Carmel in brief — November 10, 2020


Hit-and-run suspects sought — Carmel police are seeking help in locating two suspects involved in a hit-and-run injury crash involving a motorcycle on Oct. 11 at Main Street and U.S. 31. The victim described the suspect vehicle as a green SUV pulling a trailer. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Jennifer Chavez at 317-571-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477. Reference case number 2020-68965.

Arts grant applications — The City of Carmel is seeking applications for 2021 City Arts Grants, a program designed to support local arts organizations. Since 2004, more than $13.6 million in arts grants has been awarded. The deadline for the initial round of applications is Nov. 20. Find a copy of the 2021 Arts Grant Application on the City of Carmel website at

Instructor of the year vote — George Nae of House of Martial Arts in Carmel is among 91 martial arts instructors vying for the title of 2020 Greatmats National Striking Martial Arts Instructor of the Year. The award is part of Greatmats’ sixth annual National Award Series, which honors instructors, coaches and trainers who have made a positive impact on their clients and communities. Voting to determine this year’s finalists will take place through Nov. 16 at

CEF awards grants to CCS schools — The Carmel Education Foundation is awarding all 15 Carmel Clay Schools campuses a monetary grant this fall to be used for needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic or diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.  Funding will be relative to the size of the school population and was made available to each school starting Oct. 1. Along with school grants, CEF has partnered with the Carmel City Council to award a $10,000 grant to CCS student services focused on body safety and bullying prevention by utilizing the Monique Burr Foundation Child Safety Matters and Teen Safety Matters program.

No Shave November — Officers and employees of the Carmel Police Dept. are participating in No-Shave November to raise awareness about cancer and collect donations to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. CPD’s fundraising goal this year is $5,000. CPD Chief Jim Barlow is relaxing the department’s grooming standards regarding facial hair for employees that make monetary donations. Family, friends, and members of the community are also welcomed to donate. Donations can be made at or by dropping off cash or checks.

Janus Store open house — Janus Developmental Services, 1555 Westfield Rd. in Noblesville, will hold a fall open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14 to allow guests to view items by Janus clients for sale in the new store. Those wishing to attend must RSVP and follow guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Items for sale include handmade canvas artwork, bird houses, dog toys, ornaments, key chains and more. RSVP by emailing Patty Steffen at [email protected].

Diaper drive — Indiana Diaper Bank has launched a virtual campaign and diaper drive called “#sharethelove” running through Jan. 2. The need for diapers and baby essentials for those in need has sky-rocketed since COVID-19 hit. The diaper drive aims to collect 150,000 diapers to provide to Indiana parents. Visit to donate. Learn more at

Donut 5K race moves — The Donut 5K will relocate from Carmel to downtown Indianapolis for its 14th running. The event is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 19 in Military Park, 601 W. New York St. A post-race party will take place at Metazoa Brewing. A virtual race option is also available, with participants receiving a race hat, shirt and medal. Learn more at

Bulk item pickup fee increase — Republic Services has increased its fee for bulk item pickup from $10 to $20 and raised the fee for bulky landscape waste from $10 to $45 per pickup. This does not affect the free weekly pickup of up to 20 bags or bundles of landscape waste offered from Oct. 15 to Dec. 15 and in April and May. Schedule bulk item or bulky landscape pickups by calling 317-917-7300.

Operation Belt Up — The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is conducting Operation Belt Up through Nov. 29. The overtime patrols, occurring statewide in the top 30 Indiana counties for unrestrained crashes, are funded through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds. Indiana law requires everyone in the vehicle to wear a seat belt. To learn more about Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership, visit

Modern Woodman program — Jordan E. Kartman of Carmel, administrative assistant for Modern Woodmen of America, has completed a three-day educational program through the organization’s home office in Rock Island, Ill. The program provided an introduction to Modern Woodmen, exposure to home office departmental operations and functions and basic computer training. Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America is a fraternal financial services organization that offers financial products and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

Invasive species ranking — The Hamilton County Invasives Partnership recently released results of a survey ranking the most problematic invasive species across the county. The top five spots in the ranking went to Asian bush honeysuckle, Callery pear, wintercreeper, Canada thistle and garlic mustard. Learn more and view complete results 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

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].

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

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

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: 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.

New vice president — Nonprofit executive search firm Talbott Talent recently welcomed Erica Poff as its new vice president. Poff will implement internal business practices, contribute to company strategy, and manage nonprofit executive search and consulting projects, among other duties.

Centier Bank honored — Centier Bank has been recognized as the top-ranked “Best Bank to Work For” in the state of Indiana by American Banker. For each of the past eight years, Centier Bank has placed alongside financial institutions across the country on the nationwide list. Centier Bank also ranked 11th out of 85 banks in the U.S. American Banker publication creates the list based on extensive employee surveys and reviews employer benefits and policies.

Carmel business acquired — TA Services, a premier full-service logistics provider, completed the acquisition of certain assets of Top Gun Freight, Inc., a freight brokerage business in Carmel. As part of this acquisition, owner and President of Top Gun Freight Thomas Hosack will join TA Services as vice president of business development.

CE Solutions promotions — Carmel-based CE Solutions recently announced several promotions. Carrie Walden and Chip Bradway have been promoted to senior project manager positions, and Heather Cox has been promoted to director of marketing and client relations.

Board member appointed — Leonardo247, which specializes in remote monitoring of onsite multifamily operations, announced that Chief Operating Officer Suellen McFarling has joined its board of directors. McFarling, a Carmel resident, is the first woman to achieve this level of leadership in the company’s history. McFarling brings more than 20 years of proptech experience to the seven-person board.

COO appointed — Birmingham technology consultancy and software development firm MotionMobs has named Emily Hart, a Carmel High School and Samford University graduate, as chief operating officer. Hart has been with MotionMobs for six years and joined the company’s board in 2019.

Business name change — As a result of being acquired by O’Donnell and Naccarato in late 2019, Carmel-based McComas Engineering has changed its name to McComas/O’Donnell & Naccarato. Learn more at

Mortgage loan officer appointed — Justin Schreiber has been appointed mortgage loan officer at Centier’s Carmel Branch. Schreiber joined Centier Bank in August, bringing with him more than seven years of experience in retail banking and online mortgage lending. He is NMLS licensed, as well as a licensed notary in the State of Indiana. The Westfield resident is an alumnus of Indiana University in Bloomington and holds a bachelor of science degree in management and a certificate in finance.

Attorney re-elected — Indianapolis attorney and Carmel resident Mark W. Rutherford was unanimously re-elected chair of the Indiana Public Defender Commission for a two-year term. He has chaired the commission since 2007 and has served as a gubernatorial appointment to the commission under three governors. Rutherford is a shareholder at the Indianapolis law firm of Thrasher, Buschmann, and Voelkel, PC, where he focuses his practice on business law, business defense, litigation, and election law.

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.

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

Blood donations needed — Versiti Blood Center of Indiana is issuing an emergency appeal for blood donations as communities throughout the state face a potential crisis. Ideally, Versiti strives for a three-day supply of blood available to its partner hospitals. Schools and businesses are typically Versiti’s largest source of blood donations this time of year. Because of remote work and virtual schooling, many of those drives have been canceled. Compared to an average year, Versiti is down more than 50 percent in donations – or nearly 20,000 units of blood – from those key contributors. Blood donations may be made in Carmel at 726 Adams St., Suite 150. Make an appointment and view blood drives 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.

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