February 8th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Board Elections are Coming and We Need You!

Have you considered volunteering your time on behalf of your community? The current two-year terms of office for two Village Board seats and the Columbia Association Council Representative seat expire on April 30, 2018. Village Board members attend one meeting a month where they oversee village finances, advise and take action on such matters as street and house maintenance, and advocate for changes that will benefit Harper's Choice. The Columbia Association Council Representative serves on the Village Board as an ex officio (non-voting) member and also serves as a voting member of the Columbia Association's Board of Directors.  The nomination period runs from March 1 - March 14, 2018 .  Information and nomination petitions will be available at Kahler Hall and for download on our website  on March 1; a maximum 150-word CANDIDATE'S STATEMENT is due at Kahler Hall by 5:00 pm on March 14.  The STATEMENTS may be emailed to manager@harperschoice.org , preferably in a MS Word document.    For more information, contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or via email.

HCCA is looking for volunteers to help us count ballots on Election Day, Saturday, April 28 at 3:00 pm at Kahler Hall.  If you are available and would like to assist the Election Monitor Committee with this task, please contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or via email.

Columbia Association (CA) will host two information sessions in February for those who are considering serving the Columbia community by seeking an opportunity to become a member of CA's Board of Directors.

The sessions will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7pm and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 10am, both at CA Headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court, located off  Steve ns Forest Road and Broken Land Parkway.

CA's Board of Directors has 11 members - one representative from each of Columbia's 10 villages plus CA's President/CEO. Representatives from the villages serve either a one- or two-year term, depending upon each village's bylaws. In late April 2018, six villages will hold elections for their representative to the CA Board of Directors: Harper's Choice, Hickory Ridge, Oakland Mills, Owen Brown, Town Center and Wilde Lake.

Pursuing election may not be a simple decision, and CA recognizes that potential candidates may have questions or need information before filing the necessary forms. Potential candidates are encouraged to attend and learn more about Columbia Association, the role of its board members and how service on the board impacts the community. The goal of the sessions is to have a conversation with residents, including addressing their questions about this opportunity so they can make an informed decision about seeking a seat on CA's Board of Directors.
Tomorrow Night: HCCA To Host Pizza & Movie Night 
Friday, February 9th 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row
Since showing the Polar Express at Pizza With Santa was such a success last month, we have scheduled a Pizza & Movie Night featuring The Incredibles. This event is free, but seats are limited;  advance registration is required. There are still a few spaces left so to register for this event, click here or call Melanie Jeffers at 410-730-0770.

Movie Change: HCCA To Host: 55 & Better Lunch & Movie Featuring From Here To Eternity 
Monday, February 19th Noon - 3pm
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row
Tickets $7
Some of the community found Shawshank Redemption to be a tad dark so we are switching our lineup to the classic hit movie   From Here To Eternity, with an all-star cast including  Burt LancasterMontgomery Clift, and  Deborah Kerr. Lunch will be provided by Michael's Deli.  Guests will have the choice of one of the meal options below:

1. California Salad: romain letuce, cheese, strawberries, green peppers, almonds, seeds
2. Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
3. Garden Salad
Sandwiches (choice of White, Wheat, Seven Grain, Rye, Sunflower Seed, Sun-dried Tomato, Pita, Kaiser Croissant)
1. Chicken Salad
2. Tuna Salad
3. Turkey Breast   
4. Powerhouse
1. Split Pea
2. Tomato Basil
3. Maryland Crab
4. Chicken Noodle
5. New England Claim Chowder
Or Pick 2 (Choice of 2 half portions of either Salad, Sandwich, or Soup)

Click here to register for the event.
Searching For Spring Egg Hunt Tickets Now Available 
At Kahler Hall
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row

The Annual Searching For Spring Egg Hunt, co-sponsored by the Villages of Columbia, will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 
10 -11:30am at the Columbia Sports Park in the Harper's Choice Village Center, located at 5453 Harper's Farm Road. No admittance permitted after 10:45AM. 

When: April 14, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Columbia Sports Park, 5677 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD 21044, USA
10AM Crafts, 10:45AM Egg Hunt
Reminder: Development Regulations Release & Public Meetings

If you haven't already registered, see below!
The Department of Planning and Zoning is pleased to announce that the Development Regulations Assessment and Annotated Outline is now available for review on the project website.
We invite you to attend a public meeting where Clarion Associates will present key components of the Assessment and Annotated Outline and solicit feedback from residents and stakeholders. Both meetings will cover the same information. Please RSVP by clicking on the meeting time you wish to attend:
George Howard Building, Columbia/Ellicott Room
3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Note: seating for this meeting is limited. Registration will be suspended once all spaces are filled.
Oakland Mills High School, AHU-7 Auditorium
9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, MD 21045
At the direction of County Executive Allan H. Kittleman, Howard County Planning and Zoning began this effort to rewrite the county's land development regulations. Clarion Associates conducted phase I, which includes a review and assessment of the zoning code, as well as regulations, policies and manuals related to land development. Phase II is the drafting of a new unified development code.
You can find additional information about the project and comment on the Assessment by clicking here.
Questions? Contact the Department of Planning and Zoning at (410) 313-2350 or email Julia Boone at jboone@howardcountymd.gov.
Snow Tubing Trip, Annual Lock-In, and More from CA's Youth and Teen Center

Snow Tubing Family Trip to Liberty Mountain!

