City releases communications case study from Ali funeral week in LouisvilleKY Tuesday, Sep 27 2016 

Lonnie Ali holding celebration today to thank city and civic leaders

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2016) – The June 3, 2016 death of Muhammad Ali, who was perhaps the most well-known and beloved citizen on Earth, was a significant moment globally. But it was especially poignant for his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where The Greatest of All Time would be mourned over a period of seven days in front of a global print, television and social media audience numbering in the billions.

From an initial call in the afternoon of June 3 from the Ali family, alerting Mayor Greg Fischer’s Office that Ali was gravely ill and could die within hours, to his burial one week later, the Mayor’s Communications team was involved in nearly every aspect of the celebration of Ali’s life and his burial.

Working with the Ali family and Boxcar PR, which was representing the family, city leaders had, over the course of nearly a decade, prepared for the death, funeral procession and associated events from the aspects of public safety and dignitary security, in a secret plan called “The Book.”

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During the week between Ali’s death and funeral, the city collaborated with Boxcar, with the Muhammad Ali Center and the Louisville Convention on logistics, including a nearly 20-mile funeral procession and ceremony that drew hundreds of dignitaries and celebrities from around the world.

This communications case study, prepared by the Mayor’s Communications team, outlines how the week unfolded from a city perspective — what went right, what could have been improved. The goal is to enhance our own planning for future large events and to share lessons for other communicators when a global spotlight is focused on their city.

Lonnie Ali, widow of Muhammad Ali, is hosting a thank you celebration 6 p.m. today at the Ali Center to thank city and civic leaders who helped plan and oversee the Ali memorial week and funeral.

Read the full case study at: https://louisvilleky.gov/sites/default/files/mayors_office/casestudy4.pdf.

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LouisvilleKY Community invited to discuss expanding city’s Smoke-free law to include e-cigs and hookah Monday, Sep 26 2016 

LOUISVILLE (September 21, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting the public to participate in a community educational forum next week to discuss the possibility of expanding Louisville’s Smoke-free ordinance to include electronic-cigarettes and hookah products.

The Department of Public Health and Wellness will host the event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 at its headquarters, 400 E. Gray St. The public will have the opportunity to hear from local experts, ask questions and share comments.

Panelists include:

Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD, FAHA, professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine;
Robert Jacobs, PhD, professor at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences;
Paul Kiser, PhD; assistant professor at Bellarmine University;
Carol Riker, MSN, RN, Associate Professor Emeritus, UK College of Nursing;
Monica Mundy, MPH, Community Advisor for the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy at the University of Kentucky.
In 2008, Louisville enacted a comprehensive Smoke-free ordinance, prohibiting smoking tobacco products in all indoor public places and worksites.

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Since passage of the ordinance, e-cigarettes and hookah products have come on the market. More than 500 communities across the country, including 13 in Kentucky, already include e-cigarettes or hookah in their smoke-free laws. Many local businesses, healthcare facilities and educational institutions in Louisville also include e-cigarettes or hookah in their own wellness policies.

At the event next Wednesday, experts will present scientific data on the effects of secondhand exposure to e-cigarettes and hookah products. The public is encouraged to ask questions and offer comments.

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Mayor Fischer moves his office to LouisvilleKy’s IdeaFestival Monday, Sep 26 2016 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (September 26, 2016) — For the sixth year, Mayor Greg Fischer and his leadership team are relocating their offices to the IdeaFestival in an effort designed to encourage breakthrough thinking.

This year, the Mayor’s temporary office will include the Louisville prototype of a “parklet” — a small public park that serves as an extension of a sidewalk over an on-street parking space. The prototype, called “The Community Table,” will be inside the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, where Mayor Fischer’s team can interact with festival attendees. The parklet was designed and fabricated by Gresham, Smith and Partners, and Nomi Design. At the conclusion of IdeaFestival, the parklet prototype will move to outside space at The Table restaurant in Portland.

