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BROAD RIPPLE HAVERFORD LITTLE LEAGUE Writer / Matthew VanTryon

In today’s world where there are never enough hours in the day, it would seem strange to see parents going to watch youth sporting events their children are not participating in. Yet that is the environment the Broad Ripple Haverford Little League fosters. “Its kind of like a throwback to the ‘50s,” Dave Stevens, vice president of baseball for the league, said. “It’s very family friendly, its very community focused, it’s a really positive environment. There’s not screaming and yelling. Everyone tends to be very respectful.” The league was founded in 1957, with the first diamond being located behind the Moravian Church. That diamond is still in use today, but the league that began with 60 players has blossomed into a league with 650 participants comprising 51 baseball and softball teams. In an age where youth baseball is losing ground to the likes of football and soccer, the Broad Ripple league continues to experience growth. “The trend has been continual growth,” incoming league president

Alan Pyrz said. “People keep coming back to the league and more and more kids keeps coming in.” Stevens attributes the popularity in large part to the fact that the talented players are staying in the community league rather than joining travel teams. “That trend has really crushed a lot of the little leagues in Central Indiana and when I talk to some of my national baseball contacts, they say it is a national epidemic,” he said. “We’ve been able to keep those better players and at the same time make sure there’s always a spot for the kid who isn’t one of the best players, but he is always welcomed by his teammates.” Stevens also said the league is unique in that it draws from over 15 schools in the area. While this means kids may not have friends on the team when the season begins, long-lasting friendships are quickly formed. “Kids show up on teams and don’t know anyone else on the team,” Stevens said. “By the end of the season, they have 11 new friends they didn’t have before. When they are at some camp or are together, they run into kids they knew at Haverford that they wouldn’t have otherwise known.” Stevens credits the league’s success to the large number of volunteers who devote their time and energy. “It comes down the quality of the volunteers and the amount of time they are willing to put into the league and the incredibly high level of skill they have that they translate into their volunteerism,” he said. “There are easily close to 200 volunteers who volunteer thousands of hours to making this league what it is. I think there is a direct correlation between the quality of the league and the quality of the volunteers.”

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Members of Friends of the White River unload after a cleanup. (Photographer / Dan Valleskey)

A FRIEND IN NEED Writer / Elisabeth Giffin

As far as scenic features go, Indianapolis’ White River stands alone. Geographically, that is. “It’s our defining natural feature,” said Kevin Hardie. “We have no mountains, beaches, or bays. But we do have a waterway that is extremely varied in character.” And Hardie, Executive Director of the Friends of the White River, makes sure this colorful river doesn’t feel left out. The Friends of the White River is a not-for-

profit corporation established in 1985 to help “preserve and protect” Indianapolis’ main waterway. Comprised of members and volunteers from all over the city, the Friends believe they “represent those who use the river for recreational purposes, those who live near its banks, and all citizens interested in the preservation of the river as a natural resource.” For Hoosiers residing in Indianapolis and surrounding areas, the White River is “our” river, but as the largest watershed in Indiana—spanning from Winchester to

the southwestern edge of the state where it connects with the Wabash—the White River cannot be claimed solely by Indy locals. To local citizen Dan Valleskey, keeping the White River clean seems no different than homeowners’ responsibility to keep their yards clean and take out their trash. Valleskey, who serves as current president of The Friends of the White River, notes that some lives depend on rivers for their source of drinking water and that those people deserve a healthy river when it gets to them.

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Musician & environmentalist Jack Johnson poses with Friends Kevin Hardie (left) & Dan Valleskey (right). Johnson is matching donations through September via his foundation, All At Once. (Courtesy photo / All At Once)

Students attending River School prepare to launch rafts onto the river. (Photographer / Dan Valleskey)

Valleskey and the Friends also believe that education is the “single most important thing we can do” as far as caring for the White River. That is why Friends of the White River runs a program for youth, River School, which focuses on introducing and educating young people on “the joys and challenges” of the river. According to Hardie, it all comes down to three words: protect, preserve, and enhance.

For Broad Ripple residents, opportunities abound for fun, river-based activities, from booking an excursion on a historic paddle wheel boat at Broad Ripple Boat Company, or buying tickets for the upcoming White River Arts and Music Festival (WARMfest) in Broad Ripple Park, which includes paddle boat rides for up-close river experiences. Read about WARMfest on page 26.

