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07/28/14 11:21pm


Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead made it two wins in a row at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night, winning the prestigious Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77 for his third NASCAR Modified win of the year and the 27th of his career.

“Good thing we won last week and tonight because that is how the car is being funded,” said Rogers, who hoisted the trophy in victory lane. “We keep going good, we keep going.”

Ron Silk of Norwalk, Conn., was second. Ryan Preece of Berlin, Conn., could only get back to third after passing more cars than perhaps any other driver in the race. Jeffery Goodale of Riverhead and Eddie Brunnhoelzl III of Levittown completed the top five.

In other races:

For the past two seasons Charger standout C. J. Lehmann of Mastic Beach has been moonlighting in a Figure Eight car and Saturday night he hit paydirt, winning a 15-lap main event. Roger Maynor of Bay Shore, the all-time leading winner at Riverhead Raceway, would took second and Ken Hyde Jr. of Mastic Beach was third.

Ray Minieri of Bay Shore reached a milestone with the 20th win of his career and his second Charger victory of 2014. Lehmann took second and David Roys of Coram placed third.

Jack Handley Jr. of Medford started 15th in a 20-lap Blunderbust feature but that didn’t stop the 18-year old talent from weaving his way through traffic and finishing first for the third time this season. Immediately following Handley were Tom Sullivan of Massapequa and first-year driver Joe Warren Jr. of Rocky Point.

On the first anniversary of his first career Legend Race Car win, Vinny Delaney of Holtsville celebrated by scoring his first win of the year in a 20-lap event. Brad Van Houten of Wading River and Artie Pedersen III of Center Moriches were second and third, respectively.

07/28/14 1:55pm

Edward Webb Latham passed away peacefully in the home in which he was born Friday, July 25, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born June 6, 1922 on the kitchen table (he always claimed) at Latham Farms in Orient.

His early years were spent torturing his older sisters Elinor, Blanche and Katharine. Upon his father’s (Daniel Terry Latham) death in 1944, he and his mother (Grace Young) jointly operated the farm until her death in 1948. During those years the farm was recovering from the devastating salt water incursions from the hurricanes of 1938 and 1944.  From that time until his retirement at age 71 in 1993 he worked the farm every day for 49 years.

He was a transformative farmer on Long Island in the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. After the Great Depression and World War II most farmers were stuck on the old ways which meant potatoes, cabbages, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. The dependence on these crops alone spelled doom for East End farms.  Ed led the way in diversifying to more profitable crops: string beans, cucumbers, sweet corn.  Rather than go to market with his produce Ed made deals with Boston supermarket chains which regularly sent trailers to haul his superior produce to New England markets.

In the late 60s he lead the way into more perishable crops like strawberries (for which his farm is still well known), lettuce, melons and tomatoes.  He was the first local farmer to branch out into the farm stand business which has mushroomed in recent years.

Latham Farms was designated a Century Farm in 1975 by the New York State Agricultural Society in recognition of the farm’s being operated by the same family  beginning in 1806 and lasting for over 100 years. Latham Farms is now operated by Ed’s son, Daniel and wife, Patti Lee and has two farm stand locations in Orient and Greenport in addition to supplying produce to several specialty produce wholesalers.  It has also expanded into a major supplier of fresh flowers on the East End. Ed was exceptionally proud of Dan and Patti Lee’s dedication and success.

Even with his schedule of seven-day work weeks for nine months out of the year, Ed found time to become active within his local community. He was elected to the Orient School Board in 1955 and was elected president in 1958. He remained in this position until 1983. Under his leadership the school district consolidated with East Marion to become Oysterponds School. The current school was built in 1966 and the large ball field acquired soon after, all under Ed’s direction and leadership.

Ed served a stint as trustee of Eastern Long island Hospital in the 1960s. He was a leader of the Long Island Farm Bureau in the 1950s. Ed joined the Orient Fire Department in the early 1940s and was a 72-year life member. He was also a member of both the Orient and the Chinese Yacht clubs.  In recent years he rarely missed a meeting of the Southold Rotary Club where he was the last surviving member of the “old boys” club.

After retiring from farming his wife, Helen inspired and encouraged Ed to travel to more than thirty countries, most by cruise ships.  His last trip was on the new Queen Mary 2 in 2012 where he was not surprised to be served Latham Farms heirloom tomatoes in the Grill Class Dining Room.

Ed and Helen spent part of the winter in Florida and most of the year in Orient on the farm so Ed could watch the crops grow, mow his lawn, and tend the Latham Family Cemetery. Ed loved to clam in a secret spot in Hallock Bay and was known to pursue the elusive striped bass. He developed a remarkable skill at Scrabble although Helen maintains he cheated.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years Helen (née Fitzpatrick) Latham, his son Daniel Terry (Patti Lee) Latham all of Orient, daughter, Patricia (George) Gray of Rochester, grandsons, Michael (Colleen) Mc Clelland of Sacramento, Calif. and Peter Gray of New York, granddaughters, Kristin (Jeffrey) Claire of Portland, Oregon, Stacie  (Adam) Thompson of Middletown Conn. and Erin  (Ashton) Stanton of Northampton N.H; his sister Elinor (Ralph) Williams of Orient, seven great grandchildren and five nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ann Newman Latham, his eldest daughter, Susan McClelland and his sisters Blanche (Edward) Clingen and Katharine (John) Leslie.

The family will receive visitors,Thursday, July 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold. The funeral will be held Friday, Aug. 1, at at 10:30 a.m. at Orient Congregational Church.

The family would like to meet all those who care to join them at a luncheon immediately following services at Poquatuck Hall, 1160 Skipper’s Lane, Orient.  Of course there will be joyous remembrances of Ed’s life to be shared by all.

The family requests contributions in Ed’s name be made to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

This is a paid notice. 

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07/27/14 8:43am

A 48-year-old man from Australia was arrested early Sunday morning on drunken driving charges in Laurel, Southold Town police said.

Francis O’Toole was driving a 2001 Chevrolet westbound on Route 25 just before 1 a.m. when police observed him speeding, officials said.

After he was pulled over, police say they found him to be intoxicated.

Mr. O’Toole was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and speeding, police said.

He was transported to police headquarters, processed and held overnight for arraignment, officials said.

07/26/14 3:30pm

A man convicted in 2008 of assaulting a child was caught in Southold early Friday after violating parole, according to a town police statement.

Adrian Gomez, 34, of Southold was arrested about 5:30 a.m. by Southold Town cops and state parole officers after he broke parole, according to the statement. Police did not say how Mr. Gomez violated parole.

Mr. Gomez had been convicted of felony reckless assault of a child, which is defined as causing serious injury to a child by “shaking the child, or by slamming or throwing the child so as to impact the child’s head on a hard surface or object,” according to state penal code.

Mr. Gomez served nearly three years at the Elmira Correctional Facility before being released on parole in 2012, according to online records. His parole is set to expire in March 2015.

Mr. Gomez is now being held at the Suffolk County jail in Riverside, according to the release.

07/26/14 12:00pm

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