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
Crime in the Neighborhood...
LMPD Officers Speak to the Property Improvement
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cash, check, or VISA/MC accepted. A fax order form may be downloaded
at www.oldlouisville.org. 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
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
ZALU has a New Chair and a New
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
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
to be held at Conrad-Caldwell House
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 Amazon.com, 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 TourLouisville.com.
The Center is staffed by Ghibaudy and volunteers Monday through
Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. For further information call 637-2922 or
access oldlouisvillechamber.com; TourLouisville.com; or
Are You Prepared for the Summer Heat
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
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
Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
If there is a heat wave, stay indoors as much as
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
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
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
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, email@example.com, 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
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
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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