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  • Snapshot: Ben Pilchard

    Occupation: I’m the owner of Academy Design and Construction, and Kitchens By Academy, both in Newtown. I started Academy in 1989. It’s a high-end residential design and construction firm. Our Kitchens By Academy provides for a cross section of the market, based on the customer’s price point and aesthetics. I have an architectural degree and my designs have been featured in the Art Institute of Chicago, and I’ve won international design competitions.

  • Snapshot: Erin Baier

    Occupation: I’m a second grade teacher in Washington Depot, at Washington Primary School. I’m the only second grade teacher there. It’s a sweet little school.

    Family: I’m engaged to Jesse Birden, and we’re getting married in September. I met him when we were both at Newtown High School and have been dating since. My mom and dad, Michelle and Steve, live here in Newtown, and my brother Matt goes to school at UConn.

  • Snapshot: Donna Rahtelli

    Occupation: I am a teacher at St Rose Preschool. I’ve been with St Rose School for 11 years. I am so blessed that I am able to get up each morning and work at a job that I so love. The children are a great gift to me.

    Family: I’ve been married to Joe for 27 years. Our son Joseph is 24 and an auditor for Ernst & Young in Stamford. Michelle is 21 and just completed her junior year at Marist in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Matthew is 18, and has graduated this year from Fairfield Prep.

  • Snapshot: Jane Cottingham

    Occupation: I’ve been an antiques dealer for over 40 years, and I’ve owned four shops, including one in Newtown, in the 1980s. It was in the building on the corner of Pecks Lane, where the pasta shop is now. The building there then was Mrs Doss’s Antiques, and a hot dog stand before that. The fire department burned it down as an exercise, and then we built there. I still sell antiques, privately.

  • Snapshot: Lucy Handley

    Occupation: I am the adult program director at the C.H. Booth Library, as of May 1. That entails finding interesting people who have something to contribute to our community to come in and present. It can be anyone from performers to authors to special speakers. On Sundays, I work at my brother’s Good Luck Food Truck at the Elephant’s Trunk flea market in New Milford. I’m an artist, too, and before we moved to Newtown I worked for magazines in New York City doing picture research.

  • Snapshot: Debbie Sullivan

    Occupation: I’m a physician assistant at Newtown MediSpa on South Main Street. I do all of the injectables for the practice, chemical peels, and laser hair removal. We’ve been at this location since December, but I’ve been a PA for 18 years, in women’s health for the first ten years and emergency medicine. This is my happy place!

  • Snapshot: Judi DeWolfe

    Occupation: I do two things. I’m a team leader for Tastefully Simple. I offer quick, easy, and delicious specialty foods.  The products require no more than two ingredients to be added to them to prepare them. I’m also an office manager for a garage organization in Bethel. We install high-end tech panels in garages.

    Family: My husband is Mark. We have two children. Ali is 17 and Andy is 15.

  • Snapshot: William Mantz

    Occupation: I work for Northwestern Mutual, a financial services company, as a financial representative. I graduated from Suffolk University in Boston, in 2008.

    Family: My father, Ted, lived in Rye, N.Y. My mother, Nancy Hough, and her husband, Dunbar, live in Sandy Hook. I have a sister, Katie. She also lives in Sandy Hook. My girlfriend Rachel Berman and I have been together for two years.

  • Snapshot: Alisa Farley

    Occupation: I’m the director of communications at Newtown Youth Academy, as of March 1. I just came off a five-year hiatus, staying home with my kids. I didn’t realize how much I had missed contributing to something bigger than my personal life. There’s real satisfaction in working for a nonprofit organization, too.

  • Snapshot: Courtney Myslewski

    Occupation: I am the Kids’ Program Manager, at Newtown Youth Academy. I’ve been at NYA since October 2009.

    Family: My husband is Matt. We’re high school sweethearts from Newtown High School. We got married in 2011. Both of our parents still live here in Newtown.

    Pets: We don’t have pets, but we currently live with roommates who have two dogs. I guess the dogs are more like our nephews.