January 22, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
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Special Invitation from HoCo Office of Transportation
Meeting to Preview Preliminary Design Plans for Multi-Use Pathway
Cedar Lane, north of Little Patuxent Parkway, provides an opportunity for enhanced access for bicyclists, pedestrians and the disabled. The Howard County Office of Transportation, in cooperation with the Howard County Department of Public Works, has developed preliminary design plans (30% design plans) for a multi-use pathway on the west side of Cedar Lane from Little Patuxent Parkway to Harper's Farm Road. The pathway would connect to the Downtown Columbia Trail, which is currently being constructed from Howard County General Hospital, all the way through the heart of Columbia and on to Blandair Park in Oakland Mills.

Stakeholders are invited to attend a PowerPoint presentation with Howard County Office of Transportation and Department of Public Works staff and provide their feedback on the 30% design plans. Stakeholders include local residents, public agencies, and community leaders.


The meeting will be held on January 28 from 6:30-8:30PM in the Swansfield Elementary School cafeteria. In the event of inclement weather, this meeting will be cancelled. Please call (410)313-4364 for more information. 


Camp Expo 2015 - This Sunday!
2:30PM - 5PM at Kahler Hall

Camp Expo, now in its 32nd year, is sponsored by the Harper's Choice Community Association and attracts families from the area looking for summer programs for their children. To encourage families to attend Camp Expo, we will offer special prize drawings throughout the event, including up to three $100 gift cards towards the camp of choice.


Camp Expo will be held on Sunday, January 25 from 2:30PM - 5PM at Kahler Hall. Admission is free. 

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
Special Reminders from Columbia Association

Columbia's open space system is enjoyed all year by large numbers of residents and visitors. As with every season, the winter months bring different sets of natural beauty as well as conditions everyone should prepare for.  This winter, while enjoying Columbia's paths, parks and lakes, please keep in mind that you should: 

Keep an eye out for other users.

Wear appropriate clothing.
Watch for and be prepared for winter weather conditions (snow and ice).
Stay off ice on the lakes or ponds.


If you happen to see someone on the lake or pond ice, please contact the Columbia Association Open Space office at 410-312-6330 (8AM-5PM) or Howard County Police Department at 410/313-2200 (non-emergency). 


Please contact Open Space Management if you see concerning issues or activities on CA property.


Did You Know...
You Can Donate an Instrument to Students in HoCo?
Howard County Parents for School Music is having an instrument donation day on January 31st. We will do home pick ups as well. Click here for more information.
Columbia Archives is Offering a FREE Mini Course?


Columbia Archives continues to mark the road to Columbia's 50th birthday in 2017 with this new mini-course. The course will begin with the announcement of the Columbia plan, explore the work of the planners and the legal team that followed and examine the hectic schedule of Jim Rouse during that period. 

This course builds on the 2014 course which explored the land purchases and the initial planning process. For information on last year's presentations, contact Columbia Archives.


Barbara Kellner, Columbia Archives Manager, will be the presenter. All talks will be at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center from 2-3PM.


Register online for any or all of the sessions below: 


Feb. 2 - Introducing the Plan. On November 11, 1964 James Rouse and his colleagues presented the plan for Columbia to Howard County officials.  It was the public unveiling of the vision of Columbia and the work of the planning team. The session will focus on the plan and the initial reaction to it.


Feb. 9 - Inspiration and Perspiration.  January 1965 ushered in a year of feverish work as Columbia went from the idea to the business of building.  The details of planning and design, zoning regulations, institutional and industrial development,  information and public relations and the business of managing the 14,000 acres of woods and farmland was all consuming.  The session will paint a picture of the period.


Feb. 16 - Columbia Gets the Go Ahead. 100% Zoning Granted Today!!! read the telegram sent to Jim Rouse on August 10, 1965. Meetings, meetings, meetings.  This session will capture Jim Rouse's schedule to illustrate the opportunities and challenges of building Columbia.   


Upcoming Events
2015 Relay for Life Kick-Off Event
The 2015 Relay For Life of Howard County officially kicks off on Sunday, January 25 beginning at 2PM at the DoubleTree Hotel at 5485 Twin Knolls Road in Columbia, MD. Come join the fun, learn what's new for the 2015 season and vote on the theme for this year's event. The kickoff will be catered by Sonoma's Bar and Grill.

Go to www.relayforlife.org/HowardMD to register for the 2015 Relay event or to RSVP to the Kickoff.

The Romanovs as You Never Knew Them
The Romanovs as You Never Knew Them will be held on Wednesday, January 28th from 7PM-8:15PM at the Miller Branch of the Howard County Library System. This event is co-sponsored by the Howard County Historical Society.

The Romanov dynasty has been portrayed in many ways, including inaccurate interpretations of the czars as mysterious, un-European, and just plain strange. Discover how the Romanov sovereigns were unique and compelling, and how each fit into the world in which they lived and ruled.


Presented by Vladimir G. Marinich, retired Professor of History at Howard Community College. Marinich received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from City College of New York and his Master of Arts in Anthropology from New York University.

Click here to register online for this free event.


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: 1/27, 2/10, 2/24.  

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.

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Cathy Murphy
Facility Manager
Covenant Advisor

Community Outreach Coordinator

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