Carmel in brief — May 5, 2020


Correction – In the April 28 edition of Current in Carmel, an article on the Carmel winter farmer’s market stated the winter market is extending its season on a week-by-week basis. The last day of the winter market was April 25. The summer market began its season May 2 at Carter Green.

Smoked meat fundraiser – The Carmel Lions Club is donating more than 600 pounds of meat to be smoked by Woody’s Flaming BBQ to be sold at an affordable price to benefit three local food banks: Merciful HELP Center, Carmel United Methodist Church food pantry and Carmel Friends Church food pantry. Pre-order the meat through May 10 at Meat can be picked up between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 12 at the Carmel Lions Club, 141 E. Main St. Proceeds will be donated to the local food pantries.

CPD adds hybrid vehicles – The Carmel Police Dept. is adding 41 hybrid vehicles into its fleet this year. It introduced the first of its new 2020 Ford Hybrid AWD Police Interceptor SUVs in March, with plans to add additional vehicles as older ones are removed from service. The vehicles operate on battery power, using the gasoline engine to charge the batteries. CPD expects the new vehicles to save money on fuel and emit less emissions than the older vehicles.

Educator Honor Roll – Nominations are open for Carmel Education Foundation’s Educator Honor Roll, which recognizes Carmel educators for their positive impact. Nominees will receive a personalized certificate and be listed on the CEF website. Nomination donations fund grants for every school and scholarships for graduating seniors. Make a nomination at

Carey Grove Park to close – In mid-May Carey Grove Park will close to undergo planned improvements as part of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s Reimagining Parks initiative. Upgrades include a new playground, a restroom facility, parking lot expansion and trail network. The park is set to reopen after construction is completed in December. Learn more at

National Day of Prayer – For the first time in decades, there will not be a group observance of the National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday in May at Carmel City Hall. Instead, participants are encouraged take some time May 7 to pray individually for the nation and watch a broadcast of the national observance at Visit the site for viewing options.

Housing, utility help – Local housing agencies such are urging residents whose income has been affected by COVID-19 to contact their landlord or mortgage holder as soon as possible to discuss payment options. For those unable to continue to pay their rent and/or utilities despite government programs, a small pool of emergency funds are available locally, depending on eligibility. Those denied assistance by the township trustee or other source can reach out to the Good Samaritan Network at and apply for one month of support. Utility companies also have announced forbearance during the crisis, but those fees also continue to accrue. Hamilton County residents apply for help from Good Samaritan Network’s Energy Assistance Program.

Poll workers needed – Many of the volunteers who work the polls on Election Day are unable to do so this year because they fall into the high-risk category for COVID-19. Hamilton County is looking for volunteers – especially teenagers and school teachers who will be out of school by the June 2 election – to help. The county needs at least 100 workers. Learn more at

Homework help – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is extending hours for the AskRose math and science tutoring helpline this spring to help middle and high school students better understand math and science homework problems. Free homework help is available from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays through a phone call, email or chat session. Connections can be made at 877-275-7673 or The site also offers more than 500 resources available through videos and downloadable reference materials.

Humane Society closed – In response to the increasing concern with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Humane Society for Hamilton County has closed to the public and has ceased adoptions. The HSHC will continue accepting any of the county’s lost, stray or unwanted animals. To surrender an animal, bring in a stray or look for a lost pet, call 317-773-4974. HSHC hours will be 8 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. The HSHC is asking for monetary donations or donations from its wish list available at

Orr Fellowship winner – Elizabeth Johns of Carmel is among five DePauw University seniors to receive an Orr Fellowship, which will place them in jobs in Indianapolis for two years after graduation. Johns will work for Greenlight Guru, which designs software for medical device companies. She is majoring in English writing with a minor in political science.

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. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. May 21. 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.

Carry-Out for a Cause – Donatello’s Italian Restaurant at 9 W. Main St. will host several “Carry-Out for a Cause” events to support the arts and social welfare organizations in and around Carmel. Designated groups will receive up to 20 percent of sales from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Beneficiaries are Prevail Inc. (May 5), Carmel Symphony Orchestra (May 11), Carmel United Methodist Church Food Pantry (May 12), Indiana Wind Symphony (May 18) and Carmel Youth Assistance Program (May 19).