To befriend the White River, Hardie suggests starting by “taking a moment to discover a portion of the river near you.”

Valleskey also encourages residents to join the Friends, volunteer for a cleanup, or come out for a Friends event on the

river. “Give me ten people who have never been on the river,” he said. “Let me show it to them. I bet I’ll have six new river enthusiasts.” To find out more, visit the Friends of the White River at the White River Yacht Club’s Open House on August 16, or visit their website at friendsofwhiteriver.org. Currently donations are being matched through September by popular musician and environmentalist Jack Johnson and his foundation, All At Once. To make donations, visit allatonce.org.

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HOLDING THE LINE ON CRIME INDY’S PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR TROY RIGGS TALKS ABOUT THE RECENT BROAD RIPPLE SHOOTINGS

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end of last year, I gave a speech and talked about us not being able to be apathetic about our city. A lot of cities have given up It was a tough week for Indianapolis Public on certain areas, certain streets. We’re not Safety Director Troy Riggs. On July 5, going to do that in Indianapolis. But, we as IMPD Officer Perry Renn was killed in a group need to say we’re not going to stand the line of duty—gunned down with an for violence, anywhere. And what I need, assault rifle while responding to a report quite frankly, from individuals who are in of shots fired in a neighborhood. Just a day the suburbs, is if you care about your city… removed from Officer Renn’s interment in and look at it like it’s a family—part of our Crown Hill Cemetery, Riggs met with Broad family is hurting. We have young people Ripple Community Newsletter (BRCN) for who have no future, and they want a future a conversation about crime—what the and we need to support them. People say problems are, and what to do about them. that the suburbs and certain areas around Indianapolis don’t want to help. I don’t BRCN: What are we to learn from Officer think they realize how they can help. Renn’s sacrifice? TR: In a year and a half, we’ve had nine BRCN: Is there a direct cause and effect officers shot—two fatally. Twenty or so between stepping up and doing something, others have been fired upon. That’s because and at least holding the line against crime? they are in there in those tough areas [of TR: Not only holding the line, I think we the city]. That should be scary to all of us can dramatically reduce it. Just because because that means individuals have no you’re poor doesn’t necessarily mean you’re problem shooting at a police officer. At the going to have a life of crime. I grew up in Writer / Neal G. Moore Photographer / Brian Brosmer

a very poor area. I saw want. But, I don’t understand not having a mom and dad that’s taking care of [their kids]; I don’t understand being left at home by yourself and fending for yourself; I don’t understand some of these parents who abandon their kids. We can’t say it’s okay not to raise your child. We need to hold people accountable. When you add poverty, lack of hope, lack of food, lack of money, low education, schools that are failing—that is a recipe for violence. It just is, and we can’t be apathetic about that anymore. BRCN: What is your reaction to the recent mass shooting in Broad Ripple? TR: What we need to do in Broad Ripple is continue to work with the business community. Lots of the businesses there have very good business owners working hard. There are a few that have caused some issues and we’re going to deal with them long-term, but it’s going to require Broad Ripple getting involved.

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tide. Reducing crime has a lot to do with officers on the street, and putting people in the right places. But the biggest crime prevention that we can move on, long-term, is if one person gets involved in the life of another person who’s in danger of going into crime, and turns him around. It breaks the cycle.

Remember, the other night we had police officers a block away. Police officers are very visible there. They weren’t just dispatched to the scene; they heard the shots fired. If they hadn’t shown up I don’t know what would have happened, but we probably would have had many more people injured. Here’s the troublesome part. It’s not all the business community—but the public needs to be aware of this: that incident could have spilled out of a bar. We’ve had [other] incidents and fights that have. Sometimes we’ve had incidents where people have pushed people out of a bar because they’re causing issues, and put them on the street. Now it’s an issue on the street. I understand that. But, they need to call the police department when that happens. So, we need some civic-minded people to call us when someone sees an argument in Broad Ripple or somewhere else in the city. They need to call us immediately so we can get officers there. We’re spending an inordinate amount of money and putting a lot of resources in place to keep Broad Ripple safe. We can’t do this long-term. We need to have a solution that’s working. We do [street-level surveillance] any time there’s a flare-up in any part of the city. That’s not an issue, and we will continue to do that. But we need people to pick up their cellphone and give us a call.

