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!

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

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

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The kids got to sit in a real fire truck!

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We had lots of fresh, hot popcorn.

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We had a scavenger hunt.

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And a dessert competition…

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Our esteemed judges worked hard to pick a winner….

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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.

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And a soccer clinic…

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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!

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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!

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Stay tuned for more information!

Very Successful 2013 Earth Day Stream Trail Clean-up!

By Carol Hurwitch

adelphi_mill_signThank you, everyone who showed up, for your help with the second CSTCA Earth Day Stream Trail Cleanup of the Northwest Branch of the Anacostia River on April 20th! We had great turnout of over 50 volunteers from our community and others surrounding the Adelphi Mill.

Active participants included several children from Cool Spring Elementary School led by 5th grade teacher Danielle Spisak again. This year CSTCA community member, Blanca Marroquin brought several children and adults from family, neighbors and her church group. Park Police provided trail support again. Jared Goodwin hauled bags and bulky trash back from the trail with his truck. Thanks also to Jennifer Ketcham and University Park friend, Catherine Turner, who gave last year’s yard signs a makeover to help us announce the event.

bridgeAs we moved downstream and upstream, it was a bright, beautiful day after recent days of solid rainfall. We had a great spring cleaning of all that trash that flowed to the trail and stream from the nearby streets! Birds were singing in force, toads and small fish were swimming, and our chatter filled the cool spring air. We filled 87 bags of discarded waste: 38 with recyclable cans, bottles, bags and paper; 49 with trash. In addition, this year’s bulky trash from the stream trail cleanup included a mattress, bowling ball, bicycle, speaker, traffic cone, large bucket and tire. That’s all so much more than last year’s 37 bags and bulky trash — great job!

One young lady said excitedly, “There was a fish that was stuck! My father pulled the trash out carefully and the fish was able to swim away!” Another neighbor found a partial jaw of a small animal and left it for us to explain to the others. Children were fascinated when our resident animal biologist, Jon Robinson, described what it could be — fox or other carnivore?

spring_violetsFor more information about our natural environment for children and adults, the Anacostia Watershed Society is a very good resource. The children seem hungry for this kind of knowledge. Check out their website at www.anacostiaws.org.

The CSTCA and its neighbors contributed big-time to 2013’s Earth Day, even though we’re a small group. Overall the Anacostia Watershed Society event cleaned up 41.5 tons (82,926 lbs.) of bags and bulk from all sites in the region last year. (We will update you soon on the regional total for this year.)

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We will partner again with AWS for next year’s April Earth Day cleanup and continue our ongoing litter-free campaign. Please remind others that what gets dropped in the street ends up in our streams, choking river waters and wildlife — ultimately affecting our food and water supplies. We are all connected.

Reduce and recycle. And, thanks for your help in keeping our neighborhood healthy and beautiful every day!

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Carol Hurwitch, CSTCA Earth Day Event Coordinator