Kids of Couple Killed in Superstorm Sandy Get Home Makeover

Reality home improvement show unveiled new digs for family Tuesday.

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By Jason Koestenblatt

Mendham, New Jersey
– Rich and Beth Everett were killed by a felled tree the night Superstorm Sandy made landfall. They were driving with their two sons when a towering arbor crashed down on front of the vehicle, instantly killing the parents.

In the 15 months since, surrounding communities have done their best to ease the pain of the couple's four children – Zoe, 20, Talia, 18, Theo, 15, and Pierce, 12.

Now, according to a report on dailyrecord.com, NBC's home improvement show "George to the Rescue" has pitched in to help the kids with home repairs they could not handle themselves.

The kids spent three weeks at the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown while the renovations were made, and had the upgrades unveiled to them on Tuesday, the report said. 

The show's season premiere is scheduled for March 22, the report said, and the Everett's makeover is scheduled for the opener, but could change.

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Elena Bowen February 05, 2014 at 02:40 PM
That's wonderful news but poor darlings:(
Carma February 05, 2014 at 02:48 PM
This is a really nice story, and I am happy for these kids. But I have noticed that my local Patch is sharing many more not so local stories. I signed on to keep in touch with my own community. Just wanted to put that out there.
christopher papazoglow February 05, 2014 at 02:49 PM
Learn proper punctuation. In any situation like this, it's not Reality, but 'Reality'. Any shows that feature regular "cast members" , including home improvement shows, are staged productions. It's great what they've done for these kids, but realize that anytime "reality show" is placed at the front in referencing a show, it's generally faked / staged reality that ensues.
MAS February 05, 2014 at 02:56 PM
The "reality" is that they lost their parents! Nothing staged or fake about that.
Ben Messina February 05, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Gotta say, I'm with Carol on this one.
christopher papazoglow February 05, 2014 at 03:15 PM
I'm with Carol and MAS.
alison foley February 05, 2014 at 05:06 PM
great story ! So happy to read something good for a change, especially regarding these poor kids and the horrible REALITY they have to navigate through everyday. Thank you for sharing this.
Brett February 05, 2014 at 05:11 PM
Patch - if you don't have local news to report please don't report anything at all. We all have access to national news and human interest stories - typically from more sources than we even want.
JTTPW February 05, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Agree with the above - I don't click on Patch to read stories from thousands of miles away. Keep it local, or close up shop! Thank you.
Shirley Dicktor February 05, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Happy for these kids, but why is this on the Laguna Niguel- Dana Point Patch site?
Deborah Ursino February 05, 2014 at 06:41 PM
Nice story but I'm going to unsubscribe to Patch because so many of the stories are not local to my town/area anymore! Not sure what is going on....
Patricia Paul February 05, 2014 at 07:05 PM
What's wrong with all of you people, climb out of the small little box you live in, and see the rest of the world...this was a wonderfully touching story, and you all are complaining because it didn't take place right next door to you??? These 4 kids have gone through an unimaginable tragedy, that most of us couldn't even fathom, and I for one, don't care if they live in CT or NJ, it was a beautiful story...
Brett February 05, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Patricia - if you get the Patch to read beautiful stories from around the country it's you that lives in an extraordinarily small box. There are tons of news services of all kinds that report on national and international news. The beauty of this particular story isn't the point. The point is that the Patch was presented as LOCAL news and that's the only reason I subscribe to it. That doesn't mean I have no empathy for the children in this story! Get a grip!
Lydea Simpson February 06, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Feeling good for these kids
JoJo February 06, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Carol is right on! The Patch is our local news.. Fox News is news about the kids and their new house. Good for them but bring back Susan already....she knows what we need!!!!!!!
Patricia Paul February 06, 2014 at 11:34 AM
Brett 307 comments...you get a grip..
Brett February 06, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Patricia - yes. Like most, I read the Patch to follow LOCAL news and I comment on things happening in MY neighborhood. Patch was presented as a forum for that purpose. Your inability to grasp this issue doesn't mean you have a point, and your need to count how many times someone else has posted shows you not only need to get a grip - but a life.
Patricia Paul February 06, 2014 at 12:09 PM
I have a life, sorry next to your name it leaves a count...I read local and national news...and sometimes comment on both...I just felt like you were all being so negative, I apologize, not my business...
Tara May Tesimu February 06, 2014 at 12:19 PM
@Patricia, thank you for bringing some positivity to the comment thread! It's wonderful to see! =) I hope you have a fantastic day!
Tara May Tesimu February 06, 2014 at 12:19 PM
@Lydea, I am feeling good for these kids, too!
MIC February 06, 2014 at 02:57 PM
Great for the kids, Why did the parents see the need to drive during a major storm. Guess warning and restrictions don't apply to everyone
CT February 07, 2014 at 06:05 AM
For you commenters unhappy that "your" Patch is not as local as before, it's because the company was losing money so many Patch offices have closed, Patch writers have been laid off, and there are fewer Patch hubs. This is just a preview of what is to come with the new, hopefully profitable Patch news service.
Brett February 07, 2014 at 07:43 AM
If that's the case I suspect the Patch is circling the drain and we're already seeing a preview of what's to come - subscribers leaving the service and the Patch ultimately going out of business. Unless they intend to be better than the BBC, New York Times, CNN, and countless other sources I can't see a reason for the Patch to exist - at least not in my world. A forum where local issues were reported on and discussed by local people had unique value. But another site simply fighting for your attention with sensationalistic "journalism" is a waste of time in my opinion.
CT February 07, 2014 at 08:39 AM
Brett - I really hope the Patch succeeds. A lot of business experts (I am not one) believe they started too big. The Patch originally started in most of the country, and some believe they should have started small, focussing on a few towns and then grow from there. Let's hope they find the right voice. I believe NJ is ripe for their success. We are underserved by NY/Philly news markets.
Brett February 07, 2014 at 10:09 AM
I don't mean this to be negative (and God knows I don't want to upset Patricia) but I have no more allegiance to the Patch than I do any other publication, restaurant, car company, or anything else. If something changes into something else it may no longer be useful - and there would be no use (to me) to a Patch that simply regurgitates news stories that are already available on far more advanced sites. The idea of a site for truly local information was very appealing to me as it was a way to read what's happening in my neighborhood: crime, new restaurants, zoning, schools, etc. My hope is something else will come along that does just that. Anyone with access to a computer has access to the rest of the world at their fingertips.
Liberty February 08, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Well, Chester-Mendham is "right next door" and I see nothing wrong in reporting this story about the after-effects of a storm that hit ALL of us. The Patch does report our very local news, but sometimes there's not a lot out there, so going a couple miles down 24 is not earth-shaking. If it doesn't suit your needs--unsubscribe, simple solution. Not like it's costing anything....
JTTPW February 08, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Respectfully, Liberty, this is in our local Patch, 3,000 miles away, in California. I read Patch, or at least used to, to find out what's going on on Main St., not your street, and you probably don't care who is speaking at our library, what restaurant is opening, or closing, down the block from me, etc. Patch seems to have lost it's reason for being. Thank you.
Brett February 08, 2014 at 04:01 PM
Liberty - I'm thousands of miles away too. If I were local to this issue like you I wouldn't see a problem with the story either. We're having our own issues where I live related to schools, the formation of cities, crime,etc. that I doubt you'd want to read about on a site that's presented itself as a way to stay in touch with what's happening in your neighborhood.


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