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Talking with four of the top seniors at Carmel High School is like talking with a broad cross-section of the school’s more than 3,000 students. There is Dan Fraschella, the student body president, a wrestler who is interested political science and will attend Yale University in the fall. There is Johanna Lipp, the German immigrant who runs cross country and presides over the German club. There is Jaclyn Chen, the editor of the school newspaper who plans to study business at the University of Pennsylvania. And there is Gizele Rubeiz, a two-year principal violinist with a passionate interest in legal studies. But though these students come from different back-

“For every niche group you can find, there are a ton of people who are absolutely amazing at what they do.” -Jaclyn Chen

grounds and have different interests and dissimilar goals for the future, they all agree upon one thing: They love their school. The possibilities are endless at Carmel High School, they say. For every interest or niche one could dream of, some club or class exists to fulfill it. And even if it doesn’t, students are free to start their own clubs, as Fraschella did his freshman year in founding the school’s chapter of the Best Buddies program. “It’s hard to imagine another school with as many talented students as you will find at Carmel,” Chen said. “For every niche group you can find, there are a ton of people who are absolutely amazing at what they do.” Chen, with a grade point average close to 4.0 and a staggering list of accomplishments and awards, calls her experience at CHS “humbling.” Though she is set on the

“Whatever I do, the rigor of the courses here has done a lot to prepare me for college,” -Dan Fraschella

University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, she is unsure where her career will lead her. This uncertainty is a common theme among the seniors, as it is with their peers across the nation. As Rubeiz points out, most college students change majors multiple times, so the seniors aren’t exactly rushing to commit to a particular field. “I could definitely see myself–like any of us–switching majors several times,” she said. “For me, it would probably be a minor change, maybe from legal studies to political science or international studies–something in the liberal arts field.” Rubeiz became interested in legal studies this summer when she attended the Hoosier Girls State camp at Indiana University, where she will study in the fall. She said the camp, a week-long event organized by the local American Legion chapter, taught her a lot about local

“I am glad the field is so broad because I know I will be changing my opinion a few times.” -Johanna Lipp

government, the duties of elected officials and the innerworkings of political campaigns. “Government camp sounds boring,” she said, “but it was a lot of fun.” Lipp also plans to attend Indiana University, though her interests differ greatly from Rubeiz’s. She received the full-ride Cox Research Scholarship from the school, which will allow her to perform research in any area she chooses. She knows she would like to study business, but she is uncertain which specialty within that broad field she will pursue. “I don’t have to decide a specific major until junior year,” she said. “I am glad the field is so broad because I know I will be changing my opinion a few times.” Lipp and her peers believe their experience at Carmel High School has prepared them for a successful career in any field, which is why they aren’t preoccupied with making a lifelong commitment prematurely. Though

“Government camp sounds boring … but it was a lot of fun.” -Gizelle Rubeiz

Fraschella knows he is interested in political science, he is unsure what he would do with a major in that field. He is considering becoming a lawyer or entering politics, but he hesitates to speculate beyond that. “Whatever I do, the rigor of the courses here has done a lot to prepare me for college,” he said. “The teachers here really know what they are doing, especially in the social studies department.” Before leaving, the seniors had some nuggets of advice to impart on incoming freshman: manage your time wisely, take advantage of the school’s abundant opportunities and don’t sell yourself short. “I’ve done a lot of things I wasn’t necessarily qualified for because my parents taught me not to have regrets,” Fraschella said. “If it interests you the slightest bit, just try it.”

OUR TAKES It is our position that local pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co.’s Day of Service was a good day for Carmel. More than 8,000 Central Indiana employees of the company worked in halfday shifts in community projects – painting murals, building picnic tables, planting trees and cleaning the often not so pristine banks of the White River. While none of these worthy endeavors took place in Carmel, we benefited. In economic terms, Carmel was a significant “net exporter” of volunteer effort and hours. But unlike the significant portion of our tax dollars that flow to other areas around the state and nation, this “export” served

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to encourage our fellow residents to become more engaged in the importance of such projects. While the generosity of Carmelites is rightly recounted in this paper’s Carmel Can column, this corporately sponsored initiative served to jumpstart the previously uninitiated to volunteer service. Will the newly minted benefactors be inspired and now donate their time and considerable energies closer to home? Only time will tell. But we certainly expect the answer to be yes. Besides, even if no new volunteers or projects emerge as a result of this effort, we can all be proud of our “net exporter” status.

Striking the Right Balance It is our position that care must be taken when evaluating any and all potential community threats. Today, inexplicable and horrific violence on school grounds and shopping malls is none too rare. Yet faced with limited resources, local officials and citizens alike must wrestle with evaluating risk. Recently, parents of some local middle school students received word that an unidentified object had been discovered on a school bus just as the weekend-bound youngsters were readying to board. Administrators decided to hold the kids safely in the building until the potential threat could be assessed. The weekend would start a little later, but certainly safely. Ultimately,

professional public safety personnel determined the object to be of no risk to the children; and the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students departed for home with a story to tell. And our well-trained lawenforcement and fire-safety professionals honed their skills on what thankfully turned out to be only a trial run. Certainly, feedback and fine-tuning from each experience will improve their ability to respond to another and more unpleasant hazard. Punishment for intentional false alarms should be stinging, but occasional inconvenience for erroneous reports (and subsequent response) cannot replace an intentional vigilance for the real, if unfortunate, evil in our world.



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e all seem to expend an secret code of sorts. extraordinary amount of Meanwhile, many of us in business, effort trying to be unlegal or medical professions hide behind derstood. If folks would our command of obscure and insider veronly listen nacular to obfuscate a point and become aware, they could rather than to make it. As if be clued into the enlightened devised by the most diabolinature of our soul–they would cal of teenage-girl cliques, the see our tortured character cleverness and elitist nature yearning for understanding. of such communication earns So why is it that at the same its highest marks in its indetime we purport to be strivcipherability not in its undering for clarity, we regularly standability. When someone obfuscate our messages with is working so hard to doubledouble-talk and loose lingo? talk, they either don’t know Is our desire to be perceived what the point is of their as smart (as needed substitute attempted communication, an insider, clever or just plain or they don’t want us to get Terry cool) dominating the need it. A former President of the Anker for communicative transparUnited States made this point ency? Or is it simply that we perfectly when he was asked are vague because we don’t really have a under oath to answer a direct question, command of the subject at hand? and he responded, “it depends on what is In the now months that has been this is.” It follows the old axiom that if people Presidential election cycle, one candidate can’t dazzle with their brilliance, they can or another has assured us with all the ad always baffle with their bull. time that money can buy that he or she As my oldest son is approaching his has a message for us. And if we would 13th birthday, I find myself reading a just listen to them talk about the issues great deal more about how to commuthat we’d most assuredly be in their camp nicate with teenagers. Why is it that we come elechave to tion day. consider Well maybe different I was a little forms of too slow to language keep up with in order to the fast-talkcommuniers, but what cate with I’ve heard our own so far has children? amounted Wouldn’t largely to it be better truisms, to simply platitudes speak the and cliché. language How can we taught folks spend them? Is it so much and important scream so for each loud to say so little? generation to define itself in part by Have we become a culture of jargon, the Byzantine and exclusionary use of lingo and slang? Is a clever hip-hop, inlanguage? Perhaps, but once we reach sider, street vernacular more valued than adulthood, do we really have to continue precision and clarity in communication? to use this contrived and indecipherable Isn’t this kind of language designed inapproach? tentionally to exclude the listener rather In the story of the Tower of Babel, than include them? Political speech has God punished those who believed that long been fertile ground for hiding one’s they had become gods themselves by intentions behind words. And poetry preventing them from being able to commay be the highest form of human municate with each other. Is it our own language, but at times it can be almost arrogance and self-love that makes it imimpossible to decipher. It relegates itself possible for others to understand us? to the highbrow. In its most despicable Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current form, it sets out to intentionally exclude in Carmel. You may e-mail him at terry@curthose whom its pompous author deems unworthy. It takes tremendous glee and self-importance in the fact that it’s a

