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Current President of the Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association in the Adelphi, Maryland area.

Weekly Update (April 29, 2019)

Getting this out early as some may want to attend the District. 1 Town Hall meeting at Buck Lodge Middle School tomorrow (April 30th).  I will try to attend myself, but my plans are still tentative.  If anyone does attend, please let me know.

Tom Dernoga’s District 1 Town Hall Meeting:         Tuesday, April 30th at Buck Lodge Middle School, 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  Share concerns, suggestions and questions about county issues important to you.  I am not sure what is on the agenda, but will guess the new school construction on Cherokee Lane will be a topic.

Purple Line: Lane closures and weekend work on University Boulevard:  Beginning on or about May 15, 2019 crews will be shifting traffic on University Blvd East, NW Branch Bridge, for Phase I of construction. Two lanes will be maintained, in each direction, during construction. Work will take place weekdays from 7 AM – 5 PM, and on weekends from 11:30 PM – 5:30 AM. The shift can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2KB8yhk

*Purple Line Housing Action Plan Survey*:  Your input sought: Purple Line housing action plan by PLCCVERY IMPORTANT AND I URGE ALL CSTCA RESIDENTS TO TAKE THE SURVEY.

The Purple Line Corridor Coalition is seeking YOUR INPUT before they create their 2- to 3-year action plan for housing along the corridor. Please complete this survey by May 3, available in English www.surveymonkey.com/r/RX8MHBK or Spanish www.surveymonkey.com/r/GTNBVBJ.

Last Day of School is June 14:  The last day of school for students will be Friday, June 14, a two-hour early dismissal. This school year, PGCPS closed two days for inclement weather (January 14 and February 20) and used 11 early dismissal/delayed opening days. Click here for More information.

5 Ways to Plan Ahead for Summer and Next School Year:   Spring Break has come and gone and this school year is in its final stretch! Now is the time to plan ahead for the summer months and next school year! Here are five resources to help your family get ready.

  1. Request a student transfer by the May 14 deadline.
  2. Register for PreK or Kindergarten.
  3. Explore Department of Parks and Recreation summer camps.
  4. View 2019 PGCPS Summer Programs
  5. Discoverthe resources of Prince George’s County Memorial Library System with your child’s PGCPS student ID!

APRIL MEETING NOTICE

COOL SPRING TERRACE CIVIC ASSOCIATION (CSTCA)

April 27, 2019

MEMBERSHIP MEETING NOTICE

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING:         SATURDAY, April 27, 2019

                                                                       11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

                                                                       CHRIST SCIENCE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

                                                                       8300 ADELPHI ROAD

 

Representatives from DPIE and DPWT will be in attendance.

 

NOTES:  Membership Dues: Annual dues for 2019 ($10) are still being collected. If you have not paid your 2019 dues and would like to, please contact Treasurer Anika Halota.

Want bulk trash items picked up? Items such as washing machines, dryers, furniture, hot water heaters, and other large items are collected by appointment only. Contact Bulky Trash at (301) 952-7600, Mon. – Fri. between 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to schedule a pickup. It can also be done via email: BulkyTrash@co.pg.md.us or the CountyClick 311 website (http://countyclick.princegeorgescountymd.gov/). Give the following info: Name, address, phone number, and a list of items for collection. CountyClick 311 should also be used to report residential code violations and parking violations. IF YOU SEE BULK ITEMS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN COLLECTED, PLEASE REPORT IT. LET’S KEEP OUR COMMUNITY CLEAN.

 HELP NEEDED:   Position of Secretary of the Association: Needed for remainder of the year. This position will assist the President in taking notes at our General Membership meeting and type them for emailing to the Treasurer/Webmaster for uploading onto our association Website.

 

March 13, 2018 Environmental Crimes Unit – Community Walk-Thru

An update on the Environmental Crimes Unit walk-through that took place in our community this morning.

      Several representatives from DPIE, DPWT, County Council, ECU, County Exec. Community Liaison, and representatives from neighboring civic associations. We visited the area on Cool Spring Road that is most  prone to dumping.  I spoke on the constant problem we have with people dumping household items, tires, electronic items, and trash.  Photos were taken of the area and a discussion followed about next steps.

