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Jack O’Lantern Spectacular Returns to LouisvilleKY’s Iroquois Park

5,000 artistically carved pumpkins to light walking trail Louisville, KY., – In what has become the must-see event of the Halloween season, the Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular is returning for the fourth consecutive year to south Louisville’s Iroquois Park, where 5,000 artistically carved pumpkins will greet visitors from Oct. 13 through Nov. 6. The pumpkins will illuminate a 1/3-mile trail adjacent to the Iroquois Amphitheater, and Metro Parks officials estimate up to 90,000 people will visit. The trail is open from dusk until 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets range from $9…


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LouisvilleKY council approves new budget

  Louisville – By a unanimous vote, the Louisville Metro Council has approved the Fiscal Year 2016- 2017 Capital and Operating Budgets of $822 million for Metro Government.           The Metro Council approved an additional $10 million in funding for the following areas: ·        $ 5 million will be added to $ 18.1 million proposed in the Mayor’s Budget for increased paving/ road improvements for a total of $23 million ·        $1,090,000 for sidewalks ·        $455,000 for Metro Corrections ·        $550,000 for Park improvements More than 60% of the budget is designated in the area of public safety including, more…


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Louisville Ky launches Metro Mow Team

Louisville, Ky., – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the formation of the Metro Mow Team that will be able to mow city maintained lots more often. He also announced new policies to pause most mowing by city crews on Air Quality Alert days and reduce areas requiring mowing. Fischer said, “Putting the Mow Team and these new policies in place will help us keep our city-owned lots looking neat while also protecting our air quality.” The Mow Team is made up of crews from the Department of Codes & Regulations and Metro Corrections. Last year seven crews mowed lots across…


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Louisville KY officials say ‘Bring it’ to Winter’s worst

Photos from Mayor Greg Fischer’s Facebook page. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (November 12, 2015) – Louisville Metro’s Snow Team is ready for whatever Mother Nature brings our way this winter, Mayor Greg Fischer declared today. Fischer was surrounded by the 265-member Snow Team and an assortment of plows and other snow fighting equipment during the announcement at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. “These dedicated men and women stand ready to answer the call to leave their homes at all hours to make the roads safe for the rest of us as often as necessary,” Fischer said. The Snow Team is led by Metro…


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Footgolf? New Course Opens at Bobby Nichols

Metro Parks Opens New Footgolf Course Bobby Nichols GC first public course in Louisville Area  Area residents who enjoy the game of golf or are interested in an alternative that won’t require the purchase of a new set of clubs should get a “kick” out of what’s being offered at Bobby Nichols Golf Course. Metro Parks & Recreation is opening its first “Footgolf” course at Bobby Nichols over Labor Day Weekend. The course will be the first certified public footgolf course in Louisville and 4th in Kentucky. The game is played as it sounds, as participants start each hole from a…


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GPS Tracking Being Added to City Vehicle Fleet

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer has announced that many vehicles in the city fleet will soon be outfitted with a new tool aimed at increasing fuel efficiency and driving safety, and improving maintenance. Global Positioning System (GPS) units will be added to 481 cars and trucks assigned to Fleet Services, Facilities, Public Works, Metro Parks, Codes and Regulations, Louisville Forward and Emergency Medical Services under a contract with Verizon Network Fleet. The GPS device will send readouts on idling time, driving performance, maintenance status, plus vehicle and driver location. The information will be monitored within each department by email…


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Did the Troubleshooter Go Too Far?

WAVE-TV got off to a great start in the November sweeps last night with a Troubleshooter investigation that got Parks Director Mike Heitz suspended for drinking and driving his city-issued Ford SUV. WAVE’s Eric Flack confronted Heitz in the parking lot of KT’s after using a hidden camera to record him buying and consuming three drinks in 90 minutes. This time, Heitz decided not to drive. But this was the fifth day of the WAVE stakeout at KT’s, and on previous days Flack reported seeing Heitz have as many as four drinks in the same time period. And on one…


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Parks Director Finds Trouble from WAVE

Just when you thought people in powerful positions couldn’t do anything dumber, the city’s Parks Director is caught on tape by a TV reporter drinking at a bar and preparing to drive his city-provided vehicle. The news just broke about 1 p.m. on the WAVE-TV website.  While you can’t tell all the details from the story below, it appears that WAVE’s Eric Flack was able to capture images of Heitz leaving a bar and getting ready to drive. It looks like if Flack had waited, Heitz would have gone ahead, and perhaps been in deeper trouble. It’s a good opportunity…


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Out of The Rut and Into Summer!

There’s nothing like the kids getting out of school to jolt you out of the day in and day out rut. School’s been out about a week and I’ve already been to places I haven’t been to in a long time. One of my favorite things about Summer is the Louisville Public Library’s Free Reading Program. http://www.lfpl.org/ Honestly, have you been to your nearest library branch lately? First off, it’s air conditioned! Second, the kids reading program offers a ton of fun rewards for the kidos after they read some books. I always tell my kids the best part of…