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Carmel Clay superintendent stepping down By Christian Sorrell

for this outstanding school corporation, regarding his resignation beyond what he and I, of course, pledge to continue very reported at the Dec. 17 board meeting. Swensson declined Current in Carmel’s focused leadership as I continue running interview request. (in this relay.)” At last week’s Carmel Clay Schools As of last week, the board had not had Swensson thanked the Carmel Clay Board of Education meeting, Dr. Jeff Swstudents, families, his an opportunity to meet to discuss ensson, superintendent of Carmel colleagues, the Board of the process of searching for a new Clay Schools, informed the board Education and the partners candidate for the superintendent that he will be resigning on June position. According to Spanenand friends of Carmel Clay 30, 2013. No specific reason was berg, the board will be prepared to Schools. given for Swensson's resignation. make an update to the community “The Board is grateful Swensson desctibed his tenure for the positive leadership during the last almost six years as a Swensson Spanenberg at an upcoming board meeting in Jeff has provided this comJanuary. relay race, the superintendant said “One of the primary responsibilities of munity as the superintendent of Carmel it was part of his job to monitor progress Clay Schools,” Layla Spanenberg, Board of the Board of Trustees is to hire the best and ensure that the leadership baton was superintendent we possibly can to provide Education president, said. “His unwaverexchanged at the best possible time. day-to-day leadership for our schools,” ing focus on what is best for our students “Since I see that CCS is making A+ has continued to support this high-perSpanenberg said. “This Board will do progress, it is the proper time to exchange forming school district.” everything in its power to find the best the baton,” Swensson said. “I believe that According to Spanenberg, Swensson has candidate to fill Dr. Swensson’s position as the board needs ample time to search for, identify and select the next superintendent not shared any information with the board he passes the ‘leadership baton.’ ”

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currently call home. Whatever payments they can’t afford now will be added to the back-end of the lease, Dick said. The Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre is The Civic Theatre has offered to relinrenegotiating its lease to avoid paying all of a $400,000 rent payment owed by Dec. quish certain days in the smaller, 200-seat theatre in the CFTPA during 31. the renegotiations, but seeks to Representatives from the Civic acquire naming rights for other Theatre informed the city this parts of the building. Negotiamonth it could only pay $200,000 tions currently are fast-tracked, by the end of the year, City Counaccording to Dick. cilor Luci Snyder said. “We’re willing to make concesBut Civic Theatre Executive DiDick sions so we can get our feet on the rector Cheri Dick said the nearly 100-year-old theatre company, entering its ground during these first few years,” Dick said. second season at the Center for the PerThe theatre group was one of 16 arts forming Arts, plans to pay every penny of organizations that received $840,000 in the $10 million it owes to the city. city funding earlier this year, nearly all of “We spent $800,000 on transition costs them rent-paying tenants of the CFTPA. when we moved to Carmel,” Dick said. Of that money, the civic theatre received “We pulled out all the stops. We held $190,000 in taxpayer dollars. two galas, exceeded production costs (on Carmel spokeswoman Nancy Heck performances) … some relief would be did not return phone messages seeking wonderful.” comment. The Civic Theatre has raised $3 million CFTPA Executive Director Tania Casof its $10-million goal, Dick said. The troverde Moskalenko said the other six Civic Theatre has 29 years to pay its lease resident companies were making their obligations, after which they’ll own half of scheduled payments on time. She refused the Tarkington, the 500-seat theatre they

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to comment on the Civic Theatre because, unlike the other six, their lease agreements are with the Carmel Redevelopment Commission, not the Center. Castroverde Moskalenko, who was named executive director in June, said she didn’t know why the Civic Theatre’s lease was with the CRC, not the CFTPA. Castroverde Moskalenko offered sympathy for the Civic theatre and the other troupes. “After 2009, more and more arts organizations have had difficulty raising money,” Castroverde Moskalenko said. “Endowments dropped. Fundraising dropped.” The theatre company is one of the 10 largest in the nation and the largest in Indiana, according to its Web site. About half of its budget comes from ticket sales and educational programs, with the remaining amount coming from civic, corporate and municipal donations. The theatre company sold more than $760,000 worth of tickets during its first year in Carmel, Dick said. The theatre company currently is performing “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” through Jan. 5., 2013. Cartoonist – Tim Campbell Senior Sales Executive – Dennis O’Malia / 370.0749 Office Manager – Heather Cole / 489.4444 ext. 203 Publisher – Brian Kelly / 489.4444 ext. 201 General Manager – Steve Greenberg / 489.4444 ext. 200

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Carmel Rotary Business Calendar – The Rotary Club of Carmel has four luncheons scheduled throughout January. Several speakers will be taking part in the luncheons, including Monica Fennell, a Rotary Peace Fellow, Jim Amidon of Wabash College and Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts. Each luncheon is $12 and is held at Carmel’s Mansion at Oak Hill. For the complete listing of Rotary Club of Carmel’s events, visit and click “On the Web.” Towne Meadow Elementary exhibit opening – The art students of Towne Meadow Elementary School will exhibit their work in the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery, 40 W. Main St., this January. Art teacher Phil Lamie will be on site during the opening day. Artwork will include drawings and paintings of nature as well as a mosaic entitled The Four Seasons created by all 730 Towne Meadow students. For the complete schedule of gallery openings, visit and click “On the Web.” Humane Society for Hamilton County sets fundraising record – The Human Society for Hamilton County raised more than $151,000 at its annual Tinsel & Tails Holiday Petacular last month. That amount is a 61-percent increase in gross proceeds over last year’s event. Nearly 600 people attended the sold out dinner and silent auction featuring an emotional presentation of the year’s most amazing adoption and survivor stories. For the complete release, visit and click “On the Web.” Race to the New Year this Saturday – Washington Township Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Hamilton County Parks and Westfield Parks and Recreation to host its 8th annual Race to the New Year 5k Run/Walk. The race will be held Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. The course winds through Cool Creek Park, along Union Street and finishes at the Cool Creek Nature Center. Individual awards will go to the overall male and female winners as well as the top three participants in each individual age group. For complete information, visit and click “On the Web.” Mission Guatemala Founder to speak at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church – Tom Heaton, found of Mission Guatemala, will speak at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church on Sunday. Heaton will share information regarding how the organization works to improve the quality of life for the indigenous people of Guatemala, one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. Heaton will speak at the 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. worship services. For the complete release, visit and click “On the Web.” Tailgating for Christmas – Do people actually tailgate for Christmas? Well, they may if they attend a bowl game that takes them away from home during the Christmas season. If they’re visiting a warm weather climate, why wouldn’t they make their Christmas dinner a tailgate party? Joe Drozda writes this week about things to consider if you are still able to tailgate.

