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 5

May 2005    

Central Park Gets a Spruce-Up

Thanks to a lot of hard work and generous donations, Central Park was seeded, planted, fertilized, mulched, graded, trimmed, weeded, painted, and generally spruced up at the annual improvement session held on Saturday, April 16, 2005.
Herb Fink, Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Property Improvement Committee,
organized the session and over 130 volunteers from the neighborhood, along with individuals from Metro Parks and Public Works pitched in to do the work. A barbecue lunch catered by Masterson’s topped off the
day and was provided by Sixth District Councilman George Unseld.
Thanks to the following volunteers and workers as indicated on the sign-up sheets:
Second Street Neighborhood Association: Jerry Birschbach, Tim Bottorff, Susan Clark, Thomas Duffy III, Thomas Duffy IV, Craig Dunsly, Desreon Harris, Ken Herndon, Elizabeth Johnson, Ginny Keen, Adrian King, Sieglinde Kinne, Angelina Lockhart, Jo Ann Lockhart, Sonya Lockhart, Zane Lockhart, Virginia McCandless, Katie Mincey, Marshall Moore, Jak Omar, Jo An L. Paris, Jeremy Thornewill, Kaike Thornewill, and Lily Thornewill.
Third Street Neighborhood Association: Arnold Celentano, JoAnn Celentano, Carolyn Fuller, Cookie Fuller, Shue Hammond, Terry Hammond, Mary Martin, Joe Martos, Kevin McFadden, Jose Armando Melendez, Chap Morrison, Stan Murrell, Bill Peake, and William Settle.
1300 South Third Street Neighborhood Association: Chuck Anderson.
St. James Court Association: Margue and Stuart Esrock and children, Jaime Garris, Rosalie Rosenthal, Chris Ryan, and Nathaniel Ryan.
Garvin Gate Association: Quinn Chipley, Maleva Chamberlain, Shawn Hadley, Bob Laufer, David McQuire, Andy Perry, Susan Rostov, Leo Schwendau, and John Sistarenik.
West Saint Catherine Street Neighborhood Association: Sandra Needy and Rhonda Williams.
Fourth Street Neighborhood Association: Alice Belknap, Mark Eliason, and Linda Ewen.
Toonerville Neighborhood Association: Wanda Stanley.
Ouerbacker Arts and Crafts Neighborhood Association: Joan Stewart.
Central Park West Neighborhood Association: Isabela Bajandas, Patricia Bajandas, Roberto Bajandas, Roberto J. Bajandas, Cynthia Brown, Bill Curry, Rob Gamage, Aleasha Huested, Ed Huested, Emily Huested, Gramma Linda Huested, Hannah Huested, Lydia Huested, Matthew Huested, Penny Johnson, Diane Kleier, Gary Kleier, Debra Loveall, Gordie Miles, Mike Murphy, Missy Murphy, Barry Sandord, Judy Stallard, Allison Townsend, Doug Wilson, Madonna Wilson, and Sam Wilson.
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival: Sean Patrick and Steven Renner.
Central Park Tennis Association: Walter Hutchins, John Scott, and William Vaughn.
Belgravia Court Neighborhood Association: Ric Light.
Cabbage Patch: Kenneth Blair, Kassi Cawood, Diamond Downs, Tommy Farley, Jordon Farley, Adrian King, Susan Metcalf, Alena Nelson, Tamisha Peterson, Rene D. Smith.
Metro Parks: Mark Allentton, Guy Baker, Adrian Camacho, Cory Cooksey, William Courtney, Roger
Ellington, Walter Elliott, David Fathergill, Dana Feldkamp, Brian Haag, Anthony Hickman, John Hughley.
Public Works Department: Paul Burr, George Clausen, James Gordon, Archie Hayes, Tracie Hodges.
Thanks also to Mayor Jerry Abramson, Bob Mauney, Officer Terra Long, Donna Sanders, Dwayne Hammond, Steven Hammond, and Tracy Hodgens.
Thanks to the following for generous donations: David Norton, Magnolia Bar and Grill, 1300 South Third St., Belgravia Court, Central Park West, Cornerstone Area, Fourth Street, Garvin Gate, Ouerbacker Arts and Crafts, Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce, St. James Court, Second Street, Third Street, Toonerville, Treyton Oaks, and West Saint Catherine.

