April 28: Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
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Harper's Choice Happenings
2016 Village Election Results
TO: HCCA Board of Directors
FROM: George Cronin, Chair, Election Monitor Committee
DATE: April 30, 2016
SUBJECT: Village Elections

A Village-wide election was held on April 30, 2016; there were four (4) candidates for two (2) Harper's Choice Community Association Board of Director seats and two (2) candidates for one (1) Columbia Council Representative seat.

The results are:

257 Robin Procida*
155 Jim Smith*
127 Alicia Kong
125 Joel Hurewitz
190 Alan Klein*
167 Bob Fontaine

Total Number of Ballots Received: 445

*Elected to 2-year term

THIS SATURDAY! Red Ribbon Yard Sale and Shred/eCycle Event
Look for Red Ribbons throughout the Village of Harper's Choice from 8am - 12pm on Saturday, May 7. Location maps will be available on our website at noon on Friday, May 6.

Streets registered:
  • Berrypick Lane
  • Broken Oak Lane
  • Celestial Way
  • Endymion Lane
  • Eliot's Oak Road (5300 Block)
  • Harper's Farm Road
  • Lightfoot Path
  • Manorstone Lane
  • Round Tower Place
  • Southern Star Terrace
  • Swansfield Road
  • Youngtree Court
WHEN: Saturday, May 7

YARD SALE: 8am-Noon. Please call 410-730-0770,  complete this form, or stop by Kahler Hall to register your street. Be sure to visit us before May 7 to get your Red Ribbon!

SHRED/eCYCLE: 9am-1pm in the parking lot between Kahler Hall and the Bain Center. Limit 3 small bags/boxes per person for the Shred Truck. eCycle guidelines are listed on our website. Minimal fees required for some items.
Thank You Harper's Choice!
Swansfield Elementary School sends sincere thanks for the $500 grant from the Harper's Choice Village Association's Juanita Robinson Fund. This money allowed the school to purchase almost 100 new, culturally relevant books to give to families! At the school's recent Family Library Night, staff were able to give new and used books to over 100 children. We wish we could adequately capture the enthusiasm of the children who came to this event and received these books. This photo shows a few of the books purchased  with the grant and the thank you sticker placed inside the books.
Did You Know...
Yard Waste in Plastic Bags WILL NOT Be Collected?
As of January 1, 2016, all curbside yard trim service  has made the transition to plastic bag free collection . Howard County reminds residents to bundle material, or use paper bags and reusable containers for yard trim collection.   Earn a coupon  for free paper bags (bags are available at the 4 locations listed on the coupon). 

Collection crews will not pick-up yard trim in plastic bags.
Residents should not use any type of plastic bag, including biodegradable plastic bags. Why? Collection crews have a hard time differentiating between biodegradable plastic bags and regular plastic bags. In an effort to make collection routes efficient, we are not allowing residents to use any type of plastic bag, including biodegradable plastic bags.
The Landfill Accepts Monthly Donations for Bikes for the World?
Drop off used bikes for Bikes For The World on the first Saturday of the month.
Collection will be hosted by the Glenwood Lions Club from 8am to 2pm near the scrap metal collection area at the Alpha Ridge Landfill. Guess what!? 36 bikes were collected on April 2nd. They will be repaired and reused.

Around Town
Longfellow Elementary Spring Fair
Longfellow Elementary PTA will host their annual Spring Fair on Saturday, May 7th from 10am-2pm. We will have bouncy houses, a DJ, concessions, bake sale, games, magic show, balloon making, photo booth, raffles, a silent auction and more.  All proceeds from the event support PTA programs and activities such as performing arts events, after school program scholarships, teacher hospitality meals, classroom enrichment supplies, free family nights and more. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. Volunteers still needed, please sign up here
50+ Lunch & Learn:  Barbara Kellner on Downtown Columbia

For only $5 per person, attendees will enjoy a delicious lunch and an engaging presentation by Barbara Kellner from the Columbia Archives. Barbara will speak about "Downtown Columbia: the Idea, the Reality, the Possibilities."

When: Fri., May 13 from 11:30am-1pm
Where: The Hawthorn Center (6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia)

Advance online registration is available here. Contact Joan Lancos at 410-730-7327 or info@hickoryridge.org for more information.
Owen Brown Festival

Join the Owen Brown Association in celebrating it's 44th birthday! Come out and join us in the festivities at the Owen Brown Festival at Lake Elkhorn.

When: Sat., May 21, 2016 from 12-6pm
Where: Lake Elkhorn Park, Columbia (At the Broken Land Parkway side)

Festival events include: musical entertainment, food vendors, walking parade, interactive activities, activities for children.
Matzohball 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Temple Isaiah is sponsoring the 12th Annual Matzohball 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run on Sunday June 5, 2016, 9:00 am at Centennial Park located off Route 108 in Ellicott City, Maryland.  
This is a family event for runners or walkers. Proceeds to benefit HopeWorks , DreamBuilders , Grassroots Crisis Center , and Temple Isiah.  You can register here
Join our Facebook event page  so you can keep up with all of the news! And stick around after the race for Family Wellness Day, a free community event with games, food, music, prizes. Bagels & Fruit provided by Brian's Catering, Race managed by Charm City Run.   
Upcoming Meetings
Architectural Committee Meetings

Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require approval of the Village Architectural Committee (AC). 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: 5/10, 5/24, 6/14.  

Village Board Meetings

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