August 30th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Harper's Choice Community Association's Oktoberfest!!
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Red Ribbon Yard Sale, Saturday, September 22nd

This fall's Red Ribbon Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, September 22nd. Click here to register your street and remember to pick up your red ribbon from Kahler Hall by Tuesday, September 18th.
  John E. DeWolf III, the man who has led the implementation of the Downtown Columbia Plan to revitalize the center of the community, passed away Wednesday after a more than two-year battle with cancer. Despite his illness, DeWolf continued to lead the Downtown Columbia project until a recent hospitalization.

DeWolf joined The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) in 2011 and was serving as HHC's Regional President of Columbia, heading up the multi-billion dollar redevelopment project to transform 391 acres into a thriving and more urban Downtown Columbia where people could live, work and play.  

The reimagining of Columbia's 50-year center was begun with DeWolf's respectful renovation of the Frank Gehry-designed former Rouse Company headquarters building and by the recruitment of Whole Foods Market as the anchor tenant. 

Among the highlights of his tenure, DeWolf oversaw a partnership with regional apartment developer Kettler and the construction of The Metropolitan, the first new Downtown residential building in over a decade. Its success helped establish Downtown Columbia as worthy of investment and brought industry leaders such as Medstar Health, Pearson Education and the Tenable cyber security firm to select Downtown Columbia for their headquarters.

Of all his local accomplishments, DeWolf, an ardent music lover, was proudest of the large scale renovation and transfer of ownership of concert venue Merriweather Post Pavilion to the nonprofit Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission. Until his illness, he was a regular concertgoer and enjoyed taking visitors to the pavilion.

"John DeWolf was an inspirational leader," said Greg Fitchitt, Senior Vice President for Development.  "He loved construction and building itself energized him, but he also had vision far beyond that of most people and had great expectations for Downtown Columbia. His example is his legacy for those of us on the Downtown Columbia team. He will be missed but not forgotten."

For the full press release about the passing of John DeWolf, 
click here .
The Harper's Choice Community Association (HCCA) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Howard County Health Department to become the first Columbia Village to maintain Narcan in an effort to combat opioid overdose.

Learn how to use naloxone and you could save a life! 
Using prescription opioids such as oxycodone, morphine, or drugs such as heroin and fentanyl can lead to an overdose. Naloxone is a prescription medication that reverses an opioid overdose by restoring breathing. With naloxone on hand, you will be equipped to respond and prevent death from an overdose. Obtain free naloxone medication and learn to save a life through Howard County Health Department's Overdose Response Program. For more information, or to register for an upcoming class, contact or call 410-313-6202.
Save the date: Columbia BikeAbout returns on Saturday, September 29

Columbia Association's (CA) annual BikeAbout will be held Saturday, September 29, with riders setting off from Oakland Mills Village Center. The free, fun and informative tour presents Columbia's history and showcases the connectivity of its pathway system.

Preregistration is not required but is encouraged via Columbia BikeAbout will begin at 9:30am, with riders able to start up until 10am. They are expected to complete the ride by 1pm.
This year's 13-mile route starts at Oakland Mills Village Center and crosses the pedestrian bridge over Route 29 twice, winding through the villages of Town Center, Wilde Lake, Owen Brown and Long Reach, before returning to Oakland Mills Village Center. Riders looking for a shorter ride - including families with young children - can complete the first half of the ride, ending at Oakland Mills Village Center.

This year's Columbia BikeAbout has a theme of "Ride the Vision," with interpretive signs featuring quotes from Columbia's founder, James Rouse, from his papers held at Columbia Archives. Riders are encouraged to stop at sites along the way to discover the history of Wilde Lake Rock, check out the interesting poster trees at Lake Kittamaqundi, and get a firsthand view of the original village/neighborhood concept and land purchases Columbia was built upon.

An important aspect of Columbia's design was preservation of the land. The topography, stream beds and heavily wooded areas were preserved as much as possible. Lakes were created and pathways built to make the natural environment accessible. Columbia BikeAbout is an easy way to explore the extensive 95-mile pathway system, which contributes to the high quality of life that defines Columbia.

