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From Blight House To Bright Spot: Green Honors For Hillspoint Home

For years, only one thing marred the view from Old Mill Road and Elvira Mae’s, down Hillspoint Road. There — sandwiched between handsome beach homes and the beach itself — sat a blight house.

Unkempt and untended, it looked out of place. And dangerous.

When Robin Tauck bought the property, and an adjacent lot, she wanted to maintain the traditional beach community vibe. But she’s also an ardent environmentalist.

Her vision for the blight house was to maintain the same footprint for minimal impact, while creating a model for future homes.

Working with architect Michael Greenberg and TecKnow, the Bedford Square-based company that combines automation technology with green energy products, she built an innovative “guest cottage.” (Her own, similarly designed home, is next door.)

The new Hillspoint Road home.

227 Hillspoint Road uses sustainable building practices and innovative technology. Solar and battery storage is optimized, so the house is run almost entirely off the grid.

It meets many of the standards for a Green Building Award: rehabilitation, energy efficiency, innovation, conservation, sustainability, and modeling for the future.

So the other day — around the same time the United Nations hosted its Climate Action Summit — Governor Ned Lamont and Congressman Jim Himes were in town. So was Albert Gore III, from Tesla (one of the companies TecKnow works with), environmental leaders from groups like Sustainable Westport and Save the Sound, and all 3 selectmen.

Robin Tauck and Governor Ned Lamont, on the steps of 227 Hillspoint Road.

They presented Tauck, Greenberg and TecKnow with a Green Building Award. It recognizes this project, for its contribution to sustainability.

The honor signifies one more step on Westport’s path to being a net zero community, by 2050.

And it also shows that a small, blighted house need not be replaced by a bigger, more energy-sapping one.

Especially at such a well-known, beloved and lovely spot by the shore.

Phil Levieff of TecKnow, Albert Gore III of Tesla, and Robin Tauck. (Photos/JC Martin)

Unsung Hero #84

Ana Rogers grew up in Westport. For the past 11 years she’s owned a dog-walking business. Something happened at Winslow Park a few weeks ago that she thought deserved mention on “06880.” It sure does! Ana writes:

I was on my last walk of the day, with 5 of my most well-behaved dogs. Winslow Park was almost empty.

I bumped into Mike Greenberg and his German shepherd, Luna. Mike grew up in Westport, and designs and builds beautiful houses. (He’s not to be confused with the other Mike Greenberg, the sports broadcaster and writer, whose dog I happened to be walking.)

Mike the builder and I don’t know each other well. But he’s good friends of a friend of mine. We decided to do a loop around the trails together.

It was a cold day. The dogs were frisky and playful.

German shepherds — and labs, and every other kind of dog — love Winslow Park. (Photo/Tracy Porosoff)

Halfway around the loop, a golden retriever I was walking ran from behind me, and clipped my right side. My feet went out from under me, and I put out my right arm to break my fall.

The impact jammed all my weight into my elbow. I knew right away something was terribly wrong.

The dogs also sensed it. One licked my face as I lay on the ground.

Mike tried to help me up several times, but I felt like I was going to faint. This went on for 20 minutes. No one passed us the entire time.

Finally, I was able to stand. Mike helped me back to my car. He suggested I call the owners to come pick up their dogs. But no one was home.

Mike Greenberg

Mike realized he could not leave me there. I was in shock, and unable to drive. So he loaded the dogs in my car, and added his to the group.

We dropped the 5 dogs off: one by Clinton Avenue, then over to Marion Road, then toward the beach on Grove Point.

When the last dog was dropped off, Mike took me to Norwalk Hospital. I had 2 broken bones in my elbow. I’m in a splint for 6 weeks, then physical therapy.

I know Mike had other plans that afternoon — I heard him cancel some appointments.

The entire ordeal took a few hours.  But the entire time Mike was cheerful, trying to distract me from my pain and distress.

I don’t know what I would have done if Mike Greenberg hadn’t been there. He was my guardian angel — and  my unsung hero.

Happy 100th, Lee Greenberg!

Lee Greenberg — a longtime and iconic Westporter — celebrated her 100th birthday this week.

Lee Greenberg, 100 years young,

She entertained a crowd of 50 — mostly relatives, and a few of her fellow Rotary Club members — at Maplewood at Strawberry Hill. Lee broke her hip a few weeks ago, but is recovering well there.

Lee Greenberg has 4 great-grandchildren. Zefera — shown here — will be 100 in 2115.

Family members came from as far as California for the celebration.

Lee Greenberg with her children: Mike, Debbie and Gail.

Lee asked that in lieu of gifts, donations be made to Westport Rotary. Guests happily obliged.

Michael — married to Lee’s granddaughter Allegra — entertained the crowd (and his grandmother-in-law).

Happy birthday, Lee! Thank you for all you’ve given the town. Here’s to many more candles, and a lot more cake!

Mike Greenberg’s Rules

Each morning, Mike Greenberg entertains more than 3 million people.

They tune in to ESPN Radio to hear him and another Mike — Golic — riff on and rip into topics, ranging from why baseball managers should dress like real people, to people who claim they go to Hooters just for the wings.

Tomorrow (July 7), Greenberg faces a much smaller — but far more imposing — audience:  his fellow Westporters.

At 7 p.m. the Westport Library hosts Greenberg for a discussion of his new book:  Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life.

At least, Greenberg is supposed to plug his latest work.

Really, he says, “we’ll talk about whatever people want.  I hope young people come.  If they’re interested in a career in sports or broadcasting, I’m happy to answer their questions.  Or whatever they want.”

Clearly, Greenberg can go with the flow.

Just as clearly, he enjoys his life — both at work and in Westport.

“I could live anywhere,” he says.  “But Westport is an idyllic combination of ease and opportunity.  We’re in the country, but we’ve got the sophistication of the proximity to New York.  And there are so many cultural opportunities both here and there.”

Greenberg does not work in New York.  ESPN’s studios are near Hartford.  Okay, as even the most casual sports fan knows:  Bristol.  It’s the butt of a thousand ESPN jokes.

“The shlep is worth it,” Greenberg says.

He’s home in time to coach his 2 kids’ Little League baseball and softball teams.  But — just as Greenberg’s radio show roams far beyond sports — they’re not only jocks.

“They grew up in that library,” he says.  “My daughter took her 1st steps there.  They did the Itty Bittys program.  They love the place.”

Greenberg does too.  He wrote his 1st book — Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot — there.  (Obviously, she didn’t want him working at home.)

“I’d get food from Chef’s Table, sit down at a table in a nook overlooking the river, take out my laptop and write for 2 or 3 hours,” he recalls.  “It was perfect.”

On Wednesday, Greenberg returns to the library.  He’ll give a book talk lead a discussion with friends, his friends’ kids, and his kids’ parents.

They’re his neighbors.  Unlike his wife, they won’t think he’s an idiot.