The shooting the other night? We had roughly 20 officers who responded immediately. We had 65 officers there before the night was over, which is unbelievable that a police department can mobilize that quickly. But that’ s because of the good planning. We’ll continue to do that, but we’ve got to work with the business community. They’re willing to work. It’s a good group of people, but we have to get our arms around that. The reason we shut the road down is it’s so narrow on the sidewalks. It just gives a little bit of breathing room. Our next issue is: Now that people know we’re doing that, are more people going to show up and have larger crowds? If a business is [causing] some types of issues and we find code violations, or we keep finding they’re pushing their problems onto the street, we’re going to have to deal with that. And that’s not just Broad Ripple, that’s everywhere and I think that’s fair. BRCN: Are you more psychologist, or law enforcement official? TR: I think it’s a balance of both. You have to fight crime not just by locking people up. You have to stay in areas long-term, and you have to put enough officers on the street so they’re getting to know citizens so that when a citizen picks up the phone and calls the police, they’re calling an officer they know. That’s how we turn the

BRCN: What about racial attitudes and crime? TR: I think people want to say it’s a race problem. I think it is a socio-economic problem, more so. It doesn’t matter if you’re white, Hispanic, or African-American, if you have those [challenges] that I just talked about, that adds up to issues. And we’re seeing that across society. The scary part is that even in the suburbs and some of the wealthy areas, there’s a growing issue with heroin. One of the reasons young people there are being targeted is they have disposable income. Heroin is permeating all through society. We’re going to see more and more of that, and in areas that you’re not anticipating. Anyone who thinks our schools and our city don’t have a heroin problem, they just haven’t paid attention. BRCN: Are you hopeful about the future? TR: I am hopeful. I’m seeing the community talk more about social issues. That’s a good thing. When I got here they were talking about police need to do this and that. But, I think people have a better understanding—that people are starting to see what they can do, and what their part of it is. And they’re understanding that it’s social. If you compare statistics, all major violent crime dropped 10 percent in June from May. So, we’re starting to make a difference. What we have to remember is we’re going to have some good months, and we’re going to have some bad weekends. Let’s do the policing we have to do, but let’s also deal with the social issues. You can contact Riggs via email at dps@indy.gov Neal G. Moore has more than 40 years of media and communications experience, including TV news anchoring and reporting in Indianapolis. For more information, visit NealMoore.com.

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Writer / Matthew VanTryon

By the time you finish reading this paragraph, two people will have become victims of identity theft. Every three seconds, someone else becomes a victim. QuickShred, a shredding service in Broad Ripple, aims to prevent this crime from growing. “Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes,” QuickShred owner Chris Shepherd said. “It takes over 800 hours for someone who had their identity stolen to get it back.” QuickShred, which opened in 2007, shreds nearly 25-30 tons of documents per month for individuals and for 300 corporations. The business, located at the corner of 62nd Street and Binford Boulevard, is a member of the National Association of Information Destruction and has also been awarded Angie’s List Super Service Award. Customers can watch the documents being shredded. Shepherd said the transparency the company provides gives clients a peace of mind. “We like to do it at full view so they know it’s destroyed,” Shepherd said. “It’s very comforting so they know the documents are destroyed right in front of them, right in full view.” The shredded documents are then put into a “fluffer” where the shreds are combined with other shredded documents. The documents are put into 1,500-pound bales. However, the company does not stop there. The shredded documents are then taken to Scotts, a paper product company based in Wisconsin, where the paper and cardboard are turned into paper towels, toilet paper and other products. “That’s probably 20 percent of my business, the recycling part of it,” Shepherd said. “Recycling helps the earth. I save a lot of trees—thousands of trees. The cardboard, the paper, the metal and the ink all get recycled. Shepherd said the sustainability of the company helps not only QuickShred, but the recipients of the recycled products, as well. It’s a win-win for everybody,” he said. atBrip.com / AUGUST 2014 / BROAD RIPPLE COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER / 15