      First, let me say this process will not be a quick turnaround solution to the problem.  They will – after visiting all other designated areas in our District – compile a report summarizing their evaluation of these areas.  They will then meet together with other county agencies (police, fire department, etc.) and determine what areas are most problematic and address best solutions for monitoring those areas.  A lot of the discussion focused on installing cameras.  This is where they will rely on the police department obtaining their valuable input about survellience issues/equipment best suited to those areas designated to receive such equipment.  We also spoke about the penalties for those caught dumping and how they need to be increased and better enforced.  For this they need the help of the community.  I implore you, that if you see someone dumping and do not feel comfortable taking a picture, please get the license number so that can be reported and traced back to the vehicle owner. 

      It was noted that the area I showed them was an area that would qualify for cameras, but again, this does not mean we will automatically receive them.  Additionally, I told them of other areas used for dumping in our community, although we did not have an opportunity to view those locations.  Primarily the area on Rambler that backs to the forest where tires, etc., have been dumped.  Thamks to Members Crews and Robinson, that area was cleaned last Spring during the Community Clean-Up/Green-Up project.  Also the area in front of the park where recently, someone dumped furniture.  Again, members of the CSTCA Walking Group used the 311 Mobile App to report it.  That pile of debris was removed this week.

      Lastly, you’ll note the continued work on the storm water drains.  This is also in preparation for work on the pipeline that is planned for Cool Spring Road.  If I heard correctly, there may even be curbs installed.  I’ll have to re-confirm that, hoping it wasn’t my wishful thinking getting the best of me.

      I will receive a copy of their report when complete which I will share with members.  Thanks to Councilwoman Deni Taveras and her staff for arranging the Environmental Crime Unit walk-through.

 Marguerite Mickens-Mosley                                                               President                                                                                                                                Cool Spring Terrace Civic Association (CSTCA)                                                      Working together to make it better

 

CSTCA Weekly Update (March 4-8, 2019)

Hello all!

Several updates and information to report this week.  Some items below are follow-up action items from our February 23rd general membership meeting.  If after reading you have any questions, please reach out to me.

  • The Bus Service (petition to extend service routes):  Action Item from Feb. 23rd meeting —  On Wed., Feb. 27, I requested an update from Ms. Bonita Shelby, who spearheaded the petition efforts.  To date there has been no forward motion.  Ms. Shelby will update me again after she has contacted Councilwoman Taveras’ office and the county agency responsible for The Bus service.  Additionally, Ms. Shelby informed me that the R1 service will be discontinued or changed.  Survey notices were posted on the bus stops and also included other WMATA routes in the Northern area.  Ms. Shelby stated “Certainly, this is a time for service to be consistently provided to this Northern part of Prince George’s County”, and I agree.

 

  • The Purple LineSaturday Work Along University Boulevard. Crews will be demolishing, grading, and paving medians along University Boulevard between Riggs Road and Adelphi Road between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays in March. Temporary lane closures with flagging operations will occur. Access to businesses and residential driveways will be maintained. On or about March 2nd the traffic pattern will be shifting back to its normal pattern.  Have you all noticed the number of trees that have been cut down along University Boulevard near the archery range?

 

  • Clean-up/Green-up:  Some changes have been made regarding the County-wide clean up event known as Clean Up, Green Up.’  This event has been renamed to ‘Growing Green with Pride.’ Secondly, the event date has also changed and will now be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019.  It was changed from Saturday, April 20, 2019 because that is Easter weekend. The registration form should be available soon, and will contain more detailed information.  I truly hope with the change in date and it being warmer weather we will have many participating.  STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS FOR PARTICIPATING.  As a reminder, these “mandatory” community service hours are required in order to graduate.

 

  • March For Our Schools Rally : On March 11th, thousands of Maryland educators, parents, and students will rally in Annapolis to demand equitable and adequate funding for all schools and students. The March for Our Schools is our chance to raise our voices in support of adequate and equitable funding, required student support services, competitive salary and compensation, and universal pre-kindergarten. In two weeks, we hope to see you in front of the State House in Annapolis at 6 p.m. Let’s speak up, speak out and march on!  Buses will be provided.  For more details and to RSVP, follow this link.  https://marchforourschools.com/

 

2018-2019 School Calendar Update:  Board of Education voted to allow for Early Dismissal on March 11th to allow students and educators to participate in the March For Our School Rally. If you have not signed up to participate in this Rally, you may do so

Inclement Weather Days Update:  This year, the school system closed two days (January 14 and February 20) for inclement weather and lost 20 hrs. of instructional time due to delayed openings and early closings. The school system’s inclement weather make up days will be used and/or the last day of school will changed to a full day to meet state mandates.  If no other inclement weather closures, June 14 will be the tentative last day for students and June 20 for teachers. Official last days for students and teachers will be announced once the threat of wintry weather is over.

