April 23, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
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Buy Orioles Tickets. Support Harper's Choice Middle School.
The weather is getting warmer and that means baseball season is here! Now is the perfect opportunity to see the Baltimore Orioles play while helping 8th grade students at Harper's Choice Middle School with their 8th grade celebration. The Harper's Choice PTA is selling Orioles' ticket vouchers, which can be used towards 48 home games this season. The vouchers are $15/each and can be traded at the Orioles Box Office for any lower level reserve seat to any Classic or Select game (excluding NYY & BOS). Click here  to see the Orioles' schedule. To purchase vouchers and support 8th graders at Harper's Choice Middle school, print and return this flyer. Contact Eric Solomon if you have any questions.
Last Call! Register for the Red Ribbon Yard Sale

Are you participating in the Spring Red Ribbon Yard Sale on Saturday, May 2 from 8AM - Noon? Deadline to sign up so we can advertise your street location is 8AM on Monday, April 27. Here's how the yard sale works:  


  • Please call 410-730-0770, email us, or stop by Kahler Hall to register your street for this community-wide event.
  • Visit us before May 2 to get your Red Ribbon!
  • Tie your Red Ribbon onto your street sign so eager buyers can find you.

Here are the streets currently registered for the yard sale. Location maps will be available on our website on April 30:

  • Barrow Downs
  • Fallriver Row Court
  • Rondel Place
  • Ridermark Row
  • Cricket Hollow Court
  • Lightfoot Path
  • Tooks Way
  • Evangeline Way
Shred and eCycle Event in Harper's Choice

Do you have documents with sensitive information to shred or electronics you want to recycle? Join us on Saturday, May 2 from 9AM - 1PM for our Shred and eCycle Event. All the information and details for the big day are listed below.


BASICS: Saturday, May 2 from 9AM - 1PM at the parking lot between Kahler Hall and the Bain Center.
GUIDELINES: Limit 3 small bags/boxes per person for the Shred Truck. eCycle guidelines are listed below. Minimal fees required for some items.


FREE: Computers, Laptops/Notebooks, Keyboards/Mice/Cables, Monitors, Printers, Scanners, Cell & Regular Phones, Fax & Answering Machines, VCR, Cable Boxes, Stereo Equipment, Battery Back-ups (non-alkaline), TV (less than 26" - 1st one free)


FEE-BASED: TV 26" - 40" ($15), TV larger than 40" ($25), Console TV ($35)


NOT ACCEPTED: Microwaves, Refrigerators, Washers/Dryers, Toasters, Dishwashers, Household Appliances


Health & Safety Fair 2015

It's time for the Health & Safety Fair! Join us this Saturday from 10AM - 2PM at Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row) and visit some of the local organizations and businesses that encourage and promote health, wellness and safety for our neighbors of all ages. We will have Child ID services through Howard Lodge No. 101, Bike Safety Checks courtesy of Princeton Sports, a Bike Rodeo and representatives from a variety of agencies that provide free services to our community. 

PLUS - We're collecting food for the Howard County Food Bank! Many of the kids in our community rely on school to provide them with a healthy breakfast & lunch each day. During the summer when those kids who are on free or reduced meals are out of school, the demand at the Howard County Food Bank increases coinciding with a decrease in donations coming in.


Let's help keep those shelves stocked! Below is a list of items high in demand. Please look for collection boxes at the Health & Safety Fair and bring:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Tuna
  • Canned Fruit

Discount coupons for Rita's in Harper's Choice will be given to all that donate an item as a thank you for your help! In addition, all families that donate will be entered into a drawing for a Rita's gift certificate.  

Did You Know...
Bike to Work Day is on May 15?


Those who live and/or work in Howard County are encouraged to park their cars and and bike to work on Friday, May 15th as part of Bike to Work Day 2015. This annual event promotes a clean, fun, healthy way to commute and is part of our region's Clean Commute Initiative.


All participants are invited to start their morning off with the Howard County Office of Transportation at Whole Foods in Columbia (10275 Little Patuxent Parkway) for a kickoff event from 7AM - 9AM, featuring food, drinks, raffle prizes and more. All participants will receive a free shirt. For more information or to register for this FREE event, visit www.bike2workcentralMD.com. Howard County's Bike to Work Day will run in tandem with events taking place in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll and Harford counties.  

Covenant Corner
Covenants and Property Maintenance Standards

One of our primary responsibilities is to uphold the village covenants. Our covenants require approval for exterior changes, set minimum standards for maintenance and help protect the aesthetics of our community. We need YOU to do your part by:

  • assessing the exterior of your home for curb appeal.
  • storing bulk items and debris out of view of the street and neighboring properties.
  • weeding and edging your landscape beds.
  • sweeping the debris from your curbs and gutters.

The time and energy these simple activities require will give you much in return. Let's work together to keep Harper's Choice beautiful.   


Clarity on Cul-de-Sac Maintenance

We often get asked Who is responsible for maintaining the cul-de-sac islands in Columbia? Though the County owns this land, it is to be maintained by the homeowners whose properties surround the islands.  


