August 7, 2014
Harper's Choice Voice
The e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice

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Highlights from National Night Out
Jammin' on Joseph's Square for National Night Out 2014

Thank you to all who came out Tuesday night for our annual National Night Out event. We had so much fun singing, dancing, laughing and playing with our neighbors and friends. 


A special shout out to the folks who helped make the night so memorable:

  • HoCo Government
  • HoCo Police Department
  • HoCo Fire & Rescue Services
  • HoCo Sheriff's Department
  • Unity Reggae Band
  • Target
  • Whole Foods
  • Safeway
  • Aardvark Entertainment
  • Cookie Ride
Visit us on Facebook to see more pictures from our fun night!
Did You Know...
Tax-Free Shopping Week is August 10-16?
The second Sunday of August to the following Saturday is designated as Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week each year. That means qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item, are exempt from the state sales tax. Accessory items are not included.

The Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week for 2014 is Sunday, August 10 - Saturday, August 16.

Here are some helpful resources:
Longfellow Cooperative Nursery School is Currently Enrolling?
Longfellow Cooperative Nursery School is located in the Village of Harper's Choice and is now enrolling children ages 2, 3, and 4 for the 2014-2015 school year. Please email for more information.


Covenant Corner
What is a Rain Garden?
Columbia Association: Rain Garden Cost Share Program
Columbia Association:
Rain Garden Cost Share Program

Rain gardens are one of the simplest and most effective ways to "green" your landscape and manage stormwater. A rain garden is a shallow, planted depression that absorbs the water that flows from your roof, patio or yard, allowing it to drain directly into the soil.


The Columbia Association, through a grant from MD Department of Natural Resources, will pay 75% of the installation costs of rain gardens on residential property and has a landscape firm on contract for installation.

This program serves Columbia residents whose property is located in the Little Patuxent Watershed. Most properties in Harper's Choice qualify. We have several brochures available at Kahler Hall that explain the program, showing costs, templates and photos.

For more information, watch this video or email CA's Watershed Manager, John McCoy or give him a call at 410-312- 6336. 
Pool Hours
June 21 - August 10
Here are the hours of operation and closed days for the pools in Harper's Choice through August 10.

Longfellow (Closed for the Season!)
Longfellow Pool closed for the season on August 3 so that CA can complete renovations to the pool area..

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

Hobbit's Glen
11AM - 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: 8/19, 9/9, 9/23. 

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.

Hobbit's Glen Pool Party
August 14 from 6PM - 9PM
This event is especially for Harper's Choice adults aged 21 and older. Please call to register in advance so we can plan for light fare and libations. We are working with a local winery who will provide tastings and make bottles of wine available for purchase. 
Save the Date!

Board of Education Forum

The eight candidate's for the Howard County Board of Education will attend a Candidate's Forum at The Other Barn at 7PM on September 17. 

The forum is sponsored by the 10 Villages of Columbia and will include a Q&A session with the audience.

All candidate's will receive questions in advance of the forum and submit written replies. 

For more information email Sandy or call her at 410-730-4610


State of Our Schools in Harper's Choice
Do you wonder about the schools in Harper's Choice? How do our schools compare to other schools throughout the county, state, and country? What challenges do our schools face? Where are we succeeding? What needs improvement? 
Join us on October 6 for a forum to get those questions answered and more. Participants include Superintendent Dr. Renee Foose, members of the Administrative Team at HCPSS Central Office, and principals from Longfellow Elementary, Swansfield Elementary, and Harper's Choice Middle School.
Watch for more details and mark your calendar to attend!

The Big Thank You

Thanksgiving is a day American's set aside to give thanks for a variety of things: people, comfort, freedom. 


This year, we will honor and thank the men and women of our armed forces who are serving overseas and who will be away from their families during such a special holiday.


Watch for more details about how you can say "Thank You" in a very special way, including an all-day School's Out event that will provide all that you need to write your message of thanks.


Friday, October 17 from 9AM - 3PM at Kahler Hall!



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Village Manager
Cathy Murphy
Facility Manager
Covenant Advisor

Community Outreach Coordinator

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