Carmel in brief — December 21, 2021


Lifeguard honored for lifesaving efforts – The American Red Cross honored Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation lifeguard Matthew Selear with the organization’s Dec. 8 Lifesaving Award at the Cardiac Arrest Survival summit held Dec. 8 for using his Red Cross training to save a man’s life. In September, Selear was on lifeguard duty at the Monon Community Center when he was alerted to a man who fell unconscious on the basketball courts. He was relieved from his post and rushed to assess the gentleman’s condition. The patron was not breathing and lacking a pulse. Selear immediately began chest compressions, provided automated external defibrillator support and continued rounds of CPR until the man regained consciousness.

Find the elf at Needler’s – Now through Dec. 24, children who spot Mistletoe the Elf hiding inside Needler’s Fresh Market at 4755 E. 126th St. will earn a treat. Look for clues on Needler’s Facebook page at

Region granted $20M through READI – The White River Regional Opportunity Initiative has been awarded $20 million through the Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative. Hamilton, Marion and Madison counties partnered with the City of Zionsville and City of McCordsville to submit a plan that enhances opportunities along the White River. Learn more at

Recycle live holiday trees – Recycle your live, decoration-free holiday tree from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 2, 2022, in the Westermeier Commons parking lot at Central Park. Those who bring a tree will receive a free warm beverage. Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation will recycle the tree into mulch to be used in the community.

Mission Possible scholarship winner – Carmel resident Renuka Bajpai, a freshman at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, received a $1,000 scholarship for finishing in third place in the school’s Mission Possible competition, which recognizes students whose presentations demonstrate passion for a cause and a commitment to pursuing a future in philanthropy. Bajpai aims to help veterans with PTSD by connecting them with resources and reduce suicide rates.

Holiday trash, recycling schedule — Trash and recycling residential services in Carmel will not be delayed by Christmas and New Year’s Day. Both holidays fall on a Saturday, which is not a normal service day. Residents should place their trash and recycling out on their normal day of the week.

Scholarship awarded – Alivia Gaskins of Carmel has received the Carmel Family Conservatory Scholarship at Baldwin Wallace University. Gaskins is a Carmel High School graduate majoring in music education.

Commissioner named vice president — Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt was elected 2022 vice president of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners during the organization’s annual conference. Heirbrandt will be vice president of the IACC’s board of directors, which determines policies and legislative goals for the association.

Holiday lights recycling — Carmel Clay Schools Green Teams, City of Carmel Utilities, Tech Recyclers and White’s Ace Hardware are working together to offer a Holiday Light Recycling Drive. Through Jan. 20, residents can recycle used and unwanted holiday lights at White’s Ace Hardware at 731 S. Range Line Road. The CCS Green Teams will offer recycling at CCS campuses through Jan. 6. For more, contact Kelli Prader at the City of Carmel Utilities department at 317-571-2673.

Videos explore TIF – The City of Carmel has created a four-part video series explaining how tax increment financing works and how the Carmel Redevelopment Commission uses it to spur large development projects. Watch the videos at

Governor’s Fellowship — Gov. Eric Holcomb is accepting applications through Jan. 28, 2022, for the 2022–2023 Governor’s Fellowship, which places fellows in various state agencies on a rotating basis throughout the year. The program is open to college graduates who received their bachelor’s degree beginning in summer or fall of 2021 or will receive it in the spring of 2022. Fellows are paid, full-time employees who participate in the day-to-day activities of state government. Applicants should know if they have been selected for an interview no later than Feb. 14, 2022. The fellowship will begin July 1, 2022. Learn more and apply at

Military Veterans Hall of Fame — The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the Class of 2022 through Aug. 1, 2022. To be eligible, the nominee must have been born in Indiana, entered military service from Indiana, lived in Indiana for a minimum of five years and have no felony convictions. A nomination form can be found at To learn more about the organization or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit

November home sales – November saw a fast-moving Carmel residential real estate market, with homes leaving the market quickly fueled by a slight decrease in sale prices. According to F.C. Tucker Co., Carmel homes sold five days, or 29.4 percent, faster than November 2020. The average sale price for a home in Carmel decreased slightly compared to this time last year, down 3.3 percent to $511,253. The average price per square foot for a Carmel home was $187.95, an 8.6 percent decrease.

Everything Home to open showroom – Everything Home will open a 2,600 square foot retail showroom and studio space in early 2022 on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center. The Everything Home showroom and studio will be a destination for purchasing curated home furnishings and décor. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet Everything Home’s design team to learn more about their signature process and services for hire.

MY SALON suites now open – MY SALON Suite at Carmel City Center is now open on the plaza of the  United Fidelity Bank Building at 800 S. Range Line Rd., Hanover Place, Suite 290. The Carmel City Center location is the first Indianapolis area location and 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. The 28 private suites come fully equipped with furniture, including a full-length mirror with surround lighting and storage, a styling chair, a separate shampoo bowl, a color bar with separate sink and options for business owners to customize the space with their own flair and choice of paint colors.

MJ Insurance VP — MJ Insurance, a Carmel-based risk management and employee benefits agency, has hired Braden Pitts as vice president of technology. Pitts comes to MJ Insurance with more than a decade of technical leadership experience and expertise in IT infrastructure management. Pitts holds an associate of science from Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and recently earned his bachelor’s in Information Technology from Colorado State University.

Blood drive – The City of Carmel, the Indianapolis Colts Bleed Blue program and Versiti are partnering to hold a blood drive from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 28 at Carmel’s Water Treatment Plant, 4915 E. 106th St. The Carmel police and fire departments are holding a contest to see who can generate the most donations. When donating, ask the technician for a ballot to vote. Sign up to donate at


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