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Monon Greenway success, carousel failure among councilor’s farewell remarks By Ann Marie Shambaugh AnnMarie@youarecurrent.com Ron Carter has seen a lot in 24 years on the Carmel city council. When he took CITY NEWS office in 1996 – the same year as Mayor Jim Brainard — Carmel was a city of less than 40,000 residents, the Monon was still a railroad track and the city didn’t have a single roundabout. At the Dec. 16 Carmel city council meeting — Carter’s last — his fellow councilors said many of the city’s improvements in the last quarter century can be attributed to Carter’s vision and leadership. “Regardless of the time of day, the subject at hand or the obstacles involved, Ron was always thinking about how to make something better than it was with all of the citizens of Carmel in mind,” said council President Jeff Worrell, who described Carter as the council’s “idea man.” Carter’s term on the council expires at the end of 2019. He lost a four-candidate race for three at-large seats on the council in the May Republican primary. At the meeting, Carter thanked those who supported him during his time in politics and shared his top achievements and biggest disappointments during his time on the council. Among his proudest accomplishments are the creation and growth of the Carmel Farmers Market, reconstruction of Keystone Parkway, transition of Carmel to a second-class city and creation of the Monon Greenway. “The city would not have developed as it has without the Monon as the catalyst,” said Carter, who was a founding member of the Monon Greenway Committee. He listed several disappointments, including the final design of U.S. 31. He said the Indiana Dept. of Transporta-

The Carmel City Council presents outgoing city council member Ron Carter, third from right, with a City of Carmel flag. From left, Jeff Worrell, Tony Green, Bruce Kimball, Laura Campbell, Kevin “Woody” Rider and Sue Finkam. (Submitted photo)

tion didn’t listen to Carmel’s guidance and recommendations to keep the reconstructed highway from becoming a physical, social and economic barrier between the city’s east and west sides. “It is like the stretch of I-65 that has dissected for a half-century the old north side of Indianapolis,” he said. “That experience has provided a cautionary tale about working with INDOT.” He also is disappointed that a 2017 proposal by Brainard to purchase an antique carousel for the city wasn’t approved by the council. “The idea was introduced and presented so poorly that it became a symbol,” Carter said. “It would’ve been a great magnet for that end of town.” Carter offered some words of wisdom for the incoming council members, who were sworn in Dec. 18. He said that approximately 15 percent of the population is against “virtually anything” the council tries to do.

“They are the people that you are never going to convince of anything, so don’t cater to them,” he said. Each city councilor thanked Carter for his dedication to the city before approving a resolution expressing appreciation for his 24 years of service to the city. “I’ve seen councilor Carter make important decisions that have taken Carmel from a great place to live to one of the very best places to live,” said councilor Bruce Kimball, who was reelected in November for a second term. “I look forward to following in his footsteps to continue that vision.” Councilor Kevin “Woody” Rider served with Carter on the council for 12 years. “I wasn’t always your favorite person, but we always worked well together,” Rider told Carter during the council meeting. “During the good and the bad, I learned from you. Whether I agreed with you or not, I learned from you.”

“Regardless of the time of day, the subject at hand or the obstacles involved, Ron was always thinking about how to make something better than it was with all of the citizens of Carmel in mind.”

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Carmel accountant and attorney Matthew Hook has announced his candidacy for Indiana’s POLITICS Congressional Fifth District seat. The seat is held by Republican Susan W. Brooks, who announced her retirement in June for a term that will end in 2020. Hook “I am concerned about the fiscal and environmental problems that we are leaving our children and grandchildren,” said Hook, a Republican. “My experience as a CPA, an attorney and senior partner in a private equity firm give me a broad depth of knowledge with respect to fiscal, legal and business matters that would be useful in dealing with issues facing our country.” Hook earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University in 1981 and a juris doctorate from Indiana University in 1989. He worked at KPMH and Ernst & Young in auditing and health care consulting from 1981 to 1988; at Ice Miller in corporate and security law from 1989 to 1994; at HKW, a private equity firm, from 1994 to 2000; and at Centerfield Capital Partners, a private equity firm, as a senior partner from 2001 to 2017. With a platform focused on finances and economics, Hook said he also cares about climate change and supports an outline, “The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends,” which proposes a fee on carbon and distributes proceeds from the fee equally to all households. Hook has been married to Jody for 26 years. They have four living children, ranging in age from 16 to 25. Learn more at votethefuturenow.com. For a full list of candidates, visit youarecurrent.com.


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New apartments planned By Ann Marie Shambaugh AnnMarie@youarecurrent.com Developers have filed plans to remove 112 units at the Gramercy apartment complex GRAMERCY on City Center Drive and replace them with 483 units in three new four-story buildings. The development proposal by Buckingham Properties also includes a 258-space parking garage and community leasing amenity center. The new buildings are planned on 22.9 acres known as Gramercy East, just east of the Gramercy West res-

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Gramercy East is planned south of City Center Drive and west of Keystone Parkway. (Submitted image)

idential community being developed by David Weekley Homes. Current has reached out to the developer team for comment.

New biz replacing Scotty’s Compiled by Ann Marie Shambaugh AnnMarie@youarecurrent.com The Carmel City Council met Dec. 16 to rezone land for two developments,

approve an alcoholic beverage permit for a new business planning to move into the space that previously housed Scotty’s Brewhouse and form a new committee.