“Louisville is a city where ideas can form and grow to change the world, and moving our offices to IdeaFestival is a symbol of how Metro Government leads by example,” Mayor Fischer said. “The parklet is another innovation that festival-goers will be able to check out, and I encourage citizens to stop by to meet with my team and share their own innovative ideas.”

Photo from Wikipedia

Photo from Wikipedia

The Mayor’s Office staff will be working out of the Kentucky Center lobby Tuesday through Friday.

IdeaFestival brings global innovators and thinkers to Louisville for events and presentations. Tuesday’s program features Thrivals, a future-focused, innovative learning experience that sets the tone for the event each year and caters to broad thinkers of all ages, with a focus on high school and college students.

Other festival presenters and topics include:

MIT theoretical physicist Alan Lightman is the author of many books and essays on science, as well as five works of fiction. At IF, he explores how science and the humanities intersect and contribute to our understanding of the universe.

Few people have not seen the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1972 photograph of nine-year-old Kim Phuc, the victim of a napalm attack, running naked down a road in Trang Bang, Vietnam. Kim, now a Canadian citizen, comes to IF to share her story.

Cognitive scientist and philosopher Susan Schneider discusses her work for NASA that delves into the question: If we were to encounter extraterrestrial intelligence and consciousness … what might it “look” like and would we even recognize it?

Virtual reality (VR) is rapidly emerging as perhaps the next big thing in work, entertainment and medicine. Ben Kuchera, senior opinions editor at the video game and technology website Polycom.com, discusses (and demonstrates) VR and where it’s headed.

Award-winning science journalist Sonia Shah explores the history and future of pathogens, including the profound influence of global developments on future trends.

A full schedule and ticket information are available at www.ideafestival.com.

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LouisvilleKY’s first Kroger Marketplace is officially open in a much-needed area Thursday, Sep 22 2016 

By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley

Photos by Eric Bentley

Louisville, KY., – Being a South End girl, I must admit to a bit of cynicism when it comes to new development in our area. So when I heard a while back that Kroger would open its first Louisville-area Marketplace on Dixie Highway, I was like, “yeah, right. All we get are chicken restaurants and Walgreens.”

Then the construction started. I actually became giddy at the thought of something this “fancy” so close to home.

Apparently, so did my neighbors.

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That’s just before 8 a.m. this morning. 

Pam and her three buddies were one of the first to walk through the doors after NASCAR driver Ben Rhodes cut the ribbon. They arrived there at 5:30 this morning.

Their entrance was heralded by cheerleaders from Holy Cross High School and Western High School’s marching band. Butler Traditional High School’s marching band also arrived to entertain the customers as they proceeded inside (the last of the line finally entered 23 minutes after the ribbon cutting).

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Okay, yes, that is my son on the tuba.

Okay, yes, that is my son on the tuba.

And, yes, that's my other son on the marimba. Hey, I'm a proud mom.

And, yes, that’s my other son on the marimba. Hey, I’m a proud mom.

“Did you ever think we would get something like this out here?” I just had to ask the women as they walked in.

“Nope,” Pam said as she hurriedly zipped past with her cart, only to walk into a $20 million facility that presents quite a first impression upon entrance.

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Tim McGurk, Kroger’s public affairs manager for the Louisville Division, said there were several factors that went into making an investment such as this.

“You look at as ‘Is it an an area that would support a store this big? Is there space available?’ This does take up a lot of space,” he said. “Dixie Highway was due a new store, so the timing was just right.

It was about dang time, in my opinion. Now, we have a destination with expanded options in produce, organics, meat, seafood (a sushi bar!), as well as clothing, toys and kitchen wares.

Specialty departments include Murray’s Cheese Shop, Boar’s Head, and Starbucks.

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“It’s got a little bit of everything!” said Lorrie as she and her mother, Bonita, emerged from the store roughly an hour later.

“It’s so large,” Bonita said. “It’s going to take me forever to get through it.”

“I got her a map though,” her daughter said. Yes, the new Kroger Marketplace has maps to guide you through it.

