May 21, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
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Offices Closed for Memorial Day
The Harper's Choice Community Association offices are closed on Monday, May 25 in honor of Memorial Day. Events and church services will be held as scheduled on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
Memorial Day Recycling & Trash Collection
Slide schedule in effect for Memorial Day Holiday


There will be NO COLLECTIONS on Monday, May 25. All recycling, trash and yard trim collections will slide and be made one day later that week. Visit the  Slide Schedule website for a handy chart.


The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be closed Monday, May 25th.
Did You Know...
HoCo Developed the OpenHoward Portal to Increase Transparency?


Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman recently announced the launch of OpenHoward, a new data portal on the county's website. OpenHoward was developed to increase transparency and provide data to the public in a user-friendly way, making information more easily available to residents.


This open data "beta" launch is intended to showcase how data will be delivered. The site currently displays 52 data sets, 17 maps and three charts, and will continue to grow as new data sets become available. Current data sets include records of emergency vehicle dispatch and arrival times, as well as non-emergency service requests made through Tell HoCo. Residents can review service requests for everything from sidewalk repairs and filling potholes to the removal of dead animals and tree limbs from a County owned roadway.


Data collected and made available to the public through the OpenHoward portal is the first phase of a larger initiative championed by County Executive Kittleman called HoCoStat. Future phases of HoCoStat will include analyzing data to heighten accountability and measure outcomes for all county departments and agencies. For residents, this could mean tracking the amount of time it takes to get permits and licenses or the efficiency of local bus transportation.


You can also access the portal from the county's website,, by clicking on the OpenData logo at the bottom of the page. Data sets are organized by category, such as public safety, licenses and permits and transportation.

Covenant Corner
Mosquito Problem? How is Water Draining Away From Your Home?

Flexible downspout extensions are often used to direct water away from the foundation of a house. Inexpensive and easy to install, these seem like the perfect way to redirect water. What you may not know is that they are also a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Some water naturally gets trapped in the grooves when it flows out of the extension tubing. Since mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to breed hundreds of larvae, the water left in the grooves becomes the perfect habitat for growth.  


Did you know that using above ground drains is also prohibited as per the covenants? All drainage hoses, tubes or pipes must be buried below ground or in a landscape bed to be compliant. Using splash blocks and other solutions to solve your drainage problems is highly recommended. Please contact John McCoy, CA Watershed Manager, at 410-312-6336 for information and additional resources.  

Join FIRN in Celebration of HoCo's Foreign-Born Leaders
FIRN invites you to join in a celebration to honor Howard County's Foreign-Born Community Leaders on Wednesday, June 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center (10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044) on Wednesday, June 3, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


FIRN's 13th Annual American Success Awards (ASA) dinner will honor three Howard County foreign-born Americans who have distinguished themselves by achieving success in their professional lives as well as for their outstanding contributions to their community:

  • Ms. Diane Li, Branch Manager at the Savage Library
  • Mr. Jos? S?nchez, Battalion Chief at the County's Fire and Rescue Services
  • Mr. Jahantab A. Siddiqui, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Howard County Executive

Tickets and tables can be purchased online. Proceeds from the American Success Awards will benefit FIRN, a non-profit organization which has served the Howard County immigrant and refugee population since 1981.   



Open Streets Howard County Festival
Are Open Streets the future of Howard County? Here's your chance to find out.

The Little Patuxent Parkway "Loop" in Clary's Forest will be home to the first Open Streets Howard County demonstration project on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to comfortably and safely ride your bike on the road? Bike lanes and sidewalks have come a long way in the last few years, and at the Open Streets Howard County festival in June, you can come see and experience new approaches to encouraging healthy transportation options like walking and cycling. The event will temporarily take over a lane of the Little Patuxent Parkway Loop and reserve it for people-powered transportation.

And if that's not enough, there will be many fun activities for all ages, including food trucks, scavenger hunts, and giveaways. Bike mechanics will be on-hand to help get you ready to ride!

Jazz in the Mills Presents Lavenia Nesmith on June 14

Jazz in the Mills is proud to present, Lavenia Nesmith in Concert on Sunday, June 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Other Barn in Columbia, MD.


Back by popular demand, The Jazz in the Mills Concert Series 2015 presents Lavenia Nesmith, who performed to sell out audiences in past years at The Other Barn. Janet Gilbert, entertainment writer for the Baltimore Sun raves about Lavenia: "Her voice, rich and resonant can be powerful and poignant, sultry or sweet".


Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at The Other Barn or online at will be available at the door for $20.


Jazz in the Mills is sponsored by Lavenia Nesmith and the  Oakland Mills Community Association.


For more information: Lavenia Nesmith at or call 301-596-5128 or 410-730-4610;; The Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, 21045.


Conservation Stewardship Program
The mission of the Howard County Master Gardeners is to educate residents about safe, effective, and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities. The Master Gardener program is administered by the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Service. Please join them for this upcoming event.
Barberry & Basketgrass

When: Tuesday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   

Where: Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA), South Wind Circle trailhead at 5795 Trotter Road, Clarksville, MD

Non-native, invasive plants are a real threat to our ecosystems and our habitat restoration efforts. Come hear Dr. Vanessa Beauchamp, Assistant Professor of Biology at Towson University, speak about the ecology of Wavyleaf basketgrass, a relative newcomer and very challenging species, and a citizen-science initiative to map its current distribution. The remaining time is spent dealing with our nemesis, Japanese barberry.


The Best of The Second City

On Saturday, June 27, Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia, Maryland at 8:00 p.m. with The Best of The Second City. This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City's 55-year history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more-- as well as their trademark improvisation. Come see where it all began during this special one night engagement, the finale performance of Columbia Festival of the Art's Summer 2015 Festival.


Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy's best and brightest. 


Tickets for The Second City are $25-$40 and can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-955-5566.  For more information, please call Jennifer Culotta at 410-715-3044. For a complete 2015 Summer Festival Schedule, please visit  


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: 5/26, 6/9, 6/23.  

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for June 2 at 7 p.m. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.