What happened: The council approved a three-way alcoholic beverage permit for a new restaurant in the spot vacated by Scotty’s Brewhouse on Main Street. What it means: According to documents submitted to the city, Keystone Realty Group obtained the permit for a casual dining or entertainment business to be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The name of the business has not been determined. It is expected to employ approximately 20 people. What happened: The council rezoned 6.8 acres between Rohrer Road and the Monon Trail from R1 to UR zoning. What it means: The rezoning allows the Monon Crossing development to proceed. Lennar Homes plans to build 60 townhomes on the site.

What’s next: The townhomes are anticipated to sell for $275,000 to $350,000.

What happened: The council rezoned the Meridian Suburban neighborhood from S-2 residential to Meridian Corridor. What it means: Meridian Development has purchased 29 of the 31 homes in the neighborhood – with another expected to close in January – to make way for the Franciscan Health Orthopedic Center of Excellence.

What’s next: Residents are allowed to stay rent-free in the homes for a year. Once the neighborhood is vacated, the homes will be demolished.

What happened: The council approved the formation of the Carmel Advisory Commission on Disability. What it means: The committee, initiated by city councilor Laura Campbell, will initially focus on accessibility, employment and social connection issues.

What’s next: The commission is expected to be formed by mid-January.

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School’s price tag increases By Sadie Hunter sadie@yoaurecurrent.com Carmel Clay Schools’ new elementary campus on Clay Center Road is going to be more EDUCATION expensive than originally projected. At its Dec. 16 meeting, the CCS Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution to award nearly $27 million to 13 companies that will be responsible for constructing parts of the school. The board previously approved two other bid awards for work and structural steel, bringing the total cost of the project to nearly $34 million. Roger McMichael, CCS associate superintendent of business affairs, said the price tag is approximately $4.7 million more than an estimate given at the design development stage and $2.4 million more than the estimate given at the final design stage. “That’s in the context of over $30 million, but still, that’s significant,” McMichael said. “It’s just the state of the market conditions. Being able to look at previous jobs and prices and so forth, it just isn’t working these days because the pricing is changing almost every day.” McMichael assured the board that while costs were higher than expected, funding would not be an issue.

The new elementary school on Clay Center Road is set to open for the 2021-22 school year. (Submitted rendering)

“We will have funds to cover this cost,” he said. “We have not yet sold the large bond issue. We sold the general obligation bond in 2019, but the larger lease rental bond for this school will be sold in the first quarter of 2020. I think it’s likely that we will need funds beyond the bond issue.” McMichael suggested selling an additional general obligation bond in 2020 to cover the difference. “While we do have the funds at hand (in the operating fund), it would be significant if we chose to use those funds for this project rather than what we anticipated using them for,” he said. CCS officials scaled back the project to reduce costs. Site work has already begun for the school. McMichael said construction will begin as soon as the weather breaks and is set to be complete in July 2021 for opening in fall 2021. Read the full story at currentincarmel.com.

Clay Center name proposed By Sadie Hunter sadie@yoaurecurrent.com

A name has been proposed for the Carmel Clay Schools campus coming to the west side of EDUCATION town: Clay Center Elementary School. At a Dec. 16 school board meeting, Supt. Michael Beresford introduced a resolution recommending the new name and explained its choice. “On Nov. 14, at a workshop session for the board, we had a nice presentation on the early history of Carmel Clay Schools, written by A.J. Wright with the Carmel Clay Historical Society,” Beresford said. “His

research found that on Sept. 25, 1912, Clay Township opened a new brick school on the northeast corner of 116th Street and Clay Center Road. The school was named Clay Center. The location was just south of where our new elementary school is being built.” The board will vote on the proposal at a future meeting, but Beresford said when the name has been decided, the district will begin working through the process of registering the new building with the Indiana Dept. of Education. “We’ll get a school number assigned, and we’ll start thinking about mascots and colors and involve students and the community with that,” he said.


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‘POLAR EXPRESS’ ROLLS INTO MUSEUM

Amy Grove, right, reads to attendees. (Photos by Ben Stout)

The Carmel Clay Historical Society presented a reading of Chris Van Allsburg’s “The Polar Express” Dec. 14 at the Monon Depot Museum. Guests also enjoyed cookies and hot cocoa, holiday art and gifts.

Siblings Kai Monkul, left, and Keenan Monkul display their own commemorative train whistles and tickets to ride on the Polar Express.

Christkindlmarkt tops list By Ann Marie Shambaugh AnnMarie@youarecurrent.com The Carmel Christkindlmarkt has been voted North America’s Best Holiday Market. ACHIEVEMENT The 2019 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest rankings were compiled through four weeks of public online voting. Twenty nominees were chosen by a panel of editors and experts. “We are thrilled to receive this recognition for our Christkindlmarkt, which we have designed to be the most authentic of its kind anywhere in North America,” Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard stated in a press release. “We took special care to send our market master to Germany to personally order the hand-crafted items that are featured in our huts because it was important for us to make sure our Christkindlmarkt was like none other in North America.” Brainard came up with plans for

the Christkindlmarkt after seeing similar markets in Germany. The Christkindlmarkt opened in 2017, and in 2018 drew more than 325,000 visitors. This year, more huts were added along with more German food options and a new Indiana German Heritage Museum. “We have really worked hard to partner with several community groups to put on a Christkindlmarkt that is not just about shopping and ice skating but also about education and bringing a taste of old world music and the arts to our patrons,” Market Master and CEO Maria Murphy stated in a press release. Learn more about the honor at 10best.com/awards/travel/ best-holiday-market-2019/. The Carmel Christkindlmarkt is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and noon to 9 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 24 at 10 Center Green. Learn more at carmelchristkindlmarkt.com.

