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Bad Day in J-town for 214 VMS Staffers

Imagine coming to work and learning that your New York-based parent company had decided to shut down, putting you and more than 200 co-workers out of work — immediately. That’s what happened Friday at Video Monitoring Services of America offices in Jeffersontown. The company notified managers Thursday night and levied the bad news the next day. Here’s what the company did: “…provides news media monitoring, advertising monitoring and analysis, and integrated media solutions. The company offers media monitoring services and Web-based media management solutions for news coverage in media, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet.” Al Mayo, sales…


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It IS the Heat in the City

Drunks hitting telephone poles, judges losing their cool, some guy pushing an old lady into the pool and a respected restaurateur busted by the FBI for threatening phone messages? Yea, it’s the heat, and it’s at least in part responsible for short tempers and random shootings. “You’re a Dead Man” — Advice to Majid Ghavami, owner of Majid’s in St. Matthews. If you’re going to threaten someone’s life, don’t leave it on their voice mail. Ghavami left several threats intended for a man from Louisville now living in California, as reported on WHAS.  If you’ve met him, you know Majid…


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Happening Here in the News Biz

It sure is happening here, a place where a guy whose entire town is smaller than the enrollment at a Jefferson County high school believes he can fix the education problems in the state’s largest school system by firing the Board and putting the Mayor in charge. Then, he wants to the Mayor to appoint Metro Council members to run the schools. This from a man who hired a guy in a chicken suit to show up at a business forum. David Williams thinks he can make a political issue out of Jefferson County’s school system issues by criticizing the…


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Double Dose of Mayors in J-town

Mayor Greg Fischer joined Mayor Bill Dieruf at the Jeffersontown Farmers Market in what was billed as a cooking contest. Fischer was assigned the task of cutting up veggies, but spent much of his time passing out samples from the short ribs on the grill. Dieruf, meanwhile, was doing what he was told by Chef Nancy — something involving potatoes. John Gage kept several hundred people entertained on a beautiful morning in which the fresh produce was plentiful and politics were not.


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My Father’s Day News Break

You’re right, I’ve been slacking a bit. No excuses. And there’s a pile of stuff to write about, including some video coming to the site very soon about Saturday’s successful Food Truckus Ruckus down at Fresh Start Growers Supply. Hundreds of people showed up, smiling and laughing, for a parking lot party with entertainment from Leigh Ann Yost. The lines for food stretched dozens deep at every offering, from the vegan dishes at Morel’s to cheese sandwiches at Lil Cheezers to my favorite, Mozza Pi pizza. Later we went to the Fleur de Lis art show out at Chubby Ray’s…


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What Happened to Station Mascots?

Happy Hump Day. Here’s some of the more interesting things I’ve noticed out there in the news. Going Public:  Louisville Public Media’s Donovan Reynolds recorded a spot airing on the station urging YOU to get involved in a grass-roots campaign to dissuade Congress from cutting the budget for Public Broadcasting. The U.S. House voted to end federal funding of public broadcasting, so advocates are trying to mobilize the 170 million people who listen and watch. 38 Years: WHAS-TV photographer Donnie Ruark retired yesterday after 38 YEARS at the station, prompting a visit from station mascot Fisbie (shown here with Claudia…


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New Blood No Relief for Jeffersontown Taxpayers

When Greg Fischer took over as the new Mayor of Louisville, he required all employees who wanted to keep their jobs to  submit some ideas about their positions and how they might make them better.  Skeptics said it was Fischer’s way to get them to justify their jobs, and good government types thought it might actually result in trimming some of the fat in local government personnel. He ended up keeping just about everyone, but the exercise certainly made employees aware that they were lucky to have those jobs. Given the same opportunity to assess his 102-employee organization in Jeffersontown,…


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Some Can’t-Miss Louisville KY News

I hope you’re checking back frequently here at LouisvilleKY.com. Yesterday I posted something mid-afternoon about the crazy Metro Animal Services changes (though I didn’t know the icky news that Wayne Zelinsky was operating an “adult” business in his spare time). In the roughly 24 hours since, a dozen posts have gone up here. One of the stops I made yesterday was at Bob Sokoler’s office, which might be nicknamed gadget central. The ex-broadcaster turned successful realtor has three giant computer monitors on his desk, along with enough high-tech stuff to make my head spin. He showed me some video tricks…


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Groundhogged in Louisville

Up in Punxsatawny, Phil the Groundhog did not see his shadow this morning, so you can count on an early spring.  Yippee! Sometimes it seems like I’m in that Groundhog Day movie with Bill Murray, because every year I go to the same party and they show the movie and all the same people are there. Just kidding. I do have plans to attend the 33rd Annual Groundhog’s Day Celebration, hosted by my cousin Julie Ryan and her husband Kevin, who own the most extensive collection of Groundhog crap this side of Punxsatawny. Fortunately, the location changes every year, and…


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The C-J’s Joke Includes J-town

If it weren’t presented in this morning’s newspaper as if it were legitimate news, it would be easy to laugh off this “Top Places to Work” supplement. But what caught my eye was the listing of the city of Jeffersontown as the city’s top mid-size employer. Upon closer inspection, you find out that the insert is a product of a 4-year-old company with an office in Pennsylvania called Workplace Dynamics, which conducts employee surveys. The company asked 876 local companies to participate in this survey, and a whopping 78 did so. About 9 percent. Would you be surprised to know…