Carmel in brief- July 19, 2016


Correction – In the July 12 edition of Current in Carmel, the name of Crust Pizzeria Napoletana owner Azin Lotfi was misspelled.

PLAY dates at Brookside – Northview Church has partnered with Brookside Community Church on an initiative called Brookside Community PLAY. The goal is to give kids and their parents a comfortable and safe community environment to reap the mental and emotional benefits that play can give to children, such as creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and leadership skills. PLAY events will be held 5 to 8 p.m. July 19 and 26 at Brookside Park, 3500 Brookside Pkwy., Indianapolis.

Touch a Truck – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation will host its annual Touch a Truck event from 10 a.m. to noon July 20 in the Carmel High School stadium parking lot. Cost is $3 per child. Children younger than 2 and adults are admitted free. Children will have the opportunity to interact with vehicles that include a helicopter, school bus, Humvee, command center and more. For more information, email Traci Broman at

Locker room theft – Carmel police are searching for a suspect who allegedly took car keys from the LA Fitness locker room on Workout Way in Carmel and use them to open vehicles and steal electronics and wallets. Police said he later used victims’ credit cards at a nearby Wal-Mart. The suspect is described as a white male with short, dark hair and a chinstrap beard. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carmel Police Dept. Investigations Division at 317-571-2511 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

Carmel woman pleads guilty – Carmel resident Michelle Roberts, 56, pled guilty in Marion County Criminal Court Two to unemployment insurance fraud, a Class C Felony. An Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development employee began an investigation in response to an employer protest that Roberts was working and receiving wages while claiming unemployment insurance benefits. Roberts paid $7,156 in restitution for the benefits she fraudulently collected.

Guild authors to be named – Excitement has been building for the 12th annual Guild Book & Author events hosted by the Guild of the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation. The six award-winning, nationally known authors will be revealed at 11 a.m. July 20 in the Program Room at the Carmel Clay Public Library. These authors will speak at several events throughout the year. For more information, visit

Road closure – Rolling Springs Drive will remain closed until approximately Aug. 29 due to the culvert replacement. Detour for this project consists of 116th Street and East Carmel Drive and the utilization of Keystone Parkway.

Lane restrictions – Children’s Adventure Learning Center, 116th Street and College Drive, is adding diagonal on/off street parking, a small median, and a multiuse path to the west side of the property. This will result in some lane restrictions to the northbound lane of College Drive, north of 116th Street for approximately three weeks until the completion of the project.

Rain barrel painting contest – Rain on Main is back! Local artists are again invited to paint a rain barrel for this unique event. The barrels will be part of an art show and winners will receive cash prizes of $50 to $200. For more information, visit Finished barrels are due by July 29.

Patient Advisory Council members needed – St.Vincent is seeking volunteers in the community to serve on the Patient Family Advisory Council. Applicants should have had a medical experience with St.Vincent in the past. A positive or negative experience does not matter. The Council will advise administration on changes within the organization. To volunteer, contact Renita Kinnaman at 317-582-7123.

Backpack giveaway – TCC, the largest Verizon Authorized Retailer in the U.S., and A Wireless are teaming up to donate 235,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through TCC’s annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Between noon and 3 p.m. July 30, local families are invited to visit TCC at 1532 S. Range Line Rd. to pick up a backpack filled with school supplies. One backpack per child present will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Book signing – The Carmel Dairy Queen will host a book signing event 2 to 5 p.m. July 30. Featured will be local author Debra Haskett May and her newly released book, “Legendary Locals of Carmel.” May will sign books available for sale at the event as well as those purchased elsewhere if attendees wish to bring them. Books for sale at the event are $20, sales tax included.

Parkinson’s support group – The Climb, which is an exercise program of the Indiana Parkinson Foundation, holds a monthly support group to provide information on various topics for those with Parkinson’s or Parkinsonisms as well as their caregivers/families/friends. The next meeting of this group will be 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 27 at 9669 E. 146th St., Suite 180, Noblesville. For more information, visit

Sample sale – The Indiana Design Center, 200 S. Range Line Rd., will host a sample sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 29 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30. More than 10 businesses in the center will participate and will offer discounts up to 50 percent off original prices. The sale is free and open to the public.

