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The ConocoPhillips off-shore platform in Northville.

In 2010, ConocoPhillips ranked sixth on the Fortune 500, with reported annual revenues of $139 billion and profits totaling $4.85 billion.
But the Houston-based energy company recently asked Riverhead Town to waive a $167,727 penalty levied on the company because it failed to pay $899,101 in taxes owed to the Community Preservation Fund that were assessed to the company’s tank farm and off-shore platform in Northville.
Town Board members rejected that idea at Thursday’s work session.
Deputy Town Attorney Ann Marie Prudenti said that when Phillips Petroleum and Conoco merged, the company did not realize it was required to pay the 2 percent land transfer tax that goes into the Community Preservation Fund, and is used to preserve open space and farmland in the five East End towns.
The two companies merged in 2002.
ConocoPhillips did pay the tax about eight months ago, according to Ms. Prudenti, but it was assessed the additional penalty for missing the payments in the past.
The oil giant asked for a waiver on the penalty, saying it didn’t realize the CPF tax was required, according to Ms. Prudenti, who said town law permits the Town Board to waive tax penalties by resolution if the board seeks to.
Supervisor Sean Walter, who has said the town has a deficit of more than $5 million, said the $167,727 is needed.
“This money goes right into the CPF,” he said. “The debt service in the CPF fund is $6.5 million. We need to maintain an income of $3.5 million a year to continue to pay it off before it comes out of general fund, because we have some reserves there. Last year I think (the CPF revenue) came in at $2.5 million, and we’re not there yet this year.”
The supervisor wasn’t alone in his thinking.
“I know they have a corporate attorney, and they didn’t know they had to do this when they merged?” Councilman Jim Wooten said. “Sorry, you gotta pay the tax, or fire your top legal staff.”
“I don’t want to set a precedent,” Councilman John Dunleavy said. Councilwoman Jodi Giglio also opposed waiving the fine.
Councilman George Gabrielsen was absent from Thursday’s work session.
ConocoPhillips spokesman John Roper declined comment for this story.
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A cabbie from Riverhead allegedly driving high on crack cocaine, ran a red light Wednesday afternoon in Flanders, causing a three-car crash that sent him and another person to an area hospital, authorities said.

Southampton Town Police said 45-year-old Louis Mannino of East Main Street, who was driving a taxi without any passengers, ran the light near the intersection of County Road 105 and Flanders Road about 3:30 p.m., causing the accident.

Mr. Mannino had a crack pipe on him and admitted to smoking crack cocaine earlier in the day, police charged. He and a passenger in one of the other cars were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center, where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

Police did not release the identities of the other drivers or passengers involved.

After his release from the hospital, Mr. Mannino was taken to Southampton police headquarters and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

* Frantz Orcel, 28, whose address is listed as the homeless sex offender trailer on the county jail property in Riverside, was charged with failure to report a change of address Saturday afternoon at Southampton police headquarters.

Mr. Orcel headed to headquarters to complete his sex offender address verification paperwork as required by state law, and was subsequently arrested on a warrant for not notifying police of his address change within 10 days, officials said.

He is considered a Level 3 sex offender because of a 2005 conviction for forcible touching, involving two girls, ages 15 and 17, according to the state’s sex offender registry.

He was arraigned in Southampton Justice Court and released on $500 bail, police said.

* Enrique Gonzalez, 31, who was also living at the sex offender trailer, was charged with failing to report a change of address last Wednesday, police said. He was picked up at the trailer on a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender and then taken to police headquarters for booking, according to police. Additional information was not available.

* Joe McKay, 63, of Pine Street in Riverside was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana Friday night on Flanders Road in Riverside, where he was found in possession of crack cocaine and marijuana, according to police.

* A 17-year-old Riverhead woman reported being punched in the head by another woman during a dispute last Monday night on Kirk Avenue in Flanders. The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of discomfort and swelling, police said.

* Frank Jefferson, 25, of Wildwood Trail in Northampton was charged with criminal contempt at police headquarters after he violated a court order of protection on July 14, police said.