We encourage residents to take turns mowing or have each family contribute and hire a service (or better yet, a young person in the neighborhood) to take care of the maintenance. The important thing to remember is that this is to be a shared responsibility. Please Note: No basketball or other sports equipment, permanent or temporary, may be placed on, in or around the cul-de-sac.


Want to Improve Your Cul-De-Sac Island?

Cul-de-sac grants of up to $200 are available to improve the island on your street. Contact the Village office or visit our website for more information.            


Passport Services Now Available at the Post Office

Howard County residents planning to venture abroad have a new place to prepare for their travels: the post office located at 6801 Oak Lane in Columbia now offers passports, the U.S. Postal Service recently announced.


Passport service is offered Monday through Friday from 8AM - 5PM and from 8AM - 2PM on Saturdays, except for federal holidays. Both walk-ins and appointments are accepted.


The Oak Lane post office joins several locations in the county offering passport services. Other locations with passport service include Simpsonville, Fulton (on Scaggsville Road), Ellicott City (on Ellicott Center Drive), Glenwood (on Route 97) and Annapolis Junction (on Guilford Road). Several Howard County library locations also offer the service.  


For more information and passport application forms, visit usps.com/international/passports.htm.




Upcoming Conservation Stewardship Programs
The mission of the Howard County Master Gardeners is to educate residents about safe, effective, and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities. The Master Gardener program is administered by the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Service. Please join them for these upcoming events.
Garlic Mustard Pull & Spring Wildflower Hike

When: Tuesday, April 28 from 9AM - 11:30AM  

Where: Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA), South Wind Circle trailhead at 5795 Trotter Road, Clarksville, MD 


This event coincides with the blooming of numerous Virginia bluebells and many other spring ephemerals that are seen along the wooded path. A guest speaker helps identify and discuss these beautiful, short-lived flowers.


We conclude at the verdant spot where Cricket Creek flows into the Middle Patuxent River. Although we see less mustard each year, be prepared for a morning of vigorous garlic mustard removal.  

Milkweed Planting & Butterfly Talk

When: Tuesday, May 26 from 9AM - 11:30AM  

Where: Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA), Trotter Road entrance at 5795 Trotter Road, Clarksville, MD


Come out this day and help plant beneficial milkweeds and also learn about the Monarch Waystation Program. Learn two easy things that you can even do at home to help Monarchs!
Walk MS 2015
Walk route could impact Harper's Choice Community

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host its signature 5K fundraising event, Walk MS, in Columbia on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  There could be congestion at the intersection of Harper's Farm Road and Twin Rivers Road between 10AM and 12PM and Twin Rivers Road and Lynx Lane between 10AM and 12PM. Police and event marshals will be assisting for possible accessibility issues on the route. The MS Walk begins at Howard Community College (HCC) at 9AM and will follow the route provided below. 


Walk MS: Columbia 2015 Route Map

  1. Exit HCC quad, make a right to walk in front of the RCF and HSB buildings to the traffic circle
  2. Exit College by turning left at the circle and following sidewalk to Little Patuxent Parkway
  3. Cross over Little Patuxent Parkway at traffic light
  4. Turn right crossing over Harper's Farm Road
  5. Turn left on Harper's Farm Road
  6. Turn right on Twin Rivers Road
  7. Cross Twin Rivers Road at Lynx Lane to opposite side of Twin Rivers Road
  8. Turn left onto Twin Rivers Road
  9. Cross Faulkner Ridge Circle and turn right onto Faulkner Ridge Circle
  10. Turn left at Marble Faun Lane **Rest Stop**
  11. Turn right onto Faulkner Ridge Circle
  12. Turn right onto Twin Rivers Road
  13. Turn right onto Harper's Farm Road
  14. After Beaver Kill Road, turn left onto white-railed walking bridge, and exit at Cedar Lane
  15. Turn left onto Cedar Lane
  16. Turn left onto Little Patuxent Parkway
  17. Turn right onto Harper's Farm/College
  18. Continue straight to walk in front of RCF and HSB buildings to re-enter the quad
LUNGevity's Breathe Deep Columbia

Breathe Deep Columbia, a 5K Walk and Fun Run, is a grassroots event organized by Michael Osborne, a lung cancer survivor. The 5K will consist of two laps around Lake Kittamaqundi. The new pathway is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Pets are welcome but please clean up after them!


The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at Town Center and Lake Front Plaza in Columbia, MD. This event will take place rain or shine! The schedule of events is: 

  • Check-in/Registration: 8:30AM
  • Program: 9:30AM
  • Walk: 10AM - 11:30AM
  • Closing Ceremony, Music: 11:30AM- 12:00PM
Did you know that lung cancer is the top cancer killer in the United States, claiming approximately 160,000 lives per year? It is a devastating disease that can afflict anyone, regardless of smoking history, gender, or ethnicity, including Michael.


All proceeds from this event go to the LUNGevity Foundation to fund lung cancer research.


Upcoming Meetings
Architectural Committee Meetings
Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require the approval of the Village Architectural Committee. The AC meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday 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: 4/28, 5/12, 5/26.  

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for May 5 at 7PM. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are available on our website.