Feb. 12, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
The e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice

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Throw Your Hat Into the Ring
Village Board Nomination Period is March 1 - March 14
Are you interested in taking an active role in your community? Run for the Harper's Choice Village Board! The current two-year terms of office for five Village Board seats expire on April 30, 2015. Village Board members attend one meeting a month where they oversee village finances; they advise and take action on such matters as street and house maintenance; and advocate for changes that will benefit all Harper's Choice village residents. The nomination period runs from March 1 - March 14, 2015.  Information and nomination petitions will be available at Kahler Hall on March 1 and must be returned to Kahler Hall by 5:00 pm on March 14. Information and nomination petitions will also be available for download on our website beginning on March 1. For more information, contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or via email.


Appraisal Roadshow Coming to Harper's Choice!
Register NOW for the Appraisal Roadshow and Vendor Fair 2015
Do you have trash or treasure in your home? We will have a gemologist and a generalist appraiser on hand at Kahler Hall on Saturday, March 21 at 9:30AM and 11:30AM to offer appraisals of up to two items per person. Items to consider bringing include jewelry, silver, coins, time pieces, furniture, glass, porcelain, paintings, bronze, toys, documents, and any other items (except stamps). For each item, the entire audience will learn what it is, what it's worth, and what they can do with it. You do not need to bring an item to come and enjoy the show. Click here for more information about the event!

Register online to have your item(s) appraised or to attend the show.

Vendor and advertising opportunities are available. Click here to reserve a table or promote your business.


Town Center Village Manager/Executive Director Opening
Columbia Town Center Seeks New Village Manager
Strong leadership, management, financial, and communication skills. Bachelor's degree plus minimum 3 years of community service, budget, and administrative experience. Ability to liaise with community and government agencies. Starting pay in the $60's with excellent benefits.  Email cover letter and resume. Submission deadline 2/27/2015.
Covenant Corner
President's Day Trash and Recycling Info

Expect regular curbside collection of recycling and trash on Monday, February 16th and through the rest of the week. The Alpha Ridge Landfill is open from 8AM - 4PM, Monday-Saturday. Please note that there are ONLY 6 holidays that sometimes affect your curbside collection: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day.



Bay-Wise Landscaping

Did you know that most Village residents live within a quarter mile of a storm drain, stream or river? Trash and debris that washes into those drains and waterways eventually ends up in the Chesapeake Bay. What we do to maintain our own landscapes affects the health of our local waterways, the Chesapeake Bay and our environment. By changing a few simple landscape practices, you and your family can make a difference in your own back yard!  Visit the Bay-Wise website to learn more. 


Did You Know...
Our Village Center Has Two New Businesses Ready to Serve You?

The Harper's Choice Village Center recently added two new businesses. Welcome to the neighborhood!


Beauty N Go, a beauty supply store, is your one-stop shop for beauty, barber, and hair care needs. They are open Monday-Saturday from 9:30AM-8PM. Call them at 410-772-1500 or send them an email for more information.


1 Community Services provides tax and business solutions in the office space above the Rita's. Call them at 443-546-3364 to learn more or to schedule an appointment. 

Collision Avoidance Training Schedule for 2015
HCPD Collision Avoidance Training Helps Prepare Young Drivers

The Howard County Police Department will conduct Collision Avoidance Training (C.A.T.) in 2015, with classes beginning in March and continuing through December.


The C.A.T. program is an advanced defensive driving and vehicle control program for licensed teenage drivers ages 16-20 years old. The one day program (8.5 hours) is designed to provide young drivers with the knowledge and understanding of vehicle dynamics. 


The first section of the program is devoted to two (2) hours of classroom instruction. This session gives students a better understanding of why the vehicle responds the way it does and prepares the students for the behind-the-wheel exercise on the driving course. The second section consists of 6.5 hours of behind-the-wheel training. This course provides practical exercises that demonstrate how the vehicle responds in a given situation and how to regain control of the vehicle.  The driving skills addressed in the program are: evasive maneuvers, threshold/emergency braking, forward serpentine, cornering, backing, reverse serpentine, and skid and off-road recovery. 


During the behind-the-wheel training, students operate their own vehicles. Prior to the start of the training, each vehicle is inspected by an instructor to ensure that the vehicle is in good operational condition. Then, each student, accompanied by an instructor (Howard County Police Officer), begins practicing the different driving skills/maneuvers. 


