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Audrey Beaugh works with Shiloh Spring of Carmel during a Silly Hearts Yoga class. (Photo by Lisa Price) Founded October 24, 2006, at Carmel, IN Vol. XI, No. 18 Copyright 2018. Current Publishing, LLC All Rights Reserved. 30 South Range Line Road Carmel, IN 46032 317.489.4444 The views of the columnists in Current in Carmel are their own and do not necessarily reflect the positions of this newspaper.

Carmel Muslims: ‘We have a real desire to be here’ By Adam Aasen • Waled Hassan and his wife, Wafa Safi, moved to northwest Carmel in 2008. They love the area but drive 30 to 45 UPDATE minutes to Fishers almost daily. Safi teaches biology and environmental science at Hamilton Southeastern High School, and the mosque they regularly attend is in Fishers, the Al-Huda Foundation at 12201 Lantern Rd. “Practically, our whole daily routine is in Fishers, and we finally said, ‘Let’s move to Fishers,’ but we couldn’t bring ourselves to do that because we truly want to stay in Carmel,” Safi said. “We love it here. We have a real desire to be here.” That’s why it’s so important to Hassan and Safi to see a mosque built in Carmel. Safi said it’s “discouraging” to see dozens of churches and other religious facilities nearby but none for the Islamic community to meet except for the small offices of the Al Salam Foundation on the north side of Indianapolis at 9517 Valparaiso Ct. They love going there, but it’s not a true center for worship. “Even when they first opened about five years ago, they always said, ‘This is temporary. We’re hoping to find a place within a year,’” Safi said. Now, members of the Al Salam Foundation believe they’ve found a permanent home, but they’re receiving pushback from some in the community. They want to build an Islamic Life

Al Salam’s Islamic Life Center has been proposed near 141st St. and Shelborne Road. (Submitted photo)

Center at 141st Street and Shelborne Road — less than a block from where Hassan and Safi live — but some neighboring residents oppose construction because they say the building is too big and would have a negative effect on traffic and noise, among other issues. About 300 people attended a Board of Zoning Appeals meeting Jan. 22 to discuss the matter, but not everyone was given a chance to speak, so a second meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at The Palladium. The BZA will decide whether to grant a special use for the property, which would allow Al Salam to build on the land. The site is zoned S-1, a residential designation. Neighbors and some members of the Carmel City Council have spoken against the proposed mosque, saying it’s too big for the space, but Hassan said that about two thirds of the 15 acres would remain green space

because of a gas line easement on the property. He also said that Al Salam is committed to working with neighbors to make everyone happy and that nothing is set in stone. Safi said the 15-acre parcel isn’t big enough to build a neighborhood of homes similar to the $700,000 houses nearby. She said her father was a builder, so she expects that if a mosque or a church isn’t allowed then a likely option could be condominiums or smaller houses with higher density. She said that could generate a lot more traffic and noise than what Al Salam is proposing. Some opponents of the Islamic Life Center said they would love to see a mosque in Carmel but not on the proposed site. Hassan and Safi said it’s been a long struggle to find a suitable site for the Islamic Life Center in Carmel. Sometimes neighbors will suggest a piece of land that’s for sale, but often it’s a property Al Salam officials already considered but didn’t work out. Some landowners have been unwilling to sell when they find out it’s for a mosque, and in some cases the prices have gone up. Safi and Hassan said they’re not accusing anyone of racism or Islamophobia for opposing the project, but they hope to have a discussion to alleviate concerns. Hassan said some neighbors haven’t being willing to meet with Al Salam to work through the details. “It’s bigger than just us,” he said. “There’s a whole community that has this need, and it’s really not going to bother anybody else.”

CHS student charged for wielding knife By Ann Marie Shambaugh A Carmel High School student is facing several charges after approaching another student with a paring PUBLIC SAFETY knife on Feb. 8. According to Carmel police, the male student entered a women’s restroom at approximately 2:30 p.m. and threatened a female student with the knife. Carmel Clay Schools spokeswoman Courtney Taylor said the girl had training in defense

tactics she used to disarm the male student. The victim escaped unharmed and alerted school staff members. Administrators and police quickly identified and detained the male student, who has been charged with intimidation (level 6 felony), confinement (level 3 felony), battery (level 5 felony), criminal recklessness (level 6 felony) and possessing a knife on school propery (class B misdemeanor). Police transported the student to the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center. Investigators said the students did not

have a prior connection and that they believe it was an isolated incident. Students were asked to remain in their classrooms until police determined it was safe to leave. They were dismissed at the end of the school day. “We want to commend the bravery of our female student that was involved,” CHS Principal Thomas Harmas stated in an alert sent to CHS parents. “Her response and immediate reporting allowed for this event to come to a quick conclusion.” The investigation is ongoing.


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DISPATCHES College news – Carmel resident and swimmer Katie Blystone of Manchester University was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Athlete of the Week for Jan. 22-28. Carmel resident Bennett Dierckman has been named to the dean’s list at the IU School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering for the fall 2017 semester. Grassroots Conservatives – The Hamilton County Grassroots Conservatives will hold its monthly meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Delaware Township Government Center, 9094 E. 131st St., Fishers. Discussion will include state bills proceeding through the legislature. All are welcome to attend. 

With the bitter cold weather, ice skating may not be on your radar, but the new Carmel outdoor ice skating rink, Ice at Center Green, still is open. The Christkindlmarkt closed before Christmas, but ice Phone scam – A phone scam going skating will continue Wednesdays through Sundays until March 11. Toto had an opportunity to try around involves a caller who has a parit out — with special permission for a photo shoot tial social security number but needs (sorry, no pets allowed). Admission is $6 for all ages to verify the entire number along with on Wednesday and Thursday and $9 for adults Friother personal information. Pressure is day through Sunday. Skate rental is $3 per person put on the victim to make a hasty decifor all ages. For more, visit theiceatcentergreen. sion under the threat of arrest or being com. “There’s no place like home,” and for Toto, that sued. To report such a tactic, call Hamplace is Carmel. To learn more about Toto’s advenilton County Public Safety Communicatures around town and beyond check out OzandToto. h_hamilton_current_1_FINAL.qxp_Layout 1 2/6/18 5:43 PM Page 1 tions at 317-773-1282 so the appropriate com or @OzandToto on Facebook and Instagram.


