Carmel In Brief – June 29, 2020 • Latest Release


Military tribute at the parade para – Former and current service members are encouraged to attend the Centier Bank CarmelFest Parade on July 5th as part of the grand finale of military tributes. Family members of military personnel are also welcome to attend, including those who currently have someone on duty or who have lost a loved one on duty. Vehicles are available for those who cannot walk the two-mile route. To participate, contact Bec Hunter at [email protected] or call 317-407-1445.

CFD boss joins board – The head of the Carmel Fire Dept. David Haboush has joined the Indiana Health Fund board of directors. Through contributions from individuals, businesses, corporations and nonprofits, as well as foundation grants, the IHF works to meet the medical debts of families and individuals who qualify at no cost. Haboush worked with IHF Vice President and Board Member Richard M. Markoff to launch the Carmel Firefighters Leadership Program.

Volleyball master Budding Carmel High School freshman Berit Van Beynen was part of the Boiler Juniors 13s volleyball team that won an AAU National Championship in Orlando on June 21. The team won the 13th Open Division. The performance marked the club’s third national championship. The team finished the season with a record of 81-14.

Military Veterans Hall of Fame – The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame is accepting applications for their 2021 class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The closing date for applicants is August 1, 2021. Nominees must have been born in Indiana, entered the military in Indiana, or lived in Indiana for at least five years. You must also have an honorable discharge from U.S. military service and not have been convicted of any crime. To nominate a veteran, visit

Golf fundraiser – AECOM Hunt will hold its annual charity golf excursion on September 9th to support the Assistance League of Indianapolis. The organizers accept sponsorships and donations. Learn more at

Puppies & Pints – Clay Terrace hosts the fifth annual Pups & Pints ​​series from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every third Friday of the month through October at the mall’s dog park, 14395 Clay Terrace Blvd. Participants can chat with other dog owners at the free event and buy beer from the brewery. Water is provided for the puppies.

Bike sharing continues – The Carmel Bike Share program has restarted under a new provider, Movatic. To access the bikes, users need to download an app from Movatic. The bikes are rented for $ 1.50 per half hour with a cap of $ 24 for a period of up to 24 hours. An annual fee of $ 30 includes unlimited rides under an hour, with additional hours billed at $ 1.50 per half hour up to a maximum of $ 24 for a period of up to 24 hours.

Pedal discounts – Hamilton County Tourism’s Pedal Perks promotion returned for the fourth time this month. The aim is to encourage locals and visitors to explore Hamilton County by bike. From May 1 to October 31, more than 30 participating companies in Hamilton County will be offering offers and discounts that can be redeemed on a smartphone. Visit to learn more and to sign up.

Host families needed – ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is looking for local families to accept students aged 15-18 for the next academic year. Students come from all over the world and have received scholarships to study in the United States. To find out more or to complete a host family application, call 1-800-736-1760 or visit

HCSWCD photo competition – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting submissions for the seventh annual photography competition from amateur photographers across Hamilton County in the youth and adult categories. Each participant can submit up to five entries on the competition theme – Nature’s Renewal. Digital files and entry forms must be submitted by June 29th. New this year, the People’s Choice Award winners will receive a prize of $ 50 in each category. A jury will select additional winners to honor a total of four winners. Photo entries will be featured at the Hamilton County 4-H Fair July 15-19. For more information, see

weed killer – The Hamilton County Invasive Species Partnership will host Weed Wranglers events for the first time this year to remove invasive species from various locations. The volunteers learn how to specifically target an invasive species and work to improve a natural area as part of a collaborative effort. Learn more at Registration is required.

Spectrum comes to Clay Terrace – Spectrum, offering devices and accessories compatible with Spectrum Mobile, opens in Clay Terrace this summer. The store will be next to T-Mobile and Bella Pizza. Learn more at

Now open – Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard opened on June 21 at 110 W. Main St. in Carmel. Rita’s Italian Ice is freshly prepared every day and is available in a daily changing selection from more than 90 flavors. The new location has a walk-in window, the first in the area, for guests to enjoy goodies as they stroll through the neighborhood.

Franciscan retirement – Peter Murphy, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Franciscan Health Mooresville and Franciscan Health Carmel, retired June 4th after 26 years of service. He joined Franciscan in 1990 and served as Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer at St. James Health in Chicago Heights and then Divisional President and CEO until 2008. In 2013 he moved to Central Indiana and has been in his current position ever since. In retirement, Murphy plans to keep busy traveling between St. Louis and Mexico and spending more time with family and friends.

State closes COVID test sites –– The Indiana Department of Health will close COVID-19 testing sites operated by OptumServe Health Services effective June 30th after establishing a robust, community-led testing network that includes pharmacies, providers, clinics and local health authorities . As of May 1st, 2020, more than 541,000 free COVID-19 tests were deployed at OptumServe locations. Find COVID-19 test pages at


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