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Round the Ripple - by Bill Malcolm
posted: Nov. 10, 2017

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Hotel expands, adds event space
Hotel Broad Ripple has added 4 new rooms in a cottage at 6516 Westfield next to the original building [C5 on map]. The boutique hotel has also opened an event space next door at 6508 Westfield in the office building. They had an open house on November 2, 2017, to showcase the new space. Like me, I am sure they will be glad when Westfield Boulevard re-opens.

It's open enrollment time
Do you lack health insurance and are under age 65? If yes, go to to enroll. It's very simple. You estimate your income, say if you smoke or not, and pick a plan that's right for you (bronze, silver, or gold). There are no questions about your health or if you have any pre-existing conditions.
Yes, premiums are up and choices are down (just 2 providers in Marion County) but subsidies are up so you may actually pay less for health insurance this year than last. Yes, I'm talking about the Affordable Care Act government-sponsored health plan.
Think it's cheaper to skip insurance and pay the penalty for not having health insurance? Think again. A fall or accident can land you in the hospital with thousands of dollars in medical bills billed at the full retail rate (not the negotiated insurance rate). Open enrollment started November 1 and ends earlier this year (December 15, 2017) so enroll today. Remember you may be eligible for a subsidy such that depending on which plan you pick your out of pocket cost will be affordable.
Over 65? You need to pick a Medicare plan instead.
Have health insurance at work? Again, you are already covered.
Eligible for Medicaid or children's health? You can apply for these separate programs all year.

Graffiti in the Ripple
Is it me or is there a lot of graffiti popping up? A lot was present on the Monon Trail Bridge over the White River. Someone had painted over part of it with gray paint although there was quite a bit on the sidewalk itself.

Drag show in the Ripple
On November 18, 2017, the Monkey's Tale Bar will have a drag show featuring the Banana Babes. The fun starts at 11 p.m. and you can find details on the Banana Babes Facebook page.

Holliday Park Photo Show Opens
There is a lot going on in November at Holliday Park.
The Indianapolis Photographic Society opening will be from 2pm - 4pm on November 12th, 2017.
November 17: Take a Hike Day 6:30-8pm. $5/person, pre-registration required
November 21: Holliday Park Bird Hike. Beginning birders welcome. Hike through Holliday Park in search of birds. 8-9:30 am
Contact Holliday Park for details and a complete list of events.

Plant sale, pancakes, reindeer, and more
The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will have their annual Holiday event on Saturday, December 2, 2017. It starts with a pancake breakfast. Then there is a Christmas tree sale featuring Santa and his reindeer (with music from the Indianapolis Ukulele Club). Hot chocolate and cookies available. The plant sale which includes poinsettias in the greenhouse actually is a 3-day event. Details to follow but mark your calendars for this great Holiday event.

December 2, 2017 - ISBVI (Westfield at 75th) Holliday Events
December 15, 2017 - Indianapolis Art Center opening reception and awards for student art show

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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