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  • Snapshot: Stephanie Schneiderman

    Occupation: I’m a baker and owner of Biscotti Etc LLC in Sandy Hook, which I started in January. I picked up a couple of recipes that my mom had had and I baked only at holidays for my friends, for years. After I left teaching, my friends said, “Sell your biscotti!”  I bake them at St John’s Episcopal Church kitchen and sell them through www.biscottietc.com. Before that, I was a middle school teacher out of state and in the area for over 20 years.

  • Snapshot: Linda Burhance

    Occupation: My business is Linda Burhance Apparel Consultation. I do product development and apparel consulting. I design, I do patterns and tech packs for sizing so that the manufacturer has a standard to go by. I specialize in designing knits. Right now, I’m involved in compression knitware.

    Family: I’m married to Frank, for 25 years this next May. We have one son, Noah, who is almost 16 and a sophomore at Kent School.

  • Snapshot: Peter McNulty


    (Editor's Note: This article has been updated with Mr McNulty's correct job title.)

    Occupation: I’m a principal systems enineer for United Technology Aerospace Systems Company in Danbury. I’ve been there since 1980, when it was Perkin Elmer.

    principal systems engineer for United Technology Aerospace Systems Company in Danbury.

  • Snapshot: Jason Horn

    Occupation: I am a lead inspector for Stonehollow Home Inspections. We have an office in Stamford, and I have an office in Newtown. I’ve been doing this for about five years. My previous career was in television lighting in New York City. I worked for the Martha Stewart Show, Food Network, and episodes of Chopped. But they were 12-hour days and I didn’t get to see my family a lot.

  • Snapshot: Betsy Gaier

    Occupation: I am the office and volunteer coordinator for Sandy Hook Promise.

    Family: My husband of 26 years is Deryl. We have a son, Marty, who is 22 and at the University of North Texas, studying criminal justice. Our other son, Andy, is 19 and headed to Porter and Chester in Watertown, for auto repair.

  • Snapshot: Clare Francke

    Occupation: I’m a secretary in the School Counseling Department at Newtown High School.

    Family: My husband Dave and I have four children. Matthew is 27, Michael is 23, Colleen is 20, and Christopher is 18.

    Pets: We have a golden retriever, Buddy. Our cat, Bear, was just put down recently. He was 14 years old. Buddy is already 10 years old. We might have to get a puppy to help rejuvenate him!

  • Snapshot: Johnny A. Williams

    Occupation: I’m a woodworker and owner of Johnny A. Williams Wood Shop in Hawleyville. I create sculptural furniture, and try to use domestic hardwood in my work. I specialize in tables of all shapes and sizes, seating, and wooden art. I sell in town exclusively at the Weathered Way on Obtuse Road, above the wood shop, and sell cutting boards at my online site, www.johnnyawilliams.com. My portfolio is there, too.

  • Snapshot: Todd Keeping

    Occupation: I’m a patrol officer for the Monroe Police Department. I’ve been with Monroe since 2005.

    Family: My wife is Lisa. Our daughter Nicole is 12 years old. She’ll be entering Newtown Middle School in the fall. Kyle, our son, is 15 and will be a sophomore at Newtown High School.

    Pets: We have a dog, Dasher. He’s a cockapoo and is 4 years old. Our one cat is Gracie, and the other cat is Oscar.

  • Snapshot: Liz Robert

    Occupation: I am a holistic coach here in Newtown. I work one-on-one to help busy people to find balance in body, mind, and spirit through diet and lifestyle. I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, in 2012. I do most of my work by phone. If clients are local, I can meet in person, but most of them are too busy.

    Family: I have a husband, Jon, and an 11-month-old son, Parker.

  • Snapshot: Kim Bald

    Occupation: I am an upcycle artist. Since I was a kid, my mom would say, “Don’t put anything down, or Kim will turn it into something!” Most recently, I’ve been working on a series of 26 crosses in response to 12/14. They are made from wood pallet pieces, scrap wood, drift wood, wine staves, and any other recovered finds I have I my collection. Each one has an inspirational word, selected by my colleagues at Broadview Middle School, where I am a paraeducator, and then written on another piece of recycled wood and attached.