Carmel in brief — May 16, 2017


Correction – In the May 9 edition of Current in Carmel, the founders of O’Malia’s Living were misidentified. The founders are William “Bill” and Helen Jo O’Malia.

Suspects sought – On April 26 at 6:35 p.m., two suspects broke into a vehicle on the 1400 block of East 96th Street and stole credit cards. The suspects then used the stolen cards to purchase over $2,700 worth of merchandise. The suspects were traveling in a white 2005-2009 style Chevrolet Uplander mini-van. If anyone has information on these suspects or the vehicle they are asked to contact the Carmel Police Department Investigations Division at 317-571-2511 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 (TIPS).

Eagle Scout rank attained – Gannon Eichman, 16, has received Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. Eichman, a member of Troop 202, has been involved in scouting for 11 years. For his project, Eichman cleared and prepared a community garden plot with vegetables and herbs. After the garden was harvested he and his volunteers donated the produce to the food pantry at Carmel United Methodist Church.

History Day contest winners – Several Carmel students participated in the National History Day in Indiana contest and earned placements for their group and individual projects, including: Kieran Thomas, Neharika Palivela, Nanditha Kolur, Morgan Ye, Ruby Sanders, Delilah Macharia, Caitlin Harshberger, Sitha Vallabhaneni, Jackson Holforty, Alina Husain, Jay Natartajan, Ethan McAndrews, Max Toubin, Amy Zhuang, Jackie Hur, Alina Yu, Mandeep Dhillon.

Tourism grants given – The Indiana Office of Tourism has awarded several grants to facilities that make their destination a more desirable place to live and visit. Carmel-based Museum of Miniature Houses was awarded $7,386 to create a mobile responsive website. According to the museum’s visitor log, one out of three patron visits is attributable to an internet search.

Dream Home tour – The 2017 Indianapolis Monthly Dream Home Tour is open in Carmel from noon to 6 p.m. daily through May 21. This year’s Dream Home is the first ever remodel. Tickets are $15 online at or $20 at the door, and all proceeds benefit the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana. Parking is at Coxhall Gardens, 11677 Towne Rd, with complimentary shuttle service to and from the home.

Veterans to lead parade – Korean war veterans are to be honored as the Grand Marshal Unit at this year’s CarmelFest Parade. Veterans who wish to participate should contact Elaine Roberts at 765-437-5787 or A family member or friend is also invited to walk alongside the vehicle and carry a poster with the veteran’s picture. Classic car owners are needed as well. Contact Sharleen Miller at 317-345-0682 or

HCLA applications – The Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA) is accepting applications for the 2017-18 class.  HCLA is a leadership program that identifies and prepares informed leaders for our community. The program is open to Hamilton County residents or those with business or civic activities within the community. Informational meetings will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. May 25 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. RSVP for the meeting by emailing Laura Crum at or calling 317-606-0324. Applications are due June 30.  The application may be found online at

American Pickers to film – American Pickers is returning to Indiana. This documentary series explores the world of antique picking by following Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team as they search for valuable antiques. They will be visiting the area in June. They are looking for local antique collections to investigate. To be considered, send your name, phone number, location, description of the collection, and photos to

Waterpark opening – The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center will open for the season at 11 a.m. May 27. Located in Central Park, The Waterpark offers several amenities including two Adventure Slides, FlowRider, AquaClimb Wall, Plunge Slide, Lazy River, Kiddie Pool and an Activity Pool. The Activity Pool is home to a new play feature this summer suitable for children of all ages. The new feature has a futuristic appearance and includes a 12-foot waterslide in addition to more than ten spray features.

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.

Church rummage sale – Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., will host its semi-annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 3. The sale will feature more than 17,000 square feet of clothing, electronics, home and garden, housewares, china, books, toys and much more. All proceeds go to mission projects both locally and abroad. For more information, visit

Emerging Leaders applicants sought – The Emerging Leaders Project is a free, yearlong development program designed to help build the Democratic Party’s bench in Indiana. Each year 40 Hoosiers, aged 21-40, are selected to participate in four, day-long training sessions that expose them to various aspects of political campaigns, policy and public service. The Project is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 class. For more information, visit

Free seminars for seniors – CarDon & Associates is partnering with Indy Mature Living to help educate Indianapolis-area seniors about issues related to home ownership and post-retirement downsizing. The free seminars will highlight selling a home for seniors, senior living options for those over the age of 55, downsizing, and estate liquidation solutions, among other educational topics. Upcoming topics include: Estate Liquidation Solutions from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on June 8 at Aspen Trace, 3154 S. SR 135, Greenwood. Reservations can be made by phone or email at 317-600-2056 or

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

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

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 Applications are due Sept. 15. Any questions can be directed to

Free resources for Hamilton County gardeners​ – Thinking of starting a new garden? Do you have concerns each summer with your existing garden? The Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District can help. SWCD staff are available for free visits to any backyard and community garden in Hamilton County. Staff can provide guidance with planning, advice on weed and pest management, tip sheets, and much more. To schedule a visit, contact Andrew Fritz at or 317-773-2181. In addition, tip sheets and other online resources are available at

New roadwork project – Milestone Contractors has begun work on a $1.4 million project to add turn lanes at the Interstate 465 and U.S. 421/Michigan Road interchange on the north side of Indianapolis. All interchange ramps are planned to remain open during the project. Some lanes at the interchange will be temporarily narrowed and shifted to maintain traffic and provide space for construction. The project is anticipated to be complete by November.

Summer STEM camps – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is offering several STEM programs for kids and teens this summer. Some of the programs being offered include Apprentice Electrical Engineering and Robotics 101 for kids ages 8-11 years and Masters Electrical Engineering for teens and tweens ages 11-14 years. Those interested in registering are encouraged to read the summer Escape Guide. A digital copy of the guide can be found at


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