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Round the Ripple - by Bill Malcolm
posted: Jan. 04, 2019
Happy New Year. I hope you had a good holiday. It's 2019! Time flies.
There goes the neighborhood?
An alarming increase in robberies in Indianapolis has spread to our fair village.
The T-shirt shop, known as The Shop, was robbed twice in broad daylight by the same person. Happily, the police nabbed the suspect who parked his car in front of the store when the clerk got a good look at his license plate number.
The Three Dog Bakery was also robbed (by the same person IMPD later captured. - Editor).
The Broad Ripple Village Association put out an update right after the second shop robbery happened.
Back in the day, criminals robbed banks, not dollar stores, dog biscuit bakeries, or T-shirt shops. What is going on? We need gun control and a reboot of our youth programs.
Bike Sharing Comes to the Ripple
The bike sharing program known in Indy as Pacers Bike Share, is coming to Broad Ripple.
"We are very excited the Pacers Bike share is extending up to Broad Ripple, another mode of transportation is always welcomed," said Joshua John of the Broad Ripple Village Association.
While I like bike sharing, their pricing is challenging as the rate soars after 30 minutes so you always have to be looking for a station to swap bikes. Also, you need to remember to bring your own helmet.
Up to four stations are planned in the Village according to BRVA Executive Director Colleen Fanning:
•At the intersection of East Westfield Boulevard and North College Avenue
•Along the Monon Trail at the Broad Ripple Canal.
•Possibly one in Broad Ripple Park
•Possibly one at the Indianapolis Art Center on East 67th Street
Monon Trail Closed - Bridge over Kessler finally gets repaired
For cyclists during the last year or so, the bridge over Kessler Avenue has been in disrepair.
The trail is to be closed to repair that section through February 1, 2019.
From IndyParks: "A north-side section of Indy Parks' Monon Trail . . . .(is closed) for bridge repairs and maintenance. This project will result in closure from East 61st Street to Northview Avenue. The Monon is estimated to re-open on Thursday, February 1st, 2019.
This north-side project is located at the bridge over Kessler Boulevard East Drive and the Monon Trail intersection.
BRHS re-purposing in limbo, Farmers Market returns
No news on the re-use of the Broad Ripple High School no thanks to the inaction by IPS. The good news: the Farmers Market is returning to the High School parking lot for at least one more year.
Scotty's Bankruptcy Spares Thr3e Wise Men location
Scotty's Brewhouse which runs Thr3e Wise Men has filed for bankruptcy. Several restaurants are closing but not the one here in Broad Ripple known as Thr3e Wise Men. I love their beer and beer specials. We wish them well.
Art Center Awards Ceremony a Hit
On December 14, the Indianapolis Art Center awarded students for their work.
Over 162 adults and 55 youth submitted entries.
This kicked off the 81st Annual Student Show which continues on display at the Center. Over 400 linear feet of gallery space was used to showcase the event.
In other Art Center news, the Pop Up classes have been renamed Make It / Take It. These two-hour classes are for those with less time to commit and include: January 18, 2019: Glass Snowman, January 20, 2019: Fused Glass Suncatchers, January 26: Sparks Fly-Welding, February 15, 2019: Date Night, March 23, 2019: Hoosier HeyDay.
Finally, traditional winter classes start on January 14 at the Art Center.
See the full list at indplsartcenter.org.
Get out of the Ripple-Travel
Did you see that Spirit Airlines is coming to IND? Before you book your ticket, read the reviews of them and Allegiant Airlines (another no frills airline that charges for everything a la carte) on YELP. (For Spirit, try the reviews in Detroit or Chicago.)
I stick with Southwest with their upfront pricing - no hidden surprise gotcha charges like $200 or more to change a ticket, $120 extra to check two bags each way, $50 extra for your preferred seat, etc.
Think spring. Norma Wallman's annual wildflower walk at Holliday Park is set for April 13, 2019, at Holliday Park. You can register now. And the skunk cabbage will be coming up shortly.
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 Bill@BroadRippleGazette.com