Carmel in brief — February 27, 2018


Student pages – State Sen. Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) welcomed Carmel resident Kirby Creamer to the Statehouse who served as a Senate page in January. Student pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Science Bowl – The Department of Energy’s 28th National Science Bowl will take place this spring. Competition starts this month with regional level meets among middle and high school teams, including a team from Creekside Middle School. The winning team from each of the 48 middle- and 65 high-school regions will compete in the National Finals, held in Washington, D.C. from April 26-30.

Financial reporting award – The City of Carmel has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the City’s comprehensive annual financial report, known as a CAFR. The Certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Suspects sought – Carmel police are searching for two suspects accused of using stolen credit cards. The victim reported her wallet stolen Jan. 11 in Indianapolis, and soon after the cards were used to make purchases at the Target and Best Buy stores on Michigan Road in Carmel. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carmel Police Dept. at 317-571-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

Friday Fish Fry – Knights of Columbus will hold Friday Fish Fry from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on March 2, 9, 16 and 23 at St. Elizabeth Seton, 106th Street and Haverstick Road. Cost is $11 and includes all you can eat fish, fries, applesauce, cole slaw, cookies and iced tea. Kids’ meals are also available, as are carryout and curbside pickup.

Winter reading program – The Carmel Clay Public Library is holding a winter reading program for adults through March 12. Participants can earn restaurant coupons for reading, with a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local business or restaurant. For more information, call 317-814-3987.

Elder care information session – The Central Indiana Senior Alliance presents No Lectures, Just Answers from 5 to 7 p.m. March 1 at 11550 N. Meridian St. Experts will be on hand to answer questions related to elder law, hospice care, reverse mortgages, senior living and more. Call 317-762-9846 for more information.

Town hall meeting – State Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis) will host a bipartisan town hall meeting during the 2018 legislative session with State Reps. Carey Hamilton (D-Indianapolis) and Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis). The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 1 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis.

Citizens Academy – Applications are being accepted for the spring session of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy. The 12-week course is held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30 with classes running from March 8 through May 24. There is no charge for participants to attend the academy which is open to area residents 18 years of age and older. More information and applications are available at

Bingo Madness – Barnraisers presents March Bingo Madness at 6:30 p.m. March 1 at Knights of Columbus, 2100 E. 71st Street. Cost is $50 and includes dinner, drinks, bingo and more. All proceeds will benefit Chaucie’s Place. Tables and sponsorships are available as well. For more, visit

Casino night – Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, 3085 W. 116th St., will hold its 18th Annual Casino Night & Silent Auction at 7:30 p.m. March 10. Tickets are $25 per person and include Las Vegas style gambling, a $10 voucher towards silent auction, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Visit to order tickets.

Authors award nominations – The public is invited to nominate a writer with Indiana ties for the 2018 Indiana Authors Award. Winning authors receive cash prizes, and they each select an Indiana library to receive a grant as well. Nominations may be submitted online at and will be accepted through March 16.

Scholarships available – Tru Direction, Inc., is accepting applications for its 2018 scholarship program. Scholarship recipients can receive $500 to $2,500 each as determined by the Scholarship Committee. For eligibility rules, visit Applications are due by March 31.

My Favorite Teacher – Barnes & Noble is sponsoring the My Favorite Teacher contest for middle and high school students. Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, on 8.5-inch by 11-inch white paper) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. Visit for contest rules and entry form. Entries are due by March 2.

Snowplow painting – INDOT East Central District invites high schools to paint an INDOT snowplow blade with original artwork to represent their school. In addition to being seen in service during winter months, the blades may be used at events within the school’s community to enhance public awareness, promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both INDOT and the school’s art program. Applications are due March 15. For more, visit

Shuttle drivers needed – IU Health North Hospital needs volunteer drivers for its parking lot shuttle. Volunteers are needed weekdays for three-hour shifts. Individuals must be at least 21 years old and have a valid Indiana driver’s license. To learn more or begin the volunteer application process, contact Sonya Peitz, volunteer services coordinator, at 317-688-2927 or speitz@iuhealt.

Addiction support group – Parents of Addicted Loved Ones is a support group for parents who have children dealing with drug addiction. Meetings are on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Carmel Christian Church, 463 E. Main St. The meetings are for those over the age of 18, no exceptions will be made for anyone under 18. There is no charge to attend

Year of growth – Centier Bank achieved another profitable year of growth in 2017 with reported earnings over $38 million and a return on average assets of one percent for the year, ending December 31, 2017. Total loans grew by over $420 million, or 14 percent from the prior year.  The bank continued its strategic expansion in Northern Indiana, with new branches opening in Lafayette, Goshen, Granger, and South Bend Meijer.

New 5K partnership announced – Carmel Road Racing Group, the management group of Carmel’s largest running event, announced Indiana Members Credit Union as the new title sponsor of the Carmel Marathon Weekend 5K. The 5K event distance has grown into a community favorite by offering participants of all ages and abilities the opportunity to enjoy the race weekend experience. The event distance will now be recognized as the Indiana Members Credit Union 5K.

Former Enron CFO to speak – The CFA Society of Indianapolis will host the 2018 Annual Investment Forum from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 18 at Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St. Among the guest speakers will be Andy Fastow, former CFO of Enron Corp. Fastow pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy in relation to the Enron case, and in 2006 he was sentenced to six years in prison. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at