Carmel in brief — January 29, 2019


Correction – An story in the Jan. 15 edition of Current in Carmel incorrectly stated the title for Sam Burgess. He is on staff with the Carmel Historic Preservation Commission.

Now Open – Tropical Smoothie Café’s newest franchise opened in Carmel at 365 W. 116th St. on Jan. 23. The new location, which is owned and operated by David and Ruth Buko and James and Angela Volpert, marks the company’s first restaurant to open in Indiana, with an additional seven cafes slated to open in Fishers, Westfield, Noblesville and Zionsville. Learn more at

Missing woman found – A Carmel woman missing since Jan. 8 was located Jan. 22 in Ocala, Fla. Police said Beth Tiffany-Walker, 50, was found safe in a hospital where she was seeking medical assistance. When a Silver Alert was declared Jan. 21 police believed the missing woman could be in danger. She was last seen leaving the InTown Suites in west Indianapolis with Michael Lawless, 36, who had a nationwide extradition warrant for violation of parole on an original robbery charge. Authorities located Lawless with Tiffany-Walker. He was arrested for the charges on his warrant. 

Video contest winner – Gavin Brown of Carmel was named a winner in the Institute for Quality Education’s 2019 National School Choice Week Video Contest. Brown attends Midwest Academy, a private school that focuses on hands-on, experiential learning. IQE received nearly 200 submissions from more than 20 schools across the state. Three winners were selected and each will receive a $1,000 cash prize. See Brown’s video at

Theft suspect – Carmel police are seeking assistance locating a theft suspect believed to be a repeat offender. The suspect is described as a white male, 25 to 35 years old, 6’ to 6’3”, approximately 240 pounds with short brown hair. At the time of the theft he was wearing a gray hoodie sweatshirt beneath a dark jacket, light blue jeans and brown shoes. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the Carmel Police Dept. at 317-571-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

Tri Kappa scholarships – Tri Kappa will award three $3,000 scholarships this year. Applicants must be female high school seniors and reside in the Carmel Clay or Westfield Washington school districts. Students from public, private or homeschools are eligible. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, academic performance, co-curricular activities and community service. Application deadline is March 1. Learn more by emailing [email protected] or speaking with a high school counselor.

Great Decisions program – The Indiana Council on World Affairs will host Great Decisions, a nonpartisan public education program, at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings through April at Carmel High School, 520 E. Main St. Upcoming topics include U.S. and Mexico: Partnership Tested (Jan. 29), Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics (Feb. 5), The Middle East: Regional Disorder (Feb. 19), Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future? (Feb. 26), State of the State Department Diplomacy (March 5), India and its Neighbors (March 12), Rise of Populism in Europe (March 26) and Refugees and Global Migration (April 9). Review payment options and reserve a spot online at    

Former judge honored – Hamilton County Commissioners honored retired Superior Court No. 1 Judge Steven R. Nation with the Continental Award Jan. 23 at their State of the County address. The award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on Hamilton County residents. In addition to receiving the Continental Award, the commissioners also named a new county trail that runs from Noblesville through Cicero, Arcadia and Atlanta the Steve R. Nation Nature Trail.

Kindergarten registration – Carmel Clay Schools is accepting kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year. The online registration form is at Students must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 1 to start kindergarten in August. Parents are encouraged to have students enrolled by March 8.

Casino Night – Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, 3085 W. 116th St., will play host to the 19th annual Casino Night & Silent Auction from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets are $25 per person with a $10 voucher to use toward silent auction purchases. Guests must be at least 21 years old. Sign up at For more information, 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.

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].

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].