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Earth Fare in Carmel sets closing date By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com Earth Fare, an organic food supermarket, will close in Carmel Jan. 11, a company spokeswomBUSINESS an confirmed Dec. 17. There will be a sale of 20 percent off products until the closing date at the company-owned store, 1392 Range Line Road. The spokeswoman said she had no information on how many employees the store has now or the reasons for closing. At the time of its opening in June 2013, the Carmel store expected to use 80 to 90 full- and part-time employees. Earth Fare is also closing its store at 13145 Levinson Lane in Noblesville and a store in Greenwood. The headquarters are in Asheville, N.C.

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Cities offer options for Christmas tree disposal By Anna Skinner anna@youarecurrent.com When the holiday season ends, many families look for ways to dispose of live Christmas trees. Here is a list of disposal HOLIDAYS options for area residents: Carmel: Christmas tree pickup is included in the Carmel city trash pickup service at no additional cost. Cut Christmas trees in half and lay them next to the trash cart. Westfield: Ray’s Trash Service will pick up one Christmas tree per household. The tree must be cut into 4-foot sections. Pickups will run from Dec. 26 to Jan. 17. Zionsville: The Town of Zionsville offers no service for live Christmas tree disposal. Residents should call their trash service to inquire about options.

Noblesville: Republic Services will collect Christmas trees from Dec. 26 until Jan. 10. Trees will be collected on the same day and in the same location as residents’ trash/recycle collection. Trees must be cut into sections of no more than 4 feet per section and placed inside the trash cart so that the automated arm of the trucks can place them in the truck. Trees laying on the ground beside trash containers will not be collected. For more, call Republic Services at 317-567-6400. Fishers: The City of Fishers offers a free tree recycling program sponsored by Sambol’s Tree Farm. Residents can drop off bare, live trees through Feb. 1 at Brooks School Park, Roy G. Holland Memorial Park or Cumberland Park. For more, visit fishers.in.us/ treerecycling. Lawrence:  Each household can put out one tree for disposal. Trees are mulched by Republic Services.

Virtual challenge loops I-465 By Emma Uber news@currentincarmel.com

Vision Event Management is helping people maintain healthy New Year’s resolutions with the NEW YEAR inaugural 465 Virtual Challenge. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 29, participants are challenged to complete 53 miles of exercise, the distance of the I-465 loop around Indianapolis. “Because the challenge is virtual, (you) are not doing this on I-465. You are doing this on treadmills, your favorite trail, really however you want,” said Jeff Graves, president of Westfield-based Vision Event Management. “You can walk, run, bike, skip, crawl, whatever you want to do to get your exercise and get your 53 miles.” Participants will record their progress and report it online. Vision Event Management plans to send frequent emails with encouragement, updates on how many miles participants should have completed and a sug-

gested training program. Registration is open with two options: premium and basic. Premium costs $39.99, and those who complete the challenge will receive a T-shirt, medal, bumper sticker, bib and certificate of completion. Basic registration is $24.99 and includes a bumper sticker, bib and certificate of completion upon conquering the challenge. There are additional programs for those who want to challenge themselves further. A 24 Hour Club is available for those who complete the 53 miles in less than 24 hours and a Looper Club is offered to those who complete the challenge multiple times. “Because of New Year’s resolutions, it’s a perfect time. I think it’s a real way to keep people motivated in these upcoming months, and it’s a good way to do something with friends from all around the country and all around the world,” Graves said. Learn more and register at 465challenge.com.

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Earning the top prize at a mathematics competition has become commonplace ACHIEVEMENT for Carmel High School. For the 11th consecutive year, students from Carmel earned first place last month at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology High School Mathematics Competition. Six CHS students — junior Rhea Acharya and sophomores Aneesh Dasgupta, Jack Liu, Bill Quian, Jinhee Won and Jacob Zhang — solved all 20 of the competition’s problems. They were the only students in the competition to do so. Individually at the senior level, CHS’s Angela Li placed second, Jerry Wang and Christopher Zou were third and Raphael Li was seventh. At the junior level, Rhea Archarya placed first, Noah Tan second, Lillian He and Lilith Roopesh sixth and Owen Eckart 11th.

The sophomore team was the most impressive, with Dasgupta, Liu, Quian, Won and Zhang tying for the top individual spot. Aniket Biswal earned second place. Jammy Wang was third, Nathan Huangwas fifth, Akash Bhowmik was sixth and Nathan Ou was seventh. “Carmel is the extraordinary beneficiary of parents who push their children to succeed at the highest level in mathematics,” said Joseph Broman, a CHS math teacher and Math Club sponsor. “Many of our students have studied advanced mathematics outside of school and come to us very well-prepared. Most of the sophomores in the Math Club are in pre-calculus or calculus, which puts them several years ahead of their peers. So, solving these interesting algebra and geometry problems is something they’ve been doing since elementary or middle school.” At the freshman level, Vanaan He earned third place. Tanay Archarya was fourth and Nathan Martin was sixth.

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New director at CEF — Jennifer Penix will become the executive director of the Carmel Education Foundation on Jan. 2, 2020. She will replace retiring co-executive directors Barbara Danquist and Stephanie McDonald, who led CEF Penix for seven years. Penix previously served as the development and special events manager for Junior Achievement of Central Indiana.

