Carmel in brief — October 6, 2020


Library opening delayed — The Carmel Clay Public Library is expected to open in its temporary home in Merchants’ Square (2140 E. 116th St.) in mid-October, a change from the original opening date of Oct. 1. In the meantime, curbside holds pickup continues at the Joyce Winner West Branch Learn more at

New police officers — The Carmel Police Dept. welcomed new officers Elias Rebollar, Chadwick Nickson and Thomas Szybowski on Sept. 28 with a swearing-in ceremony at CPD headquarters. All three officers have previous law enforcement experience and are certified law enforcement officers.  They will spend the next several months in orientation and field training.

Retired K-9 dies — Retired Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office K9 Deputy Scout has died. Scout, a bloodhound, was born in August 2009 and served with the department from 2010 to 2018. During her time with HCSO, she found 33 people and performed 149 demonstrations for the community.

Beekeepers Club — North Central Beekeepers Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Cool Creek Nature Center in Westfield, with socializing starting at 6 p.m. Inspection of club hives begins at 5:30 p.m. for anyone wanting to learn or help. Meetings are free to attend in person or online by all levels of beekeepers located centrally north of Indianapolis. Those interested in becoming beekeepers are welcome. For more, visit the club’s page on Facebook.

State appointments — Gov. Eric Holcomb has appointed Carmel resident Sofia Souto, an assistant professor of communications sciences and disorders at Butler University, to the Indiana Arts Commission. He also reappointed Carmel residents John “Greg” Hohlier, an executive with AT&T Indiana, and Jeff Schemmer, executive director of Hamilton County Public Safety Communications, to the Statewide 911 Board.

Election information — The nonpartisan League of Women Voters has updated to provide information about the fall elections. Topics include absentee voting, registering to vote, candidate information, polling locations and more. Learn more about the local LWV chapter at

Spirit of Community applications — Through Nov. 10, Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals are calling on Indiana youth volunteers to apply for scholarships and national recognition through The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Indiana students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteering within the past 12 months — virtually or otherwise. Learn more and fill out the application at

New Indiana Landmarks board member — David Resnick of Carmel has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Indiana Landmarks board of directors. Resnick is managing partner of Katz, Sapper & Miller, an Indianapolis-based public accounting firm. In honor of the firm’s 75th anniversary in 2017, he oversaw restoration of the Indianapolis City Market Clock in partnership with Indiana Landmarks. He is active on the board of many civic and cultural organizations, including United Way of Central Indiana, Beth-El Zedeck Foundation, Indy Chamber, and WFYI Foundation, among others.

Tri Kappa scholarship — Tri Kappa is offering up to $9,000 in scholarships to female high school seniors from Carmel and Westfield. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, extra curricular activities and a commitment to community service. Apply by Nov. 1. Learn more at

COVID-19 complaint line — The Hamilton County Health Dept. has established a COVID-19 complaint line at 317-776-8237. Callers are asked to limit complaints to employees and staff at restaurants, bars and food stores not complying with the mask mandate. Complaints related to patrons of these establishments should be directed to the business owner.

Best and Brightest nominations — Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is seeking nominations for its 17 annual Indy’s Best and Brightest event, which will honor 100 of central Indiana’s most outstanding young professionals, age 40 and younger, in 10 industry categories. One winner from each category will be announced in March 2021.  Visit to make a nomination through Nov. 20.   

Scholarships available — Midwest Academy has scholarship opportunities available for children in third through fifth grade. The population MWA serves generally includes students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, high-functioning autism, receptive and/or expansive language or processing challenges resulting in school anxiety. A major change like remote learning can be extremely challenging for a student who has come to feel safe in their school environment. For more information about admissions at Midwest Academy, contact Katie Erdmanis at [email protected].

Adoption event — Tom Wood Subaru and the ASPCA and Indiana Humane Services are presenting the Love Them for Life adoption event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10. Numerous organizations will be on site with adoptable cats and dogs. Free vaccine vouchers are available to the first 25 visitors. A free lunch will be provided. The event will be in the back parking lot of Tom Wood Subaru at 3300 E. 96th St. in Indianapolis. In case of rain the event will be Oct. 17.

Comprehensive plan update –The City of Carmel’s Department of Community Services is launching a new update of the comprehensive plan for the city’s growth that will guide city planners and decision makers for the next decade or longer. The last update took place about 11 years ago. The public may provide feedback to guide the new plan by taking a survey at

International movies at Midtown — The Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council is presenting International Movies at Midtown Plaza with “Endurance” shown at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Oct. 15. Those in attendance will be asked to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing.

Legislative internships — Applications are open for paid internships with the Indiana State Democratic Caucus. Interns are assigned to assist legislators and staff as they expand their knowledge of the Indiana General Assembly and legislative process. For more information and to learn how to apply, visit

Guilded Leaf event — The 16th annual Guilded Leaf book and author event will be offered as a breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and a luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at Ritz Charles, 12156 Meridian St. The auction, raffle and book sales are available online at Reserve tickets by Oct. 10 by calling 317-814-3984 or

Free math, science homework help — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s free AskRose homework helpline is available to help middle and high school students get a head start on understanding their math and science homework problems through a simple phone call, email or chat session. Rose-Hulman students are available Sunday through Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. during the school year to help youth in grades 6 through 12 review math and science concepts. Connections can be made at 877-275-7673 or

4-H Photo Challenge – The 4-H Photo Challenge is open to youth in third through 12th grade. Participants should take photos fitting the monthly theme and submit entries online at by the last day of the month. Monthly themes for 2020 include: October – Sunset to Sunrise; November – Occupations; December – Holiday Happenings.