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Civil War Roundtable – The Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable invites members and guests to bring their spouses to its February meeting to hear Michael B. Murphy talk about a Scott County Indiana family and their war efforts by sending 33 of its family members to war. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Because the meeting is on Valentine’s Day, a special surprise will be presented. 100+ Women Who Care meeting – 100+ Women Who Care will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Hamilton East Public Library. The group financially supports local charities. Each woman at the meeting nominates a local nonprofit and the group votes. The organization with the most votes wins all the money donated during the meeting. The goal is to reach 100 or more women who each donate $100, raising $10,000 for the local charity. For more information, visit

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Historic home for sale By Adam Aasen • A historic home built in the 1860s that once belonged to famed artist Franklin Booth is for sale along REAL ESTATE Range Line Road in Carmel. Booth was renowned for detailed pen-and-ink illustrations. He grew up in Carmel and died in 1948. He created book illustrations for famous authors such as James Whitcomb Riley. He Booth also designed posters during World War I that were used for recruitment, fundraising and other efforts. He also co-founded the Phoenix Art Institute.

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DISPATCHES Sertoma award winners — The Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple recently honored Fred Winters and Jay Abbott, both of Carmel. Winters was named the Sertoman of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the Club during this past year. Abbott was presented with the Service to Mankind Award.

Authors award nominations — The public is invited to nominate a writer with Indiana ties for the 2018 Indiana Authors Award. Winning authors receive cash prizes, and they each select an Indiana library to receive a grant as well. Nominations may be submitted online at and will be accepted through March 16.

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Climate change effects addressed By Renee Larr •

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“Our seats were in the lower level by the end zone,” she said. “They were amazing.” The couple took some time for sightseeing. “We visited the Winter Carnival in St. Paul, toured the James J. Hill mansion in St. Paul. We love historic homes,” Borlik said. “We visited the Super Bowl Live area along with eating at some fabulous restaurants.” Borlik made her donation through Carmel Clay Schools as she typically does and increased her donation this time to have Eli Lilly Co. match her donation. Borlik, who has lived in Carmel for 17 years, has taught in Carmel for 24 years, including 10 at Carmel Elementary.

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Mitchell to join Hall of Fame By Mark Ambrogi • It’s only fitting that Mike Aulby will help induct the late Don Mitchell into the Professional Bowlers Association BOWLING Hall of Fame. After all, it was Mitchell who helped launch Aulby’s Hall of Fame career, sponsoring Aulby for his five years on the PBA Tour after Aulby graduated from Franklin Central High School. “It was a deal I couldn’t lose,” said Aulby, a Carmel resident who won his first PBA title at age 19. “If I had a bad year, they would have taken the loss. If I had good year, they took their expense money back. It was a no-risk deal for me and one that made it much easier to compete.” Royal Pin Leisure Centers founder Mitchell will be the first bowling proprietor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame exclusively for his role as an owner. The Hall of Fame dinner will be held in Indianapolis Feb. 17 while the PBA Tour is holding its Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic tournament at Woodland Bowl, 3421 E. 96th St., Indianapolis. The tournament starts with a practice session Feb. 13 and ends with the ESPN live stepladder finals at 1 p.m. Feb. 18.

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Audrey Beaugh works with Josslyn Bates of Noblesville at a Silly Hearts Yoga class. (Photo by Lisa Price)

Silly Hearts Yoga Carmel-based mobile studio aims to instill calmness, confidence in young children By Heather Collins • Audrey Beaugh has turned her passion for childhood education and yoga into a Carmel-based studio for kids from 18 months to 18 years old. COVER STORY Beaugh has practiced yoga for more than 15 years and incorporated some of the breathing techniques and simple stretches of yoga in the classroom while teaching kindergarten in 2006. The practice helped the students focus, calm their bodies and incorporate movement into their daily routine. “I think yoga is a natural fit for children because there is predictability and rhythm to yoga that children enjoy and that allows them to really explore the movements and have fun with it,” Beaugh said. Beaugh started her business, Silly Hearts Yoga, in 2015 while living in Denver, but she said it really took off after she moved to Carmel in June 2016. Beaugh describes Silly Hearts Yoga as a mobile yoga center for kids. She doesn’t have a dedicated space, but she brings the classes to schools, day cares, community park

events, birthday parties and more. “Each day is different. The children share their energy and enthusiasm with me, and I carry that with me,” Beaugh said. “Seeing children connect with yoga and blossom into little yogis is really the best part.” Carmel mother Sandra Richardson said Silly Hearts Yoga has helped her 3-year-old daughter, Helena, learn how to move her body and quiet her mind. Helena participates in Silly Hearts Yoga classes once a month at Carmel Cooperative Preschool. “We use the phrase ‘take a yogi breath’ a lot when she is upset and can’t quite stop crying,” Richardson said. Richardson said the classes have helped Helena believe in herself. Richardson said Beaugh is in tune with the children’s feelings and needs. “I am in absolute awe of how she is in control of a yoga session with 12-plus toddlers,” Richardson said. In 2007, Beaugh became a certified children’s yoga teacher after training at Mini Yogas in Santa Monica, Calif. Beaugh earned her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education in 2001 and began teaching kindergarten, early

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O B S E R V AT I O N Emulate the good

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Commentary by Terry Anker None of us is indispensable. Sure, we may contribute. We might even add value in a way that is uniquely our own. But, is it fair to imagine that we fill a role so incontrovertibly without compare that no other human (or machine) might be able to take our place? They would never be us – we are all precious individuals, no doubt; yet, could they fill our shoes differently? Still, once in a while, there is a singular person who challenges this certainty. Hamilton County Superior Court Judge Steve Nation may be such a human. Even though he has served with distinction for 24 years, acting as a leader to his peers throughout our state, this does not comment on his professional accomplishment and distinction. Instead, it notes that Judge Nation takes a far broader view of community. From the bench of authority, he dispensed justice under the law. Still, as he shed the black robes of the jurist, he picked up the work of preventing the conditions that kept him fully employed in his day job. He lent his considerable experience to the intractable problems of domestic violence, senior abuse, veterans’ reintegration, traffic safety, homelessness, education and juvenile justice. As much as he educates those at his side on these scads of nonprofit boards and commissions about the rules and peccadillos of law, he learns from those on the frontline about the root of criminal activity and the impact on its victims. Although none of us is truly without replacement, some of us are worthy of emulation. Others are likely to step up, each in their own way, and we are lucky to have them. If we don’t see them, then be them. Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may email him at

