Carmel in brief — September 13, 2022


Correction – In the Sept. 6 edition of Current in Carmel, a story about a new memory care home misstated which hole it will be located near at Crooked Stick Golf Club. It is set to be built near the 15th hole.

Missing mother, daughter – The Carmel Police Dept. is attempting to locate 37-year-old Christina Tinson and her daughter, 13-year-old Kindell Phillips. Christina is described as being 5’5” tall, 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Kindell is described as 4’6” tall, 90 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Christina was last seen driving her red 2011 GMC Terrain with IN license plate number GBJ430, east on Main Street near the Monon Trail at approximately 8:05 p.m. Aug. 26. Neither Christina nor Kindell are believed to be in danger. Anyone with information on their location is asked to contact CPD at 317-571-2580.

Food truck festival – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church will host a food truck festival from  5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 29 on the church campus at 146th Street and Oak Ridge Road in Carmel. There will be 10 food trucks, games and inflatables for children, information about ministries and opportunities for fellowship. There is no cost for admission.

Submit candidate debate questions – The Indiana Debate Commission will host a single debate between U.S. Senate candidates Todd Young (Republican, incumbent), Thomas McDermott (Democrat) and James Sceniak (Libertarian) at 7 p.m. Oct. 16. Anyone can submit questions for consideration in this debate, which will be moderated by Laura Merrifield Wilson, an associate professor of political science at the University of Indianapolis, and also a commission board member. She previously moderated a gubernatorial debate in 2016. Questions can be submitted online through Sept. 30 at

County bond rating affirmed – S&P Global Ratings recently affirmed its AAA long-term rating of Hamilton County, which is the highest rating that can be given. In addition, the agency assigned its AAA rating to the county’s bridge improvement bonds that are scheduled to close this month. The outlook is stable. The bond proceeds will be used to finance a new bridge project over the White River. This will be done in conjunction with the City of Noblesville. This is the second year the county has received a AAA rating. Hamilton County is the only county in Indiana that holds a AAA rating from S&P.

County updates board appointment process – The Hamilton County council has a new online process for nominating appointments to county-run boards. In the past, appointments have been made through word of mouth. The online process will list each of the county-appointed board seats along with their roles and responsibilities. Anyone interested in filling a county-appointed board seat will need to complete an online form with their credentials and experience. When any of the seats on the county-appointed boards need to be filled, the council can easily review the applications in the online portal.  Learn more and apply at

Ghosts and Goblins registration open – The 14th annual Carmel Education Foundation Ghosts and Goblins 5K/2K Race will kick off at 9 a.m., Oct. 22 at Carmel High School. Strollers are welcome and costumes are encouraged. Early bird pricing is available through Sept. 15. Individual registration (age five and older) is $20 and Carmel Clay Schools students are $10. Pre-ordered race shirts are $10 for short sleeves and $15 for long sleeves. Prizes will be awarded to age category winners. Proceeds from the race benefit CCS students and teachers through the award of CEF Great Idea grants. Learn more and register at

Republican Women’s Club – The Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club will meet at Oct. 4 at Hamilton County FOP 103 Lodge, 7201 E. 196th St. in Noblesville, to hear a speaker from Prevail talk about domestic violence. On Oct. 24, the group will host a craft night to make Christmas cards for nursing homes and veterans. The craft night will be at Hamilton County FOP 103 Lodge.

‘I Voted’ sticker competition – Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan is encouraging K-12 Hoosier students to use their creativity to help design ‘I Voted’ stickers for Indiana’s upcoming general election. The competition is open to all Indiana students and is divided into three groups based on age level: Kindergarten – third grade, fourth grade – eighth grade, and ninth grade through 12th grade. An overall winner will be selected for each group in addition to recognition for second and third place entries. The winning designs will be printed and used for official “I Voted” stickers, distributed to Indiana county clerks for use on Election Day. Students can download a submission form and email their completed design to [email protected]. Entries must be received by Sept. 18. Learn more at

