Carmel in brief — January 18, 2022 • Current editions

CCPL West Branch Closed to In-Person Visits – The Joyce Winner West branch of the Carmel Clay Public Library is closed to in-person visits until further notice due to the COVID-19 alert level in Hamilton County. Curbside hold pickup remains available at the branch from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The branch’s exterior return slots are open to accept returns. The main library in Merchants’ Square remains open during normal hours. Learn more about

Learn more about solar benefits – Indiana residents and business owners can learn how the 26% federal tax credit has been extended through 2022 for installing solar panels on homes, farm structures and places of business. business at the upcoming Zoom meeting of Solarize East Central Indiana, a grassroots community group affiliated with Solarize Indiana. The Zoom meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on January 20 and will include a 30-minute presentation followed by an hour of questions and answers. Register for the free event at

Duke Energy modernizes its electrical grid – Duke Energy is upgrading part of its power grid in East Carmel to improve reliability and reduce power outages. Crews are working to replace aging underground power lines that supply power to homes along N. Deer Ridge Drive and S. Deer Ridge Drive. Work is underway and should be completed in June. Customers can see large electric utility equipment in the area of ​​the underground cable line improvements, including utility trucks and digging and drilling equipment. Crews will dig or drill along the power line easement and, in some cases, may access backyards and other areas of property to work on the line.

training sock – Sun King is partnering with the Indiana Independent Venue Alliance to be a drop-off site for the second Sock On sock drive to benefit the Indiana homeless community and Horizon House. The new socks can be dropped off at Sun King, including Carmel located at 351 Monon Blvd., until February 18. To find out more, visit

Earth Day Art Contest – Carmel Green Initiative invites K-12 students to participate in the 2022 Earth Day Art Contest. Artwork will be featured in multiple community exhibits to give young people a voice, empowering them to inspire the community to live more sustainably. Participants will receive a free postcard with their work. Registrations are due February 18. For more details, visit

Party chairman resigns – Hamilton County Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Campbell announced on Jan. 12 that she is stepping down from her position effective Jan. 19, citing a desire to spend more time with her family. A caucus will be held to choose a new party president.

Christmas lights recycling – Carmel Clay Schools Green Teams, City of Carmel Utilities, Tech Recyclers and White’s Ace Hardware are working together to deliver a holiday lights recycling campaign. Until January 20, residents can recycle used and unwanted Christmas lights at White’s Ace Hardware at 731 S. Range Line Rd. CCS Green Teams will be offering recycling on CCS campuses until January 6. For more information, contact Kelli Prader at the City of Carmel Public Utilities Department at 317-571-2673.

New director of the FFA – The Indiana FFA Association and the Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture announced the hiring of Tamara (Tami) Ketchen as the new director of the Indiana FFA Association. Ketchen is currently the Assistant FFA Director for the association and previously served as Director from 2015-2018. Indiana FFA is a youth organization that provides students with opportunities for leadership development, personal growth, and career success. . Ketchen graduated from Purdue University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education. Prior to her position as Deputy Director of the Indiana FFA Association, Ketchen served as Field Atlas Program Manager at AgriNovus Indiana.

Hasbrook Award nominations are open – Bosma has opened nominations for the 2022 Thomas C. Hasbrook Award, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates exceptional commitment to supporting people with disabilities. Bosma is looking for candidates who exemplify a strong community service orientation through advocacy, leadership, and program development and who help people with disabilities realize their potential. Applications should be sent to [email protected] Along with the nominee’s name, indicate why this person would be a suitable candidate for this award. All nominations are due by February 1.