“I hate to say it, but they don’t get anything in this area anymore,” Bonita said. “They close everything down. I’m so glad this is here now.”

Even the Coca-Cola Bear was there to greet the new customers

Even the Coca-Cola Bear was there to greet the new customers

McGurk said customers will also notice a change in attitude from the staff.

“Over the last year or two, there’s been a great big focus on making sure our stores understand that our number one priority is to feed the human spirit, uplift our customers, and to make our stores a place where they truly love to shop.”

Another treat for those who live in the region, and just can’t make it into the store for one reason or the other, is Kroger’s ClickList online ordering. That begins Sept. 29. Customers can order on-line, then—at a time they designate—they can pull up and have their groceries loaded into their car.

A Wine & Spirits Shoppe is located next to the main store, offering hundreds of varieties of wine, spirits and beers.

So, yeah, they do have a bit of everything, which makes this South End girl a bit proud.

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LouisvilleKY’s Kroger Marketplace Grand Opening Thursday Tuesday, Sep 20 2016 

First Marketplace Store in Metro Louisville Opens Thursday

Photos from The New Dixie Highway’s Facebook Page

Louisville, KY. (September 16th, 2016) – Kroger will celebrate the grand opening of the new store located at 4915 Dixie Hwy., in Louisville Kentucky, on Thursday, September 22nd; at 8:00 a.m. The official Ribbon Cutting Event will be performed by professional stock car racer, Ben Rhodes.

The new, 125,000 square foot state of the art Kroger Marketplace store, replaces the current 62,000 square foot store. This move has created 184 new jobs; the new store will employ more than 360 associates.

It offers expanded varieties of Produce, Organic, Meat, Seafood and Deli. The store includes everything you have come to expect and much more. Specialty departments include a Starbucks, Boar’s Head meats & cheeses, Murray’s Cheese Shop, Apparel, Kitchen Place, Office and School Supplies, Toy Department, Fresh Sushi, made to order Sandwich and Food Stations, Floral Shop, US in-store bank, Little Clinic and a drive-thru Pharmacy.

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“We are so proud to be a key partner in the investment and renovation of the Dixie Highway area”, said Store Manager, Steve King. “We believe strongly in being the place where our customers love to shop and our associates love to work. Our Marketplace represents what we strive for every day in giving our guests the Friendliest and Freshest shopping experience possible.”

Store hours are 6 a.m. until 1 a.m. 7 days a week. Pharmacy hours are Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

On grand opening day, the first 500 customers will receive one Fischer’s Sliced Quik Cut Boneless Half Ham. Also, on grand opening day through Saturday, September 24th, customers can receive 20 cents off per gallon with their Kroger Plus card.

Wine & Spirits Shoppe Opening at 4915 Dixie Hwy. Suite B
The new 2,800 square ft. full service Wine & Spirits Shoppe, located next to the Dixie Crossings store, will offer 400 varieties of wine from around the world, 300 varieties of spirits and a select variety of import and craft beers. Growlers will be available for customers to fill with their favorite beer to take home. The Shoppe will be managed by Sarah Niner and will be open seven days a week. Wine & Spirits Shoppe hours will be Monday thru Thursday – 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. & Sunday 1 -7 p.m. There will be free wine and spirits tastings each week.

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Kroger’s ClickList On-Line Ordering Launches September 29th

Soon customers will be able to order their groceries on-line at www.kroger.com/clicklist.

The Process:
Customers order on-line at www.kroger.com/clicklist
On the website, the customer creates their shopping list, they select a pick-up time, and then place the on-line order. Next, a Kroger store associate hand picks the order and stores it in temperature appropriate zones until the customer arrives. Last, the customer pulls their vehicle up in the designated pick-up lane and a store associate will load the order in their car.

On-line orders can be created on computers or smart phones with internet access.
As an introductory offer, Kroger will waive the $4.95 service charge for each customer’s first three orders.
Orders placed before mid-night are available for pick-up the next day at a specific time chosen by the customer.
Customers can choose from over 30,000 items, with new items added all the time.
Payment is made at time of pick-up, right from the customer’s car.
ClickList Operating Hours are from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.,7 days a week.
Coupons electronically linked to a customer’s loyalty card will automatically redeem to reduce the cost of the order.
If an ordered item is not available, store associates will offer a substitution to the customer, which the customer may accept or decline.
Pharmacy prescriptions are not included in the program.