 

  • Cool Spring Road Storm drain 311 Service Request – Follow-up:  Several service requests submitted for the area on CSR prone to flooding and containing metal plates that has covered a hole for nearly a year now.  Follow up was made with DPWT.  The update I received stated…  the site was inspected on 2/1/19.  The inspector noted: “Checked site and found roadside ditch blocked all along Cool Spring Rd. There is a pipe replacement project scheduled for this already.”  Apparently, they will be replacing piping along this area, but did not provide a date for this pipe replacement.  I will continue to monitor and update you as I learn more.  Regarding the Flooding along this stretch of road, I’m not certain if this is part of the “pipe replacement project” or a separate issue.  However, I have informed DPWT and the Council Office these are two separate matters.  Again, as I hear more from the county, I will  update you as well.

Additionally, a request was made to 311 to check another area – Cool Spring Rd  and Quinn Springs Court – where constant water runoff and flooding is occurring.

 

  • Environmental Crimes Unit:  Councilwoman Taveras’ office is still waiting on the agenda for the Environmental Crimes Unit walkthrough. They have asked that the ECU visit each of the 5 hotspots that were highlighted in their letter. Once they have confirmation that they will visit the hotspot on Cool Spring Road, the time and location will be shared.  Backstory: Cool Spring Road has long been used as a “dumping ground” for household items, mattresses, tried, yard debris, etc.  As an association officer, I am frequently submitting 311 requests for items that have been dumped (from “S” curve to the 3300 block of CSR).  Because of the frequency of these dumping, our area qualified for investigation by the Environmental Crimes Unit. Our goal is to catch those who are committing this crime.  Our association has requested surveillance cameras be installed which would help catch these law-breakers and penalize them with a hefty fine, thereby also curbing this type of infraction.  FYI – WE SEE YOU

 

  • County Issued or Private Signage:  “No Parking Signs” near the Townhomes along 45th Avenue appear to be “personal/private” signage. DPWT has been contacted and asked for clarification on this (is this legal? Is this a sanctioned sign from the county or placed by resident?)

 

  • Commercial BusinessesRequest made to Dist. 1 County Council office regarding a commercial business in a residential community.  A suspected commercial business is allegedly operating in our residential community.  Request made to see if they have filed for and received the proper permit(s) to operation a commercial business in an area zoned for rural residential.

 

 

  • CSTCA Website:  The Association’s website has been updated and brought current.  Some of the information contained in this update can also be found on our website. https://coolspringterrace.wordpress.com

 

SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

Apply for Summer Employment

The Youth@Work/SYEP offers youth an enriching and constructive summer work experience in public and private sector settings. Click on the SYEP application link to be considered for a variety of positions in the Prince George’s County Government, non-profits organizations, and private businesses within the County.  After filling out the SYEP application, we encourage you to visit other links below to apply for additional summer employment opportunities.  The 2019 SYEP application is open until March 22.

Additional Employment Opportunities

March For Our Schools Rally – MARCH 11, 2019

A message from Dr. Monica Goldson,  Interim Chief Executive Officer,  Prince George’s County Public Schools and Dr. Alvin Thornton,  Chair, Board of Education Prince George’s County Public Schools

Dear Friends of Prince George’s County Public Schools:

On March 11, please join thousands of Maryland educators, parents, and students in Annapolis to demand equitable and adequate funding for all schools and students. The March for Our Schools is our chance to raise our voices in support of adequate and equitable funding, required student support services, competitive salary and compensation, and universal pre-kindergarten.

The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence (Kirwan Commission) recently issued key recommendations to continue transforming Maryland’s approach to achieving educational excellence for all students. The approach includes transformative education policy, which will eventually include a funding formula designed to address adequacy and equity issues.  The Kirwan Commission’s work builds on Maryland’s historic 2002 Bridge to Excellence legislation, which resulted from the Thornton Commission.

Maintaining the state’s commitment to ensuring that all children have access to adequately and equitably funded education within accountable systems, the Kirwan Commission’s recommendations have the potential to dramatically transform Maryland schools and opportunities for our students.

