April 27th Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
HCCA 2017 Village Board Candidates

Current two-year terms of office for three Village Board seats expire on April 30, 2017. Four nomination petitions were received for the Village Board seats from  Robert T. Fontaine , Erik M. Avant,  Stephen  Cook , and Benjamin S. Rubin. The terms of office for those elected will be May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2019. Village elections will take place Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9am-3pm at Kahler Hall.

Important Election Dates:
April 28th
Absentee ballots accepted up to 5pm
April 29th
Election Day, 9am - 3pm

For more information contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or via email at manager@harperschoice.org.

Community Shredding / eCycling & Red Ribbon Yard Sale

The Red Ribbon Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 6th  throughout the Harper's Choice community. Participation is simple: Click here to register your street to let us know at least one home will have a yard sale on the big day. We handle the advertising and promoting for you and your neighbors. Email or call us at Kahler Hall to sign up. Stop by Kahler Hall before May 3rd to pick up your red ribbon so eager shoppers can find you on the big day!

SHRED/eCYCLE:  Saturday May 6th, 9AM-1PM at the parking lot between Kahler Hall and the Bain Center. Limit 3 small bags/boxes per person for the Shred Truck. eCycle guidelines are listed below. Minimal fees required for some items.
 
FREE: Computers, Laptops/Notebooks, Keyboards/Mice/Cables, Monitors, Printers, Scanners, Cell & Regular Phones, Fax & Answering Machines, VCR, Cable Boxes, Stereo Equipment, Battery Back-ups (non-alkaline), TV (less than 26" - 1st one free)
 
FEE-BASED: TV 26" - 40" ($15), TV larger than 40" ($25), Console TV ($35)
 
NOT ACCEPTED: Microwaves, Refrigerators, Washers/Dryers, Toasters, Dishwashers, Household Appliances


Wilde Lake Water Main Rehabilitation Project To Begin

ELLICOTT CITY, MD - A Howard County construction project to rehabilitate a portion of the water main along Green Mountain Circle and Faulkner Ridge Circle in Columbia, is scheduled to begin on or about Monday, May 1. Work will include relining the water main, replacing damaged pipes and implementing corrosion control. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by late June.
Flagging operations will be in place to direct traffic as needed during construction hours, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as lane shifts are expected. Signs will also be in place to alert motorists of the construction and intermittent lane closures.
For questions or concerns about Capital Project W-8322, contact Lisa Brightwell, Public Works Customer Service, at 410-313-3440, or email.
Coming Soon: Ho Co Farmers' Markets

You know spring is finally here when the Howard County Farmers' Markets open for the season. Local and regional farmers will provide the freshest of fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggs, meats and baked goods for your health and enjoyment. Nothing tastes better than the freshest food at its peak. Stop at one of the five locations beginning Wednesday, May 10 and enjoy the bounty of the season! For more information, visit the HCEDA Farmers' Markets website. Travelling around Maryland? You can find out about county Farmers' Markets simply by visiting the MD Department of Agriculture's webpage for more locations.
CBC 2017 Essay Contest

Do you know a high school sophomore or junior? If so, here's an opportunity for them to share excellent writing skills by participating in the Congressional Black Caucus Essay Contest. This year's essay topic asks students to consider the importance of business ownership within the African-American community and to contemplate the importance of African-American owned businesses in relation to their own future business goals.

Participants must attend a school within a district represented by a member of CBC. All written essay submissions are due by Sunday, May 7, 2017. Winners will be selected on or before Monday, June 19, 2017. The first place winner will receive $1,500 second place will receive $1,000 and third place will receive $750. Three finalists will receive round trip airfare and hotel accommodations for Washington, D.C. to attend a congratulatory luncheon and youth issue forum during the Annual Legislative Conference in September. Visit the CBC Essay Contest website for the full description of the contest and the rules.
Longfellow Elementary Spring Fair
May 13th from 10am-2pm
Inflatables
DJ
Magician
Photo Booth 
Silent Auction 
Much More
Click here for flyer.
Exploring Columbia On Foot, Outdoor Walks

