Carmel in brief — March 16, 2021


Talk of the Town webinars — The City of Carmel is holding “Talk of the Town” virtual interactive discussions as part of an effort to update the city’s comprehensive plan. Remaining discussions are noon March 26 (Unlock community growth) and noon April 9 (Shape the growth). Registered participants may submit questions during the webinar. Register at The sessions will be recorded and posted on the city’s YouTube channel and project website.

USSYP representative — Katherine LaReau of Carmel has been selected to represent Indiana during the 59th annual United States Senate Youth Program to be held virtually March 14 to 17. LaReau will also receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

Pop-up shop fundraiser — Donatello’s Italian Restaurant, 9 W. Main St., will host a pop-up shop with items such as jewelry, masks, purses, market bags and kikoy available for purchase to benefit the women and children of Western Kenya. The event, called Jubilee Spree, will be held in the side room at the restaurant from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on March 24 and March 25. The items for sale are created by women and girls in Kager, Kenya, and the sales will benefit their community in a variety of ways. Learn more at or email [email protected].

Young to run for second term — U.S. Sen. Todd Young has announced that he will seek a second term. The 1990 Carmel High School graduate announced his re-election campaign on March 2.

Scholarships offered – Tru Direction, Inc. will award scholarships of $500 to $2,500 per qualified applicant as determined by the scholarship committee. Scholarships may be used for any related expenses for college, university, trade school or technical school. Applicants must be attending school a minimum of nine hours, or the equivalent, per semester. However, preference will be given to those attending at least 12 hours. Applications are due by March 31. Learn more at

Democratic party reorganizes — The Hamilton County Democratic Party has elected new leadership. Dayna Colbert will serve as chair, Ronnie Saunders is vice chair, Sarah Russell Goddard is secretary, and Al Moore is treasurer.

Republican party reorganizes — The Hamilton County Republican Party held a reorganization caucus and elected officers to serve through 2025. They are: Laura Campbell, president; Will Riley, vice chairman; Raju Chinthala, treasurer; and Suzanne Heinzmann, secretary.

500 Festival Princesses named — Three Carmel residents have been selected by the 500 Festival as 2021 500 Festival Princesses. They are: Grace Good, a Carmel High School graduate and junior at DePauw University majoring in computer science; Rebecca Townsend, a CHS graduate and senior at Indiana University majoring in economic consulting; and Gloria Xue, a CHS graduate and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis graduate student studying cellular and integrative physiology.

Employees honored for 40 years — Hamilton County recently recognized its employees for their years of service, with Hamilton County Auditor Robin Mills and Lynette Duvall, a caseworker in the prosecutor’s office, each honored for 40 years. In addition, six employees celebrated 35 years of service, 11 marked 30 years, and 18 observed 25 years.

Martin University chair selected — Carmel resident Joseph M. Perkins, Jr. has been elected chairman of the Martin University Board of Trustees. Perkins is corporate counsel for regulatory and global business operations at Allison Transmission.  He has more than 20 years of experience with global manufacturing companies.

Fish fry — The Knights of Columbus Fish Fry runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 26 at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 10655 Haverstick Rd. Carry-out and curbside pick-up is available. Cost is $11, which includes a choice of baked salmon, crabby cakes or fried pollock. Each meal includes sides and a cookie. Kids meals are available.

Flower sale — Carmel Elementary kicked off its annual flower sale March 5 to support the school’s PTO. The sale will include a variety of flowers and plants from potted annuals to hanging baskets. Order flowers through March 22 at

Graduate school scholarships — The Beryl Showers Holland Fellowship will offer a $3,000 first place and $2,000 second place scholarship to graduating seniors at Indiana University who will attend graduate school in the fall. Learn more and apply at

New state troopers — Hamilton County residents Benjamin Beyler and Erin Fillenwarth are among 36 probationary troopers who graduated from the 80th Indiana State Police Academy on Dec. 19, 2020. Beyler and Fillenwarth are assigned to the Indiana State Police Post in Indianapolis. The probationary troopers will undergo a three-month field training period riding with veteran troopers.

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

Centier measures community impact — Centier Bank engaged Blackbird Philanthropic Advisors based in South Bend to conduct a study of the bank’s community impact across Indiana communities from 2016-2020 and found it resulted in a total value of more than $11 million. The study examined several areas including corporate philanthropy, volunteerism and associate philanthropy to quantify Centier Bank’s impact on local organizations and communities at large. Over the five-year timespan, Centier has contributed financially to more than 1,350 organizations and volunteered 71,856 hours across 2,821 organizations, among many more initiatives.

IMCU presents check to CHS — Indiana Members Credit Union recently presented a check for $1,888 to Carmel High School athletics as part of an ongoing school spirit debit card program. The partnership allows Carmel fans the opportunity to show their school spirit and support the athletic program by signing up for a Carmel Greyhounds-themed debit card. Every time the card is used as a signature based transaction, Carmel athletics benefits.

Construction scholarship — Old Town Design Group has established the Orchard Project Scholarship to provide tuition assistance to a Hamilton, Boone or Johnson County student preparing for a career in the construction industry. Applications are being accepted through March 19. For more information or to request an application, email [email protected].

Real estate stats — The February residential real estate market in Carmel saw continued price increases and homes leaving the market quickly. According to F.C. Tucker Company, homes in Carmel left the market in 36 days on average, 43.8 percent faster than February 2020. The average sale price of a home in Carmel also increased, up 1.7 percent to $482,356, compared to this time last year. The average price per square foot for a Carmel home also increased, up 6.5 percent to $169.99.

State Bank honored — State Bank is Indiana’s Small-Business Lender of the Year for 2020. The award was made by Indiana Statewide Certified Development Corporation and is for loans made by State Bank to small-business owners using the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 loan program. Ryan Murphy and Kevin Hall were State Bank’s officials making the loans. The Lender of the Year Award is made to the Indiana bank that makes the highest dollar volume of SBA 504 loans with Indiana Statewide CDC as a percentage of the bank’s total deposits.

Free personal savings e-course — Centier Bank has rolled out a free personal savings e-course through its free online Financial Educational series, Centier To You, available on the bank’s website. The e-course includes worksheets and Top 5 Tips on establishing savings goals and creating a savings action plan which will serve as an aid to help users reach their short-term and long-term savings goals. Learn more at

Pierce Aerospace lands Air Force contract — Carmel-based Pierce Aerospace and the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing was awarded an Agility Prime contract from the U.S. Air Force for “Decentralized Remote ID for Air Vehicles: Optimization of Low Latency, Scalable Data Networks Via Emulation, Modeling, and Simulation.” This award comes on the heels of Pierce Aerospace’s recent advances with Flight Portal ID, a Remote ID and Combat ID technology suite. In addition, Pierce Aerospace recently received a matching grant through Indiana’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program.

New hire at MJ — Carmel-based MJ Insurance has added industry veteran Leea Ashfeld-Schwarz to its benefits consulting team, where she will serve as an employee benefits client executive. In her new role, Ashfeld-Schwarz will work to develop and execute the most cost-effective and strategic benefits options for both new and existing clients. She will lead and support the internal team to ensure the timely delivery of each segment of MJ’s value proposition.


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