Carmel in brief — May 12, 2020


HCLA appoints director – Andrea Marley has been promoted to executive director of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy after serving as program coordinator for nearly two years. She had been serving as HCLA’s interim executive director since November when previous executive director John Robbins stepped down. Marley graduated from Carmel High School and Indiana University Bloomington, where she studied costume design, Japanese and fine art. She lives in Carmel with her 5-year-old daughter.

Read to Feed — The Carmel Read to Feed program features local celebrities reading poetry, classic children’s novels and excerpts from literature while raising awareness and financial contributions to the Carmel Youth Assistance Program’s summer meals program. Watch the videos on the Carmel Read to Feed Instagram page. Donations can be made at

Behind the mask – The City of Carmel has launched a Wearing is Caring “Who is Behind the Mask” contest on Facebook and Instagram through May 15. Each day the City will share a cropped photo and challenge participants to guess who is behind the mask. Play along by commenting on the post with a guess. One winner will be randomly selected for a $50 gift card from a local merchant.

Bulk trash pickup resumes – Republic Services has reinstated pre-paid bulk and yard waste collection services in Carmel. Those using the service are asked to allow for a two to three day collection window. Cost is $10 per item or per eight cubic yards of bagged/bundled landscape waste. This does not apply to the weekly 20 bags of landscape waste provided free during April and May. To schedule bulk item or bulky landscape waste pickup, contact Republic Services at 317-917-7300.

Essay contest finalists – Several Carmel Clay Schools sixth-grade students have been named finalists in the Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple’s National Heritage Essay Contest. This year’s theme was “What Freedom Means to Me.” Carmel finalists are Callie Fritz, Faris Shaikh, Riya Koya, Kaitlyn Ho and Ariana White from Carmel Middle School; Alec Abraham, Emma Graves and Olivia Widjaja from Clay Middle School; and Matthan Lemon, Lauryn Thompson, Taylor Zhuang, Nina Godbole and Abigail Avrutin from Clay Middle School.

Phi Kappa Phi initiation – Ryan Woock of Carmel was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society. Woock was initiated at the University of Michigan. Woock is among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.

BMV opens by appointment – The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has opened a portion of its branches through an appointment-only format. Customers will be able to schedule an appointment for transactions that are not available online, including commercial drivers licenses, new drivers licenses, title transfers and disability placards. Learn more and schedule an appointment at

Golden Hoosier nominations – Nominations are open for the 2020 Golden Hoosier Award, which honors older Hoosiers for their lifetime of service and commitment to their communities. To be eligible for the award, the nominee must be an Indiana resident, age 65 or older and have been a volunteer in the community for the past three years. The deadline for submitting applications is June 30. Make a nomination at

Educator Honor Roll – Nominations are open for Carmel Education Foundation’s Educator Honor Roll, which recognizes Carmel educators for their positive impact. Nominees will receive a personalized certificate and be listed on the CEF website. Nomination donations fund grants for every school and scholarships for graduating seniors. Make a nomination at

Poll workers needed – Many of the volunteers who work the polls on Election Day are unable to do so this year because they fall into the high-risk category for COVID-19. Hamilton County is looking for volunteers – especially teenagers and school teachers who will be out of school by the June 2 election – to help. The county needs at least 100 workers. Learn more at

Homework help – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is extending hours for the AskRose math and science tutoring helpline this spring to help middle and high school students better understand math and science homework problems. Free homework help is available from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays through a phone call, email or chat session. Connections can be made at 877-275-7673 or The site also offers more than 500 resources available through videos and downloadable reference materials.

Humane Society closed – In response to the increasing concern with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Humane Society for Hamilton County has closed to the public and has ceased adoptions. The HSHC will continue accepting any of the county’s lost, stray or unwanted animals. To surrender an animal, bring in a stray or look for a lost pet, call 317-773-4974. HSHC hours will be 8 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. The HSHC is asking for monetary donations or donations from its wish list available at

Art competition – The office of U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks is seeking submissions from high school students in the 5th District for a chance to have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. May 21. For competition details, visit

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.