No-Shave November donation — The Carmel Police Dept. presented $4,842.94 raised through this year’s No-Shave November campaign donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Chief Jim Barlow relaxed the department’s grooming standards regarding facial hair for the 85 employees that made monetary donations. Contributions were also made by Integrity Automotive, family members and friends of CPD employees, and other members of the community.


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Volunteers for Secret Families of Hamilton County wrap gifts for local families Dec. 14 at Wasson Nursery. (Submitted photo)

Hundreds benefit from local Christmas charity By Sadie Hunter sadie@youarecurrent.com An agreement between a husband and wife to buy gifts for a struggling family inGIVING BACK stead of each other has flourished into something much larger after 15 years. Last week, Secret Families Christmas Charity, an organization that delivers Christmas gifts to children in need, completed its mission of helping more than 400 families across central Indiana. Forty of those families, approximately 200 individuals, are in Hamilton County. The Hamilton County chapter of Secret Families started in 2014 with only eight families being served. “Unlike the other counties we serve, Hamilton County fights the misconception that every resident is affluent,” said Tom Flanagan, “head elf” of Secret Families of Hamilton County. “While the percentages look good in our community, there are over 10,000 children on free or reduced lunches in Hamilton County schools and over 12,000 people who fall below the poverty line. This is larger than the entire populations of eight Indiana counties. “The stories of the families we help,

which are provided to us from local schools, range from the death of a parent to unplanned medical debt to sudden loss of a job, and the stories are not just isolated to a few corners of the county.” On Dec. 14, shopping took place at Meijer in Noblesville, followed by gift wrapping at Wasson’s Nursery in Fishers. The gifts were then delivered. Flanagan said although there is no set dollar amount per family (families range from 3 to 13 members), the average is approximately $550 per family and includes presents, a Meijer gift card to purchase a Christmas dinner and a decorated tree. “There is no cap on families we serve aside from funding,” he said. “Our largest chapter serves almost 400 families each year. We have far more families referred to us in Hamilton County than we can currently fund, and (we) would love to see this grow exponentially in the coming years. “Christmas was a wonderful time for me and my wife when we were raising our children. I cannot imagine as a parent having to say, ‘I’m sorry, but we can’t afford to have Christmas this year.’ This conversation takes place more often than people think each year in Hamilton County.” For more, visit secretfamilieshc.org.

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Library’s $40M expansion to include more space for teens, parking garage By Ann Marie Shambaugh AnnMarie@youarecurrent.com Big changes are coming to the Carmel Clay Public Library. The library is COVER STORY planning a nearly $40 million expansion that will include more space for programs, a parking garage and several other upgrades. Design work is expected to be complete in early 2020, with construction beginning in the second half of the year. The duration of the project will depend on whether a temporary library location can be found. CCPL Director Bob Swanay said if the library can temporarily relocate, the project could be complete in two years. If that doesn’t happen, he said he doesn’t know how long the project will last. “If we don’t (find a location), it’s going to take longer to get this done and it’s going to be disruptive to be here throughout construction,” he said. “We’re not just adding on to the building, we’re renovating a lot of the interior of the library.” Swanay said the library is looking for a space to lease in central Carmel. Whether or not relocation happens, the library’s goal is to offer continual service throughout the project. One reason the library is looking to temporarily relocate is because construction is expected to occur at the same time as Carmel Clay Schools builds a new Carmel Elementary facility just south of the library. Swanay said CCPL has worked closely with CCS to coordinate the projects. The library expansion is expected to add between 10,000 and 30,000 square feet to the library’s 116,000foot building, which was constructed in 1999.

“(The building) is holding up remarkably well. The library has done a great job over the years of keeping the building well-maintained,” Swanay said. “One thing we hope to achieve is to make it a much more sustainable building Swanay and reduce energy usage. We’re looking for opportunities to modernize the building.” Look for project updates at carmel. lib.in.us/nextchapter.

PROGRAM SPACE

One of the biggest changes planned is an expansion of the space for library programs. The existing program room can hold approximately 100 people, but the proposed one will be able to fit 400 people and have the option of being divided into two rooms. Swanay said in 2018, CCPL presented approximately 2,200 programs with 80,000 people in attendance. “That’s a really huge number considering we don’t have capacity to hold large crowds,” he said. The purpose of the renovation is to create versatile spaces that range from individual study rooms to the large program room. The library, which sits between Carmel Elementary and Carmel High School, also is planning to at

FRONT ENTRANCE COULD MOVE

Plans include moving the library entrance to Main Street. Currently, the main entrance is on the west side of the building facing 4th Ave. SE, and many patrons enter smaller doors on the south side of the building near the parking lot. “Even from Main Street, some people aren’t clear that this is the library,” Swanay said. “One of our goals is to connect with the Arts & Design District. We think by moving the front of the library to be Main Street-facing, it’s a much more clear connection.” The expansion also may include expanding the building north toward Main Street. The reconfiguration is expected to provide a better space for the library to hold events outdoors.

