Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Coffee with your Councilman - Saturday, Nov.7th

“Coffee with your Councilman” set for Saturday, November 7th
Blackwell invites residents to come out and talk

Louisville – Councilman Rick Blackwell is once again inviting residents of District 12 to come out for “Coffee with your Councilman” this Saturday, November 7th.
“As the seasons change and the temperature cools, warm coffee and conversation is a good way to pass the time. If you have a concern you would like me to know about then come on out and let’s talk,” says Blackwell.

The event will take place at Sister Beans, 4956 Manslick Road beginning at 10:00am.
“We have found this informal setting works very well for some people. While we still have our District Dialogues, sometimes a Saturday morning works well for those who might be busy during the week,” says Blackwell.

For more information about the November “Coffee with your Councilman”, contact Councilman Blackwell’s office at 574-1112.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Heating Assistance Program Information

The Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership (CAP) will begin the Heater Assistance Program, November 2, 2009 through March 31, 2010. This program offers space heaters on loan to individuals and families when their main heating source is in need of repair or replacement. Appointments may be necessary so please call ahead of time. Households that meet income eligibility guidelines can visit one of the following locations to apply for this program:

CAP Central District – 810 Barret Avenue (Urban Government Center); 574-1157

CAP East District – 4810 Exeter Ave (Newburg Community Center); 574-1270

CAP South District – 7219 Dixie Highway (Southwest Government Center); 574-1272

Applicants will also need to bring the following information for eligibility determination:

1. Your most recent heating bills or verification from your landlord that the heating expenses are included in your rent;

2. Social Security Card(s) or official documentation with social security numbers or Permanent Resident Card Number(s) for everyone living in your household;

3. Proof of your household's income for the preceding month or proof of $0 income (Food Stamp Award letter, Termination letter, etc.);

4. Proof of Furnace Malfunction (Landlord letter, Estimate for Repair, etc.)

5. Picture ID

The Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership’s mission is to eliminate poverty and its effects among the residents of Metro Louisville, one family at a time. For more information about CAP visit our website at www.louisvilleky.gov/cap or call 574-1157.

Day Of The Dead

As the sun crawls over the rooftop across the street, its orange glow spreading over and burning away the gentle blanket of frost laid overnight, I climb out of bed and glance at my calendar. November 2nd...Day of the Dead.

El Día de los Muertos, or All Souls' Day, is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 1st and 2nd in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints Day which occurs on November 1st, and All Souls Day which occurs on November 2nd. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years, and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl.

I was going to take this opportunity to comment on some local political campaigns that could be considered dead, but there are many and time is short. Leave your thoughts and we will discuss.