Carmel in brief — November 20, 2018


Correction – In the Nov. 13 edition of Current in Carmel, a story about Hamilton County election results incorrectly identified the Libertarian candidate for sheriff. Duane “Dorn” Brenton was the Libertarian candidate.

Marathon winner – Stacy Morozov of Carmel took first place Nov. 9 in the women’s 21-24 age group at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, finishing the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours and 55 minutes.

New board members – Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana held its annual meeting on Nov. 8 and elected five new board members, including Dave Urbanek of Carmel. Urbanek is executive vice president of Elanco Manufacturing & Quality.

Art grant applications due – The City of Carmel is seeking applications for 2019 City Arts Grants, a program designed to support local arts organizations whose work keeps Carmel vibrant and appealing to residents and visitors. Funding for the grants  is based on 1 percent of the city budget. Mayor Jim Brainard reviews each application and recommends the arts grants. The deadline for the initial round of applications is Nov. 30. Learn more at

Janus receives Rotary grant – Janus Developmental Services, a Hamilton County nonprofit that provides people with disabilities the opportunity to participate and contribute within the community, recently launched a literacy program. The Carmel Rotary Club has awarded $900 to support the program. Rotary Club members met with Janus representatives to set up regular days for Rotarians to volunteer their time to read to Janus clients. Learn more at

Tyler Trent bobblehead – The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled an officially licensed, limited edition bobblehead featuring Tyler Trent, the 20-year old Carmel High School and Purdue University graduate who is fighting cancer. The hall of fame will donate $5 from each bobblehead sold to two charities of Trent’s choice, the V Foundation for Cancer Research and the Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment. The bobbleheads cost $30 plus $8 for shipping. Learn more at

Reserve skating times online – The City of Carmel has unveiled a new online ticketing service to make it easier to reserve time and ice skates for the upcoming holiday and winter seasons of skating at the Ice at Center Green. The new website utilizes a program called Ticket Spice and is an online ticket purchasing portal that will enable visitors to guarantee their spot on the ice by purchasing tickets and reserving skates in advance. Find the online ticketing portal at

Toy drive – Donatello’s Italian Restaurant, 9 W. Main St. in Carmel, is bringing back its annual toy drive to benefit The Villages, Indiana’s largest not-for-profit child and family services agency. The organization serves more than 1,400 children and their families each day, including children in the foster care system. Participants can drop off an unopened and unwrapped toy at Donatello’s until Dec. 10 during regular business hours.

Engineering opportunities for students – INDOT is offering civil engineering students scholarships and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at Applications must be submitted by Dec. 31.

Special exhibit – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents the Founders’ Exhibit, celebrating the museum’s 25th anniversary. Houses and room boxes made by the co-founders will be on display, as well as historical artifacts of how Main Street looked 25 years ago, handwritten financial ledgers from the museum’s first years, and more. Exhibit runs through Jan. 6, 2019.

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.

Town hall meetings – State Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis) invites resident of District 30 to a bipartisan town hall meeting set for 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St. in Indianapolis.

Youth Leadership program open – United Way of Central Indiana is accepting applications for the 2019 Youth Leadership United Program. This program teaches high school students about the nonprofit sector and how to serve on a nonprofit board. High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors who live in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion or Morgan counties may apply. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. Apply online at

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 non-profit 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.

Home Care Elite Agency – St. Vincent Home Health has been named among the top 25 percent of home health care agencies in the nation, as a “Home Care Elite” Agency. The national level designation is awarded to the top performing Medicare certified home health agencies across the nation. The areas of focus include patient care quality, patient experience and financial performance. For more visit

Hospital president to retire – Gary Fammartino, president of St. Vincent Fishers and Carmel Hospitals, will retire Jan. 1 after working in the healthcare industry for more than 35 years. Fammartino joined St. Vincent in 2001 and has held a number of key administrative roles including senior vice president of operations and senior vice president of ambulatory outpatient services at St. Vincent Indianapolis.

OrthoIndy receives award – OrthoIndy has been named a 2018 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by press Ganey. The award recognizes top-performing facilities that consistently achieved the 95th percentile of performance in patient experience. According to Timothy Dicke, president and CEO of OrthoIndy, the award represents an important recognition from the industry’s leader in measuring, understanding and improving the patient experience.

Hospital launches valet parking – Free valet parking is now available for patients and visitors at Indiana University Health North Hospital. The valet is stationed at the north entrance of the hospital. When drivers are ready to retrieve their car, they may text the valet team or stop by the valet stand. Valet parking is available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

No Shave November – Officers and employees of the Carmel Police Dept. are joining together to raise awareness about cancer and gather donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during the month of November by participating in “No Shave November.” Donate at or by dropping off a check at the police department, 3 Civic Square in Carmel. The Great Shave Off will occur at 9 a.m. Dec. 2 at Main Street Barber. Awards will be given for the best mustache, best goatee, best beard and best attempt.

Centier gives back – During a time of the year in which many nonprofits are stepping up to help those in need, Centier Bank is seeking to reward these organizations through “Giving Days,” a program designed to raise funds for nonprofits through mid-December. The nonprofits selected for “Giving Days” include Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County, Hamilton County Youth Assistance and Chaucie’s Place. For every visitor mentioning “Giving Days” to a Centier associate, the bank will donate $10 to a participating organization.

Thanksgiving dinner to cost less – Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual Thanksgiving market basket survey shows that Hoosier shoppers should expect slightly more affordable grocery store prices on traditional Thanksgiving food items this year, with costs down approximately 7 percent from 2017. The average cost for a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 this year is $4.72 per person.

Milestone achieved – Daniel Gordon of Zionsville has sold is 25,000th GEICO policy, an achievement that puts him in an elite class and symbolizes his dedication to customer service. Gordon works at the Carmel office and has spent 12 years with the company.

New hire – Carmel-based MJ Insurance has appointed Rebecca Sterchi as employee benefits consultant. She has more than 20 years in the human resources and employee benefits field, most recently with Apex Benefits Group. In her new role, Sterchi will provide innovative solutions and consultation to MJ Insurance clients by aligning their employee benefits strategy with their business goals.

Purple Ink receives award – Carmel-baed Purple Ink LLC has been honored with a 2018 When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices. The award is part of the Society for Human Resource Management’s When Work Works project, a national initiative that helps employers become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. The award recognizes employers of all sizes across the country that are excelling at offering a variety of top-rated employee initiatives such as work-life fit policies, flexible scheduling and transition to parenthood programs.

Donate used smartphones – TCC Gives, a Carmel-based nonprofit that provides programs, resources and grant opportunities to improve communities, recently donated more than 500 smartphones to help victims of domestic and sexual violence stay connected to loved ones through its More Than a Phone program, which provides smartphones along with data, text and talk services for four months to domestic violence survivors. Community members are encouraged to donate smartphones they no longer use by dropping them off at a TCC Verizon Authorized Retailer location. Learn more at

Memory support suites – CarDon & Associates, Inc., a Bloomington-based provider of senior housing, rehabilitation and long-term care services, has opened new memory support suites at Carmel Health & Living Community, 118 Medical Drive in Carmel. The 27-bed memory support unit consists of 23 private suites and two companion suites. Call 317-844-4211 or visit for more information.


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