June 23: Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Did You Know?
HoCo Helps People in Need Gain Access to Medical Equipment?
The Loan Closet of Howard County is a clearinghouse of donated medical equipment for temporary use to all Howard County residents. Many residents in need of medical equipment may not be able to afford these items, or they may only need equipment for a short period of time. Others have medical equipment they no longer need. The Loan Closet brings these two communities of people together.

A Message From HoCo Bureau of Environmental Services
Storm Clean-Up Options
A message from Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services:

Due to severe weather on June 21, residents may have extra yard trim and food spoilage. Please see below for options.
  • Residents with weekly curbside yard trim collection are reminded that brush and branches must be less than 4 inches in diameter and less than 4 feet in length. Bundles must weigh less than 40 pounds. Yard trim in plastic bags will not be collected. Please be patient as collection crews work to safely complete their routes.
  • Residents without curbside yard trim collection are encouraged to haul material to the woodwaste area at Alpha Ridge Landfill (2350 Marriottsville Rd., Marriottsville). Alpha Ridge Landfill is open Mon - Sat 8am-4pm. There is no charge to Howard County residents for this material. Material set out for curbside collection will be collected as trash and each item (4 item limit per household) must weigh less than 40 pounds.
  • Commercial haulers will be charged the current rate of $25/ton for brush.
  • Those who lost power and had food spoilage should dispose of items as trash or take it to the Alpha Ridge Landfill for composting.  Landfill staff will direct to the proper area.  No meats, dairy or fish accepted for compost.
  • Two temporary sites are available for woodwaste:
    • Burleigh Manor Middle School, 4200 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD
    • The Howard County Living Farm Museum, 12985 Frederick Road, West Friendship, MD (across from the Howard County Fair Grounds).
The hours for both sites are today (June 23) 12pm to 4pm, and on June 24 and 25, 8am to 4pm.  Please follow directions at site. Sites are limited to woodwaste material only (brush and branches), no trash will be accepted. Only Howard County residents hauling woodwaste will be accepted.
Covenant Corner
Harper's Glen Stream Project
A plan to restore the Harper's Glen Stream was initiated as part of the Harper's Glen Townhouse Association Healthy Stream Project, a community-based project whose goal is to conserve and restore approximately 950 feet of stream located on CA Open Space parcel 14, behind the Harper's Glen townhouses.  This stream restoration project is an extension of the work completed by Columbia Association on the downstream or Northeast side of Harper's Farm Road in 2010 and 2011.

The stream is eroding through most of the reach and depositing sediment above the culvert under Harper's Farm Road and further downstream in Wilde Lake. The Harper's Glen Townhouse Association received a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust for the design and has worked diligently to obtain the federal and state permits for this project. CA has dedicated money and contracted with Environmental Quality Resources to build the project. Construction will begin in late June or early July. The pathway that runs Southwest from Harper's Farm Road behind Harper's Glen and towards the Swansfield Pool and Neighborhood Center will be closed during construction. The construction should take about two months. We thank you for your patience during the project to restore this stream in Harper's Choice. 
Summer Architectural Meeting Schedule
Just a friendly reminder that Applications for Exterior Alterations are due two weeks before the next scheduled meeting. This allows time for the Covenant Advisor and committee members to prepare for the meeting so they can gather adequate information as needed. The committee typically meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from September through July and once in August and December. Please review the meeting schedule and application deadlines as you plan for upcoming exterior alterations and improvements to your property. 
Harper's Choice Happenings
Summer Read to Seniors Program
Join us on Tuesdays this summer for an inter-generational reading program designed to help our young readers practice their skills during their time out of school. We will meet every Tuesday from June 21 through August 16 at 1:45pm in front of Winter Growth Adult Day Center (5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia) and elementary school aged children will spend time reading to and interacting with the senior residents. This is not a drop off program; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring 2-3 age appropriate books for your child(ren) to read aloud. Readers will be paired with and rotate among different residents and should anticipate spending 10-15 minutes with each one. Space is limited. Please email or call Susan at 410-730-0770 to register.
Summer Pool Parties - Save the Dates!
Mark your calendars for this year's fun neighborhood pool parties! We're excited to splash and play with our community. Space is limited for these FREE events. Tickets are required and are available at Kahler Hall.

Longfellow Neighborhood Pool Party 
When: July 12 from 6-9pm 
Where: Longfellow Pool
Theme: Ice Cream Social

Swansfield Neighborhood Pool Party 
When: Aug 4 from 6-9pm 
Where: Swansfield Pool
Theme: Picnic Fun 
Summer Lakefront Entertainment from CA
Lakefront Summer Festival

The Lakefront Summer Festival is sponsored by Columbia Association and held on the lawn at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront, located off of Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Admission is free and so is parking. No glass containers or alcoholic beverages are permitted on the premises.

There is great entertainment throughout the summer every night of the week from mid June through late August. The fun continues into September with movies on the weekends until mid September and concerts on Sundays through September.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the live performances and movies. Our schedule has something for everyone and is sure to please! For more information, please email CALakefrontFestival@gmail.com

Lakefront Wednesday Concert Series

Enjoy live concerts by the lake from 12-2pm every Wednesday from June 22 - August 17. In addition to great live music, guests will receive free cold beverages and be eligible to win a raffle! This year's performers include series favorites and popular local musicians representing a wide variety of musical styles, including rock, folk, jazz, blues and r&b. See the full schedule and line-up here.
Around Town
4th of July Parade
Longfellow Friends of the 4th
The 46th annual Longfellow Friends of the Traditional 4th Parade will take place on Monday, July 4, rain or shine, at 10am. Lineup begins at 9:15 in the parking lot of Longfellow Elementary School. It will travel from one end of Hesperus Drive to the other, and return to the school via Eliot's Oak Road. Among the participants will be volunteers from Food for Tomorrow. Please bring canned goods to donate to the food bank. All are welcome to participate, or just come and watch. No advance registration!
The parade will be followed by a softball game at noon between the Eliot's Oak Nuts and the Hesperus Wrecks, to be held on Field #3 at Cedar Lane Park entrance on Cedar Lane.  
Community Discussions: Link Between Primary Care, HealthCoaching, and Telemedicine
Dr. Selaru of Clarii Health is touring the Columbia community for discussions about the connection between primary care, health coaching, and telemedicine. Click here to review and register for an upcoming session.  
Upcoming Meetings
Architectural Committee Meetings

Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require approval of the Village Architectural Committee (AC). The AC typically 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: 7/12, 7/26, and 8/16.  

Village Board Meetings

The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for July 5 at 7pm. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are be available on our website.
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