FROM THE BACKSHOP A HUGE FEATHER FOR CARMEL PAC We’ve heard whispers that Michael Feinstein, 51, possibly the leading interpreter of popular American song as a vocalist and pianist, will be moving his Michael Feinstein Foundation for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook and massive collection of works of music to Carmel and the emerging Performing Arts Center. While no one at City Hall, in the arts community or from the singer’s camp would confirm the plum acquisition, it is known that our city – and region, for that matter – trumped Las Vegas, Nev., and Palm Beach, Fla., in landing the star. If you’re wondering, the Great American Songbook is a term referring to the unified music of Broadway theater, the Hollywood musical and Tin Pan Alley in a period that begins approximately in the 1920s and ends around 1960 with the advent of rock ‘n’ roll. Aficionados will tell you the songbook is, in and of itself, an unparalleled combination of musical and lyrical superiority that has yet to be equaled. Feinstein is said to have the world’s largest collection of original works by George and Ira Gershwin, among others. We’re told that some, if not quite a bit, of the material will be on display in the PAC, where the singer would office out of the top floor. Columbus, Ohio-born Feinstein is said to be enamored of education and might teach while in Carmel, probably out of the PAC. He also is said to be considering adding a residence in the city to his homes in New York and Los Angeles. This move also gives rise to the overwhelming possibility of visits and performances by some of Feinstein’s friends, including Liza Minnelli, Queen Latifah and


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Steve Greenberg & Brian Kelly Michael Boublet, among others. A national news conference is planned for June 3 in Carmel. In December 2007, the foundation’s executive director, Doris Anne Sadler of Indianapolis, told Current in Carmel in an exclusive interview, “(Feinstein) has wanted to preserve the collection for all Americans and make it available to children, generally, and young musicians who can be exposed to it and carry it on. That’s why the foundation was born.... Michael has so many celebrities and performers who respect him. He would put this FEINSTEIN Performing Arts Center and the foundation on the map.” Mayor Jim Brainard told us in December, “Michael is clearly a genius. It would be a wonderful addition.” The arrangement with Feinstein and his foundation gives Brainard a significant fulcrum for attracting corporate dollars to help fund upgrades to the facility. We strongly urge Central Indiana corporations to invest in what will be a lasting legacy to the arts in our community. Now would be soon enough. A final thought to whomever put this gig together (and we’ll find out eventually): it was a job artfully and skillfully done! Major kudos, too, to Feinstein and his partner, Hoosier-born Terrence Flannery, for sharing the vision so many of us have for the PAC.

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Hoosier Burn Camp Ride: Join Carmel’s firefighters in their ride to the Hoosier Burn Camp in Brookston, Ind. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on May 28 at the Carmel Fire Headquarters, 2 Civic Square. Bikers will depart at 9:30 a.m. The cost of the ride is $30 per bike, which includes a t-shirt. All proceeds go to the kids attending the burn camp. For more information, contact the Carmel Fire Department at (317) 571-2600 or register online at


y youngest daughter had were so large that they obstructed her her tonsils out this mornbreathing at night, causing her to snore ing. (Adenoids, too, but and wake up frequently. Consequently, she nobody really ever cares wasn’t getting proper REM sleep, which, about those suckers. They’re in turn, made her a total jerk during the definitely second fiddle to day. And here we thought she the tonsils, kind of like The was just a brat! Who knew? Revolution was to Prince.) So when Maddie started exShe’s asleep right now, worn hibiting the same signs of crabby out from the trauma of the behavior and poor sleep habits, whole hospital experience, inwe knew it wasn’t her per se, cluding but not limited to an but her tonsils (and maybe a IV, oversized hospital scrubs, little of her— she’s our youngest and oh, yeah, let’s not forget and knows it: a true master of the removal of two golf-ball manipulation.) sized chunks of flesh–I’m not Anyway, as I sat in the chair exaggerating about the size; watching my little girl come her voice has actually been down off her morphine-induced changed by this surgery. We’re high, (and none too happy about Danielle looking forward to a week it!), I couldn’t help but think Wilson of rest, pain, and best of all, about how parents of children the foulest breath you’ve ever who are really sick cope with the smelled in your life (a true but unfortunate stress. I mean, we were just in an outpaside effect). tient hospital for five hours for a routine, This is not our first “T and A,” the street semi-elected surgery. No big whoop. And name for a tonsil and adenoidectomy. yet I slept like crap last night, couldn’t (Sounds like an entertaining adult film, concentrate this morning, and had to work though, right? My husband and I always hard to keep my mind from going to that get a chuckle when we read the ENT’s what-if-something-goes-wrong place about brochure entitled “Your T&A Journey.” a zillion times. I snapped at my husband, It’s so not what you expect!) Our oldest was sharp with my other kids and got frusdaughter had her “T and A” when she was trated that St. V’s only had scrub booties four years old. Like her sister, her tonsils in two sizes: preemie and Shaq.

What if my child got cancer or was in a serious car accident? How on earth would I survive the stress? How would my marriage? I like to think I’m strong enough to handle that but, I just don’t know. There’s something about when it’s your kid that makes you insane, even when you can rationally tell yourself there is nothing to worry about. I know a family who lost their son to cancer when he was only six. While he was in treatment, their marriage almost fell apart, and the younger daughter was all but forgotten. Somehow they managed to pull through, and now, five years later, they are a happy, united family once again. But if they hadn’t made it, you could certainly understand why. Well I’m thoroughly depressed now. Luckily, I hear my daughter crying for me so I can go focus all of my attention on getting her to swallow something cold and liquid, preferably Amoxicillin. Sadly, she’s still got two hours ‘til her next hit of Codeine and a few days before she can tolerate a breath mint. Thank goodness it’s late enough that I can legitimately have a beer. Or two. It has been a stressful day! Peace out.


Carmel’s Big Give: The Big Give Carnival means big bucks for Oprah’s Angel Network and Free the Children. This community wide fund raiser, hosted by The Carmel Elementary O Ambassadors, is an enjoyable way to celebrate the last day of school while raising money for children in East Africa. The carnival runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 30 at Carmel High School in the parking lot. Wristbands can be purchased for $10 per child. Contact Carmel Elementary for more information, (317) 844-0168.

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Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at

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FICARA GETS RECOGNITION Editor’s note: The story, which first appeared in the May 20 edition of Current in Carmel contained points that require clarification. We present it here with those revised elements. Current in Carmel Experience Works has recognized Carmel’s Doreen Squire Ficara, 81, as the 2007 Outstanding Older Worker of the Year for Indiana. Considered by many to be “The Queen Mother� of Carmel, BritishFICARA born Ficara often starts work at 5 a.m. The executive director of the Carmel Arts Council since 1994, her typical activities include answering e-mail, writing promotional materials and correspondence and fund raising. Eight years ago, she started CAC’s biggest fund-raising event, the English Silver Tea. This year, the event raised $7,500 for four scholarships and $1,000 to support local students competing in a regional event. The tea is underwritten by Buckingham Cos. Encouraging children to participate in art, the CAC’s World’s Children’s Art Gallery was inaugurated under her direction. The gallery features children’s art from local schools. More than 3,200 visitors attended exhibits in 2006. “As executive director of the Carmel Arts Council for the last 14 years, I now find it a very challenging and fulfilling full-time-plus position,� Ficara said. A board member of the Carmel Clay Veterans Memorial Corp., she was instrumental in helping to design the memorial and assisted in raising $350,000 for the monument. She also is a former board member of both the Indiana Performing Arts Academy and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, having served on the latter’s board for 11 years through 1997. She also wrote the first 20-year history of the symphony in 1996, the printing and of which was underwritten by Delta Faucet Co. Ficara also was a committee chairperson and is a nearly 11-year board member for the Carmel International Arts Festival and historian for Carmel’s Rotary Club. Currently, she is working on a historic walking tour of Carmel’s Arts & Design District. She received the city’s highest honor, The Range Line Pioneer Award, in 2004 and 2007, and the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau Star Award in 2000. She was honored May 23 at the Evan Lurie Gallery for her achievement.

