Halloween Safety Reminders

batsHere are some Halloween safety tips for kids and their parents from the Prince George’s Police Department:

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights (with fresh batteries) to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.
  • Only visit well-lit houses. Do not enter homes of strangers.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right, and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Don’t eat any candy or treats until they have been inspected for tampering by an adult.
  • Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
  • Don’t approach unfamiliar pets or animals.

In case of an emergency, dial 911, or call 301-352-1200 for non emergencies.

Revised bylaws for your review

At the next CSTCA meeting on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, we plan to go over a set of proposed changes to the bylaws of the Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association. To give members a chance to review the proposed changes, we are posting two versions of the revised bylaws here:

For comparison, please see the current Constitution of the Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association.

Changes to UMD Alerts

The University of Maryland recently notified subscribers to its UMD Alerts system that it will no longer send alerts to people who are not currently affiliated with the University of Maryland. The alerts will now go only to registered students, faculty, and staff.

If you want to stay current with what’s happening on campus, you can follow the University of Maryland Police Department on Twitter (@UMPD) or on their Facebook page (University of Maryland Department of Public Safety). Instructions for subscribing to UMPD News are available at http://www.umpdnews.umd.edu/node/55.

Please Join Us — Register for the Adelphi Mill Stream and Trail Cleanup

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For the third consecutive year, the CSTCA will participate in the Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, scheduled for Saturday April 5, 2014, from 9 to 11:00 am. The CSTCA again will partner with the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), with training augmented by the Alice Ferguson Foundation. Volunteers at last year’s event removed 312 tons (624,000 lbs) of trash from 633 sites in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

CSTCA Past President Carol Hurwitch is once again spearheading CSTCA and local community participation by organizing the group that meets at Adelphi Mill. Please contact Ms. Hurwitch at cahur2@verizon.net if you are interested in participating or have questions.

Registration is now open for the event. To register, visit the AWS website at http://www.anacostiaws.org/earthday2014. Click Register, and be sure to select Adelphi Mill in the Preferred Volunteer Location field. You can also visit this site to learn more about the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) and the cleanup!

En Español

Por tercer año consecutivo, el CSTCA participara en la limpia anual de la limpia del Rio Potomac, previsto para la mañana del Sábado, 5 de Abril, 2014, a las 9:00 hasta 11:00 am. Registración ya esta abierto para la limpia del Adelphi Mill riachuelo y camino cleanup: http://www.anacostiaws.org/earthday2014 Visita tambien para aprender más acerca de AWS y la limpia!

La limpia será patrocinada por Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) con entrenamiento de la Fundación Alice Ferguson y el año pasado removieron 312 toneladas (624,000 lbs) de basura de 633 lugares, reportes de Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. La presidente pasada Carol Hurwitch esta una vez más organizando al CSTCA y la participación en la comunidad local organizando al grupo que se reúne en el Adelphi Mill. Contacta a Ms. Hurwitch a cahur2@verizon.net, si estas interesado en participar o tienes preguntas.

Snowstorm Information

Let’s hope we’ve seen the last of the snow for this season!! However, if we DO get more snow, here are a few things the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) would like you to know and do.

To assist snow removal crews, citizens and residents are requested to:

  • Move and keep vehicles off snow emergency routes
  • Park in driveways or other off-road locations wherever possible
  • Park only on the EVEN NUMBERED sides of roads and streets

Single-family homeowners, renters and business owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their homes or businesses.

During a snow and ice event, residents and citizens are encouraged to wait 12 hours after the precipitation has stopped to call the Snow Information Center at 301.350.0500 or CountyClick 3-1-1 to report emergencies or concerns about roadway conditions.

To learn more, visit DPW&T’s Snow and Ice Control page.

CSTCA Receives Official Recognition from Sen. Ramirez

At the February 2014 meeting of the Cool Spring Civic Association, Senator Victor Ramirez presented the CSTCA with an official citation from the Maryland General Assembly to congratulate the CSTCA for our “hard work to protect and improve the quality of life for community members.”

Senator Ramirez presents the citation to CSTCA president Ted Hull. (Photo by Barry Jawer)

Senator Ramirez presents the citation to CSTCA president Ted Hull. (Photo by Barry Jawer)

Among the visitors at the meeting were members of the Chillum-Adelphi Volunteer Fire Department. The department’s Lieutenant Breen shared a number of important tips for keeping our homes and families safe from fire.

Members of the Chillum-Adelphi Volunteer Fire Department. (Photo by Barry Jawer)

Members of the Chillum-Adelphi Volunteer Fire Department. (Photo by Barry Jawer)

For complete details, see the meeting minutes.

Holiday Potluck

Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association members celebrated another successful year at a holiday potluck held on December 12, 2013, at the Adelphi Mill. As the photos below attest, we had a great time sharing food, fun, and music with our neighbors and friends. We’re looking forward to a great 2014!

Our neighbors brought an array of tasty treats, including homemade cookies and cornbread. Yum!

Our neighbors brought an array of tasty treats, including homemade cookies and cornbread. Yum!

We had a relaxed and pleasant time chatting and catching up with our neighbors and friends

We had a relaxed and pleasant time chatting and catching up with our neighbors and friends

Carol Hurwitch treated us to some tasty hot cider.

