Honored Veterans

The city of Carmel honored veterans on Monday, November 10th at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at The Tarkington Theater.  The winners of the Veterans Day Poster and Essay Contests  from local Carmel schools were announced and included:

  • Darcy Brady
  • Aleksa Aiello
  • Michael Kurniadi
  • Hailey Thomas
  • Pierce Nguyen
  • Audrey Kunce
  • Isabelle Woodward
  • Madison Patel
  • Katie Phan
  • Emily Tatum

A panel from the Carmel Arts Council selected the winner in each grade among the entries.  The winning posters are up for viewing at the Monon Community Center through November 14th.

The judges for the essay was made from Veterans Organizations to chose the winning essays based on best representation of the theme, focus on veterans, strength of message, and proper use of grammar.

Coxhall Mansion Tours

The Hamilton County Parks is offering free tours of the newly renovated Coxhall Mansion and Museum.  The tour covers the history of the mansion, the grounds and the Cox family as well as others that played a role in the Creation of the residence.

Tours are free but registration is required.  Call 317-770-4400 for details.

Tour dates and times:

  • November 5, 10 am
  • November 19, 5 pm
  • December 1, 10 am
  • December 18 5 pm
  • December 29, 10 am
  • January 14, 5 pm
  • January 29, 10 am
  • February 24, 5 pm

Beard Contest in Noblesville

The cool breeze fall brings about the Beards & Brew Championship.

On November 1st from noon to 4p.m. in the 8th Street and Maple Avenue parking lot in downtown Noblesville.

There will be 5 central Indiana brewing companies to host preliminary beard contest to determine the contenders to participate in their qualifying contest, naming a bearded representative in the following categories:  Best of Show, Longest Beard, Thickest Beard and Most Creatively Groomed Beard.

Each brewery will send four contestants to the championship.

Participating breweries include:  Noblesville's Barley Island, Grand Junction Brewing Company from Westfield, Fisher's Triton and Indy - area breweries Fountain Square and Three Wise Men Brewery during October.

During the championship, a panel of judges will name an overall winner for each category for brewery contestants and public applause will determine the "walk up" contest.

The five host breweries and Sun King Brewing will be on site during the championship contest with their craft beers.  DJ Helicon will provide music, Circle City Roller Derby Girls will have hourly demonstrations and there will be boutique shopping from the Retro 101 fashion bus.

Tickets are $5 and provide five beard votings.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Movember Indy for its efforts to bring awareness of cancers affecting men.  There is no fee to enter your beard in the 'walk up' community category.  For event updates visit

Beard preliminary competitions will be held at each brewery:

Three Wise Men, 1021 Broad Ripple Ave - 7 p.m. Oct 22

Grand Junction Brewing Co, 110 S. Union St - 7 p.m. Oct 23

Fountain Square Brewing, 1301 Barth Ave - 7 p.m. Oct 23

Triton Brewing, E 116th St - Online contest results announced Oct 25

Carmel Fire Department Featured

The Carmel Fire Department Mobile Integrated Health Care Program has begun a new follow-up program to check in on recently released hospital patients to check vital signs, make sure they are taking their medication and look for potential hazards like mold in the home or tricky stairs.

The paramedics have administered vaccines, drawn blood for tests, and have driven patients to the pharmacy or lcal clinic rather than the emergency room.

The goal is to cut down on the number of 911 calls that ten to be made withing 30 days of a patient's release, and to subsequently save the expenses incurred by patients, hospitals and insurers when a patient has to be re-admitted.

The article is located at:


Electronic Recycling, Document Shredding & Used Book Drive

On Saturday, October 25th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carmel High School Stadium parking lot (NW Corner of 136th and Keystone Pkwy) there  will be an electronics recycling shredding and used book drive.

Electronics & Appliances Recycling - The following items will be accepted:  all computers, servers, peripherals, wiring, cable, battery backups, monitors, all electronics, phones, stereos, headsets, DVD players, smapll appliances, IT equipment including hubs, switches, servers, routers, racks etc, office equipment and with a $5 charge CRT/tube monitor or TV.

Shredding - Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes today and most identity information is still obtained through hard copy paper sources.  It is recommended that you shred any documents that include a signature, account number, social security number, medical or legal information.

The on-site shredding, sponsored by Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.  A $5 per bankers sized box donation is requested.  Proceeds benefit Crime Stoppers

Book Donations - The Carmel Green Teens will be accepting gently used books for the Indy Reads program.  Accepting: gently used paperbacks, hardcovers, DVD's, audiobooks and children's books.  They can not accept encyclopedia sets, old textbooks, VHS tapes, magazines or badly damaged items.

No Prescription Drop-off - This event will not include drug drop-off, sorry.

Carmel's Pumpkin Festival

Mark your calendar for October 25th for the Pumpkin Festival at the Carmel Civic Square from 4 - 8 p.m..

There will be a pumpkin carving and judging for prizes.  Buy and carve a pumpkin at the festival or bring your pre-carved pumpkin for judging.  Judging will take place at 6:00 p.m. with all pumpkins displayed and lighted until 8:00 p.m.

Fun will include; WHJE radio station, entertainment, food vendors, hayrides, and Carmel High School Clubs.

Featuring "Master Pumpkin Carver", Lee Saberson

Carmel Oktoberfest

Friday night, October 9th will be Carmel's sixth annual Oktoberfest.

The event will take place at the Carmel City Center's brick streets featuring a 14-piece polka-rock band, beer, food and fun.

The City Center's businesses and restaurants will carry out the fun theme.

Join the fun and share some photos with us on facebook.

Carmel Mayor's Annual City Talk

The Carmel Mayor, Jim Brainard shared his State of the City address today sharing his plans and goals for the city.  The top five items include:

  1. Tax dollars will continue to be invested in redevelopment and partnerships with private companies.  The city funds infrastructure by borrowing against anticipated future tax revenue.  It then uses that revenue as it comes in to pay off the debt.
  2. The mayor does agree that debt from developments as in the recently announced Midtown is eventually worth it.  The mayor said that the city's debt picture is healthy in the long term, as far out as 2035.
  3. Most of the development will remain downtown.  The downtown area will remain a priority for the mayor.
  4. Next target is parks and infrastructure.  Carmel will add it's first dog park and focus o building up a city that will be here in 100 years with playgrounds, parks and recreation.
  5. The city boasts some of the lowest property taxes in Indiana.  A chart was shared showing taxes have decreased when adjusted for inflation since Brainard became mayor.

Carmel #3 Best Places to Live in America

Money magazine released its bi-annual Best Places to Live in America in which Carmel came in at #3 on the list behind McKinney, TX and Maple Grove MN.

The Money magazine survey looked at 781 American cities with populations between 50,000 and 300000 focusing on data driven by more than 50 factors, including the local economy, projected job growth, the local housing market, schools and access to healthcare.  That list pared to 35 top scoring cities which were then visited by reporters who looked for a 'sense of community and other intangibles."

The article noted positive attributes such as Carmel's us of roundabouts for traffic flow, its vibrant performing arts, 50 corperate headquarters, new developments in the central core and quality of life aspects such as Carmel's system of multi-use paths.

Our State Representative

Our State Representative, Susan Brooks shared some insights of women in politics in an online article.

We think she spoke very well about women getting involved, see the article here.

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