Carmel in brief — April 16, 2019


Correction – In the April 2 edition of Current in Carmel, the website for Videopolis was incorrect. Visit the website at

Mayoral debate – Current in Carmel and Ritz Charles have partnered to arrange a public debate between Carmel’s two mayoral candidates, incumbent Jim Brainard and challenger Fred Glynn. 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. Current in Carmel Managing Editor Ann Marie Shambaugh will serve as the moderator.

Early voting –Early voting for the municipal primary election is under way at the Judicial Voting Center, 1 Hamilton County Square, Noblesville.  Learn more at

Candidate forum – The Carmel Clay Republican Club is presenting a Republican candidate forum at 7 p.m. April 23 at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square. Republican candidates for mayor, city council and city judge have been invited to participate. The forum will be moderated by political commentator and radio host Abdul Hakim Shabazz.

Parks board appointment – Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard has appointed Jessica Beer to the Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Board for a four-year term. Beer has been a resident of Carmel for 15 years. In 2012 she co-founded The Urban Chalkboard Play Café and Learning Studio, a hybrid coffee-shop and indoor play space. Professionally she is a researcher in child development and works to bring cutting edge research about early childhood and developmental science to the everyday lives of families.

30 Under 30 – Destinations International Foundation, a nonprofit trade association that empowers destinations through education, advocacy, leadership and research, named Jordan Musall, marketing manager for Hamilton County Tourism, a member of its 2019-2020 “30 Under 30” class. Musall, 28, oversees digital marketing strategy, marketing intelligence and data analysis for both the county’s tourism and economic development agencies.

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.

Chew on This – Indiana Humanities will offer simultaneous dinner conversations from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 23 called “Chew on This: What Divides Us?” at 10 Indiana restaurants, including divvy, 71 City Center Dr. in Carmel. Carmel’s even will be facilitated by Women4Change Indiana Executive Director Rima Shahid. Ticket prices range from $20 to $30, which includes a meal, a non-alcoholic drink, tax and tip. Space is limited and registration is required at

Opening Day for Trails – The City of Carmel, in conjunction with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, will celebrate the seventh annual Opening Day for Trails on April 13. Opening Day invites walkers, runners, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts from across the nation to celebrate spring by exploring trails in their community. Learn more at

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.

Scout earns Eagle rank – Brandon Massie, 18, has received Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. Massie, a member of Troop 132, is a graduate of Carmel High School and has been involved in Scouting for 12 years. Massie achieved the Eagle rank after demonstrating leadership in various roles and completing his Eagle project. Only 4% of Scouting’s national membership attains the rank of Eagle. For his Eagle Scout project, Massie built a GaGa pit for the Westfield Campus of Northview Church.

Shred, recycle, dispose – To help fight fraud, a handful of community groups are joining together for a document-shredding, electronics-recycling, bulk-item and drug-disposal event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27 in the parking lot of Creekside Middle School on the southeast corner of W. 126th Street and Shelborne Road. Learn more and see a list of accepted items at

Grant to fund road projects – INDOT has awarded Hamilton County $719,285 as part of its Community Crossings Matching Grant Fund Program. The county will use the money to resurface various deteriorated areas along 146th Street, primarily the intersection of 146th and Hazel Dell Road. This funding will also be used to resurface 196th Street from Promise Road to State Road 13 in Wayne Township. The grant will fund 50 percent of the construction up to the awarded amount. Hamilton County is responsible for funding the rest. Work is tentatively set to start in August.

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

Senior volunteer award – The Hamilton County Council on Aging is accepting nominations for its annual Senior Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes seniors 65 and older who have positively impacted others through their volunteer efforts. Nominees must have been 65 years of age or older by Jan. 1, 2019. They also must have spent at least three years volunteering after reaching age 60.  Online nominations are due by April 19 at

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.

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

Tom Wood Subaru promotes recycling —In a new partnership with Terracycle, Tom Wood Subaru, 3300 E. 96th St. in Carmel, is taking part in a new initiative encouraging recycling of three specific types of waste at the dealership. The items include disposable cups, lids and straws; candy and snack wrappers; and coffee and creamer capsules. The Subaru Loves the Earth program turns the recycled product into items like park benches, picnic tables and playground equipment. Tom Wood Subaru will buy back the items created and then donate them to a local school or other community area. For more, visit

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

Duke Energy Foundation grant – The Hamilton County Leadership Academy has received a $5,000 grant through the Duke Energy Foundation. The funding will be used to support HCLA’s in-depth community leadership curriculum and expand the program’s community impact initiatives. HCLA’s flagship community leadership program has graduated over 700 leaders since its inception in 1991. The program offers immersive curriculum to deepen participants’ knowledge of Hamilton County and provide them with the tools and resources they need to positively impact their community.

Merchants hits milestone – Mortgage banking firm Merchants Capital has reached a major milestone. As of Dec. 28, 2018, Merchants Capital, formerly PR Mortgage & Investments, now services loans in excess of $10 billion for Merchants Bank and other investors. Since its inception in 1990, Merchants Capital has originated and closed more than $13.8 billion in loans. In 2018 alone, Merchants Capital – which will move into its new headquarters in Carmel this year – closed approximately 207 loans and generated nearly $2.6 billion in new loan production nationwide. Learn more at

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


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