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06-26-06, 12:46 AM #1
great job extreme makeover home edition.
In two back-to-back episodes, the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team joins forces with the entire community of El Segundo, California, to rebuild the home of a police officer and his cancer-stricken wife. The Anaheim Mighty Ducks, standup comedian Robert Schimmel and ESPN sportscaster John Anderson lend a helping hand.
TV show has surprise home makeover for El Segundo family
Police officer, wife and children were victimized by bad repairs. Remodeling will take only a week.
By Andrea Sudano
A sliver of Hollywood and some good fortune came to an El Segundo family Tuesday morning when they opened the front door to the surprise of a lifetime.
ABC television's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" surprised El Segundo police officer Bruce Lewis and his wife, Paulita, and two children, announcing that a complete overhaul on their modest El Segundo home would be completed for free in about a week.
The cast of the reality show has traveled around the country since 2003, rebuilding homes, redecorating every room and completing landscaping all in about a week for families in dire need of help.
And the Lewis family is no exception.
Theirs is a modern cautionary tale: Low interest rates allowed the family a chance to remodel their 1,100-square-foot house, but work was slow and poor, according to a statement from ABC.
The winter's record rains severely damaged the roof of the home in the 400 block of Washington Street, and it gave way, ruining the Lewis' furniture and possessions.
When Bruce confronted the contractor, he allegedly took off, leaving the project incomplete and the family out $40,000, ABC said.
In close-knit El Segundo, neighbors and friends pitched in, organizing fund-raisers and doing what they could, said neighbor Byron Hogoboon. But it wasn't enough.
In the meantime, Bruce, Paulita, who has cancer, and their children have stayed in a single bedroom at Bruce's mother's Grand Avenue apartment.
The Lewises apparently had some idea they might be one of five finalists for a complete overhaul on their home. Any inkling that they won were confirmed Tuesday when the cast and some neighbors stood outside their makeshift home and bellowed, "Good morning, Lewis family" on megaphones and greeted them with the news.
The family couldn't comment Tuesday, as they were busy taping and later taken away for a weeklong vacation while work was done to their home.
But by official accounts, the Lewises were indeed surprised, despite a large luxury bus parked outside, half-a-dozen police cars circling the block and a gaggle of gaffers, cameramen and curious residents keeping watch for three hours before the surprise.
As the scheduled 7:30 a.m. surprise was pushed back to 9 and then closer to 10:30, a bit of television magic unraveled as the audience saw firsthand the logistics behind producing such a show.
Two trucks with huge trailers pulled up full of equipment, cases and cords. Producers with headsets and clipboards wandered up and down the street. Cast members shot their segments several times to get the moment just right.
And that was just the work on the scene. Production crews have been quietly working with the city for weeks, getting plans approved and applying for permits, said Seimone Jurjis, El Segundo's director of building and planning safety.
An ABC spokeswoman refused to comment on plans for the home, but building documents approved by the city entail an extension of the front porch and the addition of a room in back.
"It's going to look really nice," Jurjis said. "They're using rock veneers and wood siding. The end product is a very attractive house."
ABC has yet to pay nearly $8,000 in fees, but the city is investigating corporate sponsorships, he said.
Minor construction began Tuesday afternoon, but is expected to go full-throttle Thursday morning, according to a preliminary schedule.
Work is expected to end Thursday afternoon, when the Lewis family will see the final result.
ABC did not have an expected air date for the show, only saying it would run sometime in the fall season.
To complete the Lewis' home on time, work is expected go round the clock, Jurjis said. Neighbors apparently aren't worried about the racket, and ABC has their signatures OK'ing 24-hour construction to prove it.
"The work force is so many people doing so many things," he said. "With all the contractors and subcontractors, it's going to be huge. You can't do it without all the manpower."
every time I see this show. I'm reminded that there are way more good people out there than dirtbags...thank god
Last edited by narc; 06-26-06 at 12:50 AM."Here's to us and those like us .....damn few left"
06-26-06, 12:58 AM #21*girl Guest
I gotta start watching ABC so I know when that episode will air!
06-26-06, 04:13 AM #3
it actually aired this evening."Here's to us and those like us .....damn few left"
06-26-06, 08:24 AM #4
This just goes to show people that even police officers are hit with troubled times.Being the best is not what always counts. What counts is always trying your best.
Remember who you are, and where you came from. That way you never get a big head.
May those that lost their lives in 9-11 RIP, for the things you did not many could do. You left so many behind so that you could save so few. For now we stand strong as one, and will not look back till the fight is done. (me)
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