Governor’s Scholarship – Governor Eric Holcomb is accepting applications through Jan. 28 for the 2022-2023 Governor’s Fellowship, which places fellows in various state agencies on a rotational basis throughout the year. The program is open to university graduates who have completed their bachelor’s degree in the summer or fall of 2021 or who will receive it in the spring of 2022. Fellows are full-time paid employees who participate in the day-to-day operations of state government . . Applicants should find out if they have been selected for an interview by February 14, 2022. The scholarship will start on July 1, 2022. Learn more and apply at

Military Veterans Hall of Fame – The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame is accepting applications for the Class of 2022 through August 1, 2022. To be eligible, the applicant must have been born in Indiana, entered military service in the Indiana, having lived in Indiana for at least five years. years old and have no felony convictions. An application form is available at To find out more about the association or to make a tax-deductible donation, go to

Homes continue to sell rapidly – The December holidays did not slow Carmel’s residential real estate market. Homes continue to sell at a strong pace and prices have risen. According to FC Tucker Company, Carmel homes left the market 10 days, or 45.5%, faster than the same time last year. Average selling prices for Carmel homes rose 12.4% to $490,143, and the average price per square foot also rose to $188.75, a 15.3% increase from December 2020.

The bridal boutique is now open – Sophia’s Bridal & Tux has opened a new location in The Shops at River Crossing. The boutique is open for prom appointments and will begin taking wedding appointments on January 22. A grand opening celebration is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. on January 28 with champagne, local treats, a grand prize and goody bags. The new boutique offers nearly 5,000 square feet of retail and event space.

BMV Virtual Career Fair – The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, in partnership with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, is hosting a virtual job fair from 2-3 p.m. Jan. 19 to promote multiple positions available statewide. Those interested in the job fair but unable to attend are encouraged to register, as a recording will be emailed the following day. To register, visit

Merchant capital to hire – Merchants Capital has hired Lauren Campbell as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Campbell brings expertise in structuring equity investment funds for low-income housing tax credit and multi-family real estate transactions with tax-exempt bonds, monetizable tax credits, grants federal and state and agency funding. Campbell joins Merchants from Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis, where she primarily represented developers in affordable housing real estate transactions. Campbell will be based at the company’s headquarters in Carmel.

The Grand Dinner is back – The Great Dine Out restaurant promotion returns through Jan. 31 in partnership with Hamilton County Tourism and local restaurants. More than 40 participating Hamilton County restaurants are offering deals and discounts for dine-in and take-out. The Great Dine-Out is a mobile-exclusive program. Customers must have a smartphone to take advantage of offers at participating restaurants. Visit and enter a name and email address, and a link to the Mobile Passport will be texted to the entrant. Learn more about

Winter Blast returns – Clay Terrace will host the seventh annual Winter Blast from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 19 at the Village Green near Hoosier Sister. The free event includes horse-drawn carriage and train rides, face painting, a hot chocolate course, ice sculptures, guaranteed snow and more.

30th Honored Scientist – Carmel-based 3Oe Scientific, a science-technology company advancing the science and benefits of ozonated water, has been announced as a winning company at the 2022 Powderkeg Unvalley Awards. This recognizes 3Oe Scientific as one of the best tech companies to work for in emerging tech communities beyond Silicon Valley. The winning companies were selected based on data collected from companies for their company profile on Powderkeg, supplemented by publicly available third-party data. Businesses can add data to their Powderkeg profile, including company size, benefits and benefits, funding, industry, and employee testimonials.

COTA Fundraising – A fundraiser at Papa Murphy’s at 1950 Greyhound Pass in Westfield will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on January 30 for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association in honor of Jax Sutton, a child from the Noblesville area who needs a kidney transplant. The restaurant will donate a portion of sales to COTA. Visit to RSVP.

BenchMark opens Carmel Clinic – BenchMark Physical Therapy recently opened an outpatient clinic at 14580 River Rd., Suite 170, Carmel. BenchMark offers in-clinic and telehealth options for outpatient orthopedic physiotherapy and occupational therapy, including manual therapy, injury prevention, return to performance, total joint replacement, concussion management and programs vestibular rehabilitation. To make an appointment, call 463-223-7770 or visit

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