January 8, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
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Covenant Corner
Last Call to Merry Mulch Your Holiday Greens
By "merry mulching" your holiday tree, you help to keep thousands of trees out of the landfill, saving money, and protecting the environment. The County's Merry Mulch program offers residents a variety of FREE holiday tree recycling options, which turns recycled trees into compost and mulch.

Beginning Friday, December 26 and continuing through Friday, January 16, 2015, holiday trees may be recycled seven days a week from 7:30AM - 5PM at various drop-off sites throughout the County. A full list of drop-off sites is available here. One exception to the above days and times is the Alpha Ridge Landfill, which is open Monday through Saturday, 8AM - 4PM.


County residents with curbside yard trim collection may set their holiday trees out on their yard trim day for collection through January 16th; your trees will NOT be picked up on your trash collection day during this time period. Please note:

  • ALL decorations, including tinsel, garland, ornaments, lights, tree stands, plastic bags, etc., must be removed from the tree.
  • Trees must be cut into less than four foot lengths and tied. They do not need to be bagged.
  • Each bundle must weigh less than 40 pounds.

Residents are reminded to set trees out the night before their collection day. After January 16, trees will be collected as trash if put out on trash day.


Artificial holiday trees and wreaths with metal components can be recycled year-round in the scrap metal area at the Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Area.

Camp Expo 2015
Mark Your Calenders for Camp Expo 2015

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.


Vendor registration is available online. 


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

Did You Know...
HCPD celebrates its 63rd anniversary this month?

This month marks the 63rd anniversary of the Howard County Police Department, created from a core group of county District Officers and Constables. You can learn more about the department's history by visiting the Howard County Police Museum, 8267 Main St., Ellicott City.  


The picture to the right shows E. Russell Moxley. He was appointed Chief of Second District Police on June 1, 1951 and given the job of organizing a county police department. On January 2, 1952, he was named the first Chief of the newly established HCPD.  

HoCo Office on Aging Provides Health Insurance Info, Counseling?
The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) meets one of the most universal needs of older persons today: assistance with health insurance concerns.

Health insurance information and counseling services are available for persons age 50 and older and to Medicare beneficiaries regardless of age.

The Howard County SHIP provides trained staff and volunteer counselors whose services are confidential and free of charge. Counselors provide in-person and telephone assistance in the following general areas:
  • Medicare benefits and coverage
  • Medicare supplements including Medigap plans, group health plans (employer, union, TRICARE for Life, COBRA, Medicaid/Medical Assistance)
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
  • Medicare Advantage Plans (Health Maintenance Organization, Preferred Provider Organization, Medical Savings Account, Private Fee-for-Service and Special Needs)
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Benefit programs for low-income persons
  • Assistance and advocacy with denials, appeals and grievances
  • Billing problems
  • Health care fraud and abuse
  • Volunteer Counselor opportunities
  • Free public educational presentations. Click here for a list of upcoming Medicare information events


Upcoming Events
Jazz at the Lake with Paquito D'Rivera
Paquito D'Rivera will perform on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Jazz @ The Lake Concert, at the Jim Rouse Theatre in Columbia, MD. The 12-time Grammy-winning saxophone and clarinet master will be accompanied by noted jazz musicians Diego Urcola, Alex Brown, Zach Brown, Eric Doob, and Paulo Stagnaro. D'Rivera is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. He moves effortlessly among jazz, Latin, and classical genres.

The award-winning Wilde Lake High School Jazz Ensemble will open the show and perform a joint piece with D'Rivera, known for mentoring young musicians. Wilde Lake Band Director Lewis Dutrow promises a "hot night of cool jazz" for all in attendance.

The concert is on Saturday, January 24 at 7:30PM at the Jim Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia, 21044. Advanced purchase of tickets recommended. Email for more information or call 410-997-2070.
The Romanovs as You Never Knew Them
The Romanovs as You Never Knew Them will be held on Wednesday, January 28th from 7-8:15PM 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.


First Annual Antiques Hall Show
Join us for the first annual Antiques Hall Show on Saturday, March 21 from 9:30AM - 1PM and experience a unique opportunity to have your family heirlooms and antique collectibles appraised by professionals. Todd Peenstra of Peenstra Appraisals and Steve Gouterman of NovaGold, LLC will provide an unforgettable experience for all. These gentleman will lead attendees through an event similar to the Antiques Roadshow television show and leave guests with a wealth of historical information along with appraisal details for the curious. Watch for registration and ticket information in next week's eNews!


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: 1/13, 1/27, 2/10.  

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.

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Cathy Murphy
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