About Kroger:
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,230 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,400 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Kroger’s Louisville Division operates 96 stores in Kentucky, southern Indiana and so

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LouisvilleKY’s Hottest Musicians & Fine Bourbon Promise Best Party in Town on Saturday Tuesday, Sep 20 2016 

BEN SOLLEE AND LINKIN’ BRIDGE TO HEADLINE DOWNS AFTER DARK’S CELEBRATION OF BOURBON, BETS & BOW TIES

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, Sept. 19, 2016) – Churchill Downs is pulling out all the stops to make this Saturday’s Downs After Dark presented by Stella Artois & Woodford Reserve one of Louisville’s most exciting and memorable parties of the season. The evening’s theme, Bourbon, Bets & Bow Ties will celebrate the best of Kentucky, including local musicians, Kentucky bourbon, Southern style and the world’s greatest racehorses. Tickets start at $10 and are available at www.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark. Gates open at 5 p.m. with first post at 6 p.m.

Celebrated local musical artists Ben Sollee and Linkin’ Bridge will perform for fans on the Plaza Stage throughout the evening. Sollee, a Kentucky born cellist and composer whose songs have been featured in TV, film, ballet and theatre, will perform from 7:15-9 p.m. Linkin’ Bridge, the singing group from Louisville’s west end best known for their warm harmonies and emotional performances will perform between 9:30-10:45 p.m.

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In addition to great music and Thoroughbred racing, Bourbon, Bets & Bow Ties will live up to its name with the following highlights in the Plaza:
Sip one of the evening’s delicious specialty bourbon cocktails at the Bourbon Bar, including the Prospector’s Julep, Old Fashioned and the Turf Club Swizzle
Enjoy specialty dishes prepared with Woodford Reserve by local food trucks. These include brisket sliders with bourbon-bacon jam and bourbon-and-chipotle glazed pork belly sliders by 502 Café, chocolate-bourbon chicken and waffles by Pollo, bourbon glazed ribs and chicken wings by Boss Hog’s BBQ, and bourbon soaked bratwurst by Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs
Purchase a stylish new bow tie or get help tying an old one at the Churchill Downs Store and Bow Tie Station
Learn betting basics or hone more advanced skills at the Wagering 101 Tent and experience the thrill of wagering and hopefully winning on your favorite horse

Eleven races will include two stakes races, the Dogwood presented by GE Appliances for 3-year-old fillies and the President of UAE Cup sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (G1) for Arabian 4-year-olds and up.

The evening will also include two separate ticketed events including Original Makers Club Courtyard Lounge and Party for a Purpose Presented by Churchill Downs and Forecastle Foundation.

Guests at the Original Makers Club Courtyard Lounge will enjoy a specially decorated trackside lounge area in the Courtyard, acoustic live music, regionally inspired small-plate fare, draft beer, wine and Woodford Reserve cocktails from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $150 and available atwww.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark.

Party for a Purpose presented by Churchill Downs and Forecastle Foundation will be held in the Grandstand area of the racetrack and feature music by local DJ Matt Anthony and internationally acclaimed Red Bull Thre3style World Campion DJ Hedspin, craft cocktails and a dance floor that overlooks the track and live racing. Five dollars of every General Admission ticket and $10 of every VIP ticket sold will be donated to The Forecastle Foundation. General Admission tickets are $15. VIP Cabana tickets are $59 and include access to the VIP Cabanas, open seating and a private VIP bar with a mixologist and craft cocktails. Tickets are available at https://www.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark.

About Churchill Downs Racetrack
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast. Churchill Downs will conduct the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 6, 2017. The track’s 2016 September and Fall Meets are scheduled for Sept. 16-Oct. 2 and Oct. 30-Nov. 27. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times. www.churchilldowns.com.

