Carmel in brief — September 29, 2020


Election information — The nonpartisan League of Women Voters has updated 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

Suspect sought — Carmel police are searching for a suspect accused of stealing a letter Sept. 1 containing a personal check from a mailbox in the 3700 block of Carinion Way. The suspect was seen using the stolen check at Meijer in Avon. The suspect is described as 5’ to 5’6”, 130 to 150 pounds with tattoos on the fingers below the knuckles. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carmel Police Dept. at 317-571-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477. Please reference CPD case number 20-61264.

Recorder honored — The Association of Indiana Counties announced that Hamilton County Recorder Jennifer Hayden received the 2020 Outstanding Recorder Award. The award recognized her contributions made to county government throughout her years of public service. Hayden has served in the Hamilton County Recorder’s Office since 1984.  She is active in the Indiana Recorders Association, where she has served on the legislative, technology and directory committees as well as the East Central District vice president.

New Indiana Landmarks board member — David Resnick of Carmel has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Indiana Landmarks board of directors. Resnick is managing partner of Katz, Sapper & Miller, an Indianapolis-based public accounting firm. In honor of the firm’s 75th anniversary in 2017, he oversaw restoration of the Indianapolis City Market Clock in partnership with Indiana Landmarks. He is active on the board of many civic and cultural organizations, including United Way of Central Indiana, Beth-El Zedeck Foundation, Indy Chamber, and WFYI Foundation, among others.

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

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

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 to make a nomination through Nov. 20.   

Adoption event — Tom Wood Subaru and the ASPCA and Indiana Humane Services are presenting the Love Them for Life adoption event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10. Numerous organizations will be on site with adoptable cats and dogs. Free vaccine vouchers are available to the first 25 visitors. A free lunch will be provided. The event will be in the back parking lot of Tom Wood Subaru at 3300 E. 96th St. in Indianapolis. In case of rain the event will be Oct. 17.

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

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.

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

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 Reserve tickets by Oct. 10 by calling 317-814-3984 or

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

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: 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 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 under “Other Services” and “Doxpop Property Watch.”

School board candidate forum — The Carmel Education Foundation will host “Conversation with Candidates,” a Carmel Clay School Board Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 20. The event will be live-streamed on Carmel Education Foundation’s Facebook Live page from the Carmel High School Auditorium but will not be open to the public because of social distancing guidelines.  The community is invited to submit questions at  through Oct. 12.

Design firm moves — Carmel designer Gary Nance recently moved his firm, Gary Nance Design, into space on the second floor of the Indiana Design Center. The commercial and residential architectural firm will offer design services for high-end custom homes. Nance has more than 30 years of residential and commercial design experience. The majority of his business takes him to northern Indiana, northern Michigan and the Carolinas.

Lewis Rice associate — Carmel native Lindsey Bruno has been named an associate of St. Louis-based law firm Lewis Rice. After earning her JD from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and serving as a summer associate at Lewis Rice, she will practice in the firm’s litigation department representing individuals and companies in a broad range of disputes, including complex commercial litigation.

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.

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.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s — The Indianapolis Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Oct. 3 with individuals or small groups walking on sidewalks, tracks and trails. Traditionally, the event takes place as a large gathering, but the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing that from happening. To register and learn more about the fundraiser, visit

CVS expands testing sites — CVS Pharmacy has doubled its COVID-19 testing sites and recently added three in Hamilton County. The test is now available at the CVS Pharmacy at 367 W. 116th St. in Carmel, 8295 E. 116th St. in Fishers and 5865 Promenade Shops Blvd. in Noblesville. The test is also offered at the store at 13090 Pettigru Dr. in Carmel.

Heart Failure Medical Advisory Board — Carmel-based FAST BioMedical, a privately held late clinical-stage medical technology company, has established a Heart Failure Medical Advisory Board of physicians, nurses and researchers. The Heart Failure Medical Advisory Board will advise FAST BioMedical’s clinical development of measuring intravascular volume status to better diagnose and treat patients experiencing heart failure. Members of the board have decades of experience in heart failure and cardiovascular patient care and have contributed to more than 1,300 peer-reviewed publications.

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

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


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