Backpack giveaway – TCC, the largest Verizon Authorized Retailer in the U.S., and A Wireless are teaming up to donate 235,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through TCC’s annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Between noon and 3 p.m. July 30, local families are invited to visit TCC at 1532 S. Range Line Rd. to pick up a backpack filled with school supplies. One backpack per child present will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Quilt show – Coxhall Gardens, 116th Street and Towne Road, will host a quilt showing in the children’s garden from 4 to 6 p.m. July 31. Enjoy complimentary ice cream from Ritter’s while listening to music and seeing how quilting was done in the past.

Grief support workshops – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th Street and Gray Road, will hold GriefShare from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays from Aug. 4 through Oct. 27. This non-denominational DVD series features grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was seen on the DVD. Cost is $15. Visit or call 317-846-4912 to register.

Golf outing – Transformations Center for Healing will host the Trevor Vautaw Memorial Golf Outing Aug. 7 at Fox Prairie Golf Course, 8465 E. 196th St. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, or to register, email

Prevail anniversary gala – Prevail presents its 30th anniversary gala to be held from 6 to 11 p.m. on Aug. 27 at The Renaissance, 11925 N. Meridian St. Tickets are $125 each and include dinner, auction and dancing. A special hotel room rate is available as well. For more information, visit

Cinch Cycling at Rollfast – Pro cyclist Tom Danielson will attend the Rollfast Gran Fondo in Carmel Sept. 18. Danielson has started a new business called Cinch Cycling and focuses on training camps, clinics and coaching. Danielson will bring the Cinch Cycling experience to Carmel. Casual riders will have the opportunity to ride with a pro that finished eighth in the Tour de France and has twice won the Tour of Utah. For more information, visit

Tutors needed for homeless students – School on Wheels seeks to recruit, train and place new volunteers immediately and for the 2016 fall semester to provide tutoring to Indianapolis youth experiencing homelessness. To become a School on Wheels tutor, you must be at least 11 years of age. Ages 11-13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tutors are asked to commit to one hour each week for a 15-17 week semester. For more, contact Samantha Breeling at 317-202-9100 or at

Best and Brightest nominations sought – Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc. is seeking nominations for its 13th annual Indy’s Best and Brightest event, presented by KPMG LLP. The event will honor 100 of Central Indiana’s most outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under, in 10 different industries. Visit to nominate someone for one of the ten categories described and for additional event details.

Neuroradiologist joins staff – Northwest Radiology Network welcomes Carmel resident Rishi Mhapsekar, M.D., as a new neuroradiologist. Dr. Mhapsekar focuses on abnormalities of the brain, central and peripheral nervous system, spine, head and neck. To schedule an appointment, call 317-972-9669.

New board member – The Julian Center, whose mission is to empower survivors of domestic and sexual violence and end the generational cycle of violence, is pleased to welcome Carmel resident Kathleen St. Louis, vice president and general auditor, Eli Lilly to its volunteer board of directors.

Tennis championship results – The United States Tennis Association Midwest Section Closed Junior Championships recently ended with several Carmel players reaching the finals. Cole Shoults was a finalist in the Boys 16 doubles. Nishanth and Nishesh Basavareddy were finalists in the Boys 14 doubles. Soren Leichter was a Girls 14 doubles finalist.

Funds raised for JDRF – ADESA, a business unit of KAR Auction Services, announced that the ADESA Indianapolis auction recently hosted two charity events. Together, these two events raised more than $34,000 for JDRF, a leading advocacy group for people with Type 1 diabetes.

College news – Michael Holmes graduated from Bismarck State College with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Energy Management. Rachel Goldberg, Baylor University School of Music, received the Outstanding Graduate Student in Voice award for the 2015-16 school year.

Dean’s list – The following Carmel residents were named to the dean’s list: Augustana College – Rebecca Pollard; Manchester University – Michael Cheesman; Campbellsville University – Brooklyn Bowling; Kent State University – Madison Viering was named to the president’s list. IU School of Informatics and Computing – Mitchell Wallace.

Endurance race registration – Registration is open for the second annual 8-Hour Dream Endurance Race to be held at noon on July 23 at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse. Registration is limited to 250 individual runners and 100 teams of eight people or less. Cost starts at $85 for individual runners. For more information or to register, visit

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