Dec. 18, 2014
Harper's Choice Voice
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Happy Holidays from HCCA!
And Best Wishes for a Wonderful 2015

The Harper's Choice Community Association staff extend holiday greetings to you and your loved ones and best wishes for a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2015.   


We hope you are able to enjoy time with your family and friends creating lasting memories and celebrating the wonder and excitement this time of year brings.  

Holiday Office Hours
eNews Resumes in January

The Harper's Choice Community Association offices will be closed on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, December 24
  • Thursday, December 25
  • Friday, December 26
  • Thursday, January 1

Please note, the office will close at 1PM on Wednesday, December 31.


The next edition of the eNewsletter will be delivered on January 8. 

Covenant Corner
Proper Storage of Trash and Recycling Bins
We have received several complaints recently about the storage of trash and recycling bins on property in the Village. Take a look at where your cans and bins are located. Are they properly stored? Recycling containers, food scrap bins, and trash cans must be stored out of view from the street and neighboring properties at all times except when placed out for pick up the evening prior to your collection day, as per County Code and the Harper's Choice Village Covenants.


Please do not store any cans/bins in front of the house, on a front porch or in a driveway. If cans are stored beside a home, they should be shielded from view by shrubs or screened with an enclosure previously approved by the Architectural Committee. An  Exterior Alteration Application form may be used to apply for approval.  


Holiday Slide Schedule: Trash, Recycling and Yard Trim
Christmas and New Year's Day Changes
Your curbside collections may be affected by the Christmas and New Year's Holidays.

All trash, recycling and yard trim collections scheduled on or after the Christmas and New Year's Day

will 'slide' and be made one day later that week.    


Please remember, all items to be collected must be out by 6AM on the day of collection. 


NOTE: Trash, recycling and yard trim collection is affected by this holiday slide schedule. 


Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, 2014


If your collection day is:  

Your collection day this week is:  


NO CHANGE, collected Monday


NO CHANGE, collected Tuesday


NO CHANGE, collected Wednesday


moved to Friday, December 26


moved to Saturday, December 27


New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015


If your collection day is:  

Your collection day this week is:  


NO CHANGE, collected Monday


NO CHANGE, collected Tuesday


NO CHANGE, collected Wednesday


moved to Friday, January 2


moved to Saturday, January 3




'Tis the Season for Charitable Giving
Four Ways to Make Your Charitable Donation Count

As soon as Thanksgiving leftovers are put away, requests for "end of year" donations start to appear in your mail and email, in person, over the phone, on social networking sites, and through your mobile device. If you want to express your thankfulness with a gift to a charity, find an organization that spends wisely on a cause you support and screen any requests sent your way.


When you get a request for a donation:    

  • Double-check the group's name to see if it's legitimate.
    Scammers often use names that look or sound like reputable organizations and hope you won't catch it. Ask the caller for the charity's legal name, address and telephone number and compare that information with what you find independently through an internet or phone book search. 
  • Find out if the solicitor is a paid fundraiser for the charity.
    Paid fundraisers often receive a large percentage of donations. To maximize the impact of your gift, send your donation directly to the charity instead of going through the fundraiser.
  • Make sure the charity is registered.
    In Maryland, charities must register with the Office of the Secretary of State before asking for donations. The Secretary of State's website
    allows you to see if a charity is registered and provides links to other sites that will assist you in making your donation decisions.
  • Be wary of high pressure tactics and requests for cash.
    Scammers will say anything to get you to send money before you can research the so-called charity or think over your donation. Scammers may also ask you to send cash or pre-paid cards, or wire money so there's no way for you to trace where the money goes or get it back.

Please contact the Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs at 410-313-6420 (voice/relay) if you have any questions or concerns about charitable donations or other types of solicitations. 


Vendor Registration is Open: Camp Expo 2015
Mark Your Calenders for Camp Expo 2015

Camp Expo, now in its 32nd year, is sponsored by the Harper's Choice Community Association and attracts families from the area looking for summer programs for their children. To encourage families to attend Camp Expo, we will offer special prize drawings throughout the event, including up to three $100 gift cards towards the camp of choice.


Vendor registration is available online. 


Camp Expo will be held on Sunday, January 25 from 2:30PM - 5PM at Kahler Hall.  

Did You Know...
HoCo Can Turn Your Christmas Tree into Mulch?
By "merry mulching" your holiday tree, you help to keep thousands of trees out of the landfill, saving money, and protecting the environment. The County's Merry Mulch program offers residents a variety of FREE holiday tree recycling options, which turns recycled trees into compost and mulch.

Beginning Friday, December 26 and continuing through Friday, January 16, 2015, holiday trees may be recycled seven days a week from 7:30AM - 5PM at various drop-off sites throughout the County. A full list of drop-off sites is available here. One exception to the above days and times is the Alpha Ridge Landfill, which is open Monday through Saturday, 8AM - 4PM.


County residents with curbside yard trim collection may set their holiday trees out on their yard trim day for collection through January 16th; your trees will NOT be picked up on your trash collection day during this time period. Please note:

  • ALL decorations, including tinsel, garland, ornaments, lights, tree stands, plastic bags, etc., must be removed from the tree.
  • Trees must be cut into less than four foot lengths and tied. They do not need to be bagged.
  • Each bundle must weigh less than 40 pounds.

Residents are reminded to set trees out the night before their collection day. After January 16, trees will be collected as trash if put out on trash day.


Artificial holiday trees and wreaths with metal components can be recycled year-round in the scrap metal area at the Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Area.

Upcoming Events
Midnight at 7
See Howard County shine! Celebrate the New Year with an exciting fireworks display at 7PM (weather permitting). On December 31 from 5PM - 8PM, walk through the Symphony of Lights and enjoy a toasty bonfire, music, party favors and more! Food will be available for purchase from a variety of vendors.

Schedule of Activities: 

  • 5PM - Gates open. Enjoy festivities and walk through the Symphony of Lights.
  • 7PM -  Fireworks (weather permitting)
  • 7:30PM - Last admission to walk through the Symphony of Lights 

Midnight at 7 is an annual event held at Symphony Woods in Columbia, MD. Advanced registration is required. Cost is $15 per person aged 4 and up. Children 3 and under are free. All proceeds benefit Howard County General Hospital. Parking instructions will be emailed with your registration confirmation.  

Jazz at the Lake with Paquito D'Rivera
Paquito D'Rivera will perform on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Jazz @ The Lake Concert, at the Jim Rouse Theatre in Columbia, MD. The 12-time Grammy-winning saxophone and clarinet master will be accompanied by noted jazz musicians Diego Urcola, Alex Brown, Zach Brown, Eric Doob, and Paulo Stagnaro. D'Rivera is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. He moves effortlessly among jazz, Latin, and classical genres.

The award-winning Wilde Lake High School Jazz Ensemble will open the show and perform a joint piece with D'Rivera, known for mentoring young musicians. Wilde Lake Band Director Lewis Dutrow promises a "hot night of cool jazz" for all in attendance.

The concert is on Saturday, January 24 at 7:30PM at the Jim Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia, 21044. Advanced purchase of tickets recommended. Email for more information or call 410-997-2070.
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: 1/13, 1/27, 2/10.  

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for January 6 at 7PM. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are available on our website.

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Cathy Murphy
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