Relax After Derby…

under the Pergola
in Central Park
4:00 PM
Sunday, May 8, 2005

Bring your lawn chairs
Band to be announced

Call 635-5244 for further information

Brian Haag, Officer Terra Long, Chuck Anderson, and Linda Ewen take a break during the Central Park Improvement Session.

A ceremony was held at the
Improvement Session designating Central Park’s adoption by the
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council under the Mayor’s Adopt-A-Park Program. Chuck Anderson, Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council, Michael Heitz, Director of Metro Parks, George Unseld, Sixth District Metro Council Member, and Bill Juckett, Board Chair of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy
took part in the ceremony.

Neighborhood Crime-Reduction Initiatives Expand

Neighborhood involvement continues to be the key to reducing crime, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and Police Chief Robert White said at a news conference in April announcing the expansion of several crime-reduction initiatives.
Abramson cited that Louisville Metro’s continuing commitment to various neighborhood-based efforts resulted in 74 arrests in 24 weeks, which is approximately three arrests per week or one arrest every other day.
”Many times, little things like filling out a tip-card, or calling our tips hotline make the difference between an ongoing investigation and a closed case,” Abramson said.
”As we continue to encourage and expand our neighborhood-based initiatives, it is easier than ever before for our residents to become more involved with the police in working against crime,” Abramson said.

Police Begin Hotline Push: Chief White said the Police Department is launching a marketing campaign to aggressively promote its designated tips hotline, 574-LMPD. “We want 574-LMPD to become automatic for crime tips, just like 911 is known as the emergency number,” he said.

The department is partnering with Maloney Outdoor Advertising for a billboard advertising campaign to promote the hotline. Maloney Outdoor donated space for 40 billboards in locations across the community, and marketing students at Sullivan University helped develop the “Got Crime?” campaign. Public-service announcements on Insight cable and Metro TV also will promote the hotline.
Since the 574-LMPD hotline was first launched in October 2004, the police department has fielded more than 1,300 phone calls.
The police department’s “Quicktip” cards initiative, which allows residents to anonymously mail
in information pertaining to crimes, will also be expanded. The cards will be distributed in new locations,
including Louisville Free Public Library branches, Neighborhood Place locations and through school resource officers.
Texas Roadhouse and PrinTex USA provided funding to print 30,000 tip cards, including 2,500 cards printed in Spanish.

Neighborhood Block Watch
Programs Shifted to Police:

To allow more interaction between police and neighborhood leaders, Metro Government has shifted the function of Neighborhood Watch coordination from the Department of Neighborhoods to the Police Community Relations Division.
Renee Stigall, formerly of Neighborhoods, has joined the Police Department as community outreach coordinator, a civilian position. She was in charge of the Neighborhood Watch programs for the Department of Neighborhoods, and she will continue to deliver customer service to the Neighborhood Watch program now housed in LMPD.
If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch, call MetroCall 311 or 574-5000.
If you want to reach Renee Stigall directly, here is her new contact information:

Renee Stigall
LMPD Community Relations
709 Fairdale Road
Louisville, KY 40218
502-367-1336 Fax

Letter to the Editor:

Dear Editor,
Once again, Old Louisville businesses and residents are victims of history and prejudice. And once again, we’re losing our only supermarket—this time it’s Buehler’s at 4th and Oak.
Remember the relief you felt when you heard that the Winn-Dixie would be replaced? Maybe, you thought, we can get a store that actually serves our needs; a store that isn’t a corporate afterthought; a store that doesn’t treat Old Louisville as some sort of repugnant outpost full of criminals and junkies starving for a sugar fix.
But Buehler’s simply followed the Winn-Dixie model, and we allowed them to by not demanding better choices and better service, and by not convincing them that we would rather shop near home, than travel to The Highlands or St. Matthews or Indiana for our groceries.
It won’t get better, and we won’t have a supermarket unless we, as residents, business owners,
and property owners, can convince another company of our need and desire for one and our commitment to patronize a good business in our midst.
And to do that we need to overcome our own sense of history and self-prejudice. Do we or don’t we, collectively, believe that we deserve the kind of quality and service found in The Highlands and St.Matthews? The answer to that may reveal a lot about the future of Old Louisville.
Personally, I’d love to see residents of The Highlands coming to Old Louisville for their shopping
Jon Huffman
West St. Catherine Neighborhood Association