* Danielle Hall, 30, of Ludlam Avenue in Riverside was picked up on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court last Wednesday with regard to prior assault and harassment charges, police said.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

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Hope you are all enjoying the final weeks of summer. We have some news and reminders this week.

There will be a Taizà candelight worship service tonight, Thursday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. at First Parish Church, UCC, This ecumenical service will combine simple contemplative songs, candle lighting, prayer and meditation. All are welcome. A freewill offering will be taken. Visit Spirit-Renewal.com or call 608-3827 for more information.

Old Steeple Community Church, 656 Main Road, Aquebogue, will hold its 34th annual Antiques in the Churchyard show and sale Saturday, Aug. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be more than 65 dealers, and a country lunch will be available. Donation: adults, $6; children under 12, free. Rain date: Monday, Sept. 6. Call 722-3070 for more information.

The Riverhead Recreation Department is sponsoring a movie night at South Jamesport Beach at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. The evening’s features include “Finding Nemo” and “Jaws,” both shown on a giant, inflatable movie screen! This sounds like much fun for the whole family. If you have little ones who may not be happy with “Jaws,” just come for “Finding Nemo.” Bring blankets, beach chairs, sweatshirts and bug repellent for this fun evening out. For questions and more information, call Danielle Doll, cultural affairs supervisor for the recreation department, at 722-4444, ext.731.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, from 3 to 7 p.m., Have a Heart Community Trust will be sponsoring a live and silent art auction at the home of local Aquebogue resident, Victor Ozeri, at 22 Overlook Drive. The auction will include more than 40 local and international artists, featuring oils, acrylics, watercolor, prints, photography, and sculptures. The bidding starts at $200. The auctioneer is Bonnie Grice, radio and talk show host of WLIU 88.3 FM, and the curator is Hector deCordova, artist and owner of deCordova Gallery.

There will be plenty of parking available, and boat slips as well! For reservations and more information on this event, e-mail [email protected] Tickets: $25 dollars at the door; $20 through PayPal. You can view the list of artists at decordovagallery.com/events. Check out the trust’s website, haveaheartcommunitytrust.org, for further details.

Diliberto Winery and Jamesport Meeting House presents “From Broadway to Napoli” fundraiser this Saturday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jamesport Meeting House. See Calendar for more details.

I can’t wait for September for life to slow down a little bit! In the midst of organized chaos, I am enjoying some simple pleasures, like the zinnias and sunflowers that are finally blooming in my garden! I planted them in late June, but they are finally making an appearance! I love late bloomers! Have a great week!

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From left, landscape supervisor Georgeann Packard, greenhouse manager Peter Gundersen, owners Anne Trimble and Nancy Leskody and landscape foreman J.P. Garcia.

Owners: Anne Trimble and Nancy Leskody

Year established: 1991

Location: 20985 Route 25, Cutchogue

Phone: 631-734-6494

Number of employees: 5

At Trimble’s of Corchaug Nursery in Cutchogue, where there are four acres of showcased plant material, “we cultivate a ‘small box’ mentality when it comes to the variety of plants we offer and our first-class service, always keeping our quality high and our prices competitive,” said owners Anne Trimble and Nancy Leskody.

Ms. Trimble, who directs the landscape division, designs and installs gardens for both commercial and residential properties. Ms. Leskody, in charge of the nursery, is a creative force behind the plant selection, growing practices and sales displays.

Trimble’s invites customers to explore the greenhouse, perennial hoop houses and the entire portfolio of trees and shrubs.

Many of the plants are propagated at the nursery from seed, vegetative cuttings and division. “We are ‘cool growers,’ so our plants are better acclimated once planted in your garden. That means they are not over-fertilized with synthetic products, doused in weed killers or sprayed with harsh insecticides. As in nature, we grow from the soil up, using an organic soil medium specially formulated for the specific plant,” said the owners.

Trimble’s also offers unique pottery, container plantings and planted bowling balls.

Trimble’s is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; its website is trimblesnursery.com.

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Some people are addicted to crack. Me, I’m addicted to Coke. Pepsi, too.

