Connecticut

#Positive Vibes: Feeling So Much Love Lately

2020 has been quite a year. It began with dealing with the tremendous grief over the loss of Denise D’Ascenzo in late 2019, her memorial service at the end of January, then the coronavirus pandemic in March. COVID still dominates our headlines every day, as it impacts our families, the economy, politics and our every day way of life.

There is so much uncertainty, and for me, I’m wondering what is next? I had a great run at WFSB that came to end on August 31st. I loved working there and am really proud of what I accomplished during 28 years. Channel 3 will always hold a special place in my heart. I met Kara there and it is a big part of my family.

I’m also super excited for what’s next, whatever that may be, but I will continue to serve the people of Connecticut. The past three weeks have been amazing in so many ways. I have received some wonderful messages and posts from thousands of viewers, current and former colleagues, competitors, friends and family. I have been deeply moved by them, and I am so grateful for the support and compassion. If you have loyal friends and in the case of a television news anchor, loyal viewers, you are blessed. I certainly am.

I am going to post some of these messages here on this website in the coming days and weeks but I wanted to begin with these two from my friends Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Mika was one of my first friends I made at Channel 3 when we both started there in the summer of 1992. We’ve been friends through her moves to CBS and MSNBC and shared our stories of life’s ups and downs. I met her husband Joe several years ago when Mika brought him to Hartford and they appeared on Face the State. They came back for Mika’s launch of her “Know Your Value” tour where Gayle and Kara joined us for a happy reunion. They both love Connecticut and have given me some great advice.

Check out Mika’s Instagram post about me right here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFE56TVj2kX/

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    • I hope that whatever you do, they are worthy of you. Am looking forward to following you, wherever you go! You’re a gem, Dennis!

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  1. Still not the same without you!! (And Denise!) lost not one but two very important people in Connecticut!! Thanks for all your hard work Dennis! You are truly missed!! ❤️

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  2. It’s Sunday morning, just watched Face the State.. it’s not the same with out you… Thank you for this invitation.. yes I want to follow your adventures!!
    Miss you!

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  3. They say all good things must come to an end wishing you nothing but the best in the future! Will continue to enjoy my Better Connecticut at 3:00 with my two favorites!Good Luck Dennis!

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    • YES! I’ve been saying the same thing. Our local town Facebook group has also been talking about Dennis for Governor!

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  4. What Mika says is so true. It is a disservice to us all by not having you on air here in Connecticut for all of the reasons mentioned. We are patiently waiting to hear and see you once again in some way. News is not the same. It’s drab and uninteresting, and there is no point to tuning in until you return. Have you ever considered running for office?

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  5. Moved to Cape Cod 6 years ago but chose to stay connected to you to satisfy my desire to know what’s happening in my lifelong home state of CT. Thank you for always being you. Wishing you the best for whatever your future holds. We will be there to support you, no matter what! Be well.

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  6. Best of luck to you! Always enjoyed watching you and Denise. You are a great person and I will continue to follow you.

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  7. Dennis I miss you so much…Its so hard to go from seeing someone who you admire so much on a daily basis in your living room to not seeing them at all…I wish you all the sweetness life has to offer….

    I have a gut feeling about what is coming and I’m praying it’s true!

    Keep us posted!!

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  8. Dear Dennis
    I wish you all great things in your future endeavors! You have been such a part of all our families.May you find what you are looking for and what you deserve! Best wishes whatever that happens to be!
    Sincerely, Noreen Bordeau
    So Yarmouth, Ma

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  9. Dennis I will always miss you on Channel 3. I look forward to see what this next chapter has in store for you, I’m sure it will ve amazing just like you!

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  10. Best of luck to you wherever you land next! What a huge loss for channel 3. Your loyal viewers will follow you wherever you go!

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  11. Dennis:

    Your departure from WFSB just may be a blessing in disguise. Good luck in your future endeavors. Look forward to seeing what you’re up to in your next chapter. (big loss on WFSB’s part).

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  12. Dear Dennis, I wish the best to you as you follow your life path! You have a wonderful and strong family standing by your side. God bless you all!

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  13. Dennis, you and Denise were my first newsroom faces I watched when I moved to Connecticut from Rhode Island in 2005, until 2019/2020🙁
    You were both so professional and so down to earth all in one. I also love watching your beautiful wife Kara on her different segments. May God continue to bless you and your beautiful family during these trying times and changes.
    Mary G.

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  14. Miss seeing you…I wish good health, happiness and luck….
    You’re a great asset to anyone…please don’t leave CT

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  15. We have missed you on the news . Enjoy spending time with your kids , they grow up fast . We look forward to see what is in your future .

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  16. Dennis: You need to run for some kind of office! You’re kind, trustworthy & intelligent! 😊 Best of luck at whatever you choose! I am the Social Studies department leader at Southington HS & we’d love to have you visit!

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  17. I hope things will work out for You and Family I knew it wouldn’t be long before U leave U loss an Good Friend Denise also Channel 3 did to, Hey Dennis God knows what is best he will see You through your next journey. I miss you and Denise so much at night then I see Eric Parker gone Mike, One other lady went too channel 8 So if the lay off was coming U got out just in time.

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  18. Hi Dennis I Wish You the Best of Luck in Your New Joundery and with your Family.God knows what is best he holds Are Future one door closes He Opens the next one.

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  19. I am so happy that your doing well. I think you are the most missed anchor in my book. You are professional, kindhearted and all around loving person. I wish you well in your future endeavors. May God Bless you and your family.

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  20. I miss seeing you on WFSB. But I totally understand. Time to spread your wings, soar like an eagle and achieve the heights God has for you. Can’t wait to see what you’ll do next. Run for Governor. You’d be GREAT!!!

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  21. Looking forward to your next adventure. Good, bad, or otherwise, we never know until we try!! Think positive and keep us all in the loop!!

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  22. Dennis, you are missed. I will pray for your future success; you are so capable and I know other media will reach out to you, especially in the political environment we are in now and for the election and beyond.

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  23. You are loved and we will surround you and support you and wait to celebrate you in your next endeavor 💜

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  24. Thank you Dennis for all the years on Channel 3. My parents and my sibling watched you every day.
    May you be blessed with health, happiness and much love from your family as your new journey begins.
    Sincerely,
    Joanne Collin

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  25. So sad that your leaving the station but wishing you best of luck in your new chapter lots of Love ❤️ from my family

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  26. Dear, Dennis
    You will be missed by all but good luck in what ever you do in your next chapter I will miss watching you on 3 I will be watching for you in the near future you’ve accomplished so much already with your beautiful wife and wonderful children. Again good luck in whatever your next adventure will be I will miss you 😘

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  27. It’s still difficult to accept you are no longer with Channel 3. Sure do miss you. Wishing you nothing but the very, very best.

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