Cheer championships – Indiana Cheer Championship state finals were held recently. Carmel High School was named state champion in the High School Time-Out and Varsity Coed divisions.
No Shave November – The Carmel Police Dept. is participating in No Shave November by raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. About a third of the department is letting their facial hair grow to reach a goal of $5,000 by the end of November. Donations for the cause may be dropped off at CPD headquarters, Integrity Automotive or Main Street Barber Shop. Main Street Barber Shop will shave the officers from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 3. It will also trim up the officers during the month. Read the full story at CurrentinCarmel.com.
Holiday budget report – The personal-finance website WalletHub has released its 2017 Holiday Budgets by City report. WalletHub’s analysts used several key metrics, such as income, age and savings-to-monthly expenses ratio, to estimate the maximum spending amounts for consumers in each of 570 U.S. cities. Carmel ranked fifth on the list with holiday budget of $2,300 per person.
Common Sense certification given – Orchard Park Elementary has become an official Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Certified School. Orchard Park Elementary now joins Prairie Trace Elementary, Cherry Tree Elementary and Smoky Row Elementary in receiving this certification. Students at certified schools learn to use the power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while learning the potential perils, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying.
Theft suspects – On Oct. 17 and 18 two suspects visited several workout facilities throughout the metropolitan Indianapolis area. While visiting those facilities, the suspects stole several credit cards and traveled to stores including Best Buy and Target and purchased electronics and gift cards. If anyone has information on the suspects, contact the Carmel Police Department Investigations Division at 317-571-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.
Bulletproof vest grant awarded – The Carmel Police Dept. has been awarded an $8,000 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance as part of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant. This U.S. Dept. of Justice initiative was developed in 1999 for the purpose of partnering with local law enforcement agencies to provide resources for the purchase of protective body armor. The bulletproof vests purchased by CPD cost $824 each.
Scholarship awarded – For the 12th consecutive year, Hoosier Ag Today has awarded a scholarship to a high achieving Indiana 4-H member for their communications skills. The award was made to Crystal Xue of Hamilton County. She is a senior at Carmel High School who plans on a career in public service.
Lugar Series participants announced – The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series recently kicked-off its 28th year by introducing 20 Hoosier women who will participate in the program. Kelly Barton and Sumeeta Bhatia, both of Carmel, were selected for this year’s panel. The Lugar Series’ mission is to increase the number and influence of Republican women in governmental positions at all levels.
Treasure Hunting auction – Impact 100 welcomes members, potential members and guests to Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers, 12232 Hancock St., Carmel, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 for a fundraising auction. Funds will be raised through a live auction of known items and through a live auction of mystery boxes and will be used for scholarships. Register at Impact100Indy.org.
Great Outdoor Party – The Hamilton County Republican Party will hold the 2017 Great Outdoor Party from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at Beck’s Hangar, 11329 E. SR 32. Sonny Beck of Beck’s Hybrids will be the featured speaker. Ticket prices vary but will include hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine. Dress is business attire. Visit HamiltonCountyGOP.org for more information or to register.
Winter Wonderland Bash – The Democratic Party of Hamilton County will host Winter Wonderland Bash at 5 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets start at $50 and include hors d’ouevres, silent auction and more. Dress is cocktail attire. Register at secure.actblue.com/donate/wwbash.
Holiday traffic patrols – During the Thanksgiving holiday, local law-enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force to spot violations to Indiana’s seat belt and impaired driving laws. Through the weekend after Thanksgiving, expect to see an increase in random patrols, saturation patrols and checkpoints.
Winter Market opens – The Carmel Winter Market has begun the season in a new location. It has moved to The Wire Factory, 510 3rd Ave. SW. The new location has more space, which means more vendors. Among the newest vendors are Dandy Breeze Creamery (milk and chocolate milk), Eagle Creek Apiary (honey), and Risin’ Creek Creamery (goat cheese). The market is open on from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through February.
Stewards of Children – Parents and adults who work with children can learn how to prevent child sexual abuse by registering for Stewards of Children. This program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react to child sexual abuse. Chaucie’s Place is offering this program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at their main office, 4607 E. 106th St. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information visit chauciesplace.org. The first 10 people that e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org will receive a promotional code to attend the training for free.
Venison donations accepted – Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry would like to remind all hunters and landowners about our deer donation program. Just take your deer in to your local meat processor/butcher shop and tell them you would like to donate it to the Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry program. There is no charge to you! We will pay the processing fees and give this nutritious meat to local hunger relief agencies. For more, visit HoosiersFeedingTheHungry.org.
Comcast increases speeds – Comcast has announced it will increase speeds of some of its most popular Internet tiers over the next several weeks. Download speeds for the company’s Xfinity Blast! tier will jump from 75 Mbps to 100 Mbps, while Performance tier speeds will more than double from 25Mbps to 60Mbps. Customers of the Performance Starter tier will see a similarly sized boost, from 10Mbps to 25Mbps. Rollouts of the new speeds will continue through mid-December, and will be available across all of central Indiana.
Free meditation class – Sahaja Meditation Indiana presents a free mediation class at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Learn to reduce stress and experience inner peace through meditation. The class will be held at Old National Bank, 1430 S. Range Line Rd. For more, visit IndianaMeditation.org.
T-Mobile now available at Lucas Oil – Carmel-based Telamon’s wireless solutions division recently completed the design, installation, and commissioning of a complete distributed antenna system, adding T-Mobile coverage to Lucas Oil Stadium. To enable the best fan experience, the DAS buildout included more than 178 new remote units spread throughout the venue for increased network capacity and faster download speeds. Lucas Oil is now able to provide wireless service to all four major wireless carriers’ subscribers.
New Advisory Council forming – The Indiana Dept. of Revenue invites tax professionals, attorneys, business stakeholders, advocates and scholars statewide to be considered for appointment to the first-ever Commissioner’s Advisory Council to provide valuable input on tax administration for the state. Twelve members will be selected for two-year appointments. The council will meet quarterly beginning in late January. Applications are available at in.gov/dor/5739.htm and are due by Dec. 1.