Columbia Association also is seeking volunteers, needed to assist with traffic control, directions, registration, and to act as guides at places of interest along the route. Flexible shifts are available between the hours of 8:30am and 2pm. Training and a free T-shirt will be provided. For more information, email or call 410-715-6781.

Columbia BikeAbout is brought to you by Columbia Association's (CA) Columbia Archives and Open Space Management Division.

Columbia Archives, which collects and preserves the history of Columbia, is located in CA Headquarters at 6310 Hillside Court, off Stevens Forest Road. It is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. The collection covers the planning and development of Columbia as well as the extensive James Rouse Collection, which chronicles Rouse's long career that influenced urban and suburban development in the United States and around the world. It is rich with correspondence, speeches, photographs and memorabilia. The public is welcome to visit and spend time researching to get a deeper understanding of the history of Columbia. Appointments are encouraged. For more information, call 410-715-3103 or visit
Columbia Solar CoOp - Tuesday, October 2

Save the Date: Community Forum on the Opioid Health Crisis

Save the Date: Drive-Thru Medication and Sharps Collection

The next drive-thru medication and sharps (needles, syringes, and EpiPens) collection will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  in the Wilde Lake Village Center. 
As we get closer, visit for more information, email or call 443-325-0004. 

Hurry to Register for HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council

All Howard County high school students are invited to participate in HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC). TAC meets once a month throughout the school year. Community service hours available for all meetings/events. 
School year 2018-19 registration forms are being accepted. Hurry to email or mail signed registration form and photo.
Forms can be found on our website at
Next 2 meeting dates :
Monday, September 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Unless otherwise notified, all meetings will be held at The Barn/Teen Center in the Oakland Mills Village Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please email

AOK - Volunteers needed!

Senior Call Check Pilot Program

Maryland is the first state in the country to start a free, opt-in, telephone service to check on Maryland's older residents, all across the state. Seniors can enroll online or over the phone. Anyone 65+ with a landline or a cell phone can specify one time per day to receive an automated call. If the senior does not answer after three attempts, the program will call an alternative person who is selected by the senior during program registration. Seniors can register online at or by calling the Maryland Department of Aging at 410-767-3738.
Covenant Corner

Stream Restoration Information Sessions

We often get questions about the covenant process. For example: is it difficult to get approval to paint my door?  If I don't wait to submit an application, does it really matter?  In a nutshell, it DOES matter.  It is not difficult to gain approval for most exterior alterations, and the process is simple.  Property values remain consistently high in areas where covenants exist, and there is peace of mind that comes from knowing that changes to homes are regulated by community standards and guidelines.  In addition, if a resident undertakes an alteration without getting prior approval, they may be required to remove the alteration and restore the area to its original condition.  If you have any questions about the covenants, please call the village office or send us an email:  


Howard County Animal Control laws require that pet owners remove pet defecation when off their own property.  Failure to pick up behind your pet is a violation of Section 17.300 of the Animal Control Laws and violators may be fined.  A citizen who has observed a violation may wish to file an affidavit with the Animal Control Division, 410-313-2780.  Once an affidavit is filed, the alleged violator, in most cases, is issued a citation.  

If you have a desire to have a positive impact in Harper's Choice, this could be the opportunity for you. We are seeking interested individuals who are available the second and fourth Tuesday evening each month to serve on the Architectural Committee. The AC meets twice monthly at 7:30 p.m. to review architectural change applications, discuss covenant violations and keep the guidelines current. Note: persons wishing to serve on the AC must be able to obtain a Letter of Compliance from this office stating that their property is free of covenant violations.  Contact the Covenant Advisor for more information.    

Upcoming Architectural Committee Meeting Dates: 9/11, 9/25; 10/9, 10/23. Applications for exterior alterations must be complete, including any applicable items from the list at the bottom of the application, and must be submitted at least two weeks ahead of the meeting where they will be reviewed. For your convenience, applications and guidelines can be downloaded or reviewed online.
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Architectural Committee Meetings

Please check the calendar on our website for the latest meeting dates.
Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require approval of the Village Architectural Committee (AC).
The AC will meet on Tuesday, August 21st at 7:30 PM to review applications. 

The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date.
Village Board Meetings

The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for September 4th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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