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Voluntown Family Chosen For "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

There are 55 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Dec 4, 2008, titled Voluntown Family Chosen For "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Voluntown 's Carol Girard and her four children were selected this morning as only the second Connecticut family to appear in the popular ABC TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" -- which over the course of ...

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Nola

Meriden, CT

#1 Dec 4, 2008
After all of the hardships and sorrow this family has endured it's so heartwarming to finally hear some happy news about them. God bless and may you live with love and happiness in your new home.!
Heidi in Suffield

Lynnfield, MA

#2 Dec 4, 2008
Hooray for the Girards! As I have followed their story over the past years, I have prayed so often for a miracle for them. Ty and his crew are giving them that. Congrats to the Girards....and thanks ABC for giving to this very deserving family!
13yrcit

Newington, CT

#3 Dec 4, 2008
How Wonderful!! Hopefully this will begin a new path of healing for this family!

Since: Dec 08

Norwich, CT

#4 Dec 4, 2008
They don't need anymore volunteers but you can still go and be a spectator or donate money.
Ish Kabibble

Chatham, NJ

#5 Dec 4, 2008
Good news for a family that has suffered so much.
I believe

East Hartford, CT

#6 Dec 4, 2008
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And his name is Ty Pennington. I was moved to tears over the blessing this family is about to receive. Thank you Ty and ABC for giving this family something to smile about.
Amused Crack-er

Bethlehem, PA

#7 Dec 4, 2008
What a heart-warming story!!! After the terrible year this poor family has had, it's nice to read - especially at this time of year - that they will be getting such a great gift!! It won't ease the pain of the loss of the husband/father and son/brother, but it will help them at least live a comfortable life in a new home.
demand justice

Philadelphia, PA

#10 Dec 4, 2008
Pathetic wrote:
Typical mentality of greed in this country. I'm sure getting the new house will make the fact that the father and son drowned go away!
Pathetic!
Truly, I don't think I've ever seen a more appropriate blog name than yours...Pathetic!
Be Carefull

Old Lyme, CT

#11 Dec 4, 2008
Now let's hope they don't lose the place to the bank in a few years like the others did.
Increased utility bills, increased maintenance bills and last but not least Increased Taxes have caused several past "winners" to go belly up. Try not to re-finance the place and "pull" equity out to support your snazzy new lifestyle or you will end up back on the skids....ha ha ha
this is wrong

Newington, CT

#12 Dec 4, 2008
what happens when they can't afford the taxes for this wonderful new house, they'll be worse off then they were.

anything for ratings, ty is just a self promoting salesman with an annoying manner
Morons

Vernon Rockville, CT

#13 Dec 4, 2008
deshard wrote:
I know I'll surely take some heat over this, but first, of course, their tragedy was that, a tragedy and it's wonderful that they'll be helped by the folks at ABC.
I just wonder if their priest, Father Angelo plans to boycott the whole process as two of the program's stars are openly gay (Eduardo Xol and Michael Moloney) or is the priest a hypocrite? Will he work besides these men in bringing relief to this family while he at the same time considers them sinners who need to be "cured" and who present a danger to "family values" and who are not worthy of a simple civil liberty (his words more or less, check out his website maryvictrix.wordpress.com ).
Again, nothing but love and healing for the family.
No, sir. You'll not take any heat from anyone with half a brain. We are all God's children. Unless youre gay. Or disabled. Or a Democrat. Or Pro-Choice. The conundrum of how the clergy can so unilaterally dismiss scientific fact is one of the reasons I dont go to church anymore. Im not talking about creation. Im talking about stem cells and recognition of homosexuality as a biological variant of the human species rather than a disease of the mind. And no, Im not gay. But I recognize their right to exist and pursue life liberty and happiness. That includes marriage. Who are any of us to tell two people they may not fulfill their own destiny as they see fit? The government certainly has no right. Neither does the church. Priests are defined as the human voice of God. I highly doubt God himself hates his own creation.
seriously

United States

#14 Dec 4, 2008
deshard wrote:
I know I'll surely take some heat over this, but first, of course, their tragedy was that, a tragedy and it's wonderful that they'll be helped by the folks at ABC.
I just wonder if their priest, Father Angelo plans to boycott the whole process as two of the program's stars are openly gay (Eduardo Xol and Michael Moloney) or is the priest a hypocrite? Will he work besides these men in bringing relief to this family while he at the same time considers them sinners who need to be "cured" and who present a danger to "family values" and who are not worthy of a simple civil liberty (his words more or less, check out his website maryvictrix.wordpress.com ).
Again, nothing but love and healing for the family.
really...was this necessary? like..it had to be brought up, no matter what?
comment

