Carmel in brief — October 8, 2019


House demolished – A house designated as a historic resource in the 200 block of 1st Ave. SE in Carmel has been demolished. The Carmel Historic Preservation Commission had been working to relocate the 1880 Craftsman/Bungalow house to another site, but utility issues prevented that from happening. 

Safe cities – Security Baron has ranked Carmel has as the third safest cities in Indiana. The security-based review, comparison and news site analyze FBI rankings of crime rates to compile the list. Carmel has a citizen-to-officer ratio of 1.21 per 1,000 people and a rate of 7.47 property crimes per 1,000 citizens. Bluffton ranked as the safest city in Indiana, with New Whiteland ranking second. Learn more at

Moms in Prayer – Several Moms in Prayer groups meet throughout Carmel to pray regularly for Carmel Clay Schools students, teachers and events. The nondenominational international ministry aims to cover every child and school in prayer. Find groups that pray for specific schools and learn how to join at

Event postponed – Angels & Doves has postponed its fall fundraiser to the spring because of a scheduling conflict with a band.

Sip n Shop – The annual Sip n Shop pop-up boutique event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Village of WestClay Meeting House, 2000 N. New Market St. Shop from a variety of vendors while sipping a glass of wine at this free event. Food samples will be available. Learn more at

Benefactor of the Year – The Ivy Tech Foundation named Susannah (Sue) Harger Dillon of Carmel as the Central Indiana recipient for its 2019 Benefactor of the Year Awards. Dillon was recognized at the ninth annual Benefactors Awards Dinner in September. In 2018, Dillon established the William T. Harger Endowed Scholarship in honor of her late father. Harger was a civic leader, church and community supporter and owner of Harger Farms in Noblesville.

Trail closure – The Hagan-Burke Trail is closed at Lowes Way through the winter as construction crews work to extend Lowes Way to Range Line Road. A detour route is available along the Monon Trail and 146th Street.

Mini houses events – The Museum of Miniature Houses at 111 E. Main St. will present Breyer Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12. Attendees can view the Breyer horses in the collection and paint their own Breyer 4-inch stablemate horse. Regular admission applies. Wood carver David Schotter will demonstrate his work as part of the Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series at noon Oct. 23. Admission is free.

Trick-or-treating hours – The City of Carmel does not set an official time for trick-or-treating, but suggested hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Carmel police will provide extra patrols throughout the city during that time.

Death by Chocolate – The Death by Chocolate fundraiser supporting Cherish will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21 at The Meeting House, 2000 E. New Market St. in Carmel. Guests can enjoy chocolate and beverage samples from local restaurants and businesses. The event will also include raffles, a wine pull and more. Tickets start at $45. Learn more at

INDOT offering scholarships– INDOT is offering civil engineering students scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at Applications for the 2020-2021 school year must be submitted by Dec. 31.

White River plan open house – An open house will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Wilfong Pavilion at Founder’s Park, 11675 Hazel Dell Pkway., to discuss how Carmel and Conner Prairie fit into the White River Vision Plan. Representatives from the Carmel City Council, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, Hamilton County Parks, Conner Prairie and Hamilton County Tourism will present information. RSVP is not required.

CCHS annual meeting – Members of the Carmel Clay Historical Society are invited to attend the annual meeting of the general membership from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 on the lower level of Woodland Terrace, 698 Pro-Med Lane. Executive Director Deb Gangstad will share a Year in Review and what is in store for 2020. Members present will vote on the slate of officers and board members. The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

Indiana House seeks interns – Hamilton County lawmakers are inviting college students and recent graduates to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program, which takes place during the 2020 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The positions are full-time, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through mid-March. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750 and can earn academic credit. Learn more and apply by Oct. 31 at

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.

Family friendly city – Personal finance website WalletHub ranked Carmel as the third best place to live in Indiana for families. WalletHub compared more than 70 cities across 21 key indicators of family-friendliness, ranging from median family income to school system quality to housing affordability. Fishers and Zionsville ranked first and second, respectively. See the full report at

Former Square Donuts space – Changes are coming to the space at 14 S. Range Line Road, formerly occupied by Square Donuts. Bob Merrill, who owns the space, confirmed that Square Donuts will not be returning. He said the site is being refurbished, although he declined to comment on whether a new tenant has already claimed the space.

Pet adoption event – Tom Wood Subaru, 3300 E. 96th St. in Carmel, is partnering with Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana for a pet adoption event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12. Adoptable pets will be on site from Indianapolis Animal Care Services and Humane Society for Hamilton County. Free microchipping and nail trims will be available. The event will also include a free cookout and discounted alignments. Call ahead for vehicle service at 317-805-7775.

Highest household incomes – recently released a ranking of ZIP codes in Indiana with the highest household income based on Census Bureau data for cities with a population of 60,000 or more. Carmel’s 46033 ZIP code ranked second in the state at $124,712. Only Zionsville’s 46077 ZIP code ranked higher at $128,642. Carmel’s 46032 ZIP code ranked ninth at $97,184. 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

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

Bone Bash – The Arthritis Foundation’s Bone Bash will take place from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the 502 East Event Center, 502 E. Carmel Dr. Attendees are invited to dress up in their spookiest attire for the fundraiser, with proceeds supporting the foundation’s mission to find a cure for arthritis. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Edward Hellman will be honored at the event. Standard tickets are $150. For more, visit

Church pays medical debts – Northview Church is paying off $7.8 million in medical debt for approximately 5,940 families who live in the 10 communities where the church has campuses, including Carmel. In June, the church announced it would abolish $2 million in medical debt for 2,500 families, but since then additional donations have been made. Recipients, who will receive letters about the canceled debt in the coming weeks, are not necessarily connected with the church.

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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