Channel 3 Back to School Pictures
August 21, 2013


It’s August, and that means back to school, although I’m pretty certain when I was a kid we went back to school after Labor Day. Perhaps it is revisionist history on my part, but I’m still in the summer mode.

To get people jazzed about leaving the beach and heading back to the bus stop, our WFSB promotions guys Greg Thomas and Brian Kowalenko have come up with a pretty cool idea. They asked members of the Eyewitness News team for our class pictures when we were in elementary school to be used in a promotional campaign.

Here are the pictures you will see, but you’ll have to watch Channel 3 over the next few weeks to see the clever captions Greg and Brian pulled out of their brains. They’re pretty funny. By the way, that’s me above in the snazzy turtleneck in either kindergarten or the first grade at the Cornelius Callahan School in Norwood, Massachusetts sporting a bad case of bed head. Check out another class picture and read about my trip to one of my elementary schools right here:

Here are my Channel 3 teammates in their grammar school glamour shots.


Mike Cameron


Denise D’Ascenzo


John Holt


Mark Dixon


Kara Sundlun


Eric Parker


Irene O’Connor


Hena Daniels


Olessa Stepanova


Scot Haney


Bruce DePrest


Kevin Hogan

Big $$$ Raised in 2013 Capital Catwalk
June 4, 2013


Great news from the Hartford Stage! The sold out 2013 Capital Catwalk to benefit Dress for Success Hartford raised more than $72,000! The show featured some familiar faces as models including Scot Haney as John Travolta, Kiki Kennedy, Dr. and Mrs. William Petit, and ESPN’s Steve Levy. Channel 3′s Kara Sundlun was the emcee, and several members of the Channel 3 team modeled: Denise D’Ascenzo, Mark Dixon, Olessa Stepanova, Irene O’Connor and yours truly.

Special thanks to the sponsors and companies that helped make this event a huge win for disadvantaged women.

Hair: Blades

Makeup: Tiffany Hall Scarmana


Black-Eyed Sally’s
Burger Baby
California Pizza Kitchen
Feng Asian Bistro
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Max Downtown
Morton’s The Steakhouse

Beverages: Brown Forman

Host: Hartford Stage

Prêt a Porter Sponsor: Walmart
Chic Sponsor: The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Empire Sponsors: Aetna & EquiPower Resources Corp.
A-Line Sponsors: Cigna, Lia Sophia, Petit Family Foundation
Simple Sheath Sponsors: Accenture, All Waste Inc., Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, The Sandra and Arnold Chase Family Foundation, Inc., UBS Realty Investors LLC, Westfarms Mall
Client Sponsor: Jones Apparel Group
Full Page Ad Sponsors: Bank of America, Day Pitney LLP, Mickelson, Jacobs and Bozek, LLC, Reid & Riege, P.C., Vanishing Veins and Vivesse the office of Dr. Lori Greenwald, Waterford Group Charitable Foundation
Half Page Ad Sponsors: Barnett & Shoflick Family Dentistry, Berkshire Bank – CBT Region, Hoffman Auto Group, Lindberg & Ripple, Inc., Marsh USA Inc., NEOS LLC, Rogin Nassau LLC
Gift Bag Sponsor – Hebert Candies


Westfarms Mall
Mariella Creations Rocky Hill
Stackpole, Moore, Tryon, Tuesdays

Photography by Danny Kash

Learn more about the Catwalk at the link at the bottom of the post.
















Watch and learn more about the Catwalk and check out video of the big event:

Behind the Scenes at the 2012 Capital Catwalk
May 22, 2012

280 Trumbull Street – 2nd Floor (Prudential Building)
Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: (860) 525-5015
Fax: (860) 525-5025

Read all about the Catwalk right here:

PHOTOS COURTESY:  Brian Ambrose Photography   more pics here:

Here is last year’s Catwalk:

A View of the Volt
April 18, 2012

There is a now a Chevy Volt in the WFSB parking lot.    Channel 3 meteorologist just traded in his gas guzzling Japanese SUV for an American miser that runs on electric power with gas as a backup.     

Check this out:  in his first 30 miles of owning it , Mark’s Volt got over 200 miles per gallon.    

The Volt was getting quite a bit of attention outside our studios as Mark plugged it in to charge.     It’s really a good looking car, unlike the Toyota Prius, whose awkward appearance resembles a household cleaning appliance.   And it is made by American workers at Detroit’s  Hamtramck plant, unlike the appliance, made overseas in Japan.

Mark’s  topaz blue metallic Volt is somewhat rare.     According to General Motors communications manager David Darovitz,  only 6.7% of Volts sold so far are that color.

2012 Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 10, 2012

Thanks to the thousands of people who came out to the parade!  Here are some pictures taken by me, Denise D’Ascenzo, her daughter Kathryn, Hallie Jackson, WFSB Creative Services Director Greg Thomas, and some great Channel 3 viewers!    Kevin Hogan drove his 1959 MGA and I hauled out my 1965 Buick Electra for the trek.


Capital Catwalk Raises Record $$ for Dress for Success Hartford
June 6, 2011

More great pictures and the story right here:

NHL Suits, Celebs Impressed by Whale Bowl
February 21, 2011

Howard Baldwin accomplished what he set out to do with the Whale Bowl:  break the AHL record for ticket sales for a game between the Connecticut Whale and the Providence Whale.    28,000 tickets were sold for  Saturday’s historic outdoor hockey game at Rentschler Field, although the actual attendance was just over 15,000.   The bitter cold was clearly the factor in the lower count at the gates:  the wind chill was hovering around zero as the Brass Bonanza blared over the home of the UConn Huskies.    As we prepared to leave our house, Kara suggested we stay home because it was so cold.    My response?  “Good try, but we are sitting in an indoor box.” 

When we arrived there were tailgaters braving the tundra like winds that whipped across the ‘Rent.    It was too cold for families who planned to bring their children to this historic making event, the latest in a long series of steps in an attempt to restore major league sports to Connecticut’s capital city.

Sitting in the front row of one of the boxes taking in the action were two executives from the NHL.  Baldwin told me they liked what they saw.   They were impressed by the turnout, the excitement of the fans, the venue, and the fireworks and other theatrics before the game.     He said  Commissioner Gary Bettman wanted to be there, but had an event in Canada he had to attend.    Just to be clear, getting a team back in Hartford is still a long way off, but the Whale Bowl and Baldwin have given the NHL folks something to think about.

Celebrities were also on hand including retired greats from the Hartford Whalers and Boston Bruins.    Kara and I chatted with actor Neal McDonough for a while.  He’s a big hockey fan, loves the Whalers logo and knows Baldwin from his days in Hollywood.

Mr. & Mrs. House, Olessa Stepanova, and Mark Dixon.  Strangely, this was Kara’s first hockey game even though she grew up outside Detroit, also called Hockeytown because of Michiganders’ love of the Red Wings

Kara with actor Neal McDonough, known to many viewers as last year’s villain on Desperate Housewives

Former Boston Bruins great Derek Sanderson, whose endorsed autograph appeared on skates I had as a child


2010 Capital Catwalk Photo Album
May 4, 2010


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 146 other followers