REGISTRATION: 2017-2018 YMCA Black Achievers Program

Achievers program is a YMCA mentoring program for youth in grades 8-12.  Program goals are to help youth:  set career and educational goals, improve academic performance and college readiness, and strengthens developmental assets.

Over 400 students from 70 schools attend these bi-weekly Saturday sessions activities.  Students meet in groups (10 career clusters) which focus on various professions or careers.  Eighth graders meet separately to learn life skills.  Over 100 adult mentors participate as volunteer leaders and positive role models.  The program awards over $1 million in sponsored college scholarships to participants.

The Achievers Program brings youth in contact with a variety of adult role models from companies and organizations throughout Metro Louisville.  With guidance of parents and the leadership of adult achievers, youth have been motivated and assisted in setting their career and educational goals.  Youth in grades 8 through 12 have the opportunity to earn scholarships, tour industries and colleges along with participating in a variety of work-study programs.

Register Online. Please contact Lynn Johnson at 502.587.7405 or at for more information.

65 or 95 Gallon Recycle Carts Available for $25 for District 4 Neighbors!

Councilwoman Sexton Smith  is participating in the discounted recycle cart program with Solid Waste and District 4 neighbors can benefit. The 95-gallon and 65-gallon recycling carts are available for District 4 neighbors for only $25 -- this is a 50% discount off the cost. To order your recycle cart call Solid Waste Management (SWMS) at 574-3571 or download the form here:  

Then mail in the completed form and $25 to SWMS at: 

Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management

Attn: Collection Division

600 Meriwether Avenue

Louisville, KY 40217-1146

MetroTV moving to Channel 184

The Metro TV channel has moved from Channel 25 to Channel 184. Metro TV is the local government channel that provides access to Council Committee and Council & City announcements. If you have any

questions or issues relating to Spectrum

Cable please visit their website at

or  call customer care at 1-844-865-9782 or 1-844-830-4787 to get the Spectrum Set-Top-Box and Self Installation Kit to pick-up or be shipped to your home.

Make your Voice Count: Waterfront Park Parking Charge

This week, the Waterfront Development Corporation is scheduled to consider a proposal to impose a parking charge in all of its lots, five days per week.  There would be free parking only on Monday and Tuesday.  Governor Bevin's veto of $420,000 in annual state funds ( has left a hole in the park’s funding stream. I think this is unacceptable and will make it impossible for many folks to enjoy the freedom of outdoors in this beautiful public place. 

The decision on a parking charge will be made by the Waterfront Development Board, not Metro Council, and the vote could come on August 23.  Please let that board know what you think today by calling (502) 574-3768 or by using this contact form:

FRAUD ADVISORY: Employee Impersonation Scheme


August 16, 2017

The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, is warning citizens about a new Social Security Administration (SSA) employee impersonation scheme.  SSA and its Office of the Inspector General (OIG) have recently alerted citizens about an OIG employee impersonation scheme and a scheme targeting former clients of Kentucky disability attorney Eric Conn; the agencies are now receiving reports from citizens across the country about other phone calls from an individual posing as an SSA employee.  The caller attempts to acquire personally identifiable information from victims to then edit the victims’ direct deposit, address, and telephone information with SSA.

The reports indicate that the impersonator calls from a telephone number with a 323 area code.  The caller claims to be an SSA employee, and in some instances, tells the victim that they are due a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase of their Social Security benefits.  The impersonator goes on to ask the victim to verify all of their personal information including their name, date of birth, Social Security number (SSN), parents’ names, etc. to receive the increase.  If the impersonator is successful in acquiring this information, they use it to contact SSA and request changes to the victim’s direct deposit, address, and telephone information.

SSA employees occasionally contact citizens by telephone for customer-service purposes.  In only a few limited special situations, usually already known to the citizen, an SSA employee may request the citizen confirm personal information over the phone.  If a person receives a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA, citizens may report that information to the OIG at 1-800-269-0271 or online via

Acting Inspector General Stone continues to warn citizens to be cautious, and to avoid providing information such as your SSN or bank account numbers to unknown persons over the phone or internet unless you are certain of who is receiving it.  “You must be very confident that the source is the correct business party, and your information will be secure after you release it,” Stone said.

If a person has questions about any communication—email, letter, text or phone call—that claims to be from SSA or the OIG, please contact your local Social Security office, or call Social Security’s toll-free customer service number at 1-800-772-1213, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, to verify its legitimacy.  (Those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can call Social Security’s TTY number at 1-800-325-0778.)