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Arthur M. Glick JCC to host Indoor Triathlon – Athletes of all skill levels can keep their winter training on track by competing in the JCC’s 6th Annual Indoor Triathlon Jan. 27. Anyone age 13 and over is invited to take the challenge of swimming, biking and running 20 minutes each in the popular Indoor Triathlon at the Arthur M. Glick JCC, 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis. For registration information, visit

2013 Carmel Marathon Weekend adds a touch of pink – Thanks to a new, unique collaboration, Carmel marathon participants eyeing the third weekend of April can participate in one event and support two. The Carmel Marathon Weekend and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Central Indiana Affiliate have joined forces to allow runners the opportunity to join in the fight against breast cancer. Participants will have the option to donate an additional amount toward Komen Central Indiana and in return receive a special Carmel Marathon pink race bib or tech shirt. IU Health North receives 2012 Path to Excellence award – National Research Corp. has selected Indiana University Health North Hospital as a recipient of its 2012 Path to Excellence award for its outstanding patient satisfaction scores. The winners were selected from the database of National Research hospital customers for their performance over the last four quarters.


A portion of the building’s footprint will be used for the Carmel Clay Schools Community Garden.

Former College Wood Elementary facility set for demolition By Christian Sorrell • The College Wood Elementary facility located near Carmel Middle School is scheduled to be demolished by late January. Due to seasonal asphalt production issues, portions of the project, including work on the parking lot, will not be complete until spring 2013. The total cost of the demolition is approximately $412,000. Three quarters of the main parking lot will be used as overflow parking for Carmel Middle School and daily parking for teaching staff. A portion of the building’s footprint will be used for the Carmel Clay Schools Community Garden. A cooperative effort between Carmel Clay Schools and the CCS Green Team, the garden will be open to all Carmel residents and Carmel Clay School employees. 63 plots, each four feet by 15 feet, will be

available for $10. There is currently a waiting list for plots, but CCS Green Team is still accepting applications. Beyond the garden itself, the CCS Green Team plans to include picnic tables, benches and possibly a staging area. The existing playground is not slated to be demolished and will become a feature of the community garden. The remainder of the footprint will be an open lawn area. Carmel Clay Schools ended its use of the facility at the end of the 2003-2004 school year. Since then, the Hamilton Boone Madison Special Services Cooperative has leased the building. The new College Wood Elementary facility, 12415 Shelborne Road, opened for the 2004-2005 school year.








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ACTION: Carmel City Council President elected, officials appointed WHAT IT MEANS: Council President Rick Sharp was unanimously reelected. Tom Crowley was appointed to City Center Community Development Corp.; Drew Williams was reappointed to economic development commission; Bob Wallace was reappointed to ethics commission; Alana Shane was reappointed to police dept. merit board; and Dave Bowers and Brad Myers were reappointed to the redevelopment commission.

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Commentary by Jeff Worrell I hope you can recall my column of two weeks ago when I told you about Carmel High School Art Department Chair and Teacher Jen Bubp. She was inspired to turn an unused courtyard area into a quiet, calming place for students, teachers and staff. She calls it the CHS ArtsGarden, and it is now a work in progress as many constituencies of our community come together to turn an idea into reality. She is trying to raise $8,000 to complete the project. For example, Current in Carmel reader Clyde Pennington saw the column and decided he would help. Mr. Pennington is a local artist and welder. After touring the space, he decided he could create larger than life butterfly sculptures. Butterflies will play a prominent role in the space, both live and depicted in visual art pieces. But the most gratifying, yet unreported, fact left out of my column was the initial support offered to Jen by the Carmel Arts Council. Long before any trees had been planted or murals painted on the wall, the Carmel Arts Council listened to an appeal from art teachers Jon Kane, Kate Ristow and Jen Bubp about attending a conference to explore how to go about creating a place for inspiration, a quiet space for reflection and a public area that could be enjoyed through several art mediums. Students requiring

a little “down” time and solitude could also find comfort there. So, Donna Tutwiler, Joyce Burrell, Kathleen O’Neill Stevens and Doreen Squire Ficara of the Carmel Arts Council created a committee to raise money to meet the art teachers’ request. During the Christmas season a year ago, they set up a very plain, stark and undecorated Christmas Tree in the Renaissance Art Gallery owned by O’Neill Stevens. The idea was to donate money to the CHS project and a decoration would be added to the tree. Through this and other fundraising efforts, the Carmel Arts Council will always be able to claim that without them, the project might not even have gotten off the ground. Arts Council Chairwoman Donna Tutwiler said, “We try to support the local arts community in Carmel, but this project felt really special. Especially after recent national events involving violence, we know we are on the right track with the ArtsGarden.” The Arts Council sprinkled the seeds. Now we can make sure they sprout and grow. Jeff Worrell is a member of the Carmel Redevlopment Commission. He recognizes volunteers on “Connecting with Carmel” on cable channel 16. Contact him at jworrell@

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Humane Society launches holiday programs By Nina Johnson • The Humane Society for Hamilton County hopes to find permanent homes for their Featured 50 pets by Monday, and the community can help through two holiday programs. The Homeward Bound for the Holidays program features 50 dogs and cats that have waited the longest for a home. The Humane Society’s website lists the Featured 50 with photos and personality profiles. Manager of marketing and public relations Jennifer Judd explained that a volunteer writes a custom profile for every animal at the shelter. “Having over 400 animals to write a profile for can be a challenge, so you try to find that one special thing about each cat or dog. One of our amazing volunteers, Rebecca Ebert, singlehandedly writes all the profiles, and we truly think they make a difference,” Judd said. All Featured 50 pets adopted through the Homeward Bound program will come with a Noah’s Animal Hospital gift package. This package includes a free annual exam, booster vaccines and a dental cleaning. Featured 50 dogs also come with either an additional Paws and Play or Ultimate Canine training package. The Holiday Sponsor program offers another option to help a shelter animal. Sponsors choose between three levels of support and two ways to dedicate their gift. Sponsors who dedicate their gift in the name of someone else will have a card

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City Center, road improvements and more focus of next year’s efforts By Christian Sorrell • As 2012 draws to a close, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and Carmel Chamber of Commerce President Mo Merhoff weighed in on some of this year’s biggest moments and what projects they see the city and local businesses focusing on in the next year.

