July 2, 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 observance 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.

Click here for a full list of holiday closures.
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...
Not EVERYTHING is Recyclable, Even If It Is Plastic?

Howard County has the most dedicated Recyclers who want to recycle everything! However, the truth is not everything is recyclable, even if it is plastic. For example:


Small items like drink straws, plastic utensils, empty glue sticks and toothbrushes are too small to be recycled at the recycling plant. Please place those in the trash.


Consider carrying a reusable straw (available in stainless steel, acrylic or bamboo) to reduce your trash. Seems like a small thing, but over time it really adds up!

Visit Howard County Recycles for more information.  
Covenant Corner
Proper Disposal of Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG)

Did you know that nearly 50 percent of all sewage overflows nationwide are caused by homeowners who improperly dispose of everyday fats, oils and grease (FOG)?

FOG - a real enemy of our sewer system - is a substance that will build up over time when poured down your drain or garbage disposal and constrict the flow of wastewater. This can eventually cause sewer back-ups and overflows of raw sewage into our streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.

To properly dispose of fats, oils and grease, follow these simple steps:

  • Pour warm cooking oil or grease from the pan into a container that you can freeze.
  • Scrape the grease out of the pan and wipe clean with a disposable paper towel.
  • Store the container in the freezer and when full, dump the container in the trash.
  • Whenever possible, find creative ways to reuse or recycle properly stored FOG. One suggestion is to turn refrigerated FOG (now lard) into wild bird suet by mixing it with bird seed in the fall and winter. Check out some recipes here.

By changing our habits one person at a time and one household at a time, we can substantially improve the health of our streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay and create a sustainable, GREEN Howard County.


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!
Columbia Lakefront Fireworks Celebration

When: Saturday, July 4, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with fireworks at dusk
Rain date: Sunday, July 5 (Fireworks Only)
Where: Columbia Lakefront

Inclement weather line: 410-313-4451


Enjoy live entertainment on two stages: Milkshake will provide children's entertainment from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the second stage. Capital Style will treat the crowd to a variety of popular tunes from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the main stage.


Bring a picnic or purchase food from on-site vendors. Parking is free.


Note: Those wishing to place a blanket or sheet may do so beginning at 8:00 a.m.on July 4. Those wishing to place a tarp on the grass may do so beginning at 3:00 p.m. Placement of tarps must wait until 3:00 p.m. to protect the grass. For more information on your tarp, contact the Columbia Association at 410-312-6330. No boats are permitted on the lake July 3-5. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion.


Little Patuxent Parkway will be closed from approximately 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will not reopen until the conclusion of the fireworks.  


See this map for the festival layout. Click here for an interactive Google map for directions.  

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 on Wednesdays through August 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Here is the concert line-up:

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
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
Lyme Disease Presentation
When: July 23 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Other Barn (5851 Robert Oliver Place)


Please join Oakland Mills Community Association for a presentation on Lyme Disease. The numbers of those who have Lyme Disease are staggering and growing. It is fair to assume that everyone living in this area has a close family friend or relative living with Lyme Disease. This presentation will cover the basics and create an awareness of Lyme Disease.

Speakers include a representative from the Howard County Health Department and Mrs. Kandice Dickover, M.S. The Health Department will discuss prevention of tick-borne disease, creating a tick-safe zone through landscaping, tick removal and recognizing symptoms of Lyme disease.

Mrs. Dickover founded the Howard County Lyme Awareness Group three years ago after suffering from a debilitating mystery illness for 4.5 years before discovering that she had Lyme Disease. After educating herself about the disease, her two sons and husband were bitten by ticks during a scouting trip. Mrs. Dickover opens her home monthly to Lyme Support Group Meetings and holds free webinars and public education events.

This presentation is free and open to the public and will include time for Q & A.  For more information contact Sandy Cederbaum, Oakland Mills Village Manager at manager@oaklandmills.org or call 410-730-4610.

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: 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.