Carmel in brief — May 9, 2023


Youth Service Awards – Carmel High School student Liam Courtney of Carmel High School will be honored at the 30th Annual Hamilton County Youth Service Awards ceremony, set for 4:15 p.m. May 8 at the Government & Judicial Center in Noblesville. The ceremony is sponsored by the Hamilton County commissioners and the Hamilton County Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs as part of its ongoing effort to recognize outstanding service by youth in our community. Each school winner was selected by their school’s counseling department. A selection committee made up of employees of the probation department screened the applications using a set criterion to select an overall winner of the $1,000 scholarship. Each finalist not selected as the overall winner will receive a $300 scholarship.

CPD hires crisis intervention specialist – The Carmel Police Department has hired a second full-time crisis intervention specialist. Jody Kennedy was previously a social worker at Damar Services where she worked the last six years. Crisis intervention specialists are responsible for coordinating and managing a variety of community mental health services for the public on police-related matters. CPD previously hired Hannah Cowles as its first specialist in March 2021. Kennedy received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University and received a master’s degree in social work from IUPUI.

Street department group recognized – A group of women who work at the City of Carmel Street Dept. was honored by representing the city on a special panel at the national Snow Conference put on by the American Public Works Association in Omaha, Neb. Staff members Paighton Armes, a skilled laborer; Terese Ariens, also a skilled laborer; and Crystal Edmondson, operations manager; were invited to sit on the panel and share their experiences of working in a male-dominated industry. According to the Federal Highway Administration, only about 13 percent of the jobs filled at street departments and other transportation-related industries are held by women. The Carmel Street Dept. employs 20 female employees in full-time, part-time and seasonal roles.

Jury duty scam calls – The Hamilton County Courts are warning residents about a jury duty scam that has bilked dozens of people out of thousands of dollars. Scammers are calling residents and telling them they missed jury duty and have to pay a fine. Victims have reportedly lost upwards of $2,000 to $3,000 through gift cards and mobile payments like Zelle and Venmo. When in doubt, Court Administrator Jill Acklin recommends residents hang up and call 317-776-8589.

Residential burglary – The Carmel Police Dept. is seeking the public’s help identifying a person they believe is tied to a March 7 residential burglary in the 14100 block of Helen Drive in Carmel. Anyone with information regarding the identity of this person or incident is asked to contact CPD at 317-571-2530, or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477. Reference CPD case number 23-16876.

St. Luke’s recognized – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is one of the six national Interfaith Power & Light 2023 Cool Congregations Challenge winners who each have been awarded a $1,000 prize. The annual contest accepts applications from religious congregations around the U.S. who are working to address climate change by reducing their carbon footprint as they create models of sustainability within their communities. St. Luke’s won the Electric Vehicle Leader award for the work of their Creation Care Ministry in encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles as an important way to reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change. Learn more at

500 Festival volunteers needed – The 500 Festival is seeking thousands of volunteers to fill positions as part of the 2023 500 Festival Volunteer Program. The nonprofit invites individuals and groups to be part of the behind-the-scenes action of the Month of May by lending their time and talent to support a variety of 500 Festival community events and programs. With more than 100 areas of volunteer opportunity, there are over 7,000 positions available, providing a role to fit every interest and ability. Learn more at

Parade tickets on sale – Tickets are on sale to the public for the 2023 AES 500 Festival Parade. Parade tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at Proceeds from all 500 Festival ticketed events help support the organization’s free programming and events for Indiana youth and college students. The parade will take place at 11:45 a.m. May 27 in downtown Indianapolis. The grand marshal is Frank Shorter, Olympic gold medalist and the winner of the first OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon.

Kindergarten registration – Registration is open for the Carmel Clay Schools kindergarten class for the 2023-24 school year. Early registration helps CCS prepare for anticipated staffing needs and allows families to begin the kindergarten assessment process and receive communication from the district. Register for the Class of 2036 at

Apply for CMYC – Applications are being accepted for the 2023-24 term of the Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council, a youth-led organization with a goal to serve the community. Learn more about the group and how to apply by emailing CMYC Advisor Candy Martin at [email protected].