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Goodbye to a 4-pound friend Commentary by Jon Quick

Luca truly thought he was human. He had all the traits of a good person, including a loving heart. He just spoke a Recently, I attended a memorial serdifferent language. vice for a boy who was loved by so many. If you’ve ever seen the Disney His name was Luca. movie “Homeward Bound,” you He was everything that a good just might understand better. person is. Loving. Funny. Smiling. It’s a beloved story of two dogs Unselfish. Always loyal. Constant and a cat who were boarded at a and trusting. Always there during ranch while their human family good times and bad. was on vacation. They ‘talked’ For 15 years, Luca was the conamongst themselves and decided stant companion to a friend of Luca to escape. Shadow, Chance and mine, a very gifted WTHR reporter Sassy weren’t concerned about themby the name of Emily Longnecker. selves. They worried about the fate of Emily loved Luca as much as anyone could love a living being. When he passed their human family and begin an amazing journey to find their way back home. As in her arms, the grieving began. She good tales (or is it tails?) go, there is a gathered together Luca’s many friends. happy ending. The memorial was lovely. There were One day Luca will be back together with flowers, samples of Luca’s wardrobe, Emily again, and the love between them heart-felt eulogies, tears and laughs. So will start all over. Dogs do go to heaven. many friends were there to remember You just have to believe. what Emily called, “The best and kindest Luca was just good people. boy in America.” Oh, and there also were dog treats. Jon Quick is President of You see, Luca was a Yorkie. Four full the Carmel-based marketing pounds of love. and public relations firm, Q I know what some of you might be Public Relations & Marketing. You can reach him at Jon@ thinking. “A funeral? For a dog? Come on QPRmarketing. com. He is a now!” Well, if that’s what you’re thinking, former 25+ year manager at you’re not a dog lover. both CBS and Emmis Communications.

I was stalking Facebook the other day and came across a friend’s photograph showing her newborn twins HUMOR and two older children sprawled on the carpet. Her post read, “I just went to the grocery with all four by myself!” And I thought, “You go, girl!” It took me back to my own early days of parenting when successful momming meant I got everyone out of the house at least once and returned home with the same number of children with which I left. Inevitably, though, and usually when I was in Meijer, some old, stranger lady would approach and say, “These are the best days of your life, honey. Enjoy them!” My internal response? “Are you kidding me, lady? Please, God, tell me you are kidding!” Those days were long, hard and often horribly lonely. The burden of keeping little ones alive and occupied for 12 to 15 hours was enormous, and when blessed naptime was disrupted, I would nearly lose my mind, or what was left of it after playing Thomas Train for the entire morning. I longed for adult interaction, workplace stimulation, and by five p.m., a goblet of Pinot. I literally could not wait for the moment when I could ship my angels off to school and return to normal, sane adulthood. The moral of my stumble down Memory Lane is twofold. For new parents struggling with infants/toddlers/preschoolers, hang tough. The silver lining is around the corner (or wherever your elementary school is!). Second, if you see a mom in dairy with a rug-rat-laden cart and simply must speak, offer words of condolences or assistance. Or a bottle of scotch. Peace out. Danielle Wilson is a contributing columnist. You may email her at danielle@

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Editor, As a statewide, grassroots Jewish advocacy group, we are committed to promoting the well-being and security of the Jewish people and society at-large. To that effect, last month we sent a letter to the Carmel Zoning Board recommending that it address whether the proposed Al Salam mosque is affiliated with or receiving funding from sources that advocate support for anti-Semitism or terrorism. We did this in light of evidence that a large proportion of U.S. mosques advocate supremacist religious views. Since Jews are frequently the first target of sharia supremacists, we feel a special responsibility to raise these sensitive questions. Our questions seem all the more pertinent in light of a local newspaper article noting that Rafiq Mahdi, an official of the Islamic Circle of North America, gave an invited sermon to Al Salam on Jan. 5. Mahdi, a former member of the racist Nation of Islam, has a problematic history. In the 2000s, he led a mosque that included two members convicted on terror-related charges. His friend (and the mosque’s previous leader) was fingered by the FBI as a major fundraiser for Hamas. Though Al Salam’s invitation to Mahdi is clearly troubling, it is difficult to know if the Al Salam Foundation shares Mahdi’s worldview. While we have and continue to robustly support freedom of religion, we also understand that proper vetting of the Al Salam mosque is appropriate for the well-being of the entire Carmel community. Elliot Bartky, president, Allon Friedman, vice president Jewish American Affairs Committee of Indiana Read the full letter at

Editor, The volcanic opposition that erupted following the Al Salam’s initiative to buy a piece of land for a mosque was an utter surprise. Such protests are seen opposing nuclear dump sites but not against places of worship. After five years of struggle, many failures and intense effort, the Muslim community of Carmel finally found a home that is just right. Muslims have been praying in an approximately 400-square-foot room for five years. Many of them own houses 10 times bigger than their mosque. Al Salam has bent backward to accommodate the concerns of the neighbors, and many have already been addressed. In comparison to other nearby churches, temples and nonprofits, the mosque is neither out of place nor a huge project. A place of worship is a part of our civic fabric and should have a natural place in close proximity to residents. Developments such as the mosque enrich the lives of residents and increase property value. The mosque will add value, charm and diversity to the community. It will foster tolerance, peaceful coexistence and civic participation. Carmel is not a cactus which thrives in a desert and pricks those who get close to it. Turning us down will eclipse the positive image of Carmel and engulf it in a national controversy while the region is trying to attract major businesses like Amazon. The Islamic Life Center is a matter of our identity, it’s our life-long dream, future of our children and our gift to Carmel. Please support our dreams and right to worship. Ali Akhtar Khan, Carmel Read the full letter at

Patricia J. Miehls Duncan, 86 of Carmel, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 2, 2018. She is survived by her 3 children, Deb Williams, Joseph Duncan, Mary Jo Zimmer; and their extended families, including 6 grandchildren and 2 greatgrandchildren. Pat is also survived by her sisters, Elizabeth Gray of Raleigh, NC and Joanna German of Cleveland, OH; in addition to many nieces, nephews and extended cousins from Fort Jennings, OH. Services will be held at a later date in Ohio. To view updated service information, and leave online condolences for the family, please visit: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to the Holy Angels Nursery, 6600 Wilkinson Boulevard P.O. Box 710, Belmont, NC 28012 or visit www.

