February 14   Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Have you considered volunteering your time on behalf of your community? The current two-year terms of office for three Village Board seats expire on April 30, 2019. Village Board members attend one meeting a month where they oversee village finances, advise and take action on such matters as street and house maintenance, and advocate for changes that will benefit Harper's Choice. The nomination period runs from March 1 - March 14, 2019.  Information and nomination petitions will be available at Kahler Hall and for download on our website at www.harpershoice.org on March 1; a maximum 150-word CANDIDATE'S STATEMENT is due at Kahler Hall by 5:00 pm on March 14.  The STATEMENTS may be emailed to manager@harperschoice.org, preferably in a MS Word document.  For more information, contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or via email.

HCCA is looking for volunteers to help us count ballots on Election Day, Saturday, April 27 at 3:00 pm at Kahler Hall.  If you are available and would like to assist the Election Monitor Committee with this task, please contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or manager@harperschoice.org .
Town Center Community Association Presents Midnight At The Masquerade

Misako Ballet Company Continues Long Tradition Of Dance Studios In Harper's Choice

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Registration Open: Guiding Good Choices - Parenting Program
Howard County parents/guardians of 9 to 14 year olds  are invited to join HC DrugFree and the Howard County State's Attorney's Office for our next Guiding Good Choices parenting 4-week program. Participants will learn the skills to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. 
After completing the program, families will be able to: Influence their children to help prevent drug use and other risky behaviors. Develop clear family guidelines and expectations about drug use. Teach children how to stay out of trouble, keep their friends and still have a good time.
Classes will be held on Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19 and 26. Adults are expected to attend all sessionsUnless otherwise notified, all meetings will be held at the Elkridge Branch of the Howard County Library from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
The printable flier and updated information can be found on HC DrugFree's website at http://www.hcdrugfree.org/events/. Registration is open. 
Looking for Creative Howard County Teens 

Once again, HC DrugFree is proud to partner with the HoCo Student Film Festival. This year, HC DrugFree is looking for teens to create short public service announcements (PSAs) focused on vaping or Juuling in Howard County.

Be sure to visit our website at www.hcdrugfree.org/hoco-filmfest, visit www.hocofilmfest.com and contact our office at Admin@hcdrugfree.org to request our logo and ensure you have all the needed information. The deadline to submit films is Friday, April 5. The festival will be held on Friday evening, April 26 at the Charles E. Miller Library in Ellicott City. 

New Flex Fitness                                                          
CA Scholarships
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Maggie J. Brown Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award. Up to six $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who exhibit exceptional efforts in providing community service to benefit Columbia residents and those in the Columbia area. The students must live on CA-assessed property or have a parent/guardian who works full-time on or owns CA-assessed property.
Applications are available at columbiaassociation.org. Deadline is March 15, 2019. For more details, email spiritofcolumbia@columbiaassociation.org.

Jazz In The Mills

Save the Date

Columbia Solar Cooperative
Are you thinking of going solar? The Columbia Solar Cooperative - a combined initiative of Columbia Association and Civic Works' Retrofit Baltimore for the Columbia Solar Cooperative - will host an information session on Thursday, February 28 from 7-8pm at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. Save approximately 20% off the cost of solar panels for your home and enjoy the many benefits of going solar, including lower electricity bills and increased property value. For more information, visit retrofitbaltimore.org/rsvp-columbia.

Columbia Cleanup Day
Columbia Cleanup Day will take place on Saturday, March 30, with volunteers picking up trash that has accumulated in open space throughout the community. For times and locations, please contact your local village community association.
Covenant Corner

A Tree Fell onto My Property - Who is Responsible?
In Maryland, when a tree or its branches fall, it is considered an "Act of God." This means the portion of the tree and the damage from it that is on your property is your responsibility to clean up and repair.
The portion of the tree and damage on neighboring properties is their responsibility. Such accidents are normally covered by the affected owner's insurance and are usually resolved by reporting a claim.
An exception to this general rule is that the owner of the property where the tree originated may be responsible for damage to a neighbor's property if the owner knew, or had good reason to know, that the tree presented a danger to adjoining properties. For example, if a tree was diseased and had been weakened by storms, it may be fair to say that the owner had reason to believe that the tree would fall and, judging by its size and location, damage a neighbor's property. Otherwise, if a hazardous condition is not known, the accident is considered an "Act of God" and each affected property owner is therefore responsible for the damage to their own property.

Although yard waste collection won't officially resume until April 1, residents can recycle leaves and other yard waste items (such as those spiky gumballs from the street "Sweet Gum" trees) by placing them in the green bin provided by the County for food scraps, in paper bags, or open trash cans, and take them out curbside on your recycling day.   

Are you storing your trash and recycling bins properly? Take a look at where your cans and bins are located. Are they in your driveway or in the front of your home? Recycling, food scrap bins and trash cans must be stored out of view from the street and neighboring properties at all times, except when placed out for pick up the evening prior to your collection day, as per County Code and the Harper's Choice Village Covenants.
Please do not store any cans/bins in the front of the house, on a front porch or in a driveway. If cans are stored outside of your home, they must be shielded from view by landscaping or an enclosure previously approved by the Architectural Committee. An  Exterior Alteration Application  form may be used to apply for approval. By keeping your property tidy and cans and bins out of view, you help keep Harper's Choice the BEST Choice!   

If you have large items taking up space in your home that really need to go to the landfill, don't pay to have them hauled away. Call the County or go online to schedule a bulk item pick-up, curbside, in front of your home. Up to four items per household per collection; any items too large to be collected by two workers will be tagged and left for the homeowner to remove. For a list of items that will not be collected or to schedule a pick-up, call 410-313-6444 or visit HowardCountyBulkPickup.org.  
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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, February 26th 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 March 5th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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