(WTNH) — Each week we put together the Report!t Recap with photographs and video submitted by NEWS8 viewers. A lot of people contribute pictures once and awhile; some contribute more frequently.
Bart Connors Szczarba is one such contributor. He’s lives in New Haven’s Wooster Square. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger cheerleader for his backyard than Bart is.
“It’s just a wonderful neighborhood,” Szczarba says. “It’s got so much character, history and it’s just a great city.”
Sczcarba has almost made it his mission to celebrate and share his surroundings — from the beautiful cherry blossoms to the birds which he and his wife Cheryl enjoy spotting. That means he rarely leaves home empty-handed.
“People say, ‘what a great picture.’ But I just have my camera,” he says. “So have camera, will travel, take a picture, and send it to you.”
Szczarba always has his camera; Waterbury’s Cindy Tomkowicz just has her phone. And it’s all she needs. She says she’s been taking photos for a long time and she’s been sending them to us — using Report!t — for the last few years.
“I’ve gotten phone calls from people that say ‘Was that your picture on TV?'” Tomkowicz tells us. “‘I heard your name – Cindy from Waterbury!’ and I say, ‘yeah, that was me, that was me’.”
Tomkowicz says she’s moved by the peace and serenity of the sunsets ducking behind the hills of her hometown, she’s proud of her young “First Communion” students putting on their “Sunday best” for their big day and she gets fired up about the excitement and action of the car races she plans trips to see.
Sports is a big theme of the photos Kevin Clancy sends to Report!t. That’s because his kids are big theme of the photos he sends us.
“I have four children and three of the four play sports and two of them are on travel softball,” says Clancy.
Clancy spends a lot of time with the kids at the softball diamond or in the strawberry patch or wherever they are, really. But he’s glad he does and he’s glad he’s constantly taking pictures because he knows his kids won’t stay this age forever.
“To capture that one moment in time; to freeze it forever and then be able to look back,” he says. “It’s amazing how fast they grow. It’s just amazing.”
It is amazing and often personal — the photos you share with us — without them, we couldn’t do what we do.
“You asked. And you have our backs. So we send them in!” says Szczarba.