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t is fairly easy to raise one’s hand skills an apprentice might need to undertogether with other students to take work in a specific area. Pupils are answer a call for help with the uprequired to find the places they will spend coming dance marathon or to do a the rest of the semester helping the world road cleanup project after school. become a better place. Mrs. Hochstedler Students have time, and what makes it clear to both student the heck, it probably will and community leaders: the be fun. However, it is quite beginner must grow their another thing to master the skill set, and the organization art of good citizenship and must receive valuable service. value the importance of volSimply showing up is not good unteering once out of school enough. Welcome the newest and immersed in the hustle crop of philanthropic-minded and bustle of the real world. citizens: Carmel High School is preparMichelle Arce, Lakeview Health ing good citizens for the 21st Center Century by offering a class CJ Aulby, Skate for Riley that focuses entirely on comKristen Bartheld, Carmel Physical munity service. Therapy Jeff A seniors-only class that Christine Bertsch, Carmel St. Worrell requires navigating a rigorous Vincent’s Hospital Pharmacy application process to become Amanda Burkert, Northview a scholar of giving accepted just twentyChristian Life Church Nursery six students this year. Service Leadership Christina Carson, Little Sisters of the Poor is led by twenty-three-year veteran teachThomas Coyne, Skate for Riley er Mrs. Holly Hochstedler. After 7 years Rachael Durbin, The Goddard School teaching a curriculum focused on stuKindergarten Class dents + community service = big benefits, Eric Holub, Indy Reads Holly has found the recipe for success. Claire Horton, Prairie Trace Elementary Her classroom churns out well-rounded, David Joest, Student Venture well-instructed citizens introduced to and Morgan Kidd, Crown Pointe Retirement interested in the world of giving back. Center The first 6 weeks of the course uses Bailey Koch, Global Gifts classroom time to discern what types of Katelyn Neary, IPS School #84

Cody O’Neal, Skate for Riley Elizabeth Palmer, Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People Michael Petersen, Prime Life Enrichment Claire Pickett, Crown Pointe Retirement Center Hugh Regan, Prevail, Inc. Andrea Reifeis, Prime Life Enrichment Lynn Schneider, Global Gifts Erin Spahr, Summerstock Stage Kelsey Steele, Monon Center Spencer Stiegler, Indy Reads Laura Walker, IPS School #84 Maria Zatkulak, IPS School #84 Jeff Worrell is a local business owner. He recognizes volunteers on “Connecting with Carmel� on cable channel 16. Contact him at

KEYSTONE DETOURS START TODAY The Keystone reconstruction project is well under way and we are nearing one of the most challenging portions of the project. Today, Carmel will be closing access to Keystone and to cross traffic at 99th, 106th & 126th streets. These road closures will be in place until Dec. 1. For more information on the project, to sign up for email alerts or get detour maps, log on to

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Honoring the architect World-renowned golf course architect Pete Dye (right) and his wife, Alice, pause recently at Woodland Country Club in Carmel. A dedication ceremony for a clock in Dye’s honor was added to the list of decorations for the man whose course designs are marvels. Woodland premiered its Dye-designed championship golf course in 2002. Perhaps no one in the history of the game has done more to transform the face of contemporary golf course design. At Woodland he created an enduring design and visually striking layout that is innovative and bold yet with a classical sensibility that features unforgettable holes that long to be played repeatedly by golfers of all levels.

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them what they want. Provide a look and feel that matches the audience. Item No. 1 relates to the customer experience, but you still need an appealing or attractive design. Imagine meeting someone for the first time in sweat pants. That’s not exactly the best first impression unless you sell sweat pants. A website with a poor design that doesn’t appeal to its audience is like a salesperson for your company meeting someone for the first time in cargo shorts, flip-flops and a ripped t-shirt. Know what you want a visitor to do. It is not uncommon for a website to feel like the architect had no idea of the mission and goals of the site. If you could have a visitor do only one thing after visiting the site, what would it be? From there, develop the site to make that happen. Just like meeting someone in person, when you introduce yourself, you direct the conversation to what you want them to do or know. So should your website. Each time we meet people or they visit our website, consider your first impression. How does it feel? Remember, you only have about 15 seconds, and you don’t get a second chance.

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Each week,, which offers full descriptions, scours the nation to find the best “hot-spot” condo and upscale real-estate deals for Current readers. All properties listed represent some of the best deals and/or lowest persquare-foot rates in their respective communities. Here are some of this week’s list: ULTIMATE WATERFRONT LIVING – Honolulu, Hawaii. Price: $1,775,000. Rare, one-of-a-kind marina waterfront lot. Ocean, Diamond Head, sunset and marina view.

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Playing Retirement Catch-Up: People in their 40s and 50s who have little or no savings have their work cut out for them if they want to have any hope of retiring at age 65. That said, there are certain things that these folks can do to build their nest eggs as rapidly as possible and to ensure that they will have at least some money to support them in retirement. • Roth IRA Contributions • Look to Equity in your Home • Take Full Advantage or Allowable Deductions • Cash Value Policies • Disability Coverage Individuals in their 40s and 50s who have done little or no retirement planning are certainly at a bit of a disadvantage. However, with the proper planning and a willingness to save and invest, the odds are not insurmountable.


hether someone meets you in person or visits your website, you have about 15 seconds to make a first impression. When you meet someone in person, what do you do to make a positive first impression and engage the other person with you? Do you say something interesting? Do you smile? Do you ask questions until you understand them? Whatever the actions, there are ways to create a similar David Cain engagement online. Marketing For your website, consider the following three factors as they relate to creating engagement in the first 15 seconds. Design the website for the customer. A productive website designer understands the audience and might, in fact, include places for each audience to visit that are customized for them. This is a part of being understood. If you design your website assuming that people are impatient and uninformed, you know you don’t have much more than 15 seconds to grab their attention and give



UP THE BANKING LADDER: The National Bank of Indianapolis is pleased to announce the following: Robin E. Patterson has been named patterson Vice President and Banking Center Manager, Westfield/ Carmel Banking Center. John T. Snyder has been named Vice President and New Banking Center Development snyder Officer, and is assisting with the opening of our new Westfield/Carmel Banking Center.

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WHAT’S IT WORTH? In Carmel, this floor plan is priced from $187,000; however, the same floor plan in Westfield is priced from $168,000. Type: Townhome Age: New Construction Location: Near 136th Street and Rangeline Road in Carmel and near State Rd 32 and Spring Mill Road in Westfield Neighborhood: Arden at Cool Creek in Carmel and Countryside Townhomes in Westfield Square footage: 2052 Rooms: This style of townhome has an open living and dining area, two-story foyer with switched-back staircase, ninefoot ceilings on the first floor, and three bedrooms or a choice of dual master suites upstairs. There is also a two-car garage and private balcony. Strengths: Townhome living is great for those who desire low-maintenance living. The attractive price point is a more affordable option for those who want to own rather than rent. Ownership is more

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Robert Lebow loves stuff. His taste for art, antiques and accessories led him to Carmel’s Arts and Design district, just as it motivated him to open his first store in downtown Indianapolis 15 years ago. “I don’t have any special training,” he said. “I just have an interest in stuff, in art.”

appealing for a person expecting to be in the property for the foreseeable future. Challenges: According to the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors, there are currently 118 townhomes on the market in Carmel and Westfield between $150,000 and $250,000. John Pacilio and his team specialize in Westfield real estate with RE/MAX Ability Plus. Contact him at 216.8500 or John@

The Carmel location of Midland Arts and Antiques–a “footprint” of the downtown location–opened on May 9. It is significantly smaller than the Michigan Avenue store, but as its manager Stevi Stoesz emphasizes, less space means more selectivity. The cozy Gradle Avenue location was once a charter school, and its labyrinthian halls and assortment of rooms allow for a design-oriented approach befitting of the Carmel area. “People in this community are more interested in design and art than in Indianapolis,” Lebow said. “We really came for them.” The selection at Midland ranges from traditional to contemporary art and includes antiques, accessories, estate jewelry and works from a host of local artists.

MONEY MATTERS Will gas prices have an effect on your summer plans?

No. I budgeted out our gas expenses for the year and it comes out to about $4,000 per car. Ben Taylor, Carmel

We have a summer cottage, and we won’t be going there as much because of the price of gas and other things. Jessica Niccum, Carmel

In general we’re driving less and only going places we have to go. Angela Koven, Indianapolis

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On June 1 my oldest will graduate from “Did I do a good job?” Carmel High School. WOW. That was a A very good friend of mine says that quick 18 years. Is this possible? I can still God always puts His most important work picture oh-so-clearly in my mind how right in front of us. My friend is right. she looked the minute she was Here’s my advice to parents born. I remember other things, reading this: too, like the weather that day, · Encourage your kids every the shirt I was wearing, how day. A parent’s approval and cold the labor/delivery room confidence is priceless. was. It’s all still right there. · Be more patient than you Now we’ve been through 13 think you are able to be – you years in Carmel/Clay schools. used to screw up, too. We’ve been through soccer, · Say yes more than you say no softball, basketball, DECA, · Just because they get older loads of homework, dances, doesn’t mean they don’t still prom, learning to drive a stick want to be hugged, kissed and shift, her first speeding ticket, reminded that they’ll always be her first fender-bender, her first your little boy or little girl. boyfriend… Did I do a good job? I sure Kent Burns Now, all of a sudden, this hope so. I tried. I really tried. On Success phase is almost complete. She’s an amazing young woman. I struggle to get my mind I’m not sure what kind of shape around it. There’s a commercial on TV I’ll be in on June 1. I hope I’ll be able to right now in which a father is looking at hold it together. The good news is that his newborn daughter in the hospital nurs- even though she’s all grown up and graduery. Suddenly, he sees another man standating, I am – and always will be – her ing beside him. He’s seeing himself - 20 Daddy. years into the future. Looking at the baby, Kent Burns is a Carmel resident, investor and the younger version asks the older, “Did I co-founder of CrossConfirm. He is also a profesdo a good job?” The older reassures him, sional speaker and author of What’s Your Why? “Yes, you did.” His blog is, and he I am now asking myself the question, can be reached at