PASSPORT for Three Garden Tours is On Sale

A Garden Tour PASSPORT will again be available this year for admission to three Louisville area garden tours for the discount price of $25.00, if purchased by June 3, 2005. Total price for separate tickets to each tour is $32.00.
The participating tours and dates are:

Cresent Hill Garden Tour,
June 4-5, 10am-5pm
Audubon Park Garden Tour,
June 26, 1pm-5pm
Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour,
July 9-10, 10am-5pm
Each tour will feature 8-12 residential gardens. All tours will be held rain or shine.

2005 Garden Tour PASSPORTs may be purchased at:
The Plant Kingdom,
4101 Wesport Road;
Ray of Light,
714 E. Market Street;
Thieneman’s Herbs and Perennials, 9120 Blowing Tree Road;
and Walnut Ridge Nursery and Garden Center, 2108 Hamburg Pike, Jeffersonville, IN.

By mail, send check or money order, payable to Garden Tour PASSPORT, to:
Cynthia Johnson,
2308 Raleigh Lane,
Louisville, KY 40206.
Mail in deadline is May 31, 2005.

No refunds or exchanges.

GuardiaCare Services Plans Workshop,
Open House

GuardiaCare Services, a non-profit agency at 215 W. Breckinridge, is opening its doors to Old Louisville neighbors during National Senior Center Week.
On Wednesday, May 11, 2005, from 11am to noon, neighbors can attend a workshop on safety in the home for tips on reducing the risk of falls and other injury prevention ideas. On Friday, May 13, an open house will be held from 10 am to 1 pm to dispense community health information and for visits to the adult day health center.
Phone 585-9949 for more information.

Get back in the Swing...
Women’s Softball League is Forming

Old Louisville resident, Patty Cox, is forming a softball league for women over 50. The teams will play on Monday evenings beginning May 9, 2005, at Anderson Park in New Albany. Call her at 635-6449 if you are interested. Over 22 players have already signed up.
Patty was a ball player in her teens, took a hiatus to raise her family, resumed playing at 27 years old, and hasn’t stopped since. Patty is now 64 years old and plays on a 60+ tournament team. She has played and coached the WHAS Crusaders, who raised funds for the Crusade for Children, and the WAMZ Hams, who raised money for St Jude’s Children Hospital. She has taken a 60+ team to the United States Softball Association Senior Ladies’ World Tournament the last two years. The teams finished in fourth place both times.
Patty is especially anxious to get a league up and running because the 2007 Senior Olympics will be held in Louisville. She encourages women not to be intimidated by the idea of resuming or starting softball play; it’s fun, offers great comaraderie, and is great exercise.
Patty is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother with three great-grand children.


LMPD Citizens Police Academy
Now taking Applications for September Class

The Louisville Metro Police Department is now taking applications for the September session of Citizens Police Academy. The session will run twelve weeks, September 6, 2005 - November 22, 2005, and will meet on Tuesday nights, from 7:00PM - 9:30PM.
The purpose of the Citizens Academy 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 is part of the department’s initiative to build partnerships within the communities it serves.
The Louisville Metro Police Department has prepared a comprehensive training program to provide Citizens Police Academy participants with an overview of the various districts, units, and functions of the police department. The course will include an orientation to all police operations, including hiring, training, laws of arrest, patrol, investigations, traffic enforcement, accident investigation, drug enforcement and prevention, internal affairs and discipline procedures, helicopter operations, SWATT, crisis negotiations, canine unit, and police/media relations. Participants will have the opportunity to schedule a ride-along with a patrol officer in one of our ten patrol districts and visit our telecommunications center.
The Citizens Academy will conclude with a graduation ceremony to be held at Police Training Academy. Successful graduates will take with them a diploma and a better understanding of the Louisville Metro Police Department and the role of law enforcement officers in today’s world.
Citizens who would like an application or more information can contact Officer Minerva Virola:
502-367-7238 or 432-2263; E-mail:
Each Citizens Police Academy class is limited to 25 students. Applicants will be notified by mail of acceptance to attend. Once the class is full, applicants will be placed on a waiting list for the next session.