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the first CIBA president and long-time volunteer. She suggests you leave your car somewhere else and bike the Monon to the 38th Street Boulevard Station, where you’ll find friendly CIBA volunteers (like 85-year-old Catherine) who will take your bike to a secure fenced-in area, give you a wristband and a $1.00 off Fair admission voucher, and then will watch your bike for the duration of your visit (until 8 p.m.) It’s a free service with no lines and no facility fees. “Last year we served 2,400 bicycles in the 17 days of the Fair,” said Dusing. “This was way ahead of the previous year. Assuming about two people per car, I count 75 percent of those as cars kept off the road.” Obviously the numbers are affected by weather. When it’s extra-hot or rainy, Dusing said they don’t see as many riders. But when Fair attendance is up, their numbers are also up. “We see all sorts of bicycles, from expensive ones to children’s bicycles, to rollerblades and skateboards, too,” Dusing commented. They’ll also keep watch over your helmet, your trailer, your tandem, and other related items.

PEDAL & PARK AT THE INDIANA STATE FAIR Writer / Kathi Moore

It’s August in Indiana, and any self-respecting Hoosier knows that means State Fair time. Whether you are a hard-core annual attendee or an occasional visitor, this may be your year to try experiencing the fair in a different way. Ride your bike! It’s not a new concept. For 20 years the Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA) has been hosting bicycle parking at the fair. But in recent years, as more and more people ride their bikes, the excellent resource that is the Pedal & Park program is gaining increasing exposure.

CIBA runs the free program as an outreach of their organization’s mission: “To provide opportunities for bicyclists of all ages and abilities to ride their bicycles on safe, friendly, and well-organized rides; to be informed of bicycle events and related activities; to volunteer in support of CIBA and other bicycle-related organizations; and to socialize with other bicyclists.” Park & Pedal is open from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. August 1-17. For more information, visit cibaride.org.

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HANS & DR. JOE CRASH THE INDIANA MICROBREWERS FESTIVAL may seem boring to some, but good representations of the style are not exactly abundant in Indiana.

Writer / Hans Maldonado with assistance from Dr. Joe Lauer Photographer / Eric Meyer

Once a year, Optimus Park in Broad Ripple plays host to a spectacular gathering of both craft beers and craft beer lovers in the form of the Indiana Microbrewers Festival. Located a few blocks north of Broad Ripple Ave. near the Indianapolis Art Center, this event becomes better organized every year. Lines for food, beer, and lavatories were as minimal as can be expected at a beer festival with approximately 5,000 people in attendance. Both Dr. Lauer and myself were in attendance, as usual. While Dr. Lauer found some new and interesting local/regional breweries, I must admit that it was difficult to ignore the tried and true breweries I know and love. It is also nice to know someone who can walk onto the back line and get beer more quickly.

ZWANZIGZ BREWERY (Columbus, IN) served a golden blueberry ale that was full of blueberry flavor and aroma and yet was incredibly dry and refreshing. HANS: I had that blueberry ale, and it was indeed delicious. For those who think fruit beer means sweet and cloying, read: It does not have to!

JOE: For those who make it beyond Indianapolis, there are some interesting new breweries worthy of attention. 18TH STREET BREWERY (Gary, IN) got their brewer from PIPEWORKS BREWING (Chicago, IL), which was named the best new brewery of 2013 according to ratebeer.com. Grapefruit Dead Imperial IPA and Hunter’s Double Milk Stout were both quite good. BARE HANDS BREWING (Granger, IN) was serving a Thai p.a.(sic) with hints of lime, ginger, and tea. It was quite interesting, and their other IPAs and Pale Ales were good, as well. EVIL CZECH BREWERY (Mishawaka, IN) poured a Bohemian (that means Czechstyle as opposed to German) Pilsner that took me right back to Prague. Pilsner

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TIN MAN BREWING COMPANY (Evansville, IN) was serving a stout that had been aged in a Maker’s Mark barrel, and it was outstanding. This festival has gotten better with each passing year. The available space has more than doubled since 2007, while the attendance is still pretty much the same. It rarely feels crowded, and there are plenty of

food and washing facilities. Thankfully, we dodged the 90+ degree heat that is usually a factor at the Microbrewers Festival. Joe and I agree that it would not be possible to taste even half of what is typically available at this event, so please understand that this article is inherently incomplete. Just know that this is the premier beer event in Indianapolis each and every year.

