April 18th   Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Your vote is important in determining who will make critical decisions for Harper's Choice and Columbia in the coming year. We need a quorum of 10 percent of Harper's Choice households (approximately 330 votes) to have a valid election. There are three Board of Director vacancies; the terms of office are two years for all vacancies. The candidates for the Harper's Choice Village Board are Ralph M. Paez, Lauren Ellse Avant, Brynn Runkle Conover, and Joel B. Hurewitz.

WHO MAY VOTE: Owners or renters in good standing with property in Harper's Choice may vote. Residents with an outstanding covenant violation are prohibited from voting. Check with the Covenant Advisor to make sure your property is in compliance with the Harper's Choice Covenants.
* Only one vote is permitted for each property.
* In the case of a rental property, both the owner and the tenant may cast a ballot.
* If you are voting at Kahler Hall on April 27, 2019, please bring your driver's license, BG&E bill, or something      else to verify your Harper's Choice address.

* Vote at KAHLER HALL between 9:00AM and 3:00PM on April 27, 2019.

Mail-In ABSENTEE BALLOTS: Mail-in absentee ballots will be mailed in the latest issue of the Harper's Choice Voice Newsletter in the first week of April. Please refer to the following guidelines for voting by mail-in absentee ballot:
* Valid only if completely filled out, including all information on the envelope.
* Due by 5:00 p.m. on April 26, 2019.

ELECTRONIC ABSENTEE BALLOTS: For the first time, we are offering the convenience of electronic absentee ballot voting. See your copy of the Harper's Choice Voice Newsletter for instructions on voting electronically.
Harper's Choice Community Association Election Festival

Town Hall Meeting on Proposed Redevelopment of the Harper's Choice
Village Center

The Harper's Choice Community Association will be hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the possible redevelopment of the Harper's Choice Village Center. Representatives from Kimco Realty will be here to present preliminary concepts. Ample time will be made for Q&A

The Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, May 8 at Kahler Hall, beginning at 7:00 pm.
Online Registration For Red Ribbon Yard Sale, Saturday, May 11th

Please visit our website to register your street for the May 11th, Red Ribbon Yard Sale. All streets in the Village of Harper's Choice wishing to participate must be registered by Tuesday, May 7th.  Stop by Kahler Hall by May 10th to pick up your red ribbon!

Please call 410-730-0770 or  email with any questions.
Harper's Choice Summer Concert Schedule 

Friday Night Concerts on the Square!
Join your friends and neighbors Friday nights this summer on the plaza at Joseph Square in the Harper's Choice Village Center from 6-8 pm. Come with a picnic dinner, or better yet, pick up dinner from one of our merchants, bring a lawn chair, and make an evening of it! Concerts are sponsored by your Village merchants.

Friday, June 14, 2019
BG & The Mojo Hands
Blues, Swing, and Rockabilly
Friday, June 21, 2019
Steve Zurier Trio
Traditional Jazz
Friday, June 28, 2019
Mr. Dave of D's Magic
CBS News "Baltimore's Best" Magician
Friday, July 5, 2019
Automatic Slim
Blues Rock
Friday, July 12, 2019
Janice B.
Eclectic Soul
Friday, July 19, 2019
Patty Reese Duo
Friday, July 26, 2019
Lone Mountain
Blue Grass, Country and Old Time Rock and Roll
Friday, August 2, 2019
Bossa Bluz
Eclectic Mix of Latin, Brazilian & Popular Music
Friday, August 9, 2019
Orlando Phillips
Caribbean & Island
Friday, August 16, 2019
Project Natale
Modern Jazz 

Explore Columbia's Nature, History and Art with CA's Guided Outdoor Walks

Explore Columbia's nature, history and art with CA's guided outdoor walks

Learn about the lakes, wildlife, history and art in our community with "Exploring Columbia on Foot," a series of free guided outdoor walks offered by Columbia Association (CA).

The walks will be held on nine Thursdays from April through October. They will include nature walks led by environmental author Ned Tillman and art/history walks led by Columbia historian Barbara Kellner. Each walk will be about two miles long, with four to five stops along the way. Registration is not required.

