Waveney Ann Moore - St. Petersburg and Religion Reporter

St. Petersburg and Religion Reporter

I cover a variety of topics, from neighborhoods to religion to projects such as the St. Petersburg Pier. I learn something new every day, whether it’s about preservation issues, the surprises that have cropped up for some homeowners about submerged lands under their docks, or the way people live their faith –- or not! My work includes meeting fascinating people, among them Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Santeria priest who was a devout parishioner at a local Catholic church, and would-be politicians who want to shape their part of the world. I was born in Guyana, South America, when there was no television and grew up a voracious reader. And for the many who ask about my name, there actually is a Waveney river in England (actually, it's called River Waveney).

  1. As the country reopens, faith groups are taking different routes to a return to public worship. Here, at Bethel Community Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, the Rev. Manuel L. Sykes is shown preaching from a makeshift stage on the church's property. [CHRIS ZUPPA  |  Chris Zuppa]
  2. The large-scale mural on the side of a self-storage facility in the Skyway Marina District in St. Petersburg. Artist Matt Kress spent 10 weeks creating the mural that can be seen off Interstate 275 South. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
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  4. New signage has been installed at the entrance to the new St. Petersburg Pier. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  5. Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg [Tampa Bay Times]
  6. Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg during a virtual meeting on May 13 at which Tampa Bay Catholics and Evangelical clergy discussed environmental issues and the diseases exacerbated by them. [In Solidarity]
  7. Artist Jane Bunker [Jane Bunker]
  8. Rabbi Michael Torop of Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg [Rabbi Michael Torop]
  9. Artist Mark Aeling works on a pattern for a bronze casting of pilot Tony Jannus at Aeling's MGA Sculpture Studio in St. Petersburg on May 5. The Jannus casting is part of the First Flight sculpture that will be installed later this year at the new Benoist Centennial Plaza at the new St. Petersburg Pier. The sculpture commemorates the world's first commercial flight, which was piloted by Jannus between St. Petersburg and Tampa on Jan. 1, 1914. Former St. Petersburg mayor Abram C. Pheil was the first passenger. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  10. From left, Carla Bristol, a leader of the South St. Pete Community Response COVID-19 coalition, chats with Jessica Jones and Ashley Ward-Singleton in front of Atwater's restaurant, on Saturday, May 2, 2020, in St. Petersburg. Atwater's has been the hub of donations for the coalition. The group has been successful in galvanizing a robust community relief effort for residents. Donations can be directed to Community Development and Training Center, [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times]
  11. Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg [Tampa Bay Times]
  12. Kelly Cottner, 39, smiles as she works to hand off a box to her daughter, Angelina Jillson, 15, as they move into their new home on Wednesday in Pinellas Park. In the background is Bradley Cottner, 9, working the dolly. Habitat for Humanity handed over four new homes to families in Pinellas Park and St. Petersburg last week, including one to Kelly and her two children, Angelina and Bradley. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  13. A parishioner prays at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, St. Petersburg,  on March 20, 2020. Public masses and ceremonies have been canceled by the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg due to the coronavirus outbreak. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
  14. Tampa Rabbi Josh Hearshen and his wife, Carrie, with daughters Ayelet and Galit in their home on Wednesday. Behind them, family members in Michigan and Germany watch the adoption hearing for Galit on Zoom. [Rabbi Josh Hearshen]
  15. A sunrise look as work continued on the new St. Pete Pier which was scheduled to open this spring. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  16. Members of the Tampa General Hospital Center for Spiritual Health and Education team, including the Rev. Jenny Sumner Carswell, left, and Rev. Wayne Maberry (in red) and resident chaplain Jennifer Buff, discuss patient cases at the beginning of the day on April 24. [DANIEL WALLACE  |  Tampa General Hospital]
  17. At the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area's mosque, believers worship on Friday in specially created, sanitized prayer chambers separated by heavy plastic sheets to accommodate groups of 10, with people 6 feet apart. Before entering the building, worshipers have their temperatures tested, don masks and walk through a shower of sanitizing mist. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
From left, Jeanne and Kevin Milkey speak about being the primary donors for the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center with Mayor Rick Kriseman and Tampa Bay Watch founder and president Peter Clark. The Discovery Center, which will include classrooms and marine exhibits, was dedicated to the Milkey Family Foundation on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. [Times 2019]
  19. Mayor Rick Kriseman held a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, March 25, 2020 to say he would not issue a citywide "safer-at-home" order, and would instead rely on the order passed by the Pinellas County Commission on Wednesday morning. [BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times]
  20. Don and Jeanine Sandin on their wedding day, Easter Sunday, 2020, in St. Pete Beach. [Barbara Bertucci]