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An appraisal of house cleaning Commentary by Dick Wolfsie Mary Ellen was frantic. We were expecting a special guest, and I had never seen her so meticulous about tidyHUMOR ing the house — not counting, of course, the days before Nettie, our housekeeper, comes. Nettie had been here to clean two days earlier, and when she heard that our important visitor wasn’t due for almost 72 hours, she asked Mary Ellen: “Is Dick going to a hotel for three days?” The two of them had a good time trading stories about my messiness. “How does he get so much toothpaste on his bathroom mirror?” Nettie asked. “Or potato chips under his pillow?” asked Mary Ellen, doubled over in pain, laughing. For three days, I was not allowed to cook anything or walk in the house with my shoes on. And I still had no idea who was coming. “I need to decide what kind of songs to play while Brad is here,” Mary Ellen commented. Then she commanded our Amazon Echo: “Alexa, play music to make the house look expensive.” Aha! So it was Brad, our real estate agent. He was coming to assess the value

of our home. “Now, when Brad arrives, do not refer to downstairs as the basement or cellar. Please call it our lower level,” Mary Ellen instructed. “And we need an electrician. We have to push the switch down to turn the hall lights on. Who would want to live in a house like that?” Mary Ellen asked me to remove some of the awards from my office walls. “But I’m pretty proud of those honors.” “OK, you can keep a few up, but the one that says, ‘Class Clown, Class of ’65,’ needs to go.” As Brad finished viewing our rooms, he peered out the bay window into our backyard, where an entire family of deer appeared. He snapped a picture, knowing this would be a great selling point for wildlife lovers. Could my wife possibly have arranged such an idyllic scene? I knew she was good, but who knew she was that good?

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Kelly Anderson launched her company, 185 Promotions and Apparel, in 2015. She’s already expanding. GROWTH On Feb. 1, the promotional items company held a grandopening ceremony at its new location, 501 Industrial Dr., in Carmel. A company that began with only two women now employs six. Anderson said she wants to hire more. “We are looking to grow staff and looking to grow clientele. This allows more meeting space for clientele to come in and talk to us, because we spent a lot of time going to them,� she said. The rooms aren’t furnished with traditional office space but rather bean bag chairs and sectional sofas. Anderson said although she considered adding more tables with a corporate feel, she decided to go with a more more laid-back approach. At approximately 2,000 square feet, the new location is nearly double the size of the previous one. Anderson and her team didn’t have to move far. The old site is across the street. The company moved at the end of the


From left, Wendi Hopewell, Shannon Rankin, Kelly Anderson, Jourdan Romine and Carmen Parker celebrate the grand opening of 185 Promotions and Apparel. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

year but took a month to get settled in. According to a press release from Anderson, her revenue has already grown by 40 percent since the company’s founding. During the grand opening, attendees toured the new space with its dÊcor colors of black, white and Pantone #185 Red, the company’s signature color and namesake. For more, visit 185 Promotions and Apparel on Facebook.

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Artful Living to open March 1 By Heather Collins Carmel residents and Artful Living owners Ryan and Jeannie Warzynski describe their shop as the perCLAY TERRACE fect gift store. The Warzynskis are keeping Artful Living in the family. The shop was started by Ryan Warzynski’s aunt and uncle 17 years ago in Atlanta. When his aunt and uncle retired, the Warzynskis thought it would be the perfect opportunity to transition from the corporate world to owning their own company in Carmel. “We watched them be successful and have fun with it,” Ryan Warzynski said. The Warzynskis each had a 13-year career with KAR Auction Services and relocated from Wisconsin to Texas to Indiana for work. They said they’ve settled in Carmel and are excited to raise their family and launch their business. The boutique-style gift shop features a wide variety of items, including personalized signs, coffee mugs, jewelry, collectibles, figurines and home decor. A majority of the items, ranging in price from $3 to

Quirky Feather, Erbert & Gerbert’s now closed By Ann Marie Shambaugh

Artful Living owners Ryan and Jeannie Warzynski pause with their children, Morgan, 15, and Mason, 11. (Submitted photo)

$300, are locally or American-made. “There’s just so many unique things. Your eyes are always active. It’s just fun to look at all the inventory,” Jeannie Warzynski said. “There truly is something for everyone.” Artful Living will open March 1 on the south end of Clay Terrace between Old Navy and Orvis. The couple also owns Tucker Automotive Group in Westfield. For information, visit

Two Carmel eateries announced Feb. 6 that they have closed. The Quirky Feather Confectionary, 890 E. 116th St., announced the RESTAURANTS news on its Facebook page. “We want to thank you for your patience while we worked to get everything sorted out with our electrical and water problems. We have had to make the heartbreaking decision to not re-open,” the post stated. “We want to thank everyone who supported us over the last two years, The Quirky Feather would not have become the place it was without you and we hope that our paths will cross again.” The Quirky Feather Confectionary catered to the late-night crowd with coffee and bakery items. It was among the local restaurants offering fare at Carmel’s inaugural Christkindlmarkt late last year. Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop also announced on Facebook Feb. 6 that it has closed. It opened in August 2017 as the restaurant’s third location in Indiana.


DISPATCHES New loan officer – Michael E. Schrage, president and CEO of Centier Bank, announced the appointment of Lynne A. Coverdale as mortgage loan officer, serving the Greater Indianapolis Community through the bank’s Carmel Mortgage Production Office. Housing market update – The housing market in Carmel remains steady. According to F.C. Tucker, the average sale price for homes sold in Carmel in December 2017 was $389,510, a modest 0.2 percent increase from December 2016, at an average of $143.01 per square foot, the highest in the area. Homes in the city sold 10 days faster than this time last year at 73 days. Job growth – Carmel-based GadellNet, a managed services provider, will add to its team in the areas of security and business intelligence. This expansion will bring nine additional jobs to the Indianapolis area team, which moved to Carmel in the fall of 2017.