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am Leo, author of Connection Parenting, writes, “Children spontaneously cry when they are hurt, upset, or frightened. Research on human tears shows that the tears we cry of emotion contain stress hormones.” Tears release pain and stress as effectively as screaming, raging, shaking, laughing, perspiring or yawning. Interrupting the release of pain or stress interferes with the natural healing process. Becky Kapsalis When we become Ask YiaYia frustrated or even angry with our children when their cries or rages cannot be consoled or comforted by us, we teach them to suppress their feelings. Some responses to our children’s emotional needs cause them to shut down and fail to allow expression of their painful feelings: Shaming – “Don’t cry. Be a big girl/ boy. Don’t be a sissy. Don’t be a baby.” Isolation – “Go to your room until you stop crying” Ignoring – “I won’t talk to you until you stop crying”

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Guilting – “You have so much; you shouldn’t be upset over this. Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.” If we’ve grown up hearing these responses to our feelings, we often bring them with us and use the same phrases with our

DISPATCHES Recycling Pays at CHS: Because Carmel High School students, faculty and staff increased the amount of paper they recycle, they will receive another piece of paper in return–a check for $400. The school’s recycling effort increased by 20 percent this year compared to last, and that resulted in a $400 bonus from Abitibi Consolidated, the company that picks up and processes Carmel High’s material for recycling. Music Awards for Creekside: Creekside Middle School student musicians were recognized at the recent Music in the Parks Festival in Cincinnati. Creekside’s symphonic band placed first in its division, received a superior rating and was awarded best overall middle school/junior high band. The symphony orchestra also placed first in its division and earned a superior rating, with the concert choir finishing third.

children when they get angry. Allowing our children to express their feelings but responding to them in a manner that does not shame, isolate, ignore or make them feel guilty about what they are feeling shows them we are listening to their pain and will help them through it. We can’t fix it, but we can try to understand it, and more importantly, we can try help them understand it. Children generally develop controlled behaviors like nail biting, hair twirling, and chewing on clothes, hair and pencils as an attempt to control the release of their feelings while storing their hurts. It is up to us to help them bring their feelings to the surface, providing them a release for any stored hurts they may be building up inside. Crying is OK! Visit www. for more info. Hugs are always a great silent communication! NOTE TO READERS: Pathway Family Center was the source for my May 20 column. It inadvertently was omitted. Readers can gain more information at or at the 24-Hour Helpline, 800.261.4605. Have a parenting topic or question? Submit it to Ask Yiayia, aka Becky Kapsalis, Certified Parent Coach, at or call 810.9358. Clay Middle Honor Society Members Elected: Clay Middle School National Junior Honor Society members have elected their officers, who will serve during the 2008-2009 school year. Those officers are Sidney Harris, president; Alex Lasbury, vice president; Anna Thompson, secretary; and Amber Kriech, historian. At Clay, 70 eighth graders and 84 seventh graders are Honor Society members. Espey to Attend C-SPAN Conference: Carmel High School teacher Hal Espey is one of 25 educators from across the nation selected to participate in a two-day conference in Washington, D.C., this summer. Espey, who teaches communications courses and serves as the faculty manager of the school television station, will learn about C-SPAN’s 2008 campaign programming, Web sites and other educational initiatives. [photo]


Taking it in Stride: The 13th Running of the Indianapolis Marathon and Half Marathon on Saturday, October 18, 2008, is now accepting registrations. The event offers a Marathon, HalfMarathon, 4- Person Marathon Relay, 5K, and Kids One-Mile Marathon. All events start in the historic Fort Benjamin Harrison area running through the State Park and along the Fall Creek Greenway. Registration is now available online at

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Be Specific. Set specific and realistic goals for yourself, such as walking 30 minutes 3 times per week. Schedule the time and days you will exercise and have a back up plan in case bad weather, surprise business meetings, or something else comes up. Reward yourself when you meet your goals. Treat yourself to new exercise gear or new music to energize your workouts. Eve Olson, M.D., is the owner and founder of the Olson Center for Wellness. For more information, please e-mail, or call 705.1400.

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Breathe Easier: The neti pot ($10$15), a small teapot-like device used to irrigate your nose, can help you breathe more easily, according to companies that sell them. Physicians agree, saying nasal irrigation is a helpful, inexpensive treatment for allergy symptoms, the common cold and many other nasal conditions, but note it isn’t a cure. You fill the pot with salt-water solution, tilt your head to one side and pour water into the top nostril. Gravity causes the water to pour out the other nostril. —


e all know that exercise is mitted to exercising. You need to find your good for us. We know that personal reasons for exercise. it keeps our hearts, bodies What type of exercise is best? When and minds healthy and can it comes to exercise, the best type of exhelp us maintain a healthy ercise is the kind that is suited to your weight. So why is it difficult for abilities and interests. Choose some people to find the motivaa type of exercise that you tion to exercise? Many people enjoy–whether it be riding a start an exercise program with bike outside or going to a group enthusiasm and good intentions aerobics class; you need to do only to get burnt out and fall what you like to stay motivated. out of the routine. Many factors Finding time for exercise. can affect a person’s ability to If lack of time is the issue, restick with an exercise program. It member that some is better than could be a busy schedule, health none. Fit 15 minutes of walkissues, family responsibilities, ing on your lunch break if you or many other things. Here are won’t be able to do your usual some tips to help you overcome 30 minutes after work. If family those barriers and succeed in responsibilities are cutting into Dr. Eve Olson exercise. your exercise time, try to inWellness What are you ready for? volve your family in an active People with conditions such as game such as tag, go for a family heart disease, high blood pressure, diabewalk or bike ride, or walk around the tes, asthma, cancer or obesity can still exfield during your child’s soccer practice. ercise. You should consult your physician Instead of sitting on the couch during your before starting an exercise program. If you favorite TV show, why not do crunches, are new to exercise, make sure that you strength train, walk on a treadmill or ride a start slowly. Starting off with strenuous stationary bike while you watch? exercise can lead to injuries and burnout. Get an exercise buddy. Exercise Why do you want to exercise? Your can be an opportunity to socialize with a motivation to exercise needs to come from friend or a group and can make exercise YOU! Exercising because your family, more fun. Your exercise buddy or buddies friends or doctor says you should may get can be a great support and help keep you you started, but it will not keep you commotivated.


Panel Discussion for Seniors: The Spring 2008 Seniors University Workshop, “Putting Your House in Order– Helpful Tips Every Senior Should Know,” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 5 at Old National Bank in Clay Terrace. Moderated by Carlotta Katra, President of Aging Avenues, the panel discussion will offer tips to seniors and their adult children. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call 639-2631.