About Original Makers Club
Founded in 2011, Original Makers Club is a curated lifestyle publication that explores ways for readers to discover the best local independent businesses and business owners in their community. Since early 2012, Original Makers Club has curated a series of events in Kentucky and beyond that bring the publication, members and the city to life. Since then Original Makers Club has produced dinners, polo exhibitions, the KY Bourbon Affair, Garden & Gun horse racing events, southern Bourbon celebrations and much more.www.theoriginalmakersclub.com.

About The Forecastle Foundation
The Forecastle Foundation is the activism arm of the Forecastle Festival. Founded in 2010 as a 501c3 organization, The Forecastle Foundation is working to protect the world’s “natural awesome” by partnering with organizations that are taking great strides to protect biodiversity hotspots across the globe. Our current partners include Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and Guayaki Foundation.
www.forecastlefoundation.org.

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LouisvilleKY’s Actors Theatre presents apprentice’s new play Monday, Sep 19 2016 

 

Louisville, KY – Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore are proud to announce the first in a trio of new plays written for the 2016-17 Professional Training Company, every every minute by Emily Feldman. every every minute kicks off the second annual New Play Project, a series of three one-act plays commissioned by Actors Theatre to feature this season’s Acting Apprentices. Directed by Michael Legg, every every minute will be performed on September 26 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. andSeptember 27 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Victor Jory Theatre as part of the Professional Training Company Season.

every every minute is about a theatre company preparing to open a play called Hiding in America. At the end of a long day, they try to manage their feelings about today and their worries about tomorrow. This witty play explores the sticky interpersonal relationships among a group of people thrown together to pursue what they love…or what they hope they still love.

every every minute is the first installment of the New Play Project. Currently in its second year, this triptych of one-act plays was conceived in the spirit of fostering relationships with emerging playwrights while giving members of the Professional Training Company the opportunity to interact with new work. This season, Actors Theatre has commission three playwrights—Emily Feldman, A. Rey Pamatmat, and Cory Hinkle—to each write a piece for the series. Apprentices worked closely with these artists throughout the creative process, giving them the opportunity to develop new work alongside a playwright. These plays are performed in unique spaces at Actors Theatre and throughout the community. The New Play Project highlights Actors Theatre’s commitment to developing new work while simultaneously providing apprentices with exceptional educational and artistic experiences.

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Playwright Emily Feldman is herself a former Literary Intern at Actors Theatre, and her plays Important People, Estate Planning, and The Diamond Trade have been performed by the Professional Training Company. Other plays include Three Women in Four Chairs, The Mango Farmer of Vermont and Go. Please. Go. Her work has been developed by The Playwrights’ Center, Colt Coeur and THE TRIP. She’s been an artist-in-residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, and a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers conference. Feldman had a Kilroy’s List honorable mention, been a three-time Heideman award finalist and a Core Apprentice at the Playwrights’ Center. She is currently a Jerome Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center, recently completed her M.F.A. in playwriting at University of California, San Diego, and holds a B.A. from Middlebury College.

The cast of every every minute will feature Professional Training Company Acting Apprentices Carter Caldwell, Andres Chaves, Abby Huffstetler, Grace Palmer, Jake Sabinsky, Sam Wisenden,and Alice Wu.

Now in its 45th year, the Professional Training Company (formerly the Apprentice/Intern Company) is one of the cornerstones of Actors Theatre’s commitment to education. The Professional Training Company is a one-of-a-kind immersive program designed to transition recent college graduates into careers by teaching both the business and the art of being a theatre professional. Members of the Company work directly with Actors Theatre artistic and administrative leaders, as well as visiting guest artists, to receive hands-on training in their respective fields. As one of the oldest pre-professional programs of its kind, the Professional Training Company is comprised of 39 diverse individuals who are the next generation of theatre artists and administrators.

