Carmel in brief — January 9, 2018


Governor appointments – Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced the appointments and reappointments of several Hoosiers to various state boards and commissions. Carmel resident Cathleen Nine-Altevogt was appointed to the Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants & Toddlers with Disabilities. David Spradley, also of Carmel, was appointed to the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Commission.

Stolen credit card – On Nov. 17, 2017 a credit card was stolen from a residence in the 1700 block of Beaufain Street. The black male pictured was observed on surveillance video attempting to use the stolen card at a store in Indianapolis. He appears to be wearing a Seattle Mariners cap. Anyone with information on the suspect should call the Carmel Police Department at 317-571-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 (TIPS).

Addiction support group – Parents of Addicted Loved Ones is a support group for parents who have children dealing with drug addiction. Meetings are on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Carmel Christian Church, 463 E. Main St. The meetings are for those over the age of 18, no exceptions will be made for anyone younger than 18. There is no charge to attend.

Coat distribution – Coats are available through the Hamilton County Kids Coats program. Upcoming dates include: Jan. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m.; Jan 13 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; Jan. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.; Feb. 3 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; Feb. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Feb. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. These are walk-in hours at Merciful H.E.L.P., 1045 W. 146th St., Carmel. For more information, call 317-324-8818.

Civil War Roundtable – The Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Dr. Brian Dirck will present Lincoln and the Constitution. The public is invited and admission is free. Note location change.

Recycle holiday lights – From now through Jan. 11, The Carmel Clay Schools Green Teams, along with Carmel Utilities, Tech Recyclers and White’s Ace Hardware are working together to offer a holiday light recycling drive for Carmel residents. Residents may recycle used holiday lights at White’s Ace Hardware, 731 S. Range Line Rd. In addition, the Carmel Clay Schools Green Teams will be offering recycling at the individual schools.

INDOT summer internships available – INDOT is accepting applications for Governor’s Summer Internships paying $11.30 per hour. The internships focus on many areas of study, including engineering, business, communications, finance, project management, and construction. Students must have completed one year of college to be eligible. Application deadline is Jan. 12. For more information, visit

Town Hall meeting – State legislators Tony Cook (R-Cicero), Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) and Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) will host a town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 13 at Westfield City Hall, 130 Penn St. Spartz encourages residents of Senate District 20 to attend and share their thoughts on issues affecting the community and state.

Celebrations series – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series on Wednesdays at noon. The next session will be held on Jan. 24 and will be led by Garret Mathews, playwright and oral historian. Mathews will present “How I am using my interview with a snake handler to write a stage play for 2018 Indy Fringe.”

Winter reading program – The Carmel Clay Public Library introduces its winter reading program for adults. The program will run from Jan. 15-Mar.12. Participants can earn restaurant coupons for reading, with a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local business or restaurant. For more information, call 317-814-3987.

STEM fest 2018 – The Indiana Pacers will host STEM Fest 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. This interactive event is open to students of all ages and their families. It is a great opportunity to learn how science, technology, engineering and mathematics are used in sports and other careers. Cost is $10 per person and includes admission to the Pacers game. Order online at by Jan 12.

Envirothon contest now open – Registration is now open for high school students to sign up for this spring’s Central Region Envirothon contest hosted by the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Each team will study resource problems in five environmental areas. Teams may consist of members from a variety of organizations: clubs at school, Scouts, home schooled students, and 4-H Clubs. The deadline for Envirothon coaches to register their teams is Feb. 23. For more, visit or contact Ginger Davis at 317-773-2181. 

First baby of the new year born – A few hours after the ball dropped on Times Square, IU Health North Hospital welcomed its first baby of 2018. The first bundle of joy—a baby boy— was delivered at 5 a.m. on Jan. 1. Erica Baechle and Ryan Kelb of Westfield met their child, Weston James Kelb, after a quick delivery. The baby boy weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 21 inches in length.

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, visit

Entrepreneurship workshop – The Carmel Clay Public Library will host Discovering Your Inner Entrepreneur & Downtown Carmel from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Bruce Kimball, Carmel City councilor will be the featured speaker. This will be a practical guide to evaluating entrepreneurship in 2018 and learning basic business models.

Housing market update – The housing market in Carmel remained in sellers’ favor as home values increased. According to F.C. Tucker, the average sale price for homes sold in Carmel in November 2017 was $397,293, a 10.3 percent increase from November 2016, at an average of $142.06 per square foot. Homes in the city sold just two days faster than this time last year at 71 days.

Source: F.C. Tucker

Social Security high in Hamilton County – According to research from SmartAsset, a financial technology company, Hamilton County residents are receiving among the highest annual Social Security payments in Indiana. SmartAsset looked at the total Social Security payments received, as well as taxes and cost of living to calculate an index to show where Social Security would cover the most needs. Warren County ranked first, followed by Hamilton County.