Newington, CT

#15 Dec 4, 2008
deshard wrote:
I know I'll surely take some heat over this, but first, of course, their tragedy was that, a tragedy and it's wonderful that they'll be helped by the folks at ABC.
I just wonder if their priest, Father Angelo plans to boycott the whole process as two of the program's stars are openly gay (Eduardo Xol and Michael Moloney) or is the priest a hypocrite? Will he work besides these men in bringing relief to this family while he at the same time considers them sinners who need to be "cured" and who present a danger to "family values" and who are not worthy of a simple civil liberty (his words more or less, check out his website maryvictrix.wordpress.com ).
Again, nothing but love and healing for the family.
keep your politics in CA...this is a wonderful story keep it as that!
Take your agenda somewhere else.
Reality Check

East Hartford, CT

#17 Dec 4, 2008
this is wrong wrote:
what happens when they can't afford the taxes for this wonderful new house, they'll be worse off then they were.
anything for ratings, ty is just a self promoting salesman with an annoying manner
You know the tax thing is an interesting spin and worth noting. It brings up a good point.
Joe 6 Pack

Hartford, CT

#18 Dec 4, 2008
"Now let's hope they don't lose the place to the bank in a few years like the others did.
Increased utility bills, increased maintenance bills and last but not least Increased Taxes have caused several past "winners" to go belly up. Try not to re-finance the place and "pull" equity out to support your snazzy new lifestyle or you will end up back on the skids....ha ha ha"
You sound a bit anti-social! Can't you be happy for others? Only one of the many people who were helped have lost their home, and it was due to them refinancing the home to open a construction company in GA.

Since: Mar 07

AOL

#20 Dec 4, 2008
I'd like to know why it takes some type of hardship to get others to help someone? I've said this time & time again pertaining to this show. You either have to have cancer or have someone die in order to have someone help. It's not a "handout" but rather people helping others out of the kindness of their hearts instead of waiting until someone dies in order to feel the need to do it. What's wrong with doing something for someone "just because"? If we had more people in the world who did things for others for the mere sake of kindness instead of waiting for a horrendous tragedy we may be in a better place.

Since: Mar 07

AOL

#22 Dec 4, 2008
this is wrong wrote:
what happens when they can't afford the taxes for this wonderful new house, they'll be worse off then they were.
anything for ratings, ty is just a self promoting salesman with an annoying manner
Well if you've noticed in the news & the papers there has been problems with that in the past with many homes they've built. They build these new enormous homes & the taxes go up & some people, who have had their homes bujilt by this show, have had to actually abandon their home because they then cannot AFFORD it. While it's a nice thing that they do, it's not always beneficial. And like soneone else had mentioned, building a new home will never take away the pain of losing a husband/father & son. It makes for great television & pulls on the heart strings of viewers, but it's anothing but a temporary band aid for a permanent problem.

Since: Mar 07

AOL

#23 Dec 4, 2008
Be Carefull wrote:
Now let's hope they don't lose the place to the bank in a few years like the others did.
Increased utility bills, increased maintenance bills and last but not least Increased Taxes have caused several past "winners" to go belly up. Try not to re-finance the place and "pull" equity out to support your snazzy new lifestyle or you will end up back on the skids....ha ha ha
Yup. I just read last year about one (out of many) family that were in peril of losing their newly built large home due to the raised taxes & not being able to keep up with its increased value. They went from one hardship to another. It's one aspect of the show they conveniently leave out for the viewers.
Be Carefull

Old Lyme, CT

#24 Dec 4, 2008
Joe 6 Pack wrote:
"Now let's hope they don't lose the place to the bank in a few years like the others did.
Increased utility bills, increased maintenance bills and last but not least Increased Taxes have caused several past "winners" to go belly up. Try not to re-finance the place and "pull" equity out to support your snazzy new lifestyle or you will end up back on the skids....ha ha ha"
You sound a bit anti-social! Can't you be happy for others? Only one of the many people who were helped have lost their home, and it was due to them refinancing the home to open a construction company in GA.
Not true....there was a long list of winners that ended up losing their places after having them made over. If not from this show than from others just like it.
I am happy for this family and would hate to see them end up broken hearted like the others did. A little common sense is in order, that's all.
p.s. Watch out for the property tax bill...Ct is the worst
Ricky

Newington, CT

#25 Dec 4, 2008
Reality Check wrote:
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Oh no Ricky are you back again. I thought I left you on another page!!!
Somebody has to take the reigns of responsibility and good sense along with high intelligence.

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