I have said before that BIER BREWERY (Indianapolis, IN) makes the best and only pumpkin ale that anyone should drink. For the festival, they came with a barrel-aged Pumpkin Porter worthy of a best-in-show award. UPLAND BREWING (Indianapolis, IN) came with a bunch of their Lambics, of which I was only able to taste the 2014 Peach Lambic, poured by the brewer himself, Caleb Staton. His Lambics have gotten better and better over the years. BLACK ACRE BREWING (Indianapolis, IN) was pouring Bitter Life Coffee IPA. It was a blend of American IPA and locally roasted coffee, the result of which was slightly citrusy from the hops and roasty and slightly bitter from the coffee. TOW YARD BREWING (Indianapolis, IN) came in strong with their Horsepower Double Pale Ale, which is mildly citrusy but restrained enough in its bitterness that it could be a crossover beer for those hop-haters out there. It hides its 8+abv very well. Owner Mike Deweese also brought some gems from his cellar, which are certainly not available anywhere other than in his company, and rest assured, the right beer improves over time just like the finest of wines. I tasted 12-year-old World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head and 10-year-old Double Bastard from Stone. And remember that 2004 Beast from Avery that you thought would never mellow? Well, it did, and it was pretty good. Thank you, Mr. Deweese! TownePost.com / AUGUST 2014 / TOWNEPOST MEDIA NETWORK

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A HUB OF HEALTH

Writer & Photographer / Kathi Moore

Ezra was a Biblical prophet and scribe named for the Hebrew word meaning “God’s help.” In Broad Ripple, Ezra is the infant son of restaurant owner Audrey Barron and the inspiration for her new Ezra’s Enlightened Café. The unique mission of the café is to “offer enlightened food, wellness products and education to our customers, our community and the planet, serving awareness, happiness, vibrant health and culinary bliss—one beautiful person at a time.” The café, opening in August just behind The Playful Soul boutique on Ferguson, is completely gluten- and dairy-free and no animal products are used except for honey. Barron and her head chef Allie McFee call it Bee-gan, recognizing the many healing and health benefits of local raw honey. The menu is also mostly raw and 99 percent organic and GMO-free. If that doesn’t sound appetizing enough to you, you will be relieved to know they will feature a large selection of fresh desserts like “cheesecake” (sweetened with coconut oil, nuts and dates), brownies, chocolate mousse, “ice cream,” cookies and tarts. That is all in addition to an organic menu of breakfasts and lunches. If you’re in a hurry you’ll find a lot of grab-and-go items like muffins, juice, smoothies, fair-trade coffee, herbal elixirs, herbal teas and infusion bars with a wide variety of offerings. The freshest local produce is stocked in a large walk-in refrigerator

in the back and many of the herbs will come from Barron’s own garden next to the outdoor seating area. Barron’s background is in herbalism and she is enthusiastic about the healing power of plants. She has extensive experience with organic cooking and wellness consulting. In 2009, she was certified as a Raw Food Chef and Instructor at the world-renowned Living Light Culinary Institute, and she has taught hundreds of classes. She commented, “Our menu will help people navigate the benefits of certain ingredients. A big part of our mission is education.” The café will also sell herbs and specialty books from trusted quality resources, helping you learn to be ‘the healthiest you.’ Expect to see two or more classes offered each month, covering topics such as raw food, detox, how to make dairy-free cheeses, dehydrating foods, and more. Both Audrey and Chef Allie are looking forward to extending the concept of “healthy eating to feel better” to an ever-growing audience. Whole foods that are detoxifying, rejuvenating, refreshing, rehydrating, energy-producing, digestion-assisting, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, nutritious, raw, brain-boosting, healing…this is what Ezra’s Enlightened Café is all about. Perhaps Hippocrates said it best when he said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food.”

