12/02/16 Human Interest
Wade Hamby doesn't have a favorite. Each one of the 50-plus windup toys he sets up around his St. Petersburg home every holiday season makes him smile.
These aren't just windup cars that crawl a few inches across the floor, or a plastic Santa that spouts: "Ho, ho, ho."
Hamby's collection includes a circus elephant that balances on a rolling ball, a bicycle rider with hinged knees that bend as they pedal, and a bear who turns the pages of an ABC book. Almost all are made of metal. A few have felt accents....
11/18/16 Human Interest
About 200 people gathered for St. Anthony's Hospital Auxiliary luncheon and fashion show titled "Sapphire Showcase" to honor the hospital's 85th birthday.
"We are most indebted to you," said Scott Smith, president of St. Anthony's Hospital. "It's through your efforts, your fundraising, your hours of volunteering that raise the funds that allow us to give back to our patients."...
REDINGTON BEACH — Donald Silverberg, who died at 87 Tuesday, is remembered as a creative businessman, trusted jeweler, co-founder of Menorah Manor, longtime supporter of St. Petersburg College and advocate for civil rights.
After the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, many St. Petersburg businesses still didn't treat black patrons as equal to whites. So Silverberg and his wife, Jane, regularly went out with four African-American friends, all with the mission of making businesses abide by the law....
11/03/16 Human Interest
When Brian Auld, president of the Tampa Bay Rays, accepted the Victory Over Violence Award for himself and the team at CASA's annual Peace Breakfast, he joked that he wished he was too busy with the World Series to attend the packed event at the St. Petersburg Coliseum.
"It hasn't been a great year for the Tampa Bay Rays," he said, but the award is a reminder that "there is more to being a ball club than just wins and losses."...
10/25/16 Human Interest
Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts' annual Impact awards night was a convergence of business veterans, artists, community leaders, the Dalí, the Mahaffey Theater, live music, students on the verge of greatness and LED lights.
Supporters of the organization known as TBBCA gathered for cocktails at the Dalí's Cafe Gala before meandering over to the Mahaffey for dinner and the presentation. There, they were greeted by a large screen of moving LED lights depicting the artwork of Janet Echelman. ...
A board member of the St. Petersburg Museum of History played a big role in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture that just opened in Washington, D.C.
Krewasky Salter is the chief curator for the new museum's military gallery. He lived in St. Petersburg the past two years while running his consulting and research company, 4K Enterprises, and worked on the museum in Washington. During his time in St. Petersburg he became involved in the local museum of history. (He also holds degrees from both the University of Florida and Florida State University.)...
The Junior League of St. Petersburg and the Juvenile Welfare Board celebrated 70 years of working together at their "Putting Children First" reception at the Museum of Fine Arts.
"I always tell everyone in this town if you want to get something done ask the Junior League," Bill Heller, a dean at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and former legislator, said to a group of guests early in the evening....
There are the classic regional favorites like Cuban sandwiches and key lime pie. But a conversation about Florida fare must also include seafood, and the catch we can cook up from our surrounding waters.
Author Bruce Hunt highlights 180 seafood restaurants and markets throughout the state in Seafood Lover's Florida, a new book that comes out this month.
Hunt is more of an expert on Florida than culinary arts. The third-generation Floridian calls himself a lousy cook but says he is "ardently passionate about good food." ...
Ruth Eckerd Hall was filled with red leather boots, black lacy boots, gold platform boots, lots of strappy high heels and plenty of enthusiasm at its Raise You Up gala celebrating the upcoming April run of Kinky Boots.
"This is the best one yet," Susan Benjamin, chairwoman of the performing arts center's special events committee, said of the theme. Other galas based on themes of Saturday Night Live, Flash Dance and Memphis, were great, but Kinky Boots raises the level of creativity and festivity, she added....
ST. PETERSBURG — At age 85 Bruce Watters was still working part time at his family's jewelry store on Beach Drive up until about two weeks before he died this month. Like the store, Bruce Watters Jewelers, the man himself was a longtime fixture in downtown St. Petersburg.
"When I was born he started working for his dad Bruce Watters and never stopped," said son Jim Watters, who now runs the family business that started in 1905. "He has always been positive and honest. It was just a great pleasure being able to work with my dad every day."...
The Glitter Queens' tradition of raising money for causes that benefit women and children continued with "La Vie en Rose," a Parisian style Cabaret Soiree.
Five years ago, the first party was hosted by just five women who wanted to raise money for a worthy cause. They donated $25,000 to the Arts Conservatory for Teens. Now there are 30 "glitter queens" and annual parties raise more than $60,000. ...
The St. Pete Art & Fashion Week benefitting the Warehouse Arts District is in full swing.
Tonight designers present models in a wildflower theme for a photo shoot open to the public from 7 to 11 p.m., at Platformz, 179 1st Ave. N. It costs $10.
Friday is Art Night with local artists and live art demonstrations from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at BBD LIfe Studio at 465 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. This is an even $16....
First of all, thank you to the person who parked their pretty blue bike outside the Tampa Bay Times offices, providing the perfect prop for a My Outfit Monday post.
Second of all, in your face Labor Day! You have come and gone and I'm still wearing my white jeans with pride. They go with everything.
This sweater, however, seems to only go with my white jeans. I love it but if I try it with black, I feel I'm channeling Mini Mouse. With any other color, I think of a crayon box. I'm open to any suggestions because I love the multiple sizes of the polka dots and the three quarter length sleeves. It was an impulse buy at a sample sale at a friend's house a year ago, but I barely wear it. ...
A great black and white polka dot dress from ModCloth for half price. Athleta blue flowered yoga pants marked down from $64 to $22.39. Quick. Click on Schoola.com. Now.
Schoola is a win-win. Deals for us turn into financial donations to schools around the world.
The site sells new items donated by retailers and second hand items donated by us and then donates a percentage of sales to schools. You can even decide what school gets the money from the clothes you donate....
09/01/16 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — Improvements are in the works for the Warehouse Arts District. Close to 100 people at the Warehouse Arts District association's annual membership meeting heard about streetscaping, lighting the Pinellas Trail and 30 new studios for artists.
Mary Jane Park, executive director, said the organization is halfway to its goal of raising $800,000 thanks to a state grant for $300,000 and $100,000 from the city of St. Petersburg. The money will help pay for renovating a 15,000-square-foot space inside an existing warehouse for 20 to 30 artist studios. ...