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By Mark Ambrogi • Dr. Louis Abukhalaf had just turned 17 when he traveled from his home in Jerusalem to attend Loyola University in Chicago. DENTISTRY While at Loyola, Abukhalaf met his future wife, Dr. Brittany Lane. They both went on to get doctorate degrees in dentistry from Marquette University. Abukhalaf, who lives in Fishers, opened his own practice, SmileCentric, 14560 River Rd., Suite 105, in Carmel, five months ago. It had its official ribbon cutting Jan. 25. “The office is 10 minutes away from my home,” Abukhalaf said. “So, if someone has an emergency I can come in after hours, which I’ve done before.” Abukhalaf, 31, who has been practicing for 6 1/2 years, continues to work at Gentle Dentist at the Edgewood location on the south side of Indianapolis. “I’m still working there part-time until I build this office,” Abukhalaf said. Patients call him Dr. Louis, and he tries to put them at ease. “I’m very personable,” he said. “I try to be joking all the time, (provide) a stress-free environment and as much painlessness as I can. If you get an injection, you are going to feel it, but I try to make it as comfortable as possible.” The office is open three days a week and has weekend hours per request. “It was kind of a hiccup starting (up),” Abukhalaf said.

Free meditation class – Sahaja Meditation Indiana presents a free mediation class at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Learn to reduce stress and experience inner peace through meditation. The class will be held at Old National Bank, 1430 S. Range Line Rd. For more, visit Addiction support group – Parents of Addicted Loved Ones is a free support group for parents who have children dealing with drug addiction. Meetings are on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Carmel Christian Church, 463 E. Main St. The meetings are for those older than 18.

From left, Dr. Ahmed Abusamra, Dr. Louis Abukhalaf, SmileCentric business administrator Jessica Williams and Carmel City Council member Laura Campbell cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of SmileCentric. (Photo by Mark Ambrogi)

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“Construction took way longer than I thought it would with permits and all that stuff.” He said it was the right time to start his own practice. “I feel like I’m comfortable with dentistry, and I want to attack the business part,” Abukhalaf said. “You don’t learn this in dental school.” Lane is a periodontist at her practice, Indy East Periodontics in Indianapolis. Lane, originally from Muncie, had her residency in Indianapolis, and the couple decided to make central Indiana their home. Abukhalaf and Lane have a 9-month-old son, Nabeel. “I try to get back to Jerusalem every year, but it’s hard when you have two businesses and a baby,” Abukhalaf said.

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From left, The Midtown Men, from left, Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer, set to perform at The Palladium. (Submitted photo)

‘Jersey Boys’ cast members form dream roles

By Mark Ambrogi • When Christian Hoff took the role in “Jersey Boys” he had no idea where it would lead. THEATER Hoff won a 2006 Tony Award as best featured actor in a musical for his portrayal of Tommy DeVito, and three other original Broadway cast members, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer and Michael Longoria, formed a musical group, The Midtown Men, who travel worldwide to perform. “Jersey Boys” is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. “This is a dream realized that we didn’t know we had,” Hoff said. “This is a result of four unique, individual talents focused on the old-school, traditional format. We didn’t go to a label first. We didn’t start recording. We said let’s go out and be on the road and let’s develop our material and our rapport with the audience as individuals and as a group off the stage.” The Midtown Men will make their first appearance at The Palladium in Carmel at 8 p.m. Feb. 23. “Our claim to fame is the Four Seasons music, and that’s really what got us in the mood, if you will, for making a four-part

sound be the centerpiece to our music,” Hoff said. “We took that approach, starting backstage, off the stage and behind the scenes, doing what we did with the Four Seasons music when we found that sound to other artists.” Hoff, 49, said the group plays songs by the Beatles, Beach Boys and Motown groups. “We’re having a blast exploring the decade of the ‘60s in a very unique way and a very present, relevant way,” Hoff said. “People really love this music. It’s part nostalgia and part redefining, reimagining, rediscovering. We pay homage to the roots of this music as fans. We’re trained to bring to life someone’s music. That’s what we did with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway with tremendous success.” Now, instead of recreating a sound, they can put their own touches on the music. “Part of our success and our longevity is this music is relatable for all ages,” Hoff said. “It’s still cool.” The Midtown Men started in 2010. “We didn’t know if it was going to be a year, a decade or a lifetime,” Hoff said. The group has done nearly 800 shows

across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. “We’ve kind of rolled with the punches, and it’s continued to grow,” Hoff said. “Our goal is to carve out a new medium, where is that four actors from Broadway can put together a band and self-produce a show and learn how the business actually works. We went from portraying this on Broadway to being it, producers, guys that have to go on the road and to think about ticket sales, getting butts in seats, promotions, lawyers and contracts.” Hoff said the four performers are trying to find time to still express themselves as individual artists. “But it has taken our full attention. Building it was a big undertaking,” Hoff said. “Now that we’ve been rolling strong for eight years, there is a lot that takes care of itself with the oiled machine that we have. We’re remembering now that we are artists that need to create and excite our audience. If we are not excited and engaged, it’s not quite as full a circle.” Hoff has acted in many Broadway and TV shows and was the voice of Richie Rich on the cartoon show in the early ‘80s. For more, visit the

The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra will present the film “Shout! A Beatles Celebration with Glenn Gass” at 8 p.m. March 2 at Flix Brewhouse in Carmel. The event is a benefit for Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, a youth and family development program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Gass, Indiana University provost professor of music, developed a series of courses on the history of rock and popular music, including historical survey courses and courses devoted to the music of the Beatles and Bob Dylan. The $75 ticket includes a pre-show meal from Flix Brewhouse, two drink tickets and a question and answer session with Gass following the show. For more, visit carmel/shout-a-beatles-celebration-withglenn-gass.

Carmel — Singer-actress-writer Storm Large will perform both Great American Songbook and rock favorites at The Palladium at 8 p.m. Feb. 16. Zionsville — Comedian Dave Dugan will appear at a Comedy Night at 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Bub’s, 620 S. Main St. Fishers — Four Day Ray Brewing, 11671 Lantern Rd., will host a Barley and Hops for Beer Lovers dinner at 7 p.m. Feb. 14. Registration required by Feb. 13. For tickets, visit Geist — Comedian Dave Dugan will appear at Valentine’s Day Corks & Comedy at 7:30 p.m. Feb 14 at Daniel’s Vineyard, N. 700 West, McCordsville. For more, visit Westfield — Urban Vines, 303 E. 161st St., will host a trivia night at 7 p.m. Feb. 15. Teams of two to six are accepted. The event has a $5 entry fee, and prizes are available.


