Carmel in brief — November 24, 2020


Theft suspect sought –Carmel police are searching for a suspect who allegedly stole merchandise from the Best Buy on Michigan Road on Nov. 11 before fleeing in a tan Ford 500. The suspect is described as wearing a black mask, dark jacket, blue tank top and light blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Matthew Harris at 317-571-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477. Reference CPD case number 20-76979.

Community assistance program — The Carmel Fire Dept.’s community assistance program collects donations to deliver food and gifts to local families in need during the holiday season. Support the program by making a tax-deductible donation payable to CFD Auxiliary with CAP in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to CFD, Attn. CAP, 2 Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032. Email [email protected] to sponsor one or more children in need. Volunteer delivery drivers are needed to deliver food and gifts from CFD headquarters to families on Dec. 12. Email [email protected] to sign up.

Thanksgiving prices — Indiana Farm Bureau recently completed its annual survey to estimate the price of a traditional Thanksgiving meal this year. It found that Indiana shoppers can expect to spend approximately 12 percent more at the grocery store than in 2019 but 1 percent less than what they paid in 2018. Hoosiers opting for a ham instead of a turkey can expect to pay $10.60 for a four-pound ham.

Saliva COVID-19 test available — Aria Diagnostics has begun offering a COVID-19 test using saliva collections in addition to nasal swabs. The new process uses saliva dropped into a cup, decreasing the discomfort sometimes associated with the nasal swab and allowing those with injuries, or small children, to be more comfortably tested with equally dependable results. Aria’s testing site at Carmel United Methodist Church, 621 S. Range Line Rd., is open from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Learn more and make an appointment at

Toy drive — Donatello’s Italian Restaurant is collecting unopened, unwrapped toys to benefit children at The Villages, a nonprofit children and family services agency. Drop off donations at Donatello’s, 9 W. Main St., during regular business hours through Dec. 10.

Hospital in need of toys – Riley Hospital for Children is in need of toy donations, but it is asking donors to donate online this year instead of visiting the hospital because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A drop-off must be scheduled in advance for in-person donations. Call 317-944-8705 for assistance. Purchasing directly from the Riley Cheer Guild Amazon Wish List at will have the toys delivered to the Riley Hospital toy room.

No Shave November — Officers and employees of the Carmel Police Dept. are participating in No-Shave November to raise awareness about cancer and collect donations to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. CPD’s fundraising goal this year is $5,000. CPD Chief Jim Barlow is relaxing the department’s grooming standards regarding facial hair for employees that make monetary donations. Family, friends, and members of the community are also welcomed to donate. Donations can be made at or by dropping off cash or checks.

Donut 5K race moves — The Donut 5K will relocate from Carmel to downtown Indianapolis for its 14th running. The event is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 19 in Military Park, 601 W. New York St. A post-race party will take place at Metazoa Brewing. A virtual race option is also available, with participants receiving a race hat, shirt and medal. Learn more at

Bulk item pickup fee increase — Republic Services has increased its fee for bulk item pickup from $10 to $20 and raised the fee for bulky landscape waste from $10 to $45 per pickup. This does not affect the free weekly pickup of up to 20 bags or bundles of landscape waste offered from Oct. 15 to Dec. 15 and in April and May. Schedule bulk item or bulky landscape pickups by calling 317-917-7300.

Operation Belt Up — The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is conducting Operation Belt Up through Nov. 29. The overtime patrols, occurring statewide in the top 30 Indiana counties for unrestrained crashes, are funded through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds. Indiana law requires everyone in the vehicle to wear a seat belt. To learn more about Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership, visit

Invasive species ranking — The Hamilton County Invasives Partnership recently released results of a survey ranking the most problematic invasive species across the county. The top five spots in the ranking went to Asian bush honeysuckle, Callery pear, wintercreeper, Canada thistle and garlic mustard. Learn more and view complete results at

Scholarships available — Midwest Academy has scholarship opportunities available for children in third through fifth grade. The population MWA serves generally includes students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, high-functioning autism, receptive and/or expansive language or processing challenges resulting in school anxiety. A major change like remote learning can be extremely challenging for a student who has come to feel safe in their school environment. For more information about admissions at Midwest Academy, contact Katie Erdmanis at [email protected].

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

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: 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.