PARKING GARAGE

The library has more than doubled the number of materials checked out and programs held since opening 20 years ago, and the existing parking lot is not built to handle that amount of traffic. The project will include a 235-space parking garage on the west half of the existing lot south of the library, and 90 surface parking spots will remain available to the east. The library

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WEST BRANCH TO OPEN JAN. 6 The Carmel Clay Public Library will open the Joyce Winner West Branch at 12770 Horseferry Rd. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Jan. 6. The 5,000-squarefoot building in the Village of WestClay will loan books and movies and have gathering spaces and a drive-up materials return. Patrons can place a hold on materials at the main library and pick them up at the new branch. Regular hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. “This is a great time for us to be opening our first branch since we’ll be going through (renovations at the main building),” CCPL Director Bob Swanay said. “It’s a wonderful time to extend our footprint.” also will maintain its 106-spot parking lot west of 4th Ave SE, bringing the total number of parking spots to 435. Currently, 300 spots are available.

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The library opened the Digital Media Lab on Main Street in 2016, but when renovations are complete, it’s expected to move to the main building. Swanay said the new building will provide more space for the lab, which provides equipment for cardholders to work on digital creations. The new lab is expected to contain additional recording booths and a video editing booth, a feature not available in the current lab. “This is going to take the concept and push it to a next-generation level,” Swanay said. “We’re going to be able to do more by having it back in the library.”


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What is too much?

Taxpayers lose in Carmel’s lawsuit win

Commentary by Terry Anker

Earlier this month, Bloomberg Businessweek published a story querying if the state of Tennessee’s project to provide “free” college to any citizen who enrolls should be standard operating procedure across the nation. It sounds good. So, how has it worked? Eligible Tennesseans apply about 80 percent of the time, but only a handful actually progress to enrolling in classes. Of those, nearly 20 percent drop out after one semester. Half quit by the end of three years. Jobs, family obligations and a panoply of other distractions are cited for the disappointing stats. The article rightly points out that money is not a magic wand. Socalled “wraparound services” are suggested to prop up the Tennessee Promise. Help finding day care, stable food, appropriate additional financial support and connection to tutoring are among the range of suggested benefits. There is some evidence that these may increase persistence, but no single one is sufficient to stop the bleeding and save the state. Should more, or less, be expected from students trying to move their way up? Is it possible that our sympathy rather than expectant support reinforces the failure? Certainly, folks need grit and encouragement from those they trust to overcome the challenges of life’s hardships. When are working, studying, car repairs and family relationships justifiably regarded as overwhelming, and when are they best described as commonly human, and therefore simply routine? Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may email him at terry@ youarecurrent.com.

Bring on the holidays! Commentary by Danielle Wilson I’ve finally gotten my holiday groove on, people! I’m just back from a 6 a.m. Meijer run, HUMOR followed by an hour at Kohl’s. With a generous serving of Amazon and a few swigs of merlot, I’m feeling quite good about Christmas. True, I’ve not yet written the annual family missive, nor have I mailed a single card. But I’m not worried. “Better late than never” is our family motto! Now, if only my husband Doo would stop being such a Grinch. He’s been oscillating between “I don’t care if Maddie has dance, I’m vacuuming up this stupid tinsel” and “I can’t possibly get anything done if you keep nagging me about addressing envelopes.” That is why I’m stuffing my face with bourbon-soaked English fruitcake. I need a dense dessert to keep my potty-mouth in check. I want to tell Doo to quit whining and go to the office if he needs to

work. Seriously, anyone here expecting to be left alone in the peace and quiet just days before Baby Jesus arrives is living in a winter wonderland. This place is the Island of Misfit Toys, my friends. We have cats vomiting on rugs, cars breaking down, college kids up in my grill, and almost certainly a nasty flu virus lurking. Plus, I only finished teaching yesterday. Momma still has a ton of miracles to perform. Let the reindeer games commence! My point is, I need Doo to get on board my Polar Express — for him to take a moment to enjoy this crazy season, and more important, to revel in my spectacular purchasing prowess. Also, we should probably get on the card thing. Peace out.

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Danielle Wilson is a contributing columnist. You may email her at info@youarecurrent.com.

Editor, I saw that Carmel “won” a lawsuit about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act fix. I decided to see what Carmel taxpayers actually won, since I am sure most of us were really concerned either way. It looks like, and only through Jan. 8 of this year, that we won the right to pay Krieg DeVault law firm $251,596.17 for this big victory. I also note that one Libby Goodknight of that law firm has cleaned up in this pointless exercise to the tune of $196,125. And of course (Mayor) Jim Brainard won $5,000 in campaign donations from Krieg DeVault this spring. The fix is in, and it’s on “We the Taxpayers.” As Thomas DiLorenzo quipped, “The purpose of government is for those who run it to plunder those who do not.” Whether RFRA is right or wrong, Ms. Goodknight has done a fine job monetizing the noncontroversy. Too bad Carmel won the lawsuit to plunder Home Place and force me to pay her so much.​ ​Eric S. Morris​, Carmel

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Book spotlights veteran business owners By Rick Morwick rick@youarecurrent.com No one needs to convince Paul Pickett that military veterans are well-suited to FRANCHISE own and operate a business. He can’t, in fact, think of more qualified candidates. “Veterans have a unique history of following best practices and understand that those best practices are the way to meet brand stanPickett dards,” said Pickett, a Carmel-based franchising expert and chief development officer for Wild Birds Unlimited. “(They) also know that following those best practices is the best way to achieve their own success. They like systems. They like communication and clarity. They are great implementers, to say the least.” Pickett, an Indianapolis resident who works in Carmel, states his case for veterans in a new book, “The Franchise Book of Mentors,” which he guest-authored with primary author Keith Gerson. All proceeds from the book, which was released Nov. 11, Veterans Day, benefit VetFran, an International Franchise Association affiliate that helps veterans transition from the military to franchise ownership.

