Carmel in brief — June 11, 2019


ESPN to honor Trent – Tyler Trent, a Carmel resident and Purdue superfan who died Jan. 1 after battling cancer, will be honored posthumously with ESPN’s Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award July 9 at the fifth annual Sports Humanitarian Awards. Trent used his platform to raise more than $2.2 million for cancer research. Highlights of the evening will be showcased at 7 p.m. July 18 on ESPN.

Attempted theft – Carmel police are searching for a woman who attempted to push a shopping cart full of items out of Target on Michigan Road without paying at approximately 7:30 p.m. May 29. She fled on foot after a Target employee approached her. The suspect is described as a heavyset white female with blonde hair in a ponytail wearing a black tank top and black pants. She fled the scene in a black Ford four-door sedan with missing hubcaps. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carmel Police Dept. at 317-571-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

Military Academy graduate – William Brooks of Carmel recently graduated from the United States Military Academy with a degree in computer science with honors as well as a cybersecurity minor. He will head to Ft. Benning for Ranger school and the Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course before joining the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vicenza, Italy. Brooks graduated from Guerin Catholic High School.

Military parade finale – Veterans and members of the military are encouraged to participate in the Military Tribute Grand Finale in the CarmelFest parade the morning of July 4. Vehicles will be available for those who cannot walk the parade route. Sign up by calling the RE/MAX Legends Group at 317-849-7653 or Bec Hunter at 317-407-1445. Learn more at

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.

County junk ordinance – Hamilton County Commissioners recently updated the county’s junk ordinance. The new ordinance prohibits the accumulation of inoperable vehicles and junk on private property. Junk, as defined by the ordinance, refers to discarded, abandoned or cast-off materials, including scrap metals, broken glass, building materials, auto parts, furniture and mattresses and appliances, among other items. The change goes into effect June 20.

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

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.

Veterans needed – Carmel High School history teacher Will Ellery is organizing a Global War on Terror symposium and is looking for veterans of the war to speak with students in small groups about their experiences. The meetings would be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 10. Almost all students at CHS were born after 9/11, and the event is designed to help them better understand the event. Veterans interested in participating should email Ellery at

Community Pillar Awards – Hamilton County Community Foundation is accepting nominations for its annual Community Pillar Awards through July 8. Anyone may nominate an individual or corporation doing visionary work to solve pressing challenges, build opportunity and equity, and create a brighter future for Hamilton County residents in three areas—mental health, family and youth empowerment, and inclusive economic growth. Award winners will be honored at HCCF’s Celebration of Philanthropy on Nov. 7 at Ritz Charles. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit

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

Record fundraiser – The Janus Developmental Services Create Connect and Commit fundraising breakfast on May 3 broke the nonprofit’s fundraising record, raising more than $132,000 in donations from the event’s 530 guests. Highlights included a performance by the Janus Choir and stories celebrating the successes of Janus clients. The breakfast was prepared with the help of Janus clients interested in culinary careers.For more on how to help Janus, contact Debbie Laird at 317-773-8781 or

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.

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

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Veracity hires investigators – Veracity IIR recently hired Jeremy Bell and Collin Knolhoff as senior investigators to its growing team of experts. Bell joins Veracity from the National Crime Agency in the United Kingdom. Knolhoff is a junior at Purdue University, pursuing his bachelors degree in industrial management, concentrating in data analytics and international business. He currently works as an undergraduate researcher for Purdue University’s Department of Homeland Security Institute.

PLAID AGENCY hire – Carmel-based THE PLAID AGENCY recently hired Aaron Sherman as a visual designer. His primary responsibilities include designing visual assets, facilitating art direction, and collaborating with the design team. Sherman brings a unique blend of visual design, problem-solving and storytelling to PLAID from his previous positions at Sells Group, Video Impact Productions and Tour Design, where he created advertisements and illustrations for globally renowned musical artists. Sherman earned a degree in computer graphics technology from Purdue University.

Petrie honored – Merchants Bank of Indiana CEO and Chairman Michael F. Petrie was recently honored at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business 50th Annual Awards Gala for his professional achievements as he was named into the school’s Academy of Alumni Fellows. Petrie is a 1979 graduate of the Kelley School of Business, where he majored in finance. He received his MBA from Kelley in 1983.

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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