In two weeks, we hope to see you in front of the State House in Annapolis at 6 p.m. Let’s speak up, speak out and march on!

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Estimados amigos de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince George:

Por favor, únanse a miles de educadores, padres y estudiantes de Maryland en Annapolis, el próximo 11 de marzo, para reclamar una financiación equitativa y suficiente para todas las escuelasy los estudiantes. La Marcha por Nuestras Escuelas es nuestra oportunidad de alzar la voz en apoyo de la financiación equitativa y suficiente,  recursos de apoyo necesarios para los estudiantes, salarios y remuneración competitivos y prekínder gratuito para todos.

La Comisión de Maryland sobre Innovación y Excelencia (Comisión Kirwan) publicó recientemente unas recomendaciones clave para continuar transformando la iniciativa de Maryland de lograr la excelencia educativa de todos los estudiantes. La iniciativa incluye una política educacional, que eventualmente contará con una fórmula de financiación diseñada para abordar asuntos relacionados con la suficiencia y la equidad. La labor de la Comisión Kirwan se basa en la histórica legislación de Maryland del 2002 “Puente hacia la Excelencia”, que surgió de la Comisión Thornton.

Continuando con el compromiso estatal de garantizar que todos los niños tengan acceso a una educación financiada de forma suficiente y equitativa dentro de los sistemas responsables, las recomendaciones de la Comisión Kirwan tienen el potencial de transformar radicalmente las escuelas de Maryland y las oportunidades para nuestros estudiantes.

Esperamos verlos en dos semanas, frente a la Cámara Estatal de Annapolis, a las 6 p.m.

¡Alcemos la voz y marchemos!

Atentamente,

Dra. Monica Goldson
Directora ejecutiva en funciones
Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince George

Dr. Alvin Thornton
Presidente de la Junta de Educación
Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince George

 

Chers amis des Écoles publiques du comté de Prince George:

Le 11 mars, veuillez rejoindre des milliers d’éducateurs, de parents et d’élèves du Maryland à Annapolis, pour exiger un financement équitable et adéquat de toutes les écoles et pour tous les élèves. La Marche pour nos écoles est l’occasion pour nous, de faire entendre nos voix en faveur d’un financement équitable et adéquat, de services de soutien requis aux étudiants, de salaire et rémunération concurrentiels, ainsi que de la pré-maternelle universelle.

La Commission sur l’innovation et l’excellence dans l’éducation du Maryland (Commission Kirwan), a récemment formulé des recommandations clés visant à continuer de transformer l’approche du Maryland, pour atteindre l’excellence en éducation pour tous les élèves. Cette approche comprend une politique d’éducation transformative, qui comprendra à terme, une formule de financement conçue pour résoudre les problèmes d’adéquation et d’équité.  Le travail de la Commission Kirwan s’appuie sur la législation historique de 2002 Passerelle vers l’excellence du Maryland, adoptée par la Commission Thornton.

Renforçant l’engagement de l’État de veiller à ce que tous les enfants aient accès à une éducation financée de manière adéquate et équitable dans le cadre de systèmes responsables, les recommandations de la Commission Kirwan pourraient transformer radicalement les écoles du Maryland et les possibilités qui s’offrent à nos élèves.

Dans deux semaines, nous espérons vous voir à Annapolis devant le Parlement à 18h. Exprimons-nous, défendons-nous et marchons en avant!

Cordialement,

 

Dr. Monica Goldson
Directrice Exécutive par intérim
Les Écoles Publiques du Comté de Prince George

Dr. Alvin Thornton
Président de la Commission de l’éducation
Les Écoles Publiques du Comté de Prince George

Weekly Update (Feb 25-28, 2019)

Hello All!

This week’s CSTCA Weekly Update.  If you have questions or would like something posted in the Weekly Update, please contact me.

Purple Line Construction Update: University Boulevard Lane Shifts:  On or about March 2, 2019, University Boulevard will move to Phase II of the traffic shift returning the eastbound lanes between Riggs Road and 23rd Avenue back to their original location. Construction will occur in the area that was formerly the median.  As work continues, you will be kept informed of the progress of this project. For information on construction activities, schedules and other updates, please visit www.purplelinemd.com/construction.   For immediate construction concerns, please email us at outreach@pltcllc.com, or call the construction hotline at 240-424-5325. All activities are subject to change due to traffic, weather or emergency situations.

