History was made at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night when Daryn Miller won the Chargers race that night.
Miller, 36, of Franklyn Square, is deaf, and his victory marks the first time a deaf driver has ever won a race at Riverhead Raceway, according to track announcer Bob Finan.
“This is history in the making,” Finan said as Miller’s car approached the finish line.
Miller has been racing cars for about seven years, and while other drivers have radios in their cars with which to communicate with their crews, Miller has a series of four colored lights in his car to give him direction, according to his father, Bob, who designed the light system and used to race cars himself in the 1960s.
Daryn Miller, who owns a landscaping company, competes in both the Chargers and the Late Model divisions and came into Saturday ranked 13th in the standards for Chargers and 11th for Late Models. The updated standards, which would reflect his victory, were not yet available.
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Orient Fire Department members Sheila and Reg Minor place
wreath at the Orient World War I memorial during the
community’s parade Monday, one of several Memorial Day
celebrations on the North Fork.
Today is Memorial Day, a day to honor American soldiers who have died in military service. No one is exactly sure when and where the first Memorial Day celebration took place
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WWII Army vet Harold ‘Smokey’ Schaefer (from left), 91, WWII
Army vet Riverhead Combined Veterans Committee head Gene
McSherry, Congressman Tim Bishop, Vietnam vet Richard May, 78,
and WWII Army vet Frank Russo, 91.
Congressman Tim Bishop handed over a $5,000 check Saturday to the Riverhead Combined Veterans Committee for work on the World War II and Korean Conflict memorial on the grounds of Pulaski Street Elementary School.
The memorial, which was built in 1943, is in need of $50,000 worth of repairs to fix linear cracks in the walls, replace the walkways there and fix the monument base, members of the committee said.
The Honor Roll on the wall had 1,185 names of those who served from Riverhead and Riverside, but had to be removed because it was a composite material that had water damage. Committee head Gene McSherry said he hopes eventually the memorial will be completely restored and the town of Riverhead will maintain it.
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Southampton Police said a Flanders man was arrested for driving drunk after he swerved from his lane of travel on Flanders Road early Saturday.
Edvin Yelmo, 27, was charged with DWI following the 2 a.m. stop. He was transported to police headquarters and held overnight for arraignment.
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Southampton Town Police arrested a Riverside man Friday night afer he chased “several people” with a machete near Phillips Avenue Elementary School and then took off in his car.
Carlos Tezen, 26, was caught after police found him driving while intoxicated on Ludlam Avenue in Riverside around 8:30 p.m. Friday. His 3-year-old son was in the backseat of the vehicle without the proper child safety restraints, police said.
After stopped, Mr. Tezen presented police with a fraudulent North Carolina driver’s license. He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, third degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, second degree menacing, fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, and endangering the welfare of a child. He was also found to have entered the United States illegally and was to be held for removal proceedings, police said.
Mr. Tezen’s son was returned to his mother at the scene of the traffic stop, police said.
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Mary Langhorn (left), mother of Congressional Medal of Honor
recipient PFC. Garfield M. Langhorn, looks on as her nephews
(brothers) Jeffrey, Robert and Dewey, all of Riverhead, polish
the memorial to their cousin on the grounds of Riverhead Town
Hall Saturday morning to prepare it for the Memorial Day
ceremony Monday morning when a wreath will be placed there.
Dewey Langhron said that it was an ‘honor and privilege’ to do
this in the memory of Mr. Langhorn.
As Riverhead residents were out grocery shopping and getting their barbecues ready for the three-day weekend the Langhorn family had some more important business to take care of Saturday morning.
Mary Langhorn and three of her nephews headed to the grounds of Town Hall to polish and prepare the statue of Medal of Honor recipient Garfield Langhorn for a Memorial Day ceremony Monday.
Pfc. Langhorn was killed in action in 1969 during the Vietnam War, when
he jumped on a live grenade to save the lives of fellow troops. Agraduate of Riverhead High School, he served as a radio
operator in the U.S. Army before he died in Pleiku Province.
President Obama is expected to soon sign legislation renaming the West Main
Street post office the Private First Class Garfield M. Langhorn Post
Office Building. The bill was recently passed in the Senate.
Similar legislation sponsored by Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton)
was passed unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives in January.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy might include full funding for a program that provides homeless sex offenders with daily stipends for food and lodging in the 2011 county budget.
The voucher system would replace the county’s current policy of placing homeless sex offenders at two construction trailers at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside and on county-owned property in Westhampton.
Full implementation of the voucher system, which the county executive originally proposed in January, has been stalled for months as the county Legislature repeatedly voted against increasing the amount of petty cash in the Department of Social Services budget needed to get the program running.
“If the Legislature continues to refuse to fund the voucher system, the County Executive will explore funding it in his 2011 budget,” said Mark Smith, a spokesperson for Mr. Levy.
In the meantime, homeless sex offenders are still sleeping in the trailers, though a few have been moved over to the voucher program, county officials have said.
Last week Mr. Levy described the voucher system, which is used in Nassau and other counties throughout New York State, as being on “life support” after the Legislature voted 14-4 to bar the program.
Mr. Levy on Wednesday vetoed that bill, which also would require the socials services officials to find suitable locations for private shelters elsewhere across the county.
It now requires a 12-vote override and since it passed by 14 votes, it appears to have enough support in the Legislature to survive. Legislators will vote on whether or not to override Mr. Levy’s veto on June 8.
It is not clear how the bill will effect Mr. Levy’ plan to include the voucher program in next year’s budget.
Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, whose town encompasses both trailers, said under the voucher plan, homeless sex offenders “will now be more likely to go back to their homes or hometowns” rather than be taxied to the East End.
Ms. Throne-Holst, who said the trailer program burdens local fire departments and police, said that implementing the voucher program would be a preferable option to directing social services to devise a plan to house the offenders at smaller sites throughout the county.
“I just have no confidence that that would in fact be achieved by this bill,” she said.
Still, the Legislature is free to delete items from Mr. Levy’s proposed budget.
“They propose, we dispose,” said county Legislator Ed Romaine (R-Center Moriches).
Mr. Romaine, whose district encompasses the North Fork though not the two trailers, could not say whether he would be for or against the budget line come November when the Legislature votes on adopting the budget. He said the voucher plan is not, in his opinion, an ideal solution.
Meanwhile, the county faces pressure to provide running water at the two trailers. A state judge has ruled that they are inadequate due to their lack of running water. That ruling came after some of the 20 or so sex offenders filed a complaint about tight quarters and a lack of showers or toilets.
County officials have said the Riverside trailer must be moved to obtain access to a water system because Riverhead Town would not let the county run sewer lines to a larger trailer it had intended to place there.
In Westhampton, the county earlier this month tried to place a newer trailer that would have hooked into an existing septic tank, but Southampton officials acquired a temporary restraining order to block that move.
A Riverhead woman was arrested for selling cigarettes to a minor at Walgreens on Route 58 Friday during an undercover sting, Riverhead police said.
Police said Oksana Dolynska, 18, was busting during an investigation conducted by Riverhead police along with the Suffolk County Department of Health.
It is a crime in Suffolk County to sell cigarettes to anyone under 19.
Ms. Dolynska was charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
A Valero, Jetco, Sunoco, Empire, Superior, American, OK Petro and Gulf gas station as well as a 7-Eleven, Mae’s Market, Stop & Go Mini Mart, Polish Town Deli, Sindhu Grocery, Time to Eat and Riverside Deli, all in the Riverhead area, were also investigated without incident.