Carmel in brief — September 4, 2018


Correction – In the Aug. 28 edition of Current in Carmel, the description of a proposed office building at 106th and Illinois streets was incorrect. It is proposed to be a three-story building. Also, the year Carmel became a second class city was incorrect. It became a second class city in 2016.

Best dealerships named – Terry Lee Genesis and Terry Lee Hyundai have been named to the 2018 Automotive News Best Dealerships To Work For report. The program measured workplace satisfaction, talent retention and excellent care of employees through a survey of employers and employees. This marks the second year for both dealerships. They both rank in the top 100 of 18,000 dealerships nationwide.

Source: Automotive News

Best hospital – Indiana University Health North and Saxony hospitals have been recognized among the top hospitals in the state. According to a U.S. News & World Report ranking, the IU Health Medical Center appears on the list for the 21st consecutive year. It is the No. 1 ranked hospital in Indiana and is the only nationally ranked adult hospital in the state. IU Health North Hospital ranked third overall in the state and second in the Indy metro area.

Planters vandalized – Carmel police are asking for assistance in locating a suspect or suspects who spray painted several of the city’s planter boxes recently installed along Range Line Road. The vandalism occurred between 10:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and 6:30 a.m. Aug. 25. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carmel Police Dept. at 317-571-2551 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.

Bicycle accident – An Indianapolis man is recovering after being struck by a pickup truck Aug. 27 while riding a bicycle north on Range Line Road. Matthew N. Stone, 28, was struck by a pickup truck driven by Phillip L. Stewart, 76, of Carmel as Stewart traveled northbound and attempted to turn right to visit a business in the 900 block of S. Range Line Road. Stone was unable to stop before colliding with the side of the truck. He was transported by ambulance with abrasions to his knees and pain in his hand and foot.

Coat drive – Union Brewing Company, 622 S. Range Line Road, will host the second annual Rib Fest and Bike Ride for Kids Coat Drive starting at 1 p.m. Sept. 2. Bring a coat donate from size infant to adult 5XL. Cash or check donations will also be accepted. Learn more at

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.

Temporary closure – The Board of Directors of the Carmel Clay Historical Society has decided to close the Monon Depot and the Archives building for the next several weeks while construction on the Monon Boulevard expansion takes place directly in front of the Historical Society’s property. Donations to the collections can still be made by calling 317-846-7117. A volunteer will arrange to pick up any donations.

Theta Omicron garage sale – Theta Omicron will hold a garage sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept 7-8 at 11125 Moss Dr., Carmel. The sale will include furniture, antiques, toys, jewelry, dishes, plants, holiday items and more.

Tin dollhouse exhibit – The Museum of Miniature Houses currently has on display an exhibit of pressed steel, or tin, dollhouses. These were popular in the 1950’s. Included in the exhibit is a dollhouse from 1962 that has its own fallout shelter. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 9.

Celebrations series – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series on Wednesdays at noon. Join Adrian Matejka, the sixth Poet Laureate of Indiana on Sept. 12. Matejka is the Ruth Lilly Professor / Poet-in-Residence at Indiana University in Bloomington and is currently working on a new collection of poems, Hearing Damage, and a graphic novel.

The future of energy – Carmel Green Initiative will hold a sustainable living seminar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Carmel Clay Public Library. Along with a video presentation of Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation, Mayors Greg Ballard and Jim Brainard will speak about reducing oil dependence and solar alternatives. RSVP at

Cycling event – The Rollfast International Gran Fondo will take place on Sept. 16 along the country roads of Hamilton County. Participants can choose from the 25-mile Piccolo, 65-mile Medio, and the 100-mile Gran Routes. The Fondo has become one of the cycling world’s premier events and has been ranked in the top ten by Gran Fondo Guide. For more, visit

Car Free Day – Central Indiana residents are encouraged to take part in Car Free Day Indy by taking a bus, biking, walking or carpooling on Sept. 21. To sweeten the challenge, Commuter Connect, the region’s rideshare program, is offering a free emergency ride home for anyone who signs the online pledge at The day also includes two events – one at Cummins Plaza from 7 to 9 a.m. and one on Monument Circle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both will feature free music and food while it lasts.

Candidate forum – The League of Women Voters of Hamilton County will host a candidate forum for Hamilton County contested races. It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 at Noblesville City Hall. Candidates from the following races will attend: county commissioner, county council districts 1, 3 and 4, county circuit court clerk, county sheriff and county coroner. For more information, contact Peg Harmon at

Women’s Half Marathon – The Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5K will be held at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 29. There is a new starting line this year, located at the intersection of Meridian and Vermont Street next to University Park. After the race, participants will be treated to an array of entertainment and treats, including water and snacks, mimosas and beer. For the first time ever, finishers will be treated to warm pancakes fresh off the griddle at the Indiana Spine Group Pancake Tent. To register, visit

Reading disorders conference – The International Dyslexia Association will hold Solution Saturday, a literacy conference, from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Oct. 6 at the University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Building, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Attendees will get strategies and resources for supporting students with reading disorders. Cost is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers, and includes lunch. Register at

Free FastWax at Crew – The Hunger Crew Event with Gleaners Food Bank will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 6-7. Crew Carwash will provide a free FastWax service to any customer who provides a canned food item or cash donation for Gleaners Food Bank. Crew will accept donations at Michigan Road and Range Line Road locations in Carmel. In the event of inclement weather, the fundraiser will be moved to Oct. 13-14.

Legislative internships – The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring-semester internships in its legislative, legal, policy, communications and information technology offices during the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Candidates must be at least college sophomores or older. For more information or to access an application, visit The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

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 information, email

Hearing loss support group – A hearing loss support group is starting up in the Carmel area. If you or someone you know might be interested, contact Kitty at 317-669-2250 or, Jenifer at 317-987-2852 (text only) or, or Sommer at 317-502-3395 (text only) or

Free health workshops – Franciscan Health-Carmel presents the Stethoscope Series. These free sessions provide conversations with doctors, surgeons and other specialists. Joint Replacement Treatments will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Franciscan Health, 12188-B, N. Meridian St. The class is free but registration is required by calling 833-439-2425.

Police department hiring – The Carmel Police Dept. is accepting applications for the position of police officer. Those interested should visit to view minimum qualifications and complete the online application. The online application must be completed by Sept. 16. Any questions or concerns can be addressed to or 317-571-2526.

Patriotic Pets fundraiser – Pet Valu is teaming up with The United States War Dogs Association to benefit veteran war dogs. From now until September 11, Pet Valu will host a Patriotic Pets fundraiser inviting customers to purchase an American flag bandana for $5 or a Paper Paw to hang in the store’s window for a donation amount of their choosing. Proceeds will help provide medical care and services for veteran war dogs.


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