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Kyle Perez leans on the counter at Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta during a short break in between customers. Perez, 19, makes sandwiches for the restaurant and also works as a night shift manager. He is also an avid skateboarder in his spare time. His mother, Stephanie, and her fiancé, Brett Etzler, bought the business in December 2010.

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‘Don’t let anything in life pass you by’: Five minutes with Kyle Perez, 19, employee at Carelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta

Motto or outlook on life? “Don’t let anything in life pass you by.” When did you first get started in your job? “It was about December 2010 when my mom first bought (the restaurant).” Favorite part of your job? “I’ve always wanted to work here since I was a little kid. I’m into skateboarding and this was always the cool place to be, with all the extreme sports stuff on the walls and everything. I always wanted to be a pizza guy, and then when my mom told me they were taking over, it was a dream come true. Learning to make pizzas, it’s kind of like an art form.”

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