Carmel in brief — May 28, 2019


Correction – In the May 21 edition of Current in Carmel, a photo caption incorrectly identified the person pictured. Cindy (Ortman) Meyer was the first to wear the family’s traditional communion dress in 1962.

Synagogue open house – Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, 3085 W. 116th St., will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. June 2. Activities include Klezmer Music provided by Jipsy Jazz Jukebox, crafts and games for kids, mah jongg and tia kuan do demonstrations, opportunities to learn about the synagogue and more. Food and drinks will be available. Admission is free. Learn more by calling 317-733-2169. 

Chemistry camp – Carmel High School students Iris Yan and Yannik Singh are among 20 of the nation’s top high school chemistry students to qualify for an intensive study camp June 2 to 13 at the University of Maryland. Park Tudor student Jenny Cai will also attend. The top four students at the camp will represent the U.S. at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad July 21 to 30 in Paris.

ACT perfect score – Lars Hansen, son of Dick and Donna Hansen of Carmel and a junior at Culver Military Academy, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. Only around two-tenths of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2018, only 3,741 out of more than 1.9 million graduates who took the ACT earned a top composite score of 36.

Chaucie’s Champion – The Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide presented the 2019 Chaucie’s Champion Award at the recent Rise Up For Kids Breakfast to Kassie Frazier, executive director of Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center. The award honors a member of the community who embodies the ICPYA mission to end youth abuse and suicide. Frazier has conducted more than 1,000 forensic interviews of alleged child victims of crimes.

Student honored – Park Tudor student Isha Ponugoti of Carmel has received an honorable mention for the Indiana Affiliate National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award recognizes high school girls for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology. Learn more at

Wine Down and Shop Small – Carmel City Center will play host to Wine Down and Shop Small from 3 to 6 p.m. June 1. Enjoy sidewalk sales from the locally-owned merchants while enjoying complimentary wine tastings at Endeavor Boutique, Lantz Collective, Linden Tree Gifts and Uplift Intimate Apparel, along with light hors d’oeuvres at select shops.

Pickleball champs – John Moorin of Carmel and Jeff Burton of Fishers captured a gold medal at the 2019 U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, held April 27 to May 4 in Naples, Fla. Moorin and Burton won the Men’s Skill/Age Doubles 4.5 50+ division.

Pedestrian and bikeways surveys —The Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization is in the process of updating its regional bikeways and pedestrian plans for Central Indiana and is looking for engagement and feedback with two surveys regarding each plan. The bikeways plan survey can be accessed at, and the pedestrian plan survey can be accessed at For more, visit

Pedal Perks – The Pedal Perks program is returning for its third year, with Hamilton County businesses offering deals to bike riders. The program runs from through Oct. 31 and has more than 30 businesses offering specials for customers who show proof of their ride. For more information or a full list of participants visit

Tennis camps – The sixth annual Clay Middle School Tennis Camp will return this summer. Elementary camp weeks are July 1 and 8, and incoming middle school camp week is July 22. Learn more at

Veterans Hall of Fame – The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame seeking nominations for its sixth class of veteran honorees. The nonprofit 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

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.

Census Bureau looking for workers—The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for applicants for 2020 census work in Boone and Hamilton counties. Job types include clerks, census field supervisors, census takers and office operations supervisors, ranging in pay from $14.50 to $20 an hour. Interested applicants can apply online at

Merchants Bank honored – Carmel-based Merchants Bank of Indiana recently received three notable company recognitions: Best-Performing Community Bank in Indiana from S&P Global Market Intelligence, the 2018 Raymond James Community Bankers Cup and Best Places to Work in Indiana by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at

Round Room promotions – Carmel-based Round Room recently announced several appointments and promotions. Jason Buck, formerly the director of marketing at TCC, has been promoted to executive vice president of west and southeast direct sales. Carla Rodecap will now oversee human resources and training for both TCC and Wireless Zone as the executive vice president of people. Mike Trimble was named executive vice president of east direct sales. Ken Hearld will serve the Round Room team as the executive vice president of finance. Wade Alter was promoted to executive vice president of Wireless Zone and Dealers Indirect Sales.

Hearing loss group – The newly-formed Indianapolis Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America holds meetings from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at Irvington Public Library, 5625 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis. Learn more at

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