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


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

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