Carmel in brief — June 26, 2018


Projects benefit victims – David Weekley Homes recently partnered with 18 local nonprofit organizations across the nation through the company’s CARE Build Month projects. Locally, the project benefitted Coburn Place Safe Haven, a resource for victims of domestic violence. David Weekley Homes teams remodeled several kitchens, planted gardens and built a swing set for the playground.

Delph receives military award – State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel), a major in the U.S. Army Reserve, received the Joint Service Achievement Medal in recognition of his outstanding service as the mission assignment operations officer for the Defense Coordinating Element Region V, United States Army North. Sen. Delph served on active duty this past winter in Puerto Rico in support of Hurricane Maria relief and recovery operations and was recognized for his exemplary service.

College news – Carmel resident Bennett Dierckman has been named to the dean’s list at IU and has graduated from the school of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. Jack Joliet, Amit Kannan, and Meredith Black, all of Carmel, have been chosen as Kelley Scholars at IU’s Kelley School of Business. Carmel resident Zachary Woolfolk has graduated from Oregon State University.

Road trip rankings – Personal finance website WalletHub has released 2018’s Best and Worst States for Summer Road Trips. Indiana ranked among the worst states, placing 45th overall. Rankings were based on travel costs, crime and motor accident rates, and access to recreational activities. Wyoming topped the list, primarily because of its low travel costs.


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 June 27. Nineteen-year-old award winning singer and songwriter sensation, Maria Diebolt, performs. Her largest crowd was the Circle of Lights Christmas tree lighting celebration in Indianapolis, performing for over 100,000 people as well as a live TV audience.

Serve Indiana awards – Nominations are being accepted for the Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence. Categories include volunteerism, youth volunteerism, corporate service award and several others. Nominations are due by June 29. For more, visit and type Serve Indiana in the search box.

Garage sale – Scout Troop 132 will host a garage sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30 at the American Legion Post 155, 852 W. Main St. Clothing, furniture, and other household items will be available. Proceeds will benefit the troop.

Pillar Award nominations sought – Legacy Fund is accepting nominations for its Community Pillar Awards through June 30. Nominees should be individuals or corporations doing visionary work to solve pressing challenges and create a brighter future for Hamilton County in three leadership areas: college readiness and success, and family success and inspiring places. For more, visit

Hoosier Women Forward applications – Democratic women across the state who want to see more women in government and care about women’s issues are encouraged to apply for the Hoosier Women Forward leadership development program right now. HWF will select a group of 20 to 25 outstanding Democratic women each year through a competitive application process to participate in its nine-month leadership training program. Applications are being accepted through July 3 and can be found online at

CarmelFest fireworks – This year’s CarmelFest fireworks will commence at 9:45 p.m. on the Fourth of July and last approximately 25 minutes. They will be launched north of The Palladium and to the east of the Monon Trail. Synchronized music will be provided on CHS radio station WHJE 91.3 FM.

Military personnel sought – RE/MAX Legends of Indianapolis is organizing the Military Tribute Grand Finale for the CarmelFest Parade on July 4. All past, present, and newly enlisted participants in any military branch as well as family members of service personnel are eligible to participate. Vehicles will be provided for those unable to walk the parade route. To participate, call 317-407-1445.

Torchbearer nominations sought – The Indiana Commission for Women is seeking nominations for the 2018 Torchbearer Awards, the state’s most prestigious recognition of women. Recipients are selected from a pool of publicly nominated candidates who have overcome adversity, made extraordinary contributions, or demonstrated achievement in their professional careers, community leadership and public service. For a nomination form, visit and type torchbearer in the search box. Nominations are due by July 6.

Adults only waterpark events – The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center will host Monon Mixers from 8 to 10 p.m. on July 12 and Aug. 2. The events cost $10 per person and include adults-only access to all the waterpark’s features including the lazy river, adventure slides and FlowRider. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase in addition to concessions. Participants must register online at

Bastille Day event – Alliance Francaise recently relocated to Carmel and will host a Bastille Day celebration to introduce itself to the city. The event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. July 14 at Sophia Square. Festivities will include music, food, wine and fireworks at dusk.

Free Constitution sessions – The Constitution Party will host a series of free sessions on the Constitution. Sessions will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month from now through July at Old National Banking Center, 385 S. Main St., Zionsville. Nick Frecker will lead the series and will be using The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution by Brion McClanahan. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the sessions.

