March 16th Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
HCCA 2017 Village Board Candidates

Current two-year terms of office for two Village Board seats and our Columbia Council Representative expire on April 30, 2016. Four nomination petitions were received for the Village Board seats from 
Robert T. Fontaine, Erik M. Avant, Stephen L. Cook, and Benjamin S. Rubin. The terms of office for the those elected will be May 1, 2017 through April 29, 2019. Village elections will take place Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9am-3pm at Kahler Hall.

Important Election Dates:
April 1st
Absentee ballots available at Kahler Hall
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

Community Engagement Meetings
Howard County is in the very early stages of reviewing and modernizing our development regulations. The first phase includes public input sessions and technical analysis to evaluate the zoning code, as well as regulations, policies and manuals, related to land development. 

Three meetings are scheduled; attend the one most convenient to you. The County Executive will introduce the project and make announcements at the first meeting at Howard Community College. Here are the dates and locations for the three meetings: 

Central County 
Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Health Sciences Building, first floor, Howard Community College

East County 
Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 p.m. 
North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel

West County 
Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. 
Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 State Route 97, Cooksville

For more information, email  or call 410-313-2350.
Job Opportunities

Covenant Advisor - Dorsey's Search Community Association is seeking a motivated candidate who possesses excellent communication, written and computer skills for this part-time position (18 hours per week). The candidate should be familiar with the covenant process and must have use of a vehicle and be physically able to make property visits. The position may entail some evening meetings. Please no phone calls. If interested, please email resumes no later than April 3.

Upcoming Job Fairs
Information Technology Recruitment: 
Meet with some of the area's top firms seeking IT professionals on Wednesday, March 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Sheraton in Columbia Town Center. There will be several job opportunities available ranging from entry level positions to management. If you are interested, please register online. For more information or assistance, contact Lili M. Dendy at 301-32-1054 or email.

Young Adult Community Job and Resource Fair: 
Howard County Office of Workforce Development Youth Program is partnering with other community agencies to assist youth ages 16 - 24 years old to gain employment. This is also a great opportunity to learn more about community organizations, colleges and financial awareness. The fair will be held on Saturday, April 1 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Long Reach High School. If you're interested, please register online. For more information, contact Jermira Sarrat at 410- 290-2623 or email.


FREE Residential Property Assessment
We all need to learn more about how and what we do impacts our streams, lakes, rivers and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. The Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy is working hard to educate and inform residents about watershed issues. To that end, they can perform a FREE residential property assessment to help provide solutions for excessive rain water runoff. If you have erosion problems or you would like to help slow the flow of storm water in your neighborhood, email them or fill out the online request form here.
The WSA is also seeking like-minded folks to become watershed stewards and help them spread the word. Consider joining the effort!

Family Fun & Game Night: A Fundraising Benefit Event!

Saturday, March 18,  2017
5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
The Bain Center
5470 Ruth Keeton Way
Columbia 21044
Entry Fee: $5 donation per family (or whatever you can give) to benefit HopeWorks.
Join Getting Ahead for a night of fun for the whole family as they give back to the community! This night of family fun will support HopeWorks' programs and services.
The evening will feature:
  • door prizes
  • games
  • relays
  • karaoke
  • family friendly movies
  • Bertucci's Pizza and Pasta
  • make-your-own sundaes
  • raffles of gift cards from local retailers and restaurants, Columbia Association and HC Recreation and Parks and more! 
Bring your favorite board games or borrow one of ours.  Play Human-Size Jenga, enter a relay race, lead karaoke, enjoy good food, make new friends and support a great cause!!
To Register:  email Valerie Mathis, Getting Ahead Program Coordinator or call her at

To download a flier click here:  Family Fun Night Flier

Senior Week Program: Staying Safe in Ocean City
Wednesday, March 22, 7-9 p.m.,  Atholton High School and Wednesday, March 29, 7-9 p.m.,  Howard High School

High school seniors and their families are invited to  HC DrugFree  Staying Safe in Ocean City  program . Ocean City Police and Beach Patrol will provide safety tips about water, beach, drugs/alcohol, crossing the busy highway and more. 
Searching For Spring Egg Hunt 2017
The Annual Searching For Spring Egg Hunt, co-sponsored by the Villages of Columbia, will be held on Saturday, April 1 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.
Here is the schedule of events:
  • 10am - Crafts and Balloons
  • 10:45am - Egg Hunt (While supplies last! Please bring your own basket!)
  • 11am - Entertainment with Turner, Dean of Magic
This event is especially planned for children ages 2-8. Tickets are required for this FREE event. They are available at  Kahler Hall and all village community centers while supplies last.  Tickets are for Columbia lien-paying residents only. 
Weddings & Events Showcase At Historic Oakland
Join Historic Oakland & Columbia Town Center for their annual Weddings & Events Showcase on April 2, 2017.

Over 50 vendors, plus a Man Cave! Save money and register early by clicking here.
Drug Take Back Day 
April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced the next semi-annual national Drug Take Back will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come join us in the Wilde Lake Village Center for another convenient drive-thru collection of medications and sharps (needles, syringes, and EpiPens). 
10th Annual HopeBowl!

Saturday, April 29, 2017
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Brunswick Zone Columbia Lanes
7100 Carved Stone
Columbia MD 21045

Click HERE To Register Your Team!
HopeBowl is a family-friendly event where teams compete while raising awareness and critical funds for victims of sexual and intimate partner violence.
Join us for an evening of fun and friendly competition featuring music by TNT Disc Jockeys, refreshments, raffles and great prizes. 
Invite your family, friends and co-workers and form a team today!
How it Works:
Organize your friends and family into a team of 5 bowlers.  Each team is expected to raise a minimum of $500 (with each bowler raising $100, for example).  Register online and use your personal fundraising page to start raising FUNDS and get ready for a fun-filled evening!
Fabulous prizes will be awarded to the top team and individual fundraiser!
Interested in sponsoring the Hope Bowl?  
Click HERE to download the Sponsorship Commitment Form.        
Interested in making an In-Kind Donation for the Hope Bowl?  
Click HERE to download the In-Kind Donation Form.
Questions?  Please contact us at 410.997.0304 or send us an email. 
Click HERE to download the Hope Bowl Flier

Free Wellness Screening
Howard County General Hospital offers free special events and screenings on general wellness, anxiety and eye and skin health. The first event will take place on Wednesday, March 29, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This Wellness Screening will measure blood glucose levels, blood pressure, prediabetes and weight risks, as well as provide information about healthy lifestyle choices and referrals to self management classes to improve health. Spaces are limited; reserve your screening appointment online today
Make Your Voice Heard!!

Dear Transportation Advocate,

It's time again to let the County Executive know your transportation priorities for Howard County for FY 2018-23.

These top ones can become Transportation Improvement Programs [TIPs] which enable funding should it become available. If an item is not on the TIP it will not get funding! Speak up!
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman MDOT's FY 2018-23 Consolidated Transportation Program.

The letter is due to the Maryland Department of Transportation this April, and is a result of review and input by county staff from several departments, elected and appointed officials. T

Howard County's current fiscal 2017 Priority Letter is available to view here and the fiscal 2018 letter will be posted here.

For questions or more information about the FY 2018 Priority Letter, contact David Cookson at 410-313-4312 or email

Let them know what is important to Howard County residents!

Sharonlee J. Vogel
Chair, Transportation Advocates
Howard County, MD
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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 April 4th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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