Carmel in brief — June 25, 2019


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

National History Day winners – Several Carmel residents placed in the top 10 or received special awards in the national contest for the National History Day program June 9 to 13 in Washington, D.C. Winners include Morgan Ye and Nanditha Kolur, fourth place in Senior Group Exhibit; Janini Eswaran, fifth place in Senior Individual Website; Grace Hong and Jessica Zhang, seventh place in Senior Group Website; and Faith Austin, Outstanding State Entry for the Senior Division. Learn more at

Marine promoted – U.S Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Karis Mattingly of Carmel was meritoriously promoted to her current rank June 3 in Okinawa, Japan. On Marine Corps meritorious boards, Marines that have out-performed their peers compete with other hand-selected top performers for the chance to be expedited to the next rank. Mattingly reported to the Marine Corps Installations Pacific Communication Strategy, and Operations office on Feb. 16, where she serves as a mass communications specialist. Mattingly is a 2018 graduate of Carmel high school and enlisted in the Marine Corps on May 29, 2018.

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

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.

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

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 Mortgage hire – Merchants Mortgage has hired Patty Cummins as a mortgage loan originator in Carmel. Cummins brings more than 30 years of mortgage lending experience to the team. She has served the mortgage industry as a mortgage loan originator, home loan consultant, mortgage processor and mortgage servicing manager.

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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