Correction — In the Night and Day section of the Jan. 7 edition of Current in Carmel, performer Ben Vereen’s name was misspelled.
Recycling Rock Star – The Indiana Recycling Coalition has named Sue Maki, the manager of environmental initiatives and education for Carmel Utilities, one of Indiana’s top Recycling Rock Stars of 2020. Maki was one of 30 chosen as part of the Coalition’s 30th anniversary. The Indiana Recycling Coalition is a statewide not-for-profit group that focuses on uniting Hoosiers in waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting in order to preserve our communities for future generations.
Author visit – Author and former Meet The Press and NBC Nightly News director Jeffrey Blount will speak at the Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Ave SE, at 2 p.m. Feb. 9. He is the author of “The Emancipation of Evan Walls,” a coming-of-age novel that explores race, class and identity within and outside the African American community. A book signing will follow the presentation.
Holiday lights recycling – Carmel Clay Schools Green Teams, City of Carmel Utilities, Tech Recyclers and White’s Ace Hardware are working together to offer a Holiday Light Recycling Drive. Used holiday lights may be recycled through Jan. 20 at White’s Ace Hardware, 731 S. Range Line Road, or at Carmel schools through Jan. 10. For more information about the recycling program call 317-571-2673.
Heirbrandt re-elected VP – Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt was once again elected vice president of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners East Central District during its annual conference. In his role, Heirbrandt will represent elected county commissioners in the East Central district of the state, which includes the following counties: Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Henry, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Tipton, Union and Wayne.
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 carmelfarmersmarket.com/wm-home.
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 in.gov/gov/fellowship.htm.
Talk to a lawyer – Hoosiers needing answers to legal questions are invited to a free legal consultation during the Indiana State Bar Association’s annual Talk to a Lawyer Today on Jan. 20, 2020. Consultations are provided in-person at numerous statewide locations or via the hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 800-266-2581. Members of the ISBA donate their time for this once-a-year program as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Walk-in locations will be published at inbar.org/talktolawyer.
Writing competition – Senior living community The Stratford is accepting applicants for its annual Silver Pen Writing Competition. The competition will award three local high school seniors with scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,500. Participants are required to submit an essay with a minimum of 1,000 words, application form and transcript. Entries must be received by Feb. 14, 2020. Learn more at silverpen-slc.com
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 carmelnewcomers.com or call 317-564-8349.
Home sales – It’s a seller’s market in Carmel, with home sale prices increasing, homes continuing to leave the market more quickly and an increase in the average price per square foot. According to F.C. Tucker Company, $469,579 was the average sale price for Carmel homes in December 2019, a 10.8 percent increase from December 2018. Carmel homes also spent less time on the market – selling in 51 days – 3.8 percent faster than this time last year. The average price per square foot for Carmel homes increased 12.5 percent from December 2018, to $166.34.
MutualBank hire – Albert Gonzalez has joined MutualBank as a mortgage lender in Carmel. He studied at Vincennes University, and has degrees from Dale Carnegie and Xinnix Mortgage Academy and is on the board of directors for the Greater Indianapolis Mortgage Bankers Association and Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis.
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.
Loan originators hired – Merchants Mortgage has hired Jan Olmstead and Steve Clark as mortgage loan originators in Carmel. Olmstead brings more than 25 years of residential lending, title insurance and real estate services experience to the Merchants team. Clark, an Indianapolis native and Indiana University Bloomington graduate, returns to Central Indiana and joins the Merchants team after holding various roles in other industries. As a mortgage loan originator, he will consult with clients and prospects regarding their home borrowing needs across a variety of mortgage loan types.
Accounting firm grows – Katz, Sapper & Miller announced that Indianapolis-based Caskey & Daily, P.C. has joined the accounting and consulting firm. Caskey & Daily’s notable healthcare practice will enable KSM to expand its own healthcare practice, which serves as a provider of tax and accounting services, consulting, fair market value assessments, transactions, and valuations for the complete spectrum of healthcare organizations. Caskey & Daily will move to KSM’s Carmel office at 800 East 96th Street, Suite 500.
Yoga training scholarship – Owners of The Hot Room, a hot yoga and hot Pilates studio, have created The Hot Room Leadership Institute Scholarship for People of Color. The full-tuition scholarship is open to any self-identified person of color who would like to deepen his or her yoga practice and gain skills to lead yoga classes. The scholarship will be available for each training hosted by The Hot Room Leadership Institute, a school for dedicated practitioners. The institute will begin its next training in April and is accepting scholarship applications through March 3. For more, visit thehotroom.com.
Visitation policy – With the escalation of flu-like cases, Franciscan Health is has implemented a temporary visitation policy at its Carmel hospital. Only immediate family as identified by the patient or the patient’s designated representative will be allowed to visit. Visitors younger than 18 are not permitted unless they are seeking medical care or are the parents of pediatric patients (exceptions are made for postpartum visits). Visitors with influenza symptoms will not be allowed. For more information, call the Carmel hospital at 317-705-4500.
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 hlaa-indianapolis.org.