Salon to join City Center — MY SALON Suite will open its first Indianapolis-area location at Carmel City Center in the summer of 2021. The new 5,677 square foot MY SALON Suite will be on the plaza of the United Fidelity Bank Building at 800 S. Range Line Rd., Hanover Place, Suite 290. The Carmel City Center location will be the second Indiana location for the company. MY SALON Suite provides beauty and wellness professionals across many specialties a location to build their business and talents. Featuring 27 single suites and one double suite option, MY SALON Suite offers the largest professional luxury salon suites in the industry. Those interested in leasing space at MY SALON Suite may call 317-385-9287 for more information.

Pet Valu closing — The Pet Valu stores in Carmel at 1374 S. Range Line Rd. and 11503 Spring Mill Rd., along with all other Pet Valu stores in the U.S., are going out of business. Visit the shops for specials as they clear their inventory.

Indiana Farm Bureau adds agent — Jack Pounds has joined Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance as an agent based at the Carmel office at 240 East Carmel Dr. He has completed Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance’s professional insurance training program. Pounds grew up on the northeast side of Indianapolis where he graduated from Lawrence Central High School. In his free time, he enjoys collecting bourbon, cheering on the Colts and watching the Kentucky Wildcats win in basketball.

Business name change — As a result of being acquired by O’Donnell and Naccarato in late 2019, Carmel-based McComas Engineering has changed its name to McComas/O’Donnell & Naccarato. Learn more at

Mortgage loan officer appointed — Justin Schreiber has been appointed mortgage loan officer at Centier’s Carmel Branch. Schreiber joined Centier Bank in August, bringing with him more than seven years of experience in retail banking and online mortgage lending. He is NMLS licensed, as well as a licensed notary in the State of Indiana. The Westfield resident is an alumnus of Indiana University in Bloomington and holds a bachelor of science degree in management and a certificate in finance.

Attorney re-elected — Indianapolis attorney and Carmel resident Mark W. Rutherford was unanimously re-elected chair of the Indiana Public Defender Commission for a two-year term. He has chaired the commission since 2007 and has served as a gubernatorial appointment to the commission under three governors. Rutherford is a shareholder at the Indianapolis law firm of Thrasher, Buschmann, and Voelkel, PC, where he focuses his practice on business law, business defense, litigation, and election law.

Women in construction — A report by Construction Coverage found that 29.3 percent of all construction workers in Carmel are women, ranking it second highest of all small cities in the U.S. Nationwide, only 13 percent of construction workers are women. Learn more at

New leader selected — Carmel-based public accounting firm Katz, Sapper & Miller recently announced the election of Tim Cook, a 17-year KSM veteran, as its next firm leader. Cook will succeed managing partner David Resnick, effective Jan. 1, 2021. As KSM’s new CEO and president and the first non-CPA to lead the 78-year-old firm, Cook will draw on both his training as an attorney and his experience growing two highly successful practices within the firm. Resnick will succeed Curt Miller, one of KSM’s namesakes, as chair of the board.

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.

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

Board appointment — Dr. Bruce Lamb of Carmel has been elected to the Alzheimer’s Association board of directors. Lamb joins the 29-member, all-volunteer governing board in steering the strategic direction of the association as it carries out its mission to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Lamb, a world-expert on the biological underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, holds several academic appointments at Indiana University School of Medicine, including executive director of Stark Neurosciences Research Institute.

Christmas Remembrance — Franciscan Health and Franciscan Hospice Bereavement are hosting a virtual online “Christmas Remembrance” at 7 p.m. Dec. 10. The event includes Christmas music performed by a guest soloist, the singing of Christmas carols, a guest ventriloquist for children and candle-lighting ceremony. Family members will also share their stories of loss, grief and healing. The event is free, but registration is encouraged at and search “Remembrance Memorial.” For more information, contact Karla Riggs Norton at [email protected], or 317-528-2636.

Blood donations needed — Versiti Blood Center of Indiana is issuing an emergency appeal for blood donations as communities throughout the state face a potential crisis. Ideally, Versiti strives for a three-day supply of blood available to its partner hospitals. Schools and businesses are typically Versiti’s largest source of blood donations this time of year. Because of remote work and virtual schooling, many of those drives have been canceled. Compared to an average year, Versiti is down more than 50 percent in donations – or nearly 20,000 units of blood – from those key contributors. Blood donations may be made in Carmel at 726 Adams St., Suite 150. Make an appointment and view blood drives 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.

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