Carmel in brief — August 13, 2019


Gold medalist – Carmel High School student Suhas Chundi earned a gold medal at the 30th annual International Biology Olympiad in Hungary. Four students represented the U.S. at the event after winning the USA Biology Olympiad National Finals. The international competition included 285 students from 74 countries.

Creekside teacher a finalist – Angela Snyder, a math teacher at Creekside Middle School, is a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The Presidential Awards are the nation’s highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government for teachers of K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science teaching. Since 1983, more than 4,800 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and their profession.

Summer Block Party – Carmel City Center, on the southwest corner of Range Line Road and City Center Drive, will play host to a Summer Block Party on the Plaza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17. Visitors are invited to stop by and enjoy sidewalk sales from the Shops at Carmel City Center, complimentary mimosas at four of the participating shops, free airbrush tattoos for children, a free pop-up outdoor yoga class and the School of Rock’s Young Artist Showcase.

O’Conner House event – The O’Connor House, a Carmel-based Christian home for single, pregnant, homeless women, will provide information about its services beginning at 11 a.m. Aug. 23 at Books & Brews Carmel, 61 W. City Center Dr. A custom brew, The O’Connor House of Hope, will be available all day, and O’Connor House team members will be on site beginning at 5 p.m.

Curbside Food Drive – Edward Rose & Sons Indianapolis division recently wrapped up its 10-day Curbside Food Drive to help overcome food insecurity. Eight area apartment communities participated in the food drive, which also included a morning curbside collection where residents were treated to an on-the-go breakfast pack in exchange for food donations. In Carmel, Primrose School students traveled to the Avant Luxe+ Apartments to make a donation.

Task force appointment – Gov. Eric Holcomb has appointed Carmel resident Ralph Watson to the new Jail Overcrowding Task Force. Watson is director of Hamilton County Community Corrections. His term on the task force runs through the end of the year.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over – The Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership will join approximately 230 law-enforcement agencies across the state in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. From mid-August through Labor Day, police will work overtime to arrest impaired drivers. Drivers should expect to see increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols.

School bus stop safety – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office received $5,000 from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute for increased traffic enforcement at school bus stops. The institute awarded approximately $380,000 to 39 agencies for overtime school bus stop enforcement over the next two months.

Civil War Roundtable – John Summerlot from Indiana University in Bloomington will be the feature speaker at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square.

Mini houses museum events – The Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E. Main St. in Carmel, will present Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship at noon Aug. 14 and 28 and Sept. 11 and 25. The free event will feature woodturner Dick Gerard, musician Eric Garcia, wood artist Tim Kennedy, and weaver Linda Adamson, respectively. On Sept. 11 the museum will celebrate the opening of a new exhibit: Our Favorite Hobbies. It features scenes from favorite pastimes. Learn more at

Library Lawn Party – The Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Ave. SE will host a Library Lawn Party from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17. The free event will include music, food, a mini book sale and activities for families.

Human trafficking awareness – Human trafficking involves more than just sexual exploitation, often including the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, marriage or the extraction of organs and tissues. Carmel Lodge No. 421, F.&A.M. will host a human trafficking awareness event at 7 p.m. Aug. 15. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP to [email protected]. Additional details will be provided to those who RSVP.

Host families needed – Youth for Understanding is an international exchange organization that facilitates summer, semester and year-long exchanges for students from more than 70 nations. Families are needed to host 13 high school students who arrive in this fall and will stay for one academic year. The students are from France, Germany, Brazil, Denmark, Mongolia, Ecuador, Kenya, China, Thailand and Japan. To learn more about the program, contact Mackenzie Hale at [email protected] or 202-774-5254.

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 [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.

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

Best integrated home – The Premier Group, a home technology integrator in Carmel, was recognized with the CEDIA Awards’ top honor for “Integrated Home of the Year 2019” in North and South America for outstanding integrated system design and installation. CEDIA is the leading global authority in the $14 billion home technology industry. It represents 3,700 member companies worldwide and serves more than 30,000 industry professionals that manufacture, design, and integrate goods and services for the connected home.

Talbott rebrands – Talbott Talent, a Carmel-based firm specializing in nonprofit executive search, has launched a major rebranding to reflect the company’s growth and evolution of services, all of which work to serve and strengthen nonprofits. Formerly Talbott Search, LLC, the rebrand includes a top-to-bottom redesign of the name, logo and graphics, along with the launch of a new website, This new website outlines the three main services Talbott Talent provides to nonprofit organizations across the country: executive search, people management and organizational assessment.

Old Town hires executives – Carmel-based Old Town Companies has added three executive positions to meet a growing demand in several community redevelopment projects. The company hired Grant Chapman as vice presidents of investments and general counsel, Curtis Sattison as vice president of construction and Stephanie Chitwood as vice president of finance and asset management.

Pooch menu – Rosie’s Place, 1111 W. Main St. in Carmel, is offering a Pooch Menu on the Patio through Aug. 20 with proceeds benefiting the local Humane Society. The menu includes chopped chicken, chopped bacon or a combo bowl. Each meal will be served with a dish of cool water and an ear scratch. The bakery will also create pooch-friendly goodies.

GadellNet moves – GadellNet Consulting Services has moved into a new office in Carmel on Hamilton Crossing Boulevard. The tech-driven space features a mix of private offices, open air workspaces, a gym, a kitchen, walking trails and more. With more than 9,000 square feet, GadellNet’s Indianapolis-based team will be able to grow into this space over the next several years. With an average growth rate of 30 percent over the last five years, GadellNet’s Indianapolis team plans to add at least five more employees to this office during the rest of 2019.

KAR expands in Europe – Carmel-based KAR Auction Services, a global vehicle remarketing and technology solutions provider, has launched its ADESA Europe digital auction, a rebranding of Belgium-based CarsOnTheWeb. Acquired by KAR in February, COTW is now fully integrated into the KAR family. The ADESA Europe brand extends the KAR family of companies’ international name recognition and reputation beyond North America and the U.K. to continental Europe.

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

New branch manager – Joaquim Nally has been hired as branch manager of Centier Bank in Carmel, 568 E. Carmel Dr. Nally joins Centier with nearly 10 years of banking and retail management experience. As branch manager, Nally will be tasked with maximizing branch growth, revenues, client satisfaction and connecting with the Carmel community.

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.

Medication disposal – The Indiana State Department of Health is offering health trainings, birth certificates, free medication disposal bags, educational games and other activities designed to promote healthy habits for Hoosiers during the Indiana State Fair. ISDH will provide information about prevention, treatment and recovery and distribute free at-home kits for the safe disposal of unused medications. The safe drug disposal bags are being provided by Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative Indiana through a donation to the Healthy Hoosiers Foundation. The fair runs through Aug. 18 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

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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