Voting info for college students – The League of Women Voters of Hamilton County is reminding college students to plan ahead to be able to participate in voting on Election Day on Nov. 8. College students living away from home may use absentee ballots to cast their votes, but they should allow time for applying for the ballot and receiving it by mail at their campus location. The deadline to request absentee ballots is Oct. 27, but students are advised to request a ballot as soon as they have their campus mailing address. Students who opt to vote in local races in college towns must change their permanent address on their registration to that of their campus residence. Learn more and request an absentee ballot at and

State’s cutest dogs – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, the Indiana Destination Development Corp. and Indiana’s First Dog, Henry, are searching for adorable dogs in great locations across the state through the Visit Indiana Cutest Dog Photo Contest. A different winner will be selected every week for one year. Each winning dog will get a note from Indiana’s first dog, an exclusive ‘More To Discover IN Indiana’ dog bandana, a feature as one of the Cutest Dogs IN Indiana on the Visit Indiana social channels. To enter, upload a photo or video of your dog to Instagram, tag @VisitIndiana and use the hashtag #DogsINIndiana. Entries must include the location where the photo was taken.

Golf outing to benefit Indiana Donor Network – ALO Property Group will host the inaugural Brian Bondus Memorial Golf Outing at 11 a.m. Aug. 29 at Prairie View Golf Club, 7000 Longest Dr. in Carmel. A light breakfast, box lunch and beverages will be provided. The event will conclude with a cocktail hour and awards reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for the golf outing and reception or the reception alone are available. Proceeds will benefit the Indiana Donor Network in memory of Bondus, an ALO Property Group employee who died in 2021 after a severe reaction to a peanut allergy. Learn more at

Care-oke to benefit United Way program – United Way of Central Indiana is hosting a karaoke competition this fall to benefit its ReadUP childhood literacy program. Registration is open for soloists and musical groups interested in competing for a spot to perform live at Care-oke on Nov. 9 at Old National Centre in Indianapolis.  The top 12 fundraisers will automatically qualify for the finale, and the remaining performers will be selected at random. Individual performers commit to raising at least $250, and groups commit to raising $500.  The competition is open to singers across the state of all ages. The deadline to register is Oct. 10. Learn more at

Trade invasive species for trees – Via a trade-in program, Hamilton County property owners can show proof of removal of an invasive species on their Hamilton County property and receive up to three, three-gallon native trees or shrubs for free. Landscape plantings of callery pear species, burning bush, Japanese barberry and Norway maple are the preferred species for removal, but any from the Official Indiana Invasive Species Council Invasive Plant List is acceptable. Trades are limited to one per address. Learn more and apply at

Same as U Golf Tournament – The second Same as U Golf Tournament is set for 11 a.m. Sept. 23 at Pebble Brook Golf Club, 3110 Westfield Rd. in Noblesville. Check in begins at 10 a.m. A box lunch will be provided by Divvy’s, and dinner will be from Big DOg’s SMokehouse BBQ. Learn more and register at

Sidewalk Repair Grant funds available – In 2020, the Carmel City Council established a Sidewalk Repair Grant program to help keep residential sidewalks across the city in good shape and safe. This program was initially funded by a $50,000, non-reverting fund and there are still funds available for property owners to apply for assistance with sidewalk repairs. The fund assists residents who own and occupy their homes with the expense of repair/replacement of sidewalks and for removal of trees located on their private property that are affecting sidewalks by reimbursing up to 50 percent of the project cost, up to $3,000. Learn more and apply at

Squirrel stampede fun run – In 1822, a great squirrel emigration swept across Central Indiana. Carmel Clay Historical Society has partnered with Hamilton County Tourism to commemorate that event with a fun run called the Great Squirrel Stampede. The event, which features a 1K and 3K race, is on Sept. 17 at Coxhall Gardens. Proceeds will help fund construction of the new Carmel Clay History Museum, scheduled to break ground near Midtown this year. Tickets are $30 per individual or $50 per family. Visit for more information.

