In10se BBQ Raises Funds for Food Bank
In10se BBQ served up its pulled pork, brisket, ribs, beans, slaw, fries and hushpuppies at the Dec. 2 Holiday Market, held in the Urbana Regional Library parking lot, to benefit the Greater Urbana Area Food Bank. From these sales, In10se BBQ donated more than $800.
Big Woods Road Soccer Club Site Plan Approved
The site plan for the TOCA Juniors Soccer Complex at 3348 Big Woods Road received unanimous approval from the Frederick County Planning Commission on Dec. 12. The site plan outlines four outdoor soccer fields with lighting on one, four pavilions, a bathroom facility, storage building and associated parking on a 50-acre site. There is one access point from Big Woods Road. The existing dwelling will be turned into a clubhouse in the future.
Dr. Christian Noguera, owner, said that the soccer club is a non-profit and all volunteer based. TOCA Juniors has a soccer club in Potomac, Maryland, but the Urbana club will be for the Urbana community. “We discourage driving,” Noguera said. “We tell people to find a club within your community.” He plans to create a club that operates “the way I was raised in Argentina with a community or neighborhood club.”
Several neighbors expressed support for the soccer complex via email, and one neighbor expressed concern about lighting on the one field and the possibility for development of the land not actively used for the soccer fields. The applicant responded that minimum lighting was chosen for field 3 to impact neighbors as little as possible, and there will be a 10 p.m. cutoff. Staff assured those assembled that the 50-acre parcel could not be further developed.
Townhomes Approved for Sugarloaf Parkway Near CES
The Frederick County Planning Commission gave unanimous approval to a site plan for 14 townhomes on a 1.3-acre site near Centerville Elementary School (CES). The new townhomes will be built seven on the north side and seven on the south side of Sugarloaf Parkway near Carriage Hill Drive. A total of 56 parking spaces will be added. The applicant, Monocacy Land Company, asked for a building height of 55 feet, but this was reduced to 45 feet by the Planning Commission before site plan approval.
Pedestrian Safety Improvements Coming to Carriage Hill Drive
Thanks to the involvement of John and Jill Pelicano, owners of The Goddard School Urbana, pedestrian safety will improve at
the intersection of the Goddard School entrance and Carriage Hill Street along Carriage Hill Drive. A county traffic study at this intersection demonstrated that many pedestrians cross Carriage Hill Drive at the unmarked natural crossing location and that vehicles travel above the 25 miles per hour speed limit, with the average speed 33 miles per hour.
Additional hatched lines will draw attention to the currently unmarked crossing, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps will be installed this spring to align with Carriage Hill Street and the entrance to the Goddard School parking lot. Signs in the vicinity of Goddard School have been altered to include Goddard in the existing school zone. Goddard is working with the county and the Villages of Urbana homeowners association to install speed bumps or another traffic calming device on Carriage Hill Drive.
Food Bank Collects More Than Food
The Greater Urbana Area Food Bank collects more than just food for 232 local families. “People who need food need practically everything,” said Jo Ostby, operations manager. The reality is that it is hard for people to ask for help with something as basic as food. They think they can do it on their own and try for longer than they should. Often when they do finally admit they need help, their bills are far behind, the tires on their car are dangerously bald and they’ve put off seeking medical or dental appointments far too long as well as other things.”
Seeing needs in the families served, Ostby started collecting clothing, furniture, appliances, household goods and decor, baby items and more in clean, useable condition. “One way or the other everything donated to the Greater Urbana Area Food Bank assists needy residents right here in the southeastern portion of Frederick County,” she said.
Visit the Greater Urbana Area Food Bank Facebook page for information on families’ urgent needs and directions to the food bank. You can call or text Jo Ostby at 240.529.4815 to arrange for pickup of large loads.