Thank you for FESTIVIZING the Neighborhood!

We have three winners! You still have time to walk the neighborhood and see the festive displays in the neighborhood. Thanks to Carol Hurwitch and Jon Robinson for supplying the images and Eric Euell for joining us on the walk. We enjoyed walking the neighborhood and viewing the delightful displays on this cold winter evening. We hope you will enter the contest next year and appreciate the new annual event with your neighbors. The Winners




Honorable Mention: Brenda Trinidad and Elias Hernandez and Family



This winner on Curry Drive features a walkway lit by regal lampposts. Large majestic structures including raised lampposts at intervals on the low fence and huge wreaths on the upper story truly festivize this home. Each regal element lifts the viewer into the spirit of the holidays as they scan across the lawn and along house-front. Walk down the sidewalk in front and you’ll feel cheered as if in a processional. From any angle, it’s both welcoming and stunning.


A real curbside holiday treasure hunt on Rambler! Taking full advantage of a corner lot, a neighbor is likely to walk from front to side to notice the many wonderful surprises! There is clearly much thoughtfulness in placement of so many details. The surprises include everything from blue and gold little glittering lights on bushes, huge round ornaments on a tiny tree, a big bowed lamppost that is sentry to a candy cane lined driveway running into the glowing red carport — to delicate moving lights projected across the side and bright snowflakes cheerfully dangling from the upper deck. This winner is unified by all windows on both sides with a flickering candle and every door a welcome wreath. Check out the photos, but visit in person.

Walk around again and again to be sure you don’t miss a glowing treasure.


Ho, Ho, Ho! What’s atop the roof? And where’s Santa? Maybe he’s inside this serene and cozy home on Rambler Drive. This winner is wrapped in a tasteful display of elegantly strung and projected lights. The three trees on curb strip are not forgotten–they are festively graced with golden lights too. It’s magical from many angles, yet all eyes go right back to the roof….neighbors are thinking ‘Yes! I remember now clearly how this story goes!’

Thanks to the other entries and other neighbors with decorated homes.

Rotating Santa heads and wreaths. Candy canes that change colors. Festive and fun!

Stick around to see what happens next.

Kim Crews, President, Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association

Unacceptable Recycling Items

If your Recycled Items were not picked up here your items were placed in plastic bags or your container included unacceptable items.

Unacceptable Items

Items Not Accepted

  • Auto parts
  • Broken glass
  • Dishes
  • Electronics
  • Gloves, masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Hazardous materials
  • Light bulbs
  • Medical waste
  • Mirrors
  • Motor oil containers
  • Packing foam and peanuts
  • Plastic bags (#4): Effective July 1, 2015, plastic bags of any color, size or shape, and plastic film are no longer accepted in the Prince George’s County Residential Curbside Single-Stream Recycling Program
  • Plastic utensils
  • Polystyrene/Styrofoam (#6 plastic)
  • Windowpanes

Cool Spring / Adelphi Bike and Pedestrian Access Improvement Project

The virtual public meeting for the Cool Spring / Adelphi Bike and Pedestrian Access Improvement Project will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:30 PM.

The scope of the project is to provide safe walking and bicycling access for residents of the Cool Spring Neighborhood to the University of Maryland (UMD) Complex. As we begin the design process, we want to hear your comments and concerns regarding the pedestrian and bike accessibility issues in your community. The Department of Public Works and Transportation hopes you can join this virtual meeting.

Zoom Meeting Link:

Dial in using your phone.

Washington D.C: +1 301 715 8592

Access Code: 973-0247-9498

Please submit any comments by February 14, 2021 to the Project Manager, Nima Upadhyay at

Cool Spring Meeting Flyer

Adelphi Road-UMGC/UMD Purple Line Station Area Sector Plan

This virtual kickoff meeting will be verbally presented in English with Spanish captions. Presentation materials will be made available on our project webpage in both English and Spanish.


Join the Prince George’s County Planning Department for the project kickoff event for the new Sector Plan for the Adelphi Road- University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC)/University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) Purple Line Station Area! Staff will be providing an overview of the project and answering questions from the community members during this event.

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Microsoft Teams Live Virtual Meeting

Details to access the virtual meeting will be emailed to those who registered prior to the event. PLEASE do not forget to check your inbox and spam folder for meeting details.

NOTE: Registration will close at 2 p.m., Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Microsoft Teams Live Meeting Participation Instructions

Study Area Map

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Please check out our project webpage for additional information and updates about the project and this event –


Special Assistance: M-NCPPC encourages the participation of persons with disabilities and the need for language interpretation in all of its programs and services. For special assistance, call the Public Affairs Office at 301-952-4584.

En español

Ven a discutir los planes para el desarrollo futuro del área adyacente a la Estación de la Línea Púrpura y la Cale Adelphi-UMGC/UMD.

Sobre este evento

Esta reunión virtual de lanzamiento será presentada verbalmente en inglés con subtítulos en español. Los materiales de la presentación estarán disponibles en la página de internet de nuestro proyecto tanto en inglés como en español.

