Halloween Magic at Hickory Ridge Village Center – October 29!

Six children in costumes trick or treating at woman's houseHalloween is just around the corner! Kimco Realty, the owners of the Hickory Ridge Village Center, want to “treat” you to a pre-Halloween event on Wednesday, October 29 from 5—8 pm at the village center, located at the corner of Cedar Lane and Freetown Rd. Enjoy a magic show by Mr. Dave of D’s Magic from 5—6 pm, followed by trick-or-treating at the village center shops. Wear your costume and bring your treat bag — there will be magic “tricks” and tasty “treats” for everyone. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required, just come to the courtyard in front of Giant and join the fun!


Columbia Speaks, CA Listens

Columbia Association (CA) wants to hear more from you — and from more of you. That’s why the External Relations Committee of the CA Board of Directors will be hosting “Columbia Speaks. CA Listens,” a community input meeting, on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9:30 am to noon at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center (10431 Twin Rivers Rd, Columbia 21044). There will be an optional social hour before the meeting from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  Come together with neighbors from around Columbia to share your ideas at this unique working session. Please consider joining the community conversation to help direct Columbia’s future. CA will even provide child care if you need it! For more information or to register, visit ColumbiaSpeaks.Eventbrite.com. Don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard!

Only a few seats remain for our October 10 Wine Tasting!

Do you want to learn more about wine? Taste and compare affordable red and white wines  at under the tutelage of Eric Stein from Decanter Fine Wines at our annual wine tasting event. On Friday, October 10, from 7:30-9:30 pm, Hickory Ridge will sponsor an evening of wine tasting and education at The Hawthorn Center. Tickets are $15 per person, adults over age 21 only. We will provide cheeses, bread, crackers and snacks to add to the party atmosphere. You will meet other Hickory Ridge residents, enjoy a relaxing evening out, and learn something too! Please register online in advance at http://bit.ly/1010wine. This event is almost full, so act quickly to get your ticket before we sell out!


Drug Take-Back Day – Saturday, September 27, 10 am – 2 pm

Howard County Police and HC DrugFree urge everyone to properly dispose of expired or unwanted medications. Two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription drugs are getting them from home, friends, or family. Please do not flush meds into the water system! Clean your medicine cabinets and bring your over-the-counter or prescription meds to one of the 9 convenient locations in Howard County. The location at HC DrugFree’s office is the only location that will accept needles, syringes and EpiPens. For more information, visit hcdrugfree.org/drugtakebackday.html.

Drop-off Locations:

HC DrugFree’s Office
10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Suite 206, Columbia 21044

Harpers Choice Community Policing Office
5485 Harpers Farm Rd., Columbia 21044

Long Reach Community Policing Office
8775 Cloudleap Ct., Columbia, MD 21045

Oakland Mills Community Policing Office
5820 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, 21045

Owen Brown Community Policing Office
7154 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045

North Laurel Community Policing Office
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel 20723

Howard County Police Northern District
3410 Courthouse Dr., Ellicott City 21043

Howard County Police Southern District
11226 Scaggsville, Rd., Laurel 20723

Gary Arthur Community Center
2400 Route 97, Cooksville 21723

Shredding and E-cycling Tomorrow Morning (September 20)!

Saturday, September 20 from 9 am—1 pm we will have shredding and electronic recycling trucks in the parking lot of The Hawthorn Center.Shredding Event

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. Not sure you qualify? Check the list of streets in Hickory Ridge. If yours isn’t on there, you are NOT an assessment-paying Hickory Ridge resident, therefore you will not be able to shred or e-cycle at this event.

Rules for Shredding and Electronics Recycling


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: http://goo.gl/883VQv.

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 http://goo.gl/2u0Rl2

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