Carmel in brief — March 17, 2020


Puppy named Karmel – The Carmel Fire Dept. has selected the name Bella’s Vermont Karmel – Karmel for short – for the newest puppy for the Kasey Program. The department received more than 200 suggestions from the community before choosing a name. Karmel will receive training to help teach fire safety to children across the community.

WWII vet to speak – Gerald Mansbach, a World War II veteran who was honored with a Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star and a French Legion of Honor award, will speak about his war experiences at 7 p.m. March 23 the Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Ave. SE. The Carmel Clay Historical Society event is free and open to the public. Contact CCHS office at 317-846-7117 for more information.

Tourism awards – Hamilton County Tourism received two awards, Best Leisure Travel Marketing Campaign and Best Specialty Item, at the Indiana Tourism Association conference. These awards were based on their promotional efforts in 2019 for the marketing team’s spring and fall leisure campaigns in Chicago and the sales team’s Rest Easy campaign across the Midwest to draw meetings and groups to Hamilton County. The leisure marketing campaign generated $122 million in visitor spending in Hamilton County.

Destination Imagination – The “We DI’nerds” from Towne Meadow Elementary won first place in the recent Destination Imagination regional north tournament. Another team from Towne Meadow, “The Daring DIers,” tied for second place. Both teams will compete in the state tournament this month. Destination Imagination participants engage in project-based challenges designed to build confidence and develop skills. Learn more at

Academic WorldQuest – Two teams from Carmel High School tied for second place in the Academic WorldQuest competition held Feb. 15 at the University of Indianapolis. Fishers’ Eman School won first place and will compete for the nation’s top score and an educational mission trip to Doha, Qatar. The national competition is set for April 24 to 26 in Washington, D.C.

Museum events – The Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E. Main St., will present a free Celebrations of Creativity and Craftmanship event at noon March 25 with former poet laureate of Indiana Shari Wagner reading from her books. The museum will present Create Your Own Mini Art at noon April 8. Participants can create a 2D or 3D work in miniature at the free event. Materials and instruction will be provided. Register for the April 8 workshop by calling 317-575-9466 or emailing [email protected].

Flower sale – Carmel Elementary will kick off its largest fundraiser, a flower sale, on March 6. The flower sale has been raising funds for Carmel Elementary for more than 40 years. The sale runs through March 23. It includes flowers and plants, from potted annuals to hanging baskets. The sale has allowed the PTO to fund field trips, provide classroom grants, purchase playground equipment, and assist families in need. Learn more or place an order 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.

Construction scholarship –Old Town Design Group of Carmel has established the Orchard Project Scholarship to provide tuition assistance to a Hamilton or Boone County student preparing for a career in the construction industry. For the 2020-2021 school year, the Orchard Project will award two $2,500 scholarships. Hamilton and Boone county high school seniors or undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in a construction related program at an accredited college, university or technical school may apply. For more information or to request an application call 317-816-3151 or email [email protected].

Republican club chili supper – The Carmel-Clay Republican Club will hold its annual chili supper and pitch-in at 6:30 p.m. March 24 at Saint Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 10655 Haverstick Rd. in Carmel. Developer and Indy Eleven Soccer team owner Ersal Ozdemir will be the featured speaker. The club will provide chili and fixings. Attendees whose last name begins with A-M are asked to bring a dessert and those whose last names begin with N-Z are asked to bring a salad. The event is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. RSVPs are required at or by emailing [email protected].

Women’s Press Club workshop – Garden writer Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp and Rachel Sahaidachny, executive director of the Indiana Writers Center, will speak at the Women’s Press Club of Indiana’s Spring Workshop set for 11:30 a.m. March 21 at George’s Neighborhood Grill, 6935 Lake Plaza Dr. The event is open to the public but reservations are required by emailing Bridget Carson at [email protected].