A long-time industry expert, Gerson is president of franchise operations and chief marketing officer for FranConnect, a leading management software provider. He recruited Pickett, whom he has known for more than two decades, and 22 other national experts to contribute insights for “The Franchise Book of Mentors.” “(Pickett) is one of the most respected thought-leaders in all of franchising and one of the most generous of any I know,” said Gerson, who resides near Gerson FranConnect’s headquarters in Herndon, Va. “He was one of the first requests I made for my short-list of contributors. I’ve admired his amazing and award-winning efforts and his conviction to making a difference in the lives of others.” Wild Birds Unlimited, founded in 1981 in Indianapolis, is a national retail chain that specializes in bird-feeding supplies. Several of its franchises are owned by veterans, including several in Maryland. “We have a number of veterans in the Wild Birds Unlimited system who are great owners,” Pickett said. “It was a huge honor to be invited to participate (in the book).” “The Franchise Book of Mentors” can be purchased at franchisebookofmentors.com.

DISPATCHES Home sale prices decrease — While Carmel home sale prices decreased, they also left the market more quickly than November 2018. According to F.C. Tucker Company, the November 2019 average sale price for homes in Carmel was $381,368, an 8.4 percent decrease from this time last year. The average price per square foot also decreased slightly to $147.97, a .2 percent decrease compared to November 2018. Carmel homes spent less time on the market, selling in an average of 40

days, 27.3 percent faster than November of last year. Rize coming to Carmel — Rize, a Cunningham Restaurant Group breakfast and lunch bistro, will open at Gateway Plaza at 12955 Old Meridian St. in summer 2020. Rize will join CRG’s BRU Burger Bar Carmel location at the same property. Current tenants of the plaza that will remain include BRU Burger Bar, Burn Boot Camp, Halo Salon, Team Rehab and A Cut Above Catering.

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You get what you pay for. Surely, you’ve heard that adage countless times. You heed that adVISION vice from the wise. You probably even preach it to your budding teenagers. Why, then, would you take a shortcut with your surgical vision procedure? Out of all the questions we get, this one is probably the most frustrating: “I got this coupon for LASIK at ‘XYZ chop shop,’ what do you think about them?” Seriously? If you needed a heart valve replacement, would you shop around for the best deal, or would you ask about the surgeon’s qualifications and their medical track record? I honestly don’t know where the public perception has changed, but LASIK is an extremely delicate and technical medical procedure altering the single most important sense that we use to function in life. I may be biased, but permanent vision correction is extremely important! More time

should be done researching this surgical procedure than simply listening to a radio ad offering free tech devices if you “sign up before year’s end.” You can always buy that same doodad on your own, but you can’t replace your eyes if the surgery isn’t done correctly. Fortunately, there are some great LASIK surgeons here in Indy that we trust and recommend, but there also are some with which you should use caution when shopping around. Simply put, if there is a high-pressure sale, a sliding price range or free devices being offered — run! When in doubt, ask your eye doctor for their medical recommendation instead of checking Facebook or gimmicky holiday sales pushes. Your eyes will thank you for it! Dr. Jeremy A. Ciano, an international lecturer and published author, is a Current Publishing columnist. For more information or to ask a question, he may be emailed at DrCiano@Revolution-EYES.com.

Holiday help for caregivers By Shelly Gattlieb news@currentincarmel.com

200,000 have younger-onset Alzheimer’s, which means that the disease affected them before the age of 65. The holiday season involves many Carmel resident Kara Hanley’s mother, changes to normal routines, and for Cheryl, was diagnosed at age 47, and caregivthe disease took her life at ALZHEIMER’S ers, it age 53. When the family first can be an began noticing behavioral especially challenging time. changes, they assumed it to Maria Holmes is the probe menopausal, but the sympgram manager for the local toms became increasingly chapter of the Alzheimer’s concerning. Association, a role that foWith the help of a grant Hanley cuses on providing support provided by the Alzheimer’s for caregivers and families. During Association, Cheryl was able to rethe holidays, Holmes said that even ceive assistance from outside caresmall changes, such as letting guests givers and remain living in her home. know what to expect, can make Although Hanley experienced frusa huge difference in planning and trating times, she encourages people accommodating. to embrace the positive moments. “Caregivers often feel guilty about “The biggest thing we learned was taking breaks, but they need to do to be patient and to still laugh at the it for their own health and to make joke the 47th time you’ve heard it,” them a better caregiver as well,” Hanley said. Holmes said. Learn more about local support for Of the 5.8 million Americans livcaregivers at alz.org or call the 24ing with Alzheimer’s, approximately hour careline at 800-272-3900.


