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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Hal Heiner Constructs Some Thoughts

Hal Heiner served for seven years as Metro Councilman for District 19 and ran an impressively close race as the Republican candidate for Mayor in 2010. His charisma brought a light to the classically nebulous podium wherever he spoke. A hands-on community member, a civil engineer, a farmer, father and grandfather, Hal remains dedicated to Louisville. He has returned to his company, Capstone Realty which provides space for business as well as forging a new path in education. His new direction? “My current focus is learning about public education hoping to advocate for significant reform. JCPS is leaving a high percentage…


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Bring it on Prince William

Embarrassing Groom confession number 3 – last night I watched a show about the Royal Wedding.  Brigid has been threatening to get “really into” the Royal Wedding for a while now, and last night we took the plunge together (rather appropriate maybe?). It was interesting.  I’ve always felt a kinship with the future King.  We’re both named William and we’re about the same age.  It sort of seemed like we grew up together.  While he was at the fancy boarding school where he had to wear a tuxedo everyday, I went through my “alternative” phase wearing argyle socks with shorts. …


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Not Just Julie’s Dream To Fight CF

Get your hankies ready, friends, because this is a love story. Roy loves Julie. Shortly after they were married when Julie was 23, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. She had been improperly diagnosed and treated for various health issues her whole life until one day she has a name and prognosis for a disease that 50 years ago didn’t let most children ever live to see kindergarten. For years, this was a private struggle. I first met Julie & Roy when I worked as an event director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They would attend galas and as Roy…


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WAVE 3 TV Crashes!

I’d hate to be the switchboard operator at WAVE-3 TV in Louisville tonight. Instead of Kentucky fans tuning in to see the Cats take on the Razorbacks fans saw a Technical Difficulties message on their TV for some 15 Minutes . As of this post, the Louisville TV station has not said what the problem was (that will probably be talked about during tonight’s newscast). Don’t necessary blame WAVE-3 for the problem. As a former TV anchor/reporter I can tell you when a problem like tonight’s occurs, everyone at a TV station does their best (from the technicians in the…


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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Councilman Tom Owen Ponders

I always respect my Council representative for his near immediate responses to  constituent’s questions and needs. He is passionate about Louisville and one of the most accessible leaders in Metro Government. I know that he is a Voice for the city as well as our Highlands community, which has enough history in a few square miles to make any preservationist proud and enough dining, pubs and retail business to inspire locals and impress any city. It took a few rounds of email and here are Tom Owen’s two cents: My first blush thoughts: Someone from the Louisville Downtown Development Commission–over…


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Protest to be Held Outside Paul’s Louisville Office

All the excitement from Wisconsin and Indiana is spreading to Derby City. Tomorrow at noon, protesters will gather downtown, outside of Rand Paul’s Louisville office, to protest budget cuts, and the union-busting bills currently sweeping the country. “We’re here today to protest Rand Paul’s support of the Republicans’ incredibly dangerous proposed cuts to the budget,” said Kelley Rouda, one of the organizers of the event. “At a time when millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet, it doesn’t make sense to cut programs that working families depend on. Instead, we should invest in America by making corporations and…


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Fischer Rejects Developer Proposal; Orders Audit of Planning Dept.

When the Mayor took office, he put attorney Bill Bardenwerper, the city’s leading attorney for developers and homebuilders,  on his transition team. Of course, Bardenwerper was a big financial supporter of the Mayor’s election campaign. So Bardenwerper wrote a report suggesting wholesale changes in the way the controversial Department of Codes and Regulations works, including the creation of a new Department of Building Development. The report, he admitted, did not include input from anyone who wasn’t a contributor to the Mayor’s campaign. To the astonishment of those familiar with the wink-and-a-nod way of doing business down there, Bardenwerper’s report said…


Feeling Stuck?

In preparation for a group BodyTalk session I am hosting tonight I sat down this morning and let an issue “arise”. An old AND current way of being and thinking seems to have my attention at the moment – it seems to be rooted in “Separation Consciousness”. When I reflected on it, I saw a “limiting” consciousness that is a pattern in my way of expressing and experiencing life and relationships. Yuck! The exciting gift is that I now see the pattern – I keep inviting in people and situations to help me become aware, to grow. With this new…


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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Mayor Fischer Offers His Reasons

Amid the dinners, speeches, ribbon cutting and ground breaking of the first month of the Fischer administration, there’s this one pebble in the proverbial shoe that has thrown many out of step with City Hall. Dubbed the Iron Quarter, by developer Todd Blue of Cobalt Ventures LLC, several structures at the mouth of the Clark Memorial Bridge  known as Whiskey Row a.k.a that embarrassing block of doomed buildings at the gateway to our city, could become a parking lot in a matter of days. The opportunity to go from asphalt to high-rise is apparently on the table. Buzz of a hotel development…


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Friday night fun in Kentucky… so much going on!

I can tell it’s spring because my weekends are getting busier. During winter I have trouble getting motivation to do anything, much less leave the house. My cabin fever is boring me, so it’s time to fill up my dance card again. If you’re looking to go out on Friday, read on for two suggestions: If you’re up for a road trip, head to Bowling Green to hear The Galoots at the Sloan Convention Center. They are the best bluegrass live show I’ve ever seen, hands down. Shannon Lawson can play all kinds of music, but I just love hearing…