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Breathing Life & Awareness into the White River Writer / Kara Reibel

Four days. 40+ bands. Four stages. Back for another year, the White River Arts, Recreation and Music Festival, or WARMfest, promises to be even better than last year’s inaugural run. Attendees flock to Broad Ripple Park by bus, car, on foot, or bicycle, and a few local residents arrive via the river. Raising the collective consciousness on environmental awareness with regard to the White River is a major objective of WARMfest, which could have been named RIVERfest…

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ARMfest is the realized dream of Dan Ripley, who has created a vehicle for awareness of the river. Where many take the White River for granted—if they even notice it at all—Ripley sees potential. Looking at other waterways in major cities around the world, Ripley would love to see innovation, investment, and ingenuity combine to create amazing possibilities for the multi-use potential of the White River.

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“This river has quite a history, yet it has been relatively ignored and mistreated in the latter half of the past century. It is time to embrace a vision for its usage and utilization in Indianapolis,” states Ripley. The river inspired him to begin WARMfest as a celebration leading to a greater plan for Broad Ripple Village to reconnect to the waterway.

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Not only is this “ripple of change” focused on the river, WARMfest is bringing amazing bands together for a festival that lifts a city on to a progressive wave toward this positive change. As a result, the community lifts as a whole, which is appropriately timed. Broad Ripple residents have always had a collective, significant voice. WARMfest perhaps adds a younger, more progressive voice. This year’s festival draws back several of the bands from last year. The response and reviews from last year’s inaugural event were positive and encouraging. “Band members said they wanted to be involved next year and in years to come as this grows and develops a strong foothold,” states Ripley. This year there will be three stages set up in the park, with a 4th stage on the Wapahani boat cruise.

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Finding others who share the same vision was the easy part. Jack Shepler, who blended the Broad Ripple Music Festival into WARMfest, is one of many generous and idealistic souls who have come together to create this successful weekend. It became a foregone conclusion to merge their efforts. Jeb Banner, whose friendship and mentoring to Ripley and the festival has been another key element for its success. Indy Parks, White River Yacht Club and Josh Baker of MOKB Presents, all have provided amazing foundational support for WARMfest. It takes an army to pull off such a large-scale event. The people and organizations that have helped with WARMfest are too many to name, and Ripley is grateful to all. “Our foundation of support is a true grassroots effort,” states Ripley. “We have had support from the top down, but the tremendous help from the local level has been our key to success.” The inception of support started with family. Gratitude extends beyond words to Dan’s mom, Judy Ripley, and to his wife, Lisa, who was instrumental with drawing in the health and fitness community. Proceeds from WARMfest are donated to the Carl G. Fisher Society, a not-for-profit focused on restoration of the White River waterfront in Broad Ripple. Music brings people together, and an event like WARMfest is celebrating Broad Ripple and its origins. Getting back to basics may be just what the community needs. After all, Broad Ripple gleaned its name from the river. Isn’t it time to reconnect? WARMup, August 10, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., featuring demos of Qigong/Tai Chi, CrossFit, paddleboarding, and Zumba. Bands that will grace the stage: Ruditoonz, Chad Mills, and Hyryder. The IndyCity Futbol league all-star game will be held as well as the 40th reunion party for t9he WNAP raft race. Indy’s Holistic Hub will be on hand and there will be plenty of food trucks, as well. This event is free to the public, with tickets available for purchase for WARMfest, avoiding online purchasing fees. The four-day event will kick off with local programming for Friday, with a strong Broad Ripple vibe. Saturday follows with an indie rock theme, while Sunday will hear blues and heritage rock resonate through the park. Monday finishes strong with “jam band” day and reggae as the mojo. Families may enjoy all of the festivities, with an emphasis on Monday as a Community Day featuring the Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace. Check out warmfest.org for additional information, updates, tickets & line-ups. More acts to be announced.

Kara Reibel lives in the Geist area with her family. In addition to writing, she owns Geist Pilates.

