Carmel in brief — October 13, 2020

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Correction — In the Sept. 29 edition of Current in Carmel, an article on the Carmel Cleanup Crew misstated the number of trees to be planted at its Oct. 5 tree planting event. The group partnered with Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation to plant 100 trees.

Street commissioner to retire — City of Carmel Street Commissioner Dave Huffman will retire Oct. 30 after a 32-year career overseeing the maintenance of the city’s transportation network. The street commissioner is responsible for maintaining more than 544 miles of streets and 134 roundabouts while improving streetscape aesthetics. Operations Manager Terry Killen will become the next commissioner.

New ER, urgent care center — Riverview Health Emergency Room & Urgent Care will open its third combined, freestanding emergency room and urgent care facility in Hamilton County at 7 a.m. Oct. 19 at 10830 N. Michigan Rd. in Carmel. The Riverview Health Emergency Room & Urgent Care locations are built and operated in partnership with Intuitive Health. ER services will be available 24/7, while urgent care billing hours will be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. All patients are examined by an ER-trained physician and cared for by ER staff, regardless of the level of care they need. Learn more at ERUC.Riverview.org.

CHS golfer places second — Carmel High School freshman Michaela Headlee placed second with rounds of 76 and 71 for a 147 total Oct. 2-3 in the Indiana High School Athletic Association Girls Golf State Finals at Prairie View Golf Club. Headlee finished one shot behind champion Macy Beeson from Lapel. The Greyhounds finished third in the team completion behind champion Evansville North and second place Homestead.

Community Days at co-working space — Nexus Impact Center, 9511 Angola Ct. in Indianapolis, is hosting a week-long Community Days event Oct. 12 to 17 with daily open house tours for people who are still working from home but want to get out and work in a co-working community or get off of Zoom and meet in a clean and open space that enables social distancing. Various activities are planned to allow current members to invite guests during the week. To ensure social distancing participants must sign up in advance for most activities. Learn more at nexusimpactcenter.org/resources/community-days.

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.

Bond refinancing — The City of Carmel recently completed the refinance of two outstanding bond issues, a move that will save the city more than $16.9 million in total interest savings. The bonds were priced on Sept. 23 and the taxable interest rate on the refunding bonds was 1.99 percent, a rate that reflects the city’s AA bond rating by S&P Global Corporation.

Farm bill programs ranking — The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District has been asked to organize and conduct a local working group meeting to determine the ranking for the 2020 Farm Bill Programs through the Natural Resources Conservation Service. A discussion will be held after the regularly scheduled board meeting at 8 a.m. Oct. 22. All persons that have interest in land located in Hamilton County  are welcome to attend. Email soil.water@hamiltoncounty.in.gov for a link to participate. Provide input without attending the meeting by contacting Angie Garrison at angela.garrison@in.usda.gov. Input is due by Oct. 20.

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.

Election information — The nonpartisan League of Women Voters has updated Vote411.org 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 facebook.com/LWVofHamiltonCountyIndiana.

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 spirit.prudential.com.

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 forms.gle/AwqYC1ys88VdT7GF6.

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 indysbestandbrightest.org 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 kerdmanis@mymwa.org.

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 surveymonkey.com/r/GQNNTKJ.

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 indianasenatedemocrats.org/opportunities/internships.

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 bidpal.net/CCPLGuildedLeaf. Reserve tickets by Oct. 10 by calling 317-814-3984 or carmelclaylibrary.org/foundation.

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 AskRose.org.

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 bit.ly/hamco4hcameracorp 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 carmelnewcomers.com 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 doxpop.com under “Other Services” and “Doxpop Property Watch.”

Puzzle subscription box — Silver and the City and No Label at the Table are teaming up in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, to offer a puzzle subscription box, with 10 percent of box sales being donated to Special Olympics of Hamilton County. Each week in November, subscribers will receive a 1,000-piece puzzle, a cookie from No Label at the Table and a greeting card. Subscription orders will be taken in October at silverinthecity.com/october-puzzle-club.html.

Virtual career fair — The Hamilton County Workforce Recovery Task Force, in cooperation with the Hamilton County Workforce Innovation Network, will present a virtual career fair from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Nov. 5 focused on manufacturing and engineering positions in Hamilton County. The free fair will provide one-on-one chat or video conversations with company representatives. Companies who are interested in participating can contact Robert Kneberg at rkneberg@hcwin.org or 317-914 -0171.

Real estate stats — The residential real estate market in Carmel accelerated in September. According to F.C. Tucker Company, the average home sale price in Carmel increased 19.4 percent, to $466,817, compared to September 2019. Homes in Carmel also left the market very quickly, selling 11 days faster than this time last year. The average price per square foot for a Carmel home increased 5 percent to $159.05 compared to September 2019.

New leader selected — Carmel-based public accounting firm Katz, Sapper & Miller recently announced the election of Tim Cook, a 17-year KSM veteran, as its next firm leader. Cook will succeed managing partner David Resnick, effective Jan. 1, 2021. As KSM’s new CEO and president and the first non-CPA to lead the 78-year-old firm, Cook will draw on both his training as an attorney and his experience growing two highly successful practices within the firm. Resnick will succeed Curt Miller, one of KSM’s namesakes, as chair of the board.

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 loumalnatis.com/careers.

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 centier.com/financial-education.

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 Scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov. 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 versiti.org/Indiana.

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 AnewCare.com.


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