January 29, 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.


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.


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
Holiday Decorations
Please note that all exterior holiday decorations and lighting should be removed by the end of January. We enjoyed the displays; thank you for sharing your holiday spirit with us!
Safety Concerns
Floods caused by blocked storm drains are not exclusive to warmer seasons. If you have a storm drain adjacent to your property, please ensure that it is shoveled open to allow the melting snow to drain and prevent street flooding. If you notice that the storm drains are blocked or clogged, please call Highways at 410-313-7450 or go to http://www.howardcountymd.gov/tellhoco.htm to report the issue.


Of a similar concern, the Post Office does not complete snow removal at any of the cluster mailboxes in Columbia. We ask that residents who use the cluster boxes take some time to ensure that the area in front of the box is shoveled and salted for the safety and convenience of all.    


Did You Know...
Our Community Donated 151 Pounds of Food to the Food Bank?
The price of admission for our annual Pizza with Santa community event was the donation of a non-perishable food item for the Howard County Food Bank. Together, we collected 151 pounds of food that will directly help men, women, and children living in Howard County.

Thank you for your support of our neighbors in need. Please watch for more opportunities to help throughout the year.



Upcoming Events
Child Care & Preschool Information Fair
Parents, guardians, grandparents and child care personnel are invited to attend Howard County's annual Child Care & Preschool Information Fair on Saturday, January 31 from 1PM - 4PM at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. This year's theme is "Children On Board."

This FREE event features the latest information about child care, infant programs, summer groups, play groups, preschools and more!

For additional details, call 410-313-1940 or email children@howardcountymd.gov.


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.
Mother-Son Valentine's Dance
Make your Valentine's Day one to remember. Mothers (or aunts, grandmothers, godmothers, and other special women in a young man's life) and sons, ages 3-12 yrs, are invited to an evening jam-packed with fun on Saturday, February 7 from 5:30PM - 7:30PM at the North Laurel Community Center. Activities include refreshments, live DJ, dancing, games, crafts, a souvenir photo and an ice cream sundae bar. Fee includes participation of one adult and one child; each additional son is $16 for center members and $20 for nonmembers. Inclement weather date is February 21. Contact Ashley Jones at 410-3113-0459 or amjones@howardcountymd.gov for more information.



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 3 at 7PM. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are available on our website.