December 1st: Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Pizza with Santa

Pizza with Santa will be held on Sat, Dec. 17 from 11am - 1pm at Kahler Hall. This holiday tradition is especially for Harper's Choice residents. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Please register here at Eventbrite.

Guests will enjoy pizza, a special holiday craft and loads of fun. Bring your camera and enjoy a special family photo opportunity with Santa!

We encourage attendees to bring one non-perishable food item per person. Donations will be given to the Howard County Food Bank and Hope Works. Below are a few of the most requested items from the charities' wishlist. 

Howard County Food Bank Wishlist:
  • canned meats
  • soups
  • rice
  • cereal
  • baby food
Hope Works Wishlist:
  • ramen noodles
  • pancake mix
  • peanut butter
  • jelly
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, December 17th! 
Howard County Department of Public Works
Due to emerald ash borer infestation, Howard County's Department of Public Works will be removing ash trees along various county owned roadways throughout Clarksville, Columbia, Ellicott City, Glenelg and Jessup beginning late fall/early winter. Weather permitting, the trees (stumps and all) will be removed by the end of winter and will have all the trees replaced, where appropriate, by next spring or fall. The county will not remove any trees located on private property.
 
The roadways in Columbia included in this round of tree removal are:

Audubon Drive, Barley Corn Row, Bluecoat Lane, Cedar Lane, Dark Hawk Circle, Darting Bird Lane, Distant Rock Path, Dovecote Drive, Dry Barley Lane, Dry Stone Gate, Eden Brook Drive, Etta Court, Fire Cloud Court, Foreland Garth, Freetown Road, Frostwork Row, Herding Row, High Hay Drive,  Kindler Road, Longlook Lane, Loventree Road, Little Patuxent Parkway, Millbank Row, Millet Seed Hill, Moonfall Way, Old Columbia Road, Parallel Lane, Quarterstaff Road, Roan Stallion Lane, Saddle Drive, Sea Light Lane, Sea Water Path, Second Time Lane, Seneca Farm Road, Shaker Drive, Short Wheel Way, Single Wheel Path, Sleep Soft Circle, Stevens Forest Road, Stray Camel Way, Summer Cloud Way, Swansfield Road, Tamar Drive, Tree Top Circle, Twin Rivers Road, Vollmerhausen Drive, Windstream Drive, Young Buck Circle
 
Ash trees are the most common type of landscaping tree used in the United States. The emerald ash borer is a serious, exotic, invasive insect that feeds on  and can cause significant damage to ash trees, including death, particularly in one to three years after infestation. The insect is not harmful to humans



 
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Police remind residents: Always lock your car. 

Howard County Police are reminding residents to always lock their cars and take the keys with them. Residents should never leave their cars warming up or leave keys in their vehicles for any reason even for a short while. 

Out of over 200 vehicle thefts so far this year, at least 46 were stolen using the vehicle's keys. In some incidents, vehicles were left running; in others, keys were left inside the vehicle or taken from another vehicle in the same driveway. 

In just the last month, over 150 thefts from vehicles have been reported. In the majority of these incidents, the vehicle had been left unlocked, with many valuables inside. Stolen items included cash, wallets, purses, sunglasses and jewelry, among other items. 
 
Residents should consider registering for "Watch Your Car," a free program administered by Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council (MVTPC) that is designed to deter theft and assist in the apprehension of thieves. Registration is available at HCPD.org
Learn About CA's 2017 Sister Cities Program

Parents and teens interested in learning about the annual summer Sister Cities High School Exchange program with Columbia's Sister Cities in France and Spain are invited to attend one of the remaining informational sessions hosted by Columbia Association (CA).

Only 3 sessions are left and will take place at CA Headquarters, located at 6310 Hillside Ct, Columbia, on; Thur, Dec. 8; Tue, Jan. 10; and Wed, Jan. 25
All are scheduled from 7-8 PM.

Each session will include teen and parent alumni of the program, as well as Laura Smit, program manager for CA's international exchange and multicultural programs, all of whom will speak and answer questions about the month-long program.

Teen participants spend approximately two weeks of cultural and linguistic immersion during the summer in one of Columbia's sister cities: Cergy-Pontoise in France or Tres Cantos in Spain. During this time, they are hosted by the family of a French or Spanish student. After returning to the United States, students will then host their French/Spanish counterparts for another two weeks. Throughout the trip, there are organized group activities for the participants, both abroad and in the U.S.

The program fee is $700 for Columbia residents and $850 for non-Columbia residents, excluding airline tickets. Airline tickets in 2017 will range from $1,200 to $1,500 per participant. Applicants must be high school students residing in Howard County and must have completed high school level three of French or Spanish by the end of the current academic year or have the equivalent language fluency. There are excellent scholarships available for Columbia residents who qualify.

The application deadline is Feb. 17. Applications will be online at ColumbiaAssociation.org/TeenExchange beginning November 15. For more information, contact Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or International@ColumbiaAssociation.org.
 
Recycling Tips
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)
 
Although the HHW drop-off at the Alpha Ridge Landfill is closed until April 1, 2017, there is still good news! There will be 3 special drop-off days on Saturday, January 7February 4 and March 4

 

What to Do with Fallen Leaves

Now that fall is here, the weather is cooling off and leaves are falling off the trees. So what's the best thing to do with all those leaves? Please be aware that dumping leaves, grass clippings, or any landscaping waste into a storm drain inlet or a stream is both bad for water quality and is considered an illicit discharge and is in violation of County Code. Discarding landscaping waste into a storm drain inlet could cause clogging and lead to flooding. The decaying of these wastes can lead to depleted oxygen levels in our streams and waterbodies.

What choices do you have for discarding leaves/grass clippings?
  • Grasscycle-Compost in your backyard
  • Participate in a Rake and Take Program
  • Utilize curbside recycling collection
  • Drop off at the Alpha Ridge Landfill Wood Waste area
For more details about these options, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/yardtrim or call 410-313-6444.


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Looking for a way to give back?


Every year at this time,The Baltimore Sun compiles a list of local non-profits who help so many in need throughout our community.  As we stop to count our blessings, this is a great resource with lists of specific items each organization needs and how we as a community can help.

You'll find the list of these nonprofits, along with their wish lists, in the annual Share Your Blessings article. 
 
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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 typically meet on the 1st 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. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for: 12/14/16 and 12/27/16

 Beginning in January, we will resume our 2nd and 4th Tuesday meeting schedule. 

Village Board Meetings

The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for December 6th at 7pm. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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