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Snapshot: Dawn Singer

Published: December 15, 2017

The Newtown Bee
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Occupation: I work at Frank Pepe’s and been a server there for seven years. I love the customers and getting to interact with so many people. My partner, Hans Williams, has been farming for about ten years, and we decided to expanded the farm, which is called Apple Ridge Farm. We raise chickens, black Angus cows, and turkeys for the holidays.

Family: I’ve been with Hans for about eight years and consider us married. He works for the highway department for the Town of Ridgefield. Together, we have a blended family with four kids. His son, John Williams, lives in Bethel with his mom. My three kids are Tyler, Trevor, and Georgia.

Pets: We have five pet sheep and two huge dogs, a Great Pyrenees named Romeo and a St Bernard named Maggie. They love to roam constantly. I think my number must be in Matt’s [Schaub, assistant animal control officer] phone for finding Maggie so often.

How long have you lived in Newtown? We moved to Newtown four years ago when we expanded the farm. We chose it for it’s hometown feel.

What do you like to do in your free time? I’m a big advocate for getting the word out about Alzheimer’s, because my dad passed away two years ago with Alzheimer’s. I do a lot of fundraising and was a Women’s Champion last year and graced the billboards on Route 84. I also have a Toys For Tots party each year, because there was a time when I needed help like that when I was by myself raising my three kids. I remember being overwhelmed with the generosity of people who had helped and cried when they loaded up my car with toys. Each year we have about 130 people at the party, and we ask they bring a gift and have a good time.

What is your favorite travel destination? Hans and I love to travel and would love to travel more. We’ve been talking about semi-retiring and going some place warm with a little less hustle and bustle.
What is the best part about Newtown? I love everything about Newtown, especially the kindness. I have met some of the most amazing and genuine people here, whether it’s a farmer down the road or some of my best friends.

Who has been the greatest influence in your life? My dad. He was the assistant fire chief in Danbury. He was my hero. My dad always taught me to be a hard worker and to give back. He’d always say to be with people who had a good heart. He also taught me to live life, because he never knew if he’d be coming home or not. When I was a little girl and he’d leave, I’d wonder if he was coming home. When he passed away, it made me realize life is short and you have to live it everyday.

If you could spend the day with one person, who would you choose and why? My kids. I don’t have enough time with them. I’d want us to walk on the beach or go for a long hike.

Who is your favorite musical artist? Steven Tyler. I’ve met him a few times and have been to something like 32 of his concerts. I’ve also gone to two of his charities for Janie’s Fund and had front row seats. He’s intelligent, funny, and one of those go-with-the-flow kinds of guys. He’s had his struggles, but he loves his life and his family.

Do you have a favorite TV show? I’m not a big TV person, but Hans and I record every Colombo. It’s our thing.

What is your favorite food? I’m a vegetarian, and my favorite food is nachos. I put cheddar cheese and guacamole on it.

What is the greatest piece of advice you have ever been given? Life is a journey not a destination. I live by that.

What is something you cannot live without? My kids.

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