Village-wide Yard Sale this Saturday, September 13!

This Saturday from 8 am – 12 pm, residents throughout Hickory Ridge will be holding yard sales! Look for RED ribbons on street signs in addition to the typical yard-sale signs. Below is a list of streets that are participating BY NEIGHBORHOOD:


  • Birdsong Pass
  • Blue February Way
  • Blue Flag Way
  • Bridlerein Terrace
  • Flywheel Court
  • Gold Needle Way
  • Harmel Drive
  • Iron Frame Way
  • Little Patuxent Parkway
  • Lonetree Court
  • Morningmist Court
  • New Country Lane
  • Red Stream Way
  • Shadow Lane
  • Sleepy Horse Lane
  • Watch Chain Way


  • Buglenote Way
  • Frostwork Row
  • Harpoon Hill
  • Martin Road
  • Sebring Drive
  • Springing Step
  • Whitewasher Way


  • Bright Plume
  • College Square
  • Cordage Walk
  • Golden Hook
  • Plaited Reed
  • Resting Sea
  • Slender Sky
  • Sunny Spring

Please see below for a map of the village. The yard sale will be held RAIN OR SHINE! Happy bargain hunting!

Map of Hickory Ridge

Senior Seminar – Senior Housing; August 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Join us on August 27 for the last of our three Lifetime Transition seminars for older adults. At this FREE event, representatives from a variety of local senior housing facilities will share information about the different types of housing options for seniors. Co-sponsored by Long & Foster Realtors, Columbia and the Hickory Ridge Community Association The session will include representatives from: Vantage House Heartlands TVIH – The Village in Howard and more! Register online at:

f you prefer to register by phone, call the village office. Questions about seminar content and speakers should be directed to Nancy McCord at 443-285-9209. This event is co-sponsored by the Hickory Ridge Community Association and Long & Foster Columbia.

Legal and Financial Issues for Older Adults – July 22, 4:30-6:30 pm

At this FREE event several professionals will present valuable information about legal and financial issues commonly faced by older adults. Speakers will include:
• Mike Davis – an elder law attorney with Davis, Agnor, Rapaport and Skalny, LLC
• Jessica Rowe – a social worker who consults seniors on various issues affecting their lives
• Allen Kampf – a financial advisor from First Financial Group
• Oasis Senior Advisors – a company that helps families in crisis find appropriate settings for seniors in need of nursing care

Register at

If you prefer to register by phone, call the village office. Questions about seminar content and speakers should be directed to Nancy McCord at 443-285-9209. This event is co-sponsored by the Hickory Ridge Community Association and Long & Foster Columbia.

Letter Sent to CA Board About June 12 Meeting

One June 24, the Hickory Ridge Village Board sent the following letter to the Columbia Association Board of Directors:


Dear President Matthews and Members of the Columbia Association Board of Directors:

The Hickory Ridge Village Board was recently made aware of the events that took place at the Columbia Association Board of Directors meeting on June 12, 2014. It is our understanding that a new item was added to the meeting agenda by a 5-4 vote at the beginning of this meeting, without any advance public notice. Later, a vote was taken on this item without any public notice that a motion would be on the table.We believe that this action clearly violates the Columbia Association Board of Directors’ Special Rules of Order. With regard to Agendas, this document states (emphasis is ours),

3.1 Preparation of Agenda: The Board Operations Committee shall be responsible for preparing the Board agenda with background materials for each regular meeting. This agenda shall be submitted to all members of the Board, the Village Boards and the press seven (7) days in advance of any regular meeting, unless circumstances shall prevent such distribution. Generally, items will not be placed on the Board agenda until they have first been reviewed by a Board committee and then referred with a recommendation to the Board Operations Committee for placement on the Board agenda.

3.2 Agenda Items within 7 days of a meeting: If any matter arises within seven (7) days immediately prior to a regular meeting which, in the opinion of the Chairperson or President, requires action by the Board before the next scheduled regular meeting, that item shall be included on an Agenda Additions Sheet and distributed at the beginning of the meeting. Such addenda shall be announced at the beginning of the meeting.

3.3 Emergency Items: An emergency item may be added to the agenda during a regular meeting or executive session only if it has the two-thirds approval of all the members of the Board present at such meeting.

The actions taken by the CA Board of Directors on June 12 did not follow these Rules. This was not an “emergency item,” and a two-thirds approval vote was not achieved. In fact, these actions could also be considered violations of the CA Code of Ethics. And while the actions taken on June 12 are not a direct violation of the Maryland HOA Act, they certainly do not follow the spirit of the law.

We believe that the actions taken at the June 12 meeting reflect poorly on the CA Board for several reasons. First, the members of the CA Board who took these actions were not acting in the spirit of transparency that CA strives to achieve. Because this particular agenda item is so important to Columbia’s lienpayers, the actions make it appear as though the CA Board was attempting to make a major change without gathering public input.  Finally, the CA Board is setting a bad example for all the condominium and homeowners association boards in Columbia by either not being aware of its own meeting rules or intentionally disregarding them when it found it convenient to do so. We ask that Columbia Association take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that this does not happen again.