Actors Theatre’s Professional Training Company receives funding from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. Founded by Roy Cockrum, the Foundation supports world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional theatres throughout the United States. The Foundation considers grants by invitation only and is dedicated to helping nonprofit theaters reach beyond their normal scope of activities and undertake ambitious and creative productions.

All performances of every every minute are FREE and open to the public, although tickets are required. For more information, contact Actors Theatre’s Box Office at 502.584.1205 or visit ActorsTheatre.org.

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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK – And Where to Go After the Game Friday, Sep 16 2016 

For most locals, THE GAME is finally here. For the first time, the ESPN GameDay broadcast originates from Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, the lights at the Churchill Downs twin spires are glowing red; a sports talk station is doing a 24-hour pre game show, and John Drees is mixing up a batch of the “Seminole” a combination of Grenadine and Goldschlager, for our tailgating party that starts too early. Let’s hope Bobby Petrino has the guys ready, and that Lamar Jackson continues to dazzle. It says here the Cards win in a battle to the wire, 44-37.

Meanwhile, here are a few highlights and some podcasts to listen to from the week:

edt19guyfieriFighting Words: A pair of local restaurant entrepreneurs are locked in a public war of words, and we have the scoop over at the EatDrinkTalk.net podcast. Tony Palombino, operator of Joella’s Hot Chicken and Tony Boombozz, is upset that a scathing review of Joella’s appeared on the website, Kitchen Banter, of another local chef, Griffin Paulin. Palombino believes the reviewer, Marcus Weston, is a fabrication created by Paulin. But Paulin won’t remove the review, and a lawsuit has ensued. Here all about it here, along with a great interview by Steve Coomes with Guy Fieri — and please pay attention for the proper pronunciation of “Fieri”

Rusty Goes to School: Nine months into her new job as Communications Chief at JCPS, Allison Martin is busy, but enjoying the high-pressure spotlight. She’s even launched a very positive campaign highlighting the achievements of JCPS high school grads like her old boss Jerry Abramson (Seneca), Allan Houston (Ballard) and even someone from Iroquos (hoops star Kym Hampton).  If you want to know the good things going on in the schools, listen in.

Plus, I’ve got Greg Byrne, who told me that when he was band director when Florida State played here in that Monsoon Bowl in 2002, he had to throw his clothes away because of the filth. He’s no longer directing the band, but has an outstanding event lined up at Central Park on Sept 25. here’s the show:

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-11-03-20-amGaslighting This Weekend: No, no one is doubting your story. The term for psychological abuse in which someone doubts their own sanity has nothing to do with what’s going on in Jtown. The 47th Annual Gaslight Festival takes place at Watterson Trial and Taylorsville Road, just a few blocks from my house, and will likely be jammed with post-game partiers. So come on over and join us.

You Don’t Really Give Money to the U of L Foundation, Do You? It’s sickening having to hear about the financial abuse that’s been going on at the U of L Foundation, which has a meeting scheduled today, and still hasn’t fired Jim Ramsey, and is still paying his assistant, and still puts up with Ramsey directing the construction of new offices there. Now it’s getting sued for withholding records by Louisville Public Media.

A  Few Other Things to do: They’re racing at Churchill Downs, and even pushed back the first post to 2:45 Saturday to acknowledge the crowds at the football game down the street. You’ve already paid for parking, so you might as well go blow some cash at the track. . . The renovations are complete at the Iroquois Park Overlook, so I suggest you get up there during daylight hours for the best view of the city.

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LouisvilleKY’s Iroquois Park North Overlook officially open Thursday, Sep 15 2016 

 
Louisville, KY., – After years of planning and months of work, the revamped and freshly-completed North Overlook project in South Louisville’s Iroquois Park was unveiled to the public today by a group that included Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwoman Marianne Butler and officials from Metro Parks and Recreation and the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

“The view from the top at the North Overlook is as spectacular as ever, and once the surrounding native grasses and other plantings have a chance to grow in, the whole experience at the summit will really be enhanced,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “The work cements Iroquois Park’s position as one of the premier tourist destinations in the South Points Scenic Area.”