Breakfast at the Brickyard – Tickets are on sale to the general public for the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, set for 9 a.m. May 20, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Gallagher Pavilion. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will host and honor more than 70 mayors from across Indiana for their work in advancing Hoosier communities. Guests will enjoy a traditional breakfast and hear from Indianapolis Motor Speedway executives and 500 Festival leaders. Purchase tickets at

Hamilton County Democratic Women meetings— The Hamilton County Democratic Women will not meet in April but will resume meeting on the third Saturday of the month May 20. The meeting will be from 9:10 to 11 a.m. at the Delaware Township Trustee Building, 9090 E. 131st, Fishers. All Hamilton County women are welcome.

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

Insurance Group relocates – Super-regional commercial insurance carrier FCCI Insurance Group moved its Midwest Regional Office from Indianapolis to Carmel on May 1. FCCI occupies 16,000 square feet of space at the Hamilton Crossing Office Park, 13000 N. Meridian St., Suite 200. The Midwest Regional office opened in 2001, serving Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.

O’Malia’s Living earns Retail Genius award – The International Casual Furnishings Association presented this year’s Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award to Carmel-based O’Malia’s Living. The single-unit retailer was lauded for its unique hand-crafted decorative accents placed throughout the store’s outdoor furnishings displays created by a longtime employee. The award was established by the ICFA Retail Council in 2017 in memory of Mary Fruehauf, whose Colorado outdoor furnishings store was known for its imaginative visual merchandising and entertaining promotional events.

Tuesday Morning to close – Tuesday Morning, a national retailer that operates a store in Carmel at 2188 E. 116th St., is closing all of its stores. A going-out-of-business sale is under way, with up to 30 percent discounts offered on lowest ticketed prices. Tuesday Morning also has a store in Indianapolis at 6935 Lake Plaza Dr. Learn more at

D1 Training to open May 15 – D1 Training, a fitness concept utilizing the five core tenets of athletic-based training, will open a location May 15 in Carmel at 650 W. Carmel Dr. The group fitness facility employs a sports-science backed training regimen led by certified trainers to help people of all ages achieve their sport and fitness goals. A grand opening event will be held May 20, with those stopping by eligible for discounted membership rates for a limited time. Learn more at

KAR hires CFO – Carmel-based KAR Auction Services has named Brad Lakhia as chief financial officer. Lakhia will be responsible for leading all financial and reporting functions across KAR as well as investor relations and the company’s capital investment strategy. Lakhia also joins KAR’s executive committee and will report to KAR Global CEO Peter Kelly. Lakhia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from The Ohio State University, a master of business administration in finance from Case Western Reserve University and is a non-practicing CPA.

Merchants Bank hire – Carmel-based Merchants Bank has hired John Douglas as assistant vice president in the bank’s Correspondent and Warehouse Lending divisions. Douglas will join this growing segment of Merchants’ lending platform remotely in New Jersey. Prior to joining Merchants Bank, Douglas served as president and CEO of eWise Home Lending, a company he founded. Douglas is an active member of the New Jersey Mortgage Broker/Banker Association and has participated in several MBA committees. He is a graduate of Catholic University.

Free home repair services – The Patch Boys of Northeast Indianapolis, a locally-owned and operated home repair services provider, is offering free home repair services to an immediate family member of a fallen soldier in the area. The family will be selected based on the scope of repairs needed and the impact it would have on the family. Submissions will be accepted until May 26, and the winning family will be selected on or before Memorial Day. Learn more at

Hospice volunteers needed – Brighton Hospice in Carmel is looking for volunteers to help office staff perform a variety of office duties such as organizing admission paperwork, filing, preparing and sending mail, answering phones, stocking supplies and helping with special projects and events. Hours and days for this volunteer opportunity are flexible and training will be provided. To learn more, contact Katresha Taylor, volunteer coordinator, by calling 317-798-2160 or by email at [email protected].