April 6th Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
HCCA 2017 Village Board Candidates

Current two-year terms of office for three Village Board seats expire on April 30, 2017. Four nomination petitions were received for the Village Board seats from  Robert T. Fontaine , Erik M. Avant,  Stephen  Cook , and Benjamin S. Rubin. The terms of office for those elected will be May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2019. Village elections will take place Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9am-3pm at Kahler Hall.

Important Election Dates:
April 18th
Meet the Candidates, 7pm - 9pm, Kahler Hall
April 28th
Absentee ballots accepted up to 5pm
April 29th
Election Day, 9am - 3pm

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

Town Hall Meeting on Proposed New Police and Fire Stations

On April 5, Councilperson Mary Kay Sigaty held a town hall meeting at Kahler Hall to discuss preliminary plans for a new police and fire station in Harper's Choice at the current site of Cedar Lane School.  Councilperson Sigaty was joined by Howard County Chief of Police Gary Gardner, Fire Chief John Butler, and Chief Daryl Paunil, Bureau of Facilities, Howard County Department of Public Works.
If you missed it, don't worry; we plan on holding another town hall on this subject in the not-too-distant future.  In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the Department of Planning and Zoning Development Review Process, click here .  To access the County Council Budget Calendar for Fiscal Year 2018, click here .

Become A Community Champion
Each year we ask for help in raising awareness of children's mental health needs and enhancing our community outreach efforts.

Sign up to be a Community Champion  here.

For more information click here.
For questions about Community Champions, please contact Beth Hess at  bhess@mdcoalition.org or 443-741-8669.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

In an effort to make roads safer, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) and Howard County Police Department (HCPD) have partnered together to educate motorists about the risks of distracted driving this month. 

According to the latest statistics from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration: 
There are more than 53,000 distracted driving crashes every year, accounting for 58% of the total crashes in Maryland. 
There are 28,874 people injured every year and 232 people killed as the result of a distracted driver in Maryland. 
Distracted driving fatal crashes accounted for 46% of the all fatal crashes in Maryland.

Distracted driving enforcement details will be conducted by the Howard County Police Department and other law enforcement agencies across the state for the entire month. For additional information and safety tips, please visit the Department of Fire and Rescue Services Facebook page and the Police Department Facebook page.
Cheers! For a Good Cause

Vino Scholastico is an annual fete held to raise funds for scholarships at Howard Community College. This year's event, which takes place on Friday, April 28 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., features tasting of fine wines and craft beers, as well as delicious gourmet food. 100% of sponsorships goes directly to help HCC students with their educational finances. Visit the event website for more information on how you can help the Howard Community College Educational Foundation.
Good Pizza Great Cause! Longfellow PTA

Join Longfellow Elementary PTA and Mod Pizza for their upcoming fundraiser. Click here for flyer to receive 20% off all day, Thursday, April 25th.
Blackbird Poetry Festival
You are cordially invited to the 9th Annual Blackbird Poetry Festival which will take place on Thursday, April 27 at Howard Community College. This all-day event will feature readings and workshops with poets Tyehimba Jess and E. Ethelbert Miller. The festival will also include readings by student poets from HCC and on-campus patrols by the Poetry Police in recognition of National Poem in Your Pocket Day.

Sunbird: Tyehimba Jess and E. Ethelbert Miller will be joined onstage by students, faculty, and staff for an afternoon of poetry at the Smith Theater from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Nightbird: Tyehimba Jess will read from and discuss his most recent work, Olio, as well as Leadbelly, winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series at the Smith Theater at 7:30 p.m. Nightbird admission tickets are $15 each (students and seniors are $10) and  available on-line. A book signing will follow.

For more information, call HoCoPoLitSo at (443) 518-4568, email hocopolitso@yahoo.com, or visit the Howard Community College website.

Untagged & Inoperable Vehicles

Untagged or inoperable vehicles parked or stored anywhere in the open on your lot are a violation of the Village Covenants and County Code.  The Village will contact the County, who can issue a Zoning Violation Notice and daily fines may be incurred.  Please legally tag all vehicles that you own and be sure that they are operable. 
Untagged or inoperable vehicles parked on public streets within Columbia are not subject to the Village Covenants, but are subject to County Code and may be flagged for removal and towed by the Police. 
To report suspected abandoned vehicles on private property in the village, contact your Covenant Advisor.  To report suspected abandoned vehicles on county roadways, call the Howard County Police non-emergency number at 410-313-2200 and be sure to give as much information as possible about the vehicle (color, make, model) and its location (street address, parked in the driveway, parking space or shoulder, closest cross street, etc.)

Howard County Housing MIHU Open Enrollment

Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development is accepting applications for its Moderate Income Housing Unit (MIHU) now through Friday, April 28. In addition, the Department is hosting two workshops for MIHU renters and buyers on Wednesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 20 respectively. Visit the webpage for important information and to register.

HC DrugFree will present "Not My Child" on April 25 at River Hill High School at 7:00 p.m. All parents are strongly encouraged to attend to learn more about the drugs abused in Howard County, what we all need to know and do about the rise in overdose deaths happening here, how parents and the community can better arm ourselves to help our children (whether pre-teens or adult children), and much more. Speakers will be announced in April. Visit www.hcdrugfree.org.
Medication and "Sharps" (needles, syringes, and EpiPens) Take Back Day will be held on April 29 at the Wilde Lake Village Center near the UPS Store and Slayton House between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Because 3 out of 4 people using heroin began with the use of prescription medication, HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police urge you to clean out your unneeded or expired medications and join your friends at HC DrugFree's quick and convenient drive-thru collection of medication and sharps. There's no need to get out of your vehicle. Just look for the teens in bright green shirts holding the signs and directing traffic around the parking lot. Howard County Police will receive, secure, and transport your medications for proper disposal. Medical personnel will receive and handle all of your sharps for proper recycling. Be sure to secure your medications to keep them out of the hands of everyone for whom they are not prescribed. If you have questions, visit www.hcdrugfree.org and go to the Drug Take Back page or contact HC DrugFree at 443-325-0040 or email.

Anatomy of a Scam: 
A Presentation by the Howard County Office of Consumer Protection and Howard County Police
Anatomy of a SCAM , learn all you can to protect yourself from various types of SCAMS - telephone, online, door-to-door, theft, skimming, and online dating.  Rebecca Bowman, Administrator of the Howard County Office of Consumer Protection and HCPD Officer Andre Lingham, Police Senior Citizen Liaison will discuss these very important topics.  This is one presentation you don't want to miss.
DATE:   Wednesday, May 17, 2017
TIME:    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION:   The Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD  21045
Free program .  Registration is preferred. Contact Oakland Mills Community Association for details;
oaklandmills.org ., manager@oaklandmills.org , or 410-730-4610.  Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association's Safety & Security Committee.

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Architectural Committee Meeting Date Change

**The Architectural Committee will meet next week on Wednesday April 12 and not Tuesday April 11.   No other changes have been made at this time.  

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 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 April 4th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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