July 3, 2014
Harper's Choice Voice
The e-newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice

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Our Office is Closed on July 4th
The HCCA office is closed on Friday, July 4th in honor of the Independence Day holiday. We wish you and your families a safe and relaxing weekend!
Did You Know...
HoCo has a Holiday Slide Schedule for Trash/Recycling Pick-Up?

There will be NO COLLECTIONS on Friday, July 4. Friday recycling, trash & yard trim collections will slide and be made on Saturday. For a handy chart, please visit our Holiday Schedule webpage.

Alpha Ridge Landfill will be closed.

District 4 Council Rep Mary Kay Sigaty Sends a Monthly Newsletter?
Mary Kay Sigaty is the District 4 Council Member that represents the Village of Harper's Choice. She sends a monthly newsletter to her constituents to help keep them informed of local issues, events, and items of interest to area residents. Here is the July edition of her newsletter.
Covenant Corner
Does Your House Have Curb Appeal?

One of our primary responsibilities is to uphold the village covenants and keep our Village looking good. Our covenants set minimum standards for maintenance and help protect the aesthetics of our community.  

We need you to do your part by assessing the exterior of your home for curb appeal:  


  • Are you storing bulk items and debris out of view of the street and neighboring properties?
  • Are your landscape beds weeded and edged?
  • Do you sweep the debris from your curbs and street gutters regularly?


Let's all work to keep Harper's Choice looking its best! 

Pool Hours
June 21 - August 10
Here are the hours of operation and closed days for the pools in Harper's Choice from June 21 - August 10.

12PM - 8PM Tuesday - Saturday
12PM - 7PM Sunday
CLOSED on Monday

Please note: Longfellow Pool closes for the season on August 3 so that renovations to the pool area can be completed prior to the start of the new school year.

12PM - 8:30PM Monday - Saturday
12PM - 7:30PM Sunday
CLOSED on Thursday

Hobbit's Glen
11PM - 8PM Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
11AM - 7PM Tuesday, Sunday
CLOSED on Wednesday
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. The committee meets only once in August. Please plan your summer alterations with the following meeting schedule in mind: 7/8, 7/22, 8/19. 

Village Board Meetings
The next monthly meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for August 12 at 7PM. Please note, this is the 2nd Tuesday of the month due to our National Night Out event on August 5. Agendas and Meeting Minutes can be found on our website.

4th of July Events in Columbia
44th Annual Longfellow 4th of July Parade & Softball Game
The 44th Annual Longfellow Friends of the Traditional 4th Parade will take place on Friday, July 4, rain or shine, at 10AM. All are welcome to participate, or just come and watch. No advance registration necessary!
Line-up begins at 9:15AM in the parking lot of Longfellow Elementary School. The parade will travel from one end of Hesperus Drive to the other, and return to the school via Eliot's Oak Road. Retiring Delegate Liz Bobo is this year's Grand Marshal.

Canned goods will be collected for donation to Food for Tomorrow

The parade will be followed by a softball game at noon between the Eliot's Oak Nuts and the Hesperus Wrecks, to be held on Field #3 at Cedar Lane Park entrance on Cedar Lane.
Lakefront 4th of July Family Festivities
July 4, 5PM-10 PM

Fireworks at Dusk
Rain date: July 5 (Fireworks Only)  

Inclement weather line: 410-313-4451  

The 2014 Festival and Fireworks includes performers and activities.


Note: Those wishing to place a blanket or sheet on the grass may do so beginning at 8 AM on July 4. Those wishing to place a tarp on the grass may do so beginning at 3 PM. Placement of tarps must wait until 3 PM in order 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.


Little Patuxent Parkway will close at approximately 7PM and will not re-open until the conclusion of the fireworks. 

Harper's Choice Events

Please call Susan at 410-730-0770 or email us to register for our pool parties. These events are organized especially for Harper's Choice residents.

Longfellow Pool Party
July 8 from 6PM - 9PM
Awesome DJ and
FREE Rita's!
Additional food available
for purchase through the Longfellow PTA.

Swansfield Pool Party
August 7 from 6PM - 9PM
Awesome DJ and
FREE Rita's!

Hobbit's Glen Pool Party
August 14 from 6PM - 9PM
DJ, food and fun. Watch for more details for this event.
Shred & Give Back Day
July 19 from 9AM - 1PM. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information about a day of giving in Harper's Choice.

We will have a shred truck on site to take care of your confidential documents. Donations of clothing and small household goods will be accepted by other vendors.

If your group collects items as a fundraiser and you would like to be a part of this event, please call Susan at 410-730-0770 or email us with more information.

National Night Out
August 5 from 6PM - 9PM in the courtyard on Joseph's Square in the Harper's Choice Village Center.

This event has been selected to serve as the Kick-Off event for all of the National Night Out celebrations in Howard County. The Mobile Command Center, the K-9 Unit, and a variety of rescue vehicles will be onsite for you to see and experience. Representatives from our local government will also begin their evening here.

In addition, we will have entertainment from the Unity Reggae Band, Whole Foods, Rita's, and a voter registration drive. 

We are also hosting a blood drive at Kahler Hall from 4PM - 8PM in cooperation with the American Red Cross. We encourage you to schedule your donation in advance to assure your spot. Walk-ins are welcome.
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Village Manager
Cathy Murphy
Facility Manager
Covenant Advisor

Community Outreach Coordinator

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5440 Old Tucker Row  Columbia, MD 21044  410-730-0770  events@harperschoice.org