March 27, 2011
Dario Franchitti won last year's IndyCar championship with flair, overtaking Will Power in the finale after trailing most of the season. Franchitti didn't wait nearly that long to take command of Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The two-time defending series champion passed Power for first place on a Lap 5 restart and went on to lead 94 of 100 laps for his first victory on the 1.8-mile downtown street course. "A lot hinged on that first restart, passing Will there," Franchitti said.
March 12, 2009
For all of its celebrated universality, the language of music speaks with many different accents. A century ago, a group of Russian composers set out to explore one such accent by forming the Society for Jewish Folk Music in St. Petersburg, with the encouragement of such luminaries as Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Over the ensuing decades, for a variety of reasons, the products of these "St. Petersburg school" composers were mostly forgotten - an undeserved fate that is being vigorously reversed by a man better known for his deftly argued political opinions from a generally conservative perspective.
November 2, 2008
JOSEPH F. WITEK age 65, of St. Petersburg, FL, formerly of Jarrettsville, MD, died on October 26, 2008. He is survived by his loving daughters Tracy Lewandowski and her husband, David, of St. Louis and Elizabeth Gustin and her husband, Mark, of East Moriches, NY; partner Craig Heidel of St. Petersburg; brother Richard Witek and his wife, Kathy Malo of Monson, MA; sister Patricia Schonback and her husband, Peter, of Monson, MA; former wife Priscilla Bradley...
March 2, 2008
THOMAS J. "TJ" ARUFFO, 49, of St. Petersburg, died suddenly Thursday, February 28, 2008 at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. He was born in Drexel Hill, PA, on May 30,1958. TJ was an Eagle Scout and attended Bridgewater High School in New Jersey. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1982 and enjoyed a distinguished career as a naval aviator, flying the F14 Tomcat in carrier aviation worldwide. After fourteen years serving our country, he entered the private sector, holding executive positions with Fortune 500 companies, most recently as the Chief Information Officer for Cott Corporation, in Tampa, FL. An avid ocean yachtsman, TJ survived the infamous Fastnet Race of 1979 and enjoyed many subsequent years of ocean racing with friends and family aboard his sailing yacht "Reggae".
February 10, 2008
We'd like to take a cruise to Scandinavia that ends in St. Petersburg, Russia, so we can spend a few days there. Can you help? Most of the major cruise lines offering Baltic cruises include St. Petersburg - but none ends in the Russian city. However, some cruises that include it on their itineraries spend at least an overnight there, giving you two full days to explore its many sites. Three major lines that do are Norwegian Cruise Line (ncl.com), Carnival (carni val.com) and Princess (princess.
September 11, 2007
Alexander Mikhailovich, a photographer who specialized in architectural and art photography, died of emphysema Sunday at his Hartsdale, N.Y., home. The former Mount Washington resident was 80. Born in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, in the former Soviet Union, he worked with publishers to make photo albums of the architectural sites of St. Petersburg as well as of collections at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. As a young man, Mr. Mikhailovich traveled in Siberia as a freelance photographer, taking pictures of indigenous peoples and their rituals.