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White’s Ace Hardware in Carmel has been decked out for the holidays for weeks. Though we have reached mid-December, the store shelves remain stocked with the latest L-E-D holiday lights. The aisles packed with Christmas lights raise the question, what will happen to the miles of shorted-out and flickering Christmas lights all of the packaged perfection on store shelves are set to replace? Turns out worn-out and fault Christmas lights can be dumped in countless recycle bins around Carmel including bins at White’s Ace Hardware and Carmel High School.

“We have been placing boxes around the whole school, decorating them, and promoting the event to all the students,” Said Carmel High School’s Maanya Rajesh, a member of the Carmel, Clay School Green Team. “We’re asking them to bring in any used lights to recycle. It’s a great way to reduce carbon emissions from landfills!”

Maanya’s Green Team has teamed up with White’s Ace Hardware, Carmel Utilities, and Technology Recyclers for the Holiday Light Recycling Program.

“Over the last nine years, we have collected more than six tons of holiday lights,” said Kelli Prader of the Carmel Utilities Department. So, that helps lower our carbon footprint and it’s also good for the environment.”

Indy-based Technology Recyclers handles that important recycling work year-round, mining the junk for valuable elements including copper and other materials.

“We call ourselves the official sponsors of tomorrow,” said Technology Recyclers partner Dale Needleman. “We’re trying to save the earth and everyone in it from recycling waste, so when you recycle your bulbs, they come to us. We take care of it. The copper is stripped out of the wire and that’s reused. None of it goes inside the landfill.”

If you miss the January 20th deadline in Carmel, you can drop holiday lights, batteries, outdated computers, and all sorts of tech trash at Technology Recyclers year-round.

To find out how you can recycle your holiday lights, click here.

It’s almost that time of the year! The Carmel Christkindlmarkt will soon be open for the holiday season!

Named USA Today’s best holiday market, The Carmel Christkindlmarkt brings a spark of holiday charm to the city.  

The German market offers handmade crafts, ice skating, a German-inspired eatery and a variety of shops.

Maria Murphy, CEO and market master for Carmel Christkindlmarkt, Dr. Bradford Bopp, owner of Carmel Christkindlmarkt, and Greg Burton, owner of Frankenmuth Clock Company, joined us today to share how excited they are for it to be opening for the season after shutting down last year due to COVID-19.

The market will be open beginning November 20 to December 24 and closed for Thanksgiving Day.

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the tragedy that changed our lives forever. We remember the countless acts of bravery, sacrifice, humanity, and patriotism that followed the devastation.   

Tim Griffin of the Carmel Fire Department joined us to share about the upcoming 9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance at the Carmel Clay Veterans Memorial.

He invites you to join us in honoring our fallen brothers and sisters who lost their lives from the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States. 

He says, now more than ever, it is important that we remember the way we as a nation in the days, weeks and months following those horrific attacks, came together as a country. 

Event details

September 11, 2021

Carmel Clay Veterans Memorial 

768 3rd Ave SW

Carmel, IN 46032

Program starts promptly at 8:46am

Carmel Farmer’s Market will be paused so all vendors and market-goers can join. 

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Nearly 3,000 runners from 40 states are expected to take part in the 11th annual Carmel Marathon.

The event begins at 3rd Avenue and City Center Drive at 8 a.m. The start and finish line is located on the northside of the Palladium.

The race is a big event for athletes who trained hard throughout the pandemic with nowhere to compete after many in-person event cancellations in 2020.

In addition to the marathon, there is also a half marathon as well as a 10K, a 5K and a marathon relay.

News 8’sand race participant Drew Blair said there were 6,000 participants in 2019.

Organizers mentioned there are registration number restrictions and COVID-19 policies in place in accordance with local guidelines.

For more information on the the Carmel race, click here.

In March, the City of Carmel will partner with the Carmel Arts Council on a special celebration of National Disability Awareness Month by seeking out artists of all ages and disabilities, residing in Carmel, to submit their art work for a special exhibit to be viewed both virtually and throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District during the Saturday evening Meet Me on Main event on March 13.

These wonderful works of art will include all art mediums, including three-dimensional projects and handmade crafts. They will be featured on the Carmel Arts Council website and be shared on social media throughout the month of March.

Wendy Kiefel, Carmel Advisory Committee on Disability Board Member and Laura Campbell, Carmel Advisory Committee on Disability Board Member of the Carmel City Council joined us today to share more about the event and why it is important for all to see and participate.

This special observance is being coordinated by the Carmel Advisory Committee on Disability. That committee was established through in 2019, for the purpose of fostering a culture of inclusivity within the City of Carmel.

The Committee represents the diverse needs and interests of disabled people within our City, provides comment on the City’s current services, policies and practices and provides informed input on the development and assessment of future City projects and services that impact people with disabilities. The Committee also works with local employers to employ more people with disabilities and helps create positive social activities to enrich the lives of people with disabilities, their families and caregivers.

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