Carmel in brief — April 9, 2019


Submit questions for debate – Current in Carmel and Ritz Charles have partnered to arrange a public debate between Carmel’s two mayoral candidates. The debate is set for 6:30 p.m. April 16 at Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St. The event is free and open to the public. The candidates will answer questions about a variety of topics, some of which will be submitted by members of the community. Email [email protected] to submit questions for consideration.

Early voting –Early voting for the municipal primary election begins April 9 at the Judicial Voting Center, 1 Hamilton County Square, Noblesville.  Learn more at

New council districts – As a result of redistricting approved by the Carmel City Council in 2018, approximately 25 percent of Carmel precincts will move to a different district in 2020. Candidates are running in the new districts in the May 7 primary elections. Voters may visit to see a map of the new districts.

CCPR promotion – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation has named Eric Mehl recreation and facilities director. Mehl has worked with CCPR for nine years and most recently served as the Monon Community Center assistant director. Mehl’s responsibilities include logistics and operations throughout the park system.

Sam Costa winners — Westfield resident Lucie Sulewski won the women’s portion of the Sam Costa Half Marathon in 1:29.58 for the seventh consecutive time March 23 in Carmel. Ethan Evans won the men’s half-marathon in 1:18.43. Mike Cole, Zionsville, captured the quarter-marathon for the fourth consecutive year in 36:01. Erin Vergara, Indianapolis, won the women’s quarter marathon in 40:26.

Senate intern – Reed Davis of Carmel is serving as an intern for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus during the 2019 legislative session. Davis is the son of Richard and Mary Anne Davis. He graduated from Carmel High School and is a recent graduate of Indiana University, where he received a degree in political science and criminal justice. As a legislative intern, Davis tracks and analyzes bill data, provides constituent services, staffs Senate committee hearings and meetings, and conducts legislative policy research.

Civil War Roundtable – The Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 10 to hear from Mac Wyckoff, an Oregon resident who will speak on “Crisis in Charleston Harbor, the Bombardment of Ft. Sumter.” The program is free and open to the public. It will be held at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square.

Mulch sale – The Forest Dale PTO mulch sale features varieties from Musselman Farms with no sales tax and free delivery within Carmel, Fishers, Westfield and Noblesville. Deliveries will take place April 17 and 18. Place orders at

Board Break-A-Thon – Master Yoo’s World Class Tae Kwon Do will hold the sixth annual Board Break-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at Carmel High School, 520 E. Main St. Organizers are aiming to break 5,000 boards to raise $35,000 for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Learn more by calling 317-706-8800 or emailing [email protected].

Golden Hoosier Award – Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Golden Hoosier award. The award honors Hoosier senior citizens for their lifetime of service and commitment to their communities. To be eligible, nominees must be an Indiana resident, age 65 or older and have been a volunteer in the community for the past three years. The deadline for submitting applications is April 29. Learn more and submit nominations at

Gardening help – The Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District has resources available to help with gardening questions and issues. As part of its Urban Agriculture program, SWCD staff members are available for free site visits to any backyard and community vegetable garden in Hamilton County. Staff can provide guidance with planning, advice on weed and pest management, soil health information, yield increase through conservation, tip sheets and more. To schedule a site visit, contact Andrew Fritz at [email protected] or 317-773-2181. Learn more at

Veterans Hall of Fame – The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame seeking nominations for its sixth class of veteran honorees. The non-profit organization honors Hoosier veterans for service during and after active duty. Up to 15 veterans will be honored for military service achievements and/or community contributions. The criteria and nomination packet are at Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 1.

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.

Dodgeball fundraiser – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Shop for Kids Dodge, Duck and Dip Dodgeball Challenge is set for April 27 at Hamilton Heights High School, 25802 State Rte 19 in Arcadia. The double-elimination tournament will serve as a fundraiser for the Shop for Kids program, which provides $200 shopping trips during the holidays for less-fortunate children in Hamilton County. The entry fee is $100 for a team of six. For more, email [email protected].

Angels & Doves event – Angels & Doves will present a night of fun to help stop bullying in schools beginning at 7 p.m. April 27 at Danny Boy Beer Brewery & Whiskey Distillery, 12702 Meeting House Rd. in Carmel. The event will include beer and whiskey tastings, food samplings, a professional comedian, live music, silent auction and more. Tickets cost $75 for an individual or $100 for a couple. Learn more at

Race to benefit cancer research – This year, the Challenge 5K Walk Run will benefit the Tyler Trent Cancer Researach Endowment. Trent, a Carmel resident, was the first student to serve on the Director’s Advisory Board for the Purdue Center for Cancer Research. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. April 13 at Ross-Ade Stadium, 850 Steven Beering Dr., in West Lafayette. Sign up and learn more 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 [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

