Friday, November 24, 2017


Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith has been at the Times either fulltime or parttime since 1995. She started as a business reporter then spent a decade writing the Rookie Mom column with stories from her own family and advice from other average moms and the experts. She now covers business in south Pinellas County. Katherine has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and is married to Times political editor Adam Smith. They have three children, two dogs and still feel like rookie parents much of the time.

YMCA President & CEO David Jezek, Mary Brandes, YMCA Board Chair David Neely and Bertha James. Brandes received the Chester James Award.

Charity supporting 9/11 victims’ families is model for many

Edie Lutnick initially was relieved to receive a call from her brother Gary, who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald finance firm in One World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001."I said ‘Thank God you aren’t there,’ and he said, ‘Edie, I am...
Published: 11/20/17
Updated: 11/22/17
Tom and Mary James embraced the intergalactic dress code. [Katherine Snow  Smith / Times]

Star Wars makes for a bright night at the Museum of Fine Arts

11.17.17Museum of Fine Arts patrons toured the "Star Wars and the Power of the Costume" exhibit before it opened to the public at the "First Look Cantina" party where "intergalactic cocktail" was the suggested attire.Erin Aebel, a member...
Published: 11/13/17
Jim Watters helps a customer at his store's going out of business sale.[Katherine Snow Smith / Times]

Bruce Watters Jewelers, one of St. Petersburg’s oldest businesses, closing its doors

ST. PETERSBURG — The phrases "I’m so sad," and "I was so surprised" rang steadily throughout the first day of Bruce Watters Jewelers’ going out of business sale Tuesday as customers lamented the end of the family-owned operation that has operated in...
Updated one month ago
Video: St. Pete's hometown halloween horror

Video: St. Pete's hometown halloween horror

More than 2,000 Halloween revelers will converge in St. Petersburg’s Old Northeast Neighborhood on Halloween night, where many houses go all out for trick-or-treaters. Spooky themes this year include a haunted orphanage with eerie vintage masks,...
Updated one month ago
Friends of strays. Amy and Jeff Raab with Alex.

Community celebrates The Weekly Challenger and its founder

Nikki Gaskin-Capehart reminded the crowd packing the Coliseum for the 50th anniversary of The Weekly Challenger of an important milestone in many St. Petersburg lives over the past five decades."How many of you remember the first time you saw...
Updated one month ago
Portrait of Katherine Snow Smith for April issue of Bay

Celebrity designers Badgley and Mischka bring extra charm to charity event

10.18.17For years, when Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez or Helen Mirren stood on the red carpet wearing Badgley Mischka, many of us knew enough to recognize the signature streamlined, elegant beaded gowns. But before the Museum of Fine...
Updated one month ago
(From left to right) Chefs Ryan Mitchell, Michael Buttacavoli, Ted Dorsey and Matthew Brennan compete during Tampa Bay Food Fight at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. The event features chefs from the Tampa Bay area and benefitted Metropolitan Ministries. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times

Gourmet food fight between top chefs raises $200,000

ST. PETERSBURG — The chefs came armed with their secret ingredients — pork rinds, truffle butter, pork bellies.They donned their aprons and fired up the stoves.But this was no typical restaurant kitchen. The chefs, from some of Tampa and...
Updated one month ago

Glitter, butterflies and Beatles help raise funds for nonprofits

9.29.17The Glitter Queens were shining Sept. 29 at their sixth annual Royal Ball, which raised thousands of dollars for the Beth Dillinger Foundation. Guests wearing colorful swirls, daisies and go-go boots to go with the "mod '60s"...
Updated: 2 months ago
Founded in 1791, the University of Vermont is the sixth-oldest college established in New England.

Leaves, mountains, ice cream and cheese: What's not to like in Burlington, Vt.?

There's a lot to enjoy in this New England city, from the outdoors to the ice cream and cheese.
Updated: 2 months ago
Among the Hurricane Irma items listed on eBay is this coffee mug for $16.99.

Hurricane Irma merchandise floods eBay

While Floridians have been cleaning up the damage Hurricane Irma left behind, hopeful entrepreneurs of Indianapolis; Anaheim, Calif.; East Meadow, N.Y.; Hamilton, Ohio; Cordova, Tenn.; Leon, Iowa; Granite Falls, N.C.; Selbyville, Del.; and beyond have...
Updated: 2 months ago