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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.

Other MSA News:

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

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, Long Islanders taking mass transit may find themselves caught up in the mad dash of the holiday rush. But on the Oyster Bay line, riders are lucky in that they don’t experience the same level of stress over parking as some of the busier lines do.

“The Oyster Bay station never seems to get that crowded, but we’ll see what happens during Thanksgiving holiday when a lot of people come to visit families. I don’t think I’ll have a problem commuting, though,” says Michael Miniero, an Oyster Bay resident who regularly commutes to work on the LIRR.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


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Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

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