Carmel in brief — June 9, 2020

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Fashionable Society — The Carmel Clay Historical Society has reopened the Monon Depot Museum with its first exhibit of the year, Fashionable Society: Civil War to Post-War Textiles of Carmel. The exhibit highlights where the community’s distinctive style began. The exhibit displays historical textiles and fashion accessories, from the CCHS permanent collection, dating from the mid-1860s to the 1950s. Learn more at carmelclayhistory.org.

Library launches pickup service – The Carmel Clay Public Library has launched a curbside holds pickup service. A library staff member will call when a hold is ready to arrange a pickup time. Holds may be placed through the online catalog beginning. The number of items will be temporarily limited to 10. Items currently checked out are due June 16. Learn more at carmelclaylibrary.org.

Summer Reading Program – The Carmel Clay Public Library Summer Reading Program begins June 1. For the first time, the entire program will be held online. Participants will be eligible to have overdue fines erased from their accounts and reading prizes will result in food donations. Learn more at carmelclaylibrary.org/event/4283330.

Mini museum shop — The Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E. Main St., has opened its shop to customers by appointment only. Shoppers can make appointments for between 1 and 4 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays by calling 317-690-1300 or emailing kathy.birk@gmail.com. The museum anticipates reopening to the public on a limited basis on June 20. It has been closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 Bidpal.net/CarmelReadToFeed.

BMV fees to resume — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will resume charging administrative penalty fees beginning July 1. All Hoosiers with expired driver’s licenses, permits, state identification cards and vehicle registrations need to complete renewal transactions before July 1 to avoid paying a fee. Title transactions and new vehicle registration must also be completed before July 1. Administrative fees have been waived since March 16 to assist the needs of Hoosiers who were not able to utilize in-branch services because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schedule an appointment with the BMV at secure.in.gov/apps/waittimes/Schedule/Welcome.aspx.

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.in.gov/lg/2532.htm.

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 ccs.k12.in.us/foundation/events/honor-roll.

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.

Model homes open — Central Living by David Weekley Homes has launched in the Indianapolis area. This high-density division is selling in two sections of the master-planned community of Gramercy West in Carmel. Priced from the $315,000s, Gramercy West features two-story cottage homes situated on 28- and 31-foot homesites. David Weekley Homes will also offer townhomes in Gramercy West, including four floorplan options, ranging from 1,100 to 1,800 square feet. Two model cottage homes are open for tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday at 986 Kinzer Ave. and 998 Kinzer Ave. Learn more by calling 317-669-8628.

County assists small businesses — The Hamilton County Stabilization Fund for Small Businesses has selected 105 small businesses to receive grant funds in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, they will receive $743,205 in grant money. Each business has been granted from $1,000 to $10,000 based on its demonstrated need. Grants can be used for payroll, utilities, rent, mortgage, insurance, and products directly used in production of a product for sale. Preference was given to businesses that had not received abatements or incentives from the federal government, State of Indiana or any local government entity.

Gifts of Comfort — Uplift Intimate Apparel, 711 Veterans Way, has created Gifts of Comfort as a way for people to provide hope and encouragement to nurses – male and female – on the front line of serving COVID-19 patients in Carmel. Each gift, valued from $100 to $150 and costing $50, includes at least one item of intimate apparel. Uplift is aiming to provide 500 gifts in the area. Purchase the gifts at upliftintimateapparel.com/uplifting-one-a-gift-of-comfort.

InCycle Strength now open — InCycle Strength training studio opened June 1 in the interior plaza in the United Fidelity Bank Building of Carmel City Center at 800 S. Range Line Rd. It offers group classes, personal training, small group training and virtual class options. Classes will utilize the TRX System as well as weights, kettlebells, stability balls, resistance tubes and bands. To see a schedule of class options and the full COVID-19 special instructions, visit incycleindy.com.

Court reporter honored — The National Court Reporters Association has announced that Amy Doman of Carmel has earned the nationally recognized Registered Merit Reporter certification, having demonstrated her ability to produce a high-quality verbatim record. RMR credentials distinguish stenographic court reporters and captioners as being among the top contributors to the profession in terms of reporting skills, transcript production, operating practices, and professionalism.

  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.

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 Stratford-living.com/careers.

Medical scholarship — David Tulkop of Carmel High School is among seven Hamilton County students to receive the Dr. and Mrs. Malcom Bray Medical Scholarship from the Riverview Health Foundation. The scholarship was established in 1993 and is awarded to a graduating senior from each of the public high schools in Hamilton County wishing to pursue a career in the medical field. Each recipient is awarded a one time $1,000 scholarship. More than 175 scholarships have been awarded to students since its inception.

Blood donations needed — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate in the weeks and months ahead by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

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. 96th  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 ariadxs.com.

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 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.

Hearing loss group – The 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.

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