Carmel in brief — September 11, 2018


Must runSchool supply drive – David Weekley Homes recently hosted its fourth annual school supply drive in 17 cities across the nation. Locally, school supplies were collected for Teachers’ Treasures, which obtains and distributes school supplies to teachers in Marion County and surrounding school districts to provide to students in need. In addition, a grant of $3,500 from The David Weekley Family Foundation will be used to purchase eight new laptops for the organization.

Media awards earned – The OMNI Centre for Public Media, Inc. recently received two awards from The Alliance for Community Media. The Centre received a gold plaque for Overall Excellence in Government Access. The other award was a silver plaque for an instructional video of the proper folding and disposal of an American flag as demonstrated by Carmel firefighters and Boy Scout Troop 131.

Civil War Roundtable – Tom Williams will present The Battle of the Crater from the Confederate Perspective at the Sept. 12 meeting of the Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square. Williams is past president of the Indianapolis Civil War Roundtable and past chairman of the Indiana Civil War Battle Flags Commission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

The future of energy – Carmel Green Initiative will hold a sustainable living seminar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Carmel Clay Public Library. Along with a video presentation of Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation, Mayors Greg Ballard and Jim Brainard will speak about reducing oil dependence and solar alternatives. RSVP at

Cycling event – The Rollfast International Gran Fondo will take place on Sept. 16 along the country roads of Hamilton County. Participants can choose from the 25-mile Piccolo, 65-mile Medio, and the 100-mile Gran Routes. The Fondo has become one of the cycling world’s premier events and has been ranked in the top ten by Gran Fondo Guide. For more, visit

Student attended Aviation Challenge – Carmel resident Zoe Koniaris recently attended Aviation Challenge Mach III at the US Space and Rocket Center. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

Journalism award given – Carmel resident Christina Yang was awarded third place in the National Federation of Press Women’s (NFPW) 2018 high school communications contest. Yang’s piece was titled Alone in the Crowd. As a competition winner, Yang got to attend the NFPW conference in Pennsylvania.

Animal welfare grants awarded – The Grey Muzzle Association has awarded a grant to the Humane Society for Hamilton County. The Humane Society is one of 66 animal welfare groups in 30 states that were chosen from over 300 applicants. The grant will fund veterinary and dental care for senior dogs to prepare them for their forever homes.

Mini-mini kids run – Nearly 1,000 kids participated in the 500 Festival mini-mini kids run on Aug. 26. Several kids from Carmel placed, including: Marissa Etter – third in the half-mile race for girls ages 5-7; Elias Merzoug – second in the mile race for boys ages 9-10; Sarah Neglia – third in the mile race for girls ages 9-10; William Gilhooly – first in the mile race for boys ages 10-11; Ryan Finkbeiner – second in the mile race for boys ages 10-11; Alex Paquette – second in the 1.5 mile race for boys ages 11-12.

Math and science tutors – Tutors with the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology are ready to help students in grades 6-12 who are struggling with math or science assignments. From 7 to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, call 877-ASK-ROSE or chat online by visiting Questions can be emailed at any time via the website, and responses will be provided during the operating hours. 

Voter registration month – Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is reminding eligible voters that September is National Voter Registration Month. Hoosiers who need to register should do so at or on a smart phone using the Indiana Voters app. The deadline to register before the general election is Oct. 9.

Winter predictions – If you’re tired of summer heat and humidity, here are some winter predictions. The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a colder-than-normal season, with severe cold arriving in mid-February. However, Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a milder winter with above-normal temperatures and more rain than snow. So, which is right? We will just have to wait and see.


Indiana among safest for children – A new report has named Indiana among the states with the fewest registered sex offenders per capita in the nation. The analysts at A Secure Life evaluated data from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to determine the rankings. Indiana claimed the second spot on the list of states with the fewest offenders. 


Temporary closure – The Board of Directors of the Carmel Clay Historical Society has decided to close the Monon Depot and the Archives building for the next several weeks while construction on the Monon Boulevard expansion takes place directly in front of the Historical Society’s property. Donations to the collections can still be made by calling 317-846-7117. A volunteer will arrange to pick up any donations.

Celebrations series – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series on Wednesdays at noon. Join Adrian Matejka, the sixth Poet Laureate of Indiana on Sept. 12. Matejka is the Ruth Lilly Professor / Poet-in-Residence at Indiana University in Bloomington and is currently working on a new collection of poems, Hearing Damage, and a graphic novel.

Ironworks Social – Ironworks Hotel presents the second annual Ironworks Social from 2 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15. This free event features food, live music, cocktails, on-site dog adoptions and more. Dogs are welcome to attend as well and all proceeds will benefit the Human Society for Hamilton County.

