July 24, 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.


Did You Know...
Solicitors Need a Special ID Card to Offer Services Door-to-Door?

With the recent arrest of the suspect in a door-to-door solicitation scam, Howard County Police Department and the County's Office of Consumer Affairs are reminding residents to be on alert for door-to-door solicitors.


Companies offering their services door-to-door are required to possess a Howard County Solicitor's Identification Card (ID).
Residents can request to see this ID and are urged NOT to do business with anyone who does not have this ID.

Also important: 
  • If registered, door-to-door solicitors must provide a three-day right to cancel contracts and provide you with a cancellation form.   
  • In addition to needing a Solicitor's ID, home improvement, landscaping and home security service providers must have other local or state licenses. If the license number is not on the solicitor's written materials, ask for the number and then contact the appropriate agency to verify that the license number given is real and actually belongs to the solicitor. Here are the additional licenses required:
    1. Home improvement solicitors must have a license from the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.
    2. Landscaping and tree service companies must have a license from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
    3. Home security/alarm companies must be registered with the County's Police Department. 

We encourage you to keep the following tips in mind to avoid becoming a victim: 

  • Don't feel pressured to make a decision on the spot.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Be suspicious of unsolicited offers that require payment up front. Scammers will set a price and require immediate payment, but often will not follow through on the services promised. They may return and request additional compensation and will often fail to provide a contract.
  • Don't share personal, credit or financial information.
  • NEVER allow anyone you don't know inside your home.

If you notice a suspicious person or vehicle in your neighborhood or if you believe you may have been the victim of a scam, contact the Police at (410) 313-2200. You can also report suspicious door-to-door solicitors via the Office of Consumer Affairs Scam Alert website.


If a crime is in progress, call 9-1-1.

Covenant Corner
Planning Summer Alterations?

Just a reminder that the Harper's Choice Village Covenants require architectural approval prior to the start of any work on the exterior of your home. Stop by Kahler Hall to pick up an application or download one from our website . There is only ONE Architectural Committee meeting in August, and the deadline for submission is August 5 for review on August 19, 2014. Meetings are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend. Contact the Covenant Advisor for more information.



Trash and Recycling Reminder 
Recycling bins, trash cans and other bulk items must be stored out of view from the street and neighboring properties at all times other than when placed out for pick-up. You may place your cans out curbside for pick-up no earlier than 6PM the evening prior to your collection day, and the cans should be promptly removed from view the same evening as collection.
Give Blood. Save a Life.
American Red Cross 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!


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.

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.

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.
Hike Through Howard County History
Join Columbia Families in Nature (CFIN) for this outing on Sunday, August 17 from 3PM-5PM at West Friendship Park (12986 Frederick Road, West Friendship). With its beautiful trail network and observation decks, the park is home to the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum, which includes a one-room schoolhouse, a house before electricity and a lot of neat old farm equipment. We will be accompanied by volunteer guides to help us explore the grounds (maybe via tractor ride!) and learn about this neat part of Howard County History.

Prior to their FIRST CFIN outing, families must complete the registration form and waiver at the website. If you have already completed that form, you can sign-up for this event. Individuals who have pre-registered for this outing will receive an email with details the Friday beforehand.

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.
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 age 21 and older. Please call to register in advance so we can plan for plenty of food and libations.

Prepare for Success

1 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 
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Village Manager
Cathy Murphy
Facility Manager
Covenant Advisor

Community Outreach Coordinator

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5440 Old Tucker Row  Columbia, MD 21044  410-730-0770  events@harperschoice.org