Sept 3, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
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HCCA Office is Closed on Labor Day
The Harper's Choice Community Association office will be closed on Monday, September 7 in honor of Labor Day. Rental events and church services will be held as scheduled on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Be safe and enjoy your long weekend!
Howard County Offices are Closed on Labor Day
Howard County Government offices, courts, animal shelter, senior centers and the landfill will be closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. There will be no trash, recycling, yard trim or food scrap collection on the 7th; the County's holiday "slide" schedule will be in effect. For a complete explanation of the schedule, click here.

County parks and the Roger Carter Community Center will be open on Labor Day; however, the Cedar Lane Activity Room, Gary J. Arthur and North Laurel Community Centers, county historic sites, Kiwanis-Wallas Hall, Meadowbrook Athletic Center, Robinson Nature Center and the Schooley Mill Activity Room will be closed. The Regional Transportation Agency (RTA) will operate on a "Sunday" schedule. For more information on RTA, call 1-800-270-9553. All parking regulations and fees will be in effect.

The 9-1-1 Center, Police and Fire departments remain staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For emergencies, call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, please call 410-313-2200.

County offices will re-open at regular business hours on Tuesday, September 8.
Leaf Season is Coming!

Reminder: beginning September 14 and continuing throughout the Fall of 2015, Howard County's Department of Public Works will begin phasing out the collection of yard trim (leaves, grass and brush) from plastic bags in neighborhoods throughout the County. Start your transition early and use paper bags or reusable containers for your fall cleanup. 
Don't feel like raking?  GREAT! Mulch leaves by running over them with your lawn mower. Leaves and grass clippings are the best fertilizer for your lawn! Not convinced? Search online for 'leaf mulching'  to read about the benefits and best methods for utilizing the natural fertilizer you have at your fingertips.

Covenant Corner
Sidewalk Maintenance
Did you know that homeowners are responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks in the public right-of-way adjacent to one's home?  If the sidewalks around your home are cracked, heaving or breaking apart, it is your responsibility to repair or replace those sidewalk blocks. If the damage is caused by the roots of a street tree or water main cover located in the sidewalk, then the county is responsible. If you see an area of sidewalk that is lifted and causing a trip hazard, please contact us or report the issue using the TellHoCo app; the County will temporarily patch the problem until permanent repairs can be made. 
Did You Know...
Seniors get free admission to the MD Renaissance Festival September 7?
The Maryland Renaissance Festival has free admission for seniors 62+ on Labor Day, Monday, September 7.

Doors open at 9:45am at 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, MD 21401.

The event runs weekends Aug 29 -Oct 25 and details of each day's program can be found at

Lunch Date with History: Native Americans in Howard County
When: September 4 from 12-1pm
Where: Howard County Historical Society Museum (8328 Court Avenue, Ellicott City)
Cost: $5 per person (free for Society members with advance registration) 

Please join the Howard County Historical Society for an informative lecture on Native Americans in Howard County presented by Lee Preston. This lecture is part of a monthy series that features a unique topic presented by historians or subject matter experts. These lunch hour lectures promise to enlighten and engage the audience with historical facts, knowledge and stories and are a delightful time in the Howard County Historical Society Museum. Bring your own lunch and eat among the surrounding memorabilia and local artifacts. Drinks and treats will be provided. Doors open at 11:30am.

The lecture runs from 12-1pm and is followed by an optional free tour of the museum from 1-1:30pm. Please email Shawn Gladden for more information or to register.

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.  -Marcus Garvey
River Hill Community Health Fair
When: Saturday, September 12 from 11am-2pm
Where: River Hill Village Center (6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville)

The River Hill Community Association and the Coalition Halting Obesity in Children Everywhere (CHOICE) are co-sponsoring this FREE, fun, family event on Saturday, September 12. Come to learn more about ways to enhance your overall health and safety. There will be opportunities to speak with a variety of health providers and take advantage of free bone density screenings, blood pressure readings, BMI determinations, vehicle safety information, digital fingerprinting, comprehensive child/senior ID kits, scavenger hunt for kids, inflatable, face painting, prizes, giveaways and more! Call 410-531-1749 for additional information.

Wilde Lake Old-Fashioned Family Picnic
When: Saturday, September 19 from 11am-3pm
Where: Wilde Lake Park (Hyla Brook Road, Columbia)

Wilde Lake Community Association is sponsoring the Third Annual Old-Fashioned Family Picnic on Saturday, September 19, 2015. The event, which is open to all residents and community members, will be held at Wilde Lake Park, Hyla Brook Road, from 11am-3pm. All are invited to join in with neighbors, friends and family for this fun-filled event featuring FREE activities including face painting for children, moon bounce with slide, children's crafts and watermelon eating contest. New this year will be neighborhood corn hole games!

Live entertainment will include performances by the Wilde Lake High School Marching Band, Wilde Lake Middle School Jazz Band, Wilde Lake High School student bands and local favorites, "The Dixon Ulmer Band" and "Any The Wiser".

Bring a picnic basket, beverages, blankets, chairs and/or tables to enjoy an old-fashioned picnic at the park. For families on the run, food will be available for purchase from a wide variety of food trucks & vendors including CookieRide, Curry & Kabob, La Pearl Waffles, Kona Ice, Madame BBQ and Upslidedown Dave.

The event will also be the start of a Soldiers Care Packages collection drive. Please bring items to send to soldiers overseas such as: non-perishable food snacks, personal care items, batteries or puzzle books. All items will be given to Running Brook resident, Mrs. Vivian "Millie" Bailey, who collects donations for care packages which she mails to the soldiers.
Rain Barrel Workshop
When: Monday, September 21 from 7-9pm 
Where: Hawthorn Center (6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia)

The areas around the following streets were included in a recent stormwater assessment conducted by Chesapeake Environmental Communications and may find the Rain Barrel Workshop incredibly informative:  
  • Rock Coast Road
  • Swansfield Road
  • Millbank Row
  • Harvest Scene
  • Eight Bells Lane
  • Battersea Lane

Chesapeake Environmental Communications and the Hickory Ridge Watershed Advisory Committee are co-sponsoring a Rain Barrel Workshop at The Hawthorn Center on Monday, September 21 from 7-9 pm. This free workshop will teach you everything you need to know about how to install and maintain a rain barrel on your property. This event is made possible through a grant by the Chesapeake Bay Trust to engage the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) community in identifying best management practices for homeowners and finding engineering solutions for the impacts of stormwater-generated erosion and sediment. Please RSVP to by September 7, 2015. The first 30 residents to reply will receive a FREE rain barrel.



National Voter Registration Day
When: Tuesday, September 22 from 10am-4pm
Where: Miller Library (9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City)

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will be participating in National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register thousands of voters this fall on Tuesday, September 22nd. The League will be out in force at the Miller Library from 10am-4pm and available to assist voters who want to register or update their registration if they have moved.

Some equipment for the new Maryland voting system will be available for viewing at the Miller Library during this event. This equipment will be used for the 2016 elections. Staff from the Howard County Board of Elections will be available to demonstrate the new voting system.

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 7:30pm to review applications. The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for: 9/8, 9/22, 10/13.

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for October 6 at 7pm Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.