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Kitchen makeover motivates recovery from illness
By AMY J. BARRY Special to The Day

Publication: The Day

Published 08/20/2011 12:00 AM

Niantic's Shaw Remodeling and Channel 8 have partnered to create "Fix My House," a scaled-down Connecticut version of the popular reality ABC TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

"Fix My House" brings the same concept down to a community level, where the odds are much better for a Connecticut family to "win" a makeover. Local businesses pitch in goods and services to make their dream a reality. 

The first "Fix My House" project - a total kitchen renovation headed up by Colin Shaw, owner of Shaw Remodeling, along with a team of four - was completed in less than four weeks.

Channel 8 reviewed more than 900 entries consisting of kitchen photos and essays explaining why the writer or someone he or she knew deserved a kitchen makeover. After narrowing submissions down to eight finalists, Colin Shaw picked three finalists and selected Bob and Carolyn Maroney of North Branford. The couple's new kitchen was revealed on WTNH's "CT Style" earlier this month.

Shaw says it was a very difficult selection process as "the finalists were all great." It really came down to how genuine and heartfelt Bob Maroney's essay was, he says.

"Bob's wife, Carolyn, who he describes as his hero, has medical issues, and Bob wanted her to have a brand new kitchen," Shaw explains. "They were so deserving of this remodel, and we were happy we could do it for them."

Bob Maroney saw the "Fix My House" contest on the WTNH website and decided to enter it for his wife, who he felt was a worthy candidate for the kitchen remodel due to her "positive and optimistic attitude, despite all the challenges life has given her."

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