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These are their favorite things By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com Carmel Symphony Orchestra Music Director Janna Hymes has no problem picking HOLIDAY her favorite holiday movie, “Holiday Inn” with Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. “I love that movie so much,” Hymes said. “The kids know it, and we watch it every year. Hymes It’s so funny. The music is incredible.” As far as favorite musicals, that’s a little harder for the Carmel resident to pin down. She regularly listens to Christmas albums by Doc Severinsen and Michael Bublé. “I have a compilation CD with people on it like Natalie Cole, Idina Menzel and a lot of pop artists,” Hymes said. “Now with Echo, I can just say, ‘Play holiday music,’ and it plays great music. Last night, I just said, ‘Play holiday jazz.’ We just did our Holiday Pops concert, so I’m up on all that much. I love the holidays and being able to perform in the holidays. When everything kicks in and everyone is in the spirit, there is nothing like it.” Unlike Hymes, Actors Theatre of Indiana co-founder Don Farrell can’t pick just one holiday movie. The holiday Farrell movies he loves for different reasons are “A Christmas Story,” “Christmas Vacation,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

His favorite Christmas musical is one ATI has presented in previous years, “A Year With Frog and Toad!” “Some of my best Christmas memories are with that musical,” he said. Farrell said “A Christmas Story: The Musical” has become a new favorite. Farrell is appearing in Beef & Boards’ production of the musical, which runs through Dec. 31. “My favorite dish was what I thought my mother invented, the famous green bean casserole with Durkee onions on top,” he said. “I can’t believe I thought my mom invented that dish. Can’t have a holiday meal without it.” The Westfield resident had several traditions growing up in Georgia. “My favorite tradition in the past as a child was driving out with my dad

and two brothers to cut down a tree in the woods picking out what we would call our Charlie Brown Christmas tree, one that most likely no one would ever think would be suitable,” Farrell said. “Then baking and decorating gingerbread cookies with my mom and hanging them on the tree for my friends to pick one when they came over to play at my house.” Farrell said another nice memory growing up was going caroling around his neighborhood and at the Children’s Hospital with friends. “Always a feel-good way to get in the Christmas spirit,” Farrell said. “Today, my go-to tradition for trees is at the Carmel United Methodist Church and purchase a live Christmas tree to support their CUMC youth work.”

HERE ARE SOME OTHER HOLIDAY PICKS: Cynthia Collins, Actors Theatre of Indiana co-founder, Carmel resident • Favorite holiday movies: “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” • Favorite holiday dish: “My Aunt Joan’s pecan pie, which I make now from her recipe.” • Favorite Christmas song: Barbra Streisand’s version of “Sleigh Ride.” Doug Stark, Beef & Boards owner, Zionsville resident • Favorite holiday movie: “We always watch ‘A Christmas Story’ on Christmas Eve. That’s part of a holiday tradition. We have a Christmas Eve pizza so that we don’t have to cook anything.” • Favorite Christmas song: “White Christmas.” Greg Sorvig, artistic director for Heartland Film, Carmel resident

• Favorite holiday movies: TV special of 1988’s “Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special.” Movies are “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Christmas Vacation” and “Elf.” • Favorite Christmas music: From Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Spike Jones and Squirrel Nut Zippers. • Favorite dish: “Passed-down (family) tradition is making lefse, a Norwegian potato flatbread made on a skillet, later rolled with butter and sugar.” Nancy Keating, Art on Main co-owner, mosaics artist, Carmel resident • Favorite tradition: “Each Christmas Eve, my husband and I enjoy a quiet and peaceful dinner at Donatello’s Italian Restaurant in the Arts & Design District.”

U.S. high school singers with interests in musical theater, jazz and classic popular music can apply now to experience a life-changing week of performance opportunities and personal mentoring by Broadway stars and other arts and entertainment professionals. The Great American Songbook Foundation has opened the application process for its 11th annual Songbook Academy, the nation’s only youth music intensive focused on the timeless standards of Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley. The 2020 Songbook Academy takes place July 11-18 at the Foundation’s home, the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. Applications received by Feb. 15 will receive a $30 early bird discount from the standard $80 application fee. The final 2020 application deadline is March 15. Need-based scholarships and fee waivers and other financial-aid opportunities are available. More details and application information are available at TheSongbook.org/ SongbookAcademy.

Westfield — Uncorked with Joshua Bucy will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 26 at Urban Vines Winery & Brewery, 303 E. 161st St. Carmel — Ross David will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 27 at Sugar Creek Winery, 1111 W. Main St. Whitestown — Biscuit Miller & the Mix will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 in the 1915 Room at Moontown Brewing Co., 345 S. Bowers St. Admission is $35. Indianapolis — “A Christmas Story: The Musical” runs at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre through Dec. 31. For more, visit beefandboards.com.


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Celebrate New Year’s Eve Complied by Chris Bavender editorial@youarecurrent.com Here’s a sampling of New Year’s Eve options for Hamilton County: Bier Brewery North
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 13720 N. Meridian St, Carmel 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Free admission Urban Vines Winery
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 690 Beech St., Zionsville 11 a.m. to noon Raise a toast with the family with some tasty juice, watch a balloon drop at noon and party with nature center friends during this year’s snake-themed celebration. Registration is required because space is limited. Register at zionnaturecenter.org. Moontown Brewing Co.
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IMS show adds new element By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com

Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles and HOLIDAY his staff figured Lights at the Brickyard would be a good way to draw racing fans during the offseason. “We learned that 50 percent of the people that came through the first year had never even been to the Speedway, which is pretty crazy,” Boles said. “We figured it would be mostly race fans, but it was families looking for something to do in their cars.” So, Boles said the lights display has become a great way to introduce IMS to people who have never been before. The holiday lights display, in its fourth year, keeps growing. This year, Lights at the Brickyard has added an out-of-car experience around the IMS Pagoda Plaza. “We wanted to get the in-car expe-

The Lights at the Brickyard has added an out-of-car experience this year. (Submitted photo)

rience down first before we focused on the out-of-car experience,” Boles said. “People can park their car and walk around Pagoda Plaza and go up into the Pagoda.” Boles, a Zionsville resident, said motorists can drive through the 2-mile lights display and then park and walk around. Lights at the Brickyard will remain open until Jan. 5. Operating hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Pagoda Plaza Village and Pagoda Experience will be available through Dec. 24. For ticket prices, visit IMS.com.


