Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween is Saturday!

Don't forget to sign up for the Chili Cook-Off on Saturday!

Everyone is welcome to stop by and taste the chili, vote, or just socialize!

For those interested in the Adult Costume Contest, be there at 7:30 PM and Daphna and Allie will announce the winner at 8 PM along with the winners of the Chili Cook-Off.

Let's hope the forecast holds. Presently they're calling for a crisp, dry Fall day!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Howard County Executive Alan Kittleman Visits North Laurel on Tuesday (11/3)

(Update: See the notes from this meeting at Notes: Howard County Exec Talks About Redevelopment)

Howard County Executive Alan Kittleman will be the featured guest at the next meeting of the Southern Howard County Civic Association (SHCCA) on November 3rd.

Southern Howard County Civic Association Meeting
Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD 20723

Featured Guest:
  • Mr. Alan Kittleman, Howard County Executive


This is an Open Forum discussion with Howard County's Chief Executive.

Mr. Kittleman was elected to the post in November 2014, and previously served on the Howard County Council (1998-2004) and in the Maryland State Senate (2004-2014).

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Daylight Savings Time Ends November 1st

It's time to "Fall Back"!

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 AM on Sunday, November after the Halloween festivities, set your clock back one hour (and get an extra hour of sleep!).

Friday, October 23, 2015

Local News & Events: Emerson, Savage, & Columbia

Just a reminder of upcoming HOA meetings in Emerson:

  • Monday, October 26, 2015 @ 7 PM: Emerson October Town Hall (Clubhouse)
  • Monday, November 9, 2015 @ 7 PMAutumn Walk Budget Meeting (Clubhouse)
  • Monday, November 16, 2015 @ 7 PM: Emerson Annual Meeting (Clubhouse)

Other meetings of interest to our community:
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015 @ 6:30 PM: SHCCA Meeting, Howard County Executive Alan Kittleman 
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015 @ 6:30 PM: SHCCA Meeting, Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) Director Vladis Lazdins 
  • Saturday, December 5 @ c. 5:30 PMSavage Bollman Bridge and Tree Holiday Lighting Ceremony (with cider, Santa, and caroling) 

In other local news:
  • A bill is being proposed in the Maryland General Assembly that would require 5 of the 7 Howard County School Board members to be elected by district, with the other two members still elected at-large.
  • Howard County Library System is celebrating its 75th Anniversary with a festival on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 10 AM at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City. They will also seal a time capsule.
  • HCPD Bike with a Cop (October 31st from 9 AM-11 AM): Children ages 5-12 can ride with the Howard County Police bike patrol around the Columbia Lakefront starting at Whole Foods, and can trick-or-treat there while waiting for their time slot. Call (410) 313-2207 to register for a time slot (not required but appreciated). [Video]
  • The annual Symphony of Lights holiday display in Columbia benefiting Howard County General Hospital will be postponed one year till 2016 due to work on the redevelopment of Merriweather Post Pavilion.
  • Ash trees are being removed throughout Howard County due to an insect infestation. Residents can contact Maryland Department of Agriculture at 410-841-5920 if they believe a tree is infested.
  • An owl has been attacking joggers in Montgomery County

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Autumn Walk HOA Budget Meeting on 11/9

(Updated 11/8/15 with proposed agenda topics)

The next meeting of the Autumn Walk Board of Directors will be on Monday, November 9th in the Emerson Clubhouse.

Date: Monday, November 9, 2015
Time: 7 PM
Location: Emerson Clubhouse

  • Autumn Walk FY16 Budget
  • Reserve Study
  • Monument Sign
  • Parking
  • Miscellaneous Topics
  • Open Forum for Community Concerns 

The Autumn Walk Board of Directors will discuss and vote upon the Draft 2016 Budget commencing January 1, 2016 (mailed separately to all homeowners).

Due to the ability to keep operating expenses at a modest level, the Board has determined that assessments will remain the same ($75 per month) in 2016.

If you have questions or comments regarding the budget, you should attend the Board Meeting on November 9th.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Notes: Howard County Officials Talk About Route 1 Revitalization

HCEDA CEO Larry Twele
[from HCEDA's web site]
Larry Twele, the CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) was the featured guest at the October 6, 2015 monthly meeting of the Southern Howard County Civic Association (SHCCA).

