Carmel in brief — September 22, 2020

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Armed robbery suspects — The Carmel Police Dept. is seeking information to help identify two suspects who are accused of an Aug. 28 armed robbery at Village Pantry at 9601 N. College Ave. Anyone with information is asked to contact CPD at 317-571-2555 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477. Please reference CPD case number 20-58877.

Election information — The nonpartisan League of Women Voters has updated Vote411.org to provide information about the fall elections. Topics include absentee voting, registering to vote, candidate information, polling locations and more. Learn more about the local LWV chapter at facebook.com/LWVofHamiltonCountyIndiana.

Brick paver fundraiser — The Carmel Elementary PTO is offering an opportunity to personalize an engraved brick paver on a walking path at the new Carmel Elementary building, which will open for the 2021-22 school year. Cost is $100 for two lines of text on a 4 by 8 inch paver. Orders will be accepted through Oct. 2. Learn more and purchase a paver at ccs.k12.in.us/pto-ces/fundraising.

Tri Kappa scholarship — Tri Kappa is offering up to $9,000 in scholarships to female high school seniors from Carmel and Westfield. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, extra curricular activities and a commitment to community service. Apply by Nov, 1. Learn more at forms.gle/AwqYC1ys88VdT7GF6.

COVID-19 complaint line — The Hamilton County Health Dept. has established a COVID-19 complaint line at 317-776-8237. Callers are asked to limit complaints to employees and staff at restaurants, bars and food stores not complying with the mask mandate. Complaints related to patrons of these establishments should be directed to the business owner.

Best and Brightest nominations — Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is seeking nominations for its 17 annual Indy’s Best and Brightest event, which will honor 100 of central Indiana’s most outstanding young professionals, age 40 and younger, in 10 industry categories. One winner from each category will be announced in March 2021.  Visit indysbestandbrightest.org to make a nomination through Nov. 20.   

Comprehensive plan update –The City of Carmel’s Department of Community Services is launching a new update of the comprehensive plan for the city’s growth that will guide city planners and decision makers for the next decade or longer. The last update took place about 11 years ago. The public may provide feedback to guide the new plan by taking a survey at surveymonkey.com/r/GQNNTKJ.

International movies at Midtown — The Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council is presenting International Movies at Midtown Plaza with “Endurance” shown at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Oct. 15. Those in attendance will be asked to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing.

Native tree sale — The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is selling 35 species of native trees for $28 each. Trees will be approximately three to five feet tall at delivery. Pre-orders are required and due by Sept. 28. Trees may be picked up Oct. 23 at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds. Learn more at hamiltonswcd.org.

Legislative internships — Applications are open for paid internships with the Indiana State Democratic Caucus. Interns are assigned to assist legislators and staff as they expand their knowledge of the Indiana General Assembly and legislative process. For more information and to learn how to apply, visit indianasenatedemocrats.org/opportunities/internships.

Gilded Leaf event — The 16th annual Guilded Leaf book and author event will be offered as a breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and a luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at Ritz Charles, 12156 Meridian St. The auction, raffle and book sales are available online at bidpal.net/CCPLGuildedLeaf. Reserve tickets by Oct. 10 by calling 317-814-3984 or carmelclaylibrary.org/foundation.

Free math, science homework help — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s free AskRose homework helpline is available to help middle and high school students get a head start on understanding their math and science homework problems through a simple phone call, email or chat session. Rose-Hulman students are available Sunday through Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. during the school year to help youth in grades 6 through 12 review math and science concepts. Connections can be made at 877-275-7673 or AskRose.org.

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 mealsonwheelshc.org or call 317-776-7159.

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 bit.ly/hamco4hcameracorp by the last day of the month. Monthly themes for 2020 include: September – Community; October – Sunset to Sunrise; November – Occupations; December – Holiday Happenings.

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 carmelnewcomers.com or call 317-564-8349.

Prevent property theft, fraud — The Hamilton County Recorder’s Office has rolled out a new program to protect residents from property theft and fraud. The new system, Doxpop Property Watch, notifies property owners with an email to alert them to changes or filings that affect them.  Doxpop is a free service that provides residents access to all their recorded documents online. Multiple parcels can be registered for those who own several properties throughout the county. To access and enroll in the system, visit doxpop.com under “Other Services” and “Doxpop Property Watch.”

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 centier.com/financial-education.

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.

New hires — Carmel-based Merchants Capital has hired Dewayne Hayward as vice president of Federal Housing Association asset management, and Mark Ciarrocchi as senior vice president of investor accounting. Hayward will work out of his home in Carrollton, Texas. Ciarrocchi will work out of his home in Waxhaw, N.C.

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.

COVID-19 grants — Two Hamilton County organizations are among recipients of $500,000 awarded by IU Health to organizations statewide to address community needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Carmel-based Trinity Free Clinic received $11,600 to purchase equipment to support deep cleaning and to purchase two touch-free temperature scanner kiosks. Noblesville-based Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County received $25,000 to fund its Crisis Response Plan for low-income seniors and virtual programming to keep seniors connected to each other.

Free suicide prevention program — September is Suicide Prevention, and the Indiana Center for the Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide is offering free suicide prevention training this month. The QPR program — which stands for question, persuade and refer — provides information on recognizing warning signs of suicide and gaining skills to prevent a possible tragedy. Register at indianaprevention.org/events.

Drive-thru flu shots — Kroger will operate a drive-thru flu shot center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W. Washington St. Touchless in-store appointments are also available. Register for the flu shot online at kroger.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated.

Hereditary cancer seminar — Franciscan Health Cancer Center will offer a free virtual seminar from 7 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 on hereditary cancers and the role of genetic testing and counseling. Franciscan Health Cancer Center Genetic Counselor Malavika Praseed McGrail will provide the latest information on the role of genetic testing to fight cancer. Register by Sept. 27 at FranciscanHealth.org/Events.

Plasma can help COVID-19 patients – As 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 versiti.org/Indiana.

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 AnewCare.com.


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