Únase a nosotros para el evento de lanzamiento del proyecto para el nuevo Plan Sectorial del Area de la Estación de la Línea Púrpura y la Calle Adelphi-UMGC/UMD! El personal estará proporcionando una descripción general del proyecto y respondiendo las preguntas de los miembros de la comunidad durante este evento.

Día: miércoles, 9 de diciembre de 2020

Hora: 7:00 p.m. a 8:30 p.m. ET

Lugar: Reunión virtual en vivo por Microsoft Teams

Los detalles para acceder la reunión virtual serán enviados por correo electrónico a aquellos que se registraron previo al evento. POR FAVOR, no olvide verificar su buzón de entradas y el cartapacio de correos no deseados para detalles de la reunión.

NOTA: El proceso de registro cerrará el martes, 8 de diciembre de 2020 a las 2 p.m.

Instrucciones de participación para la reunión en vivo por Microsoft Teams

Mapa del área de estudio

Escríbanos al correo electrónico:

Por favor, visite nuestra página de internet para más información y actualizaciones sobre el proyecto y este evento –


Asistencia especial: M-NCPPC fomenta la participación de personas con discapacidades y la necesidad de interpretación de idiomas en todos sus programas y servicios. Para asistencia especial, llame a la Oficina de Asuntos Públicos al 301-952-4584

What to do when you have a neighborhood concern?

Many people choose the Cool Spring neighborhood because it is a green and peaceful area. From time to time, you may have a concern about something in the neighborhood, such as a noisy party, bulky trash left too long at the curb, a dog routinely off leash, or renovations that need a county permit.

The Civic Association can answer questions and help connect you to resources, but we aren’t a homeowner’s association with enforcement power. You will have to work through county agencies and elected officials to deal with problems like noise and zoning code violations and poor service delivery. 
The Civic Association officers offer the following suggestions the next time you have a neighborhood concern.

1. Check the CSTCA website “Community Resources” for a Q & A about common neighborhood concerns.
2. Check the County Zoning Code to see if your concern is valid. (add link)
3. If possible, talk with your neighbor and explain your concern. The neighbor may not know  they are causing a problem.
4. Call 311 or use the County 311 website, the County’s main way to handle service requests.
5. Notify a Civic Association officer about your concern. You must place a 311 request as well.
6. For loose dogs and other animal concerns, you can call the County Animal Control, 301-780-7241 or 301-780-7242
Depending on the issue and its seriousness, especially if several neighbors have the same concern, the Civic Association may be able to advocate and help get the attention of local officials and agency management. But you must also file your complaint with 311 or the correct agency before we can take action. 

PGCPS Host Telephone Town Hall on ACF School Construction Plan | Monday, Oct. 19

Prince George’s County Public Schools sent this bulletin at 10/16/2020 06:06 PM EDT – Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince George envió este boletín/anuncio a 10/16/2020 06:06 PM EDT

CEO Dr. Monica Goldson will host a telephone town hall event to hear from and offer updates to PGCPS families on the proposed Alternative Construction Finance (ACF) plan for Drew-Freeman Middle School, Hyattsville Middle School, Kenmoor Middle School, Walker Mill Middle School, and new buildings in the Adelphi and southern areas of the county. She will be joined by special guest Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks.  The telephone town hall will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Monday, PGCPS will contact parents directly. If you do not hear from us, please call  (855) 756-7520 Ext. 67775# to join us. 

La Dra. Monica Goldson presentará un foro telefónico público para escuchar de y actualizar a las familias de PGCPS sobre el proyecto del plan de financiamiento de construcción alternativo (ACF) para la Escuela Intermedia Drew-Freeman, la Escuela Intermedia Hyattsville, la Escuela Intermedia Kenmoor, la Escuela Intermedia Walker Mill, así como nuevos edificios en Adelphi y las zonas del sur del condado. Ella tendrá como invitada especial a la ejecutiva del condado de Prince George Angela Alsobrooks. El foro telefónico se llevará a cabo de 6 p. m. a 7 p. m. El lunes, PGCPS se comunicará directamente con los padres. Si no recibe una llamada de nuestra parte, por favor llame al (855) 756-7520 Ext. 67775# para acompañarnos. Para escuchar el foro en español, llame al 508-924-5155.

Get Ready to Vote!

There are basically 2 ways to vote: Mail in and In-Person.
(Mail-In is the same process as what used to be called Absentee voting.)
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As the summer and fall go on, and we get closer to Election Day November 3rd, check the Maryland Board of Elections website for reliable official updates.
You can further check the status of your Registration, Vote by Mail application, or Mail-in Ballot. Also can check the location of Mail-in ballot drop box sites, see the In-Person Early Voting sites you can go to, and any last minute updates on your official polling place for Election Day itself. Or, if you have any other questions, such as where student ballot applications will be mailed, Go to:
Key Dates
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Election Dates
General ElectionNovember 3, 2020, 7 am until 8 pm
Early Voting for the General Election – Thursday, October 22, 2020 through Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 8 am until 8 pm.