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.

Prevent property theft, fraud — The Hamilton County Recorder’s Office has rolled out a new program to protect residents from property theft and fraud. The new system, Doxpop Property Watch, notifies property owners with an email to alert them to changes or filings that affect them.  Doxpop is a free service that provides residents access to all their recorded documents online. Multiple parcels can be registered for those who own several properties throughout the county. To access and enroll in the system, visit under “Other Services” and “Doxpop Property Watch.”

School board candidate forum — The Carmel Education Foundation will host “Conversation with Candidates,” a Carmel Clay School Board Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 20. The event will be live-streamed on Carmel Education Foundation’s Facebook Live page from the Carmel High School Auditorium but will not be open to the public because of social distancing guidelines.  The community is invited to submit questions at  through Oct. 12.

State Bank coming to Carmel — State Bank will open its first branch in Carmel in the spring of 2021 in Brookshire Village Shoppes at 126th Street and Gray Road. It will be the 10th branch office for State Bank, formerly State Bank of Lizton, and the first in Hamilton County. Andy Pinegar, a senior commercial lender at State Bank, has been named as the Carmel/Hamilton County market president. Learn more at

Parisian Flea Market — Fair Haven will hold its largest annual fundraiser, the Parisian Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10 at Clay Terrace, 14405 Clay Terrace Blvd. in the former Charming Charlie’s space. The eighth annual event will feature a unique collection of upscale and hand-selected items. The event supports Fair Haven’s mission to provide a home away from home for seriously-ill patients and their families who travel to Indianapolis to receive treatment. Tickets are $5 at the door or at

Pizzeria sets opening date — Illinois-based Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria will open its doors at 11435 Spring Mill Rd., Suite 170, in Carmel at 4 p.m. Oct. 19. The 1,550 square foot space will offer carryout and delivery only. Malnati’s will hire approximately 50 employees for the Carmel location. Apply online at

New hires — Carmel-based Merchants Capital has hired Dewayne Hayward as vice president of Federal Housing Association asset management, and Mark Ciarrocchi as senior vice president of investor accounting. Hayward will work out of his home in Carrollton, Texas. Ciarrocchi will work out of his home in Waxhaw, N.C.

Financial planning partnership — Argent Financial Group, an independent fiduciary wealth management firm, is partnering with Todd DeKruyter and DK Financial. DeKruyter, a Carmel resident, has worked in the family financial planning industry for more than 10 years and will serve as a family wealth strategist on behalf of Argent’s Family Wealth Services division, assisting families across the nation with charitable and legacy planning needs. DeKruyter is a managing partner at DK Financial and previously served as president of Family Meridian, an educational organization that provides resources to help high net worth families thrive. He has also worked as an executive at Larson Financial Group and as a pastor.

Uplift nominated for honor — Uplift Intimate Apparel in Carmel City Center is one of more than 300 nominees for the 2020 Best Retail Award by Intima Magazine, the global premiere industry magazine. The award ceremony will be a virtual event on Aug. 2. The recognition is given to the best performing lingerie specialty stores in North America under a variety of categories. Judging of the finalists is done by a professional jury composed of both domestic and international famous lingerie brands.

Bank offers educational series online — Centier Bank has launched the bank’s online financial educational series, “Centier To You,” online. Centier has hosted in-person community events about financial wellness and education in the past—at branches, local libraries and other locations in communities across the state. But now, Centier is offering the series online, so visitors can access them on their own time, from anywhere. The site contains financial tips, exercises and information on identity theft, homebuying, credit and more. Learn more at

New COVID-19 testing site — The Hamilton County Health Dept. has opened a second COVID-19 testing site at Trinity Free Clinic at 14598 Oak Ridge Rd. in Carmel. It will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon. This is the first time the county has offered testing on the weekend. Appointments must be made at The county’s other testing site moved Oct. 5 to Ivy Tech Community College in Noblesville.

CVS expands testing sites — CVS Pharmacy has doubled its COVID-19 testing sites and recently added three in Hamilton County. The test is now available at the CVS Pharmacy at 367 W. 116th St. in Carmel, 8295 E. 116th St. in Fishers and 5865 Promenade Shops Blvd. in Noblesville. The test is also offered at the store at 13090 Pettigru Dr. in Carmel.

Heart Failure Medical Advisory Board — Carmel-based FAST BioMedical, a privately held late clinical-stage medical technology company, has established a Heart Failure Medical Advisory Board of physicians, nurses and researchers. The Heart Failure Medical Advisory Board will advise FAST BioMedical’s clinical development of measuring intravascular volume status to better diagnose and treat patients experiencing heart failure. Members of the board have decades of experience in heart failure and cardiovascular patient care and have contributed to more than 1,300 peer-reviewed publications.

Plasma can help COVID-19 patients – As 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