Carmel in brief — July 28, 2020


ZIP code city name change approved — The U.S. Postal Service has approved the City of Carmel’s request to change the city name in addresses in the 46290 ZIP code from Indianapolis to Carmel. The change took effect July 1. The city and USPS realize it could be several months before businesses are able to update their systems to reflect the change. During this transition period, mail to this ZIP code will continue to be delivered, regardless of the city listed, as long as 46290 appears on the last line of the address.

Police seek assistance — Carmel police are seeking assistance identifying and locating a person who allegedly took a package from a residential porch at 8:04 p.m. July 17 near Wembly and Gray roads. The subject was wearing a shirt with a Colorado State University logo on the front. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carmel Police Dept. at 317-571-2500.

Current newsletter launches – Current Publishing launched a Morning Briefing newsletter July 27. The newsletter collects the most important story from all Current communities and delivers them to email inboxes every weekday at 7 a.m. Included will be recipes, best bets for fun activities in each community and more. Subscribers will also receive breaking news directly in their inbox. To subscribe, visit

Scholarships awarded — Tru Direction, Inc., recently awarded 12 scholarships for the 2020-21 school year. Eight of those were awarded to Carmel students – Grace E. Blackburn (Indiana University), Hannah G. Cunningham (Ball State University), Erika J. Enderle (Purdue University), Averie A. Junkersfeld (Purdue University), Satvik Kandru (Indiana University), Brooke E. Porter (Trinity University), David L. Tulkop (Indiana University) and Hallie N. Welch (Indiana University). Scholarship recipients can receive $500 to $2,500 each as determined by the scholarship committee. Learn more at

Dried fruit mix recalled — Giant Eagle, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of Giant Eagle Dried Island Fruit Mix that was sold in the Carmel Market District due to the possibility the product may contain undeclared peanut, almond, milk and soy allergens. The impacted product has a “best by” date of Jan. 15, 2021, and can be identified by the UPC 3003491435. To date, there are no reported illnesses associated with this recall. Giant Eagle was made aware of the issue by a guest who purchased the product and the company has since learned that the cause was a packaging error made by the product manufacturer. Customers who have purchased the affected product should dispose of it or return a qualifying receipt to the Carmel Market District for a refund.  Customers with questions may call Giant Eagle Customer Care at 1-800-553-2324.

Volunteers needed — Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County is seeking volunteers as requests for the service continue to rise. The meal delivery service has seen a 48 percent increase for service between March and May. There is no contact between clients and volunteer drivers. Meals are left in coolers on the front porch. Volunteers pick up deliveries from either Ascension St. Vincent Carmel Hospital or Riverview Health Hospital in Noblesville. For more information on donating or volunteering, visit or call 317-776-7159.

New inclusive playground –– Conner Prairie has debuted Ag Adventures at the Estridge Family Park, a newly constructed playground that will provide access to all visitors. This fully inclusive play area was designed with guests of all abilities in mind. The playscape is accessible for visitors with physical or developmental disabilities who may have been unable to fully engage with Conner Prairie’s previous playground. The playground was made possible through the support of the Estridge Family Foundation — a fund of the Hamilton County Community Foundation — and the Conner Prairie Alliance. Learn more at

4-H Photo Challenge – The 4-H Photo Challenge is open to youth in third through 12th grade. Participants should take photos fitting the monthly theme and submit entries online at by the last day of the month. Monthly themes for 2020 include: July – Let Freedom Ring; August – Fairs. Festivals, Fun; September – Community; October – Sunset to Sunrise; November – Occupations; December – Holiday Happenings.

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].

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.

SePRO leadership changes — Carmel-based SePRO Corporation has announced that founder, President and CEO Bill Culpepper is transitioning to chairman of the board of directors, which will allow him to focus on the strategic growth of the company. SePRO creates specialty aquatics, turf, landscape and ornamental products and services for the agrichemical industry. Effective Aug. 1, Tyler Koschnick will become the company’s president. Michael Puckett has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Joella’s hiring for new store — Joella’s Hot Chicken is hiring to fill 40 jobs for its new restaurant on the Carmel/Westfield border at 2554 E. 146th St. New employees can earn up to $13 an hour with advancement opportunities, food and beverage discounts and the potential for cash tips. Interviews will be conducted at the Joella’s at 4715 East 96th St. from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Applicants will need to bring a valid ID and Social Security card, wear a mask and practice social distancing while waiting to be interviewed. Learn more at

Bank offers educational series online — Centier Bank has launched the bank’s online financial educational series, “Centier To You,” online. Centier has hosted in-person community events about financial wellness and education in the past—at branches, local libraries and other locations in communities across the state. But now, Centier is offering the series online, so visitors can access them on their own time, from anywhere. The site contains financial tips, exercises and information on identity theft, homebuying, credit and more. Learn more at

Uplift nominated for honor — Uplift Intimate Apparel in Carmel City Center is one of more than 300 nominees for the 2020 Best Retail Award by Intima Magazine, the global premiere industry magazine. The award ceremony will be a virtual event on Aug. 2. The recognition is given to the best performing lingerie specialty stores in North America under a variety of categories. Judging of the finalists is done by a professional jury composed of both domestic and international famous lingerie brands.

Financial planning partnership — Argent Financial Group, an independent fiduciary wealth management firm, is partnering with Todd DeKruyter and DK Financial. DeKruyter, a Carmel resident, has worked in the family financial planning industry for more than 10 years and will serve as a family wealth strategist on behalf of Argent’s Family Wealth Services division, assisting families across the nation with charitable and legacy planning needs. DeKruyter is a managing partner at DK Financial and previously served as president of Family Meridian, an educational organization that provides resources to help high net worth families thrive. He has also worked as an executive at Larson Financial Group and as a pastor.

Home Helpers honored — Carmel-based Home Helpers recently won The Best of Home Care — Provider of Choice award, which is based on client satisfaction ratings collected from telephone interviews performed by Home Care Pulse. To qualify for the annual award, a home care agency must be a Home Care Pulse Certified-Trusted Provider for a minimum of six consecutive months, have 10 percent of current clients interviewed by Home Care Pulse each month and outperform other home care agencies in their geographic region in areas of client satisfaction. Learn more at

Women of Vision event — Riverview Health Foundation has awarded nearly $40,000 to areas and programs at Riverview Health that support the health and wellness of women and children throughout the community. The grants are typically presented at the Women of Vision Luncheon, which will be a virtual event this year set for noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 27. Minda Dentler, the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship after being paralyzed from the hips down by polio, will share her story. To register for the Women of Vision Event, visit or contact Polly Craig at 317-776-7938 or [email protected].

ER, urgent care center to open — Riverview Health Emergency Room & Urgent Care will open its newest combined emergency room and urgent care facility at 7 a.m. Aug. 3 at 14585 Hazel Dell Parkway in Carmel. The center is the second of three new freestanding facilities to open in the northern Indianapolis suburbs. An additional facility is planned to open in West Carmel/Zionsville later this year.

Kidney care program launches — CarDon & Associates and DaVita Post-Acute Services are partnering to bring an on-site, kidney care program to CarDon’s Carmel Health & Living facility. The on-site dialysis center is exclusively available to residents of Carmel Health & Living, including long-term care and rehabilitation residents. DaVita dialysis patients who require short-term care at Carmel Health & Living will be able to access traditional or home treatment options. Learn more 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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