Development and redevelopment

“In terms of redevelopment, City Center is the number one goal, to get the initial phase of City Center completed,” said Brainard. While not willing to put a strict deadline on the project, Brainard seemed confident in the amount of work that could be completed on City Center over the next year. “I’m always anxious. I want to push and get these things done as soon as possible, but we have Brainard four buildings preliminarily approved, two Anderson Birkla buildings and two Pedcor buildings. We are going to work hard to get more investment in (City Center),” said Brainard. The four new City Center buildings will be a mix of retail, residential and office spaces similar to that of other areas in Carmel. While preliminarily approved, the buildings have not yet been scheduled for construction but ground breakings are expected in 2013. “I agree with the mayor’s assessment regarding City Center (being a focus), but also see opportunities continuing in the Arts & Design District as well as the redevelopment of the 116th and Range Line Road area and, with the completion of Illinois Street on the horizon, development associated with The Bridges project and other areas west of Meridian Street,” Merhoff said. Merhoff Kite Realty’s redevelopment of two retail centers at 116th Street and Range Line Road is scheduled to be completed in a number of phases throughout 2013.

Economic recovery

Like any year, 2012 was not without its bumps in the road. Both Brainard and Merhoff seemed to feel that the economy could have been stronger. “I’d like to see the economy a little stronger everywhere in the United States,” Brainard said. “That impacts Carmel, too, but Carmel has weathered this time very well. We would have been able to do more, made more street improvements and other improvements had the economy improved better. We got through the year.” “From (the Chamber of Commerce’s) perspective, the economy, while certainly not leaping ahead, is moving forward. Many

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• Ground breaking on two Anderson-Bercla buildings at City Center • Ground breaking on two Pedcor buildings at City Center • Complete negotiations on hotel, office building and parking garage at City Center • Carmel Employee Health Clinic • 116th Street and Range Line Road redevelopment • Midtown redevelopment • The Barrington development • The Bridges development • 106th Street Bike Trail • Illinois Street extension from 114th Street to 106th Street • Fire department accreditation • Monon bridge over 146th Street • 96th Street and Towne Road roundabout • 116th Street and Springmill Road roundabout

of our service companies tell us their business has rebounded as customers who might have been thinking about a project and put it on hold two years ago are taking it off the shelf and moving forward. Plus, we’ve continued to see new businesses, both retail and service-related, open their doors,” Merhoff said.

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The Mezz on the Monon A portion of the Monon Trail near City Center will be moved slightly during construction to make room for The Mezz on the Monon

Major moments

Carmel was placed in the national spotlight on more than one occasion in 2012. The national recognition began with Carmel being named the “#1 Best Place to Live” by Money magazine, continued on into September’s BMW Championship held at Carmel’s Crooked Stick Golf Club, and culminated in Carmel being featured on the cover of USA Today. “That’s the hallmark moment, Money Magazine naming us the No. 1 best place to live in the country and that’s based on quantifiable data. That wasn’t just a contest we entered. Having front page coverage in USA Today was a defining moment as well because both those things happened due to policies put in place ten or 15 years ago that are now proving to have paid off for us,” Brainard said. “We can use that to leverage our economic development and marketing efforts in a wonderful way from now on. If I’m talking to someone who has never been in Indiana or never heard of Carmel, I can pull that out of my briefcase, and suddenly, I have that New Yorker’s attention.”

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Opinion Where is regard for human life?

Heavy hearts It is our position that keeping children safe is a priority of our nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones in Newtown, Conn. The first questions that come to mind after such a shocking and horrific event are “how and why”? The search for answers has sparked passionate debates on gun control – specifically the accessibility to automatic weaponry, lacking mental health education and services, the muffling of organized religion in an effort to be politically correct and gratuitously violent movies and video games produced by the entertainment industry. Like our schools, Sandy Hook Elementary practiced lockdown drills, tragically it was not enough. Our country was intended to be a safe haven. This type of tragedy is not supposed to happen in America, specifically, not to innocent children and their teachers at school. It’s time for a national dialogue on all the aforementioned issues. Must our schools become military fortresses with bulletproof windows and barbed wire fences to shield evil? While changes must take place, we cannot count on a government-legislated panacea. Love, compassion, common sense, morality and civility cannot be bottled or legislated. In the memory of these little angels, we must succeed in the latter.

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Bored board

Commentary by Terry Anker

For many of us, there seemingly is not a week that goes by that doesn’t involve a committee, board or other communal meeting. Designed to share information, make informed decisions, establish responsibilities and goals, these gatherings bring value to the most humble church basement and the loftiest corporate executive suite. In my own life, I have spent more than an hour or two sitting around the table seeking collaboration and camaraderie to advance my community, my faith and my business. Yet, for all their importance, some of these meetings are dreaded like lines at amusement parks – long and perhaps necessary but rarely commensurate with the minutes consumed by the actual ride. In fact, the idea for this column was presented by a reader who’d had her fill of pointless meetings meandering aimlessly, all-the-while wasting the precious time of those that had gathered for the forum. She, it seems, longs for the structure and protocol

of a formal process to move the indispensable work of the boardroom forward in the most efficient and respectful way. But, in a world where jeans have become more common than business suits, is there a place for formality, even in the conference room? Meetings, like any journey from being in one place and headed to another, require some sense of direction. If the goal is to advance a cause or move a company, the agenda acts as the map. The minutes are the perfunctory reminders of things that have been done in preparation for today’s trip. The reports inform the group that progress (or regress) is being made and that the journey is, in fact, underway as promised. But mostly, isn’t organization about showing respect for the other people in the room? Innovation needn’t be stymied by structure. Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at terry@

