• Snapshot: Dave Brooker

    Occupation: I currently wear many hats. I’m the resident caretaker at Holcombe Hill for the Newtown Forest Association — so I get to live in the most beautiful spot in town. I’m also an abstract artist. I’m doing the starving artist thing… My charity of choice is the Resiliency Center of Newtown, and I do a fair amount of work with the kids there. In March, the kids and I are creating handmade greeting cards for the Resiliency Center, for the April 10 fundraiser gala. Kids never let me down!

  • Snapshot: Donna Blake

    Occupation: I am a singer/songwriter — and I’m the “go to” house for my children and friends.

    Family: I have two children. Zach is a freshman at Penn State. He played hockey for NHS. Zoe is in seventh grade at Newtown Middle School, and she’s a cheerleader.

  • Snapshot: Neil Callaghan

    Occupation: Right  now, I’m the director of operations for Golden Opportunities here in Sandy Hook. We try to improve the lives of residents [of elder care facilities], through visiting and programs that offer support. Prior to that, I worked for IBM for 32 years, as a program manager for our philanthropic organization. It was a unique job — giving away money!

  • Snapshot: Jim Widmann

    Occupation: I have two businesses. One is SoNo Woodworks in Sandy Hook. We do custom furniture and cabinetry; the other is Connecticut Pyro Manufacturing. We make machinery for manufacturing fireworks. I invented and patented a machine about 15 years ago that applies the paper to the outside of the aerial shell. It does what is otherwise done by hand, ten times faster.

  • Snapshot: Ray Peterson

    Occupation: I’m the vice president for research and editorial services at Forecast International on Commerce Road. My company provides aerospace and defense market intelligence for many major US and international companies.

    Family: I’ve been married to Lisa for 20 years. We have no kids.

  • Snapshot: Aline Marie

    Occupation: I’m a certified yoga instructor, a visual artist, and a Thai yoga therapist. Currently, I teach at Yoga Dimensions in Newtown, and volunteer as a yoga instructor at the Resiliency Center of Newtown. In a previous life, I was a professional bartender for many years.

    Family: I have three brothers, and my mom lives here in Newtown.

  • Snapshot: Bonnie Bianco

    Occupation: I am the owner of Replay Sports, which relocated this past year to 731 Main Street in Monroe. I grew from the 800-square-foot space I had for four years in Newtown, on South Main Street, to 3,200 square feet. I sell used and new equipment and gear for just about every sport.

  • Snapshot: Tory Gozzi

    Occupation: I’m the artistic director and owner of Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet and Voice, in Newtown.

    Family: I’m married to Justin, and we’ve been married for three and a half years. We both have a lot of family in the area.

    Pets: We have a dog, Jake. He’s a Havanese, the Cuban version of a Bichon Frise. He’s the studio mascot and definitely has the cuteness card.

  • Snapshot: Peter Andrew

    Occupation: I’m the IT manager for Familycare Visiting Nurse, out of Stratford.

    Family: I’ve been married to Andrea Von Amelunxen for 14 years. We have one son, Gregory, who is 10 years old. I have two grown children in New Zealand, Nicky and Chris, and my grandchildren Chloe, Emma, and Taylor. Nicky is expecting another child in April.

  • Snapshot: Meg Reilly

    Occupation: I’m the Central Office secretary for the Board of Education.

    Family: My husband is Patrick. Our son, Sean, is a freshman at Eastern State University, and our daughter, Katie, is a junior at Newtown High School.

    Pets: I have two cats, Lucy and Ethel. They’re siblings that we adopted from friends, and are half-Siamese.