August 27, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
The e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice

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Keep Fire Lanes Open
Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services reminds drivers to please not park in fire lanes. First responders need these lanes cleared at all times to allow for rapid emergency responses.

If you see a vehicle parked in a fire lane who should not be, please call the County's non-emergency phone number at 410-313-2200 to report it. Thanks for your help!
Fall Red Ribbon Yard Sale
Each Fall, the Harper's Choice Community Association organizes a community-wide yard sale. To participate, call 410-730-0770 or email us to register your street. That tells us at least one home on your street will hold a yard sale on the big day. To give buyers more bang for their buck, we encourage you to tell your neighbors that your street is registered. We advertise and promote the event in places like Craigslist, the Columbia Flier, Facebook, and our website to help draw eager buyers to your area. We also post yard sale signs throughout our community a few days before the event. We ask you to stop by Kahler Hall before the day of the event for a red ribbon to tie on your street sign to help shoppers locate participating streets. Last May, we had 18 participating streets! Let's see how many we can get for the Fall event.  
When: Saturday, October 3 from 8am-12pm
Register: Please call 410-730-0770, email us, or stop by Kahler Hall by September 27 to register your street so it can be included in print and online advertising. Be sure to visit us before October 3 to get your Red Ribbon! 
Books to Big Screen Readers' Club: The Martian
When: Wednesday, October 7 from 6:30-8pm
Where: Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia)

Join our Books to Big Screen Readers' Club as we discuss The Martian by Andy Weir. Set for its movie debut starring Matt Damon on October 2, this book tells the tale of a man named Mark Watney who is one of the first people to walk on Mars. Will he also be the first person to die on Mars? This is sure to be a book full of mystery and action! We can't wait to discuss it with you!

Participation is FREE. Club members are responsible for purchasing or borrowing the book to enjoy prior to our discussion. Please call 410-730-0770 or email us to register.
Fall Appraisal Roadshow
When: Monday, October 19 from 7-8pm  
Where: Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia)

Do you have trash or treasure in your home? Join us for an Appraisal Roadshow! We will have a gemologist and a generalist appraiser from Paradigm Experts on hand on Monday, October 19 at 7:30pm. 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.

Register online to have your items appraised or to attend the show. You may also purchase tickets at Kahler Hall.

Limited number of tickets are available.
  • General Admission Tickets are $19 for appraisal of up to two items plus light refreshments.
  • Spectator Tickets are $7 to watch the "show" and enjoy light refreshments.
Doors open at 7pm. Please arrive in plenty of time to check in and be seated by 7:30pm. The show will begin promptly and items can not be added to the show once it has begun. ALL items will be appraised either during the allotted show time or after the session. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance through this link or in person at Kahler Hall to have your item(s) appraised.
Covenant Corner
Important Community Numbers
The Covenant Advisor for Harper's Choice is here to help residents in many ways; from navigating the submission process for approval of in-home businesses and submitting plans to make exterior changes to their homes, to completing a compliance inspection for the sale of one's home. She also works with residents to address reported violations of the Harper's Choice Village Covenants. In some cases however, we have to refer residents to the County Government, the Police Department or the Columbia Association.

Here are some useful numbers to assist you:
PETS: Contact Howard County Animal Control at 410-313-2780 if you have concerns about a neighbor's pet or stray animals.
VEHICLES: Harper's Choice Covenants and Guidelines state that all cars must be legally tagged and operable. The Village staff has no jurisdiction over vehicles parked on county streets. If there is a problem with a vehicle parked on the street, call the Howard County Police non-emergency number at 410-313-2200.
RENTERS: Howard County Rental Housing handles licensing and enforcement for rental property. They can be reached at 410-313-2455.
OPEN SPACE: Residents who have questions or concerns about Columbia Association  open space or have observed persons dump yard waste in open space should call Open Space Management at 410-312-6330.  
PROPERTY COMPLAINTS: Anonymous complaints are accepted. The Covenant Advisor will make a site visit to verify the reported violation. We work with the resident to resolve the violation and may seek the remedy of the courts if we cannot get voluntary cooperation. That said, we cannot resolve communication problems between neighbors or get in the middle of property line disputes. The appropriate place to direct calls of this nature is the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center, housed at the Community College. You can email them at or call them at 443-518-1888.
Did You Know...
September is National Preparedness Month?
Don't be caught off guard by your insurance coverage the next time a severe storm hits. September is National Preparedness Month and all Marylanders should read their insurance policies carefully to determine what their policies cover and do not cover.
In addition to carefully reviewing your insurance policies, some other ways to prepare for disaster include:  
  • Inventory your property. Whenever possible, take photos or videos to support any claim you may need to file later.
  • Determine if your property is insured to its full replacement cost.
  • Keep your policy information in a waterproof, fireproof safe or off-site, such as in a safe deposit box, or scan it and save it to a flash drive that you keep in an emergency kit.
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance. Visit or call 1-888-379-9531 to learn more.
The Maryland Insurance Administration is a state agency that offers guides and general information about insurance coverage at community outreach events and online. Your insurance agent or insurance company can help to explain specifically what is covered by your policy and what is not.
For more information and videos on how to prepare for a disaster, visit the Maryland Insurance Administration's website, Look for the link to Insurance Preparedness for Natural Disasters under the Hot Topics section located in the right hand column. You can also like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at @MD_Insurance.

2015 Riding with the Heroes
When: Sunday, August 30 at 9am.
Where: Howard County Public Safety Training Center, Marriotsville (2200 Scott Wheeler Drive)
Howard County Police Department and HCDFRS are hosting a motorcycle ride to benefit the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) on Sunday, August 30, starting at 9am. at the Howard County Public Safety Training Center in Marriottsville.

Riding with the Heroes will be a ceremonial police-escorted ride led by members of the military, veterans, police, fire and emergency medical services personnel. It will include a scenic tour from Marriottsville through Frederick County, visiting three historic covered bridges along the way.

The event will also include tours of the Public Safety Training Center, displays of police and fire equipment, raffles and more.

Visit for more info!
Peeps for Paws Fundraiser
When: Saturday, September 12 from 1-11pm
Where: Sonoma's Bar & Grill
(7284 Cradlerock Way, Columbia)
Sonoma's Bar & Grill, in conjunction with Peeps for Paws, will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 1-11pm to benefit the  BARCS Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. Sonoma's will donate 12% of the proceeds from this event to BARCS. For more information, please visit Peeps for Paws on Facebook .

Reservations are recommended for parties of 4 or more. Entertainment includes a moon bounce, sno-cones, silent auction, raffles, face painting, DJ dance party, training demos, and vendors. On-site adoptions are from 3-6pm. 
Job Fair
The Howard County Maryland Branch NAACP is excited to announce its 2nd Annual Job Fair on Tuesday, September 22  from 10am-2pm at the Savage Volunteer Fire Station Community Room located at 8521 Corridor Road, Savage, MD 20763. This event is free and open to the public! Our goal is to be a resource to local job seekers, businesses, and employers in building economic development and power for the Howard County community. Registration cost for employer exhibitors is $100. To register, contact Tryphenia Ellis-Johnson, Economic Development Chair at (410) 533-0523 or Registration deadline is September 15, 2015.
Pool Hours
Here are the hours of operation for the pools in Harper's Choice from August 24 through September 7.

3:30-6:30pm Monday - Friday
12-6:30pm Saturday and Sunday
12-6pm Labor Day
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 7:30pm to review applications. The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for: 9/8, 9/22, 10/13.

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for September 1 at 7pm Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.