Carmel in brief — September 10, 2019


Corrections – In the Sept. 3 edition of Current in Carmel, a military title was incorrect. The late Kim Lee Gage was a lieutenant colonel in the Army. In a story about townhomes proposed on Rohrer Road, Jon Dobosiewicz’s title was incorrect. He is a land use professional with Nelson & Frankenberger.   

City earns placemaking award – Accelerate Indiana Municipalities honored the City of Carmel with a 2019 Community Placemaking Award for its Monon Boulevard project. The city accepted the award Aug. 28 at the annual awards luncheon at the Aim Ideas Summit. Carmel won in the category of cities with a population greater than 50,000 people. Carmel’s $23 million Monon Boulevard project includes pedestrian, bike and recreational uses and community gathering spaces, along with a one-way lane for vehicles and extended sidewalk space to promote patios and green spaces.

Remembrance ceremony – A 9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance is set for 8:46 a.m. Sept. 11 at Carmel Fire Dept. headquarters, 2 Civic Square. The 20-minute event will remember the lives lost in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Community Pillars – Carmel-based Hamilton County Community Foundation has selected three Hamilton County residents to receive its annual Community Pillar Awards. The 2019 honorees are Scott Fadness, mayor of the City of Fishers; Dan Clark, vice chancellor for Ivy Tech’s Noblesville Campus; and Lauren Guynn, executive director for Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County. Award recipients will be recognized at the 11th annual Celebration of Philanthropy at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at Ritz Charles in Carmel. Tickets and sponsorship information for Celebration of Philanthropy are available at

Commissioner visits DC – Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt and several other Indiana elected officials recently participated in a Regional State Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. The group met with Vice President Mike Pence and senior administration officials to share federal, state and local priorities. The delegation also toured the White House and visited the offices of the National Association of Counties.

Car Free Day Indy –Nearly 50 organizations, including the City of Carmel, are participating in Car Free Day Indy on Sept. 20. Participants are encouraged to take a bus, bike, walk, scooter or go “car lite” by carpooling or vanpooling. Anyone who takes an online pledge to participate at is in line to receive prizes. Organizations that join the Car Free Day Corporate Challenge are eligible for additional group prizes.

Native trees for sale—The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual native tree sale has begun. In addition to native trees, 15-gallon watering bags also are available. The sale is the HCSWCD’s largest fundraiser. All proceeds go back into conservation and education. Thirty-nine varieties are for sale for $28. Pre-orders will be accepted through Sept. 30, and orders can be picked up from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the llama barn at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville. Details on tree species and growing conditions, as well as online ordering, are available 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 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 are working 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 Sept. 11 and 25. The free event will feature 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

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.

Holiday Boutique – The Holiday Boutique benefiting St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Riviera Club, 5640 N. Illinois St. in Indianapolis. Attendees may bring non-perishable food items or personal hygiene products for donations in lieu of an entrance fee. The Versiti Blood Center will have a mobile unit on site for donations. Lunch and cash bar available for purchase. Learn more on the St. Vincent de Paul Holiday Boutique 2019 Facebook page.

Powerhouse Retailer – Custom outdoor furniture retailer O’Malia’s Outdoor Living has been recognized as a 2019 Powerhouse Retailer by Casual Living, a publication that covers the casual and outdoor entertaining furnishings market. O’Malia’s received the honor based on its role as a significant player in the casual and outdoor furniture market.

Telamon adds board member – Telamon Corporation recently announced that J.A. Lacy, president and CEO of LDI, Ltd., has joined its board of directors. Lacy is the seventh board member and fourth independent, outside member to join Telamon’s board. Over the past several years, Telamon has made an effort to expand its board of directors to be led by people not employed by the company.

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.

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

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

Healthy Living Supper Club – The Healthy Living Supper Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Carmel Seventh-day Adventist Church, 14535 Carey Road. The theme will be “How Much Sugar is too Much?” The free event will include a plant-based meal followed by a presentation on how much sugar the typical American diet includes and tips for recognizing and reducing sugar intake.  Register at

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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