February 16th Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
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.

Judy Collins Returns To Columbia!
Don't miss the opportunity to hear the legendary Judy Collins right here in Columbia! 

Judy Collins' return performance in Columbia takes place on Saturday, April 1 at the James Rouse Theatre (5460 Trumpeter Rd, Columbia), presented by our very own Columbia Festival of the Arts. Judy remains a fabulous singer and entertainer who creates music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart. 

Judy has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. 

Tickets are selling quickly; click here to purchase your tickets today! 
Section A: $63.00 (Student/Senior/Military Discount $58.00) 
Section B: $58.00 (Student/Senior/Military Discount $53.00) 
Section C: $48.00 (Student/Senior/Military Discount $43.00)

Colored Schools of Howard County

The Glenwood Library hosts a magnificent exhibit of historic photographs of ten Colored Schools once funded and operated by Howard County. The schools operated until the mid-sixties, when they became integrated. Some of the original structures still stand today, while others have been lost to time. The collection of photographs has been painstakingly restored by Mattie Hayes, Docent of the Heritage Program of Howard County Recreation & Parks. Visit the installation throughout Black History Month at 2350 MD-97 in Cooksville. Call  Glenwood Library at (410) 313-5577 for more info.
HoCo Poetry and Literature Society Events

Irish Evening award-winning writer and playwright, Belinda McKeon, will be HoCoPoLitSo's guest for their annual Irish Evening this Friday! The night will also feature Narrowbacks Eileen Korn Estes, Jesse Winch, Terence Winch, Linda Hickman, and Michael Winch in a concert of traditional Irish music, with step dancers from the Culkin School. Don't miss this evening celebrating Irish literature and culture on February 10, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Howard Community College's Smith Theater. For more information and to buy tickets online, visit this  website .

Wilde Readings HoCoPoLitSo presents the next in a series,  Wilde Readings. This monthly literary reading series features local poets and authors, as well as an open mic for interested audience members. On Tuesday, February 14 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., visit the Columbia Art Center (6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia) to discuss the literary works of Austin Camacho and Maritza Rivera. Explore how the craft of writing can inspire and fuel the imagination with these seasoned authors. Attendance is free of charge; no reservation required. Open mic presenters are asked to keep their readings to five minutes or less.

Columbia Association is seeking Lifeguards
Work where you live!
The Columbia Association is seeking Lifeguard candidates to work this summer at the Swansfield and Longfellow Pools. 
Free training, free uniforms and a free Columbia Association Membership.
Must be 15 years old by May 27, 2017.
Apply online at Columbia Association.

HCPSS Names Principal and Teacher of the Year

The Howard County Public School System today announced its 2017 Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year. Running Brook Elementary School Principal Troy Todd and Applications and Research Laboratory teacher Maddy Halbach were awarded the honors, respectively. Both will serve as the Howard County nominees for the Washington Post Principal and Teacher of the Year. Halbach additionally will be the Howard County nominee for Maryland State Teacher of the Year.

"The contributions made by two excellent educators, who are committed to supporting their students' success, help prepare our students for the future and build bridges to the community," said HCPSS Superintendent Renee A. Foose. "It is a testament to the growing recognition of the quality of our teachers and leaders that we had more than twice as many nominations as last year. I am delighted that these extraordinary people are being recognized this year."

Troy Todd has been the principal of Running Brook Elementary School since 2008. He has served the Howard County Public School System for over 20 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal.

Todd is being recognized for his exemplary leadership and for building a positive school environment that creates a real sense of community. Todd has taken on the exciting challenge of the Elementary School Model to propel students at Running Brook Elementary School to academic and social success.

In her nomination letter, Running Brook Math Support Teacher Kristen Mangus stated that Principal Todd, "demonstrates dedication and caring for our school's children, staff and community by working hard to build positive relationships."

Maddy Halbach has been a teacher in Howard County for 14 years and an Academy of Finance instructor at the Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL) since 2007. Her student-centric approach has had a powerful impact on her students.

In describing Halbach, Sharon Kramer, Career and Technology Education coordinator at ARL, says, "She empowers her students to be responsible for their own learning."  Called "one of the finest teachers I have had the pleasure of working under" by one of her former students, Halbach is being honored for helping high school students become aware of financial literacy through personal passion and high academic standards.

Not able to stay after school to get extra help from teachers due to athletics, work, or other responsibilities? Then join us on Saturdays to receive the additional help you need! 
Students will receive support in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry. 
Students will receive support in small settings by teachers, parent volunteers and students from the National Honor Society and Mathematics Honor Society. Use the following to register For more information click Mr. Rose.


Planning your Spring/Summer alterations? Don't forget...the Covenants require architectural approval prior to the start of work. Stop by Kahler Hall to pick up the application or download one from our webpage; click on covenant information.

Meetings to review applications are held by the Architectural Committee on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Kahler Hall, unless noted. The meeting schedule through April is otherwise as follows: 2/28, 3/14, 3/28, 4/12*, 4/25.

Applications must be submitted two weeks prior to the next meeting date in order to be placed on the agenda. Call the covenant adviser for more information.

*The AC will meet on Wednesday, April 12 due to the Passover holiday.


Spring is just around the corner and your Harper's Choice Village Board has grant money available to help residents enhance the cul'd sac circles on their streets. Just submit a "before" photo along, with a written drawing or plan for improvements and the signatures of at least 80% of the affected neighbors. Once the plan is approved, the Association will reimburse the residents up to $200. Contact the covenant adviser for more information.

MOD Pizza Fundraiser

On February 22 please plan to enjoy some MOD Pizza and support  Swansfield Elementary School .  Our school will receive 20% of all sales when you present the attached flier with your purchase.  MOD Pizza is located near the Columbia Mall.  The address is on the flier as well.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Options For Wise Living 
Long & Foster's Columbia Office and Hickory Ridge Community Association are hosting a series of FREE informative workshops tailored to providing you the information needed to make wise choices for your senior lifestyle. All workshops take place at The Hawthorn Center. To register for just one or all of the sessions, call the village office at 410-730-7327 or email.

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