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Round the Ripple - by Bill Malcolm
posted: Jan. 06, 2017

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Happy New Year. Welcome back. It's 2017. It's winter. But before long spring will be here.

New Years Resolutions for Broad Ripple
Here's my list for New Year's Resolutions for the Ripple-
● Westfield Boulevard is looking a little worse for the wear with a lot of potholes showing up again on north of Broad Ripple Avenue. Let's fix that.
● Less shuttered businesses in 2017. Let's hope this year means more businesses filling in where we currently have vacancies. Many are planned. I personally will be glad when the old Broad Ripple Steak House no longer has plywood blocking the doorway.
● Welcome Coil Apartments and new grocery store. While we need more grocery stores in the area like a whole in the head, the new apartments and grocery store will be opening soon hopefully bringing more daytime traffic to the area. The Ripple has seen only a few new apartments so additional inventory will help us be competitive with the new offerings in downtown.
● Support transit in the Ripple. Let's hope the City Council follows the will of the voters by allowing the new voter-authorized income tax increase to support IndyGo including bus rapid transit. Let's not the perfect be the enemy of the good. Broad Ripple will be more vibrant with better transit.
● Reduced crime. We are on a roll folks. Broad Ripple is a safe place thanks to the community support and the police.
● Take the train to Chicago. Take the state-supported train to Chicago, The Hoosier State. It's a great alternative to congested I-65.

MLK Celebration planned at IMA
There's a lot going on this month at the Indianapolis Museum of Art including:

Cereal Cinema: The Mighty Ducks - Jan. 7, 2017 / 10 a.m.
$5 Members and Public / Free for children 5 and under. Cereal bar and coffee are included with ticket. Parents and little ones are invited to experience Cereal Cinema, a unique family-friendly event created by Indy Film Fest. Cereal Cinema features the two things that every family needs on a Saturday morning-a fun-for-all-ages classic movie and a cereal bar! When lawyer Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) gets in trouble with the law, he must coach a rag-tag kids hockey team for his community service. (PG)

Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration - Jan. 15, 2017 / 1-4 p.m.
Free (Suggested donation to Martin Luther King Community Center)
Spend the afternoon at the IMA as we celebrate and reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hear Indy poets, singers, and artists speak of love. Practice mindfulness, relieve anxiety through a large group meditation, and engage with others through activities and random acts of kindness. Donations (include non-perishable food items, toiletries, and school supplies) will be collected throughout the day for the Martin Luther King Community Center.

BR Park Class Registration open
Registration is underway for classes at Broad Ripple Park.

January 15, 2017 - Martin Luther King Celebration at Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1 p.m. (see above)
January 16, 2017 - Classes start at Indianapolis Art Center
Through Jan. 25, 2017 - Student Art Show at Art Center
February 17, 2017 - Date night at Indianapolis Art Center
April 8, 2017 - Wildflower walk with Norma Wallman, author of Wildflowers Of Holliday Park, 10 a.m. Register at Holliday Park. Sponsored by Friends of Holliday Park.

Bill Malcolm also writes a travel column in The Midwest Eagle and is a reporter for All Aboard Indiana (as a volunteer for both). He advocates for fair and affordable utility rates for a national association based in Washington, D.C. He welcomes reader feedback and story ideas. Send to
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