The walks will be held on nine Thursdays and one Saturday from March through October. Most walks will begin at 10am; the walk at The Mall in Columbia begins at 8:30am. Registration is not required.
  • Thursday, May 4, Owen Brown, meet at Lake Elkhorn (Dockside parking lot)
  • Thursday, May 18, Oakland Mills - meet at Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center (5134 Thunder Hill Road)
  • Thursday, June 1, River Hill - meet at Claret Hall (6020 Daybreak Circle)
  • Saturday, June 24, The Mall in Columbia (8:30am) - meet at the Plaza in front of Season's 52 (10300 Little Patuxent Parkway)
  • Thursday, July 13, Long Reach - meet at Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center (6030 Tamar Drive)
  • Thursday, Aug. 31, Kings Contrivance - meet at Huntington Pool (7625 Murray Hill Road)
  • Thursday, Sept. 14, Harper's Choice - meet at Hobbits Glen Pool (11130 Willow Bottom Drive)
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, Downtown Columbia - meet at Lakefront Plaza (10275 Little Patuxent Parkway)
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, Hickory Ridge - meet at Hawthorn Center (6175 Sunny Spring
Middle School & High School XBOX Challenge


Columbia Smart Energy Challenge: Information Session

June 8, 2017; 7-8pm at Kahler Hall in Harpers Choice
 
The Columbia Smart Energy Challenge, a six-month program that began Jan. 1, further encourages individuals to improve comfort while reducing energy bills through home energy upgrades leveraging BGE's Home Performance with the ENERGY STAR Program. The Smart Energy Challenge provides additional incentives to residents as a way to raise awareness and increase the number of audits conducted. 
Join the Columbia Smart Energy Challenge
* Home energy audits are $100 (a $400 value)
* Rebates cut the cost of energy improvements by 50 percent (up to $2,000 total)
* Earn $50 when you refer a friend who completes an energy audit
* Help your neighbors! Any village that completes at least 10 energy audits during the challenge will have a celebration - with 100 free LED lightbulb giveaways to residents

Anatomy of a Scam: 
A Presentation by the Howard County Office of Consumer Protection and Howard County Police
 
Anatomy of a SCAM , learn all you can to protect yourself from various types of SCAMS - telephone, online, door-to-door, theft, skimming, and online dating.  Rebecca Bowman, Administrator of the Howard County Office of Consumer Protection and HCPD Officer Andre Lingham, Police Senior Citizen Liaison, will discuss these very important topics.  This is one presentation you don't want to miss.
 
DATE:   Wednesday, May 17, 2017
TIME:    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION:   The Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD  21045
 
Free program .  Registration is preferred. Contact Oakland Mills Community Association for details;
oaklandmills.org ., manager@oaklandmills.org , or 410-730-4610. Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association's Safety & Security Committee.
Covenant Corner


Trash and Recycling
Our office receives many calls about trash and recycling issues.  Please be aware that the Village Covenants require trash and recycling be placed out no earlier than 6 pm the evening prior to pick up, and remove the containers from view that evening.  In townhouse developments, this is especially important as the trash is often placed in a cluster. 
 
Promptly remove any items the waste removal folks may have left behind and work with your neighbors to clean the cluster area between pick-ups.  The County does not provide bulk pickup curbside, and large items will not be removed.   Questions about trash and recycling should be directed to the Department of Public Works at 410-313-SORT (7678) or check them out on the web: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/DPW/Environmental_Homepage.htm  
 
Think Native Plantings! 
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has published a comprehensive Native Plant guide for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  You can view it from our website on the home page.  With lots of photos and specifics, this is a great resource as we strive to help improve the health of our watershed. http://www.harperschoicecommunityassociation.org/system/files/files/Native%20MD%20plants.pdf
Donate a Meal to Grassroots

Grassroots Crisis Center provides three meals daily for up to 50 shelter residents in their on-site commercial kitchen. Feeding that many people means they rely heavily on community support to feed their residents. There are a number of ways that individuals and organizations can help support the meals program. They would greatly appreciate volunteer assistance with any of the following:

Prepare (offsite) and deliver a full meal for 50 people to the kitchen at Grassroots.

Prepare (offsite) and deliver part of a meal - just the entrée, for example - for 50 people to Grassroots.

Provide the ingredients for a meal to be prepared by Grassroots' staff.

Prepare sandwiches or other lunch items with fruit, chips, granola bars, or other sides.

Prepare or purchase snack foods for guests.

Have a food drive to collect necessary items for the pantry.


Dinner is served approximately from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. If meals are delivered at 3:00 p.m. or after, Grassroots staff can keep them hot on a steam table, but if they are delivered much earlier, it would be best that they were delivered chilled, to be re-heated for 5:00 p.m. dinner. For more information on how to donate a cooked meal, please visit Grassroots' website. If you are not able to cook a meal but would still like to find a way to help out, Grassroots' website lists plenty of opportunities to donate items or money, and to volunteer.
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Architectural Committee Meeting Date Change

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 the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 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.
Village Board Meetings

The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for May  2nd at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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