Succeeding in Exercise


he YMCA motto – Mind. Body. puter, deal with all sorts of stress, and then Spirit. – proves to be an interestwhat? It all takes a toll on one’s body. It ing confluence. It also makes a is very important to have a release. When lot of sense when one studies the you exercise and your heart rate is elevated benefits for fitness and and you have labored breathwellness. Consider: ing, it gets a lot more difficult Mind – If you have a to think about all the stresses of well-balanced mind, it the day, and ultimately, it will can help bring about an relax you. environment of health; you’ll Spirit – I believe this actually want to exercise. If you relates closely to your are depressed, or if you let your mind and is a by-prodmind get in the way of your uct of the two aforementioned progress, it can cause a lot of points. The first YMCA athealth problems. One of my tempted to introduce Bible favorite sayings is, “The only study; however, the organizathing getting in your way of tion generally has moved on a successful fitness program is to a more holistic approach to John Karesh what is between your ears.� My youth work. Today the Y seems Fitness recommendation is for you to to be working toward providgive up the excuses, and give ing youth with a place to go to yourself the real reasons why exercise or take part in team acyou need to exercise. Please, just write tivities and teach teamwork through group down all of your goals. Where are you activities. Spirit may be viewed also as detoday, and where do you want to be? By termination. If you combine the spiritual when? with a “fired� spirit, you’ll be way ahead Body – Your physical being will in your fitness plan. Be at peace with what help your mind function and reyou’re doing, and be determined to reach lease stress caused by day-to-day your goals. activities and situations. It’s a jungle out John Karesh is a fitness-and-nutritional expert there, moreso these days than at any time and the owner of Fitness Together in Carmel. in our recent history. Folks raise their families, work long hours staring at a com- You may e-mail him at







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MAKE YOUR HOUSE PAY FOR ITSELF: If you have a garage you never use or an extra spot in a three-car garage, consider renting out that unused space. A weekend mechanic who lives in an apartment may pay for the chance to work on his or her ride in your garage. Others may be looking to store a motorcycle, boat, trailer or recreational vehicle. Still others may prefer the location or convenience of your garage to the local self-storage options, especially if the price is right. If your home is out in the country, you might even discover the next U2 by renting your garage to a local rock band. –

ing about the golden oak that is the bane of the 15-year-old home? Yes! In fact, Jan shared that a product was introduced that would fill the grain of the oak for a beautifully smooth finish. One direction that is gaining interest today is black cabinets with a slightly distressed finish. This option totally changes the appearance of golden oak cabinetry. When paired with a copper leaf and peeled black finish for the island, the look is stunning. It is also striking when paired with the red and orange jewel tones that are really popular. Jan suggested that if a client likes the antique white look for cabinets, the kitchen island could be in a blue and black distressed finished that provides an “attic find” look. When Jan uttered the words, “faux finish for counter tops,” she saw that I was desperate. An option to update laminate counter tops that is durable? Yes! Jan assured me that the bonding primers and sealants that are just hitting the professional market are making such applications a reality. What will they think of next...faux finishes for floors? Yep, but those are stories for another time!


Vicky Earley is the principal designer for Artichoke Designs in downtown Carmel. If you have an interior design question, please contact

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TIPS FOR GROWING YOUR TOMATOES: Once the tomato plants are about three feet tall, remove the leaves from the bottom foot of stem. These are usually the first leaves to develop fungus problems. They get the least amount of sun, and soil-born pathogens can be unintentionally splashed up onto them. Spraying weekly with compost tea also seems to be effective at warding off fungus diseases. -


very time I say, “this is my favorite project ever,” something better comes my way. Last week, I had the pleasure of taking a town home kitchen from ho-hum to simply amazing with just one element of change. This town home had beautiful cherry cabinetry, but the center island looked like the kitchen planner ran out of steam. It was small: only about 48” by 24”. The top was an uneventful laminate. Vicky Earley In 3 days time, Design my trim carpenter wrapped the existing island, extended it and added a wine rack and a ‘ready to go’ granite top. I retained the services of Jan Keller, owner of Simply Imagine, to complete the paint and finish part of this simple but amazing kitchen make-over. She had just attended a faux-finishing seminar, and the word from the pros can be summed up in a few words: paint your cabinets, kitchen islands, furniture and vanities with new and exciting finishes. Kitchen cabinets? Islands? Were we talk-


NEW USES FOR OLD CELL PHONES: That old mobile contains many of the same toxic materials as a computer, but it can help build a new life for someone else. The Wireless Foundation, a national nonprofit organization, will reprogram your phone with emergency numbers and shelter info and distribute it to a woman at risk of domestic violence. Drop phones at the Body Shop or visit for other locations. -

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Wine collecting—101

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By Louis Calli, Wine Director of Vine & Table gourmet market

It usually begins so innocently: as a casual beverage to accompany a meal or a nice, quiet evening. For some, it never goes beyond that simple pleasure. For others however, it evolves into something far greater. Wine collecting can become a passion, a constant lifelong pursuit of discovery and knowledge. Ernest Hemingway said it best, “Wine … offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased.” Your wine collection, whether large or small, will be a living, evolving extension of you; it will change and grow to reflect your quirks and personality more and more as time passes. The first consideration is your storage space. It’s important to know your annual wine budget, as well as your collecting goals. If you will be purchasing and storing wine in bulk, mainly for entertaining and casual enjoyment purposes, it is not so important to have a temperaturecontrolled storage space. If the wine is

not going to sit for more than a year or so before being consumed, any space that stays consistently below 70 degrees is fine (wine ages at twice its normal rate at 75 degrees) with minor fluctuations. Humidity is also a relatively low concern as long as there are no extremes. With any wine, it’s important to remember to keep it out of direct sunlight and high-heat areas (i.e., next to or on top of major appliances), as those are the two primary enemies of wine. If you plan on buying bottles to age however, temperature does become a concern. There is a vast array of cooling options for cellars. Too many to list here, but for high-end wines that you are planning on aging for 10 years or more you really should invest in either a wine refrigerator or actual cellar space. These can range from $300 to $10,000+ depending on your needs and collecting goals. If the high-end wines of the world are your game, then you should also consider insurance for your collection, as it can become an extremely significant investment. You should also be very careful about where you purchase your product. If you are buying from a private collector, you should always inspect the storage space of the wines and request a bottle history of hyper-rare offerings. If you are a novice collector, definitely seek out the counsel of your local fine wine merchant before pursuing private collection or

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6. Foyer/guest entry: Is the venue attractive and will it welcome your guests?

7. Is there a separation of rooms for cocktails/hors d’oeuvres and dinner service? I think this is one of the most critical points for all venues. If the venue you’re considering does not offer a cocktail reception site along with a dining site then the wedding won’t have the proper flow. I’ve never been a fan of utilizing the same room without a patio or separate room for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Most quality sites offer two rooms or locations for each wedding reception.

8. What type

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9. Fresh plants: Does the facility include fresh plants to help with overall warmth and décor? What is the plant and flower policy— can you bring in plants or flowers to the site?

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10. Vendor policies: Is the

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11. What is included with the

facility? I.e., tables, chairs, china glass and silver, table centers, and dance floor? If included what is the overall quality level of tableware, china, stemware, table centers, and dance floor. Linens also fall into this category; what linens or skirting are included and their overall quality?

12. How many hours do you have the

venue? If the venue tells you four hours, this is not a realistic time period – every reception will last at least five and a half to seven hours.

A minimum wedding timeline

• Ceremony: 1 hour (½ hour for guest arrival and ½ hour for ceremony); many times this is not at the reception venue. • Cocktail reception: 1 hour • Dinner service: 1.5 hours • Dancing (with open bar): 3 hours • Clean up and departure: .5 hours

13. Who is the caterer? This is the key to

selecting a venue, and many times people overlook the importance of the house caterer. Your caterer will provide the planning assistance – often, acting as your wedding planner. Your caterer will provide the food and beverage service for the event. • Food quality. Good caterers make a dramatic difference when it comes to food quality, presentation, guidance, and menu selection. I find that many hopeful

brides and families are more concerned about the facility than the food. Once they have selected the venue, they are many times disappointed with the food quality after they have signed a contract with the site. Select a quality caterer since food will be extremely important—most of your guests will remember if the food tastes awful! Also, having food is inevitable so make sure you save a realistic budget for food, beverage, and service. Many venues charge a large rental fee without answering the critical food, beverage, and service question. • Service staff: Is the service team a temporary or a full-time service team that has a stake in the success of your event. If you here the word temporary service staff, run as fast as you can! This is a telltale sign for future disappointment. Additionally, a full-time service team has more training with how the catering company works. • Equipment: What type of equipment does the caterer own? Good caterers own their own equipment and they offer many upscale special touches with presentation and overall table service. • Caterers. Quality caterers will help you with vendor selection. Most, like Kahn’s Catering, only recommend reliable, fair, timely, well-groomed partners. We also only recommend someone that has a long-term, positive track record.

How Reception Sites are Sold

Most sites are sold with a facility rental rate and a food and beverage minimum, so you pay a price for the site (which may or may not include tables, chairs, linens, etc.). Hint: Beware of high facility rental rates since the food and beverage is going to be an automatic cost. Find a site that you like with quality food and beverage service. Some sites charge high rates for the facility and ask you to find your own caterer with very little money left in the budget. Put all costs in a spreadsheet before finalizing on the site. I think I need to go watch Father of the Bride one more time. Happy Planning!

