January 26th Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Town Hall Meeting Tonight!
 
Join Senator Ed Kasemeyer, Delegate Eric Ebersole, Delegate Terri Hill & Delegate Clarence Lam at their Town Hall Meeting. 

Come and discuss legislative and community concerns with your state representatives.
Ask questions and hear what they're working on in Annapolis this session.

January 26th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia MD 21044
Village Elections are Coming and We Need You!   
 
Throw your hat into the ring and run for the Harper's Choice Village Board! The current two-year terms of office for three Village Board seats expire on April 30, 2017. Village Board members attend one meeting a month where they oversee village finances; they advise and take action on such matters as street and house maintenance; and advocate for changes that will benefit all of Harper's Choice village residents. 

The nomination period runs from March 1 - March 14, 2017.  Information and nomination petitions will be available at Kahler Hall on March 1 and must be returned to Kahler Hall by 5:00 pm on March 14. Information and nomination petitions will also be available for download on our website beginning on March 1.

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

Childcare Information Fair: "Children on Board"
 
Howard County's Department of Community Resources and Services will host its annual Preschool/Child Care Information Fair, "Children On Board," on Sunday, Jan. 29 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville.

Admission is free; however, attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item or unopened pack of diapers to donate to the Howard County Food/Diaper Bank.

The Howard County Health Department will be offering a FREE FLU VACCINE CLINIC for anyone 6 months old and older. For more information regarding the Flu Vaccine Clinic, please call 410-313-7500 (voice/relay).
Will you join the Smart Energy Challenge?  
 
January 1st - June 30th
Save money on energy audits. Reduce your electricity bills and make your home more comfortable! 

Reduce cold drafts, health hazards and energy costs in your home. See how energy costs are being wasted or lost and ways to save energy through small improvements.

Through this program:
  • Home energy audits are $100 (a $400 value)
  • Residents receive a rebate of 50 percent of the improvement cost with a $2,000 maximum.
  • 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 get 100 free LED light bulbs for it's residents.
To sign up for an energy audit, visit retrofit.com/columbia.
For more information on the Columbia Smart Energy Challenge,  
contact Allie Busching at 410-929-6139 or ABusching@retrofitbaltimore.org  

Bulk Item Collection 
 
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
Trash Collection Reminder... 

With the new food scrap recycling in our village, some households now have three or more trash and recycling containers that must be stored between collection days. 
As a general rule, recycling bins, trash cans and other bulk items must be stored out of view from the street and neighboring properties, with the best location being in a garage or carport.  If that is not an option, bins may be stored neatly at the side or rear of the home and should not be overflowing.  Bins should not be stored at the front of the home or the driveway.  Landscape screening may also be used to shield cans from view.  Put your cans out curbside for pick-up no earlier than
6 p.m. the evening prior to your collection day, and they should be promptly removed from view that same evening.

In TH communities with common area collection, it is even more important to remove your items promptly the evening after the cans have been emptied.  Placing items out in plastic bags is strongly discouraged and can cause rodent or vermin infestations. 
Screenagers
 
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?  Helping young people navigate the digital age is the biggest parenting issue of our time. 

SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, is a movie that reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and depicts teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction.  It also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

The Jacaranda Center for Family and Youth development will host this movie in partnership with the Bridgeway Community Church Boys Scout Troop 613 on February 17, 2017 from 
7pm - 9pm at NEXUS Youth Center, Bridgeway Community Church, 9179 Red Branch Road, Suite C, Columbia, MD 21045 (Behind Shadowland). 

Following the movie, we will have a discussion time and opportunity for Q&A. Parents are encouraged to attend with their middle and high school students. Watch the trailer here.  
What's Happening In Other Villages...

Join Hickory Ridge for "Ladies Night Out" on Friday, February 24 at 7:30 PM.

Enjoy the remake of Ghostbusters along with wine, cheese and snacks for just $12 person!

Call 410-730-7327 to reserve your spot
Road Closure Alongside Little Patuxent Parkway
 
C onstruction on a water main alongside Little Patuxent Parkway will close a section of that road - southbound between Governor Warfield Parkway and South Entrance Road - between mid-January and mid-March. Northbound Little Patuxent Parkway, which is the section of the road closest to Haven and Whole Foods Market, will remain open. 
Have you visited us on Facebook lately?
 
Please join us on Facebook for up-to-date information about what's happening in and around the Harper's Choice Community.

Upcoming Meetings
Architectural Committee Meetings

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