Food for thought...
Author Seeks Recipes

Old Louisville writer, David Domine, author of GHOSTS OF OLD LOUISVILLE: True Tales of Hauntings from America’s Largest Victorian Neighborhood, (©2005 McClanahan Publishing House, Inc.) has started work on a new project and needs your help.
Not only is he eager to hear more first-hand accounts of your true Old Louisville ghost stories for
his follow-up books in the GHOSTS OF OLD LOUISVILLE series, he’s also looking for authentic Victorian recipes and kitchen lore from the district for his latest endeavor: FROM SOUP TO NUTS: Dining Well in America’s Largest Victorian Neighborhood.
This cookbook will not only feature authentic recipes and preparations from Old Louisvillian
kitchens that will reveal the culinary flare displayed by Victorian and Edwardian-era homemakers in the kitchen, it will also offer a tantalizing glimpse of life and society in Louisville at the turn of the 20th century.
If you have stories or recipes you’d like to share with David Domine, please contact him at 502/718-2764 or via email at  or .

 Legal Services Referral Program Provides Legal Help to Neighborhood Associations

Should our not for profit association incorporate? What are the legal and financial responsibilities of unincorporated associations? Are our bylaws up to date? What are the legal responsibilities of the board of directors? We need help applying for tax-exempt status. Can our association lobby the Metro Council or State Government? What financial records must our association maintain? How should our association handle a lawsuit?
Some associations have an attorney on their board of directors to help them navigate such legal questions. Other associations need legal advice from time to time. To help associations with basic legal assistance, the Louisville Metro Department of Neighborhoods has contracted with the Legal Aid Society’s Community Development Program to bring neighborhood associations the resources they need through a Neighborhood Association Legal Services Referral Program.
The contract with Legal Aid Society is not meant to provide permanent legal services to an association. LAS will review the request for assistance and determine the level of service it can provide. An association may receive an initial consultation with LAS, but depending on the nature of the legal problem, LAS may or may not be able to complete the association’s request for service. In some cases, LAS may be able to refer the association to an attorney who could assist the organization. Funding is limited for this program. Should funding run out prior to a request for service, the association may be placed on a waiting list.
When an association is in need of legal assistance, contact Kelly Long with the Louisville Metro Department of Neighborhoods. Mr. Long will email a copy of the Application for Legal Services or it can be downloaded from the Department of Neighborhood’s web site.
For further information, contact Kelly P. Long, (502)574-3931, Email:


Potlucks and Fun for Old Louisville Kids Club
Lots of families call Old Louisville home. Let’s all get together in an effort to have a little fun!
In an effort to build a family network, there will be a family potluck picnic the 2nd Saturday of every month from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Central Park (weather permitting) beginning May 14 and running through Ocotber 8th. Please come!
If you have any questions, please email Carolyn Fuller at  or Caroline Thornewill at

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10:30am -2:30pm -- SUNDAY, MAY 8th:
(Day after Derby this year)

·        Fresh Fruits of the Season
Assorted Breakfast Pastries, Muffins, Breads, etc.
Cream Cheese, Jams/Jellies, Butter
Pancakes-on-a-Stick with Maple Syrup
Fluffy Biscuits & Sausage Gravy
Scrambled Eggs 
Sausage Patties
Oven-Roasted Potatoes
Sautéed Onions & Peppers
Homemade Cheese Grits
Italian Vegetable Strata
Apple & Maple French Toast Casserole
Homemade Soups :  Broccoli-Cheese, Clear Tomato/Mushroom & Chicken Vegetable
Gourmet Salad Bar with Toppings & Homemade Dressings
Chef’s Carving Station with Roasted Pork Loin & Fresh Turkey Breast
Homemade Sauces: Lemon-Dijon, Bourbon BBQ, & Polynesian Sweet & Sour
Sugar-Baked Whole Kernel Corn
Roasted Asparagus with Sweet Red Peppers
Buttered Baby Carrots with Young Garden Green Peas
Grand Assortment of Homemade Desserts, Cakes, Cookies, etc.
Freshly-Brewed Iced Tea  &  Regular or De-Caf Coffee


All-you-can-eat Buffet:
  --  Children: 75cents per year to age 10, Free under age 4 



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