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Million Acres on the River

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Writer / Kara Reibel

One of the first homes built along the White River in Broad Ripple is known as Million Acres. In 1920, Phil Million moved his fishing cottage from its original location directly across from Broad Ripple Park along the White River and carefully transported it up river. In 1920, Westfield Blvd. was a dirt road, where fishing cottages were few and far between. Most fishing cottages (or shacks) were on stilts and close to the riverbank. The Millions bought some land along the river on Edgewater Drive. Given the higher ground, the Million family built a muchneeded addition to the cottage, creating a

To create the rainbow shell effect on the exterior, the hired contractor created a fanshape from wood, and placed various colors into the cement stucco. The fee for his work: $50. “This exterior is so unusual and was very well-done,” adds Robin McDowell, Phil and Nell Million’s granddaughter and the current resident. A mix of periwinkle blue, aqua, mauve, and sand colors this home like no other in the area. Becoming one of the first permanent residences along the river, among fishing cottages and shacks, the home has stayed in the family. Phil and Nell Million’s only daughter, Peggy, grew up and married a WWII Army Veteran, Jimmy McDowell. Jimmy and Peggy lived in Michigan for several years before settling on Edgewater Drive, across the street from Million Acres. During the summers while living in Michigan, the McDowell kids spent

their summers with Marmer and Nannie (nicknames for their grandparents) on the White River. “I love this house,” says Robin. “The history of the area is incredible. We are lucky that Marmer took so many photographs of the area.” The only noticeable change is the growth of the trees. Otherwise, the home looks the same and is lovingly maintained. “This home was very well built, and it’s amazing that the exterior is so incredibly durable,” adds Robin. After spending a decade in New York City working as an entertainer, Robin moved back home to Indianapolis where she moved into the home she has cherished since childhood. Robin frequently finds herself singing, “Rolling on the River” as she gazes out the back porch to the river in her back yard, with her dog Snickers on her lap.

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A “WHOLE” LOT OF CONTROVERSY

Top: Proposed site of the 35,000 square foot retail shops and parking garage . Bottom left: Two blocks from the proposed site local businesses are thriving . Bottom right: Good Earth owner Rudy Nehrling

Writer / Lynda Hedberg Thies

The contentious battle of the site formerly known as the Shell Gas Station located at 64th and College Avenue has been depicted in recent months as a sort of David and Goliath battle between the 44-year-old Good Earth Natural Foods store and Whole Foods.

But when I sat down with Good Earth owner Rudy Nehrling, I learned that while his concern was having the store located in his back yard, that was simply the reason he became involved in the conversation. The grassroots effort he spearheaded to “Keep Broad Ripple Local” is not against new development but rather about the defined zoning ordinances being modified to allow for a project

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that if approved will be the largest development in Broad Ripple. As a result, this project would not be in alignment with the Comprehensive Plan for the area. Nehrling wants the community to know the “battle” is not about him or his store or even Whole Foods. He indicated he already has a working relationship with the Whole Foods located in Nora. “We already refer our clients to them if we don’t have something and they refer clients to our store if they don’t have something. He goes on to say that having more competition is good for the health food industry but said he was confused that Whole Foods would build a store less than 5 miles from their Nora location. He feels that the depiction of a battle with Whole Foods is to create a distraction from the zoning issues. “Once this is approved, there is no going back. Literally any big box retailer will easily get approval to build here—even if that means building structures that do not meet the criteria.” The concern for residents and local business owners is that continuing to violate zoning ordinances have been the same issues that put too many bars on Broad Ripple Avenue, which have been the focus recently of increased violence in the area. The parking garage intended to reduce street congestion and provide additional parking is reported to be at about 5 percent capacity. So why then is the former gas station site being approved as the largest proposed structure in the village? This is exactly what Nehrling would like to know. How is Broad Ripple going to be affected if they allow the area to be opened up to big box retailers? He also noted that there has been no discussion of what is involved in working with the EPA to address the cleanup of the former gas station site.

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More than 5,000 residents and business owners signed the petition to “Keep Broad Ripple Local.” On message boards regarding this issue the Comprehensive Plan is also a point of contention. They say the plan was designed to protect the residents and the neighborhoods, and yet the precedent has been set to continue to approve these variances. Nehrling cares about Broad Ripple’s past and its future and encourages everyone to do their homework and understand if this proposal is approved, the very characteristics that define Broad Ripple Village will be unrecognizable. Nehrling knows what is at stake and he wants the community to understand that the perceived David and Goliath battle is not about Good Earth, but what Broad Ripple represents: maintaining the integrity of Broad Ripple. He also knows it will take the entire Village to grow with integrity.

