Carmel in Brief — November 1, 2022 • Current Edition

Early voting sites in Carmel – Early voting is open at several locations in Hamilton County. In Carmel, voters can vote early Nov. 2-3 from 2-7 p.m. and Nov. 4-5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mercy Road Church, 2381 Pointe Pkwy. and Jill Perelman Pavilion, 3000 W. 116th St. Learn more:—In Person.

HCSO is saddened by Snoop’s loss – Snoop, a patrol K-9 with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, died Oct. 25 after months of battling medical issues. The German Shepherd was born in the Czech Republic on March 18, 2020 and has been trained in drug detection, obedience, tracking and criminal apprehension. His deputy was Patrick Traphagan. HCSO is planning a memorial to remember Snoop’s life. The date has not been announced.

Free event for veterans – The second Hamilton County Veterans Stand Down event will be held Nov. 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 1700 Conner St. in Noblesville. The event is free for veterans and their immediate family members and will include food, games and benefits, job placement, financial counseling and other services. RSVP is welcome but not required or 317-503-2524.

The suspect was sought – The Carmel Police Department is investigating an Oct. 9 theft at the Best Buy at 10025 N. Michigan Rd. The person pictured is suspected of stealing three Apple watches from the store before leaving the area in a white SUV around 4:40 p.m. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 317-571-2500. Central Indiana, 317-262-8477. Reference CPD case number 2022-64636.

A Catholic scholar will visit Carmel – Catholic scholar George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow at the Washington Center for Ethics and Public Policy, will speak about the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, also known as Vatican II, on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at Mount Carmel Church, 14598 Oak Hill. Ridge Rd. in Carmel. The event, which is open to the public, will conclude with a book signing. Weigel’s new book, To Sanctify the World, examines modern Catholic history, including Vatican II.

Civil War Round Table – Joe Bellas, the 2005-06 Gilder Lehrman Ohio American History Teacher of the Year and Stillwater Civil War Roundtable participant, will be the speaker for the Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable on Nov. 9 at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square. . He will be presenting at Bloodbath in the Bluegrass. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Fort to benefit RMHCCIN – McDonald’s and Riley Children’s Health, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana, will host their annual Taste, Together gala event on November 4 at 7:00 pm at the East Event Center, 502 E. Carmel Dr. . The event will celebrate RMHCCIN’s 40th anniversary and benefit its mission to keep families together and close to the care they need by providing a supportive home away from home for families of children receiving care at Indianapolis-area hospitals. Purchase tickets by October 28 at

Best and brightest nominations – Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is seeking nominations for the 19th annual Indy’s Best and Brightest, presented by KPMG LLP. The event will honor 100 of central Indiana’s most outstanding young professionals age 40 and younger in 10 industry categories. To nominate, visit by November 4.

Bicentennial ambassadors are needed – High school sophomores and youth interested in history and community can apply to serve as Hamilton County Bicentennial Ambassadors through a program sponsored by the 2023 Hamilton County Bicentennial Committee. Student Ambassadors will act as a bridge from the past to the future through conversation and public engagement between January and December 2023. Apply online by November 30.

Ice skating tickets are available – Tickets are on sale for Ice on Carter Green. The field will be open from November 19 to February 26, 2023. Skate sessions last 90 minutes unless otherwise noted on the skate session calendar. All-day session costs are $10 for adults and youth 11 and older, and $8 for children 10 and younger. Skates can be rented for $4 per person. Buy tickets and learn more at

Princess program programs – 500 Festival is accepting applications for the 2023 500 Festival Princess Program. Programs are available at The application deadline is January 8, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. The program empowers 33 women from Indiana colleges and universities to make an impact as ambassadors for the 500 Festival during their college years, and its mission to enrich lives and positively impact the community. Each of the 500 Festival Princesses will also receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The cutest dogs in the state – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana Destination Development Corp. and Henry, Indiana’s First Dog, scours the state for adorable dogs through the Cutest Dog Visiting Indiana Photo Contest. A different winner will be chosen each week for a year. Each winning dog will receive a mention from Indiana’s first dog, an exclusive “More to Discover in Indiana” dog bandana as one of the Cutest Dogs in Indiana on Visit Indiana’s social channels. To enter, upload a photo or video of your dog to Instagram, tag @VisitIndiana and use the hashtag #DogsINIndiana. Entries must indicate where the photo was taken.