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Where’s Amy? Amy Pauszek is a photographer, film producer and scouting and casting associate for Talent Fusion Agency in Indianapolis. She can be reached at Amy@youarecurrent.com. To see more of her photos, visit currentnightandday.com.

Where’s Amy enjoys Holiday Pops concert The Carmel High School Ambassadors performed at the Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s IU Health Holiday Pops concert Dec. 14 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts. The venue was filled with beautiful and joyful music under the direction of CSO Music Director Janna Hymes, with special guests Sarah Scharbrough and the Wright Brothers Band. Where’s Amy had a chance to go backstage and hang out with the local musicians. The concert was one of the best holiday treats of the year. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the night. For more, visit carmelsymphony.org. (Photo by Amy Pauszek)

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The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir will perform holiday music and feature the talents of the Indianapolis Chamber Choir and Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera” star Michele McConnell. Cost: $15 to $57

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DISPATCHES CHS choirs tribute set — Tickets for Carmel High School’s “The Legacy Concert” are on sale at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. The concert is set for April 13 at the Palladium. The concert celebrates the Carmel Choir program, which has impacted thousands of young men and women for more than 50 years. For more, visit thecenterpresents.org.

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1 and 6 p.m. Dec. 22; “A Christmas Carol,” 7 p.m. Dec. 23, 1 and OneAmerica Stage, 4 p.m. Dec. 24; 1 p.m. Indiana Repertory Theatre Dec. 26

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2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21; 2 p.m. Dec. 22; 7 p.m. Dec. 26, 27; 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 28

Walk Off the Earth to perform — Canadian indiepop band Walk Off The Earth will perform at 8 p.m. April 17 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. The group is known for unconventional arrangements, catchy original tunes and innovative covers that have become a YouTube sensation. Tickets are on sale at thecenterpresents. org.

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Remains of Jerusalem’s Second Temple Commentary by Don Knebel In about 34 B.C., Herod became King of Judea. To improve the image of his backwater kingdom, TRAVEL Herod undertook massive construction projects, including rebuilding Jerusalem’s Second Temple, then located atop a flatted area on Mount Moriah. Beginning in 19 B.C., Herod built and filled a massive trapezoidal-shaped retaining wall around Mount Moriah, creating a much larger platform, or Temple Mount, on which he built a much larger Second Temple complex to replace the original. The 1,000-foot-long western side of the stone retaining wall extended about 100 feet above the Tyropean Road, ancient Jerusalem’s shop-lined main street. An arched bridge, then the highest in the world, straddled the Tyropean Road, allowing visitors to enter the Temple Mount from the west. According to the Gospel of John (2:20), the reconstructed Second Temple was completed 46 years after the project began, or just before

Edward Robinson identified that connection point, and the arch became known as Robinson’s Arch. After Israel gained control of the area around the Temple Mount after the Six-Day War in 1967, archaeologists began excavating the area near Robinson’s Arch, reaching the Tyropean Road in 1987. Today’s, visitors can walk a section of the Tyropean Road and see what remains of the arched bridge and what are likely stone blocks from Herod’s Second Temple. The excavated Tyropean Road in Jerusalem. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Jesus last visited Jerusalem in about A.D. 30 In A.D. 70, after a long siege, troops sent to Jerusalem by Emperor Nero to put down the First Jewish Revolt broke through the city walls. To protect their temple, Jewish defenders destroyed the arched bridge leading to the Temple Mount, but to no avail. Roman troops demolished Herod’s Second Temple, throwing its stone blocks onto the Tyropean Road. Throughout the following centuries,

Heard of a phrasal verb? Commentary by Curtis Honeycutt What’s a phrasal verb, and how can it make my life better? Those are fair questions, GRAMMAR GUY especially because it’s possible you’ve never heard of a phrasal verb. As you just deduced (quite studiously, I may add), a phrasal verb is a phrase that uses two or three words consisting of a verb and a particle and/or a preposition to form one semantic unit. Phrasal verbs also are known as “verbal idioms,” if that helps you understand the term better. The easiest way to understand phrasal verbs is to share some examples: turn up, back off, tune out, hook up, play along and lean in. Now that you see this list, you probably realize we use phrasal verbs all the time. What I find fascinating about phrasal verbs is that you can start with one

base verb (let’s use “blow”) and, by adding different prepositions, you end up with completely different meanings: blow up, blow in, blow off, blow out. All those phrases have unique meanings. You take one basic verb and “jazz it up” with a punchy preposition. Verbs on their own are so basic. My favorite thing about phrasal verbs? You can end a sentence with one, which means — at least in this case — it’s kosher to end a sentence with a preposition. So, lighten up. Calm down. Chill out. Phrasal verbs are part of our everyday language, and they’re not falling out of fashion anytime soon. Thanks for letting me geek out. Curtis Honeycutt is a national award-winning, syndicated humor writer. Connect with him on Twitter (@curtishoneycutt) or at curtishoneycutt.com.

debris collected above the Tyropean Road, eventually reaching near where the arched bridge had connected to the western wall. In 1838, American

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