Tru Direction scholarships – Tru Direction, Inc. will award scholarships of $500 to $2,500 per qualified applicant (maximum $5,000 this calendar year) as determined by the scholarship committee. Scholarships may be used for any related expenses for college, university, trade school or technical school. Applicants must be attending school a minimum of nine hours, or the equivalent, per semester. Preference will be given to those attending at least 12 hours. Applications are due by March 31. Learn more at

CCPR hiring for summer – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation will host a summer 2020 hiring event from 1 to 7 p.m. March 20 at the Monon Community Center, 1235 Central Park Dr. E. CCPR will conduct interviews and make on-the-spot contingent offers. Available positions include lifeguards, concessions, guest services and camp counselors. CCPR has summer positions available for individuals 15 years old and older. Learn more and RSVP at

Insurance agency owner honored – Michael Clore, an American Family Insurance agency owner in Carmel, has been recognized for providing an outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. The service excellence distinction was determined through an evaluation process conducted under guidelines established through the company’s American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. Clore has been an agency owner for American Family since August 1998. His agency office is at 160 W. Carmel Drive, Suite 293.

Firm hires chief innovation officer – Carmel-based Katz, Sapper & Miller, an accounting and consulting firm, has named Fady Qaddoura, former controller and CFO for the City of Indianapolis, as its first chief innovation officer, effective Jan. 13.Qaddoura joins KSM after a decade in public service, first for the Indiana General Assembly, then the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development and Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, before being appointed the controller and CFO for the City of Indianapolis by Mayor Joe Hogsett in 2016.

Jiffy Lube honored for art – Jiffy Lube of Indiana recently received the Americans for the Arts’ national Arts and Business Partnership Award, one of only 10 U.S. companies honored and the first company in Indianapolis to receive this award. Jiffy Lube of Indiana’s “Every Part Matters” project started as a way to cover up graffiti at a local store and has progressed into partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis. In addition to supporting and hiring local artists, they’ve also created a new apprentice program that will give paid experience to emerging artists. Two of the murals are in Carmel.

Merchants Bank hire – Carmel-based Merchants Bank of Indiana has hired Tony Holtzman as a Small Business Administration professional. Holtzman, a founding member of First Colorado National Bank, will hold the position of vice president of SBA Lending at the company’s Indianapolis office. To learn more about Merchants Bank, visit

Accounting firm grows – Katz, Sapper & Miller announced that Indianapolis-based Caskey & Daily, P.C. has joined the accounting and consulting firm. Caskey & Daily’s notable healthcare practice will enable KSM to expand its own healthcare practice, which serves as a provider of tax and accounting services, consulting, fair market value assessments, transactions and valuations for the complete spectrum of healthcare organizations. Caskey & Daily will move to KSM’s Carmel office at 800 East 96th St., Suite 500.

Student to represent Cedarville – Luke Mennen of Carmel has been selected to represent Cedarville University in Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores RxImpact Day on March 10-11. Mennen and 59 other pharmacy students will spend two days learning and advocating for national health care issues. Mennen will be the first representative from Cedarville University to attend this event.

Hospice volunteers needed – Anew Hospice is recruiting volunteers to visit patients in facilities in Carmel, Noblesville and elsewhere in the Indianapolis area. Volunteers provide assistance by listening and reminiscing, comforting, reading and playing music. For more information, call 317-300-2292 or visit

Yoga training scholarship – Owners of The Hot Room, a hot yoga and hot Pilates studio, have created The Hot Room Leadership Institute Scholarship for People of Color. The full-tuition scholarship is open to any self-identified person of color who would like to deepen his or her yoga practice and gain skills to lead yoga classes. The scholarship will be available for each training hosted by The Hot Room Leadership Institute, a school for dedicated practitioners. The institute will begin its next training in April and is accepting scholarship applications through March 3. For more, visit

Visitation policy – With the escalation of flu-like cases, Franciscan Health is has implemented a temporary visitation policy at its Carmel hospital. Only immediate family as identified by the patient or the patient’s designated representative will be allowed to visit. Visitors younger than 18 are not permitted unless they are seeking medical care or are the parents of pediatric patients (exceptions are made for postpartum visits). Visitors with influenza symptoms will not be allowed. For more information, call the Carmel hospital at 317-705-4500.

Hearing loss group – The 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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