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Trousdell House Has New Owners

Michael and Claudia Taglich restore historic house

Sag Harbor residents Michael and Claudia Taglich were honored at the annual Main Street Association meeting last Wednesday night at the Life Enrichment Center for putting forth restoration money to save the historic Trousdell House, also known as “Hillside,” which is located at the corner of East Main Street and Sandy Hill Road. The couple had donated $2 million for a roof-to-foundation restoration of the home, which was built in 1844.

“The Taglich family helped raise the necessary money to stabilize this house and we are very grateful for that,” said Main Street Association President John Bonifacio. “It is critical for us as community members and an organization to fight for the preservation of our historic structures to make sure they are not lost.”

Michael, who is chairman and president of Taglich Brothers, a New York City-based securities firm, said he had bought the home from the North Shore Land Alliance, a nonprofit that usually buys and preserves vacant land.

“It is a beautiful, historic structure and we did not want to see it torn down by developers,” said Taglich. “My wife and I and our four daughters really like the area of Oyster Bay and we plan to stay here in this wonderful house with its charming character.”

The Trousdell House, “Hillside,” has a very historical background. It was built in 1844 as a summer home for Cornelius and Adelia McCoon and housed a tavern and inn in the 1850s. In the 1870s, President Theodore Roosevelt’s uncle, James, rented the home and for much of the later 20th century, Dr. James Trousdell kept it as his home and office.

In 2011 the home was bought by the North Shore Land Alliance to prevent demolition and construction from developers.

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Five kiosks in the downtown area were given a facelift. Broken and scratched panes were replaced and shingles and trim were repainted. New information sheets were also added highlighting businesses and historic sites.

Main Street Association Board member Mario Gallo took part in the Adopt-A-Spot initiative, helping to transform the gateway into Oyster Bay from West Shore Rd. With help from Forest Iron Works of Locust Valley, Gallo helped beautify the location by adding plantings and spreading out the signage on a brand new white fence. Gallo who worked the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce on the project, will help maintain the plantings throughout the year.

News

“Visitation is up 300 percent,” said Harriet Gerard Clark, Raynham Hall Museum director.

“Two-thirds of them come because of reading the book by Brian Kilmeade, George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution, and seeing the series ‘Turn’ on A&E,” added Tom Valentine, docent, who keeps the list of visitors. Soon the series will include the story of Robert Townsend of Oyster Bay who was known as Culper, Jr. when he was a spy for George Washington.

Alex Sutherland, director of education, nailed his definition. “He was the most important spy for George Washington because he had the perfect cover. He was pretending to be a Loyalist and writing for a Loyalist newspaper and befriending British officers at his coffee shop in downtown New York while secretly collecting information.

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Sports

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.

Ice Dreams, an Olympic Ice Show starring 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist Jason Brown and aspiring local skaters, is coming to Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sept. 20.

Isabella Skvarla, 13, Julia Tauter, 12, and Chiara Vlacich, 12, all of Oyster Bay, Julia Forte, 12, of Locust Valley and Riley Stein, 11, of Bayville will be skating in the world class show to celebrate the opening of the best figure skating facility Long Island has ever seen.


Calendar

Art In A Meadow

Saturday, Sept. 13

Bayville Oktoberfest

Saturday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 14

Hurricane Preparedness

Tuesday, Sept. 16



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