Office of Community Relations, Community Affairs Division: New Community Affairs Coordinator, David W. Smith Sr., Community Affairs Division, Office of Community Relations. Under the director of our new County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, one of the roles  of the Office of Community Relations, and as the Community Affairs Coordinator is to attend community events plus HOA and Civic Associations to gathering information and concerns from residents within the County.  Also, be able to provide resources that may be able to support and help residents and the community.  The office (OCR) is there to help and serve the residents and community of Prince George’s County.

It’s that time of year again!  Clean Up and Green Up our Community.  We are seeking a volunteer(s) to take the lead on the activity.  PGC Public School students who would like to receive Community Service Learning Hours should pick up the forms needed from their school’s guidance office.  At the end of the event, the Association Team Leader will sign the forms thereby ensuring you receive your community service hours. Even a student may take the lead. Wouldn’t that be great!?  For more information, please contact me.  This is a volunteer program and participants should understand that this beautification and street litter pickup activity provides an opportunity for community organizations, schools, and businesses to partner with Prince George’s County Government to celebrate community pride, volunteerism, and commitment to our neighborhoods.  Litter collection supplies — which include litter grabbers, gloves, safety vests, and trash bags – are provided by the county and will be available for pick up at DPW&T’s MOC Building (8400 D’Arcy Road, Forestville).  More information will be provided when it becomes available.

 Summer Youth Employment:  Applications are currently being accepted through March 22, 2019.  Attached are Informational Flyers in both English and Spanish.  Or you can click here for additional information on this program along with key dates. https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/598/YouthWork-SYEP.  You can also click this link for the SYEP Application: SYEP Application.

Here are some additional employment opportunities

Anacostia Watershed Society Earth Day CleanupRegistration is open for the annual Anacostia Watershed Society Earth Day Cleanup! Saturday April 13th from 9 am – 12 pm.  Thanks to thousands of dedicated volunteers, each year we move closer to the goal of a cleaner, healthier Anacostia River. How do you volunteer? Visit the Earth Day 2019 website and choose your site from the map. Simply click on register for this site, enter your info, and you’re ready to go!

CSTCA Signage:  At Saturday’s general membership meeting, it presented to those present the proposal to have the association purchase portable signage notifying the community of upcoming meetings.  Quotes were requested from three local Sign vendors and we are awaiting those quotes now.  Once received, it will again be presented to the membership to obtain a majority vote on the selected purchase(s).  More information will be shared as we move forward. It should be noted that this signage will not replace distribution of Meeting Notice Flyers.  The flyers will still be delivered to residents via their Block Captains.  The signs will be used as a secondary method of notification.

Block Captains Needed:  We are in search of Block Captains for Curry Drive and Rambler Drive.  Block Captain responsibility is minimal and usually consists of distributing Meeting Notice Flyers to residents located on your block.  If there are any who are interested in assisting the leadership and distributing notices for your residential block, please contact me.

Fundraising Ideas Requested:  Seeking ideas for a Fundraiser that would help raise the needed funds for another CSTCA Annual Block Party.  The association hasn’t held one in a couple of years and the question of if we will have another has been asked of me too many times to count.  Toward that end, a fundraiser would be a good idea to offset the cost. All ideas are welcome!  I have already inquired with the County Agency DPIE on whether or not a Permit is required and, fortunately, with our specifications, none will be needed. Also, since the event will be held on a county road, no event insurance (one-time / 4-hour event) will be needed.

UMD Golf Course: UMD Golf Course:  The next Facilities Council meeting that is currently scheduled for March 7th.  Most recent letter of opposition to the re-purposing of the UMD Golf Course was sent from the Audubon Society (see attached letter).  This matter is ongoing and updates will be provided accordingly.

Marguerite Mickens-Mosley, President

          Working together to make it better

 

 

 

2019 CSTCA Membership Meeting Dates

CSTCA General Membership Meeting Dates – 2019

 

Membership meetings are held on the fourth (4th) Saturday – every other month.  The Association meets six (6) times a year.  Meeting Notice Flyers are distributed prior to each meeting as well as e-mail notifications sent to our membership mailing list. For your convenience, below are the meeting dates for 2019.

  • February 23, 2019
  • April 27, 2019
  • June 22, 2019
  • August 24, 2019
  • October 26, 2019
  • December 28, 2019 (Date may change; members will be notified if so.)

 

The Association Newsletter is distributed electronically – via e-mail only every quarter.

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