Local history documentaries – OMNI Centre for Public Media will debut documentaries about Cricklewood Farm and Block Farm from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Block Farm, now Brookshire subdivision and Golf Course, was owned by Meier Block, son of the founder of the Block Department Stores, until 1969. Cricklewood Farm had a professionally built racetrack. Come and learn how these farms contributed to the history of farming in Carmel. 

Car Free Day – Central Indiana residents are encouraged to take part in Car Free Day Indy by taking a bus, biking, walking or carpooling on Sept. 21. To sweeten the challenge, Commuter Connect, the region’s rideshare program, is offering a free emergency ride home for anyone who signs the online pledge at The day also includes two events – one at Cummins Plaza from 7 to 9 a.m. and one on Monument Circle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both will feature free music and food while it lasts.

Circle of Light auditions – Auditions are now open for the annual Circle of Lights festival, with all auditions taking place via online submission. Simply record a two-minute holiday-themed video and submit it via Submissions are being accepted through Sept. 24. Finalists will be invited to a live audition on Oct. 20 and will be asked to prepare two songs to perform. Email with video audition questions or call 317-237-2222, x2317.

Candidate forum – The League of Women Voters of Hamilton County will host a candidate forum for Hamilton County contested races. It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 at Noblesville City Hall. Candidates from the following races will attend: county commissioner, county council districts 1, 3 and 4, county circuit court clerk, county sheriff and county coroner. For more information, contact Peg Harmon at

Class reunion – The Carmel High School Class of 1988 will hold its 30 year reunion from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Indiana Design Center, 200 S. Range Line Rd. Tickets are $60 each and include hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Tickets can be purchased at

Women’s Half Marathon – The Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5K will be held at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 29. There is a new starting line this year, located at the intersection of Meridian and Vermont Street next to University Park. After the race, participants will be treated to an array of entertainment and treats, including water and snacks, mimosas and beer. For the first time ever, finishers will be treated to warm pancakes fresh off the griddle at the Indiana Spine Group Pancake Tent. To register, visit

Rising Hope Gala Dinner – Cindy Simon Skjodt will sponsor a fundraising dinner for Saving Orphans Through Healthcare and Outreach. The black tie gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Ritz Charles. Featured guest will be Josina Machel, stepdaughter of Nelson Mandela and domestic abuse survivor. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online at

Reading disorders conference – The International Dyslexia Association will hold Solution Saturday, a literacy conference, from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Oct. 6 at the University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Building, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Attendees will get strategies and resources for supporting students with reading disorders. Cost is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers and includes lunch. Register at

Free FastWax at Crew – The Hunger Crew Event with Gleaners Food Bank will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 6-7. Crew Carwash will provide a free FastWax service to any customer who provides a canned food item or cash donation for Gleaners Food Bank. Crew will accept donations at Michigan Road and Range Line Road locations in Carmel. In the event of inclement weather, the fundraiser will be moved to Oct. 13-14. 

Voting for Indiana’s best – Voting is now open for the Best of Indiana State Parks, Best Museums, and Best Burgers. Nominees for all three categories were recommended by members of Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry. To see the nominees and vote, go to Voting ends on Oct. 27.

Legislative internships – The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring-semester internships in its legislative, legal, policy, communications and information technology offices during the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Candidates must be at least college sophomores or older. For more information or to access an application, visit The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

 Youth volunteer nominations sought – From now through Nov. 6. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Indiana’s top youth volunteers of the year. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at and

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

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.

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.

Hearing loss support group – A hearing loss support group is starting up in the central Indiana area area. If you or someone you know might be interested, contact Kitty at 317-669-2250 or, Jenifer at 317-987-2852 (text only) or, or Sommer at 317-502-3395 (text only) or

Free health workshops – Franciscan Health-Carmel presents the Stethoscope Series. These free sessions provide conversations with doctors, surgeons and other specialists. Joint Replacement Treatments will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Franciscan Health, 12188-B, N. Meridian St. The class is free but registration is required by calling 833-439-2425. 

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

Police department hiring – The Carmel Police Dept. is accepting applications for the position of police officer. Those interested should visit to view minimum qualifications and complete the online application. The online application must be completed by Sept. 16. Any questions or concerns can be addressed to or 317-571-2526.

enVista among fastest growing – Carmel-based enVista, a consulting and software solutions firm, has been named to Inc. magazines annual Inc. 5000 list for the eighth time. The list ranks the nation’s fastest growing private companies. Only 78 companies nationwide have made the list eight times.

Company expansion – MJ Insurance, headquartered in Carmel, continues to grow with the addition of four new employees at its headquarters office. MJ Insurance specializes in a diverse selection of unique service lines including construction, energy, transportation, real estate, manufacturing, sororities and mining.

Fastest growing companies named – GadellNet Consulting Services, an IT solutions provider was named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies award for the sixth year in a row. With offices in Carmel and St. Louis, GadellNet has grown 850 percent since 2012.

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