A PDF version is available here: CA Board Letter June 2014

Family Pool Party – July 30, 6-8 pm

DSC_0283-1Come join us at the Hawthorn Pool onWednesday, July 30 from 6—8 pm for our second annual Family Pool Party! We will have pizza, drinks, dessert, and a DJ who will provide music and games! Tickets are FREE. This event is for CPRA assessment-paying Hickory Ridge residents only. Tickets must be picked up in advance at the village office—proof of residency is required, and you may not pick up tickets for friends and neighbors. Space is limited, so get your tickets early! Call the village office if you have any questions, or aren’t sure if you qualify to attend the party.

New Sixpence/Buglenote Tot Lot Unveiled!

Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Well, we may not have changed the world, but we certainly made a difference in one small corner of Columbia by working with all the stakeholders affected by this project to craft a win-win solution.

The Village Board worked with Clemens Crossing residents and Columbia Association to create a new design for this tot lot that would honor its unique history, yet bring the equipment up to current safety standards. The original tot lot was designed by landscape architect and Hickory Ridge resident Fred Jarvis. Until its replacement, it was the only tot lot in Columbia that was not designed by CA staff.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the redesign process.

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We are thrilled to announce that we reached our quorum for today’s Village Election! Thank you to everyone who came out to vote today or voted in advance by absentee ballot.

The official election results are:

Votes Cast:

131 Absentee ballots (7 disqualified)

210 Regular ballots (5 disqualified)

85 CA parcels

Total: 426 votes (Quorum is 330)


Village Board:

Miles Coffman              334*

Linda Hitzelberger    275*

Randall Horst              130

Jerry Lioi                     278*

Tom Louden                317*

Monica Parikh             165

Michelle Wood           326*


Columbia Council:

Harry Schwarz             147

Gregg Schwind            274*


*Denotes winner. This number includes Columbia Association (CA) votes. CA casts all of its year 2014 election votes (85) with the majority of the remaining votes.

2014 Results Final (PDF)

Shredding/E-cycling – April 26

Shredding EventIt’s time to do your spring cleaning! On Saturday, April 26 (Village Election Day!), from 9 am—1 pm we will have shredding and electronic recycling trucks in the parking lot of The Hawthorn Center. Come cast your vote and then cast off your unwanted paper and electronics!

Each resident can bring up to 3 bags or boxes of shredding, plus unlimited electronics for recycling. Acceptable electronics include computers, printers, monitors, fax machines, keyboards/mice, cell phones, and more.  Please note that this is a free service for Hickory Ridge residents only—be prepared to show proof of residency in our village when you arrive.

Rules for Shredding and Electronics Recycling


Draft FY2015 Operating Budget

The Village Board will approve the FY2015 operating budget at their April 21 meeting. In accordance with the Maryland Homeowners Association Act, the annual proposed budget for the Association must be submitted to lot owners at least 30 days before its adoption. Follow to link below to view the proposed FY2015 Operating Budget. Hard copies are also available upon request by contacting the village office.
FY15 Draft Operating Budget

Why We Need Family Bingo this Friday – More Than Ever!

Okay, so maybe our community hasn’t been so lucky this Winter. I have lost count of how many days school has been closed in the past two months. In fact, I have lost count of the days. Howard County is running out of road salt, and I am running out of patience with my kids. Can anyone relate?

Thankfully, there will be another Family Bingo Night this Friday night to keep us all sane. What’s so magical about Bingo Night?

1. It’s cheaper than the movies or the mall. Bingo cards are 5 for $1.00. Drinks are $.75 each. Bingo daubers are less than $2. Snacks are FREE. It’s so cheap, you can bring your kids’ friends and look like a hero to their

2. We have new Spring prizes. Besides the standard fare, we will also have a few new Spring and St. Patrick’s Day themed prizes (sorry, no green beer — actually, no beer at all). And there’s always CASH for winners to boot.

3. Your kids will look at you, not a screen. Okay, they might be staring at their bingo card a lot too, but they will at least be forced to interact with you face-to-face to beg for a soda or a dauber. No avatars allowed!

4. Bad jokes make everything better. You’ll laugh! You’ll groan! Our Village Manager always trots out a few horribly corny jokes to spice up the evening — for no extra charge!

5. FREE Cheese Curls. Admit it. You love cheese curls. Your kids love cheese curls. But you don’t buy them because — Eww! What are they made of? And the orange slime they leave on your fingers is just nasty. But everychild deserves a disgustingly delicious cheese curl from time to time, and since we provide them at no cost to you they can indulge (because it’s a SPECIAL OCCASION) and you don’t have to buy any junk food!

See! It’s the best Friday night event in Howard County, and it’s only at The Hawthorn Center. Come join the fun – no reservations required! Just bring your cash and your lucky charms! We will see you then.