Village residents clear trash dumped behind development

NEIGHBORS

September 11, 1996|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SATURDAY MORNING brought the buzz of saws and the grinding of a wood-chipper to Fallriver Row Court in Harper's Choice -- the sounds of Columbia Association maintenance workers Jeff Schneider and Ray Buarque helping residents trim trees and clean up piles of yard waste. By afternoon, they had hauled away two truckloads.

It all started with an anonymous tip to village covenant adviser Carol Jacobson from a neighborhood resident who was tired of people dumping their trash in the open space behind the townhouse development.

Fallriver Row Court, one of the original streets in Harper's Choice, has no group to enforce covenants, noted Jacobson. She enlisted village staff member Cindy Cota, who wrote to all village residents.

Resident Colin Smith, who also is a member of Columbia Association's maintenance crew, suggested bringing in the CA equipment. About 20 other neighbors rallied to the cause, dragging trash from the open space, climbing ladders to cut tree branches and sharing refreshments.

"People have no idea that dumping on open space is costing a lot of money," Smith said.

"It has always been a problem," added Cota. "People think CA is responsible for that stuff, but they only maintain a few feet past the pathway. Beyond that, is county land."

Scout wins medal

Efron Berkowitz of Pack 720 won a gold medal at the Frank Miles Memorial Cub Scout Olympics last month at Centennial High School.

Efron, a fourth-grader at Swansfield Elementary School, placed first among the 9-year-olds in the 50-yard dash. The annual event is sponsored by the National Pike District, Baltimore Area Council, Boys Scouts of America.

Scout night Sept. 19

Boys in first through fifth grades and their parents are invited to learn about the Boy Scouts at the School Night for Scouting.

It will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at four West Columbia elementary schools -- Bryant Woods, Longfellow, Running Brook and Swansfield. Or, you may call the contact person for each pack, as follows: Pack 222, Bryant Woods, Debbie Bach, 715-4954; Pack 61, Longfellow, Bill Marose, 730-7768; Pack 615, Running Brook, Pat Hamilton, 740-2594; Pack 720, Swansfield, Richard Dubois, 730-2454.

Packs at Clemens Crossing Elementary School met this month. For information, call Ken Kittsberger at 997-0563 (Pack 618) or Tom Sievert at 730-5231 (Pack 621).

Sports park plans

The Columbia Association's proposed sports park will be the focus of the Harper's Choice village board meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at Kahler Hall. Rob Goldman, vice president of the membership division of CA, will answer residents' questions.

"The village board is very enthusiastic about the park," said Wendy Tzuker, village manager. "We think it will help revitalize the center and bring more people here."

Plans for the sports park include an open-air ice skating rink, baseball fields, batting cages and miniature golf.

Play groups forming

Space is still available for the fall session of Parents and Tots Play Groups sponsored by the Town Center Community Association. Groups meet from 10 a.m. to noon weekly at Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

"It's what we used to do in our neighborhoods," observed Kathleen Liparini, village manager. "But today, people don't always have the opportunity of knowing other stay-at-home moms -- or dads."

Fee for the 10-week session is $25 for Columbia residents. The group for children 2 and older begins Tuesday. Groups for children younger than 2 begin Sept. 18 and 19. Groups are limited to 12. To register, call 730-4744.

Pub Date: 9/11/96

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