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Commentary by Mark Johnson Where to go: McAlister’s Deli Where it is: 2355 E. 116th St., Carmel (also, 2550 E. 146th St., Carmel; 8355 E. 116th St., Suite 101, Fishers; 14191 Town Center Blvd., Suite 150, Noblesville). When it’s open: Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mark’s take: What comes to mind when you hear the word deli? Subs? Soups? Salads? McAlister’s? That’s right. You’ll find all of those choices and more at McAlister’s Deli. Whether you’re having dinner with the family or meeting friends for lunch, this is the place for a great dining experience. What to get: There are a lot of options here, and your preference will, of course, depend on your appetite. Soup and half a sandwich usually does it for me. So, I’ll recommend the newest additions to the menu,

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more than usual. Like, it’s really good. Ridge California Geyserville Zinfandel, 2015. This is a big-bodied glass. It has balance, it has oak, blackberry, cherry, black pepper and tobacco. It is a peppery bramble-bomb. It’ll warm you up for sure. $39. So, that special bottle for your Valentine? Or yourself? I don’t judge. It needs to be memorable and very delicious. You’re willing to spend a good amount. Go big or go home with Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013. An Australian treasure. Dark fruit with loads of berries, pretty ripe tannins and spice. Big and bold but still manages to be lively. A dichotomy. Hints of mint and eucalyptus and wisps of sandalwood will make you think you’re back at a Grateful Dead Show. Wait, what’s happening? Worth. Every. Penny. $67ish. Elizabeth Morse, an owner of Corner Wine Bar in Broad Ripple. Morse has been a resident of Hamilton County for more than a decade. Have a wine or entertaining question? Shoot an email to

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Where’s Amy attended GHDT’s opening night of “SIMCHA” Feb. 3. Simcha is a Yiddish word meaning joy and celebration. Guests were seated at two long tables along with fruit, crackers and cookies while the dance company introduced beautiful Jewish music and culture. The dancing was incredible and full of emotion. It was directed by Artistic Director Gregory Glade Hancock. It runs until Feb. 18, and you’ll leave feeling the message of kindness, love and joy. For more, visit gregoryhancockdancetheatre. org.

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formed in November. Then, IWS featured its bassoon section in Stephenson’s “Bassoon It Will Be Christmas” during its December James Stephenson’s work will make 2017 concert. its third appearance in the 2017-18 IndiSymphony No. 2 “Voices” won ana Wind Symphony the William D. Revelli Prize from the MUSIC concert. National Band Association as the But this will be speoutstanding composition for band cial because the Chicago-based for 2017. composer will guest conduct the “It was a huge surprise,” SteIWS in “Masterworks Old and New” phenson said. “I rarely enter comat 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at The Palladium in petitions and did so just kind of Carmel. Stephenson on a whim. And I was proud of the Stephenson will conduct his piece, so I figured, why not? Both the NaSymphony No. 2 “Voices.” tional Band Association and William Revelli “My music has been played by the IWS at are widely known and respected instituThe Palladium before, but I have not been tions and names, so to be associated with there to witness it, nor perform there,” them is a true honor. Also, to look at the Stephenson said. “So, this will be my first time. I guest conduct anywhere between 10 list of names that have been awarded in previous years, and to now join them, I am to 15 times per year. As my main gig is comcompletely thrilled.” posing, I only really fully got into conductStephenson describes it as an extremely ing recently, but that number seems to be virtuosic piece and an intensely personal growing, which I am happy about, because piece all at once.  I love it.” Conrad, a Carmel resident, described SteIWS Director Charlie Conrad said his phenson as one of the busiest composers symphony was part of a commissioning in the nation. consortium for Stephenson’s piece written For more, visit to honor the 500th anniversary of the RefFor the full story visit ormation: “Luther: In Canon.” That was perCD:


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Play to target young viewers By Mark Ambrogi • For Rebecca DeVries McConnell, children’s theater is a blast. “The kids don’t hesitate THEATER to react vocally when they are excited, and it’s thrilling to get that instant feedback from them,” DeVries McConnell said. “One of my favorite parts about doing the Pyramid Players productions at Beef & Boards is doing the meet-and-greet and autographs that follow the show. The children are delighted to meet us, and it’s such a treat to converse with them in character about the story.” DeVries McConnell will perform as the Fairy Godmother in “Cinderella” Feb. 17 to March 17 at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. She played the same role in a 2012 production at Beef & Boards. “She’s a really feisty and fun character,” DeVries McConnell said. “This is a very funny interpretation of the classic fairy tale. Children will recognize their favorite characters but will enjoy getting to know some new ones that were adapted into this version.” The Pyramid Players is the Beef & Boards’ Live Theatre for Kids team, actors and

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producers. DeVries played the Sea Witch in the Pyramid Players’ production of “The Little Mermaid” in 2016. She also performed in “The Music Man” and “Godspell” at Beef & Boards. DeVries McConnell, who has lived in Carmel for 10 years, graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School. She studied musical theater at Hope College in Holland, Mich., and theater education at the University of Indianapolis.  For more, visit

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By Mark Ambrogi • Cupids will take flight as part of “Beer & Ballet IV” on a Valentine’s Day weekend. Aerial artist Kristen Noonan BALLET worked with Carmel-based Ballet Theatre of Indiana choreographer Cole Companion with dancers as flying cupids, which is set to the music of Queen. “The idea is everyone is assigned a cupid to help them find true love,” BTI Artistic Director Stirling Matheson said. “But the idea is our main character is such a loser, he’s been assigned four. They’re still all very frustrated. It’s kind of like a romantic comedy. It’s funny, and there are ballerinas flying around.” BTI and Sun King Brewery will team up for the fourth time for “Beer & Ballet IV” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 at the Basile Theatre at the Athenaeum, 407 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis. Kristen Noonan, a Carmel High graduate whose sister Megan is BTI dancer, also will perform her singing lyra act, which blends musical theater and aerial work. Other pieces by dancers include Emma Beigel, El-

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“A Big Band Valentine’s Concert,” The Theater at the Fort, Lawrence

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7:30 p.m. Feb. “The 25th Annual Putnam County 14-17 and 2 Spelling Bee,” The Studio Theater, the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel. p.m. Feb.18. An eclectic group of mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime, and then, one by one, candidly disclose hilarious and touching stories about their home lives. Cost: $20-$45.


