June 6th Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Wear Orange Event In Harper's Choice
June 8, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Joseph Square Harper's Choice Village Center

June 8th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Joseph Square. Wear Orange is dedicated to honoring the lives of Americans affected by gun violence and elevating the voices of every American who demands an end to gun violence. With the support of HCCA and in collaboration with Neighbors for a Vibrant Harper's Choice, the public, family-friendly event will include children's crafts and activities, speakers, entertainment, gun violence survivor resources, community resources and refreshments. We will arrange for local nonprofits and community organizations to set up information tables at the event with a focus on safety, access to community services and programs that provide positive experiences for youth. Together, with Harper's Choice residents, elected officials, faith leaders, students, educators, gun violence prevention advocates, community and business leaders and members of the Howard County community at-large, we will gather to share our commitment to making our communities safer from gun violence.

Wilde Lake HS Principal Is Retiring 
COLUMBIA, MD - Principal Rick Wilson is retiring from Wilde Lake High School. Wilson made the announcement on Monday, June 3. He said that he wanted to wait until the senior class had graduated, a celebration that took place on Wednesday, May 29.

The longtime educator penned a goodbye letter that captured how challenging it was to make the decision.
Wilson has been employed by the Howard County Public School System for 31 years, and he said the 13 years he spent at "The Lake" were "a blessing beyond words."

The reason he provided for his retirement was to be closer with his family.

"Please know that I firmly believe that being an educator is the greatest job in the world," Wilson wrote in his June 3 letter to the Wilde Lake High School community. 

"As I continue to age, however, I realize how hard it is to balance work and family," Wilson wrote. "I am also constantly reminded that family must always come first."

He said he was choosing to retire after "much reflection, prayer and conversation with my family" and vowed to help assist the next principal with the transition.

During the 2018 commencement, Wilson shared this bit of wisdom that he appears to be applying to his own life: "Mark Twain said it best over a century ago. Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did, so throw off the bow lines, sail away from the harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails - explore, dream, discover."

Here is the June 3 letter, published in full, from Principal Rick Wilson announcing his retirement.
Dear Wilde Lake Community,
Now that our seniors have graduated, I feel obligated to let you know that I will be retiring at the end of this school year as Wilde Lake's Principal. After much reflection, prayer, and conversation with my family, it is clear that I need to spend more time at home as a fully present husband and father. Please know that I firmly believe that being an educator is the greatest job in the world. Being one with the HCPSS for the past 31 years has been an honor and privilege. Spending 13 of these years off and on at The Lake has been a blessing beyond words. Most days, being a small part of the faculty has honestly been a "labor of love" and did not feel like a job. The Lake continues to inform, challenge, and inspire me on a daily basis and I couldn't ask for more from any job. As I continue to age, however, I realize how hard it is to balance work and family. I am also constantly reminded that family must always come first. My feelings about this decision are obviously mixed and are best captured by the sage words of the wise philosopher Winnie the Pooh...
"How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

I sincerely thank you for being an incredibly supportive community for me and our entire faculty and, most importantly, the most caring of parents for our students. Your care and love continue to make The Lake the very special place that has been for now 47 years!
Finally, please know that I am fully resolved to helping prepare the individual fortunate to be named The Lake's 11thPrincipal for a smooth and effective transition.
Forever grateful and proud to be a Wilde Cat...

Howard County Public School Systems 2019 Summer Meals Program

The Village in Howard Presents "A Coffee Klatch"

Summer Pool Parties - Save The Dates

Longfellow Pool Party on Thursday, July 11 from 6PM - 8PM; FREE event with DJ, games and food concessions for sale: pizza, cotton candy, snowballs and popcorn. MUST register in advance for FREE tickets - registration ends on Sunday, July 7. Click here to register.

Swansfield Pool Party on Thursday, August 15 from 6PM to 8PM; FREE event with DJ, games and food concessions for sale; pizza, cotton candy, snowballs and popcorn. MUST register in advance for FREE tickets - registration ends on Friday August 9. Click here to register. 
Community Movie Night 
Community Movie Nights on the Square - July 24 and August 14
Come out and join us for fun movie nights on Joseph Square! We will show two movies: Boss Baby on July 24 and Trolls on August 14. These events are FREE for all members of the Harper's Choice Community. Registration is available at the links below. Check-in begins at 7:30PM; the movie will start promptly at 8PM. Blankets and lawn chairs are permitted. There will be NO RAIN DATE!!! Concessions for sale include pizza, snowballs, cotton candy and popcorn. The first 10 people to register for either movie will receive a free slice of pizza and a bottled water. Registration ends the Friday prior to each movie. Hope to see you there!

Click here to register for July 24th.
Click here to register for August 14th.
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 

Swansfield/Harper's Choice Bedding Drive

Howard County Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride
Saturday, June 29th
Centennial Park

PFLAG Columbia-Howard County and the office of County Executive Calvin Ball present Howard County's first ever LGBTQ Pride Festival!
This landmark event marks the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City, and the first event of its kind in Howard County. The festival will include a Kids' Zone, a 50+ Pride Area, Entertainment, Food Trucks, and much more! Visit   howardcountypride.org for more information, or to get involved.
Covenant Corner

If you own a vehicle that has expired tags, is untagged or inoperable and is parked anywhere in the open on your lot, the County can issue a Zoning Violation Notice and they can assess fines until the violation is resolved.

For similar vehicles parked in the County roadway or on the following streets; Grand Banks Road, Woodcutter Way, Hildebrand Court, Fallriver Row Court, Mystic Court and Endicott Lane, the County Police may be called to investigate and the vehicles may be flagged and towed. Please legally tag all vehicles that you own and be sure that they are operable or remove them from the community.

To report suspected "abandoned vehicles," call this office or the Howard County Police non-emergency number at 410-313-2200 and be sure to give as much information about the vehicle as possible, including the closest house address


Don't forget...the Covenants require architectural approval prior to the start of work. Stop by Kahler Hall to pick up an application or download one from our website. There is only ONE Architectural Committee meeting in August and the deadline for submission is August 9th for review on August 20, 2019. Meetings are open to the public and applicants are encouraged to attend. Contact the covenant advisor for more information.
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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 Tuesdays the 11th & 25th 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 July 2nd  at 7 PM.   Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be on our website. 
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