Carmel in brief — August 27, 2019


Carmel second-safest city – Carmel ranked as the second-safest city in Indiana according to SafeWise, an online resource for safety and security matters. SafeWise reviewed FBI crime report statistics and census population data to compile the rankings. Carmel has a violent crime rate of .18 per 1,000 residents and a property crime rate of 7.47 incidents per 1,000 residents. See the full report at

Grant helps preserve history – The Carmel Clay Historical Society recently received an Indiana Questers Preservation and Restoration Grant sponsored by Conner’s Trail Questers #665. The grant allowed CCHS to apply a UV filtering film on all the windows at the Monon Depot Museum to protect artifacts from harmful UV rays. The Questers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study, conservation and preservation of historical objects.

Treasure Our Children Gala – The Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse & Suicide will host the Treasure Our Children Gala from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 28 at 502 East Event Centre, 502 E. Carmel Dr. The event will include dinner, cocktails, entertainment, dancing and a silent auction. Purchase tickets at

CCHS annual meeting – Members of the Carmel Clay Historical Society are invited to attend the annual meeting of the general membership from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 on the lower level of Woodland Terrace, 698 Pro-Med Lane. Executive Director Deb Gangstad will share a Year in Review and what is in store for 2020. Members present will vote on the slate of officers and board members. The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

Indiana near bottom of rankings – According to analysis conducted by WalletHub, Indiana ranks poorly in the report States with the Best & Worst Early Education Systems. Indiana ranks 46th in total reported spending per child enrolled in preschool, 44th in pre-K program growth and 51st in change in state spending per child enrolled in preschool. For the full report, visit    

Indiana House seeks interns – Hamilton County lawmakers are inviting college students and recent graduates to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program, which takes place during the 2020 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The positions are full-time, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through mid-March. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750 and can earn academic credit. Learn more and apply by Oct. 31 at

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over – The Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership will join approximately 230 law-enforcement agencies across the state in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. From mid-August through Labor Day, police will work overtime to arrest impaired drivers. Drivers should expect to see increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols.

Civil War Roundtable – John Summerlot from Indiana University in Bloomington will be the feature speaker at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square.

Mini houses museum events – The Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E. Main St. in Carmel, will present Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship at noon Aug. 28 and Sept. 11 and 25. The free event will feature musician Eric Garcia, wood artist Tim Kennedy, and weaver Linda Adamson, respectively. On Sept. 11 the museum will celebrate the opening of a new exhibit: Our Favorite Hobbies. It features scenes from favorite pastimes. 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 [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.

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

School supply drive – David Weekley Homes, the nation’s largest privately-held builder, hosted its fifth annual, companywide School Supplies Drive in 18 cities across the nation. In Indianapolis, school supplies were collected for Teachers’ Treasures, which obtains and distributes school supplies to teachers in Marion County and surrounding school districts to provide to students in need. In addition to the supplies collected by David Weekley Homes from team members, homeowners and real estate partners, members of the community also donated items to the local nonprofit organization. Through these combined efforts, the Teachers’ Treasures school supply drive provided more than 38,400 students from 96 schools with the supplies needed for the school year.

Modern Woodmen exchange – Modern Woodmen of America administrative assistant Katrine R. Hale of Carmel joined 13 fraternal leaders participating in Modern Woodmen’s annual Fraternal Exchange July 23 to 25 in Davenport, Iowa. Attendees sought ways to engage more members in fraternal programs and activities and increase the value of fraternal benefits. Modern Woodmen is a fraternal benefit society with a local office at 580 E. Carmel Dr., Ste. 120. Learn more at

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 branch manager – Joaquim Nally has been hired as branch manager of Centier Bank in Carmel, 568 E. Carmel Dr. Nally joins Centier with nearly 10 years of banking and retail management experience. As branch manager, Nally will be tasked with maximizing branch growth, revenues, client satisfaction and connecting with the Carmel community.

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.

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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