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The Indiana Wind Symphony plays masterworks, from Mozart to modern day, written specifically for wind ensembles. The concert will include James Stephenson’s new Symphony No. 2 “Voices” in one of its first-ever performances. Cost: $10-$35.

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“Sense and Sensibility,” The Tarkington, the Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel.

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Civic Theatre presents a playful, new adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel that follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Cost: $24.50-$40.50.


“SIMCHA,” Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Academy, Carmel

7 p.m. Feb. 17 and 3 p.m. Feb.18.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre’s annual fundraiser offers a variety of Yiddish and Klezmer music with vignettes showcasing dance and costume from Jewish culture and heritage. Cost: $35 (includes refreshments).


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NOTICE TO BIDDERS City of Carmel, Indiana Department Board of Public Works and Safety One Civic Square City of Carmel, Indiana 46032 Project: 16-ENG-108 – Roundabout Improvements City Center Drive and 3rd Avenue SW Notice is hereby given that the Board of Public Works and Safety for the City of Carmel, Hamilton County, Indiana will receive sealed bids for the above described “Project” at the office of the Clerk Treasurer, One Civic Square, Carmel, Indiana (City Hall) until 9:45 EST and in the Council Chambers at the same address between the hours of 9:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. EST on or before February 21st, 2018, and commencing as soon as practicable thereafter on the same date such bids will be publicly opened and read aloud in the Council Chambers of City Hall. No late bids will be accepted. All bids and proposals shall be properly and completely executed on the proposal forms provided with the plans and specifications, which will include the non-collusion affidavit as required by the State of Indiana. The bid envelope must be sealed and have the words “BID – 16-ENG-108 – Roundabout Improvements City Center Drive and 3rd Avenue SW” A bid bond or certified check in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the amount bid must be submitted with each bid. A one hundred percent (100%) performance and payment bond will also be required of the successful bidder. It is intended that actual construction of all work divisions shall be started as soon as practicable, and each bidder shall be prepared to enter promptly into a construction contract, furnish a performance bond, and begin work without delay in the event the award is made to him. The Project consists of, but is not necessarily limited to, the following: The existing signalized intersection will be reconstructed to a multilane roundabout. The project construction will include reconstructing the median and outside curb lines for a multi-lane roundabout. The asphalt pavement will be milled and reconstructed as needed for the roundabout intersection. Additionally the pedestrian facilities adjacent to the vehicular travel lanes will be altered to improve pedestrian safety and mobility. The existing storm water system will be reconstructed as needed for the intersection improvements. Additional lighting will be installed for the roundabout intersection. The private drives located within the limits of the intersection reconstruction will be replaced. Streetscape improvements along 3rd Ave. SW and around the roundabout will be constructed. Access to properties within the project limits will be maintained during construction. Contract Documents for the Project have been assembled into one bound project manual, which together with drawings, may be examined at the following locations: City of Carmel Department of Engineering - 1st Floor One Civic Square Carmel, IN 46032 (317) 571-2441 Copies of such drawings and project manuals must be obtained from Reprographix ( Payments and costs of Contract Documents are non-refundable. Bidders shall assure that they have obtained complete sets of drawings and Contract Documents and shall assume the risk of any errors or omissions in bids prepared in reliance on incomplete sets of drawings and Contract Documents. This Project will be funded by the City of Carmel. A pre-bid conference for discussions of the Project, the bidding requirements and other important matters will be held on February 14th, 2018 & 10:00 AM EST in the Caucus Room on the 2nd Floor of City Hall (One Civic Square). All prospective bidders are invited to attend the pre-bid conference. The pre-bid conference is not mandatory. For special accommodations needed by handicapped individuals planning to attend the pre-bid conference or public bid opening meeting, please call or notify the city of Carmel, Engineer’s Office, at (317) 571-2441 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior thereto. No bidder may withdraw any bid or proposal within a period of thirty (30) days following the date set for receiving bids or proposals. The Carmel Board of Public Works and Safety reserves the right to hold any or all bids or proposals for a period of not more than thirty (30) days and said bids or proposal shall remain in full force and effect during said period. The City of Carmel reserves the right to reject and/ or cancel any and all bids, solicitations and/or offers in whole or in part as specified in the solicitations when it is not in the best interests of the governmental body as determined by the purchasing agency in accordance with IC 5-22-18-2 Christine S. Pauley Clerk-Treasurer

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Havana’s symbolic capitol Commentary by Don Knebel Visitors to Havana are often surprised to find a massive and familiar looking building in the heart of the city. Conflicting claims that the building is a replica of the United States Capitol and that it has no connection TRAVEL with the Capitol are both false. In 1925, after a period of political instability and financial distress, during which the U.S. repeatedly intervened to protect its interests, General Gerardo Machado became president. Machado immediately set out to make Cuba the Switzerland of the Americas, attractive to visitors from around the world. As one of many public works projects he initiated, largely financed by American banks, Machado engaged Cuban architect Eugenio Rayneri Piedra, the first graduate of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, to design a home for the legislature to communicate a new image for Cuba. To connote democracy and stability, Rayneri based the essential look and scale of the building on the U.S. Capitol. To connote European sophistication, he copied the dome of the Paris Pantheon. Other design elements were adopted from Cuban colonial buildings. An estimated 5,000 laborers completed the 681-by-300-foot building, named El Capitolio, in just more than three years. The elegant interior included the third-largest indoor statue in the world and a 25-carat diamond marking the center of the Cuban coordinate system. The Cuban legislature began meeting in its

El Capitolio in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Don Knebel)

new home Feb. 24, 1931. When the revolutionary government of Fidel Castro gained control of Cuba in 1959, it abolished the legislature. El Capitolio became the home of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment. In 2013, Raúl Castro authorized an extensive renovation of a badly deteriorating El Capitolio to become home in 2018 to the Cuban National Assembly, established in 1976. Don Knebel is a local resident who works for Barnes & Thornburg LLP. For the full column visit You may contact him at news@

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Owner/Master Electrician Locally owned and operated in Hamilton County Licensed-Bonded-Insured/Residential-Commercial Carmel, Fishers, Geist, Noblesville, Westfield, Zionsville

WHEN YOUR LIFE CHANGES, YOUR INSURANCE SHOULD DO THE SAME. Michael Pettygrove, Agent 240 East Carmel Drive | Carmel Office: (317) 846-5861 Cell: (317) 506-9239