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We hesitated to interrupt your enjoyment of the holiday season with this, but it needs to be written: We believe the recent horrific tragedy in Newtown, Conn., is as much about the breakdown of the American value system as anything. Our mainstream-media brethren will continue to overanalyze the ownership of and the use of guns as the culprit in this shocking event. We already have watched - and will continue to watch for weeks - experts speaking of all the possible reasons; they will pontificate until we are more traumatized. President Barack Obama, who was genuinely and deeply touched by the killings, pointed to a debate that he said should take politics out of it. We know it’s about guns, and guns were used to commit this unconscionable, despicable act. The deeper issue? Try this: As a nation, we have lost all respect and regard for human life, and until our values are reversed in that respect, we can expect more horrendous tragedies as was experienced in Newtown. We have created in the last 40 years a culture based on our idolization and emulation of much of what Hollywood produces; it’s a constant contributing factor to our lost moral soul as a nation. Need we say more? Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims and the survivors of this tragic occurrence. ••• Lawmakers in Long Island, N.Y., are about to make yet another intrusion on personal liberty. This time, overly caffeinated beverages consumed by teenagers are in the crosshairs. Yes, the drinks amp up one’s heart, and no, there is no therapeutic effect when consuming them, but this is about personal choice and education at home. Face it; a six-pack of certain caffeinated sodas will achieve the same result. Stop reaching, government! ••• We and our associates here at Current wish you and yours a wonderful, safe, restful and fulfilling Christmas. Brian Kelly, publisher, and Steve Greenberg, general manager, are co-owners of Current Publishing, LLC. Write them at info@

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Always looking forward

Commentary by Christian Sorrell

During the last several weeks, I have been speaking with a number of people across Carmel, discussing their biggest moments of 2012 and asking what they plan to accomplish in 2013. These people include Mayor Jim Brainard, Chamber of Commerce President Mo Merhoff, and even a number of my followers on Twitter. Although each person and organization has a slightly different direction they would like to see Carmel take in 2013, there is one defining constant. Everyone is looking to make progress. Brainard is pushing for more progress to be made on city infrastructure and major city projects like City Center. Merhoff and the chamber are looking to grow business across all areas of Carmel and are even hoping to progress the state of business across Hamilton County. There are two sides of the recent conflicts between school administration and teachers looking to progress the current state of Carmel schools, their working conditions and the education


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A quiet moment Commentary by Danielle Wilson My husband, Doo, had surgery last week, and though it was a minor outpatient procedure, sitting in the waiting room gave me precious time to reflect on the past year. Not a ton of time, mind you, as I needed to catch up on the celebrity scene (the Royals, the Cruises, the Honey-Boo-Boos), the latest fashion trends (I can rock a Russian-inspired hat) and work stuff (a teacher’s day is never done.) Through my extraordinary people-whispering skills, I discovered the receptionist’s son was in the same math class as my daughter and so wasted a good half hour discussing the pros and cons of middle school. But, after I’d settled in, popped a Diet Coke and had nothing more to do than watch the clock, the fact that Doo was under the knife rattled me a bit. What if something went wrong? People die on the operating table all the time; not generally 40-year old men in for what’s typically a pediatric procedure (ear drum repair and tubes for good measure.) But still, I don’t want to be a single parent! And how do parents of sick children handle this kind of stress day in and day out? I could live without Doo, but I don’t think I’d make it if something happened to one of my kids. So I guess the point of this column is to encourage you to take a moment during this busy

holiday season and focus on what’s important in life. Family, good health and employment. I’d have rather not spent my Friday in a generic lobby area drinking stale coffee with powdered creamer, but the opportunity to just stop, to step away from the demands of work, motherhood and marriage (and particularly from puppy ownership) and reflect on what’s good in my life was truly a gift. Doo and the kids are healthy, I have a job that I love, and I am surrounded by friends and family who, for the most part, tolerate me. All in all, 2012 was a very good year for the Wilsons. Did I pay for those few precious hours? Of course! A weekend spent nursing a hopped-up spouse who can’t hear anything while trying to shuttle kids to theater rehearsals, swim meets and soccer games made me not only bitter and jealous (at least Doo had Vicodin!) but physically and emotionally exhausted. I was also totally unprepared for my classes come Monday morning. But, having the time to appreciate all that is good in my life was the perfect way to end the year. So, here’s wishing you a quiet moment over the next few weeks, and many more in 2013. Peace out.

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Funny I should say that Commentary by Dick Wolfsie

This is my annual tip of the hat to all those who have perplexed, frustrated and amused me and, as a result, inspired one of my columns this past year. So, for 2012, I’d like to say thanks to: … the guy whose underwear I accidentally put on at the gym and then wore home because I was afraid to tell him the truth. Here’s to a clean start in 2013. … the people at Humana Health Insurance who wrote me a letter telling me they couldn’t cover my prostate exam because they have me listed as a woman. When I called, the customer service rep said they had a software problem. I told him that apparently I had a hardware problem. He didn’t laugh. I hope you did. … my massage therapist who twisted me into contortions, causing me to scream and groan in pain. I wish I could afford to go more often. … the now disgraced editor of a Minnesota newspaper who stole my newspaper columns word for word and printed them under his own name. When he was fired, the publisher said it was no big loss, that the column wasn’t always that funny, anyway. Wait a second! … the staff at my doctor’s office who requested that I fill out a form listing the cause of death of my parents, my grandparents, and all my aunts and uncles. I had neither the pa-

tience nor the necessary information to complete this task, so I wrote down the same thing for everybody. The nurse called to tell me that in all her years in medicine, I was the first person who had 12 relatives run over by a bus. … the good people of Taiwan who, according to researchers, live seven years longer than average because they dine at home instead of going out and eating restaurant food. Of course, these people were eating Chinese food just about every night. They can call it “eating in,” but here in the Wolfsie household, we call that take-out. … my dentist who sends me a reminder card for my appointment, then an email, followed by a text message and finally a phone call. Then when I arrive, the hygienist always says: “Oh, do you have an appointment today?” … my wife for forgiving my obsessivecompulsive packing method when we prepared for new carpeting in our home. I put things in boxes alphabetically. Cell phone, can opener, cancelled checks: all together. That’s how we finally found the cat.

