Carmel in brief — June 12, 2018


Bates wins state title — Carmel High School sophomore Phoebe Bates was state champion in the 1,600 meters in a yome 4:51.79 in the Indiana High School Athletic Association girls track and field state finals June 1 in Bloomington. Carmel was fourth in the team standings.

Garage sale – Scout Troop 132 will host a garage sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30 at the American Legion Post 155, 852 W. Main St. Clothing, furniture, and other household items will be available. Proceeds will benefit the troop.

Chemistry competition – Three students in Carmel will compete for one of four spots on the team representing the U.S. at the 50th International Chemistry Olympiad. Andrew Wu and Jenny Cai from Park Tudor High School, along with Iris Yan of Carmel High School were selected from among 17,000 students to attend the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp. Only twenty students were chosen, and the top four from the camp will make the final team.

Identity theft suspect – Carmel police are seeking help in finding a female suspect who allegedly stole the identity of a victim from Fishers on April 13 and opened accounts retailers in Carmel. She allegedly repeated the process with another victim’s identity at a different business later in the day in Westfield. 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.

Stolen credit card – Carmel police are searching for suspect who allegedly used a stolen credit card May 18 at a business in Indianapolis. Police said he was seen leaving in a red truck, possibly a Toyota Tundra with a paper plate and a handicap placard on the rearview mirror.

Check privacy settings – Ninety-five percent of people never change the default privacy settings on their apps and, as a result, are giving away personal information. Amazon makes wish lists public and records all conversations with Alexa. Facebook makes your friend list public. Google keeps a map of everywhere you go. It is worth it to take some time to check the privacy settings on all your apps and guard your personal information.

Source: Washington Post

Parks master plan website – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation has launched a website that will enable community members to follow along as the department develops and implements its master plan. The five-year plan, which is set to be finalized by early 2019, includes the vision for projects and updates expected to be made from 2020-2024. The website can be accessed at

Military personnel sought – RE/MAX Legends of Indianapolis is organizing the Military Tribute Grand Finale for the CarmelFest Parade on July 4. All past, present, and newly enlisted participants in any military branch as well as family members of service personnel are eligible to participate. Vehicles will be provided for those unable to walk the parade route. To participate, call 317-407-1445.

Lugar Series participants announced – The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series is accepting applications for its 29th annual class. The Lugar Series mission is to increase the number and influence of Republican women in governmental positions at all levels. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership skills in their fields of work or community service. Applications are due Aug. 1 and are available by visiting or by calling 317-536-6900.

Torchbearer nominations sought – The Indiana Commission for Women is seeking nominations for the 2018 Torchbearer Awards, the state’s most prestigious recognition of women. Recipients are selected from a pool of publicly nominated candidates who have overcome adversity, made extraordinary contributions, or demonstrated achievement in their professional careers, community leadership and public service. For a nomination form, visit and type torchbearer in the search box. Nominations are due by July 6.   

Hoosier Women Forward applications – Democratic women across the state who want to see more women in government and care about women’s issues are encouraged to apply for the Hoosier Women Forward leadership development program right now. HWF will select a group of 20 to 25 outstanding Democratic women each year through a competitive application process to participate in its nine-month leadership training program. Applications are being accepted through July 3 and can be found online at

Continued Use Award – The Hamilton County Commission was recently honored with the Continued Use Award from Indiana Landmarks. The award was for the restoration and maintenance of the county courthouse in Noblesville. The Second Empire-style courthouse retains the original limestone quoins, pilasters, window labels and convex slate roof. A majestic classical clock tower rises above the building. The interior, too, remains virtually unaltered in its configuration and finishes.

Suspect sought – Carmel police are searching for a suspect accused of using stolen credit cards. The victim reported a theft from her vehicle in December, and soon after one of the cards was used to make purchases in Castleton. 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.

Breakfast Club meeting – The June Breakfast Club Meeting will be at 7:30 a.m. June 20 at The Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St., Carmel. Guest speakers will include Mayor Andy Cook, Judge Paul Felix and Judge Steve Nation, who will discuss the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program. Cost is $20. RSVPs and payment must be made online at and are due by June 18.

Free Constitution sessions – The Constitution Party will host a series of free sessions on the Constitution. Sessions will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month from now through July at Old National Banking Center, 385 S. Main St., Zionsville. Nick Frecker will lead the series and will be using The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution by Brion McClanahan. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the sessions.

Ladies tea – Fellowship in Christ Church, 310 N. Range Line Rd., will host Coffee, Tea, and Thee for ladies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. This is open to all women in the community and there is no cost to attend.

Pedal Perks – The Pedal Perks program is back for its second year with even more businesses offering deals to bicyclists. The ride-and-save discount program is an affordable way for locals and visitors to explore the area on bikes. Just show proof of your ride to local merchants (a photo will do) to receive discounts. A full list of the deals can be found at

Solar workshops – The City of Carmel is partnering with Carmel Green Initiative and other Hamilton County communities to co-host Rooftop Solar Workshops. Attendees will learn the basics about this new technology, how net metering affects return on investment and how to select a solar installer.  All workshops are free and open to everyone. Upcoming workshops include: June 12 – Westfield; June 23 – Westfield; June 24 – Carmel; July 18 – Fishers. Visit for times and locations.

