Carmel in brief — June 18, 2019


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

Coolest suburb – Apartment Therapy has selected Carmel as one of 24 Coolest Suburbs in America 2019. Produced in partnership with Behr Paint Company, the campaign aims to feature communities that enable the space, affordability, and opportunities for homeownership of the suburbs without sacrificing access to world-class cultural activities. Apartment Therapy gathered information from local residents on suburb attributes, including walkability, affordability and commutability. 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.

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

Tri Kappa convention – Cristina Seely and Kim White representing Carmel’s Epsilon Mu Chapter recently attended the 63rd State Convention of Tri Kappa at the Indianapolis Mariott East. Attendees experienced business sessions and educational workshops during the three-day meeting.

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

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.

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

Premier Group a finalist – The Premier Group, a Carmel-based custom electronics and home technology integrator, has been recognized by CEDIA as a 2019 finalist for the CEDIA Awards set for July 25 in Chicago. CEDIA represents 3,700 member companies worldwide and serves more than 30,000 industry professionals that manufacture, design and integrate goods and services for the connected home.

Veracity hires investigators – 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.

PLAID AGENCY hire – Carmel-based THE PLAID AGENCY recently hired Aaron Sherman as a visual designer. His primary responsibilities include designing visual assets, facilitating art direction, and collaborating with the design team. Sherman brings a unique blend of visual design, problem-solving and storytelling to PLAID from his previous positions at Sells Group, Video Impact Productions and Tour Design, where he created advertisements and illustrations for globally renowned musical artists. Sherman earned a degree in computer graphics technology from Purdue University.

Petrie honored – Merchants Bank of Indiana CEO and Chairman Michael F. Petrie was recently honored at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business 50th Annual Awards Gala for his professional achievements as he was named into the school’s Academy of Alumni Fellows. Petrie is a 1979 graduate of the Kelley School of Business, where he majored in finance. He received his MBA from Kelley in 1983.

Merchants Mortgage hire – Merchants Mortgage has hired Patty Cummins as a mortgage loan originator in Carmel. Cummins brings more than 30 years of mortgage lending experience to the team. She has served the mortgage industry as a mortgage loan originator, home loan consultant, mortgage processor and mortgage servicing manager.

Hand surgeon honored – Dr. Jeffrey Greenberg of Carmel, a 1980 graduate of Grinnell College, has been honored by the Grinnell College Alumni Council for his contributions to medicine and his medical missions to help underserved populations in the U.S. and abroad. Greenberg, a hand surgeon, received the award at the Grinnell’s 140th Alumni Reunion Weekend. Since 1993, Greenberg has practiced academic medicine at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in Indianapolis.

New tech fights lung cancer – New robotic technology holds great promise in fighting lung cancer and is being used to treat patients at Franciscan Health Cancer Center in Indianapolis. The innovation, Auris Health Monarch Platform, is used to view the inside of lungs and obtain a tissue sample for biopsy. The system integrates the latest advancements in technology, data science, software and endoscopy. Franciscan Health Cancer Center is the only hospital in the state to deploy the robotic platform. Learn more at

Torchbearer Award – Dustin Ziegler, director of community programs for CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions, received the 2019 Bowen Center Torchbearer Award for his leadership to advance policies to improve health and wellbeing. Zielger is the second person to receive the award, which was presented at the Indiana Health Workforce Summit. Ziegler grew up in Hamilton County and worked as an intern at PrimeLife Enrichment in Carmel.

Riverview partners with University – Riverview Health became the exclusive orthopedics and sports medicine provider for University High School on June 15. As part of the agreement, Riverview Health will provide a full-time certified athletic trainer onsite and cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator training for coaches and staff members. Under the supervision of a board-certified and fellowship-trained primary care sports medicine physician, Riverview Health will also provide comprehensive medical care, including ImPACT concussion testing and injury evaluation, to student athletes.

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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