I know it’s bad for me, but I drink it day and night. Sometimes I even find myself staring at my alarm clock thinking that noon, when it’s socially acceptable to drink soda, can’t come fast enough.

It’s awful, I know. And I’ve heard all the warnings.

“That’s gonna rot your teeth out,” my father will say, his words whistling through his very own set of false enamel. Yet I continue to drink the syrupy goodness without pause.

I have very few vices. Alcohol? Sure, I’ll drink it, but I can go weeks without it. Cigarettes? I bought a pack once in junior high school and never again. But put me in a room full of sodas and I become the soft drink version of Nicolas Cage in “Leaving Las Vegas.”

I’d never discriminate against a soda, either. Cherry, grape, root beer, cream, I’m an equal opportunity flavor sipper. (I even drank Crystal Pepsi in ’92 and ’93.)

But something crazy happened this summer. After a couple months of nervous procrastination and inadequate flirting, I finally built up the courage to tell a certain young lady how I felt about her. She soon miraculously agreed to accept me as her lesser half.

We hit it off on a lot of levels, too. We have similar interests and ideals. We have an almost identical sense of humor. And, most importantly, we have a freakish ability to make each other smile.

So what does all that mushy stuff have to do with my love of soft drinks? The lady friend hates soda, and the thought of me drinking it really grosses her out. I could pick my right nostril with my left pinky toe and she wouldn’t bat an eye. But if I downed a shot of Mountain Dew in her presence, she’d go into convulsions and faint.

For the first couple weeks, this wasn’t a problem. I usually don’t start drinking soda in front of a new girlfriend until a couple of months have passed anyway. It’s No. 4 on my Rules of Dating chart, just below “Try to start all new relationships in late August; this way you can get eight months in before the Mets are again playing meaningful baseball games.” (Thank God the Amazins collapsed a little earlier this year.)

The past few weeks have been a struggle, though. The other night a friend poured himself a glass of Pepsi right in front of us. I found myself staring every time he raised the drink to his mouth. Pretending it was Sprite, I sipped my water.

That’s not to say I haven’t been drinking soda at all. For a while I was down to about a glass per day. This past week I indulged only twice. But I never drink it in front of her, which really makes me feel like I’m meeting Dr. Pepper in a seedy motel every time I twist a cap.

My goal is to live soda-free by October.

And that’s not the only lifestyle change this new relationship has brought upon me. I’m actually eating green things on the reg for the first time since I went through a mint chocolate chip ice cream binge in the mid-’90s. I even went to the gym this week. If I keep it up, pretty soon I’ll only have to lower the weights a peg or two when I follow up middle-aged women on the machines.

Sorry if this column makes it seem as though I’m complaining. Truth is, this new Grant’s doing pretty well. The other day, we went grocery shopping. As we made our way up the soda aisle, I ran my hand against a two-liter bottle of Sunkist as she walked ahead. We then went home and I didn’t think about soda again.

Yup, my unhealthy run with high fructose corn syrup is just about over. Instead, I’m spending my time with a great girl and some subpar beverages. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Grant Parpan is the web editor for Times/Review Newsgoup. He can be reached at [email protected] or 631-744-0404, ext. 20.

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Baker’s Workshop manager Christina DeLustro (left) and line cook Heather Ronan.

My mother always said that a good meal indoors tastes twice as good outdoors. She was a whiz with a hibachi grill, an expert hamburger maker and a skilled picnic-packer. Except for the time (in 1964) she brought warm spaghetti for the family to eat at a Mets game, her picnic planning was flawless. We can forgive her for the spaghetti, as it was an anomaly for our Anglo-Saxon family, and Mom was trying to look worldly-wise in the new Shea Stadium.

I’m still not fond of pasta at picnics, but I do love to eat outdoors. These waning days of summer are better for outdoor dining than the sweltering dog days. For a wine fancier, the East End offers many congenial places for both plain and fancy dining al fresco. Depending on your preference (and their alcohol policies), you can choose from among our many bucolic parks and beaches, the wineries that sell food or permit picnicking and the restaurants that offer outdoor dining.

