Carmel in brief — January 15, 2019


Correction – In the Jan. 1 edition of Current in Carmel, a story looking ahead to 2019 projects and events included a road construction project that is not expected to begin this year. The transformation of the intersection of AAA Way and 116th Street is not scheduled to begin in 2019.

Death investigation – Carmel police are investigating after two women were found dead Jan. 3 in the Sunrise on the Monon apartments in the 1500 block of Starcross Lane. A maintenance worker found sisters Vanessa Parris, 37, and Christalia Bostos, 33, deceased. The Hamilton County coroner’s office ruled the cause of death as a homicide and suicide.

Arts grants awarded – The City of Carmel has awarded 25 local arts organizations with $1,336,060 in grants from the city’s 2019 Arts Grant Program. This year marks the 17th anniversary of the City of Carmel’s financial support for local arts, which amounts to roughly 1 percent of the city budget each year. Since 2004, more than $11.5 million has been allocated to support local arts programs. See a list of recipients at

Dodgeball fundraiser – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Shop for Kids Dodge, Duck and Dip Dodgeball Challenge is set for April 27 at Hamilton Heights High School, 25802 State Rte 19 in Arcadia. The double-elimination tournament will serve as a fundraiser for the Shop for Kids program, which provides $200 shopping trips during the holidays for less-fortunate children in Hamilton County. The entry fee is $100 for a team of six. For more, email [email protected].

Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a nonprofit 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.

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

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 [email protected].

Tom Wood Subaru supports scouts — Tom Wood Subaru in Carmel recently celebrated the holiday season by purchasing its wreaths and poinsettias, then displayed throughout the dealership, from the scouts at Boy Scout Troop 514, chartered by St. Monica Catholic Church.

New hire –Denise Moe of Carmel has been hired as a utility coordinator supporting road and bridge design for GAI Consultant’s Midwest Infrastructure group in its new Hamilton County office. As a utility coordinator, Moe’s responsibilities include identifying, coordinating, mitigating, and/or relocating utility facilities that are impacted by highway improvement projects throughout Indiana.

Dine to benefit Chaucie’s Place – Donatello’s Italian Restaurant, 9 W. Main St., is hosting its third annual fundraiser for Chaucie’s Place, a Hamilton County-based nonprofit that works to prevent child sex abuse and suicide. The wine-pairing is themed “Blast from the Past” and will feature recipes from Chef Patrick Aasen’s 40 years of cooking Italian food in the Indianapolis area. The six-course dinner will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 4. Tickets are $110, which includes all wine, food, gratuity and a donation to Chaucie’s Place. Tickets can be purchased by calling 317-564-4790 or online at

Design firm relocates – Julie Browning Bova Design has relocated to the interior plaza of Carmel City Center at 731 Hanover Place. Julie Browning Bova Design is a full-service design firm specializing in assisting clients with design specifications, conceptualizing, design schematics as well as home furnishings and accessories. The Carmel City Center location will feature retail products from exclusive brand partners as well as pieces from the Julie Browning Bova home collection, organic linens and sustainable home décor and more.