Carmel in brief — June 4, 2019


Best city in Indiana – HomeSnacks has ranked Carmel as Indiana’s best city to live in for 2019. Researchers looked for places with low crime, great jobs and salaries, affordable housing and other factors. West University Place, Texas, ranked as the top city in the nation. Learn more at

Monon Boulevard wins award – Carmel’s Monon Boulevard Corridor has won a Charter Award from the Congress for New Urbanism. The 2019 awards recognize architecture, planning, development and landscape designs that offer choices for affordable housing, a lively mix of uses and public space in a wide variety of settings. The winners will be announced at a ceremony June 14 during CNU’s annual Congress in Louisville.

Bicycle Friendly Community – The League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Carmel with a Silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community award, making it one of only 96 cities at the Silver level and 475 other bicycle friendly communities across the nation in building better places for people to bike. Carmel has been a Bronze level city since 2006. The City of Carmel has more than 200 miles of path and greenway in its bike infrastructure network.

Military parade finale – Veterans and members of the military are encouraged to participate in the Military Tribute Grand Finale in the CarmelFest parade the morning of July 4. Vehicles will be available for those who cannot walk the parade route. Sign up by calling the RE/MAX Legends Group at 317-849-7653 or Bec Hunter at 317-407-1445. Learn more at

Veterans needed – Carmel High School history teacher Will Ellery is organizing a Global War on Terror symposium and is looking for veterans of the war to speak with students in small groups about their experiences. The meetings would be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 10. Almost all students at CHS were born after 9/11, and the event is designed to help them better understand the event. Veterans interested in participating should email Ellery at

Chaucie’s Champion – The Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide presented the 2019 Chaucie’s Champion Award at the recent Rise Up For Kids Breakfast to Kassie Frazier, executive director of Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center. The award honors a member of the community who embodies the ICPYA mission to end youth abuse and suicide. Frazier has conducted more than 1,000 forensic interviews of alleged child victims of crimes.

Community Pillar Awards – Hamilton County Community Foundation is accepting nominations for its annual Community Pillar Awards through July 8. Anyone may nominate an individual or corporation doing visionary work to solve pressing challenges, build opportunity and equity, and create a brighter future for Hamilton County residents in three areas—mental health, family and youth empowerment, and inclusive economic growth. Award winners will be honored at HCCF’s Celebration of Philanthropy on Nov. 7 at Ritz Charles. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit

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

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.

Pedestrian and bikeways surveys —The Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization is in the process of updating its regional bikeways and pedestrian plans for Central Indiana and is looking for engagement and feedback with two surveys regarding each plan. The bikeways plan survey can be accessed at, and the pedestrian plan survey can be accessed at For more, visit

Record fundraiser – The Janus Developmental Services Create Connect and Commit fundraising breakfast on May 3 broke the nonprofit’s fundraising record, raising more than $132,000 in donations from the event’s 530 guests. Highlights included a performance by the Janus Choir and stories celebrating the successes of Janus clients. The breakfast was prepared with the help of Janus clients interested in culinary careers.For more on how to help Janus, contact Debbie Laird at 317-773-8781 or

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

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.

Census Bureau looking for workers—The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for applicants for 2020 census work in Boone and Hamilton counties. Job types include clerks, census field supervisors, census takers and office operations supervisors, ranging in pay from $14.50 to $20 an hour. Interested applicants can apply online at

New hires – Veracity IIR recently hired Jeremy Bell and Collin Knolhoff as senior investigators to its growing team of experts. Bell joins Veracity from the National Crime Agency in the United Kingdom. Knolhoff is a junior at Purdue University, pursuing his bachelors degree in industrial management, concentrating in data analytics and international business. He currently works as an undergraduate researcher for Purdue University’s Department of Homeland Security Institute,

Hearing loss group – The newly-formed Indianapolis Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America holds meetings from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at Irvington Public Library, 5625 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis. Learn more at


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