Scholarships offered – Tru Direction, Inc. will award scholarships of $500 to $2,500 per qualified applicant (maximum $10,000 per calendar year) as determined by the scholarship committee. Scholarships may be used for any related expenses for college, university, trade school or technical school.  Applicants must be attending school a minimum of 9 hours, or the equivalent, per semester, however, preference is given to those attending at least 12 hours. Applications are due by March 31. Learn more at

Senate intern – Sydney Kadinger of Carmel is serving as an intern for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus during the 2019 legislative session. She is the daughter of Scott Kadinger and Kim Puma. She graduated from Carmel High School and is a senior studying political science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. As a page intern, Kadinger leads workshops about Indiana’s state government for the Senate’s Page Program, which allows middle- and high-school students to spend a day at the Statehouse learning about the legislative process.

Best Buddies Friendship Walk – The Best Buddies Friendship Walk will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28 at Celebration Plaza at White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. The walk and celebration raise awareness and funds to support inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more or to sign up, visit

Supper club – The Healthy Living Supper Club theme for April will be “Kids Can Cook, Too!” Guests are encouraged to bring children or grandchildren to the free event that will include a plant-based meal at 6:30 p.m. April 17 at Carmel Seventh-day Adventist Church, 14535 Carey Road.  Register at

Clay Terrace egg hunt returns – Clay Terrace invites the community to enjoy the eighth annual Easter Egg Hunt from 9 to 11 a.m. April 20. Children age 10 and younger can collect eggs filled with candy and toys spread across the stretch of the lawn. After the hunt, children can enjoy pictures with the Easter Bunny, face painting, entertainment and more. Learn more at

CEO shaves head for St. Baldrick’s – Merchants Bank of Indiana chairman and CEO Mike Petrie of Carmel recently partnered with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise funds to help find cures for children with cancer. His fundraising campaign brought in donations totaling more than $10,000. He personally matched those donations for a total contribution of $21,184.86. On March 22, Petrie participated in the “Brave the Shave” event in Indianapolis by shaving his head in support of the foundation’s cause. To recognize his outstanding involvement, Petrie was named ‘Top Fundraiser’ for the 2019 campaign and awarded a gold medal of honor.

February home sales – Homes in Carmel continue to sell faster and for more money. According to F.C. Tucker, the average sale price for homes sold in Carmel in February 2019 was $402,598 at an average of $145.18 per square foot, an 18.1 percent price increase. Homes in the city sold 13 days faster than this time last year at 65 days.

Bond bank makes appointment – Jimmy Dulin has been appointed to the Carmel Local Public Improvement Bond Bank. Dulin is the owner of a RE/MAX real estate brokerage and is involved with many related business ventures that assist RE/MAX agents in their development and growth. He holds several real estate certifications and has received a number of awards.

IMCU branch manager – Summer Baker will serve as the branch manager of the Indiana Members Credit Union West Carmel Branch at 3975West 106th St. Baker has been with IMCU since March 2018 and brings 20 years of financial experience to her position. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her granddaughter. Baker looks forward to servicing the Carmel and Zionsville area and can be reached at 317-436-1430 or [email protected].

Allstate gives back – Four local Allstate representatives recently earned $1,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants for area nonprofits. They include Carmel Allstate agency owner Ranj Puthran, who will support the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation; Carmel Allstate financial specialist Roy Lederman, who will support the Jefferson Awards for Public Service; and Patrick Terry, Sr., who will support Eagle Creek Little League.

Carmel attorney appointed – Carmel resident and Riley Bennett Egloff partner Kathleen Hart has been appointed to the board of directors of the Indiana Federal Community Defenders for a three-year term. IFCD’s mission is to provide high-quality, client-centered representation to indigent defendants charged with a federal crime and provide resources and training to Federal Criminal Justice Act panel attorneys.

Round Room announces promotions –Carmel-based Round Room LLC, the largest Verizon authorized retailer in the U.S., recently announced that Chad Jensen has been named president of the company’s wireless division and Katie Wiley has been promoted to chief strategy officer. Round Room leads and invests in companies serving the wireless industry and operates 1,160 TCC and Wireless Zone stores across 41 states. For more information on Round Room and its portfolio of companies, visit

Counties ranked by generosity – SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently conducted a study on which Indiana counties donate the most money. The study measured how much people donate as a percentage of their net income and the number of people giving charitable donations in the county. Hamilton County ranked first. Boone County was second.

IMCU benefits CHS athletics – Indiana Members Credit Union recently presented a check for $1,865 to Carmel High School as part of an ongoing school spirit debit card program. The partnership allows Carmel fans the opportunity to show their school spirit and support the athletic program by signing up for a Carmel Greyhounds-themed debit card. Learn more at