Carmel in brief — May 30, 2023


Correction – A story on Sim 4 STEM in the May 23 edition of Current in Carmel misstated when Nicci Daly competed in the Olympics. She took part in the 2020 Olympics.

Golf tournament fundraiser – The fifth annual Evan R Hansen Legacy Foundation Golf Tournament is set for July 29 on both 18-hole courses at Pebble Brook Golf Club in Noblesville. The foundation plans to use the proceeds to begin sponsoring nationally known mental health speaker presentations at local high schools as well as other causes related to its mission. Those who purchase a ticket or sponsorship before June 1 will receive a free Gunga Galunga golf pack, a $155 value. For more, visit

Website connects residents to resources – The Hamilton County Community Foundation, Duke Energy, the Hamilton County Trustees Association and Good Samaritan Network have partnered to launch to provide residents with a one-stop resource for support services. The new resource offers connection in the areas of aging and seniors, food assistance, medical and mental health, youth and families, housing and education and employment.

Congressional Art Contest winner – Maya Bhagwat, a junior at Carmel High School, won the 2023 Congressional Art Competition in Indiana’s 5th District. Her work, “Indian-American Oil on Canvas,” will be placed on display in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. for one year, next to winning artwork from other Congressional districts.

New pickleball courts – The Bridgewater Club in Westfield recently held a grand opening event for six pickleball courts recently added to its outdoor recreation space. Members of the community celebrated the early completion of the project, which was originally projected to be done by Memorial Day.

Golden Hoosier nominations – Nominations are being accepted for the 2023 Golden Hoosier Award, which honors senior Hoosiers for their lifetime of service and commitment to their communities. Since the start of the program, more than 200 Hoosiers have been honored. To be eligible, the nominee must currently be an Indiana resident, age 65 or older and have been a volunteer in the community for the past three years. The deadline for submitting applications is July 9. Nomination forms can be accessed at

Perfect ACT score – Bhargava (Johnny) Mortha, son of Prakash and Rukmini Mortha and a junior at Carmel High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. About one-quarter of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36.

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].

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

Eggs & Issues – Mitch Frazier, CEO of AgriNovus Indiana will be the presenter at the OneZone chamber of commerce Eggs & Issues set for 8 to 9:30 a.m. June 16 at Beck’s Hybrids, XXXX in Atlanta. AgriNovus Indiana is a non-profit coalition of leaders across industry, academia and government focused on growing Indiana’s agbioscience economy across food, animal health, plant science and agtech. Registration is required by noon June 2. Members and non-members are invited to attend. Cost is $28. Reserve a spot at or 317-436-4653.

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.

Apollo Award finalist – The International Casual Furnishings Association announced the 2023 Apollo Award finalists, including Carmel retailer O’Malia’s Living. Apollo Awards have been presented for more than 60 years during the ICFA Awards Gala. Members nominate retailers in the single- and multi-store categories based upon innovative merchandising and marketing, sales management, annual growth, sales training program, credit history and achievement of goals. Established in 1966 as O’Malia’s Fireplace Shop, the retailer has grown to include grills, outdoor fire and patio furniture. In 2015, the name was changed to O’Malia’s Living to reflect the variety of products.

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

Surgeon joins practice – Dr. Kirpal Singh has joined Franciscan Physician Network as an advanced gastrointestinal and general surgeon at North Indy Surgical in Carmel. Singh provides a number of procedures, including treatments for oncology, hernia repair, colorectal procedures, liver/pancreas and biliary surgery. He specializes in general surgery with advanced laparoscopy, robotics and endoscopy.  To schedule an appointment, call 317-705-4825.

NWR Breast Center opens – Northwest Radiology Network has opened an outpatient NWR Breast Center at 11450 N. Meridian St., Suite 100, in Carmel. It offers walk-in screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds, stereotactic breast biopsies and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies. The NWR Breast Center is part of Northwest Radiology’s expansion plan to add more outpatient locations throughout central Indiana. The NWR Breast Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 317-972-9669 or visit

My Healthy Baby – The Indiana Dept. of Health and Indiana Family and Social Services Administration have completed the rollout of My Healthy Baby, the state’s obstetrical navigator program that is designed to improve health outcomes for both mother and baby. Launched in January 2020, My Healthy Baby connects pregnant women who are enrolled in Medicaid with free home visiting services and support in their communities during their pregnancy and throughout their baby’s first year of life. Since its inception, the program has referred more than 12,000 women to local support through programs such as Nurse-Family Partnership and Healthy Families. Eligible women can be referred to My Healthy Baby by a provider or can refer themselves by visiting or calling 844-624-6667.

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].