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DIVORCE – WHAT TO EXPECT: NONCOMPLIANCE WITH THE DECREE OR COURT ORDER In most, if not all family law cases, the finalization of the divorce/case does not mean that all matters related to the case have concluded. Rather, the entry of a Court Order finalizing the matter is only a Court decision (or approval of an agreement) as to how all matters related to the case will be handled. Each Court Order contains provisions which must then be enforced in order to effectuate the decision. In many cases all provisions are carried out without issue. However, in the event either party fails to comply with the terms of the Court Order, mechanisms exist to gain an individual’s compliance. The Court can intervene after a party alleges noncompliance by the opposing party. Such an action can be initiated by filing a Motion for Rule to Show Cause (commonly referred to as a “contempt” motion) notifying the Court of the issue. If the Court finds that the actions of one of the parties rises to the level of a contempt citation, a variety of penalties exist to punish the past actions and encourage future compliance with the Court Order. Parties would be well-advised to seek the advice of counsel in determining how to best proceed with the enforcement of a Court Order as the remedies vary based upon the issue presented as well as the nature of the non-compliance itself. Enforcement of Child Support. Pursuant to Indiana Law, there are potential civil and criminal penalties for the nonpayment of child support; failure to make support payments can have serious ramifications. If the prosecutor chooses to go forward with criminal proceedings, the charges can rise to a Class C Felony, punishable by 2-8 years in prison conceivably, for the nonpayment of support in excess of a statutorily-defined amount. As the payee of a support order, you may request the Court exercise its power to hold the child support payor in contempt. This can result in a variety of potential orders, including that the contemptor pay the other parent’s attorney’s fees for any and all costs associated with maintaining or bringing the action; order that the contemptor perform community service; issue a warrant for the individual’s arrest for failure appear to show cause for the nonpayment of support; suspend the individual’s driver’s license; intercept tax refunds to

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pay against past-due support; and attach interest to a delinquent support balance. In exceptional cases, the Court can incarcerate a non-payor of support; however, rarely are parties jailed when found to be in civil contempt. Frequently, this is counter-productive as that person stands to lose their employment and become further delinquent on his/her child support payments. Be aware, however, that the Court must consider whether the acts of the non-payor are willful; if the circumstances under which this person is not paying are beyond their control, the Court may not believe a contempt citation is proper. Enforcement of Real Estate / Property Issues. If an unpaid obligation remains from a divorce, in lieu of seeking remedies as a contempt action, another option to explore would be to obtain a money judgment against an opposing party and enforcing it through regular collections proceedings. However, this change from divorce obligation to money judgment, generally, removes the contempt aspects and simply turns the debt into money with statutory interest and the ability to collect through wage and bank garnishments. Obviously, when the terms of the decree are not strictly financial, the option to convert to a money judgment is not appropriate. For example, if the parties agree to refinance a mortgage into one party’s name and that person subsequently does not qualify for the same, the third party (the creditor) cannot be ordered to comply with the Court Order. Therefore, the remedy requested will likely be to modify the terms of the Decree, and not to find the party in contempt. Additionally, issues exist when a party is unable to sell a home within a set timeframe due to the issues in the housing market, effectively frustrating the intentions of the divorce decree but not through the fault of either party such that a contempt award would be proper. At Hollingsworth & Zivitz, P.C., our team has the experience, the understanding, and the compassion to assist with your family law needs. If you have questions or concerns regarding divorce, mediation, collaborative law or any other family law concerns, please contact our firm at 317.DIVORCE or visit our website at

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Ringing in the New Year, safely By Robert Herrington • Celebrating doesn’t have to mean drinking or potentially dangerous situations, and Hamilton County leaders are providing another safe opportunity to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Hamilton County 4-H Grounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville. “It’s a tremendous benefit for the community to have folks volunteer their time to provide options,” said Lt. Bruce Barnes of the Noblesville Police Dept. “There’s a lot of different things. What they’re doing is such a tremendous benefit.” More than 200 people of all ages attended last year’s inaugural event and free alternative celebration. Organizers hope to have 250 to 300 people this year. “It easily could have been more because we went through a lot of food,” event coordinator Jim Wafford of Logan Street Signs & Banners in Noblesville said. Wafford is working closely with George Kristo, the executive director of the Hamilton County Council Wafford on Alcohol and Other Drugs, to coordinate the event. Kristo and his late wife, Linda, have hosted the alternative party in previous years. “I’m very flattered and honored to have George ask me to be a part and take the lead in the tradition he and his wife began,” Wafford said. Games and activities begin at 8 p.m. with the kitchen starting to serve food at 8:15 p.m. The event will include Bingo, board games, cornhole, mini basketball shootout and, of course, ping pong. Wafford bought a second table because of its popularity last year. “It was such a hit people were standing in line,” he said. “We want to put on a good time.” Wafford said the event would also feature two classic movies: “Little Princess” with Shirley Temple at 7:30 p.m. and “Fancy Pants” with Bob Hope and Lucille Ball at 9:30 p.m. At midnight, a live streaming of New York City’s Times Square will help count down the seconds to 2013. Local DJ, Kevin Friend “DJ Doctor Toast,” has volunteered his services to play music throughout the event.

✴ New Year’s Eve Celebration at Chateau Thomas Winery • Ring in the New Year with music from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. as Jon Barnard and LJ Mechem play Classic Top 40’s Hits. The event includes hors d’oeuvres, party favors, and a Champagne toast • Tickets: $15 • 8235 E. 116th St., Fishers • 849-9463 ✴ Shiraz New Year’s Eve Celebration • Includes one bottle of wine, array of menu items, champagne toast at Midnight, music and dancing • Tickets: $50 • 404 W. Main St., Carmel • 564-8423 ✴ New Year’s Countdown to Noon at the Children’s Museum • Countdown the New Year early so the kids can enjoy a party before bedtime, meet characters from the Wizard of Oz and participate in

Carmel: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” • Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical adaptation of the well-known Biblical tale returns to Tarkington Theater, 3 Center Green, Carmel, now through Jan. 5. For more information, call 843-3800 or visit Cost: $34-$44 Fishers: 20th Annual Christmas Lights Display • Everyone is busy during the holidays. Taking a ride out to Reynolds Farm Equipment, Inc., 1501 Reynolds Dr., to check out its free Christmas lights display is low maintenance. The show will be special for family from out of town.

Family First Night attendees play a game of Bingo before ringing in the 2012 New Year. (File Photo by Robert Herrington)

“We want this to be more family-oriented, broader. To show younger people there is a way to celebrate New Year’s without getting drunk,” Wafford said. “There are all kinds of food: pizza, hot dogs, even popcorn. People should have a fun time.” Attendees can come and go as they please, but Wafford reminds parents that this is not a babysitting service. “All kids under 12 need to be with an adult. The idea is you need to be there with your family,” he said, adding that a Noblesville police officer will be in attendance. “It’s really fun to see the families come in as a family and play Monopoly or chess, something that takes time,” said Wafford. “Everyone should start the New Year together and that’s what we are all about.” The event is free, but Wafford said he was struggling to find volunteers and door prizes for various games. “I only have half of what we need,” he said. Those interested in contributing or volunteering can call Wafford at 773-7200.

