Carmel in brief — March 24, 2020


Seeking self-quarantine activities – Have a unique way to stay occupied during a self-quarantine? Send a photo and short description to Managing Editor Anna Skinner at [email protected] by the morning of March 25 for a chance to be featured in the March 31 edition of Current.

Food pantry donation – The City of Carmel donated a total of $25,000 to four local food pantries, which are experiencing rising demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation comes from funds in the city budget designated to support local initiatives that provide vital services to people in need. For more information on volunteering at the food banks or requesting food, email [email protected].

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.

Breakfast rescheduled – Janus Developmental Services’ Create, Connect and Commit fundraising breakfast has been rescheduled for 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Aug. 14 at the 502 East Event Center in Carmel.

CFD coloring contest – The Carmel Fire Dept. is hosting a coloring contest to provide an activity for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Coloring sheets – featuring artwork created by CFD – may be downloaded at Submissions are due by March 27. Visit for complete rules.

Art competition – The office of U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks is seeking submissions from high school students in the 5th District for a chance to have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building for one year. The winner and one guest will receive complimentary airfare to Washington D.C. for recognition. Submissions are due by April 17. For competition details, visit

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].

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

Home prices rise – Carmel home prices soared in February 2020. According to F.C. Tucker Company, the average sale price for a Carmel home was $474,448, a 17.8 percent increase from February 2019. The average price per square foot for homes in Carmel increased 10 percent, to $159.68, compared to this time last year. Homes in Carmel also left the market more quickly, selling 1.5 percent faster in February 2020 than in February 2019.

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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