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ne of Broad Ripple’s most distinctive features is the Central Canal that runs through it. First intended to extend almost 300 miles from Peru, Indiana, all the way to Evansville, the Indiana Central Canal never fully met its construction expectations due to economic struggles and the unfortunately timed onset of railroad travel. Now, the only true portion of the canal to survive since its inception—The Indianapolis Division of the Central Canal—is a landmark for the city it bisects. Officially opened in the summer of 1839 to serve as a vital link in the transportation of goods from Broad Ripple to Indianapolis and as a water supply source for area mills, the canal now mostly represents a scenic route for recreational activities and is home to many a turtle (from as many as six species) and water fowl. Despite its historical failure, the canal was named an American Water Landmark in 1971 by the American Water Works Association.

While Indianapolis is certainly no Venice, ever since the 2001 completion of the Canal Walk, a 3-mile loop downtown amid White River State Park, the waterway has added gondolas and paddle boats, allowing Indy residents and tourists to experience the canal up close. Others prefer a more personal approach and have chosen instead to enter it sans boat—namely a certain Colts punter. In 2008, the city even cleaned the canal to allow for the swimming portion of a downtown triathlon, though some participants were wary of its murky depths. The Central Canal Towpath, which begins at the Broad Ripple portion of the Monon Trail, follows the canal for 5.23 miles, connecting Broad Ripple to landmarks such as Butler University and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Ending at 30th Street, the trail connects with the White River Greenway. Plans to expand the greenway to 16th Street, as well as connect it to the Fall Creek Greenway, have been proposed.

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[Editor’s note: Indianapolis has been selected as one of 12 urban locations across the U.S. to pilot trail traffic monitoring stations for an investigation of biking and walking patterns. The study will gather data to help determine how trails and greenways are prioritized in American cities. Indianapolis will have T-MAP counters placed at two trail locations: one at 54th Street and the Monon Trail and another at approximately 7098 Fall Creek Road across the street from the Boy Scout Headquarters. The accompanying article examines current trail use in Broad Ripple.]

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Snuggled between the streets and shops that Broad Ripple is known for rests the popular Monon Trail. Once home to a railroad, the Trail now unites Indianapolis and Carmel. Rippleites, often generalized as offbeat compared to the rest of Indianapolis’ residents, join on the Trail from dawn until dusk. An afternoon walk showcases a community that has more to offer and more in common than many of the surrounding areas give it credit for. Latoya Hart, a smiley afternoon walker, has been using the Monon for more than ten years. She loves the care trailside homeowners and renters put into their yards, noting the artwork on display south of the bridge crossing Kessler Blvd. Despite the recent violence in the area, she says the only thing that really frightens her are the bugs prowling the Trail for their next meal. Teens Emily McMath, Molly McMath, and Allie McKenzie have spent many of their summer afternoons strolling and biking up and down Broad Ripple’s stretch of the Monon. All born in Indianapolis, the young ladies have been using the trail their entire lives, from strollers to bikes (and now crossing it in their cars). When school is in session, McKenzie uses the Trail while training with the North Central Cross Country Team. All have a taste for the frosty treats that Brics supplies Trail users on steamy summer days. When asked to recount any crazy Trail stories, all three laughed about nearly being hit by cyclists: “On your left! On your right!” they mimed holding handlebars. Friends Sadie Bennet and Darren Johnson, first-time users of the Monon, both vouch for its beauty. Bennet, of New Palestine, “has always heard good things about it, like the little ice cream shop.” She added that the Cultural Trail Bikeshare program would be a fantastic addition to the Monon. Edi Powell and her husband have lived in Broad Ripple for 30 years and walk the Trail daily. They used to ride their bikes but have parked them because other cyclists were pedaling at too wild a pace. A cyclist once hit Mr. Powell while he was walking. Despite the speeding bikes, the active Powells still enjoy the Trail two, even three, times a day. Mr. and Mrs. Powell consider themselves part of the Monon “morning regulars,” and are delighted to start their day with familiar Village faces. The Monon not only brings people to Broad Ripple to walk and shop, but it also hosts Rippleites in getting their move-on in an environment that invites interaction, art, and ice cream. Left to right: Latoya Hart; Sadie Bennet & Darren Johnson; Edi Powell; Emily & Molly McMath, Allie McKenzie 38 / BROAD RIPPLE COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER / AUGUST 2014 / atBRip.com

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