The June 23, 2021 Resident Architectural Committee Meeting will be held online via zoom at 7pm.
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You can also join us by phone. Call 301-715-8592 and enter Meeting ID: 894 5013 0805 Passcode: 284580
For this meeting’s agenda, previous results, and more information click here
The June 15, 2021 Board Meeting will be held via zoom at 7:30pm
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
For agendas, minutes, and more information click here.
Long Reach Community Association, Columbia Association, and Howard County Bee City-USA partnered together to plant a pollinator garden in front of Stonehouse in the Long Reach Village Center. This project would not have been possible without the help of our dedicated volunteers and VolunTeens. We hope that this project inspires others to appreciate, plant, and protect native plants and the beneficial pollinators they support.
Learn more about what you can do to help pollinators at livegreenhoward.com/land/pollinators
PS – Did you know we can help you install your own pollinator garden in your cul de sac? Learn more at longreach.org/cul-de-sac-grants
Show your Long Reach Pride!
Long Reach 50th t-shirts are now available for pre-order! Each shirt is only $10. Pre-orders will be open until June 21st, 2021. Orders will be available for pick-up at Stonehouse in early July. Order now at longreach.org/shop
On behalf of the Long Reach Community Association and the Election Committee, we want to both express our deepest regret and explain what occurred on the virtual candidate’s forum last night. The candidate’s forum was infiltrated approximately 35 minutes into the event. The forum was then closed and restarted at 8:10 in a webinar format.
- LRCA hosted a public candidates forum starting at 7 p.m. with approximately 30 attendees
- LRCA posted Zoom sign-in information on our website, which was shared widely for candidates night. The event was planned as a Zoom meeting (with a passcode) rather than a webinar or other limited broadcast experience to try to give residents the greatest opportunity to meaningfully participate. As a public, open meeting, LRCA allows users to join by telephone and without being logged in to Zoom.
- 35 minutes into the meeting during the Question-and-Answer portion of the meeting, several anonymous users joined and began to disrupt the meeting by:
- Instructing LRCA to end the meeting
- Making derogatory and hateful comments
- Recorded and/or live lewd video
- LRCA staff attempted to mute and remove the infiltrators, however, it became clear that multiple users were engaged in a coordinated attack.
- LRCA elected to end the Zoom meeting.
- LRCA quickly set up a webinar-format Zoom event requiring registration and that attendees were logged into Zoom, and attempted to distribute that information for a relaunch of candidate’s night at 8:10 p.m.
- In webinar format, only the candidates, LRCA staff, and election committee chair were visible and the candidates night was completed with a much smaller audience (13 attendees). We sincerely regret that the original event was disrupted and all residents were not able to continue.
- Candidates night continued and candidates were able to provide their closing statements. Candidates were asked if they wished to record the closing statements, and respectfully declined.
- LRCA is working to report the incident to both Howard County Police and the FBI and will update the community with more information when it becomes available.
- LRCA will discuss additional security measures to avoid such an incident, while trying to make our Zoom meetings as accessible as possible to our residents. We will also discuss other platform choices, and how to best create an open meeting that is accessible while reducing the chance of a similar attack in the future.
We are upset that this incident happened, and deeply regret the trauma that has been felt by our residents, the candidates, Long Reach staff, and our board members. The actions of these anonymous users were heinous. For some, the experience was of witnessing a silly, childish prank, to be easily brushed off and forgotten. For others, the experience was far more hurtful and traumatic – particular due to the nature of the attack. We recognize that not everyone experiences the same events in the same way, and we offer our sympathy, support, and regret for the experience.
We want to thank the village board members and members of the election committee for their quick pivot, the LRCA staff for their level headedness and valiantly reaching out to as many attendees as they could, and the candidates for their grace under pressure and their willingness to continue with the forum under the conditions. Thank you especially to the residents who attended and then logged back into a webinar as the event was restarted.
Thank you for the support and grace that you have shown Long Reach, and for your understanding. Please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback or comments.
David Wissing, Chair, Long Reach Election Committee
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As a part of Long Reach Village’s 50th anniversary and election day celebration we will be distributing 50 native plants and 50 native trees!
Mark your calendars – registration is now open at LRCA.eventbrite.com.
Pick-up will be at 6110 Foreland Garth between 9:30am and noon on April 24, 2021.
Residents will have the choice of one of the following:
- Quart-size golden ragwort (Packera aurea)
- 5-gallon Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
- 5-gallon Dogwood (Cornus Florida)
Advance registration is required. Supply is limited. Limit one plant per household. This giveaway is open to residents of Long Reach Village only.
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