Pavement Repair Grant funds are available – In 2020, the Carmel City Council established a Sidewalk Maintenance Grant program to help keep residential sidewalks within the city in good condition and safe. The program was initially funded by a $50,000 grant, and funds are still available for property owners to apply for sidewalk repair assistance. The fund provides up to 50 percent of the cost of the project, or $3,000, to residents who own and live with sidewalk repair/replacement and the removal of trees on their private property that affect sidewalks. Learn more and apply

Art and Culture digital passport – The recently launched Indiana Arts & Culture digital passport encourages visitors to explore new places and enjoy some of Indiana’s creative spaces. Register for a passport online and get special rewards to visit many destinations in the state. Visitors must register from a smartphone at one of the designated passport locations. Participants earn more by visiting more places. For more information, visit or follow Visit Indiana on social media at @VisitIndiana on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Hamilton County Democratic Women meetings— Democratic Women of Hamilton County meets the third Saturday of each month at the Delaware Township Trustee Building, 9090 E. 131st, Fishers. Talks start at 9:30am, meeting from 10am to 11am. All women of Hamilton County 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. All levels of beekeepers north of Indianapolis are free to attend the meetings. Those who want to be beekeepers are invited. Visit for more information

Community First Bank lease – First Community Bank of Indiana has hired Mark Malin as chief executive and people development officer. Before joining the bank, Malin was the multisite director at Northview Church. He also spent 34 years as the founding lead pastor of Oakbrook Ministries, a multi-church located in Kokomo. Outside of ministry, Malin has spent many years consulting with professionals and private sector organizations to discover their unique gifts and achieve their leadership potential.

Launches Centier HSA – Centier Bank has launched a health savings account in its suite of banking products to help individuals as well as companies maximize savings when it comes to health and medical expenses. Centier Bank HSA, powered by Lively, is an interest-bearing account that helps consumers save for medical expenses. Centier Bank HSA is available to individuals and employers. Learn more at

A pre-holiday shopping event – The Shops at Carmel City Center will host a pre-holiday shopping event on Nov. 5 from 2 to 6 p.m. Visitors can start their holiday shopping with merchants in Carmel Town Center while sipping on a quart of wine and Mint White Russians. participating stores. Shoppers can also enjoy live music by Carmel High School’s Select Sound students, who will be singing from 2 to 5 p.m. Learn more at

SMC is a partner with OneZone – OneZone Chamber announced SMC as its newest Leadership Investor. SMC Corporation manufactures pneumatic equipment and machine elements that play an important role in the automation of various industries, from robots and other devices required to automate factory production line production and assembly processes to automatic inspection equipment used for medical and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Learn more at

The blood donation guide has been updated – The American Red Cross is inviting those who have spent time in the UK, Ireland or France and have never tried to donate blood due to concerns about variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) – related to mad cow disease – to donate blood and save lives. . Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration updated blood donor eligibility guidelines for vCJD, removing the deferral for those who spent time in the UK, Ireland and France between 1980 and 2001. In accordance with the FDA changes, the Red Cross began accepting donations in October 3. From people who have not tried to donate blood before according to the previous donation criteria. Learn more and make an appointment at

Volunteers are needed for the hospice – Brighton Hospice in Carmel is seeking volunteers to assist office staff with a variety of office duties such as organizing intakes, filing, preparing and sending mail, answering phones, collecting supplies, and assisting with special projects and events. Hours and days are flexible for this volunteer opportunity and training will be provided. For more information, contact Katresha Taylor, volunteer coordinator, by calling 317-798-2160 or by email.

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