Carmel in brief — November 19, 2019


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Burglary suspect sought – Carmel police are searching for a suspect who stole several phones and tablets from the AT&T store at 2174 E. 116th St. at 6:35 a.m. Nov. 10. The suspect is described as a heavyset black male wearing a black coat with a hood, black shorts, black shoes and a camouflage facemask.

Homecoming queen – Elizabeth Latham, a 2017 graduate of Carmel High School, was recently crowned homecoming queen at Ball State University. Latham is an exercise science major and a member of the Student Government Association,

Recorder receives award – The Association of Indiana Counties announced that Hamilton County Recorder Jennifer Hayden received the 2019 Outstanding Recorder Award. The award recognized Hayden’s contributions made to county government throughout her years of public service. AIC President Stacey O’Day, right, presents the award to Hamilton County Recorder Jennifer Hayden. 

Surveyor elected VP – Hamilton County Surveyor Kenton Ward was elected second vice president of the Association of Indiana Counties Board of Directors. He began his term on Nov. 1.  Board elections were held during the AIC’s 61st Annual Conference in Orange County. Ward has served as the Hamilton County Surveyor more than 40 years. He is the past president of the County Surveyors Association of Indiana and the National Association of County Surveyors. He resides in Noblesville with his wife, Robin.

Cheerleading championship – Carmel High School finished in third place in the Varsity A category at the 2019 Indiana Cheer Championship Varsity State Finals at New Castle High School. Hamilton Southeastern High School and Noblesville High School finished in first and second place, respectively.

Hues of Blue gala – The Hues of Blue Gala celebrating Fountains of Hope’s 10th anniversary will be from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at 502 East Event Center in Carmel. Hues of Blue cocktail attire encouraged. Fountains of Hope provides water purification systems to schools, orphanages and communities, especially during times of disaster. One system can purify 3,600 gallons of water each hour. Individual tickets are $125 and a table of 10 is $1,000 and can be obtained at

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

Mini-houses events – The Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E. Main St., will present Miniatures by Candlelight from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Admission is free to see the museum’s displays at night. Carolers will perform throughout the evening and light refreshments will be served. At noon Dec. 11, the museum will present Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship featuring painter Carrie Wild. Admission is free.

Indiana Humanities – State Rep. Jerry Torr of Carmel has been appointed to the Indiana Humanities board of directors. Indiana Humanities is a statewide nonprofit that encourages Hoosiers to think, read and talk by participating in humanities programs and activities. The organization is in the midst of a two-year INseparable initiative, which explores real and perceived differences among urban, suburban and rural Hoosiers.

Winter Market – The Carmel Winter Market is under way from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Wire Factory, 510 3rd Ave. SW. Vendor offerings include flavored oils, homemade noodles, baked goods and much more. Learn more at

Best and Brightest – Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is seeking nominations for the 16th annual Indy’s Best and Brightest event, which will honor 100 of central Indiana’s most outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under, in 10 different industry categories. Ten finalists from each category will be chosen by a selection committee and announced in September. One winner from each category will be announced during the event on March 11, 2020, at Hilbert Circle Theatre downtown Indianapolis. Visit to submit a nomination through Nov. 25.

Governor’s Fellowship – Applications will be accepted through Feb. 28 for the 2020-2021 Governor’s Fellowship, a highly selective experience in Indiana state government that places fellows in various state agencies on a rotating basis throughout the year. The program is open to college graduates who receive their bachelor’s degrees in either the fall 2019 or spring 2020. Fellows are paid, full-time employees who participate in the day-to-day activities of state government. Learn more and apply 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.

Home sale prices climb – Home sale prices in Carmel continued to climb, as homes spent more time on the market than this time last year. According to F.C. Tucker Company, the average sale price for Carmel homes in October was $412,847, a 1.7 percent increase over October 2018 and the highest average sales price in central Indiana. The average price per square foot also increased to $155.98, a 6 percent increase compared to October 2018. Homes in Carmel sold in 46 days, 31.4 percent slower than October of last year.

Top Law Firm – U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers has named Barnes & Thornburg LLP to the 2020 Best Law Firms list with 97 top rankings, including 12 nationally. Appellate practice and real estate were added this year to the firm’s list of national Tier 1 rankings.

Dealership honored again – Terry Lee Genesis/Hyundai has been named one of the 2019 Automotive News Best Dealerships To Work For. The program measures workplace satisfaction, talent retention and excellent care of employees through a confidential survey of employers and employees. This marks the third year for the dealership, which stands alone as the only BDTWF recipient in Indiana.

enVista expands – Carmel-based enVista, a global software solutions and consulting services firm, has expanded into the Asia-Pacific region with added offices in Singapore and Sydney, Australia. enVista is increasing its APAC presence because of growing demand for enVista’s supply chain and omni-channel commerce solutions and expertise.

Firm adds attorney – Hollingsworth Roberts Means has added attorney Michelle Baldwin Skaggs to its expanding law firm. With more than 20 years of professional experience, Skaggs will lead HRM’s Estate Planning & Elder Law Practice Group within HRM’s Divorce & Family Law and Business Law teams, working from the firm’s Carmel office.

Jiffy Lube honored for art – Jiffy Lube of Indiana recently received the Americans for the Arts’ national Arts and Business Partnership Award, one of only 10 U.S. companies honored and the first company in Indianapolis to receive this award. Jiffy Lube of Indiana’s “Every Part Matters” project started as a way to cover up graffiti at a local store and has progressed into partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis. In addition to supporting and hiring local artists, they’ve also created a new apprentice program that will give paid experience to emerging artists. Two of the murals are in Carmel.

Book drive – The Residence Inn and SpringHill Suites along with Liberty Mutual Insurance are conducting a children’s book drive through Dec. 13 to support the Child Life Program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health North. Books may be dropped off in the hotel lobbies or main entrance of the Liberty Mutual office on Meridian Street.

Fairbanks joins Community – Fairbanks, which offers substance-use programs, will become part of Community Health Network by the end of 2019. The partnership will provide patients a more comprehensive approach to addiction and behavioral health services, including treatment for serious mental illness and a psychiatric intensive care unit. Patients will also have access to an expansive primary-care system and network of specialists which will improve coordination of care across all disciplines.

Heart health – Carmel-based CNO Financial received gold status in the American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index for taking steps to build a culture of health in the workplace. The index uses science-based best practices to evaluate the overall quality and comprehensiveness of their workplace health programs. A unique feature of the Index is that it calculates an average heart health score for employees of participating companies that securely submit aggregate health data. Learn more at

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