• Tree Removal • Trimming • Stump Grinding • Finish Grading • Bucket Truck Work • Climbing • Lot clearing




CALL TODAY! (317) 524-9100

NOW HIRING MOBILE SHARPENING & MAINTENANCE Specializing in lawn care, residential and commercial. Sharpening mower blades, hedge trimmer blades, chain saws, garden tools. Maintenance, oil changes, filters, grease or lube. 317-937-2803

ACCENT BICYCLES The Home of Plug and Play RETAIL • REHEARSE • REPAIR Now offering guitar, drum and voice lessons. Ask about our HD video services. Fully equipped studios, In-ear (“silent”) studio. Book Studio A for private parties, CD release events, showcases, recitals, meetings and more! Come see for yourself why hundreds of bands and performers refine their shows in our studios! Call Rick Kingston at 317.979.0137 340 Ridgepoint Drive, Carmel 46032 •



317-802-6565 317-432-1627


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Nick’s Tree Service

Pet & House Sitting Service With Baker Scott



VISA, MasterCard acceptedReach 126,976 homes weekly

Wth recording artist Duke Tumatoe Learn from professional and have fun All levels - in Carmel or 317-201-5856



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The Electric Bike Center

622 Rangeline Rd, Suite S, Carmel • 317-506-6902

Maintenance Supervisor Thornbury Pointe


Floating Maintenance Supervisor Avon, Beech Grove, Lebanon & Noblesville


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NOW HIRING MSD WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP TEACHER RECRUITMENT FAIR Elementary: March 5, 2018 Secondary: March 6, 2018 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Interviews on the spot! Bring your resume & dress for success!

8550 Woodfield Crossing Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46240


International Baccalaureate o Teaching at all grade levels! Competitive Salary o $41,000 beginning teacher salary & full benefit package! To RSVP and for questions:

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Become a Senior1Care Caregiver Today! If you are compassionate, reliable and love the elderly, join our family business! Free CNA Training is offered to FT (32 hrs) employees! Top pay, including OT and Bonus Flexible Schedules


Immediate opening for full time, entry level, dental laboratory technician. Experience beneficial, but not required. Please forward inquiries to: Resumes may be faxed to 317-564-4930

No experience required! Must have a desire to make a difference in someone’s life – including yours!!! Visit us at NOW HIRING!!! FT & PT EMPLOYEES WITH FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES TO FIT YOUR NEEDS! Call 317-652-6175 to set up an interview or stop by our office at 598 W Carmel Drive, Suite F, Carmel, IN 46032 EOE

With over 30 years of experience in the special event industry, Ritz Charles specializes in innovative, upscale and superior event services. Ritz Charles has a strong presence in the event market. Our multiple culinary teams, service staff and event planners host a variety of on and off premise events year- round. Our company has the resources to manage large events yet the personal touch of a small caterer. With our fast paced energetic work environment, we have a need for motivated individuals who can give excellent customer service. If you are looking to join a company with a dedication to excellent customer service and a friendly atmosphere, Ritz Charles has bartending, banquet server, doorman and set-up positions available. If you are interested in learning more about our company, please contact Kate McGowan at

with the purchase of a Carrier A/C See * & **

✓ up to 15-year CAIRfree parts & labor warranty ✓ up to 12 months 0% financing available

locally owned, operated and trusted for 52 years


Call for your Free System Estimate 24/7 No Overtime Charge (317) 660-4892 No Breakdown Guaranteed FURNACE

Noblesville Schools Employment Opportunity

Questions may be directed to: Brian Zachery, Director of Transportation Noblesville School Corporation 1779 Field Drive Noblesville, IN 46060 (317) 773-7203


Seeking high school or college student to distribute posters and postcards, promoting an entertainment event, throughout Hamilton County, Zionsville & Geist area. Pay is $10 an hour Contact Tom at (317) 502-5926 for information.

Job Training & Supportive Staff Guaranteed FT Hours

We have an open position as a Bus Mechanic at Noblesville Schools. This is a full-time year-round, benefit eligible position. CDL license or ability to obtain within 6 months is required. Experience with Cummins engines and air brakes is preferred but not required. If interested, you may apply online within our Human Resource page at:


Dry Cleaning (Carmel) - PT driver needed for pickup / delivery service and some instore duties. 20 hours possibly more. Please apply in person at Weston Cleaners, 4000 W. 106th. Street Carmel ( NE corner of 106th & Michigan Road) Any questions please email





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New clients only please. No breakdown this season. Must be able to start unit. One unit only. Normal business hours only. See ** C02



Valid with repair. $94 value. See** C01

*Valid on 80% efficiency furnace (up to $1,069 equipment discount) when purchased in combination with a 16 SEER A/C. Equipment discount can be applied to other select models. Free air filtration system with qualifying purchase. Some restrictions apply. Rebates, credits & financing vary by model. Financing with approved credit. 0% financing options up to 12 months. Monthly payments required. Customer responsible for filing utility rebates if applicable. All credits and rebates follow appropriate guidelines. **All coupons must be presented at time of service. Cannot combine with other discounts. Not valid on previous purchases. Existing residential only. See dealer for details on discounts, warranties and guarantees. Homeowner authorization needed. Must be in service area. Expires 3/15/18. HVAC Lic. #: H0002400 Plmbg Lic. #: CO50800249


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New… It’s a sign of growth. A fresh start. And full of possibilities. There’s nothing like new.

Introducing the new Riverview Health Westfield Hospital. Featuring the area’s first combined ER and Urgent Care. Sometimes you don’t know whether you need to go to an ER or Urgent Care. At Riverview Health Westfield Hospital, our combined ER and Urgent Care will offer a single access point – where you’ll be guided to the level of care you need. The hospital will also house an inpatient unit, surgery suites, physician offices, drive-thru pharmacy and a walk-in orthopedic and sports medicine clinic. Opening this spring. To learn more, visit

RIGHT SIZE. RIGHT CARE. RIGHT HERE. NOBLESVILLE / CARMEL / CICERO / FISHERS / SHERIDAN / WESTFIELD Riverview Health has a full-service hospital with advanced, 24/7 ER capabilities and doctor offices located throughout Hamilton County.

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February 13, 2018 — Carmel  

Current in Carmel

February 13, 2018 — Carmel  

Current in Carmel