Celebrations series – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series on Wednesdays at noon. The next session will be held on June 13. Andrew Moore is a musical performer and composer from Indianapolis who specializes in percussion and will be playing the steel pan.

Walk/Ride to prevent suicide – The Rollfast Foundation will host Roll at 8 a.m. June 16 at Creekside Middle School. Participants can bike an 8-10 mile loop, or walk a 3K loop. Cost is $50. Proceeds will fund suicide awareness and prevention programs. Register or donate online at

Photo contest – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring its fifth annual photo contest for youth and adults who reside in Hamilton County. Each age division has two categories – Then and Now, and Pollinators in Color. Digital files must be submitted by June 27. Additional information and entry forms are located at

Serve Indiana awards – Nominations are being accepted for the Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence. Categories include volunteerism, youth volunteerism, corporate service award and several others. Nominations are due by June 29. For more, visit and type Serve Indiana in the search box.

Pillar Award nominations sought – Legacy Fund is accepting nominations for its Community Pillar Awards through June 30. Nominees should be individuals or corporations doing visionary work to solve pressing challenges and create a brighter future for Hamilton County in three leadership areas—college readiness and success, family success and inspiring places. For more information, visit

Cycling for Survivors – 2018 Cops Cycling for Survivors is a group that will bike nearly 1,000 miles over 13 days in July to honor fallen law enforcement officers. The group also raises funds for families of the fallen officers. The first leg of the trip will begin on July 9 in Indianapolis and end in Columbus. For a full schedule, visit

Golf tournament – River Glen Country Club, 12010 Clubhouse Dr., Fishers, will host the Earl D. Hoover Memorial Charity Golf Tournament from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 28. Proceeds will benefit the Jefferson Awards Foundation, an organization that promotes public service through education and awards. For more, visit

Cycling exhibit – Cycling Through History is now open at the Monon Depot, 211 First St. SW. The exhibit showcases historic bikes, including a high-wheeler, an antique tandem bicycle, a 1930s Elgin, a Schwinn Krate and more. The museum is open Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m, and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit runs through July 29.

First Responders at Conner Prairie – Conner Prairie will host First Responders Day on Aug. 4. First Responders with valid ID will receive free admission into the park and their guests will receive a 50 percent discount. Special programming will be offered and an opening ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. For more details, visit

Creative writers meetings – Carmel Creative Writers wants to give writers of all levels and genres the opportunity to network, learn and share. Join us for our meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Hoosier Salon, 22 N. Range Line Rd. Guest speakers, a yearly anthology, and input on your writing samples are all part of our meetings. For more, email [email protected].

Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a nonprofit social club, connects its members with friends, engages in fun activities and explores the community. Monthly activities include a welcome coffee, a luncheon event and 32 interest group meetings. Membership represents Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville and Indianapolis. For more, visit or call 317-564-8349

Spend time with veterans – Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation is looking for volunteers for our new community center at 964 N. Pennsylvania St. These volunteers would spend time with our veterans by playing games, watching television, fellowshipping with them and more. To volunteer, call 317-951-0688.

Transportation discussions – INDOT will host an open house session, where transportation-related topics will be informally discussed. INDOT team members will be available to address questions from the public and solicit input. The session will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 25 at Ivy Tech, 2535 N. Capital Ave., Indianapolis.

Digital citizenship certifications –Towne Meadow Elementary and Carmel Elementary have been certified as a Digital Citizenship Schools. The campuses received the honor for demonstrating a commitment to taking a whole-community approach in preparing students to use the power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while helping them understand the potential perils, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying. Towne Meadow and Carmel Elementary now join Prairie Trace, Cherry Tree, Smoky Row, Orchard Park and Mohawk Trails with the distinction.

Joint pain seminar – Riverview Health will host a joint pain seminar from 6 to 7 p.m. June. 13 at the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel, 11925 N. Meridian St. Dr. Norman Mindrebo, a board certified orthopedic surgeon, will discuss the newest techniques for joint pain and joint replacement. Topics include hip, knee and shoulder pain and the variety of treatments available for each condition. A light dinner will be served. The program is free, but registration is required. Register at or call 776-7999.

Tai Chi classes – The Monon Center will offer Tai Chi classes and practice sessions this summer. Classes are offered from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning July 2. Cost is $80 for the summer session. Practice sessions are from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning July 2. Cost is $70 for the session. To register, visit and enter Tai Chi into the search box.

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 is held at Old National Bank, 1430 S. Range Line Rd. For more, visit

Centier Bank milestones – Centier Bank is celebrating a successful start to 2018 by reaching the $4 billion asset milestone. Centier’s Mortgage Department also continues to be a preferred mortgage lender in the state, with over $32 million in closed loans in the month of April, with 10 loan officers each exceeding $1 million in closed loans. The bank will continue expansion in 2018. Centier recently broke ground on its 61st location in Elkhart and will also celebrate a grand opening for its Fishers Crossing branch in July, followed by a Michigan City branch opening in early 2019.

Now open – Onyx and East has recently opened Uptown at WestClay featuring 52 townhomes with two, three, and four bedroom options starting in the $280,000s. All townhomes have 9-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances, quartz or granite countertops, smooth finish ceilings, and modern interior doors and trim. For more, visit


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