Carmel in brief — December 4, 2018


Trent earns Sagamore – Tyler Trent, a 20-year-old Carmel resident and Purdue University graduate who is battling cancer, received the Sagamore of the Wabash award Nov. 28 at a fundraiser for Riley Children’s Foundation. The award is the highest honor the governor of Indiana can bestow to those who have contributed distinguished services in the state.

Player of the Year – Jacob Crull of Carmel was named the men’s soccer 2018 Crossroads League Player of the Year. A junior at Spring Arbor University, Crull led the league in assists for the third straight season and ranked third in the conference in total points.

Governor makes appointments – Gov. Eric Holcomb has appointed several Carmel residents to various boards and commissions, including Rick Hall, Ball State University Board of Trustees; Julie Griffith, Judicial Nominating Commission; Betsy Delgado, Early Learning Advisory Committee; James “Wes” Jordan, Fire Prevention & Building Safety Commission; and Terri Miller, Indiana School for the Deaf Board.

Hall of Fame – Carmel resident Orville Bose will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in March 2019 as part of the 2019 Men’s Induction Class. Bose led Hymera High School to a 1956 sectional championship. He played college basketball at Butler University and earned the Hilton U. Brown mental attitude award. After graduating, he worked in teaching, coaching and school administration.

Teacher receives grant – Heidi Stan, a teacher at Clay Middle School, is among 15 teachers to receive a grant through the Extra Yard for Teachers program. The Big Ten Conference and College Football Playoff Foundation recognized the teachers at the 2018 Big Ten Football Championship Game Dec. 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Donut 5K returns – The Donut 5K returns to Carmel at 9 a.m. Dec. 22, with the race beginning and ending at the Carmel Racquet Club, 225 E. Carmel Drive. Jacks’ Donuts will provide more than 8,000 donut holes before, after and during the race. The race has been awarded state championship designation by the Road Runners Club of America. It will benefit several animal-related charities. For more information or to register, visit

Holiday light recycling – All Carmel Clay schools and White’s Ace Hardware are collecting broken or inefficient strands of holiday lights through Jan. 10. The program is organized by Green Teams at Carmel schools and Carmel Utilities.

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.

Special exhibit – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents the Founders’ Exhibit, celebrating the museum’s 25th anniversary. Houses and room boxes made by the co-founders will be on display, as well as historical artifacts of how Main Street looked 25 years ago, handwritten financial ledgers from the museum’s first years, and more. Exhibit runs through Jan. 6, 2019.

Town hall meeting – State Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis) invites resident of District 30 to a bipartisan town hall meeting set for 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St. in Indianapolis.

Reserve skating times online – The City of Carmel has unveiled a new online ticketing service to make it easier to reserve time and ice skates for the upcoming holiday and winter seasons of skating at the Ice at Center Green. The new website utilizes a program called Ticket Spice and is an online ticket purchasing portal that will enable visitors to guarantee their spot on the ice by purchasing tickets and reserving skates in advance. Find the online ticketing portal at

Toy drive – Donatello’s Italian Restaurant, 9 W. Main St. in Carmel, is bringing back its annual toy drive to benefit The Villages, Indiana’s largest not-for-profit child and family services agency. The organization serves more than 1,400 children and their families each day, including children in the foster care system. Participants can drop off an unopened and unwrapped toy at Donatello’s until Dec. 10 during regular business hours.

Engineering opportunities for students – INDOT is offering civil engineering students scholarships and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at Applications must be submitted by Dec. 31.

Youth Leadership program open – United Way of Central Indiana is accepting applications for the 2019 Youth Leadership United Program. This program teaches high school students about the nonprofit sector and how to serve on a nonprofit board. High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors who live in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion or Morgan counties may apply. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. Apply online at

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

Indiana among most obese states – WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 25 key metrics, ranging from overweight and obese population to sugary-beverage consumption among adolescents. Indiana had the13th highest percentage of obese adults, 20th highest percentage of overweight children and the ninth highest percentage of adults with high cholesterol. The state ranked 21st for highest percentage of obesity-related deaths.


Hospital launches valet parking – Free valet parking is now available for patients and visitors at Indiana University Health North Hospital. The valet is stationed at the north entrance of the hospital. When drivers are ready to retrieve their car, they may text the valet team or stop by the valet stand. Valet parking is available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Carmel a top place to retire – Carmel ranks eighth on the 2018 10 Best Places to Retire list by To compile the rankings, Livability’s data scientists analyzed U.S. cities with a population between 20,000 and 300,000 and weeded out places with high healthcare costs. Eligible cities were ranked on more than 20 data points, including community engagement, safety, affordability and air quality. Carmel earned a spot on the list thanks to its highly educated population, low crime rate, unparalleled access to healthcare and ample outdoor spaces. Naples, Fla., ranked No. 1.

New hire – Carmel-based MJ Insurance has appointed Rebecca Sterchi as employee benefits consultant. She has more than 20 years in the human resources and employee benefits field, most recently with Apex Benefits Group. In her new role, Sterchi will provide innovative solutions and consultation to MJ Insurance clients by aligning their employee benefits strategy with their business goals.

New hire – Carmel resident Jennifer Aasen has joined Busey Home Mortgage as a mortgage originator in the Carmel office. She will work with clients to find the mortgage loan program that best fits their needs.

Tom Wood hosts Toy Drive – The Tom Wood Automotive Group Toy Drive is happening now through Dec. 12, benefitting Avondale Meadows YMCA. The YMCA aims to give 2-3 toys to every child, ages 0 -15. New, unwrapped toys or monetary donations can be dropped off at Tom Wood, 4620 E. 96th Street in Indianapolis.

Purple Ink receives award – Carmel-baed Purple Ink LLC has been honored with a 2018 When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices. The award is part of the Society for Human Resource Management’s When Work Works project, a national initiative that helps employers become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. The award recognizes employers of all sizes across the country that are excelling at offering a variety of top-rated employee initiatives such as work-life fit policies, flexible scheduling and transition to parenthood programs.

Donate used smartphones – TCC Gives, a Carmel-based nonprofit that provides programs, resources and grant opportunities to improve communities, recently donated more than 500 smartphones to help victims of domestic and sexual violence stay connected to loved ones through its More Than a Phone program, which provides smartphones along with data, text and talk services for four months to domestic violence survivors. Community members are encouraged to donate smartphones they no longer use by dropping them off at a TCC Verizon Authorized Retailer location. Learn more at

Memory support suites – CarDon & Associates, Inc., a Bloomington-based provider of senior housing, rehabilitation and long-term care services, has opened new memory support suites at Carmel Health & Living Community, 118 Medical Drive in Carmel. The 27-bed memory support unit consists of 23 private suites and two companion suites. Call 317-844-4211 or visit for more information.


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