Neighborhood cleanup event on Oct. 17

Please join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, for a neighborhood cleanup event! We’ll meet at the Mosley’s home at the corner of 26th Avenue and Cool Spring Road. We’ll be participating as part of the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation’s Clean Up Green Up Fall 2015 initiative. Volunteer teams will split up to clean sections of our neighborhood. Light refreshments will be served. So come on out, meet your neighbors, and lend a helping hand!

For more information, please contact Ted Hull at (301) 422-9599.

Looking for something to do today? Visit the DC State Fair

OK, we know that DC isn’t technically a state, but… this looks like an interesting event. It’s happening today, Sept. 12, 2015, from noon to 8 p.m. at 925 Rhode Island Ave NW – just blocks from the Green/Yellow Shaw-Howard U Metro Stop. They’re even having a Pet Parade! Check it out:

https://dcstatefair.wordpress.com/event-details/

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.

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.

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!