Hanging in There With Style and Positivity

We have been working together to face the challenges posed by the current coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to our River Hill residents for remaining at home as much as possible, practicing social distancing when you do go out, and wearing masks when required. Residents have really shown that the community can come together, be considerate and supportive of others, and be flexible. The association would love to hear how you, your neighbors, or friends have been coping with COVID and turning the pandemic into something positive. Send your photos and stories to newsletter@villageofriverhill.org.

This online version of the June issue along with the previous April/May issue is more robust than the printed versions mailed to homes. Information is provided on donating to local food drives, providing assistance to the elderly and others who are isolated from friends and family, ways local youth are contributing to the Columbia/Howard County community, updates about the Columbia Association, tips for mulching your gardens, and much more. Also, be sure to check out our online calendar at www.villageofriverhill.org/events/calendar which contains many ideas for continuing to grow and stay connected while limiting in-person interaction.

Village Annual Meeting and Elections Absentee Ballots Strongly Encouraged

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the association’s Annual Meeting and election of members to the Board of Directors have been rescheduled to Saturday, June 27, 2020, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Absentee balloting is strongly encouraged. The association has modified its election procedures to be more flexible this year. An absentee ballot is enclosed on page 12 of the hard copy newsletter that was mailed to all village properties. It is also available below and lists the return methods. All absentee ballots must be received by midnight on June 26. In-person voting will take place outside, in front of Claret Hall (6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville, MD 21029) beginning at 9 a.m. on June 27. Residents planning to vote in person must provide proof of person, age (18+), and residence. Social distancing measures will be in place and masks will be required. Claret Hall will be closed to the public.

The association’s Board of Directors (BOD) decided in March to maintain a seven-member Board in FY21 (May 2020 – April 2021). Harjeet Jandu is running for re-election to retain his seat on the BOD. Read his Candidate Statement on our home page and also on  page 17 of the online issue. Currently, there are two vacated positions to be filled by appointment. One position has a one-year term ending April 30, 2021. The second position is for a two year term. The BOD has extended the deadline for submittal of letters of interest until June 18. If you want to serve the community in this capacity, please mail your letter to: Board of Directors, 6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville, MD 21029, or email to: Board of Directors, c/o Village Manager at manager@villageofriverhill.org.

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Meet the Candidate: Village Board of Directors

Harjeet Jandu

It has been my pleasure to be on the Board of Directors for last four years, and one year as Vice Chair. My wife and I have enjoyed living in the village since 2007, and our three daughters have attended elementary, middle and high school here. This community has given us so much love, care and motivation to do better, in the last 13 years, that we always feel obliged to give back to the community. We cherish all the activities planned by the Village staff, and especially wait for July 4th parade all year round. Currently, I work as an engineer for a national wireless carrier in Columbia, and hold a real estate salesperson license for Maryland. My wife is a high school math teacher for the Howard County. I plan to represent the village and will strive to keep this community clean, fresh, and safe.

Student Member and Teen Advisory Committee Applications Now Available

Each year the Board appoints local teens to serve on the Student Member of the Board Committee and on the Teen Advisory Committee (TAC). Incoming freshman through rising seniors who want to support the River Hill community and make a difference are encouraged to apply for the TAC. Rising juniors and seniors may apply for the Student Member Committee. To learn more about these opportunities read the article written by Jeff Du, the current Student Member and Chair of the TAC, on page 12 in our online version of the June newsletter . To view the charters for these committees and to download the application forms visit www.villageofriverhill.org/board/committees. Applications are due by June 30. Virtual interviews will be conducted in July and August. Questions? Contact the Village Manager.