Cycling for Survivors – 2018 Cops Cycling for Survivors is a group that will bike nearly 1,000 miles over 13 days in July to honor fallen law enforcement officers. The group also raises funds for families of the fallen officers. The first leg of the trip will begin July 9 in Indianapolis and end in Columbus. For a full schedule, visit

Golf tournament – River Glen Country Club, 12010 Clubhouse Dr., Fishers, will host the Earl D. Hoover Memorial Charity Golf Tournament from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 28. Proceeds will benefit the Jefferson Awards Foundation, an organization that promotes public service through education and awards. For more information, visit

Cycling exhibit – Cycling Through History is now open at the Monon Depot, 211 First St. SW. The exhibit showcases historic bikes, including a high-wheeler, an antique tandem bicycle, a 1930s Elgin, a Schwinn Krate, and more. The museum is open Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m, and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit runs through July 29.

Lugar Series seeks applicants – The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series is accepting applications for its 29th annual class. The Lugar Series mission is to increase the number and influence of Republican women in governmental positions at all levels. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership skills in their fields of work or community service. Applications are due Aug. 1 and are available by visiting or by calling 317-536-6900.

First Responders at Conner Prairie – Conner Prairie will host First Responders Day on Aug. 4. First Responders with valid ID will receive free admission into the park and their guests will receive a 50 percent discount. Special programming will be offered and an opening ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. For more details, visit

Creative writers meetings – Carmel Creative Writers wants to give writers of all levels and genres the opportunity to network, learn and share. Join us for our meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Hoosier Salon, 22 N. Range Line Rd. Guest speakers, a yearly anthology, and input on your writing samples are all part of our meetings. For more, email

Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a non-profit 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

Ladies tea – Fellowship in Christ Church, 310 N. Range Line Rd., will host Coffee, Tea, and Thee for ladies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. This is open to all women in the community and there is no cost to attend.

Pack the Cruiser a success – A joint Pack the Cruiser event sponsored by the Carmel Youth Assistance Program in partnership with the Carmel Police Department raised more than 4,420 pounds of food and $2,974 in cash and Kroger gift cards. The food and proceeds will benefit the Carmel Summer Lunch Program. Other partners included Kroger, Carmel Clay Schools, Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, OLMC Merciful HELP Center, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank and the Rotary Club of Carmel.

Ownership news – Gary Padjen, a former linebacker with the Indianapolis Colts, has become an owner of the Carmel location of Emerald-Neuro Recover. The clinic offers an all-natural method known as NAD for recovery from drug and alcohol dependence. NAD therapy involves an IV infusion of natural enzymes that repairs cells and restores brain functions. For more about the treatment, call 317-983-3672 or visit

Local pharmacist appointed to board – The American Pharmacists Association Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Carmel resident Gregory A. Fox, BS Pharm, as association treasurer. Fox is the health and wellness merchandiser for The Kroger Co., responsible for the day to day operations of a Kroger division of 121 locations and strategy for the development, staffing and delivery of current and expanding patient care services.

Tai Chi classes – The Monon Center will offer Tai Chi classes and practice sessions this summer. Classes are offered from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning July 2. Cost is $80 for the summer session. Practice sessions are from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning July 2. Cost is $70 for the session. To register, visit and enter Tai Chi into the search box.

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

New mortgage originator – Busey Home Mortgage welcomes Adam Neawedde as a mortgage originator to its Carmel office at 11550 N. Meridian, Suite 100. As a mortgage originator, Neawedde will work with clients to find the mortgage loan program that best fits their needs. Neawedde can be reached at or 317-705-9117.

Technology certification earned – The Premier Group, a home integration firm based in Carmel, has become the first in Indiana to achieve the designation of an HTA Certified home technology integration firm. HTA certified dealers seek to simplify the process of purchasing and installing home technology systems. The HTA uses 60+ criteria to evaluate dealers and only the top 10 to 15 percent of dealers nationwide achieve this coveted certification.

Entrepreneurship winners named – EY has announced the winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Midwest for 2018. Scott Moorehead of Carmel-based Round Room LLC was named a winner. Regional award winners are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards.

Laser Flash memberships – Laser Flash, a family entertainment center in Carmel, has begun offering memberships. When a customer buys one or two sessions of laser tag, they may also purchase a one-month membership for just $5 more. As a member they will be able to play every day for 30 days. Members also receive discounts on arcade play and concessions. Memberships are renewable with no obligations or contracts. For more, visit

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