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Kudos to Carmel seniors receiving Arts Council scholarships By Barbara E. Cohen Current In Westfield

in love with the students, and I have no doubt that a career in teaching is right for me,â&#x20AC;? she said in her scholarship application. Teaching art will provide an opportunity to combine two of her passions. Blake Koness has been admitted to the Hutton Honors College at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he will study performing arts. Koness has participated in Ambassadors Show Choir, the New World koness Youth Symphony Orchestra and CHS Drama Club and studies the viola, voice and dance. He also finds time to entertain at childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parties through Clowns, Etc., and he plays in a string quartet at weddings. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appeared in The Sound of Music; Bye, Bye Birdie; Disco Daze and Les Miserables. This year, Koness won the John Melin Memorial Chair of the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra and was named one of the Top 25 students in the class of 2008 at CHS. Finally, in a late-breaking decision, Rosemary Waters, president of the Carmel International Arts Festival and a CAC board member, stepped up to recognize

Joshua Barthulyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic achievements with a $500 scholarship from the CIAF. The staff of the Current joins with the Arts Council in applauding the present and future achievements of barthuly Carmelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next generation of visual, literary and performing artists.


Four graduates of Carmel High School have been awarded $1,500 arts scholarships from the Carmel Arts Council: Joan Catherine â&#x20AC;&#x153;JCâ&#x20AC;? Pankratz, Michelle â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elleâ&#x20AC;? Robinson, Stefanie Gaza and Blake Koness. The awards were presented by Cherie Piebes, CAC president, and Doreen Squire Ficara, CAC executive director, at the CHS end-of-term awards ceremony last Thursday. JC Pankratz intends to study creative writing at DePauw University. She submitted the short story â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hiroshima, Ja Deteste Ta BeautĂŠâ&#x20AC;? as part of her application, along with an impressive list of extracurricular activities and creative pankratz writing awards. She was a Fall 2007 Celebration of Young Poets winner and received first place in the Carmel Clay Public Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2007 Young Adult Poetry Contest. Having attended DePauw Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Creative Arts Camp in 2007, Pankratz will feel right at home in Greencastle in September. Elle Robinson is headed to Butler

University to attend the Jordan College of Fine Arts School of Music. She began playing the piano when she was five years old, flute at age ten and piccolo at age twelve. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studied flute robinson with Alice Akins for almost nine years, looking to follow in the footsteps of her two older sisters, both of whom are professional musicians. Robinson has played with many local concert bands and orchestras, plays flute and piano at First Friends Meeting in Indianapolis, and volunteers through American Friends Service Committee. Stefanie Gaza will major in art education in the Ball State University Honors Program. After graduating from college, she hopes to teach art to deaf students or middle-schoolers. She took a Cadet Teaching course this year, where she taught sixth-grade gaza mathematics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fell

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Kids Koncerts Begin Soon! The first of the summer Kids Koncerts will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, with the Island Breeze Duo at River Heritage Park, 11813 River Road. Performances are free, interactive and geared toward kids ages 2-5 years. In case of inclement weather, Kids Koncerts will be held inside The Monon Center at Central Park.

What: Koalas Presented by Citizens Gas When: daily through Labor Day weekend Where: Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis Cost: Free on Memorial Day; normally $13.50 adults, $8.50 seniors and children 2-12 Details: Two male koalasâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re marsupials, not bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;are visiting from the San Diego Zoo. Bamba (an Aboriginal word meaning â&#x20AC;&#x153;with forceâ&#x20AC;?) and Muuri (â&#x20AC;&#x153;lightningâ&#x20AC;?) are 3-4 years old. Other Aussie animals are also on display. Information: (317) 630-2001, www.

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West Park Campout: Carmel Parks will sponsor a family campout from 4:30 p.m. to 9 a.m. on June 13 and 14 at West Park, 2700 W. 116th Street. The fee is $35 per family and includes dinner, a light breakfast and all activities (family games, hiking, and Open Season PG). Participants must bring their own tents, bug spray and flashlights. Tent setup is between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required. In case of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled.




Beer-Boiled Shrimp Ingredients:

Brandon Smith

shift supervisor at Einstein’s Bagels Where he likes to eat: Sansui Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

2 pounds of large shrimp (don’t shell them) 6 twelve-oz bottles of good beer (dark ale works nicely) 1 pound kielbasa sausage 2 or 3 bay leaves 1 tbsp coriander seeds salt and pepper

The night before the race...

Slice the kielbasa into one-inch slices. Wash the shrimp in cold water. Refrigerate both.

On race day...

Sansui Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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1329 S. Rangeline Rd. Carmel Phone: (317) 848-9050 Hours: Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; Dinner: MondayThursday, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m.–10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 5 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

You can put the shrimp on ice and serve it cold, and it is also tasty hot. Any bottled cocktail sauce will do, but a good homemade recipe is easy.

Just mix together...

2/3 cup ketchup 1/4 cup horseradish 2 tbsp hot pepper sauce (less, if preferred) 1 tbsp fresh lime juice

In a large pot, bring to a boil the beer, sausage, bay leaves, coriander seeds, salt

What he likes to eat there: I like the volcano roll. It has crab, rice, cream cheese and spicy sauce. What he likes about Sansui: The sushi chef is right in front of you, and that is pretty neat. Plus it has a good atmosphere and it’s comfortable.

and pepper. Lower the heat and simmer for about ten minutes. Add the shrimp and bring back to a boil. Boil for about two minutes (shrimp should turn pink).

The Race Ingredients 1 oz Bourbon 1/2 oz Mandarine Napoleon (tangerine liqueur) 1 oz Apricot nectar 1 dash Strawberry syrup 2 dashes Lemon juice

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The Iron Skillet Restaurant

2489 W. 30th Street Indianapolis, IN 46222 Phone: (317) 923-6353 Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 5 - 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 7:30 p.m. The Iron Skillet Restaurant has been serving dinner family-style for 53 years. Just north of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the restaurant is a popular location during racing season. For a break from the noise of the track, the Iron Skillet offers soft music, candlelight and relaxing meals. All meals start with homemade soup or chilled juice, then hot vegetables and entrées, biscuits made from scratch and ice cream or sherbet with sundae toppings. Some entrée choices include fried chicken, fried shrimp, baked orange roughy and boneless New York strip steak. Carry-out is also available with 30-minutes notice.

Author Barbara Fister will visit Mystery Company at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 29. She will talk about and sign copies of In the Wind, a new novel about a former Chicago cop who unwittingly helps a fugitive, a FISTER former member of a radical faction of the American Indian movement, escape. Author’s website: www. NATIONAL TRAILS DAY: Join Washington Township Parks and Recreation and Westfield Parks and Recreation from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 7, at Asa Bales Park in Westfield to celebrate National Trails Day! The Westfield Police Department will be on hand to do bicycle and helmet inspections. They will also raffle off bicycle helmets throughout the morning. Come on foot or bring your bikes and rollerblades and kick off your summer right and get started using our great recreational trails.

EVENTS: Actors Theatre of Indiana ‘08 Season Kicking off Actors Theatre of Indiana’s 2008 Season will be the continuation of its annual cabaret tradition with the entertaining World Premiere of This Could Be THE START OF SOMETHING BIG! Direct from New York, Duane McDevitt and Michele McConnell perform this world class cabaret at The Oakhill Mansion in Carmel, 5801 E. 116th Street, Carmel for two nights only: Wednesday and Thursday. The cash bar opens at 6 p.m., the dinner buffett follows at 6:30, and the show starts at 7:30. To reserve a seat, please call The Oakhill Mansion at 843-9850 or e-mail jzehr@ Entertaining Fund Raiser Due to the enormous success of its Ed Sullivan-style fund-raising extravaganza for the last two years, Indianapolis Civic Theatre is proud to present A Really Big Shooow, III on Thursday, June 5, 2008, at

6 p.m.. Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner and rub elbows with favorite celebrity performers of the 1940s, 50s and 60s after the show. The highlight of this year’s revue will be world-renowned Magicians Stoil and Ekaterina. They will present their baffling rendition of the Cube Zag illusion along with their startling and colorful costume changes and magic effects. So, don’t blink, or you will miss it! The event will also include a 50/50 raffle drawing. Tickets range in price from $150 for individuals to $5,000 for fundraiser sponsorships. Reservations can be made by phone at the Box Office 923-4597. Individual tickets and group sponsor tickets are also available online at the Theatre’s website: www. Meet the Musicians The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Artist Encounter, in celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary, features three special guests: renowned Israeli Opera director Asher Fisch, prodigious young Israeli composer Avner Dorman and Indianapolis’s own principal violist Michael Isaac Strauss. For those who are passionate about music, this is a rare opportunity to meet three prominent musicians as they guide the audience through an informative and entertaining presentation of their upcoming concert.

