Carmel in brief — June 23, 2020


Library reopens — The Carmel Clay Public Library has reopened its building after being closed since mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The library is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Patrons are asked to make visits as quick as possible. Face masks are required. The library will provide masks for those who don’t have them. Curbside holds pickup is still available from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Saturdays at the main library and noon to 5 p.m. at the Joyce Winner West Branch. Learn more at

Brilliant Firefly Award — Ethan Stoehr of Carmel is one of two students from District 29 to receive the Lieutenant Governor’s Brilliant Firefly Award, which is presented to young Hoosiers who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating outstanding community service, exemplary academic achievement and exceptional leadership in their communities. State Sen. J.D. Ford said he nominated Stoehr because of his passion for addressing the global climate emergency.

3 fireworks shows — The City of Carmel will hold three fireworks shows concurrently beginning at 9:45 p.m. July 4. Fireworks will be shot into the sky from West Park for residents on the west side of town, Chase Court for those in central Carmel and Badger Fields for those in east Carmel. The show will be set to music on 91.3 FM. The music must be played through a radio to avoid a delay that will cause it not to be in sync with the show.

Sertoman of the Year — Carmel resident Dick Surber was named Sertoman of the Year by Sertoma of Broad Ripple. Surber has held a variety of positions in the club including president and chairman of the board. Surber retired as vice president of quality control for Inland Corporation. He is an avid hiker and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Kalipatar in Nepal and Mount Whitney in California, among others. Surer and his wife, Lois, have five children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Purdue board appointment — Gov. Eric Holcomb has reappointed Michael Klipsch of Carmel to the Purdue University Board of Trustees. He will serve through July 1, 2023. Klipsch is co-founder of Klipsch-Card Athletic Facilities.

Golf fundraiser — The Evan R. Hansen Legacy Foundation will hold its second golf outing on July 25 at Pebble Brook Golf Course in Noblesville. The foundation was established to carry out philanthropic activities in memory of 2015 Guerin Catholic graduate Evan Hansen. Visit to purchase tickets or sponsorship for the golf outing.

Family Night Live — More than 15 local and regional churches, including Northview Church in Carmel, are partnering for an online Vacation Bible School called Family Night Live. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. June 29 to July 1 at In response to the pandemic’s limitation on summer activities, churches are teaming to provide family-fun content this summer. During the event, families will engage in games, music and teaching. Learn more at

Freedom Run goes virtual — The CarmelFest Freedom Run will be held virtually this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants may choose to run 5 or 1.5 miles anytime between June 29 to July 5. Registrants will receive a T-shirt, and discounted family rates will be given for groups of three or more. Cost is $27 per person or $22 for active duty military participants. The event will benefit Pack Away Hunger. Learn more at

Summer Reading Program – The Carmel Clay Public Library Summer Reading Program began June 1. For the first time, the entire program will be held online. Participants will be eligible to have overdue fines erased from their accounts and reading prizes will result in food donations. Learn more at

Mini museum shop — The Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E. Main St., has opened its shop to customers by appointment only. Shoppers can make appointments for between 1 and 4 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays by calling 317-690-1300 or emailing [email protected]. The museum anticipates reopening to the public on a limited basis on June 20. It has been closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BMV fees to resume — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will resume charging administrative penalty fees beginning July 1. All Hoosiers with expired driver’s licenses, permits, state identification cards and vehicle registrations need to complete renewal transactions before July 1 to avoid paying a fee. Title transactions and new vehicle registration must also be completed before July 1. Administrative fees have been waived since March 16 to assist the needs of Hoosiers who were not able to utilize in-branch services because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schedule an appointment with the BMV at

Golden Hoosier nominations – Nominations are open for the 2020 Golden Hoosier Award, which honors older Hoosiers for their lifetime of service and commitment to their communities. To be eligible for the award, the nominee must be an Indiana resident, age 65 or older and have been a volunteer in the community for the past three years. The deadline for submitting applications is June 30. Make a nomination at

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

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.*

OneZone selects president — The OneZone board of directors has selected Jack Russell to be the chamber’s new president. Russell served as OneZone’s chief operating officer until being appointed to the interim president role in March. He replaces Mo Merhoff, who retired earlier this year.

Home prices rise — Home prices in Carmel continued their upward trend in May 2020. According to F.C. Tucker Company, Carmel home sale prices increased 5 percent to $425,934, compared to May 2019. Homes in Carmel left the market more quickly than in May 2019, spending seven fewer days on the market. The average price per square foot also increased, up 3.2 percent to $154.94, compared to this time last year.

Aria Diagnostics expands — Aria Diagnostics is leasing additional space to accommodate the lab and testing kit assembly expansion from 137,000 to 400,000 per week. The company also plans to hire 50 additional employees, bringing the total workforce to 200. Aria is also adding test sites in Indianapolis and Greenwood. Learn more at

Court reporter honored — The National Court Reporters Association has announced that Amy Doman of Carmel has earned the nationally recognized Registered Merit Reporter certification, having demonstrated her ability to produce a high-quality verbatim record. RMR credentials distinguish stenographic court reporters and captioners as being among the top contributors to the profession in terms of reporting skills, transcript production, operating practices, and professionalism.

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.

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

Fashionable Society — The Carmel Clay Historical Society has reopened the Monon Depot Museum with its first exhibit of the year, Fashionable Society: Civil War to Post-War Textiles of Carmel. The exhibit highlights where the community’s distinctive style began. The exhibit displays historical textiles and fashion accessories, from the CCHS permanent collection, dating from the mid-1860s to the 1950s. Learn more at

Gifts of Comfort — Uplift Intimate Apparel, 711 Veterans Way, has created Gifts of Comfort as a way for people to provide hope and encouragement to nurses – male and female – on the front line of serving COVID-19 patients in Carmel. Each gift, valued from $100 to $150 and costing $50, includes at least one item of intimate apparel. Uplift is aiming to provide 500 gifts in the area. Purchase the gifts at

Cancer Awareness Debit Card — Indiana Members Credit Union has selected Little Red Door Cancer Agency as the new member-nominated beneficiary for its Cancer Awareness Debit Card. The IMCU Cancer Awareness Debit Card provides members an opportunity to support a different cancer-related organization each year. A portion of each signature transaction made with this card through Feb. 28, 2021, up to $10,000, will be donated to Little Red Door Cancer Agency.

Visitor restrictions eased — Indiana University Health will begin relaxing some of the temporary visitor restrictions June 15 put in place at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The revised guidelines allow for one visitor per patient, per day in inpatient areas. Each visitor will be screened and given a mask, which must be worn at all times inside the facility. Visitors must be 18 or older. No visitors will be allowed for patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more at

Medical scholarship — David Tulkop of Carmel High School is among seven Hamilton County students to receive the Dr. and Mrs. Malcom Bray Medical Scholarship from the Riverview Health Foundation. The scholarship was established in 1993 and is awarded to a graduating senior from each of the public high schools in Hamilton County wishing to pursue a career in the medical field. Each recipient is awarded a one time $1,000 scholarship. More than 175 scholarships have been awarded to students since its inception.

Blood donations needed — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate in the weeks and months ahead by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-733-2767 or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

COVID-19 antibody test available – Aria Diagnostics has secured an FDA-approved test for antibody testing for COVID-19. An antibody is a protein which the body produces in the late stages of infection and can remain for months or years after a person has recovered. Drive-up testing will be offered at Aria Diagnostics, 5635 W. 96th  St. in Indianapolis, and Northview Church, 12900 Hazel Dell Pkwy. in Carmel. The test costs $75 and a doctor’s order is not required. Results are available within 48 hours. Schedule a test 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

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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