The schedule of walks and meeting locations includes:
  • Thursday, April 25, 10am, Downtown art and architecture - meet in front of Cured Table & Tap, 10980 Grantchester Way
  • Thursday, May 9, 10am, Owen Brown nature - meet at Lake Elkhorn dock (across from McDonald's), 7244 Cradlerock Way
  • Thursday, May 23, 10am, Wilde Lake historic structures - meet at Wilde Lake Barn, 10027 Hyla Brook Road
  • Thursday, June 6, 10am, Long Reach nature - meet at Stonehouse in the Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court
  • Thursday, June 20, 10am, Downtown art and architecture - meet at the People Tree at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway
  • Thursday, September 19, 10am, Wilde Lake nature - meet at the Wilde Lake boathouse and dock, 10027 Hyla Brook Road
  • Thursday, October 10, 10am, walk through Merriweather District - meet at the People Tree at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway
  • Thursday, October 24, 10am, office park art - park and meet at 9115 Guilford Road
This schedule is also available at ColumbiaAssociation.org/outdoorwalks. In case of inclement weather, please call 410-312-6330 to learn if a walk has been canceled. For more information, contact CA's Open Space Management Division at Open.Space@ColumbiaAssociation.org or 410-312-6330.

Longfellow Elementary School Spring Fair

Join us for the annual Longfellow Elementary School Spring Fair, presented by the Longfellow Elementary School PTA. The Fair will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (with a June 8 rain date). There will be plenty of activities for all to enjoy, including inflatables for the kids, concessions, a silent auction and raffle, games, information booths, and a DJ. We look forward to seeing you there!
Covenant Corner

Animal Control Laws
Did you know...  Animal Control responds for critically injured or deceased deer on county roadways AND on private property, if the deer is within 250 feet of a dwelling. Residents should call 410-313-2780 during business hours or 410-313-2929 after hours.
Howard County Animal Control investigates animal cruelty complaints, rescues endangered animals, accepts unwanted pets, administers a pet adoption program, conducts humane education programs,  and operates the county's animal shelter, in addition to enforcement of the Animal Control Laws.
Below is a summary of some of the county's Animal Control Laws:
LEASH LAW: A domesticated animal must be on a leash and under the control of a responsible person. This person must be capable of immediate and effective restraint when not on the owner's property. Owners are responsible for immediately removing pet defecation when off their own property.
BARKING: Owners are responsible for preventing their dogs from barking to the extent that it disturbs neighbors.
ODOR PREVENTION: Pet owners must remove an accumulation of defecation from their property to prevent annoying odors.
APPROPRIATE CARE: Animals must be provided with proper drink, ventilation, shelter, shade, protection from the elements, sanitary conditions, veterinary care and nutritious food in sufficient quantity.
THREATENING BEHAVIOR: Domesticated animals must not be permitted to threaten the safety or welfare of other domesticated animals or people. Domesticated animals are considered to be exhibiting threatening behavior when they endanger the life or health of another domesticated animal or person, attack a domesticated animal or person, or otherwise molest and interfere with a person's freedom of movement in a public place.
VIOLATORS: Violators of the Animal Control Laws may be issued civil citations with monetary penalties of $25-$500. Criminal penalties can include up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine, pet impoundment, and/or mandatory appearances before the Animal Matters Hearing Board.
THE AFFIDAVIT PROCEDURE: A citizen who has personally observed a violation of the HoCo Animal Laws may wish to file an affidavit. An affidavit is a sworn statement that a violation has been witnessed. An affidavit may not be filed anonymously, and must be obtained from Animal Control. After the form is completed by the witness, it should be returned to the Animal Control Division for processing. Once the affidavit is filed, the alleged violator is, in most circumstances, assessed an appropriate monetary penalty through issuance of a civil citation. The affidavit accompanies the issued citation and will identify the complainant's name, address and telephone number. Upon request, phone numbers may be withheld.
THE APPEAL PROCESS: The recipient of a citation issued by an Animal Control representative as a result of an affidavit may elect to appeal the citation. The recipient must contact the Animal Control Division in writing within fifteen (15) days after the citation is issued indicating the intent to appeal. The Animal Control Division then schedules a hearing before the Animal Matters Hearing Board.
THE ANIMAL MATTERS HEARING BOARD: The Animal Matters Hearing Board (AMHB) is comprised of seven Howard County residents appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. The AMHB meets to hear cases involving alleged violations of the Howard County Animal Control Laws. Once cases are heard, board members render a decision to uphold, modify, or reverse an imposed penalty. The Board may also recommend or order measures to abate further problems or complaints. The AMHB notifies appellant of its decision ninety(90) days after hearing. Any complainant or appellant who is aggrieved by the decision of the AMHB may request in writing, within thirty (30)days of the decision, a hearing before the Howard County Board of Appeals.

Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center
8576 Davis Road, Columbia, MD 21045
410-313-2780, animalcontrol@howardcountymd.gov
Please call 410-313-2929 for after-hours animal-related emergencies.
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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, April  23rd at 7:30 PM to review applications previously submitted.

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 7th  at 7 PM.   Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be on our website. 
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