Carmel in brief — December 18, 2018


Planetarium presentation – The Carmel High School Planetarium will present a multimedia presentation celebrating world holiday customs at 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 21. Tickets are available at the CHS bookstore between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children, seniors and CHS students. For more information, contact Keith Turner at 317-846-7721 ext. 7446.

MetroNet resumes work in Carmel – MetroNet has resumed installing fiber optic lines in Carmel. The company is required to notify adjacent property owners of work in the area before it begins. Requests for yard restoration, damage claims and general inquiries may be made at or by calling 844-651-3107.

Bomb threats not credible – Hamilton County dispatchers fielded 10 bomb threat calls Dec. 13 that appeared to target random businesses in the area. The caller demanded Bitcoin crypto-currency in each case. Law enforcement officials determined the threats were similar to others placed around the nation the same day and were not credible. Other non-credible threats were made on the same day through email.

Outstanding Bandmaster – Carmel High School Director of Bands Michael Pote has been named Indiana Outstanding Bandmaster for 2019 by the Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Mu.

HCCF awards grants – Nine Hamilton County organizations will benefit from grants totaling $101,000 approved by the board of directors for Carmel-based Hamilton County Community Foundation. Recipients are Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana ($15,000), CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions ($10,000), Little Red Door Cancer Agency ($5,000), Logan Street Sanctuary ($10,000), Janus Developmental Services ($25,000), The Milk Bank ($10,000), Youth Mentoring Initiative ($10,000), The Recovery High School at Fairbanks ($6,000) and Society of St. Vincent de Paul ($10,000).

Students win app challenge – Carmel High School seniors Evan Kenyon, Joseph Paavola and Armaan Goel won the Congressional App Challenge for PassMaster, an electronic hall pass app. U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks visited CHS Dec. 10 to announce the winners. The challenge is a competition designed to engage students in computer science and coding. View a video about PassMaster at

College student honored – DePauw University junior Sam Kramer of Carmel has received an Indiana Youth Services Association 2018 Community Education Award. A communication major and soccer player at DePauw, Kramer serves as liaison to the Make Good Decisions program, which educates teens and young adults on the dangers of underage drinking, drugs, destructive behaviors and the Indiana Lifeline Law.

College news – Kathryn Hettiger of Carmel is among students named to Augustana College’s 2018 fall term Dean’s List. Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences.

Holiday light recycling – All Carmel Clay schools and White’s Ace Hardware are collecting broken or inefficient strands of holiday lights through Jan. 10. The program is organized by Green Teams at Carmel schools and Carmel Utilities.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Regional president named – Julie Manas has been selected to serve as regional president of the St. Vincent North Region, which includes St. Vincent Carmel and several other hospitals. She began her new role Dec. 3 and will work alongside retiring Central North Region President Gary Fammartino through the remainder of the year to support a smooth transition. In the new role, Manas will be responsible for strategically positioning St. Vincent across the North Region and will also have dual responsibility as administrator for St. Vincent Carmel and Fishers. Originally from Iowa, Manas is married to Frank Manas and they have one son, Matthew, a college student.

SEP CEO to retire – Jeff Gilbert has announced that he will retire as CEO of Carmel-based software product design and development company SEP on March 31, 2019. He will be replaced by SEP President Raman Ohri. Gilbert helped launch the company with three colleagues in 1988. Learn more at

Now open – Dunkin’ Donuts opened Dec. 14 at 9800 N. Michigan Road. The restaurant is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It includes indoor seating, a drive-thru and WiFi.

Tom Wood hosts Toy Drive – The Tom Wood Automotive Group Toy Drive is happening through Dec. 12, benefitting Avondale Meadows YMCA. The YMCA aims to give 2-3 toys to every child, ages 0 -15. New, unwrapped toys or monetary donations can be dropped off at Tom Wood, 4620 E. 96th Street in Indianapolis.

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.

New hire –Denise Moe of Carmel has been hired as a utility coordinator supporting road and bridge design for GAI Consultant’s Midwest Infrastructure group in its new Hamilton County office. As a utility coordinator, Moe’s responsibilities include identifying, coordinating, mitigating, and/or relocating utility facilities that are impacted by highway improvement projects throughout Indiana.

Mercantile now open – nine + roxy opened Dec. 8 in Carmel City Center at 751 Hanover Place. A modern artisan mercantile, this will be the first brick and mortar store for nine + roxy. Items found at the shop include small batch, uniquely procured goods such as home and lifestyle items including accessories, art and jewelry. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays.

Design firm relocates – Julie Browning Bova Design has relocated to the interior plaza of Carmel City Center at 731 Hanover Place. Julie Browning Bova Design is a full-service design firm specializing in assisting clients with design specifications, conceptualizing, design schematics as well as home furnishings and accessories. The Carmel City Center location will feature retail products from exclusive brand partners as well as pieces from the Julie Browning Bova home collection, organic linens and sustainable home décor and more.

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

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