Other officials included Mark Thompson of HCEDA as well as Erik Gillenwater, who is the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) Community Resource Officer for our area.

The focus of the meeting was upon redevelopment in Southeastern Howard County (in particular, the Route 1 Corridor), with Officer Gillenwater answering questions about crime as well. 

Southern Howard County Civic Association (SHCCA)

SHCCA meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the North Laurel Community Center, hosting Howard County officials in an open forum discussion with residents and business owners.

Upcoming events:
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015 @ 6:30 PM: SHCCA Meeting, Howard County Executive Alan Kittleman 
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2015 @ 6:30 PM: SHCCA Meeting, Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) Director Valdis Lazdins 
  • Saturday, December 5 @ c. 5:30 PM: Savage Holiday Bridge and Tree Lighting (with cider, Santa, and caroling) 

North Laurel Community Center (NLCC)


Mr. Twele talked about the tools available to Howard County and HCEDA to promote development, as well as the constraints the County faces in redeveloping Route 1.
  • Howard County has two primary tools: zoning and tax policy 
  • Need for a long-term plan for the entire area 
  • Responded to concerns about the impact of the Coastal Sunbelt facility being built on Whiskey Bottom (especially on traffic) 

Mr. Twele encouraged the audience to return on December 1st when DPZ will be able to address the long-term vision more directly. HCEDA will also return at that time.

Officer Gillenwater answered questions about crime in the area, and talked about HCPD initiatives to address muggings in Columbia and Laurel with the increased use of plainclothes officers on footpaths and on bikes.

HCEDA’s Mission 

According to Mr. Twele, HCEDA’s mission is to promote business in Howard County. To that end he has a small staff of 17 that administers small business loans and tax credits, helps with marketing, and has a business development team that just increased from 2 to 4 staff members.

Monday, October 12, 2015

2015 Halloween Chili Cook-Off and Block Party with Costume Contest!

(Updated 10/25/15 with info about the Costume Contest)

It's that spooky time of year again!

Following up on last year's successful Halloween Block Party and Chili Cook-Off, Allie and Daphna will host it once again at Allie's house (9832).

And this year, they also are adding an Adult Costume Contest!

Prizes will be awarded to the best costume as well as the best vegetarian chili and best meat chili.

Otherwise, everyone is welcome to drop by and if you'd like, you can bring treats to hand out to the trick-or-treaters.

  • If you want to enter the chili contest, please send an email to Allie at Please provide your name and the category you want to enter (vegetarian or meat).

Autumn Walk Halloween Block Party and Chili Cook-Off
Date: Halloween! (Saturday, October 31, 2015)
Schedule of Events: 

5 PM - 6 PM: Set-up
  • Bring your treats, tables, and chairs to 9832 (Allie's house) by 6 PM (sunset is about 6 PM)
  • Bring your chili also by 6 PM in a crockpot
    • Two categories, vegetarian and meat
    • Give your chili a name to inspire the voters, and write it on a card in front of your entry!
    • To enter, email Allie at
6 PM - 8:30 PM: Halloween Block Party & Chili Cook-Off
  • Chili tasting and voting between 6:30 PM and 8 PM
  • Adult Costume Contest
    • Be present at 7:30 PM
    • The hosts will select a winner!
  • Food, drinks, treats, and a friendly "howdy" for everyone who comes by!
  • Prizes awarded at 8 PM:
    • Best Adult Costume
    • Best Vegetarian Chili
    • Best Meat Chili

Friday, October 9, 2015

Normal Trash Collection for Columbus Day

Just a reminder that despite the Columbus Day Holiday next week, trash and recycle collection will be on a normal schedule:
  • Tuesday, 10/13/15: Trash Pick-up (normal schedule)
  • Friday, 10/16/15: Recycle Pick-up (normal schedule)
Trash and recycle containers should not be set out on the curb until after 6 PM on the night before a collection day.

For the complete slide schedule (which will also be updated to include snow events and other unplanned changes):