Carmel in brief — November 28, 2017


New judge selected – Carmel resident Doris L. Pryor has been selected as United States Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Ms. Pryor’s appointment will be made upon completion of a Federal Bureau of Investigation background check, a process that can take several months. Once appointed, she will fill the vacancy created by the untimely death of Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue, who passed away on Aug. 2.

Math Showdown champs – Colonial Christian School recently won the national Math Showdown, beating out hundreds of other schools across the nation. Using an online math learning environment, students competed in live, multi-player challenges and answered self-paced adaptive mathematics curriculum questions. As the winning school, Colonial Christian earned five Google Chromebooks for their school.

Service academy candidates named – U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) has announced U.S. service academy nominations for 43 exemplary high school senior candidates from across Indiana. Nominees were selected by an advisory board chosen by Senator Young. Carmel residents Dalton Thompson, Clayton Wright, Edward Howell, and Benjamin Vorisek were among those chosen.

Book signing – Robert Horsey, organ recovery coordinator with Indiana Donor Network, will sign his new novel, GIFTED, at 7 p.m. December 4 at Books & Brews, 61 W. City Center Dr. GIFTED introduces the reader to a family surviving grief and sharing life after a mother grapples with the loss of her son and ultimately learns of his donation decision.

Town hall meeting – State Legislators Todd Huston (R-Fishers), Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis) and Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) will host a town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Dec. 9, at Fishers City Hall, 1 Municipal Dr.

.Museum names collections manager – The Museum of Miniature Houses has announced that Caitlin Rogers has joined the museum staff as its full-time collections manager. The collections manager position is in charge of record-keeping pertaining to the museum’s holdings, acquisitions and acceptance of donations, in-house and off-site exhibits, and care of the museum’s holdings.

Great Outdoor Party – The Hamilton County Republican Party will hold the 2017 Great Outdoor Party from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 30 at Beck’s Hangar, 11329 E. SR 32. Sonny Beck of Beck’s Hybrids will be the featured speaker. Ticket prices vary but will include hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine. Dress is business attire. Visit for more information or to register.

Arts grants available – The City of Carmel is now seeking applications for the special Support For The Arts grants from the City’s budget. The grant program is available to qualified organizations, not individuals, which are located in Carmel or conduct programs/performances in Carmel. For details, visit Applications are due Dec. 1.

New Advisory Council forming – The Indiana Department of Revenue invites tax professionals, attorneys, business stakeholders, advocates and scholars statewide to be considered for appointment to the first-ever Commissioner’s Advisory Council to provide valuable input on tax administration for the state. Twelve members will be selected for two-year appointments. The council will meet quarterly beginning in late January. Applications are available at and are due by Dec. 1.

Winter Wonderland Bash – The Democratic Party of Hamilton County will host Winter Wonderland Bash at 5 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets start at $50 and include hors d’ouevres, silent auction and more. Dress is cocktail attire. Register at

Santa at Clay Terrace – Santa Claus will usher in the holiday season at Clay Terrace in his house in front of Dick’s Sporting Goods during retail hours from now through Dec. 24. Santa will also be available for pet photos from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3. For more information, visit

Vote By Mail – What is Vote By Mail? It is legislation that will allow Hoosiers to cast ballots via mail from their homes. Come learn more about this potential new change to voting laws from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Nora Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library.

Stewards of Children – Parents and adults who work with children can learn how to prevent child sexual abuse by registering for Stewards of Children. This program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react to child sexual abuse. Chaucie’s Place is offering this program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at their main office, 4607 E. 106th St. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information visit The first 10 people that e-mail will receive a promotional code to attend the training for free.

Museum of Miniature Houses events – The Museum of Miniature Houses has several upcoming holiday events. Holiday Decorating Workshop for Children will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9. Children can make a variety of simple holiday crafts. Visitors can drop in at any time. The Annual Candlelight Tour will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9. This is a rare opportunity to see the museum at night.

Educator honor roll – The Carmel Education Foundation’s Thank an Educator Honor Roll is the ideal way to say thank you. By making a donation to the CEF in the name of your child’s favorite teacher, bus driver, or school employee (or in the name of your co-worker), you will provide a lasting, meaningful gift. CEF will send the person you choose a personalized letter and Honor Roll certificate. To make a donation, visit Carmel Clay Schools website and type CEF Honor Roll in the search box.

Santa at Clay Terrace – Santa Claus will usher in the holiday season at Clay Terrace in his house in front of Dick’s Sporting Goods during retail hours from now through Dec. 24. Santa will also be available for pet photos from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3. For more information, visit

Youth leadership camp – The Future Presidents of America Youth Leadership Camp is now accepting applications. Priority consideration will be given to students who apply by Dec. 4. The camp, for students age 12-16, allows the participants to meet and ask questions of local public servants. All selected participants receive full scholarships for the camp (a $400 value). It will run from June 25-29 at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Apply at

Winter Market opens – The Carmel Winter Market has begun the season in a new location. It has moved to The Wire Factory, 510 3rd Ave. SW. The new location has more space, which means more vendors. Among the newest vendors are Dandy Breeze Creamery (milk and chocolate milk), Eagle Creek Apiary (honey), and Risin’ Creek Creamery (goat cheese). The market is open on from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through February

Christmas cookies and crafts – Cornerstone Lutheran Church, 4850 E. Main St., will host Christmas Cookies & Crafts from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 9.  Fill cans with cookies of your choice in the Cookie Walk. Other baked goods, crafts, and new-but-never-used items are also available.  If you have questions, call 317-844-2329.

Free meditation class – Sahaja Meditation Indiana presents a free mediation class at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Learn to reduce stress and experience inner peace through meditation. The class will be held at Old National Bank, 1430 S. Range Line Rd. For more information, visit

Mainstreet acquisition – Carmel-based Mainstreet Health Investments has announced that it has entered into definitive agreements with Tiptree Inc. to acquire Care Investment Trust LLC. CareIT owns a portfolio of 42 seniors housing and care properties comprising 3,718 suites/beds in attractive markets across the nation. Furthermore, Mainstreet intends to change its operating name to Invesque Inc., which will provide the Company with a unique and recognizable name.

Healthiest employers named – recently released its annual list of the 100 healthiest companies to work for in America. The report analyzed wellness programming in several categories including leadership commitment, programming, interventions and communications. Carmel-based CNO Financial ranked 11th on the list.


New chiropractic office opens – Dr. Justin Gilmore has opened his new chiropractic office, Gilmore Chiropractic, at 14801 Market Center Dr., Carmel. The 10,000 square foot building is complete and will include Motion 4 Life, which will open in January with state of the art wellness, rehab, and nutrition facilities and private exercise club.

Veteran care packages distributed – Round Room LLC, TCC’s parent company and authorized Verizon retailer, accepted nominations from their local communities this fall to recognize deserving veterans in more than 500 cities across the country. Five local veterans, including Mike Seaman, received care pack donations from employees at your local TCC store in Carmel.

Home prices increase – Sellers in Carmel are seeing their home values increase and maintain a consistent number of days on the market. According to F.C. Tucker, the average sale price for homes sold in Carmel in October 2017 was $385,186, a 6.7 percent increase from October 2016, at an average of $140.75 per square foot. Homes in the city sold in 56 days, just one day less than this time last year.

New CFO named – Carmel-based Fuzion has selected Ginger S. Darrough as its new chief financial officer. Darrough will lead all financial planning, accounting, and treasury functions. She will also continue in her role as Fuzion’s chief analytics officer, providing guidance to the data analytics team and overseeing the organization’s actuarial functions.



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