ALO team grows – Alison Melton, who has worked in commercial real estate for nearly 20 years, has joined ALO Property Group as vice president of retail. She began her career in property management and transitioned into brokerage after working for a local developer. She was with an international brokerage company, before joining ALO Property Group. Alison has lived in Indianapolis for 20 years and volunteers for the United Way ReadUp Program.

Stacked Pickle permanently closed — The Stacked Pickle restaurants are permanently closing. CEO Gary Brackett posted on social media that the uncertain duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and devastating effect it’s already had on the business led to the closure. Stacked Pickle operated 10 restaurants, with nine in Indiana and one in Dayton, Ohio. The Carmel restaurant is at 12545 Old Meridian St.

Merchants Mortgage hire – Merchants Mortgage has hired Stacy Frazier as a residential mortgage loan originator. Frazier brings more than 20 years of mortgage lending experience to the team. She has served the mortgage industry as a mortgage loan originator and business development manager, most recently with the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership. Learn more at

Workforce Recovery Task Force – Hamilton County has created a Workforce Recovery Task Force. The task force hosted its first meeting April 29 in an effort to jumpstart a recovery plan for Hamilton County businesses. The effort is being supported by the Hamilton County Economic Development Corporation. The task force will look at creating both short-term (three months) and long-term (six to nine month) plans for reducing unemployment. It will also work to identify industries and companies that have additional workforce needs tied to COVID-19. The hope is that the county’s 21st Century Talent Region can take over the task force’s efforts by October 2020.

Stratford now hiring – Carmel retirement community The Stratford is looking to hire qualified workers amidst current unemployment trends. To support those who are looking for new careers, the community has set up a dedicated hotline to speak directly to the community’s HR director as a quick way of connecting. Additionally, the team has implemented Daily Pay, a way to cash out the hours that have been worked that day. The Stratford offers benefits including medical, dental, vision insurance, wellness program, flexible PTO options, emergency loan options and more. For more, call 317-342-9009 or apply online at

Paralegal joins firm – Carmel-based Hollingsworth Roberts Means has added paralegal Kim Achs to the firm. Her primary focus will be with the divorce and family law team. Achs previously worked at Faegre Drinker. She graduated from Sinclair Community College. Achs and her husband live in Greenwood with their two daughters.

Goodwill emergency fund – The Goodwill Foundation of Central & Southern Indiana has created a COVID-19 emergency fund to provide critical support for the most immediate needs of the thousands of employees, students and families served by Goodwill. Donors can contribute to the fund at The Goodwill Foundation will match donations to the emergency fund, $2 for every $1 donated, up to $500,000 in matching funds. For more information and to donate, visit

MetroNet announces relief plan – MetroNet Fiber recently announced a COVID-19 relief plan to help customers during a time when they need reliable internet more than ever. As demands for faster connections and more bandwidth have increased, MetroNet is allowing residential customers to increase to the next level of speed at no cost. The company is also waiving installation fees for new residential customers. Business customers will receive free remote phone system capabilities for 60 days to enable companies to continue running seamlessly while teams transition to working from home. In an effort to support local restaurants, MetroNet is sponsoring daily lunch carry-out for associates Learn more at

COVID-19 antibody test available – Aria Diagnostics has secured an FDA-approved test for antibody testing for COVID-19. An antibody is a protein which the body produces in the late stages of infection and can remain for months or years after a person has recovered. Drive-up testing will be offered at Aria Diagnostics, 5635 W. 966th St. in Indianapolis, and Northview Church, 12900 Hazel Dell Pkwy. in Carmel. The test costs $75 and a doctor’s order is not required. Results are available within 48 hours. Schedule a test at

Plasma can help COVID-19 patients – As coronavirus or COVID-19 continues its spread across the globe, Versiti Blood Center of Indiana has begun collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients throughout Indiana to help treat those diagnosed with the virus. This blood-related treatment, approved by the FDA as an emergency investigational new drug, could offer hope to the hundreds of patients who continue to be diagnosed. This treatment would be used by hospitals for the most severely affected patients. For more, visit

Hospice volunteers needed – Anew Hospice is recruiting volunteers to visit patients in facilities in Carmel, Noblesville and elsewhere in the Indianapolis area. Volunteers provide assistance by listening and reminiscing, comforting, reading and playing music. For more information, call 317-300-2292 or visit