Project to restore erosion damage along the Northwest Branch hiker-biker trail

By Andrea Kenner

Here are some photos I took this morning of the work that has already been done to restore the section of the Northwest Branch Trail near the power lines that cross Cool Spring Road.

They laid the big rocks along the curve of the creek and built up the bank beside the part of the trail that had eroded away. It looks like the next step will be to roll out some new asphalt and repave the missing parts of the trail.

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:

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.

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

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.)


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!









Carol Hurwitch, CSTCA Earth Day Event Coordinator

Wanted! A few good adults

By Carol Hurwitch


For a second year, we will partner with the Anacostia Watershed Society and pull trash from the trail, banks and waters of the Northwestern Branch that flows into the Anacostia river and Chesapeake Bay. Once again, we are lucky to have many children from Cool Spring Elementary School helping us clean up the stream along the Northwest Branch Trail at the Adelphi Mill. Danielle Spisak, who teaches there, is bringing them to join our effort. Let’s not have the kids outnumber the adults this year!

Please register to join our Earth Day stream cleanup on Saturday, April 20, from 9 to 11 a.m., at When you get to the the Preferred Volunteer Location field, be sure to select Adelphi Mill.

As you can see from these pictures, we had a lot of fun on a beautiful sunny day last time. Hope you can join us this year!