I used to take disposable plates and utensils to the beach but, in an effort to keep plastic out of the trash, now I keep a stash of yard sale-quality, machine-washable accoutrements ready for excursions. The random assortment of forks, Granny’s frayed linen napkins and scratched, mismatched plates are awful indoors, but charming at the beach. So what if I lose the wooden-handled forks I got for free at a Rochester Mobil station in 1972?

You don’t need an elaborate wicker picnic basket, but do pack everything neatly in separate containers, the food well-chilled and pre-sliced.

Choosing a wine for a picnic is not at all the same as choosing wine to go with similar foods indoors. A breeze and sunshine will alter your perception of aroma and flavor, so delicately nuanced wines are wasted outdoors. Woody wines will taste clumsy and high-alcohol wines are as foolish as tanning oil. I don’t agree with those who think a picnic is an opportunity to cheerfully serve rotgut and get away with it. You don’t have to serve expensive wine, but do be thoughtful about how the wine and food will play together.

Aromatic but dry white wines are picnic-worthy, especially those with plenty of acidity. I like Bedell’s Taste White, a blend of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, viognier and gewúrztraminer, but at $30 a bottle, at a picnic it’s better for a couple than a crowd. Clovis Point’s 2006 Chardonnay has a kicker of 1 percent gewúrztraminer that takes its fruit into the assertive category, nice if you’ve got some fried chicken or a chunk of aged manchego. Raphael’s sauvignon blanc is splendid with Braun Seafood’s mixed lobster and shrimp salad (to which I add fresh ginger and lime juice and serve on a hot dog bun, like a lobster roll). Enough has been said already about rosà wines, so choose your own. As for reds, Long Island cabernet franc is light and spicy, great with grilled sausage or Serrano ham on a baguette.

The Peconic Bay Nautique wines are intentionally fresh and uncomplicated, well-matched for outdoor eating, and the grounds of Peconic Bay Winery, with their cushioned chaises and big umbrellas, are most hospitable for tasting and picnicking outdoors. There you can purchase small plated tapas to go with your wine tasting. Some other vineyards sell tasting plates to pair with their wines. Croteaux Vineyards’ courtyard ambiance enhances the flavor of its tasting selections, while cheese or charcuterie on the deck at Wölffer Estates is unparalleled for outdoor elegance.

Paumanok Vineyards welcomes you to bring your own picnic to the winery’s spacious deck. While picnicking at Osprey’s Dominion, you can even fly your kite. But remember, it is extremely rude (not to mention illegal) to drink alcoholic beverages other than those purchased on site, so do not, under any circumstance, bring your Budweiser or your Gallo Sonoma to drink at a local winery. The wineries are in business to sell wine; they are not parks. Call ahead for their picnicking policies.

I wish the villages would allow more cafà cuisine. When I don’t want to pack my own picnic, I do enjoy dining on the deck of Greenport’s Cuvà e as well as the Vine Cafà ‘s patio. On the South Side I like Citta Nuova in East Hampton or Sant Ambroeus in Southampton. On Shelter Island, the terrace at the Ram’s Head Inn, where I recently dined, was superlative. Clams with spicy sausage, Macari sauvignon blanc, a rising moon and music by the Baxter-Miller Band — now, that was worth a detour.

Ms. Hargrave was a founder of the Long Island wine industry in 1973. She is currently a freelance writer and consultant.

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Editor’s note: Listings prepared for Times/Review Newspapers by Suffolk Research Service, dated July 7-13, 2010.

Aquebogue (11931)

* Campo Brothers to Salmaggi, Elvira, 5 Cedar Cove Ct (600-66-2-4.7), (R), $444,000

* Thompson, J Trust to Melvin, II, Thomas, 6 Josica Dr (600-85-4-17), (R), $330,000

Baiting Hollow (11933)

* Brown, W and V to McColley, Patricia, 903 Bluffs Dr N (600-11.2-1-21), (R), $312,000

Calverton (11933)

* Crowder, M to Hughes Jr, William, 5388 Route 25A (600-76-2-2.6), (R), $360,000

* C.T.R. Development to Harsch Jr, Howard, 207 Donna Dr (600-79-1-9.9), (R), $515,000