Arts & Culture digital passport – The recently launched Indiana Arts & Culture digital passport encourages visitors to discover new places and enjoy some of Indiana’s creative spaces. Sign up online for the passport and receive custom prizes for visiting multiple destinations across the state. Visitors need to check-in from a smartphone at one of the designated passport locations. Participants earn more by visiting more locations. For more information, visit or follow Visit Indiana on social media at @VisitIndiana on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Hamilton County Democratic Women meetings— The Hamilton County Democratic Women meet every third Saturday of the month at the Delaware Township Trustee Building 9090 E. 131st, Fishers. Conversations begin at 9:30 a.m., the meeting is from 10 a.m. to 11. All Hamilton County women are welcome.

Weed Wrangles clear invasive species – The organizations of the Hamilton County Invasives Partnership are inviting volunteers to help clear local parks of invasive species by participating in Weed Wrangles. During the Weed Wrangle, teams of volunteers, supervised by guides, will locate and uproot unwelcome plants such as bush honeysuckle, garlic mustard, autumn olive, English ivy and winter creeper. Learn more and sign up to volunteer at

Monthly beekeepers meeting – The North Central Beekeepers Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000 E. 151st St. in Westfield. Meetings are free to attend by all levels of beekeepers located centrally north of Indianapolis. Those interested in becoming beekeepers are welcome. For more information, visit

Merchants Bank launches new program – Carmel-based Merchants Bank of Indiana has created Bank Credit Union Mortgage Services, a third-party mortgage origination program that equips qualified financial institutions to originate secondary market eligible home loans. Powered by Merchants Bank, BCU Mortgage Services empowers smaller banks and credit unions, who may not have the capacity or desire to maintain a full-service mortgage department, to offer, originate and support mortgage lending services that retain and deepen customer and member relationships. Qualified financial institutions will have access to a variety of products, including conventional, Federal Housing Authority and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture home loans. Learn more at

Intern earns scholarship – Julia Patras, learning and development summer intern at MJ Insurance, a Carmel-based risk management and employee benefits agency, was recently awarded a $5,000 scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year by the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers. The scholarship, funded by Assurex Global Ashlock Game Changer Scholarship and paid through the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers’ foundation, will go toward Patras’ senior year at Depauw University, where she will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Patras is one of 75 college students across the country who received a Council Foundation scholarship this year.

500 Festival appointments – The 500 Festival recently announced elected officers for the 2022-2023 500 Festival Board of Directors, in addition to six new civic and business leaders who are appointed. Elected officers are Sarah Fisher O’Gara (chairman), Mike Boatright (vice chairman), Dr. Jim Callaghan (secretary) and Jeff Holley (treasurer). New board members are Troy Gilstorf, Sara Tait, Nicole Paulk, Scott Bove, Bali Heir and Ellen Saul.

Forté partners with IU Kokomo – Carmel-based Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics has been named the official orthopedic and sports medicine provider of Indiana University Kokomo athletics. As part of the new agreement with IU Kokomo, Forté’s Dr. Kevin Condict will serve as head team physician and oversee the care of all student-athletes. Forté will also provide athletic trainers for the school’s 14 men’s and women’s sports. Learn more about Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics at

500 Mile Challenge – Registration is open for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Challenge, an online fitness program that encourages participants to complete 500 miles of physical activity, the same mileage drivers complete during the Indianapolis 500. Participants also have the option to complete 250 miles of physical activity in the Gasoline Alley 250 Mile Challenge. The challenges, which benefit the 500 Festival, kicked off June 13 and runs through Oct. 31. Registration is $65 and includes a shirt, finisher medal, hat and more. Register for either challenge at

Hospice volunteers needed – Anew Hospice is seeking volunteers to spend time with hospice patients throughout the Indianapolis area. Volunteers visit hospice patients to provide companionship through music, reading, doing puzzles, life review or just being a hand to hold. To learn more, call 317-300-2292 or email [email protected].