Carmel in brief — July 7, 2020


Corrections — In the June 30 edition of Current in Carmel, the date that a statue of a police officer was vandalized was incorrect. The incident occurred on June 20. In a story about SEP relocating, the city of relocation was incorrect. SEP is moving to Westfield.

New officers sworn in — The Carmel Police Dept. welcomed new police officers Vahn Billberry and Brayden Haines with a swearing-in ceremony June 29 at Carmel City Hall. Billberry graduated from Indiana State University in December 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. Haines comes to CPD from St. Peters, Mo. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business management in 2014.

Young Scientist Challenge winner — Mira Nuthakki, a student at Creekside Middle School, is the state merit winner for Indiana in the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge. The challenge asks students in grades 5-8 to identify an everyday problem they’re passionate about and submit a one- to two-minute video communicating the science behind their solution to solve the problem.

Midwest Academy scholarships — Midwest Academy has scholarship opportunities available for students in grades three through six. The school offers students in grades 3-12 a small, engaging educational setting for those diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, high-functioning autism, receptive and/or expansive language or processing challenges resulting in school anxiety. For more information contact Assistant Head of School Katie Erdmanis at [email protected].

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Virtual job fair — Hamilton County’s Workforce Recovery Task Force will host a first-of-its-kind virtual job fair on July 9. The one-day event is meant to connect those who have recently lost their jobs during the pandemic with Hamilton County companies looking to hire. A grant by Duke Energy’s Economic Development Relief Fund will underwrite the cost of the fair. To learn more about the virtual job fair or to register as a participant or an employer, visit

Veterinary clinic opens — Pet Wellness Clinics was set to open a new clinic on July 6 at 13080 Grand Blvd. in Carmel. It is the ninth location for the Indianapolis-based network of veterinary offices. Dr. Ben Ealing, a Carmel resident, will be the primary veterinarian at the new office. Learn more at

Firm acquired — Carmel-based Electrical Maintenance & Testing has been acquired by Maryland-based Potomac Testing, a TechPro Power Group company. Potomac Testing was established in 1985 and provides low, medium and high voltage electrical equipment services. 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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