Cutchogue (11935)

* Wellesley College to Pia, Mary, 5345 Vanston Rd (1000-111-14-1), (V), $475,000

* Gralton, G and M to Kelly, James, 45 Sterling Rd (1000-138-2-11), (R), $627,500

Flanders (11901)

* Davis, W to Foelsch, Frederick, 169 Sylvan Ave (900-123-1-34), (R), $300,000

* Coffey, V and V and A to Maktarow, Ahmed, 715 Flanders Rd (900-142-3-5), (R), $75,000

* Watson, S by Master to Dellasperanzo Jr, Vincent, 5 McKinley St (900-167-1-29), (R), $75,000

Greenport (11944)

* Duggan, M to Goldfarb, Anders, 465 Bailey Ave (1000-34-4-7), (R), $380,000

* Pollert, W to County of Suffolk, p/o 1100 CR 48 (1000-34-4-19.4), (V), $1,480,785

* Proferes Jr and Sydow to Johnson, Craig, 20 Middleton Rd (1000-40-5-17), (R), $306,000

* Petrone, D by Referee to Federal Home Loan Mortgage, 855 Shore Rd (1000-47-2-21), (R), $380,216

Mattituck (11952)

* Kirby, D and C to Keller, Bradley, 905 Capt Kidd Dr (1000-106-5-10), (R), $300,000

* White, C and Kenny, K to Schulze, Liam, 1385 Pike St (1000-140-2-40), (R), $305,000

Riverhead (11901)

* Katz, J to Heyen, John and Meghan, 21 Cruise St (600-13-3-48), (R), $207,500

* Riverhead Reeves Assoc to Landers, Richard, 17 Chris Sundrop Ct (600-43-5-24), (R), $451,700

* Karlin, B and K to Holgerson, Colette, 15 Daly Ct (600-110-1-15), (R), $319,000

* Zaleski, D to Shimura, Mineo, 236 Sweezy Ave (600-124-2-51), (R), $259,000

* Downs, D to Stephenson, Keenan, 299 Newton Ave (600-127-2-51), (R), $260,000

Shelter Island (11964)

* Rothenberg, R and Roy, M to Houghton, Brock, 84 Smith St (700-18-3-6), (R), $717,000

Southold (11971)

* Tenedios, S and O to Yuelys Irrevocable Trust, Dennis and Pauline, 1625 North Sea Dr (1000-54-4-18), (R), $1,100,000

Wading River (11792)

* Farley, L and C to Kassay, Tod, 2835 N Wading River Rd (600-27-1-39), (R), $575,000

* Ancel, L and Cancel, L to Assamagan, Ketevi, 80 Cliff Rd (600-27-3-13), (R), $362,560

* Wading River Woods to Hellberg, Terrylynne, 16 Joshua Ct (600-75.1-2-8), (R), $399,000

* Wading River Woods to Zaneski, Linda, 31 Joshua Ct (600-75.1-2-13), (R), $399,000

* Hellberg, T to Hnetinka, Scott, 153 Long Pond Rd (600-95-1-16), (R), $435,000

* Cirillo, D and K to Wicks, David, 43 Stephen Dr (600-114-1-21), (R), $475,000

(Key: Tax map numbers = District-Section-Block-Lot; (A) = agriculture; (R) = residential; (V) = vacant property; (C) = commercial; (R&E) = recreation and entertainment; (CS) = community services; (I) = industrial; (PS) = public service; (P) = park land; as determined from assessed values in the current tax rolls.)

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Christina De Rosa of Shoreham was the first overall finisher, winning the 10K race for the fourth time in five years.

One of the constants through the first 11 years of the Sound to Bay 10K’s history had been weather that featured heat, humidity and plenty of blazing sunshine. That changed on Sunday morning, though, when runners received relief in the form of overcast skies, rain and cooler temperatures than normal for the race’s 12th edition.

But another virtual constant in recent years remained, that of a winning performance by Christina De Rosa.