Carol Hurwitch treated us to some tasty hot cider.

A wonderful time was had by all!

A wonderful time was had by all!

Another Successful Block Party

On September 21, 2013, the Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association held its third annual block party. And even though rain was in the forecast, we had a splendid time! (It did rain late in the day, but not until after we consumed tons of food, played lots of games, and painted lots of faces.)

Here’s a quick recap of the day.

We were treated to some yummy cupcakes from Divine Cupcakes & Treats!


We enjoyed free hot dogs and hamburgers, hot off the grill!


We held a 50/50 Raffle (with all proceeds going toward the CSTCA).


The kids got to sit in a real fire truck!


We had lots of fresh, hot popcorn.


We had a scavenger hunt.


And a dessert competition…


Our esteemed judges worked hard to pick a winner….


But in the end, there really was no competition. Angie Pickwick’s “Dirt” recipe won by a landslide! Angie has kindly offered to share her recipe with us. (See Dirt Recipe, below.)

There was face painting.


And a soccer clinic…


In short, there was something for everybody, and a wonderful time was had by all! We had so much fun, we’re planning to do it again. See you at next year’s party!


In Appreciation

This year’s block party would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our planning committee and many others in our community. Let’s extend a huge thank you to them all for a job well done!

  • Carol Hurwitch and Johnette Anderson-Kioko (Chair and Co-Chair)
  • Oscar Gurrero (Soccer)
  • Kim Crews (Scavenger hunt, music)
  • Chris and Angie Pickwick (50/50 Raffle, popcorn machine, and dues)
  • Ted Hull, Glenn Kirkland, and Nelson Fernandez (food)
  • Jennifer Maragh and Divine Cupcakes & Treats
  • State Senator Victor Ramirez (food tents)
  • Margie Mickens (popcorn popping, welcome kits)
  • Jon Robinson (Save the UMD Golf Course information)
  • Carol Hurwitch and Lucia Serra (face painting)
  • Andrea Kenner (music, photography)
  • Hermitt Mosley and the Chillum-Adelphi Volunteer Fire Department (fire truck, and los Bomberos de Langley Park)
  • William and Irene Cenac (electric hookups)
  • Nancy Santiago (banner)
  • Jennifer Ketcham (yard signs)
  • Anyone else we might have missed… Thank You!!!

Dirt Recipe

Here is Angie Pickwick’s Dirt recipe. Thanks, Angie!

2 boxes (regular size) of French Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
1 block of Cream Cheese
1 large bag of Oreos

Mix pudding as directed on package. Soften cream cheese in microwave for 3-4 minutes on high. Mix cream cheese, pudding and Cool Whip together and chill for 30 – 60 minutes.

In meantime, use food processor or blender or salad shooter to mash cookies into small pieces that are consistency of dirt.

Layer the pudding mixture with cookies pieces, beginning and ending with cookie layer.

For kids, put gummy worms on top. For a neat presentation, line a clay flower pot with plastic wrap and put the Dirt in the pot with an artificial flower stuck in top.

Serves 8.

Update on the Bradford Pear Replacement Program

Many of the curbside trees that were planted in our neighborhood last year are thriving, but several were not so lucky. Project coordinator Kimberly Moyer from the Neighborhood Design Center said that these losses “were probably due to drought stress in July.”

Blooming crape myrtle on Navahoe Street (Photo by Andrea Kenner, Aug. 17, 2013)

Blooming crape myrtle on Navahoe Street (Photo by Andrea Kenner, Aug. 17, 2013)

In a recent assessment, the county identified 11 trees in the Cool Spring Terrace neighborhood that need to be replaced. An additional assessment will be done later this year to determine if any additional trees should be added to that list.

In the meantime, you can help keep your new curbside trees healthy and strong by ensuring that they receive the proper amount of water. In their brochure, New Tree Care and Maintenance, the Neighborhood Design Center provides these watering guidelines:

“Watering newly planted trees is essential for their survival in the first year of establishment. Usually the trees are planted with a ring of mulch around the tree, which we refer to as the “mulch saucer.” The saucer helps collect and contain water around the base of the tree. For each watering, slowly fill up the saucer with 1-2 gallons of water and let the water soak into the soil. If no mulch ring is visible, a slow gentle soaking with 1-2 gallons is the preferred way to water. The trees would like to be watered three times a week in hot summer months (5 gallons per week total), twice a week in early fall (3 gallons per week total) and once a week in spring (1-2 gallons per week total).”

If you would like a PDF copy of the full brochure, call the Neighborhood Design Center at 301-779-6010.

As we learn more, we will keep you informed about the status of the tree replacement project.

Save the Date! Block Party on Sept. 21!

Your Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association is hosting its third annual Cool Spring Terrace Block Party on Saturday, September 21, from 1 to 6 p.m., at 26th Place and Rambler Drive.

There will be lots of fun, music, and games – and free hot dogs, hamburgers, and water!

Feel free to bring your favorite potluck dish. You can also bring your own sodas or juice drinks.

Here are a couple of pix to remind you how much fun we had at last year’s party!




Stay tuned for more information!