Each student must successfully complete each driving skill/maneuver in order to receive a certificate of completion.  If the student does not satisfactorily complete the course, they are given the option of coming to another session.  This second session would be at no cost to the student.   


The Howard County Police Department prides itself on positively impacting the community, providing quality services to citizens and promoting traffic safety within the County.


The cost to each student is $ 95.00.


The scheduled dates for 2015 are: March 14, April 25, May 16, June 27, July 25, August 22, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 12.


 Any questions or inquiries may be directed to:


Ms. Jessica Beram-C.A.T. Coordinator       


Howard County Police Department

Special Operations Bureau

410-313-3700 / 410-313-3758

11226 Scaggsville Road

Laurel, Maryland 20723



Tax-Aide Sites and Schedules
Help is Available During Tax Season
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in conjunction with the IRS, offers free assistance to low and moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older. Appointments are required; call to schedule yours today. The sites are listed below. For a list of documents you need, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.


Bain Center
5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044


Mondays & Tuesdays, 11AM - 4PM
Wednesdays, 8:30AM - 1PM
Thursdays, 11AM - 8PM. (selected)
Fridays, 8:30AM to 1PM
Saturdays, 8:30AM to 1PM. (selected)
East Columbia 50+ Center
6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

FEBRUARY 18 and MARCH 4, 18

Wednesdays, 9AM to Noon
(Snow Date: April 1)
Elkridge Senior Center
6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, MD 21075

FEBRUARY 4, 11, 25 and MARCH 11, 25

Wednesdays, 9AM to Noon
(Snow Date: April 1)
Ellicott City Senior Center
9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042


Tuesdays, 5PM - 9PM
Glenwood 50+ Center
2400 Route 97, Cooksville, MD 21723


Thursdays, 9:15AM to 12:15PM
North Laurel 50+ Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20723


Tuesdays, 9AM to 1PM
Wednesdays, 1PM to 5PM
APRIL 1-15
Thursdays, 1PM to 5PM
Fridays, 9AM to 1PM
Upcoming Events
Lifetime Transitions Series

Wondering about the future as you age? Join the Hickory Ridge Community Association on March 3 from 5PM - 7PM at the Hawthorne Center (6175 Sunny Spring Road, Columbia, MD) for the first of 3 seminars on lifetime transitions for older adults.


At this FREE event, the Office on Aging will present valuable information about services and options available to older adults who choose to age in place. Representatives from The Village in Howard and NeighborRide will also be present.


Register online or call 410-730-7327 to reserve your seat.


The session will include (subject to change):

  • Opening Remarks - Dayna Brown, Administrator, Office on Aging
  • Consumer Safety Tips - Becky Bowman, Administrator, Office of Consumer Affairs
  • Home Safety and Modification - Mary Becker, O.T., Aging-in-Place Program Manager
  • Health & Wellness Programs - Starr Sowers, Health & Wellness Division Manager
  • Senior Center/Senior Center Plus Services - Terri Hansen, Senior Center Plus Division Manager
  • Home & Community Based Programs - Ofelia Ott, Home & Community Based Services Division Manager
  • Information & Resource Assistance Programs - Peggy Hoffman, Aging & Disability Resource Center Division Manager
Black History Expo 2015
The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Howard County, Maryland, in partnership with the Howard County Maryland Branch N.A.A.C.P. and the Howard County Public School System, invites the public to attend the Black History Expo 2015. Admission is free. The theme for this event is A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.

There will be exhibits, vendors, activities, and entertainment throughout the day. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy this celebration of Black History and Culture. The date and location are Saturday, February 28, 2015 from Noon until 5PM at Wilde Lake High School located at 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia, Maryland.
Contact Muriel Mitchell for more information.
Join Your State Delegates for a Town Hall Meeting
Delegate Eric Ebersole, Delegate Terri Hill and Delegate Clarence Lam all plan on attending a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, February 26 at 7:30PM at Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044).


This is an opportunity to discuss legislative and community concerns with your elected officials. You will also get to hear what your representatives are currently working on in Annapolis.  





Upcoming Meetings
Architectural Committee Meetings
Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require the approval of the Village Architectural Committee. The AC meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM to review applications. The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for: 2/24, 3/10, 3/24.  

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for February 17 at 7PM. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are available on our website.