School's back in session and that means that it's GAME TIME. Did you know that kids sweat less than grownups? Kids who play games or sports need to drink plenty of water so they can stay hydrated, especially if they're outside in hot, humid weather.

Tips for Preventing Dehydration in Children

  • Drink water. Drinking water is the natural and healthy way for a kid to stay hydrated. Plain water doesn't have any calories or energy-boosters like some sodas and sports drinks do. Don't add any sweeteners or flavors.
  • Be prepared. Kids should drink plenty of fluids before sports or playing outdoors.
  • Get on schedule. Active or athletic children should drink fluids regularly. Help her avoid getting dehydrated by making up a "fluid schedule" so she can drink a certain amount before, during, and after practices, games, and meets. Kids should drink more if they are working out in hot, sunny, or humid conditions, or if they sweat a lot.

Steps to Take to Prevent Dehydration During Sports

  • Drink early. By the time a child gets thirsty, he or she may already be dehydrated.
  • Drink enough. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child of about 88 pounds should drink 5 ounces of cold water every 20 minutes. Children and teens around 132 pounds should drink 9 ounces of cold water every 20 minutes. One ounce is equal to two kid-size gulps.
  • What to avoid: Caffeinated beverages (sodas, iced tea). Caffeine is a diuretic, meaning the kid might have to pee more, causing him to lose more fluid and become dehydrated even quicker.

How Do I Know if My Child is Dehydrated?

If your child has about any of the following symptoms, he or she may be dehydrated:

  • Headache
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Pees less
  • Dark yellow pee
  • Overly tired
  • Dizziness/passes out

Home Care or Call the Doctor?

You may be able to help your child rehydrate at home.

  • Have him continue to drink unsweetened fluids.
  • Let him eat.
  • Encourage him to rest.
  • Keep an eye on him for other symptoms.

Call the doctor if:

  • Any of his symptoms get worse.
  • He has diarrhea.
  • He is lethargic or sleepier than normal.
  • He seems confused or passes out.

You Can Start Again!

Hey Smoketown/Shelby Park and all the viewers out there, Project Heal's Try HEALTH is an initiative that encourages Smoketown and those around to TRY Health in a way that works for them. 

This summer has flew by so quickly and for the month of June, we encouraged you to eat one fresh fruit and/or vegetable a day for and July do any physical activity everyday for 30 days. How did you do? Did you try anything new? Was you able to follow through? If not, then don't feel bad, I didn't either. The great thing is, trying health wasn't just for June & July. It can really be done any month. 

Whatever you was able to do, I congratulate you. If you are wanting to get starting, all applause to you. I'm starting fresh for the month of August. So get up and get ready to start start over, or continue where you left off. I guarantee that you won't have any regrets and you'll be happy that you tried HEALTH.

Please join us on Smoketown Website and Facebook for healthy recipes from African Heritage Old Ways website, inspirational quotes and to share your TRY HEALTH goals, challenges and accomplishments. I've started  with NO meat, NO dairy for this month and I'm half way through and feel great.  

Whether it be 30-days or 60-days, I encourage you to just TRY HEALTH! 




The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will issue its 2017 statewide directory of Kentucky-based coalitions and other groups that are working to improve health in their communities, and is asking groups wishing to be listed to enter their contact information in an online form by Sept. 8. The Foundation and other organizations use the directory to offer training, share funding opportunities, and connect to people with shared interests.

The current version of the directory, found here, includes more than 300 groups representing all 120 counties, as well as coalitions working at the statewide level.

“The Foundation’s Health Coalitions Directory raises awareness of efforts to improve health in local communities and across the state and fosters sharing and collaboration,” said Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “These coalitions are largely local groups comprising neighbors and colleagues who are working together to identify and solve health-related issues in the communities where they live, work and raise their families.”

Whether the groups listed in the directory call themselves community coalitions, collectives, collaborations, groups, networks or partnerships, they are examples of people joining forces to improve health and health care in Kentucky. Some coalitions work to increase access to healthy food and physical activity; others plan needed screenings and education for people at risk for serious health problems such as cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases; yet others are working to enact smoke-free or complete-streets ordinances.

The directory is a living document, and the Foundation welcomes established coalitions to enter their information and suggest new coalitions for the 2017 edition. Contact Rachelle Seger, or 502-326-2583, for more information.

About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $26.7 million in health policy research and advocacy, as well as demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Follow the Foundation on TwitterFacebook and YouTube, and visit our website at

Media Contacts: 
Bonnie J. Hackbarth
502-326-2583 (office)
502-552-3770 (mobile)

Angela Koch