Introducing Your New Columbia Council Rep: Eric Greenberg

I have enjoyed serving on the Village of River Hill’s Board of Directors and am honored to now serve as the Columbia Council Representative. My wife, Brianna, and I moved to the Pointers Run neighborhood in 2018, shortly before the birth of our son. We were attracted to the community amenities including the swimming pool, tot lots, and walking paths. Our neighbors quickly introduced themselves to us and our sense of community has grown continuously.

I grew up in the Boston area, became an Eagle Scout, and attended Dartmouth College receiving a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Later, I attended The Johns Hopkins University and received a masters degree in Computer Science. I have been employed by the Applied Physics Lab (APL) for more than twenty years.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing tennis, including at the Long Reach Tennis Center. My family and I are also avid players of board games, as my three-year old son’s favorite game is “Don’t Break the Ice.” Prior to COVID we enjoyed attending GenCon, one of the largest gaming conventions in the nation. We hope to be able to take our toddler there soon.

I look forward to continuing to serve the Village of River Hill as the next member on the Columbia Association Board of Directors.

Claret Hall Offers New Discounts for Sunday Rentals

Did you know that there’s an elegant banquet and party facility right in the Village of River Hill? You may have driven past it hundreds of times on your way to do some shopping at the Village Center without ever stopping to notice what that attractive building with the cupola is on the corner as you make the turn from Great Star Drive onto Daybreak Circle. You know the one; it has the very pretty landscaping and is the location for annual events such as Village Elections, Haunted Hallow’s Eve, Bingo, and other fun activities. That’s right, it’s Claret Hall.

While some residents know Claret Hall is home to the offices for River Hill Community Association, there are many others that have never stepped foot inside the building and have wondered about it. In addition to the offices, the majority of the large interior is occupied by a banquet room/ballroom that can be rented for weddings, private parties, meetings, and other events, and a significant discount is now being offered for Sunday rentals. Save up to $300 when you rent the entire facility which includes use of the grand banquet room, an impressive lobby with limestone fireplace, gorgeous patio with columned pavilion and professionally landscaped gardens, as well as the newly renovated kitchen that comes complete with a multi-shelf party tray warming oven. Up to 130 guests can be accommodated depending on the type of event and whether space for dancing is desired. The facility is also completely ADA compliant and always has plenty of available parking.

Planning a wedding, holiday party, milestone birthday, or retirement celebration? There are still some prime dates available. Book your event now before the calendar fills up! Columbia Association assessed residents always receive a 10% discount. For more information, call 410-531-1749 or email facilities@villageofriverhill.org.

Traffic & Safety Committee Recruiting New Members

After taking a hiatus due to COVID-19, the Traffic & Safety Committee is re-forming and needs new members. Could you be one of them? The committee is looking for residents with knowledge of the history of traffic and safety related issues over the years and/or recent transportation projects in the Clarksville/River Hill area.

Issues that the committee has previously focused on include the prevalence of speeding on neighborhood streets, noise from MD 32, and traffic volumes and safety issues on MD 108. The committee has traditionally met 4-5 times per year at Claret Hall. A meeting schedule is still to-be determined.

The committee needs your help. To volunteer or share a concern, contact the Village Manager, Renée Dubois, at manager@villageofriverhill.org or 410-531-1749.

Free Activities for Residents 55+ in Howard County

Join the free programs offered by The Village in Howard (TVIH), a member-based community of Howard County residents aged 55 and older who want to continue to live independently in the homes and neighborhoods they know. TVIH is 5 years old and currently has 170 members.
Three members live in River Hill, including Village Manager, Renée DuBois.

Membership benefits include various educational, social, and cultural activities, as well as access to a variety of services such as transportation, wellness calls, home repair from referred contractors, and assistance with simple house maintenance. These benefits enable members to actively age in place. For empty-nesters, newly retired people, and seniors who moved to Columbia recently, this is a great place to meet new friends and to volunteer. TVIH, a non-profit organization, has received grants from the Columbia Association (CA) in the past. CA maintains a senior advisory committee which works in conjunction with TVIH.

TVIH is a member of the “Village to Village Network.” The Village movement started 20 years ago, and today there are over 251 open villages and more than 60 in development in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

All Howard County residents 55+ are welcome to join the following free TVIH programs that are open to the public. Meet new friends, share stories, stay healthy and connected.

1. Saturday Sneakers & Coffee: Walk around Lake Kittamaqundi at your own speed. After the 30-40 min. walk, chat and have coffee near the playground. Meet at 9 a.m. every Saturday at the fountain near Whole Foods Market.

2. Monday Meanderings: Walk around Lake Elkhorn with friends. Meet every Monday at 9 a.m. at the boat launch area.

3. Outdoor Happy Hour: Meet at various restaurants at 4 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. Check the TVIH website for locations. Pay your own bill.

4. Wednesday Outdoor Lunch Bunch: Meet at 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday. Check the TVIH website for locations. Bag lunch or pay for your own meal.

5. Good Morning, Howard: a one-hour virtual program hosted by volunteers every Wednesday at 9 a.m. The topics change every week. Check the TVIH website to register. The Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you after you register. Visit www.thevillageinhoward.org for more details or call the office at 443-367-9043.