some fun activities • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; please arrive by 11 a.m. to enjoy the countdown at noon • 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis • Included with museum price ($12.50 for kids ages 2 to 17; 18 and over is $17.50; under age 2 is free) • 334-3322 • ✴ New Year’s Eve Celebration 2012 at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre • Ring in the New Year with a dinner buffet and a performance of “Arsenic & Old Lace”; enjoy a glass of champagne, balloons dropping from the ceiling at midnight and live music by Blue Bus band; dancing will be followed by a breakfast buffet • Contact Beef and Boards for more information • 9301 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis • $75 per person • 872-9664 •

✴ Hyatt Regency New Year’s Eve Rock ‘N’ Roll Ball • Celebrate the New Year with entertainment from the Flying Toasters, Don Stuck Band, Virgin Millionaires and DJ Brian Jackson; visit the fantasy casino players lounge and enjoy a shower of balloons at midnight • 1 S. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis • Starts at $40; additional room packages are available • 616-6030 for reservations • www. ✴ CIROC the New Year Celebration • Party at the rooftop event space of the Regions Bank Tower featuring a 360-degree view of the Circle City. This event will feature DJ gNO, Lockstar, Indiana Jones and Gabby Love • Tickets are $125 and inCurrent in Carmel

Noblesville: Unplug & Create After Christmas • Drop in to see what surprises are in store from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Nickel Plate Arts, 107 S. Eighth St. Browse and buy art, mingle with artists, or get your creative juices flowing by doing one of several art activities or by making a craft project. For more information, visit Westfield: Race to the New Year • The Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Dept. is partnering with Washington Township Parks and Recreation and Westfield Parks and Recreation for this 5th Annual 5K walk and run Saturday at Cool Creek Park, 2000-1 151st St. For more information, call 574-1074 or visit www.washingtontownship-hc. us. Cost: $15-$20 Zionsville: Live Music and 28 new taps - On Friday, live music by Scott Ballantine and Cindy Bailey will be performed at Cobblestone Grill, 160 S. Main St., from 7 to 10 p.m. Twenty-eight new taps with a variety of craft beers will be available for tastings. For more information, call 873-4745 or visit

clude top shelf bar service, hor d’oeuvres, champagne toast and party favors • www. ✴ Stella Artois New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball • Hosted by Paul Poteet, live music will be played throughout the Crowne Plaza’s Union Station by My Yellow Rickshaw, Jamestown Revival and The Michaels and entertainers Dan Alexander (caricaturist) and Cr Ryan (magician) also will be there • ✴ New Year’s Eve Extravaganza! • In addition to a cash balloon drop and champagne toast, come dressed in your best all white outfits as White Party rocks The Vogue • Tickets: $25 • 6259 North College Ave., Indianapolis • 259-7029 • ✴ Average Joes New Year’s Eve Celebration • One of the oldest and largest private New Year’s Eve parties in Indianapolis. Premium beverages included

all night along with dinner appetizers, midnight balloon drop, and much more. This event has sold out 14 consecutive years and tickets must be purchased in advance • Tickets: $65 • 814 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis • 253-5844 • www. ✴ 8 Seconds Saloon • Live music from Cornfield Mafia • Tickets: $25, dinner; $7, general admission • 111 N. Lynhurst Dr., Indianapolis • 486-1569 • ✴ New Years Eve Wine Dinner • Seasons 52 Fresh Grill and Wine Bar is hosting an evening of wine and food including a seven-course tasting menu. Each course is paired with one of Seasons 52’s awarding-winning wines • Cost: $115 plus tax and gratuity. Complimentary wine glass provided • Reservation required • 8650 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis • 846-5252 December 25, 2012 | 15


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Reynolds Farm Equipment 20th Annual Lights Display • Take a drive after dinner to enjoy the holiday lights. They’re on display through Jan. 1 • Free • 12501 Reynolds Dr., Fishers • 849-0810


The 12 Houses of Christmas • Noblesville Preservation Alliance presents a holiday driving tour, featuring the exterior of twelve homes, each from one of Noblesville’s historic neighborhoods. • 6 to 9 p.m. daily. • Cost: Free, but online voting for best decoration is $1 and is a tax-deductible donation to NPA • Maps are $1 at various local stores • 426-1672 • “Les Misérables” • The film adaptation of the legendary musical based on the novel by Victor Hugo is in theaters today. • Consult for ticket prices and times at theaters near you. • Rated PG-13 Santa’s Train Home • Santa is providing transportation from the Fishers train station to the North Pole at ITM in Noblesville’s Forest Park so children can visit him one last time this year. He even has another present to give! • 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. today and tomorrow • 11601 Municipal Dr., Fishers • $12 • 773-6000 •


Winter Fun Days! • Enjoy some wintertime fun at Conner Prairie. Participate in a chocolate-making demonstration, learn frontier surviving skills in the Featherstone Barn, discover what animals do in the winter and more. • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Jan. 6 (closed New Year’s Day) • 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers • $12 for adults, $9 for children • 776-6006 • “Django Unchained” • Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz unite on screen for Quentin Tarantino’s latest outing set in the postCivil War south. Leave the kids at home with a baby-sitter for this one. • Consult www.fandango. com for ticket prices and times at theaters near you. • Rated R Unplug & Create After Christmas • Do you love arts & crafts? Drop by Nickel Plate Arts to browse or buy art, talk with artists or even try an art activity or make a craft project. • 2 to 5 p.m. • 107 S. Eighth St., Noblesville •


Gingerbread Village • Oh, do you know the Gingerbread Man? Look for him while you stroll through this yummy gingerbread village created by both amateurs and professionals at Conner Prairie. Your whole family will be counting all the gumdrops, peppermints and colorful candies used to make these icing-covered masterpieces every Thursday through Sunday. • Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers • Free with general admission • 776-6006 •

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” • Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical adaptation of the well-known Biblical tale returns for the holidays! The trials and triumphs of Jacob’s favorite son are told entirely in song, blending 50’s Rock-n-Roll, Country Western, Calypso, Pop and French Chanson. • 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday • Tarkington Theater, 3 Center Green, Carmel • $34-$44 • 843-3800 •


Zomboy • Get ready for some dubstep from artist Zomboy at the Old National Centre. • This a standing only event. • $20 • 502 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis • 849-0810 • 99th Annual Indianapolis Auto Show • Hosted by the Greater Metropolitan Auto Show at the Indiana Convention Center • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve • 100 S. Capitol St., Indianapolis • $6 online; $7 at the door; children 12 and under free •