The event takes place Thursday, June 5, at 6 p.m. in JCC’s Laikin Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.


Mid-East Classic Yo-Yo Contest The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will host the Mid-East Classic Yo-Yo Contest, welcoming more than 50 competitors showcasing their talents in five different class divisions. This event is free with general museum admission and will take place Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m.


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LIVE MUSIC: Muldoon’s 111 W. Main Street, Suite 100, Carmel Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. featuring Jeff DeHerdt (jazz); Saturday, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. featuring One In The Same (contemporary acoustic duo) Visit or call 571-1116 for more information. Mickey’s Irish Pub 136th and Meridian in Carmel Friday featuring Roadhouse; Saturday featuring MeatballBand Entertainment Reservations are accepted. Call 573-9746 for reservations or visit for more details.

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open to the public, the BJE offers one of the only separate programs for Jr. Kindergarten and Full-Time Kindergarten programs in the area. Additionally, all students participate in weekly programs, including: • Gym (3’s – K) The BJE is proud of our small class sizes and • Art (K) individual attention our highly trained educators • Swimming (4’s, Jr. provide. BJE offers before and after school care K, K) as well as a variety of enrichment programs for all • Music (all grades), ages. • Creative movement (all grades) • Library (all grades) • Hebrew (3’s – K)

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ave you ever typed an entire e-mail or document and then realize it is all in upper case? In the netiquette of the online world, whenever someone types an e-mail message or forum post in all UPPERCASE, it is akin to shouting or yelling the information at the reader. While most people that type in all uppercase aren’t intending to shout or yell, one never knows how a writGary Hubbard ten passage will be Technology taken by the recipient or reader, so being aware of this is helpful. You’re also much more likely to be perceived as a newbie or novice netizen or just plain lazy if you consistently communicate in this way, so finding a solution will only improve your status online. Some programs like Microsoft Word or older versions of Outlook have a built-in feature to make quick changes to the case by selecting the text (click and drag your mouse over the desired text to highlight or use CTRL-A to select all), then pressing

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SHIFT-F3 to toggle between uppercase, lowercase and title case. If you type out a huge passage in the wrong case in Outlook, you could cut it out of your message (CTRL-A then CTRL-X) then paste (CTRL-V) into Word, change the case and copy it back into your Outlook message–but what a pain! This problem is common enough that an enterprising software developer has created a simple little program called “CapsWiz” that can actually monitor what program you’re using and automatically toggle the Caps Lock as well as the Num Lock and Scroll Lock settings based on what program you are using. Once you install the program, which only takes a minute or two, it runs in the background and monitors which program you are using. In your case you would configure it to monitor Outlook and turn off the Caps Lock whenever you launched or clicked on the program in your Task Bar. Conversely, you would tell the program that whenever you launch or click on your database program make sure the Caps Lock is turned on. It worked flawlessly when I tested it, and it even had the ability to change the case after the fact in Outlook and Outlook Express by using the built in shortcuts to capitalize, reverse or lowercase anything

that is highlighted. These after-the-fact typing alteration “hot keys” did take longer to react than it would in Microsoft Word, so be patient the first time you use them, or you may think that they didn’t work. CapWiz can be downloaded from www. and in the words of the software developer “was created after the author received one too many ‘shouting’ memos”! It’s free to try but will cost $10 to register and use after the 30-day trial period is over, which is a bargain for those who have to constantly contend with this problem. Gary Hubbard is owner of Data Doctors Computer Services - www.datadoctors. com Have a technology question? Send it to


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Laminin, First Things, Vroegop


his is a week when I hope the sum of the parts adds up to a whole column. Laminin Have you already seen the “Laminin” YouTube video? Louie Giglio preaches a sermon about how Christ holds us together, and comes up with a molecular protein called “Laminin” to prove his point. Talk about “fearfully and wonderfully made.” This video gave me goose bumps. Google “Laminin” or “Louie Giglio Laminin,” and watch this eight-minute video.

My favorite half-dozen mementos from Russ are old copies of First Things that he had read. Russ was an underliner, a commentor and a doodler. Reading a magazine or book after Russ read it was great fun. I received a subscription to First Things for my recent birthday and I just couldn’t be more pleased. See

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College Park Church has welcomed new lead pastor Mark Vroegop. He met the congregation in February and began First Things duties in late April. My dear friend Russ For nearly two years, loyal Bob Walters Blowers, who passed away last parishioners of the Bible-based Spirituality November, was a long-time congregation on Carmel’s southpastor in Indianapolis to tens west side weathered the storm of of thousands of Christian souls. He was a the difficult departure of founding pastor life-long learner who never tired of reading Kimber Kauffman. College Park’s patient, up-to-the-minute theological scholarship. prayerful pursuit and placement of a firstHis favorite magazine was First Things, rate preacher and pastor is a blessing for a monthly journal founded and edited by the both the church and city. Welcome Richard John Neuhouse, a Catholic priest Mark Vroegop! who started out as a Lutheran minister. College Park’s website is www.yourPolitics and culture, theology and gion: all normal grist for the brilliant writers and commentators of this wide-ranging Bob Walters ( archives these periodical of all things intelligent and weekly Current! columns at his blog, www. Christian.

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CosT: $3 Where To buy: Spark Buttons will go on sale May 19 at most merchants in the Carmel Arts & Design District. They will also be available at the Farmers’ Market each Saturday in June. Drawings for prizes will be held Monday through Friday starting June 16. The last prize drawing will be July 5. Winning prize numbers will be displayed at www.CarmelFest. net and Prizes are donated by Carmel businesses. All proceeds help defray the cost of fireworks on July 4 at 9:45 p.m.

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meeT VoLunTeers This is the second year I have worked on the Facilities Committee of CarmelFest. I am responsible for the “Two T’s“ of facilities—trash and toilets. It has been suggested our team wear T-shirts with the phrase, “We Talk Trash,” because that’s what we do! So if you hear folks say some of the people on the Facilities Committee are a little “trashy,” that’s a compliment! The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in the city of Carmel. The people I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with have enriched my life and encouraged me to be a better person. Volunteering is a small way to show my gratitude for all my family, my church, my community and my country have done for me.

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ThunDer zone reVs up The CarmelFest 2008 Committee is pleased to announce that the festival will be expanded this year on the grounds of the City Hall. The theme in this new area will be The Thunder Zone. Committee member James Delgado is organizing The Thunder Zone for CarmelFest. The Thunder Zone will be for those fans who love automobiles and racing, and racing-related exhibits. The featured attraction of The Thunder Zone will be a genuine NASCAR racing simulator. The simulator is a real Jeff Gordon No. 24 race car that has been outfitted with $250,000 of state-of-the art electronics to give participants a real racing experience. CarmelFest attendees will be allowed to actually crawl through the window of the race car, sit in the driver’s seat and drive in a simulated race on a computergenerated real race course. A nominal fee will be charged for each participant. More information on The Thunder Zone will be announced soon.

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DISPATCHES DOG OUTFITS: Many Hollywood A-listers and pop socialites can be seen in US Weekly sporting vintage tees and garments. However, the trend for vintage clothing does not stop at humans. The hot trend in small dog clothing has also been the vintage look. Swank Pets announced that they just received a new collection of vintage clothes for small dogs. -

DOGS COMPETE IN FLYBALL: Flyball matches two teams of four dogs against each other. Each dog must clear four hurdles on a track, trigger a box that releases a ball and then carry the ball back over the hurdles to the finish line where the next dog is waiting. “The team with all four dogs running without faults in the heat,” Doucet said. “Each race is made up of three to five heats.” Any canine breed is allowed to compete in the sport. – EARLY EXPOSURE TO CATS BENEFICIAL: A study released by researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, shows that cat ownership may have a protective effect against the development of asthma symptoms in young children at age five. The study, published by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that children with cats in the home were more likely to have made allergy-related antibodies to cats. - Science Daily

