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LouisvilleKY’s Healthy Start Program Awarded $4.6 Million

Public Health and Wellness Initiative Works to Lower Infant Mortality and Improve Infant Health in West Louisville Neighborhoods   Louisville, KY., – The Healthy Start Initiative of the Department of Public Health and Wellness has been awarded a five-year $4.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Healthy Start works to reduce infant mortality, the rate at which babies die before their first birthday, and to improve the health of newborns in five west Louisville ZIP Codes – 40203, 40208, 40210, 40211 and 40212.  The infant mortality rate in these…


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Louisville ECHO: A West LouisvilleKY Outdoor Recreation Initiative

Louisville, KY., – The Natural Areas Division of Louisville (Kentucky) Parks is increasing equitable access to nature through its Louisville Is Engaging Children Outdoors (Louisville ECHO) initiative. The department is addressing social determinants of health by expanding environmental education and outdoor recreation programming within underserved communities, including communities of color in west Louisville, and the program has expanded steadily since its inception in 2008. “It’s become a holistic, multipartner initiative that’s creating “cradle-to-career” access to nature and green space for nearly 2,500 youth through complementary, age-appropriate activities, including nature play, school field trips, out-of-school time outdoor recreational programming and summer…


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LouisvilleKY’s JCPS Superintendent names new Chief of Exceptional Child Education

Kim Chevalier recognized as a regional leader in special education Louisville, KY., —Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio has named Walton-Verona Independent Schools Assistant Superintendent Kim Chevalier to be the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Chief of Exceptional Child Education. Chevalier is a proven leader in this field and has established several programs, in her more than 18 years in education, to help students with special needs. Chevalier joined Walton-Verona Independent Schools in northern Kentucky in 2010 and has also served as the Director of Special Education and the Director of Pupil Personnel. Ensuring that all students are transition ready is a…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo season in full swing

Louisville, KY., – The Zoo spring season presented by Ford Motor Company is in full swing and guests can enjoy the Zoo longer. Spring Zoo hours through September 22 are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and guests can enjoy the Zoo until 6 p.m. Zoo general admission has increased.  Admission varies on method of purchase and time of the week visiting.  Through October 31 general weekday (Mon. – Fri.) admission for adults (12 – 59) is $16.75 online and $17.75 at the gate; for children (ages 3 – 11) and seniors (60+) it is $11.75 online and $12.75 at the…


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Mayor says LouisvilleKY’s SummerWorks ‘crucial’ to nurturing youth, developing city’s talent pipeline

Louisville, KY., – Summer jobs are critical to developing the community’s youth and building a stronger local economy, Mayor Greg Fischer said in launching the SummerWorks jobs program for 2019. The program partners with companies and non-profits to provide good summer employment for young people age 16-21. “Summer jobs are essential building blocks for young people, and SummerWorks is crucial to our city’s economy, by creating a consistent pipeline of future talent,” Mayor Fischer said. “The combination of SummerWorks and the developing Academies of Louisville schools at JCPS will be critical pieces as we work to build the best talent development…


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LouisvilleKY faces ‘devastating’ cuts in services

Mayor: Without new revenue, city faces “devastating” cuts in services because of Frankfort-mandated pension obligation Cuts would include every agency of Metro government, including police officers, fire stations, libraries and community services Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer outlined specific and “devastating” potential cuts to city services and staff that would, without new revenue, be necessary to cover an expected $65 million budget gap over the next four years, caused by a state-mandated pension increase that grows every year through FY23. The potential cuts range from staffing reductions in nearly every Louisville Metro Government (LMG) department, including police, fire and…


Actors Theatre of Louisville performs PIPELINE by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Steve H. Broadnax III.

Pipeline Hits Home at Actors Theatre

It was fortunate that the debut of “Pipeline” at Actors Theatre coincided with my son Nick’s visit here. Nick is studying theatre in Italy, and is currently working on a presentation of Hamlet there. He was impressed, of course, with the staging and technical aspects of “Pipeline.” But the play’s subject matter, as written by acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau, is what stimulated a lengthy conversation. We both were affected by the play’s story, which chronicles many issues of race in America, primarily the school-to-prison pipeline that exists for many African-American males. Actors’ press materials describe it as a production that…


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Whooping Cough cases spike in LouisvilleKY

Officials recommend that doctors test for whooping cough and urge parents, caregivers and siblings to get a whooping cough booster Photo from WebMD.com LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Department of Public Health and Wellness is seeing a spike in whooping cough (pertussis) cases throughout Louisville.  In 2018 there were 62 cases, sixteen in the last two months of the year.  This compares to only 27 cases in Louisville for all of 2017. “We recommend that physicians test for whooping cough in patients who have a cough that persists for two weeks or more,” said Dr. Lori Caloia, medical director of the…


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LouisvilleKY’s Zoo Celebrates Two Big Birthdays

  Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Zoo kicks off the new year with two very special animal birthdays on Saturday, Jan. 12.  Zoo guests will be invited to sing “Happy Birthday” as both gorilla Helen and polar bear Qannik receive special birthday enrichment items.  Helen is celebrating her 61st birthday in Gorilla Forest at 10:30 a.m. and Qannik will celebrate her 8th birthday in Glacier Run at 11:30 a.m.  The birthdays are free with Zoo admission. ABOUT HELEN | Helen is the third oldest known gorilla in the world and the second oldest in the North American population.  She is wild born, so her birth…


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LouisvilleKY school kids have plenty of activities to keep them occupied during winter break

Fun, affordable activities abound throughout Louisville during upcoming winter break Story from LouisvilleKY.gov…   Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer and other local leaders today reminded families of the many free and low-cost activities to keep students active and engaged during winter break. Camps, movies, parties and sports clinics are among the dozens of activities available during the Jefferson County Public Schools winter break, Dec. 24-Jan. 4, and throughout the month of December. “Parents who are looking for affordable, fun and festive ways to celebrate the holidays and keep their kids active during their winter break won’t have far to…