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Premium Rush • PG-13, 91 minutes Commentary by Chris Lloyd A zippy, looper thrill ride of a movie, “Premium Rush” overcomes its paper-thin premise to deliver an enjoyable and well-crafted piece of entertainment. The plot is silly to the point of absurdity: A maverick bike messenger named Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is pursed all over New York City by a corrupt detective (Michael Shannon) who’s after the documents he’s transporting across town. Wilee may have a low-paying, no-respect job, but he takes it seriously and refuses to give in, even as the stakes are steadily ratcheted up into deadly territory. “Once it goes in the bag, it stays in the bag,” is his credo. Director David Koepp, who also wrote the

screenplay with John Kamps, shows a flair for action sequences as the bicycles weave perilously in and out of traffic that’s constantly on the move. One of the coolest bits is Wilee’s ability to analyze a situation and plot different outcomes on the fly. He’s like the Rain Man of traffic patterns. “Premium Rush” may not be a great film, but it goes to show that filmmakers can approach even the lightest material with devotion and come out ahead of the pack. Movie: B Read more of Chris Lloyd’s review of current films and DVDs at www. or www.

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Donatello’s Italian Restaurant The Scoop: Would you like to visit a traditional, bistro style Italian restaurant for an authentic dining experience? Then you need look no further than Donatello’s Italian Restaurant in Carmel. Donatello’s not only has the look, but it has the menu as well. Spaghetti, penne, shrimp, beef and veal are just a few of the many options awaiting your order. Of course, there’s also pizza! Donatello’s not only offers specialty pizzas, but they also allow you to build your own pizza. Donatello’s also has a full bar featuring specialty cocktails and coffee drinks. Type of food: Italian cuisine Price of entrees: $15-$25 Wine recommendation: Pinot Noir Reservations: Accepted Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday Location: 9 W. Main St., Carmel Phone: 564-4790 Website:

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Are lip lines reversible?

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Q: I am a 42-year-old white female with pale skin who has the beginnings of lip lines. While my lips have never been really big, they have never been thin either and have always had good shape. I have noticed over the past few years that I am getting several noticeable lines in my upper lip. My lips still have some shape, but they are beginning to lose their fullness. What can I do to get rid of these lines and get some plumpness back to my lips? A: Vertical lip lines, or wrinkles, are one of the peskiest facial aging problems. Lips lines, like all wrinkles, appear because of underlying muscle action. The mouth is encircled by a ring of muscle called the orbicularis oris. Anytime Balance through sleep – When the body doesn’t get enough sleep it produces much more ghrelin – an “appetitestimulating” hormone – than it needs and not enough leptin – the hormone that tells people to put the fork down. Getting enough sleep helps dissuade superfluous snacks during the following day. –

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Shopping for innocence Commentary by Bob Walters

Two carefree, local elementary school students happily hopped off a Friday afternoon school bus recently and their tearful mother fairly rushed the curb, hugging the bewildered children tightly and kissing them furiously. Viewing the scene through my windshield and having been listening to the radio, I knew something the startled children didn’t: their mother’s heart had melted-down with that day’s news of the Sandy Hook K-4 Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn. The bus’s red flashing stop arms held the moment: the mother’s children were safe; their world is not. Not even at Christmas. I caught the mother’s eye, nodded and touched my hand to my heart, a knowing, sincere salute to her fierce love and to the beautiful innocence of her children. If we are selfish and frivolous, we will dwell on the inconvenience of this tragedy so close to “our” Christmas. If we are circumspect and serious, we will add God’s message of Jesus Christ to our calculus of assessing both this tragedy and the holiday’s true significance. We want Christmas to be gentle, but for God to be powerful and tough. We want God to stop the bad guys. We want him to protect us along with the people and things we love. If Jesus was sent as God’s servant, then we want Him to serve us … now.

Ironically, our macro-culture is too modern and educated to believe all that religious nonsense, yet privately we are too desperate and confused to entirely discount God. We shop for God “on sale” – on better terms for us with less at stake. We eject God from our public midst but blame God for our troubles. We opine, “God wouldn’t let this happen.” Then we demand, “Well, God, I’m waiting. Fix this mess.” We don’t know who is surrendering to whom. This Christmas, my thoughts go to King Herod (Matthew 2). He tried to kill Jesus, but instead killed every other baby boy in Bethlehem. Baby Jesus, born in that Bethlehem manger, is the innocence and righteousness that God truly desires for mankind. Sadly, the innocent and the righteous are not protected from the fallen world’s viciousness and violence; look at what happened to Jesus on the Cross. We are shocked at Newtown, but evil is nothing new. It’s no wonder that we hug our innocent children tightly. Oh, for a world where we hug Jesus even tighter.

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Question: Which is correct: I was born “at” Carmel or I was born “in” Carmel? I have always said in, but while looking at genealogy information I have noticed many records say born at. – Carol Fridlin, Carmel Answer: I’m glad you brought up genealogy in your question, Carol. Just as those historical records show the growth and changes to our families over the years, they often show how grammar and language have changed as well. In the case of your question, that’s exactly what has happened. My father is the unofficial genealogist of our family. Since I’ve worked for newspapers, and knowing I’m something of a history junkie myself, he’ll often show me clips from old publications that he’s found. It’s fascinating to see how journalists even 50 years ago, not to mention 100 or more, used to write obituaries, birth announcements, etc. Something you will see often in those old newspaper clips, as you’ve rightly pointed out, is Time saver – Have trouble getting out of the house in the morning? Try washing only your bangs, as that’s the hair that gets the dirtiest. –

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317.454.8060 We are a Debt Relief Agency. We help people file for relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

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WALLA INTERIOR PAINTING Family owned - Carmel/Westfield based 2011 & 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award winner Fully insured - FREE ESTIMATES

Discounts on high quality paints • walls • ceilings • trim • drywall repair

Most rooms $150 to $185 for two coats and patching 317.656.7045



Simpson Construction Services For all of your construction needs Personal, Professional & Reliable

Gary D. Simpson

Office: 317-660-5494 Cell: 317-703-9575 Free Estimates & Satisfaction Guaranteed

• Kitchen/Bath Remodeling • Dry Wall • Custom Decks • Plumbing/Electrical • Finished Basements • Roofing/Siding • Ceramic Tile • Household Repairs • Wood Floors • Power Washing • Doors/Windows • Decorative/Regular Concrete • Interior/Exterior Painting • Handyman Services

