Carmel in brief- December 27, 2016


Correction – In the Dec. 20 edition of Current in Carmel, a photo caption of Woodland Country Club founding members had their names in an incorrect order. The correct order is, from left, Dee Cooler, Clay Trusty, Harry Cooler and Mart Trusty.

Food drive a success – David Weekley Homes hosted its second annual Thanksgiving Drive, collecting an aggregate of 147,000 pounds of turkey and nonperishable items in 20 participating markets. The company’s efforts provided more than 149,000 meals to local families. Indianapolis team members delivered the items to Second Helpings, Inc. to distribute to families in time for the holiday. In addition, Second Helpings, Inc. received a $6,000 donation from the David Weekley Family Foundation.

AED’s donated – On Dec. 12, Bolt For The Heart (BFTH) foundation continued to deliver on the promise to equip Indiana State Police patrol vehicles with lifesaving Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) by presenting a gift of 95 AED’s. This was in addition to the more than 50 AED’s presented to ISP in March of this year. To date, 215 AED’s have been gifted to the Indiana State Police from the BFTH foundation.

Noble and Sertoma Christmas party – On Dec. 14, Noble of Indiana and the Broad Ripple Sertoma Club held their 58th annual Holiday/Christmas party. Each year the therapists at Noble select 20 of their clients who have qualified for help as part of the First Steps program of Indiana which includes children ranging in age from one to five. Christmas gifts purchased by Sertoma members and Noble of Indiana staff were distributed by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Carmel artist has new exhibit – The Southside Art League, Inc. (SALI) announces the next Guest Artist Show for the month of January. Local artist Charlene Brown will be exhibiting her original drawings and oil paintings Jan. 4-31, at the SALI Off Broadway Gallery, 299 E. Broadway St. Brown launched her career as a fine artist in 2012 at the Renaissance Gallery in Carmel. Exhibit hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Meet Brown at an artist open house from 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 13.

License branch holiday hours – All BMV license branches will be closed from Dec. 31 through Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. All license branches resume normal hours of operation on Jan. 3.

Restoration award nominations – Indiana Landmarks seeks nominations for the annual Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration. The prize goes to the owner of a historic structure that has been restored following the highest standards in method, materials and design. Eligible owners include individuals, companies, nonprofit organizations, institutions and government entities. Anyone may submit a nomination—the owner, architect, engineer, contractor, neighbor, appreciative citizen. Nomination forms are available at The deadline for nominations is Jan. 23.

Brooks named co-chair – Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN), along with Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D-FL), have been elected by the women of the House as co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues for the 115th Congress. The Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues has been a leading advocate on issues advancing the lives of women and families. Caucus members have helped pass legislation securing tougher child support enforcement, promoting women’s health, helping women business owners, and protecting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Schaibley named to committees – State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) will serve on the House Committee on Insurance. She was also named to the House Committee on Financial Institutions, the House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code and the House Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation.

Torr named to committees – State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) was recently reappointed to serve as chair of the House Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedures. He was also named as vice chair of the House Committee on Joint Rules, and will serve on the House Committee on Employment, Labor and Pensions and the House Committee on Judiciary.

Local artists featured – The Arts Council of Indianapolis and The Nature Conservancy in Indiana announce the installation of Indiana, Naturally, a juried exhibition of Indiana nature photography that will be on view at the Indianapolis International Airport through March 19. Carmel artists who will be featured include Ronda Hamm, Sarah Henderson, Ryan Jeske, and Kenneth Rabbers.

Library events – Carmel Clay Public Library Teen Council presents Yule Ball, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Jan. 21. Enjoy a screening of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Savor a taste of Hogwarts cuisine. Commemorate the night by taking a photo against our gorgeous Yule Ball backdrop. For grades 6-12. RSVPs begin Jan. 2 and run through Jan. 18. Visit Space is limited and this is a popular event, so RSVP early!

New study series – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th Street and Gray Road, will begin a new study from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays beginning Jan. 6. This series is based on the book Sermon on the Mount by Jen Wilkin. Through the 9 weeks, the lessons will challenge participants to think differently about what it means to be a follower of Jesus and a citizen of the kingdom of heaven. Book cost is $13 and is available at St. Mark’s. Childcare is available with advance request. To register for the study, visit or call 317-846-4912.

New discussion group – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th Street and Gray Road, will host a new study series based on Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy by Beth Moore. The group will meet weekly from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 11. Book cost is $15 and is available through the church. Childcare is available with advance request. To register for the study, visit or call 317-846-4912.

Facebook Bible study – Have you ever thought about reading through the Bible but didn’t think you could do it alone? A new online forum facilitated by pastors at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church through a closed Facebook Group will give you a place to share your insights, ask questions, or receive encouragement. For more information or to join the group search for Read the Bible (or New Testament) in 2017 with the St. Mark’s Pastors on Facebook or call St. Mark’s at 317-846-4912.

Humanities board named – The Indiana Humanities board of directors has elected state representative Jerry Torr as its chair for the upcoming year. In addition, it has also elected Carmel resident Susanne Wasson as its treasurer.

Corrections officers needed – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will be hiring up to 13 new correction officers. Benefits for full-time officers include a competitive salary, health insurance, paid holidays, deferred compensation plans, pension plan, and opportunities for advancement. For more information and to obtain a pre-application, visit and click on the “Corrections and Youth Care” tab.

Holiday light recycling – The ability to recycle used holiday lights will be offered at White’s Ace Hardware, 731 S. Range Line Rd, from now through the end of January. The Carmel Clay Schools Green Teams will be offering recycling at the individual schools through Jan. 5. For more information about the holiday light recycling program, call 317-571-2673.

Free science lectures – Anderson University’s School of Science and Engineering is offering a series of lectures that are free and open to the public. The lectures start at 7 p.m. and are located in Hartung Hall (room 101). Upcoming topics include: Feb. 16 – What do the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Manhattan Project Have in Common? For more information, contact the AU School of Science and Engineering at (765) 641-4374.

Free ACT practice exams – College Tutors, 1 E. Carmel Dr., is offering free practice ACT tests for students wanting the experience. Upcoming dates include Jan. 14, Feb. 4 and Mar. 4. There is no charge to take the exam. Register online at

Scholarships available – Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Indiana Scholarship Program offers students the opportunity to apply for one of four scholarships honoring the applicant’s heritage to celebrate the growing diversity in Indiana. Applications are being accepted from eligible high school seniors in one of four ethnic categories: Asian, Hispanic, African-American, and all others. Applications are due by Jan. 18. For more information, visit

Police department hiring – The Carmel Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of police officer. The Carmel Police Department offers a variety of assignments with the opportunity for advancement, including promotions and specialized positions. If interested, visit The online application must be completed by Jan. 31. Any questions or concerns can be addressed to Sgt. Phil Hobson at or 317-571-2526.

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