“The opening of this serene and scenic overlook is a testament to the dedication of the employees at Metro Parks and Recreation and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Living in the shadow of the park for over two decades, I understand the draw and the majesty of the park,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15). “The park users, my neighbors and future generations will benefit and appreciate this view for years to come.” Feedback gathered from the public during two public meetings in summer 2014 resulted in many of the improvements. A meandering, wheelchair-accessible path now takes the park user to a spectacular area with improved vistas of downtown Louisville and the Indiana Knobs, where the panorama is widely acknowledged as the best in the area.

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Visitors will enjoy sitting on a rustic stone bench or in the grassy picnic areas. Native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants populate the walkway and several stormwater retention basins, which help control erosion. The vegetation likely won’t begin realizing its true potential until next spring, according to officials. Crews used the demolished remains of the old overlook to raise the elevation of the path and make it gentler in its approach to the new North Overlook, which was also raised by almost 6 feet. The recycling of the old materials allowed Metro Parks and Recreation and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy to save $34,500 on the project cost.

Video cameras perched near the North Overlook will be monitored and are meant to reduce vandalism, which has taken place at the Overlook over the years. Iroquois is open to motor vehicles only on Wed., Sat., and Sun. but open to walkers and cyclists all days from April through October. Iroquois, established in 1891 and is Louisville’s second-oldest park, is one of Louisville’s 18 Olmsted-designed parks. It is also known as one of the “Big Three,” along with Shawnee and Cherokee parks, that Frederick Law Olmsted correctly envisioned would anchor the city’s system of parks and parkways around which Louisville would grow.

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After years of planning by Metro Parks and Recreation and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, construction began on the $1.4 million project – funded jointly by the two organizations – last fall. A wet spring led to some delays in the delivery of the sandstone used for the seat wall and pushed the project deadline back a few months. “It was important this project be done properly, and visitors to the North Overlook will see it was,” said Seve Ghose, Director of Metro Parks and Recreation. “This outstanding new feature at the top of the park is something we’re proud of as a department, and we hope it’s something that’s enjoyed by generations of park users to come.”

“Frederick Law Olmsted designed parks to provide a respite from the congestion and noise of urban life. We are proud to complete a project like the North Overlook that gives our community such a place: the epitome of quiet and majesty in a busy, hustle-bustle world,” said Mimi Zinniel, President and CEO of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy. “Iroquois Park is a jewel that our community deserves. We are thrilled so many people throughout the city invested in making this project come to life.”

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LouisvilleKY Icons to glow red for Cards Thursday, Sep 15 2016 

TWIN SPIRES TO GLOW RED IN SUPPORT OF UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE FOOTBALL TEAM

LOUSIVLLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016) – The iconic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs Racetrack will be cast in a red glow Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night in support of its neighboring 10th-ranked University of Louisville football team who battles second-ranked Florida State on Saturday at noon (all times Eastern) in a nationally-televised ACC showdown at nearby Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Churchill Downs opens its 11-day September Meet on Friday at 12:45 p.m. with a 10-race program that could draw plenty of out-of-town visitors.

With the big game in mind, track officials proactively moved back Saturday’s post time from 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. so fans could enjoy the best of both worlds and to help ease area traffic, especially on Central Avenue.

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Those who attend the UofL/Florida State game are invited to visit Churchill Downs afterward free of charge on Saturday simply by showing their ticket stub. Eleven races, including four stakes events, are scheduled Saturday and the last race is set for 7:29 p.m.

Churchill Downs’ fourth annual September Meet will run Friday through Oct. 2.

The historic Twin Spires at Churchill Downs were completed in 1895, 20 years after the first running of the first Kentucky Derby, and are among the most recognizable symbols of excellence in the worlds of sports and entertainment. Along with being the celebrated home track of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs is also a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Kentucky Derby, run for the first time on May 17, 1875, has been run annually and without interruption since and is America’s oldest continuously-held sports event.

The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands! (Grade I) is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017. For tickets, log onto KentuckyDerby.com and click the “Tickets” icon for more information.

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