New police chief – Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard has appointed Jim Barlow to be the next chief of the Carmel Police Dept., replacing retiring chief Tim Green. Jim Barlow has been with CPD for 34 years, the last six years serving as assistant chief. Brainard also appointed Jeff Horner and Aaron Dietz to assistant chief positions. All changes are effective June 1.
Referendum voting – Early voting for the Carmel Clay Schools replacement referendum is available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through April 28. Saturday voting is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 29. The final day of early voting is from 8 a.m. to noon May 1. All early votes must be cast at the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center, 1 Hamilton County Square in Noblesville. Voting on Election Day, May 2, is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at local precincts. Find your precinct location at indianavoters.in.gov.
Referendum meetings – Carmel Clay Schools will host a series of community meetings to discuss the upcoming referendum vote and the impact it can have on taxes and schools. Upcoming meetings include: Smoky Row Elementary, 6:30 April 26; Towne Meadow Elementary, 6 p.m. April 27; Creekside Middle School, 7:30 p.m. April 27.
Trash to Treasures sale – Carmel Christian Church, 463 E. Main St., presents its annual Trash to Treasure, Sale of Biblical Proportions from 8 am to 1 pm. on April 29. In addition to great deals of a variety of items, there will be face painting for the kids and a silent auction.
American Muscle Car Gathering – Bring your American Muscle car and enjoy the cars, coffee, and more from 9 a.m. to noon April 29 at Miller Auto Care, 434 S Range Line Rd. Bub’s Café will be on-site with coffee and food, as well as the Pretty Cute Things clothing boutique and Noonday Collection Jewelry with shopping opportunities. In case of rain, this event will be postponed until May 6.
Electronics recycling – An electronics recycling and shredding drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 29 at Creekside Middle School, 126th and Shelbourne Road. Shredding is $5 per box. Electronics recycling is free except for tube TVs and monitors, which are $10 each. Also accepted will be prescription drugs. Proceeds will benefit Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.
College news – Wittenberg University recently recognized Nancy Giesel and Kari Truax for high achievement in academic and co-curricular activities. Grace Labuzan has been awarded the Rachel Carson Scholarship by Green Mountain College. Jackson Kizer of Ball State University has been awarded a scholarship by the Indiana Broadcasters Association.
Book sale – The Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 Fourth Ave SE, will host a book sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29 and 1 to 4:30 p.m. April 30. All proceeds will benefit the library. Learn more at carmel.lib.in.us.
Impact 100 grants available – Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis will give away $156,000 and membership will be comprised of 215 women for the 2017 grant cycle. From now until May, focus area committees will review and discuss proposed projects and applications submitted by greater Indianapolis area nonprofits, followed by site visits and the selection of one finalist from five focus areas, including arts and culture, education, environment, family and health and wellness. To learn more about Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis and the annual awards dinner visit www.impact100indy.org.
Pampering for Make-A-Wish – Tilly’s Tea Room and the family of Bella Simons will host a night of pampering to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 11. Tickets start at $100 and include food provided by Tilly’s, massages, hair blow-out, and nail polish change. All proceeds will go to grant a wish for a Carmel High School student, as was done for Bella when she faced a brain tumor two years ago. For tickets, visit www.crowdrise.com/wish-indiana-cohort-2017/fundraiser/tashasimons.
Art contest winners on display – The Museum of Miniature Houses will feature the winners of the annual Carmel High School Art Department’s “Minumental” competition. Students were challenged to create works of art no bigger than 1 inch x 1 inch x 1 inch, in any medium, to illustrate celebrity icons. The exhibit will run until May 14. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
New scholarship program – Indiana Members Foundation, the charitable arm of Indiana Members Credit Union, announces the new Robert E. Martin Collegiate Scholarship Program, available to college students that are members of Indiana Members Credit Union. Up to twenty-five $1,000 scholarships will be offered. Applications will be accepted through April 30. Application and instructions can be found online at www.imf4kids.org.
New miniatures exhibit – The Furnishing Touch, an exhibit that tells a history of American home furnishings in miniature, has opened at the Museum of Miniature Houses. The exhibit, that runs through May 28, begins with The Mannerist style (1600-1700) that was popular with English settlers in America, through The William and Mary Style, popular from 1695-1730, and ends with the Colonial Revival style that started in the 1870s and is still found in popular home trends today.
Tennis anyone? – The fourth annual Clay Middle School Tennis camp will be held the weeks of June 13-16, and June 19-22. We are looking for tennis players of all levels of experience; from beginners to pro’s, ages 5-14. For more information, visit http://tiny.cc/7anhky.
Photo contest – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring its annual photo contest for Hamilton County residents. Each division has three categories – Conservation at Work, Weird Trees of Hamilton County, and Native Plants (Urban or Agriculture.) Digital files must be submitted by June 28. Entries will be displayed at the 4-H Fair July 20-24. Winners in each category will receive $50. For additional information and entry forms, visit www.hamiltonswcd.org/photo-contest.html.
Arts and education grants available – The Telamon Foundation, the charitable arm of Telamon Corporation, has announced that its grant application for 2017 is now available. This marks the Telamon Foundation’s fourth annual round of grants that focus primarily on the Foundation’s pillars of arts and education. The application for 2017 can now be found at http://telamon.com/telamon-foundation/. Applications are due Sept. 15. Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student pages – State Sen. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) recently welcomed the following Carmel students to the Statehouse as student pages: Reagan Bernard, Emerson Bostic, Everett Carlisle, Emily Christman, Erick Christman, Carl Gutwein, Isabella Gutwein, Kaitlin Gutwein, Mitchell Langdon, Jackson Pasheilich, Erin Terry, Stephen Terry, Kylie Upton.
Fuzion CEO appointed – Carmel-based Fuzion Analytics has appointed Barry Staldine to the position of president and chief executive officer of Fuzion by its board of trustees. Staldine will provide strategic direction and oversight to the company through the delivery and continued development of results-oriented solutions to the senior insurance industry.
Google partnership achieved – Carmel-based Hodges Marketing Solutions (HMS) has become a certified Google partner. HMS assists clients with internet advertising, social media promotion, and marketing automation. Its partnership with Google allows HMS to receive special access to support and provide better service to its clients.
Askew to join MasterChef cruise – Carmel resident Tanorria Askew, fan favorite of MasterChef, will be joining the MasterChef cruise in November. The MasterChef cruise will sail to the Carribbean for a once in a lifetime culinary journey where fans and foodies alike can experience the show live and meet their favorite MasterChef All-Stars including past winners and fan favorites.