June 25, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
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Pool Hours
Here are the hours of operation for the pools in Harper's Choice through August 9.

12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday
12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday
CLOSED on Monday

12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday
CLOSED on Thursday

Hobbit's Glen
11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday- Saturday
12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday
CLOSED on Wednesday
Holiday Closings
HCCA Office is Closed July 3
The Harper's Choice Community Association offices will be closed on Friday, July 3 in honor of the 4th of July holiday.
HoCo Government Closings for Independence Day Holiday
Howard County Government offices, courts, animal shelter and senior centers will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Friday, July 3.

Friday curbside trash, recycling, food scrap and yard trim collection will take place as normal on the 3rd; the County's holiday slide schedule will not be in effect. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be open on Friday, July 3, but will be closed on Saturday, July 4.

County parks, the Cedar Lane and Schooley Mill Activity Rooms, Gary J. Arthur, North Laurel and Roger Carter Community Centers, Kiwanis-Wallas Hall, Meadowbrook Athletic Center, Robinson Nature Center and Howard County heritage sites will be open on July 3. All, with the exception of County parks, Roger Carter Community Center and Howard County heritage sites, will be closed on Saturday, July 4.

The Regional Transportation Agency (RTA) will operate on a "Saturday" level of service on Friday, July 3. RTA will operate its regular Saturday schedule on July 4. For more information on RTA, call 1-800-270-9553 or visit www.transitrta.com. All parking regulations and fees will be in effect.

The 9-1-1 Center, Police and Fire departments remain staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For emergencies, call 9-1-1; for non-emergencies, please call 410-313-2200.

County offices will re-open at regular business hours on Monday, July 6.


Summer Pool Parties in Harper's Choice
Join us for splashingly great times at our annual summer pool parties! Each will include a special treat from the Kona Ice Truck and lively music and entertainment from Speakerize DJ for all guests, compliments of your Harper's Choice Community Association. Additional food will be available for a nominal fee.  


Registration Details:

Space is limited and tickets are required for EACH event. Visit Kahler Hall to register and pick up tickets. Ticket holders MUST arrive and check-in by 6:45 p.m. on the event date to ensure entry. Individual families must register separately. 

Longfellow Pool Party/Family Luau:

Tuesday, July 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Please bring one non-perishable food item per person attending for the Howard County Food Bank.  


Swansfield Pool Party/Family Dance Night:  
Thursday, August 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Please bring one non-perishable food item per person attending for the Howard County Food Bank. 


Did You Know...
You Can Access Your Water and Sewer Account Virtually?

Howard County Government has launched, Howard CountyUtilli, which connects county water and sewer customers with their accounts virtually. The app provides users secure access, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to water and sewer account information, as well as the option to pay bills online without incurring a convenience fee.  The app can be downloaded for free from the Apple Store, Google Play and the Windows Phone Store. An online version of the customer portal can be found at https://utilli.howardcountymd.gov.  

Covenant Corner
Tree Removal

Did you know that according to the Village Covenants, residents of Harper's Choice may not take down a tree larger than 6" in diameter without the written approval of the Columbia Association and the Village Architectural Committee? If you are considering the removal of a tree that requires approval, you must submit an application to the Village office, and they will contact the Columbia Association to make a site visit and verify that the tree may be removed. Most requests for removal are approved. In addition, in most cases when an approved tree is removed, the stump must be removed or ground out and the area restored. If you have any questions about tree removals or the covenant process, please contact our Covenant Advisor. 

Call Before You Dig: It's the Law
Miss Utility

Residents are reminded to call Miss Utility at 1-800-257-7777 at least 48 hours before digging to determine the location of all gas, electric, telephone, cable and water lines. This service is free of charge.  

Summer Architectural Committee Meeting Dates

The Architectural Committee will meet three more times during the summer months: 7/14, 7/28, 8/18. Please note: there is only ONE meeting in August, so plan your alteration requests accordingly. Completed applications for exterior alterations must be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the meeting in which they will be reviewed. Applications must include all applicable items from the list at the bottom of the form. For your convenience, applications and guidelines can be downloaded or reviewed online. 



Star Gazing with HAL

On Saturday, June 27, Howard Astronomical League will host its First Light Star Party and ribbon cutting celebrating the grand opening of the Howard Astronomical League  Observatory at Alpha Ridge Park.  This momentous occasion is the culmination
of almost 15 years of hard work by a large cadre of volunteers, donors, partners, and friends, and we're planning on celebrating with a huge family-friendly event.  

Activities for all ages begin at 7:00 p.m.  The ribbon cutting ceremony takes place at 7:30 p.m. The star party and observatory tours follow and will continue until the last observer goes home.    

HCPD Wants Your Thoughts and Ideas
Coffee with a Cop
When: July 2 from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Where: McDonald's in Fulton (8191 Westside Boulevard)


The community is invited to join the Howard County Police Department on the first Thursday of each month for Coffee with a Cop. This community outreach program will offer an opportunity for officers and community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues and build relationships one cup of coffee at a time.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Community Policing Forum
When: July 22 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Where: Mt. Hebron High School (9440 Old Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 20759)


Come be a part of a public forum on  Community Policing! Share your thoughts and ideas on topics such as:
  • Police Technology
  • Officer Training
  • Community Outreach Programs
  • Neighborhood Police Satellite Offices
Longfellow 4th of July Parade
Longfellow Friends of the 4th Join the Longfellow community for a fun and festive annual tradition. All are welcome to participate. Lineup begins at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Longfellow Pool. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. after a short program that includes the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the National Anthem, and the introduction of the Grand Marshal and Good Neighbor.
Donate Food to Help Your Neighbors in Need
Food for Tomorrow, a student-led grassroots campaign to raise food, money and awareness for the Howard County Food Bank will participate in Longfellow Friends of the Traditional Fourth beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Hesperus Drive and Eliot's Oak Road.

The Food Bank needs the following items:
  • Cereal (hot & cold)
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Pasta
  • Tuna
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jam
  • Canned fruit
  • Meal makers (e.g. Tuna Helper)
  • Condiments
  • Rice
  • Juice boxes
  • Baby food
  • Diapers
  • Wipes  
Look for the pick up truck and the volunteers who will be thrilled to see you as you help them fill the back of the truck with food!
Lakefront Wednesday Lunchtime Concert Series
Columbia Association presents the Lakefront Wednesday Lunchtime Concert Series! Enjoy live concerts by the lake every week. In addition to great live music, guests will receive free cold beverages and be eligible to win a raffle! This year's performers include series favorites and popular local musicians representing a wide variety of musical styles, including rock, folk, jazz, blues and R&B. This year's event will be held June 17- August 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Here is the concert line-up:

July 1
Automatic Slim
July 8
Unity Reggae Band
July 15
Damon Foreman
July 22
Jordan Mills
Various Genres
July 29
Janice B
R&B Soul/Soul
August 5
Cara Kelly & The Tell Tale
Various Genres
August 12
Steve Tove
Tropical Rock
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 p.m. to review applications. The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for: 6/30, 7/14, 7/28, 8/18.  

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for July 21 at 7:00 p.m. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.