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Dogs have long been touted as man’s best friend. They are our constant companions as we drive around town, jog, or just lay on the couch watching a movie. But for some dogs, there is nothing as satisfying as having a job. Dogs are used to promote health and healing in the capacity of Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). Animal-Assisted Activities (AAA) is defined as “providing opportunities for motivational, educational, recreational and/ or therapeutic benefits to enhance the quality of life.” (from Standards of Practice for Animal-Assisted Activities and Therapy). Individuals directing animal-assisted activities do not have to be healthcare professionals but often have training in basic animal behavior as well as a familiarity and a special interest in the populations they serve. Examples of AAA would include dogs that visit nursing homes, pediatric cancer units, and adolescent group homes to engage groups of individuals for the purpose of • entertainment • socialization • acceptance • physical contact and • mental stimulation. Dogs, as well as other pets, provide unconditional positive regard. Dogs do not care about past behaviors, appearances, intelligence, or any of the superficial things

that humans use as qualifiers for “acceptance.” A dog will unconditionally offer his greeting of a smile and a tail wag to a homeless person, a young child bald from chemotherapy, or an elderly person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Connection to another living being through touch is a key factor in maintaining health and wellness. Simply petting a dog has been shown to lower blood pressures and resting heart rates as well as reduce levels of anxiety and depression. Dogs have been used in schools and after-school programs to enhance verbal and reading skills among children with reading difficulties. A special dog treat strategically placed in the pages of a book will create an attentive canine listener as the child reads aloud. Children who lack self-esteem or fear stumbling over their words in front of their peers can read with confidence in the presence of dog in a safe, non-judgmental environment. And the dog is particularly grateful when he gets a treat at the end of the story! Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is “a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is directed and delivered by a health professional with specialized expertise. AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and /or cognitive functioning.” With AAT, healthcare professionals use dogs and other animals within their scope of practice to meet specific treatment goals. For example, an occupational therapist may have a stroke patient stand to brush a dog with the goals of improving the patient’s standing balance, increasing the strength and motion in her affected left hand, fine tuning verbal

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and then burned them down because they forgot to invent Weber grills between the decks and the fires. It’s following in our fathers’ footsteps, right down to the oversized spatulas, goofy hats and “Kiss The Cook” aprons. And it’s the pride you feel when see your friends and family around the table, preparing to dig in to their immolated

entrees, and they say, “What happened to your eyebrows?” Get the burn salve. It’s time to grill. Mike Redmond is an author, journalist, humorist and speaker. Write him at mike@ or P.O. Box 44385, Indianapolis, IN 46244. For information on speaking fees and availability, visit

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he weather has turned tolerable, gentlemen, and you know what that means: time to grill. Actually, many of us do our share of grilling when the weather is anything BUT tolerable, but let’s face it: there is no real glory in standing by a fire in your parka and mukluks, keeping an eye on a bunch of halfcooked brats, in January. I’ve had that idea, and you may take it from me, that the brats weren’t the only Mike Redmond things that were Humor half-cooked. I am, of course, a grill expert. As least, I think I am. All men do. We believe it is encoded in our DNA. The same thing that gives us Adam’s apples and hair on our knuckles makes us think that men alone know how to cook a hamburger outdoors. Which is ludicrous, but what the heck, it gets us out of the house, gives us something to do and keeps our male egos inflated to the recommended PSI. What grilling really provides for men is a chance to play with fire. Ever since Fireman Friendly came to our secondgrade classrooms and told us that fire could be dangerous, we’ve been itching to get our hands on some. And with a grill, we do. Especially if it’s a charcoal grill where we get a little sloppy with the starter fluid; although in that event, it’s not really a case of getting our hands on the fire, but the other way around. This brings up the greatest debate in grilling today: which is better–gas or charcoal? Personally, I prefer charcoal, for a very good reason: that’s the kind of grill I have. If I had a gas grill, I might feel differently. The important thing is that it should have fire, and lots of it. Flames leaping 10 to 12 feet in the air should suffice. Now, what to grill? The sky is the limit (see above under: Flames leaping in air). Just about anything tastes better when cooked on a metal grate over an open fire. Except for pancakes. And eggs. And soup. OK, you can’t cook everything on a grill. But you can cook a lot, even tofu, which makes really pretty flames if you keep it on the grill long enough. That is actually the recommended treatment for grilled tofu. The idea is to make sure you don’t eat it. So what, you might ask, is the value of grilling? There are easier, safer ways to prepare a meal (for example, going to a restaurant). Why bother with all the flame






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painting by hand with a brush or by spraying. Hand painting with a brush is less expensive and results in a more “artistic” look where you will notice some brush strokes upon close examination. Spraying paint with professional equipment will yield a “smoother” finish that is more similar to a factory finish. In either case glazing or distressing is usually done by hand. A sprayed on laquer finish gives you the closest finish to a factory finish. 3. Trim and Molding Upgrades: Before you paint over the existing cabinets, consider adding new molding and trim. For example, try to dress up the island by adding bead board or raised panels and extra tall baseboard. Cabinets can be modified by an experienced carpenter to expand your storage capacity. Finally, consider painting or glazing the island a different color or finish than the kitchen perimeter. Have a remodeling question? Ask Larry Greene, owner of Case Handyman & Remodeling. You may e-mail him at or call 846-2600.



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2:31:24 p.m., investigation, 14300 Clay Terrace Boulevard 2:41:59 p.m., disturbance, 11 Blairsden Ave 2:41:59 p.m., disturbance, 11 Blairsden Ave 2:46:25 p.m., driving complaint, State Road 431 S / East Carmel Drive 2:48:14 p.m., investigation, 795 Wedgewood Lane 2:54:43 p.m., accident property damage, East 96th St / State Road 431 S 3:05:06 p.m., bomb device found, 3525 W 126th St 3:16:01 p.m., accident person injured, West Carmel Dr / North Meridian Street 3:18:48 p.m., accident property damage, East Main St / 4th Ave Se 3:26:22 p.m., theft, 5903 Tall Timber Run 3:26:51 p.m., theft, 1424 W Carmel Drive 3:35:47 p.m., investigation, 3 Civic Square 4:06:45 p.m., alarm hold up, 140 E Carmel Drive 4:15:03 p.m., abandoned auto, 202 Gradle Drive 4:37:44 p.m., accident property damage, East 116th St / State Road 431 S 4:55:14 p.m., domestic, 12347 Medalist Parkway 6:00:22 p.m., alarm burglar, 14002 Old Mill Cir 6:33:45 p.m., accident property damage, 14477 Clay Terrace Blvd 6:57:10 p.m., driving complaint, 14500 Clay Terrace Blvd 7:40:10 p.m., animal complaint, 5196 Carrington Cir 7:58:57 p.m., acc unk, 300 S Guilford Road 8:11:58 p.m., burglary, 1414 Monroe Drive 8:30:50 p.m., investigation, 413 Oak Drive 8:37:00 p.m., juvenile complaint, 13747 Offutt Drive


LaForge-Eaton Engagement Mr. and Mrs. Charles LaForge, of Carmel, Indiana, announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Caroline Elise LaForge to Mr. Joshua James Eaton, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Eaton, also of Carmel, Indiana. A June 7 wedding is planned. The bride-to-be is a 2008 graduate of Indiana University and will be a Sales Manager at Hyatt Hotels. The future groom is also a 2008 graduate of Indiana University and will be an Analyst at Deloitte Consulting. Following a honeymoon in St. Maarten, the couple will reside in Chicago, Illinois.

1:22:29 a.m., disturbance, 1908 Commons Drive 4:40:21 a.m., accident property damage, Woodfield Way / East 146th St 6:44:34 a.m., alarm burglar, 10851 Hazel Dell Parkway 7:47:48 a.m., suspicious activity, Spring Violet Place / Wynstone Way 8:20:41 a.m., theft, 4010 W 96th St 8:28:55 a.m., accident property damage, Hazel Dell Parkway / East 116th St 9:02:08 a.m., accident property damage, East Main Street / State Road 431 N 9:21:44 a.m., investigation, 31 I 465 W 9:22:30 a.m., investigation, 31 I 465 W 9:42:22 a.m., alarm burglar, 1165 Clay Spring Drive 9:48:50 a.m., weapons complaint, East 110th St / Westfield Boulevard 9:55:57 a.m., theft, 3 Civic Square 9:57:03 a.m., juvenile complaint, 3 Civic Square 10:12:41 a.m., accident property damage, East 106th St / State Road 431 N 10:18:09 a.m., driving complaint, East 116th St / State Road 431 S 10:35:41 a.m., weapons complaint, East 103rd St / Delaware Street 10:31:08 a.m., found/lost property, 576 Hunters Drive E 10:52:05 a.m., investigation, 3 Civic Square 11:37:43 a.m., juvenile complaint, 101 4th Ave Se 11:46:36 a.m., investigation, Western Boone 12:08:53 p.m., theft, 2200 E 116th St 12:43:48 p.m., f assist medical, 13217 Griffin Run 1:08:44 p.m., f hazmat gas line cut, 1453 Queensborough Drive 2:09:55 p.m., theft, 3 Civic Square

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