ALO team grows – Alison Melton, who has worked in commercial real estate for nearly 20 years, has joined ALO Property Group as vice president of retail. She began her career in property management and transitioned into brokerage after working for a local developer. She was with an international brokerage company, before joining ALO Property Group. Alison has lived in Indianapolis for 20 years and volunteers for the United Way ReadUp Program.

Merchants Mortgage hire – Merchants Mortgage has hired Stacy Frazier as a residential mortgage loan originator. Frazier brings more than 20 years of mortgage lending experience to the team. She has served the mortgage industry as a mortgage loan originator and business development manager, most recently with the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership. Learn more at

Workforce Recovery Task Force – Hamilton County has created a Workforce Recovery Task Force. The task force hosted its first meeting April 29 in an effort to jumpstart a recovery plan for Hamilton County businesses. The effort is being supported by the Hamilton County Economic Development Corporation. The task force will look at creating both short-term (three months) and long-term (six to nine month) plans for reducing unemployment. It will also work to identify industries and companies that have additional workforce needs tied to COVID-19. The hope is that the county’s 21st Century Talent Region can take over the task force’s efforts by October 2020.

Stratford now hiring – Carmel retirement community The Stratford is looking to hire qualified workers amidst current unemployment trends. To support those who are looking for new careers, the community has set up a dedicated hotline to speak directly to the community’s HR director as a quick way of connecting. Additionally, the team has implemented Daily Pay, a way to cash out the hours that have been worked that day. The Stratford offers benefits including medical, dental, vision insurance, wellness program, flexible PTO options, emergency loan options and more. For more, call 317-342-9009 or apply online at

Paralegal joins firm – Carmel-based Hollingsworth Roberts Means has added paralegal Kim Achs to the firm. Her primary focus will be with the divorce and family law team. Achs previously worked at Faegre Drinker. She graduated from Sinclair Community College. Achs and her husband live in Greenwood with their two daughters.

Goodwill emergency fund – The Goodwill Foundation of Central & Southern Indiana has created a COVID-19 emergency fund to provide critical support for the most immediate needs of the thousands of employees, students and families served by Goodwill. Donors can contribute to the fund at The Goodwill Foundation will match donations to the emergency fund, $2 for every $1 donated, up to $500,000 in matching funds. For more information and to donate, visit

MetroNet announces relief plan – MetroNet Fiber recently announced a COVID-19 relief plan to help customers during a time when they need reliable internet more than ever. As demands for faster connections and more bandwidth have increased, MetroNet is allowing residential customers to increase to the next level of speed at no cost. The company is also waiving installation fees for new residential customers. Business customers will receive free remote phone system capabilities for 60 days to enable companies to continue running seamlessly while teams transition to working from home. In an effort to support local restaurants, MetroNet is sponsoring daily lunch carry-out for associates Learn more at

Don’t delay treatment – Even though hospitals are caring for patients with COVID-19, clinicians at Ascension St. Vincent hospitals want to reassure the public that individuals who need emergency care should not delay treatment. Hospitals are equipped to safely protect patients from potential exposure to COVID-19 while taking care of their chest pain, stroke symptoms, traumatic injuries, emotional and mental health and any other acute medical or surgical needs. Anyone experiencing a life-threatening emergency, difficulty breathing or warning signs of a heart attack or stroke should go directly to the emergency room or dial 911.

New COVID-19 testing site — Northview Church in Carmel will become a COVID-19 testing site beginning May 1. Indianapolis-based Aria Diagnostic Laboratories will offer the test at Northview, 12900 Hazel Dell Parkway, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. A doctor’s order is required for insurance to cover the test. Results will be emailed within 48 hours. Those wishing to be tested can register, schedule a test and pay the $175 fee through a portal at

Plasma can help COVID-19 patients – As coronavirus or COVID-19 continues its spread across the globe, Versiti Blood Center of Indiana has begun collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients throughout Indiana to help treat those diagnosed with the virus. This blood-related treatment, approved by the FDA as an emergency investigational new drug, could offer hope to the hundreds of patients who continue to be diagnosed. This treatment would be used by hospitals for the most severely affected patients. For more, visit

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