The weather did not deter a large turnout or De Rosa. De Rosa, 23, of Shoreham, not only won the women’s race for the fourth time in five years and the second year in a row, but she became the first woman to finish as the event’s overall winner. No wonder she called this her favorite road race.

De Rosa, a former runner for Miller Place High School and the University of Massachusetts, completed the race, which started at Iron Pier Beach in Northville and finished at South Jamesport Beach, in 38 minutes 49 seconds. She crossed the finish line 10 seconds before the men’s winner, Ken Bohan, 47, of Rocky Point.

“That is awesome, man,” the race director, Mario Carrera, said. “She is some runner.”

Following the race, the first of its kind that had been run in the rain, De Rosa, a nurse who works overnight shifts, joked that just getting up early in the morning is an accomplishment for her. As for her time, De Rosa said it was the worst she had ever posted in the Sound to Bay 10K. “It was slow,” she said. At the same time, she reasoned, “It’s faster than I would have run if I was by myself.”

De Rosa won last year’s race in 36:56. Perhaps one explanation for her slower time in the 6.2-mile race could be found on her watch, which indicated she had run 6.28 miles. “Maybe I go off course a little,” she theorized.

Bohan, an assistant cross-country and track coach at St. Anthony’s High School who has won many road races in his career, didn’t go as fast as he would have liked, either. His best 10K time is around 32:00. Bohan didn’t meet his goal of running a six-minute-mile pace, but he did remain in De Rosa’s shadow throughout the course of the race.

The two winners both passed a pair of runners about two miles in to take the top two positions. “That’s the way it stayed the rest of the way,” said Bohan.

Bohan was followed at the finish line by Gregory Pezolano of New York City, who turned in a time of 39:37. One other runner cracked the 40-minute mark, Benjamin Johnson of Trumball, Conn., who was clocked in 39:57.

Rounding out the top 10 in the men’s race were: Matthew Waldeck of Port Jefferson (41:08), Jason Lee of Riverhead (41:23), Bob Kujawski of Cutchogue (41:27), Greg Zanieski of Pleasant Valley (41:42), Don Wilburn of Massapequa (42:05), Vincent Cappadora of Deer Park (42:08) and Tripp Dohet of New Paltz (42:17).

Una Broderick of Wantagh was the women’s runner-up and fifth overall in 40:43. Maria Pavkovitch of Hoboken, N.J., was third in 41:22. The next seven female finishers after her were: Camissa Gallagher of Northport (41:41), Kathleen Kilbride of Cutchogue (43:04), Leslie Holleran of Marchester (43:48), Tina Vaccarella of Cutchogue (44:55), Moira Tuohy of Floral Park (45:03), Emily Malloy of New York City (45:26) and Susan Bayat of New York City (45:35).

Eight days earlier, Kilbride won the New Suffolk Waterfront 5K for the second straight year in a time of 20:33.

Of the 407 runners who registered for the Sound to Bay 10K, 358 completed it. That number wasn’t far off last year’s record of 388 runners who came out for the race, a fund-raiser for the Jamesport Fire Department. It’s apparent the rain didn’t scare many runners away.

“I always liked running in the rain since I was a kid,” Bohan said. “It’s always fun. You just deal with it.”

“I knew that if it was sunny, it would be really hot and we’d be baking,” he added. “Cloudy and rain, it’s not good for [the awards ceremony] afterwards, but it was good for the run.”

No complaints were heard from the four Scottish runners who competed. They didn’t seem to mind missing the sort of sun, heat and humidity that they don’t usually experience in Scotland.

“Running in this weather is good,” said Rodger McEleney of Glasgow, Scotland. “I think it did help the times a bit.”

McEleney (14th place in 43:19) is captain of the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue athletics team, which was also represented by Glasgow residents Gary Love (11th in 42:24), David Buchanan (15th in 43:30) and Owen McIntyre (18th in 44:15).

Scots have run in all 12 of the Sound to Bay 10Ks, and the Strathclyde team has another race coming up in Germany next weekend.

The rain “really didn’t start getting bad until maybe the last mile,” De Rosa said. “At that point, you don’t even realize it. Late August, you don’t know what you’re going to get yourself into.”

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