HAVEL LAW OFFICE, PC 11650 Lantern Road, Ste.214, Fishers, IN 46038 |

Providing Personal Attention to your Personal Injury Claims

• Car, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents • Biking Accidents • Slip and Falls on Residential and Commercial Premises • Injuries from Explosions, Fires, Railing or Stair Collapse

FREE TRIAL WEEK 1400 S. Guilford Road, Carmel 46032 • (317)641-8600 (116th and Guilford) 11720 Olio Road, Fishers 46037 • (317)348-8600 (116th & Olio - Kroger Plaza)

Linda Havel

CALL 317-525-7754 OR 317-576-8620

Specializing in Medicare Supplement Medicare Advantage The RIGHT CHOICE can SAVE you hundreds of dollars. The WRONG CHOICE could COST you thousands of dollars. Let me help you make the right choice. Gary Bilbrey/Broker phone: 317-517-1721 email:

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We Buy Any Car: • Running • Junk • Wrecked, etc

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FREE eyebrow threading or FREE 30 min facial First time visit only

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Bella The Clown

For Face painting and balloon animals. 201-687-3830

Hamilton County Tutoring

In-Home Tutoring Master’s Degree Instructors SAT/ACT Test Prep, Math, English, Study skills, and all subjects NEW! Home School SAT/ACT Test Prep Corporate Training Programs Available Call 317 776 7615 •


Carmel Clay School Corporation is accepting applications for the position of Maintenance Worker 1. Candidates must possess general maintenance experience such as ceiling, roof, electrical, plumbing, concrete, masonry, insulation, tile and pump and fan repairs. Will also perform district wide grounds maintenance work such as plowing, salting, field marking and maintenance of underground sprinkler systems. Must be able to trouble shoot and diagnose related problems/equipment failures. Must possess excellent organizational skills, be a team player, & able to work with a diverse population. Work schedule is 8-4:30, with overtime as needed. Benefits eligible first day of month following 90 days of employment. Hourly rate $20.43 to $27.95, depending on education, certifications and experience. Valid driver’s license required, as well as a criminal history check. Apply on-line to

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To your door nail services

Buy a spa pedicure get a manicure for FREE! I am available for parties, girls night out, etc. “Let me take care of you” Now at Hillary & Co. • 815-8480

A-1 Trash Hauling

Garage, basement, and shed cleanout. Furniture, appliances, yard waste, Rubbish removal, some tree removal: Call 317-773-1746




Happy Pets In-Home Pet Care

FISHERS/ NOBLESVILLE AREA 141st/Marilyn Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CPR/First Aid Cert. 2 full-time providers Call:Tiffany@ 317-332-9136

Pet & House Sitting Service Years Experience Experience 139Years

317-802-6565 317-432-1627

“The Safe and Reliable Alternative to Boarding” Insured/Bonded Serving Carmel & Westfield References Available

A less stressful and economical alternative to boarding with loving care for your pets in the comfort of your home. Experience in Exotics. Insured/Bonded Member of Pet Sitters Associates LLC Hamilton County only 317-645-6043 • References available

Guitar Lessons

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

Residential cleaning

company in Fishers seeking FULL time housecleaners. M-F 8am-5pm.  Need reliable transportation and great attitude.  To apply: Call 579-1988 or e-mail

With Baker Scott

Beginners thru Advanced All styles Electric-Acoustic-Bass Private Lessons Parent-Child Lessons near Carey Road & 146th Carmel 317-

Mortgage Loan Processor 1st Signature Lending is looking for Mortgage Loan Processors. A successful candidate would have a working knowledge of the most recent GFE, TIL and RESPA compliance standards. We originate and process our loans in a Calyx Point / Encompass 360 environment. 2+ yrs experience with attention to detail in all aspects of processing FHA, USDA and Conventional loans is ideal. If you enjoy talking to your loan officers and their clients while moving applications through the process all the way to closing, we would love talking to you. Experience in communicating in a timely manner with multiple media environments required. Candidate should be able to demonstrate the ability to problem solve with a great attitude while multi-tasking. 1st Signature offers health insurance and flexible work environment. Please send your resume to Don Davis at or mail to 54 N 9th St, Suite 254, Noblesville, IN 46060. Or Fax to 317-815-6040 Attn: Don Davis. Follow up phone calls will be received at 317-759-5624. Please do not follow up unless you have already sent in your resume

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Skip’s Auctions Gallery Every Monday Night 6 p.m. Auction Zip #26565 We buy estates, households, gold, silver and coins 14000 St. Rd. 32E, Noblesville, IN 765.606.6001 Always accepting clean consignments.

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Guitar Lessons IN-HOME LICENSED CHILDCARE FOR AGES 0-6 Experienced child care in the Woodgate Area. Licensed, CPR Certified, First Aid Training. Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Call 317-844-7207.

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Pre-K - grade 4; 45 minute sessions twice weekly; Indiana licensed teachers; convenient Fishers location; Contact Renee at 317-849-4182; www.

for sale 2010 Lexus LS460. Flagship Lexus luxury with less than 23,000 miles. All wheel drive, leather seats (heated and cooled), Bluetooth, Navigation. Lexus serviced. Truffle Mica with Parchment interior. Beautiful. $53,450.

Now Hiring Northlake Village Apts is hiring for a Full Time Maintenance Technician. Must be EPA Certified. Stop by or email resume to Manager@

SALES REPRESENTATIVE Oberweis Dairy Hiring door to door sales reps. Guaranteed minimum of $800. biweekly while in training. Great opportunity with Excellent income Health Ins., 401k, Dental, Vision, Life & Disability offered

FROM THE STAFF AT CURRENT PUBLISHING BACK (FROM LEFT): Dennis O’Malia (senior advertising sales executive), Dan Domsic (Fishers managing editor), John Houghtalen (Noblesville advertising sales executive), Bill Lucas (Zionsville advertising sales executive), Steve Greenberg (executive vice president/general manager), Robert Herrington (Noblesville managing editor), Zachary Ross (art director)

Call: 317-756-8788

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FRONT (FROM LEFT): Julie Osborne (Zionsville managing editor), Brian Kelly (president/publisher), Andrea Nickas (graphic artist) Heather Grey (office manager), Mandi Cheesman (copy editor), Lara Acton (advertising traffic manager) NOT PICTURED: Christian Sorrell (Carmel managing editor), Hollie Gossett (Fishers advertising sales executive) Kevin Messmer (advertising sales executive), Matt Murray (advertising sales executive)

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