February 5, 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 of 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.


News from the Village in Howard
Learn More about the Village in Howard
The Village In Howard (TVIH) is now entering its second month of operation. We are approaching 50 members, have more than 30 volunteers trained and are delivering services and a full calendar of events and activities. We hope you will join this pioneer effort by going to the website and clicking the "How to Join" tab to complete your membership form.

When your membership is received, a Membership Committee volunteer will contact you to answer questions and clarify any details. You can also call the office at 443-367-9043 if you have membership questions or need help with the form.

Click here to read this month's edition of TVIH newsletter.

The Wilde Lake Community Association will host a 50+ Lunch at Slayton House on Friday, February 27 at Noon where attendees will learn more about TVIH. The cost is $5. Please RSVP by February 23. Call 410-730-3987 for more information.
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 from 9:30AM - 1PM 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.


Go Green for Valentine's Day
"Green" Tips for Valentine's Day

Show that your love lasts and give a beautiful potted plant - it can even be planted outside when the weather warms up.


Send an e-card instead of a traditional card; it's better for the environment and many sites will let you send a card for free.  


Instead of buying a gift, why not donate time (or money) to an organization you both believe in? Volunteer at the local animal shelter or your favorite community organization. Less waste and more memories!
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
Don't Get Hooked by Unlicensed Contractors

In this economy, many of us are searching for a good deal. Before you hire a contractor, ask to see their license. Hiring an unlicensed contractor may put you at risk for shoddy construction and higher costs down the road. The word on an unlicensed contractor may not meet local building codes, construction standards and permitting requirements. Plus, if the contractor or an employee is injured while on your property, YOU may be held liable for these injuries since unlicensed contractors often do not carry insurance and may not be bonded.  


To verify a license, check the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website or call the Maryland Home Improvement Commission at 410-230-6309.


Yard Trim and Collection Reminder

Curbside yard trim season ended Friday, January 16** and will resume April 1.


Residents can recycle yard trim and food scraps at Alpha Ridge Landfill year-round. 


** Residents in areas with green carts will receive collection year-round.
Did You Know...
Wilde Lake High School Students are Collecting Jeans?
Wilde Lake High School students need your help for their annual Teens for Jeans event.

Last year, students collected 824 pairs of jeans to donate to homeless youth in the Baltimore area. This year, their goal is 1,237 pairs - a pair to represent each student in the school. In conjunction with Aeropostale and dosomething.org, the Leadership Class is working to provide homeless youth with their most requested item - JEANS!  


Donate your too big, too small, or just unloved jeans at Wilde Lake High School through February 13. Staff in the main office will happily direct you to the collection boxes. Your donation will also help Wilde Lake win a $5000 grant!  


Jeans for toddlers, children, teens, or adults are welcome.


For more information, contact [email protected] or check out teensforjeans.com.  

Upcoming Events
Visit Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area with CFIN

Join Columbia Families in Nature (CFIN) on Sunday, February 22 from 2PM - 4PM and Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area for an outdoor family adventure.


Located in Owings Mills, this very unique area is comprised of 1,900 acres of serpentine barren and is home to over 39 rare, threatened, or endangered plant species as well as rare insects, rocks and minerals.


This was the sight of the first chromite mine in the US, and during the 19th century, Soldiers Delight was the largest producer of chrome in the world. Several old mines and quarries are still visible in the serpentine barrens. There are seven miles of marked hiking trails. Inside the visitor center there is an exhibit hall that is set up like a museum, and two classrooms with experiments and critters galore. The back end of the aviary is also open to the public, so we will be able to see some of the Scales and Tales animals. To sign up for any of these outings  (which is required) you can 1) email CFIN with the dates you are planning to attend and the number of adults and children that will be in attendance; 2) complete the quick sign-in form on the CFIN website; or 3) find and join the outing event on the CFIN Facebook page.  Before a family's first outing with CFIN, the online registration / waiver must be completed at www.surveymonkey.com/s/CFINreg.



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: 2/10, 2/24, 3/10.  

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.