Entries in Rebuilding (3)


Committee Recommends Tearing Down Sandy Hook Elementary School

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEWTOWN, Conn.) -- A committee voted on Friday night to raze Sandy Hook Elementary School, the site of the horrifying school shooting on December 14, and build a new school in its place.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the unanimous vote brought some of the committee members to tears. The vote, only a recommendation, will now go to the Board of Education for approval. There will eventually be a town referendum on the proposal as well.

Building the new school is expected to cost between $42 million and $47 million, according to the Wall Street Journal, which the state of Connecticut and the federal government are expected to pay.

The school would not open until at least January 2016.

Sandy Hook Elementary students have been attending Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe, Conn., since January.

The committee gathered Friday night to decide whether to rebuild at the same location as the old Sandy Hook Elementary School or to build a new school at a location less than a mile away, says the Wall Street Journal.

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Breezy Point, NY, Couple Surprised by Rebuilt Home After Sandy

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- New York resident Jeanne Metz never stopped praying.

“We never, ever felt that God would forsake us,” Metz told ABC News.

She and her husband, Burt Metz, lost their home in Breezy Point, part of New York City’s Queens borough, after it was completely ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in October.

When they returned to the property Wednesday, their prayers had been answered, and they found their home completely rebuilt.

“I’m just completely shocked,” Metz said. “We are so blessed and can’t thank those that did this for us enough. Thank you.”

The 80-year-olds have had the Breezy Point property for more than 30 years. They sold their primary residence in Brooklyn last year to help an ailing family member, and invested their life savings to upgrade the home for year-round living.  When the contractor died in August, the work was never completed.

Hurricane Sandy brought four feet of water into the home, making it unlivable.

“When you’re old, it’s tough,” Burt Metz said. “We didn’t know what we were going to do.”

That’s when Operation Blessing stepped in.

The Virginia-based humanitarian organization gathered 300 volunteers from around the country to rebuild the Metz’s home. The group has worked on more than 400 homes in Queens since the storm struck, but this was the first they completely rebuilt.

“We’ve never built a house like this,” U.S. Disaster Relief Director Jody Gettys said. “The Metz’s are so appreciative and truly an inspiring couple.”

Jeanne Metz, who’s a two-time cancer survivor, said she and Burt were staying with friends for the time being. They thought members of Operation Blessing were gutting the house and revealing a frame Wednesday.

“When we came down here today, we really thought we were going to discover an open shell, and we were going to figure out how to move forward,” Metz said. “We never ever dreamt anything of this magnitude could be completed in this timeframe.”

The project started in early December and cost tens of thousands of dollars.

As the couple toured their new home with their children and grandchildren, with tears in their eyes, they said the home is a fresh start.

“It’s beautiful. It’s unbelievable. It’s something you live for and pray for,” Burt Metz said. “The good Lord was with us.”


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Phil Campbells Come Together to Rebuild Phil Campbell, Ala.

Julie Denesha/Getty Images(PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala.) -- In its time of need, the town of Phil Campbell, Ala., is receiving help from people from around the globe who share its name.

The small town, made up of 300 families, was named after a British railroad engineer who gave the town its start in the 1880s. Most years, Phil Campbells come from around the world to meet in Alabama in June, but with half of the families there left homeless from devastating tornadoes, and 26 people killed, it just didn't feel like time for a party.

This year the Phils have come from such places as Nottingham, U.K., Round Rock, Texas, and La Farge, Wis. to clean up and rebuild churches, homes and schools.

Nine-year-old Alliyah Baker and her mother, Selena, lost everything. She said it felt as if the world forgot, until the Phils came to town.

"They've helped us," said her mother. "They've helped a lot. More than they'll probably ever know."

One Phil Campbell, from Brooklyn, N.Y., hopes to raise $70,000 in donations from the city.

The Phils have brought the residents of this town hope.

"I get tears in my eyes just thinking about it," said Kevin Lacey, one worker in the town. "Most of thems not even close to being from around here."

Neighbors with tears in their eyes because someone from so far away cared so much.

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