Carmel in brief — September 24, 2019


Correction – In the Sept. 17 edition of Current in Carmel, a headline about a Carmel City Council budget workshop should have stated that city employees will receive 3 percent cost of living adjustments.

Fishers approves county tax increase – The Fishers City Council unanimously approved an income tax increase of .1 percent to help fund the Hamilton County Dispatch Center. The tax will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020, if city and town councils representing more than half of the county’s population approve it. With approval from Fishers, the tax will be implemented if the Carmel City Council votes in favor. The Carmel City Council has not set a date to vote on the tax.

School safety referendum meetings – Carmel Clay Schools will hold community meetings to share information about the school safety referendum Sept. 24 at Clay Middle School, 5150 E. 126th St.; Sept. 26 at Carmel Middle School, 300 S. Guilford Rd.; and Oct. 3 at Creekside Middle School, 3525 W. 126th St. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Calling all WHJE, CHTV alumni – Carmel High School and the Carmel Clay Historical Society are partnering to host WHJE and CHTV alumni for special panels Sept. 26  at CHS, 520 E. Main St., to discuss how the school’s broadcasting programs helped them prepare for a career in the broadcasting field. The panel discussions and station tours will start at 6 p.m. Steve Inskeep, a CHS WHJE alum and host of NPR’s Morning Edition and Up First, will give a keynote address at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. The presentation is in conjunction with CCHS’s exhibit, “Rockin’ Out with WHJE and CHTV.”

Shredding, recycling event – Several community groups are partnering to host a document shredding and electronics recycling event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 in the parking lot of Creekside Middle School, 3525 W. 126th St. A $5 donation is requested per banker-box size container of items to be shredded. Items accepted for recycling include electronics, cables and appliances (there is a $10 fee per monitor or TV). Expired or unwanted prescription drugs will be collected by uniformed officers for proper disposal.

Green & Gold Gala – Midwest Academy will host its 11th annual Green & Gold Gala from 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 27 at Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St. The adult-only, semi-formal event will include dinner, an open bar and silent and live auctions. Proceeds will provide tuition assistance to families. Tickets cost $125 per person and may be purchased at

Destination Indiana – The City of Carmel has sponsored five journeys that explore the city’s history, City Center, the Arts & Design District, the Center for the Performing Arts and roundabouts, as part of the Indiana Experience exhibit at the Indiana Historical Society. Guests can experience the Destination Indiana journey on a 22.5-foot by 7.5-foot screen at IHS, 450 W. Ohio St. in Indianapolis. View the journey online at

More Than a Tailgate – The second TCC Gives’ More Than a Tailgate event will raise funds to support domestic violence survivors – including those receiving services through Prevail in Hamilton County – by  providing them with smartphones and up to four months of data, text and talk services. The event is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at The Crane Bay Event Center, 551 W. Merrill St. in Indianapolis, and will include food, drinks and a silent auction. Ticket prices start at $65 and are available at

White River plan open house – An open house will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Wilfong Pavilion at Founder’s Park, 11675 Hazel Dell Pkway., to discuss how Carmel and Conner Prairie fit into the White River Vision Plan. Representatives from the Carmel City Council, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, Hamilton County Parks, Conner Prairie and Hamilton County Tourism will present information. RSVP is not required.

Book sale – The Friends of the Carmel Clay Public Library will hold a book sale Oct. 3to 6 at the library, 55 4th Ave. SE. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 the sale is only open to Friends of the Library members. It will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 4 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5. On Oct. 6 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. guests can fill a bag with books for $5. Learn more at or by calling 317-814-3997.

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

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. 25. The free event will feature weaver Linda Adamson. On Sept. 11 the museum celebrated 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.

Seller’s market in Carmel – It’s a seller’s market in Carmel as homes left the market faster and for more money. According to F.C. Tucker, the average sale price for homes sold in Carmel in August 2019 was $441,337, an increase of 11.3 percent from August 2018, and the highest price in central Indiana. Homes in the city sold 2.5 percent faster than this time last year at 39 days.

Merchants Pointe buildings sold – A private investor based out of Georgia paid $4.2 million for the Merchants Pointe retail portfolio in Carmel. The portfolio consists of a freestanding Mexican restaurant at 2293 E. 116th St. and a four-tenant retail strip center at 2271 Pointe Parkway, both of which are directly across from Merchants Square. The sale was arranged by the Klink Group of Marcus & Millichap.

Holder Mattress in trade show – Holder Mattress will participate in the inaugural Made in America trade show at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. The show features only businesses with products that are fully made in America, including all raw materials. The show runs from Oct. 3 to 6. Holder Mattress Company has been a family-owned and operated business since 1947 and has a location in Kokomo and showrooms at the Indiana Design Center in Carmel. Tickets for the trade show are available at

New hires – The Plaid Agency has hired Eddy Gilfilen as campaign manager and Mary Welch as copywriter. Gilfilen will use his digital expertise to assist in the development and implementation of strategic marketing campaigns. Welch will work with Plaid clients and its creative team to produce copy across all digital and traditional platforms.

Merchants Bank assists businesses – Carmel-based Merchants Bank of Indiana recently assisted three Indianapolis-area businesses in securing nearly $75,000 in small business grants through Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis’ Elevate grant program. Elevate assists the growth and development of small businesses, their workforce and the communities where they are located. 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

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

Doctor joins Riverview team – Dr. Lauren Heavin has joined Riverview Health’s Hazel Dell Family Care in Carmel. As a board-certified family medicine physician, Heavin takes care of patients of all ages from many backgrounds. She earned an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Purdue University and a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.

Safe Sitter class – A Safe Sitter class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at St. Vincent Carmel Hospital, 13450 N. Meridian St. The class aims to prepare students in sixth through eighth grade to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Class fee is $50. Participants should bring a sack lunch. To register, call 317-338-2273.   

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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