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Waveney Ann Moore - St. Petersburg General Assignment Reporter

St. Petersburg General Assignment 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. The Sunken Gardens Forever Foundation has published a children's book, "Sophie & Zack at Sunken Gardens." The project includes giving a copy of the book to third graders in Title I schools in St. Petersburg and inviting them to visit the gardens on a docent-led trip.
  2. Grace Connection Church, at 635 64th St. S in St. Petersburg. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  3. Betty and Chuck Oldanie pose outside of their home in Seminole, Friday, February 7, 2020. Both are Habitat For Humanity volunteers.
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  5. On Feb. 2, Rev. Andy Oliver of Allendale United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg, FL, prays before communion. CORTNEY LESOVOY  |  Special to the Times
  6. Rendering of Alta Belleair, 1650 S Fort Harrison, Largo
  7. Child and family advocate Jack Levine.
  8. The Net House of Cocoa removed the sculpture netting and prepared it for shipping back to the fabricator.
  9. The vacant wall, right, in the main center stairway of St. Petersburg City Hall is the area from which activist Joe Waller, who later changed his name to Omali Yeshitela, tore down a mural by artist George Snow Hill. SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  10. Church members hold hands and sing during the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Memorial Service.
  11. A look down at Bending Arc as cranes begin to raise the net-like structure over the new St. Pete Pier on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 in St. Petersburg. The $1.5 million sculpture from artist Janet Echelman, is scheduled to be complete in February with the Pier scheduled to open this spring. Echelman's sculpture will measure about the length of a football field, and will be suspended from 65-foot pylons. The structure will move with the wind and be illuminated at night.
  12. A new generation now participates in the annual Hanukkah gathering that was started in the mid-1960's.
  13. Andy Corty poses for a portrait outside the Tampa Bay Times newsroom and offices. Corty is retiring after a career of almost 40 years with the Times Publishing Co. On Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in St. Petersburg.
  14. The sign of Allendale United Methodist Church last year congratulating the couple that the Rev. Andy Oliver married at the Carter G. Woodson Museum last year.
  15. St. Petersburg's new 26-acre Pier District is expected, to cost about $92 million. Interior work at the Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center presented by the Milkey Family Foundation is being completed, center.
  16. Dozens of people attended an interfaith service on Dec. 15 to remember homeless men and women who died in Pinellas County in 2019. The service included readings from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions, reciting the names of the deceased and candle lighting. The National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown St. Petersburg.
  17. New home owner Shanequa Shorter, left, hugs her daughter, Tamiya Tarver, 7, right, after they received the keys to their new home in Pinellas Park, Monday, December 9, 2019. Seventy-five homes are being built by Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties in Tellor Estates, in Pinellas Park, over the next 24 months. "This is a dream for us, " said Shorter. "I thank all of the volunteers so much."
  18. First time shuffleboard player Missa Kes, 29, St. Petersburg, front, left, shoots her disc during an open shuffle event at the club, Friday, December 6, 2019. The club has open shuffle events for the public Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights in St. Petersburg. Friday Night Shuffles are free.
  19. St. Petersburg's new 26-acre Pier District will feature a marketplace for local vendors. It is shaded with solar panels.
  20. Philip S. D'Elia, president, Pasadena Jewelers, whose family has been in the jewelry business in Tampa Bay since the 1930's, is retiring and will close his store at 6856 Gulfport Blvd. S, South Pasadena, on Dec. 24.
  21. Elihu Brayboy his wife, Carolyn Brayboy, who are known as Mr B and Mrs. B, outside of the Dr. Gilbert H. Leggett Building, 2154 Ninth Ave. S. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
  22. St. Petersburg's new 26-acre Pier District, with components that will include a coastal thicket walking path, marketplace, playground, tilted lawn, and pavilion, is expected to open in the spring. The project , which will also include two restaurants, the Teak on the fourth floor of the Pier head building, and Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille on the waterfront closer to downtown, is expected, to cost about $92 million. A view looking east shows the Pier Head building, background from the tilted lawn, foreground.
  23. Jose Ferrer, 47, holds his children, Jazell Ferrer, 6, and Christian Meincke, 11, while spending time together at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in St. Petersburg.
  24. Lariana Forsythe, CEO of Community Action Stops Abuse, or CASA, is shown with retired businessman and philanthropist David Baldwin, and St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway. Holloway presented Baldwin with the CASA Community Hero Award during a Nov. 20 program at police headquarters to announce Baldwin’s $1 million gift to establish an endowment for CASA.