should do during a heat wave and indicate the safest and coolest places to be at home, at work and any other places you may go.

  • If your home does not have air conditioning, choose other places for relief during the hottest time of day. Stay on the lowest floor of buildings, and try to visit a public building with air conditioning for several hours.

  • Avoid strenuous work during the hottest time of day.

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

  • If there is a heat wave, stay indoors as much as possible.

  • Discuss medical conditions with your doctor that may lead to reduced heat tolerability.

  • Take a Red Cross First Aid course to learn how to treat heat and other emergencies. Call (502) 561-3603
    for information.

  • Drink plenty of water regularly and frequently, even if you do not feel thirsty

  • Eat small meals and eat more often, avoiding foods high in protein.

Know the signals of heat emergencies:

  • Heat exhaustion: Cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and exhaustion. Body temperature will be normal.

  • Heat stroke: Hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breathing. Body temperature can be up to 105º F.

Treat heat emergencies:

  • Heat exhaustion or heat cramps: Move person to cooler place to rest, stretching the affected muscle. Give the person a half glass of cool water every 15 minutes and avoid consuming alcohol or caffeine.

  • Heat stroke: Call 9-1-1 and immerse victim in cool bath or cover wet sheets around body. If victim refuses water, vomits or changes level of consciousness, do not give anything to eat or drink.

For additional information, contact the Louisville Red Cross at (502) 589-4450 or

Paint Job at the Old Louisville Information Center is Completed

Thanks to a generous donation from a neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous, the metal work on the concession area, breeze-way, railings, and doors at the Old Louisville Information Center and the LMPD Fourth Division Headquarters sports a new coat of paint.
The forest green color matches color on the eaves, soffits, and windows. Metro Parks painted the
outside walls of the Center last year; the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council was responsible for painting the trim.

Important Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Meeting Set for July 26

The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council will hold a special meeting to discuss the possibility of creating a special management district for the neighborhood on Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at 7:00PM in the Old Louisville Information Center.
OLNC Vice Chair, Ken Herndon, who is also the Executive Director of the Louisville Downtown Management District will serve as technical advisor at the meeting.
Everyone is urged to attend this important meeting.

Garden Tour Seeks Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour on Saturday, July 9,
2005, and Sunday, July 10, 2005.
Volunteers will work in shifts, 10:00AM - 1:30PM and 1:30PM - 5:00PM, each day. They will receive a free ticket to the tour in appreciation for their services.
Call Caroline Martinson, 636-2797, to volunteer and for more information.

Shakespeare Needs Your Help

Volunteers are needed for ushering, concessions, and gift sales for the 45th season of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park.
To volunteer or for more information, contact Krysten McMahel at 637-4933,, or access the website,
Free Will in Central Park will present Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors this summer. The season runs from June 22, 2005, until July 17, 2005.

Got More Junk?

The most recent quarterly junk pickup is over and the alleys and sidewalks are clear of debris and
scavengers. The next pickup is scheduled for the week of August 29, 2005, but residents who wish to dispose of junk prior to that date have an alternative: they can take their items to the Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue.
The Center will accept free of charge a load containing no more than three bulky household junk items such as appliances, mattress set, sofa, rug, etc.. A maximum of four tires will be accepted and count as one bulky item. For larger loads, a fee will be charged according to the size of the vehicle. The center’s summer hours are Tuesday through Friday, 1:00PM to 8:00PM and Saturday, 10:00AM to 5:00PM.
Hazardous materials such as oil and lead-based paints, lawn fertilizers, batteries, and household chemicals can be taken to the Household Hazardous Collection Center, known as HAZ BIN, located at 7501 Grade Lane. Hours of operation are Wednesday and Saturday, 9:00AM to 3:00PM.
Call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000 for further information.

Gail Wynters was the featured song stylist at last month’s
First Sunday Concert in Central Park.
This month’s concert will take place on Sunday, July 3, 2005, at 4pm
and will feature Bluegrass Music.
Bring a chair or blanket and celebrate
part of your holiday weekend in the park.

 Art Show Benefits JCPS Students

On Wednesday March 30, 2005, the St James Court Art Show and the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) partnered to put on the second annual St. James Court Art Show School Day (SJCASSD). Artists, who exhibit at Saint James, spent a day in the classroom with selected JCPS students.
Ten elementary schools participated in the St. James Court Art Show School Day. This year, JCPS elementary schools that scored low in their 2003-2004 Arts and Humanities CATS test scores were chosen for this program. Both the Art Show and the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) were very excited to work again as partners to inspire future development of arts programs in Louisville’s public schools.
The ultimate goal was to expose students to different artistic mediums and enable the art teachers to teach projects using these techniques in their classrooms. Through this outreach, the Art Show hoped that students were inspired with a passion for the arts.
Margue Esrock, Director of the St. James Court Art Show also hopes to expand the program in the future. She said; “I believe this is just a start. The students need to be exposed to different kinds of art and craft, but also the art teachers need financial support. Many art teachers have a $500 budget for art supplies for over 500 kids. I would love to see this program expand to include helping the schools with needed supplies.”
One St. James Court artist, Tom Feyrer, came all the way from Wisconsin. He said he had gotten his start at St. James and definitely wanted to give back to this community.
In-classroom projects inspired by SJCAS School Day will be on display at this year’s Art Show.
Artists from the Fourth Street, St. James Court, 1300 Third Street, and Third Street sections of the Art Show took part in the 2005 St. James Court Art Show School Day. The following is a list of host schools and participating artists: Bloom: David Glenn, Robbie Moriarty; Cochran: Thomas Feyrer, Bev Morfeld; Chancey: Sharon Major; Dunn: BJ McHugh, Gerry Furgason; Hawthorne: David Horn, Cheryl Brady; Kennedy Montessori: J.D. Schall,Wyat Gragg; Kerrick: Dain Riley, Mary Erbe; Rutherford: John Simpson, Tony Viscardi; Shelby: Charles Rice, Norman Downs; Wheeler: Cecil Highley, Lynn Oglesby.


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