July 31, 2014
Harper's Choice Voice
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You Are Cordially Invited
Tree Planting Ceremony and Reception Honoring Cindy Coyle
Please join us for a Tree Planting Ceremony and Reception honoring Cindy Coyle for her 12 years of dedication and volunteer service to the Harper's Choice Community.

Date: Friday, August 8
Time: 6PM-7:30PM
Location: Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia

Call Susan at 410-730-0770 or email us to RSVP by Tuesday, August 5.


Important Update from Columbia Association
Athletic Club Will be Closed from August 4 - August 17

Due to unexpected and necessary repairs, the annual shutdown for Columbia Athletic Club has been extended. Shutdown will begin Monday, August 4 and will end Sunday, August 17.


Athletic Club will re-open Monday, August 18 at 5:15AM. Columbia Association apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Did You Know...
Area Blood Donations are Critically Low?

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.


Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.


The shortfall in donations is significant enough that the Red Cross could experience an emergency shortage in the coming weeks. Please make an appointment to give now to help replenish the blood supply.

Eligible blood and platelet donors are urged to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent an emergency shortage and ensure an adequate blood supply for patients. The need for blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative is especially urgent.

Patients don't get a summer vacation from needing blood. The Red Cross encourages donors to make an appointment now to help ensure a stable supply in the weeks ahead.
Harper's Choice is Sponsoring a Blood Drive on August 5?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 4PM-8PM at Kahler Hall


Please schedule your Life Saving Donation TODAY!!  Click here to schedule an appointment or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code: 05314708.  Alternatively, call 1-800-RED-CROSS!!!


Need a reason to donate blood? Watch these inspiring videos from grateful Blood Recipients.


For questions on eligibility, please call Donor Services at1-866-236-3276


All presenting donors will receive coupons from Turkey Hill and Dunkin Donuts!


Covenant Corner
Our Covenant Advisor is Here to Help You

The covenant advisor helps residents submit applications for changes to the exterior of their homes, inspects the exterior of properties prior to their sale or upon receiving a complaint and works with residents to facilitate compliance with the Harper's Choice Covenants. In some cases, we must refer resident's calls to other authorities.


Here is a list of numbers for your reference: 


Renters: Howard County handles licensing and enforcement for rental property.  They can be reached at 410-313-2455. 


Pets: Problems with a neighbors' pet or stray animals, contact Howard County Animal Control at 410-313-2780.


Vehicles: Howard County Code requires vehicles parked in the open in Columbia to be legally tagged and operable. The Village has no jurisdiction over vehicles parked on county streets.  Call the Police non-emergency number to report such vehicles: 410-313-2200.


Open Space: Trees, trash or debris in open space of concern to you?  Residents should call CA Open Space Maintenance with concerns at 410-312-6330. 


Graffiti: Report graffiti to us at the Village office.  We will report to the proper authorities. Provide as much information as possible: 410-730-0770. 


Neighbor Disputes: The covenant advisor will make a site visit if a complaint is determined to be covenant related, but we cannot resolve communication problems between neighbors. The appropriate place to direct calls of this nature is The Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center, housed at the Community College: 410-203-2330.

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 (Closes for the Season August 3!)
12PM - 8PM Tuesday - Saturday
12PM - 7PM Sunday
CLOSED on Monday

Please note: Longfellow Pool closes for the season on August 3 so that renovations to the pool area can be completed prior to the start of the new school year.

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.

Youth Events

Local Events

Deer Management Workshop
The Oakland Mills Community Association (OMCA) will host a Deer Management Workshop on Thursday, August 7th from 7PM - 9PM at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD.

Speakers will include: Phil Norman, Deer Project Manager, Howard County Recreation and Parks; Ashley Achoe, BSN, RN from the Howard County Health Department to talk about Lyme Disease; Kent Phillips, Howard County Master Gardeners, to talk about Landscaping to Deter Deer; and Karen Hoagland, to share a firsthand account of living with Lyme Disease.

This event is co-sponsored by all ten villages, Howard County Recreation and Parks and the Columbia Association. For further information, please contact Brigitta Warren at 410-730-4610.
Senior Events

Harper's Choice Events

National Night Out
August 5 from 6PM - 9PM in the courtyard on Joseph's Square in the Harper's Choice Village Center.

Harper's Choice has been selected to serve as the Kick-Off event for all of the National Night Out celebrations in Howard County. The Mobile Command Center, the K-9 Unit, and a variety of rescue vehicles will be onsite for you to see and experience. 
Representatives from our local government will also begin their evening here. 

In addition, we will have entertainment from the Unity Reggae Band and refreshments from Whole Foods, Safeway and Target.
Annual Pool Parties
Please call Susan at 410-730-0770 or  
email us to register
for our pool parties. These events are organized especially for Harper's Choice residents.

Swansfield Pool Party
August 7 from 6PM - 9PM
Awesome DJ and
FREE Rita's. Click here
 to tell us what kind of Rita's to serve! Additional food available for purchase through the Harper's Choice Middle School PTSA.

Hobbit's Glen Pool Party
August 14 from 6PM - 9PM
This event is for adults aged 21 and older. Please call to register in advance so we can plan for plenty of food and libations.

Prepare for Success

One in 5 children in Howard County qualify for the Free and Reduced Meals program. You can help them Prepare for Success in the coming school year by donating school supplies or making a contribution through the Prepare for Success website. 


Now through August 17, you can visit Kahler Hall and donate these supplies:

  • backpacks 
  • 3-hole lined paper
  • highlighters
  • colored pencils
  • marble composition books
  • pocket folders
  • plastic pencil boxes
  • 2" 3-ring binders
  • glue sticks
  • #2 pencils
  • 1 subject spiral notebooks 
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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