Enjoy a day trip to Liberty Mountain ski resort alongside your family and friends on Friday, Feb. 16, from 8am-3:30pm. We'll depart from The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

This trip is sponsored by Columbia Association's Youth and Teen Center to provide a fun activity for adults and their children to enjoy together. The price is $40 per person. 

Sign up by Tuesday, Feb. 13. Space is limited! Contact 410-992-3726.
HC DrugFree Film Contest

HC DrugFree is looking for Howard County teenagers who are interested in creating a 30 - 90 second film on the negative affects of substance abuse. Submitted content must be family appropriate and an original concept or idea.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 23. The top films will be shown at the HoCo Film Festival on Friday, March 9 at thee Miller Library. For more information, visit HC DrugFree's website and be sure to look at past top films for inspiration.
Columbia Solar Coop - Information Session
February 20, 2018; 7-8pm at the Owen Brown Community Center
(6800 Cradlerock Way)

Columbia residents can now join a local Cooperative to go solar as a group and get a discount! By going solar through the CoOp, participants will save approximately 25% off the cost of a solar system. Columbia Association is partnering with Civic Works' Retrofit Baltimore program to promote this unique opportunity to the Columbia community. Retrofit Baltimore will provide you with trusted information, guide you through each step of the process, and connect you with a vetted and screened contractor.
If you want more information about Solar energy, consider attending the information session on February 20, or visit our partners at Civic Works/Retrofit Baltimore:  http://retrofitbaltimore.civicworks.com/columbia  .

Volunteer of the Year Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 "Volunteer of the Year" award which recognizes people, agencies, and groups that have demonstrated commitment and dedication to making our community a better place. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 23 at 5:00 p.m. If you have someone in mind, visit the County's website for more information and to fill out an endorsement form.
Soup'r Sundae

Soup'r Sundae is a family event at Wilde Lake High School featuring soups prepared by local restaurants as a fundraiser for Grassroots, Howard County's 24-hour Crisis Intervention Center. There will be hundreds of silent auction bargains, all the soup and ice cream you could ask for, music and entertainment for children. This year's event will be held on Sunday, March 18, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Although it seems far away, now is the time to purchase your tickets for Soup'r Sundae!

You may purchase tickets online or by contacting cathyvsmith@verizon.net. Enjoy!
Sister Cities Advisory Committee Volunteers
Columbia Association is looking for volunteers to be a part of the advisory committees for the following sister city programs:
  • Cap-Haitien
  • Haiti 
  • Tema 
  • Ghana 
  • Cergy-Pontoise 
  • France  
  • Tres Cantos, Spain
Volunteers are also wanted for the China Sister City Planning Committee, which is working on creating a relationship with Liyang in Jiangsu Province, China.

Each advisory committee determines its own meeting schedule. Committees help organize cultural exchanges, help with events, and plan projects with each sister city. Most committees meet bimonthly in the evening at Columbia Association. If interested, please email Laura.Smit@ColumbiaAssociation.org or 410-715-3162.
Spirit of Columbia Scholarship

The Maggie J. Brown Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award is now accepting applications. Columbia Association scholarship program offers up to six $2,500 education awards to graduating high school seniors who exhibit exceptional efforts in providing community service to benefit Columbia residents and those in the Columbia area.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2018. For more information, visit this website.
Howard County Police Department 

Howard County's Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles 
1. Honda Accord
2. Honda Civic
3. Toyota Corolla
4. Toyota Camry
5. Nissan Rogue
6. Nissan Altima
7. Hyundai Sonata
8. International Truck
10. Ford E250 Van

Howard County Police Department Free Steering Wheel Club Program
Contact Kevin L. Bridgeman, Vehicle Theft Prevention Specialist 410-313-4759
Reducing Telemarketing and Robocalls

Telemarketing calls are almost always unwanted, but there are things you can do to reduce their frequency and your risk of being scammed. One way to decrease the amount of calls you receive is to sign up with the Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call Registry (DNCR) by visiting their website or 888- 382-1222.

Here are some other tips for reducing calls: 
* Be cautious about sharing your phone number; it can be used for solicitations and may be sold to other telemarketers. 
* Only enter your phone number on online forms used by entities your trust. 
* Hang up on suspicious callers: engaging in conversation encourages con artists to call back. Screen your calls using voicemail or your answering machine if you find it hard to hang up on unwanted calls. 
* Don't give your credit card number, bank account information or other personal information to anyone you do not know.

For more information, visit the Office of Consumer Protection's website.
Covenant Corner
Love the Sweet Gum trees, hate the gumballs? You are not alone. Those beautiful Sweet Gum trees that line our streets also drop hazardous gumballs into our yards, onto the sidewalks and street curb gutters. These gumballs can be a trip hazard and can clog the storm drains, so be diligent in removing them from the property promptly. Please be aware that it is the adjacent resident's responsibility to clean up and remove the gumballs from the sidewalks and street curb gutters, even if the tree is in front of a neighbor's property.
Curbside yard waste collection begins on April 1, 2016 and the county will collect, free of charge, an unlimited number of bags of yard waste from each property on your recycling day. If you are in a green bin area, you may place the yard waste into your green bin for composting! Please remember that the County only collects yard waste in paper bags, open containers or bins - NO plastic bags will be collected. Place the containers out the evening prior to your recycling day to ensure you do not miss that early morning pick-up.
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Architectural Committee Meetings

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 forMarch 6th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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