Carmel in brief — May 21, 2019


Memorial Day Ceremony – The City of Carmel will host a Memorial Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. May 24 at Carmel Clay Veterans Memorial Plaza, 800 3rd Ave. SW. The keynote speaker is Ernie Lorch, who was born in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. in 1938. He interrogated captured Nazi soldiers during World War II prior to their prosecution at the Nuremberg trials. The event will also feature a flag-raising ceremony, music and a 21-gun salute.

Bank robbery – Carmel police are searching for two suspects who robbed the Stock Yards Bank and Trust on N. Meridian St. at approximately 1 p.m. May 13. The suspects took an undetermined amount of money. No one was harmed during the robbery. One suspect is described as a black male wearing a dark hoodie and black pants. The other suspect is described as a black male wearing a stocking hat, dark hoodie and baggy black pants. Both suspects wore facemasks. Anyone with information is asked to contact CPD at 317-571-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

CCS hires director – Rhonda Peterson has been hired as Carmel Clay School’s director of curriculum, instruction and assessment and will begin her new role July 1. She replaces Martha McFarland, who retired in April. Peterson will collaborate with administrators, teachers, staff and other stakeholders to ensure academic growth for CCS students.

Pickleball champs – John Moorin of Carmel and Jeff Burton of Fishers captured a gold medal at the 2019 U.S. Open Pickleball Championships, held April 27 to May 4 in Naples, Fla. Moorin and Burton won the Men’s Skill/Age Doubles 4.5 50+ division.

Gala raises $71,000 – The third annual Carmel Gala: Design Bright Futures hit a milestone raising approximately $71,000 on behalf of the Carmel Youth Assistance Program, making the 2019 event the largest single fundraiser for the organization to date. Held each April, the Carmel Gala provides an evening of dinner, dancing and fun activities for attendees while raising funds to benefit the private, non-profit CYAP organization. The fourth annual Carmel Gala will be held April, 25 2020.

Student honored – Park Tudor student Isha Ponugoti of Carmel has received an honorable mention for the Indiana Affiliate National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award recognizes high school girls for their computing-related achievements and interests as part of an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology. Learn more at

Civic Engagement Iftar – Al Salam Foundation’s annual Civic Engagement Iftar is set for 7:30 p.m. May 24 at Creekside Middle School, 3525 E. 126th St. The Carmel event is held to break the fast during Ramadan with other families from the community and other faith traditions. Tickets are $20 for those 13 and older. Admission is free for ages 12 and younger. For tickets, visit

Camping bike ride – The IU Health North Hospital Bike Carmel: Family Camping S24O camping ride will begin June 1 at Founders Park in Carmel and ride as a group across town to West Park for overnight camping. Camping gear will be transported to West Park for participants and there will be dinner and games for kids and parents. On June 2 families will ride back to their starting point at Founders Park. Cost is $75 per family (up to six people) or $35 per adult and $20 per child. Register at

Museum event – The Museum of Miniatures Houses, 111 E. Main St., will host Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship beginning at noon May 22. Indiana Artisan Bev Larson will demonstrate basket weaving. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at

Pedal Perks – The Pedal Perks program is returning for its third year, with Hamilton County businesses offering deals to bike riders. The program runs from through Oct. 31 and has more than 30 businesses offering specials for customers who show proof of their ride. For more information or a full list of participants visit

Tennis camps – The sixth annual Clay Middle School Tennis Camp will return this summer. Elementary camp weeks are July 1 and 8, and incoming middle school camp week is July 22. Learn more at

Veterans Hall of Fame – The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame seeking nominations for its sixth class of veteran honorees. The nonprofit organization honors Hoosier veterans for service during and after active duty. Up to 15 veterans will be honored for military service achievements and/or community contributions. The criteria and nomination packet are at Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 1.

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.

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].

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.

Healthy Living Supper Club – The Healthy Living Supper Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 21 at Carmel Seventh-day Adventist Church, 14535 Carey Rd. The theme will be “Exercise: Where, When and How to Start.” The free event will include a plant-based meal at 6:30 p.m. followed by tips on how to include exercise in a busy life and simple nutrition ideas to enhance fitness.  Register at

CCS wellness center recognized – Carmel Clay Schools’ Employee Wellness Center, alongside its healthcare partner Ascension St. Vincent, received national recognition at the World Health Care Congress Summit for their commitment to improving health outcomes, reducing healthcare costs and providing innovative health care practices for their employees and families. Carmel Clay Schools was the only school district in the nation to receive this recognition. The World Health Care Congress is an organization that supports and recognizes a broad range of companies, organizations and healthcare providers who are working to transform healthcare.

Chuy’s now hiring – Austin-based Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurant is hiring for its newest central Indiana location in Carmel at 10325 N. Michigan Rd., which is scheduled to open in July. Chuy’s is hiring for approximately 140 full and part-time positions, including hosts, servers, bussers and bartenders. The restaurant is also looking for kitchen staff to help prepare the scratch dishes and homemade sauces. Interested applicants can apply online or in-person at the onsite hiring trailer, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Home sales – Carmel homes left the market faster while prices continue to increase. According to F.C. Tucker, the average sale price for homes sold in Carmel in April 2019 was $414,767 at an average of  $153.62 per square foot, an 8.3 percent price increase. Homes in the city sold 14 percent faster than this time last year at 49 days.

Jiffy Lube honored for murals – Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the arts and arts education, announced that Jiffy Lube of Indiana will be honored this fall with the national Arts and Business Partnership Award. Jiffy Lube of Indiana’s mural initiative, “Every Part Matters,” has created original, artist-designed murals on the exterior walls of nine oil change locations in central Indiana, and is on track to add five more murals this year. One of the murals is in Carmel and another is in Westfield.

Stratford hire – Senior Living Communities announced Justin English as the new HR assistant to help further the positive impact The Stratford has on the local community. English pursued his bachelor of science in human resource management and public affairs at Indiana University.

Round Room promotions – Carmel-based Round Room recently announced several appointments and promotions. Jason Buck, formerly the director of marketing at TCC, has been promoted to executive vice president of west and southeast direct sales. Carla Rodecap will now oversee human resources and training for both TCC and Wireless Zone as the executive vice president of people. Mike Trimble was named executive vice president of east direct sales. Ken Hearld will serve the Round Room team as the executive vice president of finance. Wade Alter was promoted to executive vice president of Wireless Zone and Dealers Indirect Sales.