Arleen Spenceley, Times Staff Writer

Arleen Spenceley

Arleen Spenceley is an editorial assistant and staff writer for the Pasco Times edition of the Tampa Bay Times. Before she joined the staff in July 2007, she wrote as a Times correspondent in Hernando and Pasco counties for three and a half years. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism in December 2007 and continued to work for the Times until Dec. 2012, when she resigned — albeit reluctantly — to finish her master's degree. She graduated with her M.A. in rehabilitation and mental health counseling in May 2013 and happily returned to the Times staff in November.

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  1. Pasco business pairs cancer patients with 'cancer guides'


    Spotlight RN Cancer Guides

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Susan Scherer and Angelique Neumann know cancer. Scherer is an oncology nurse, and Neumann is a cancer survivor.

    Their experiences sparked a question: How can we get people (who have cancer) through the hardest time of their lives?

    The pair opened RN Cancer Guides in 2013 to be the answer.

    The firm matches people who have cancer with "cancer guides" — oncology-certified nurses who help clients and their families "navigate all the emotional, medical and financial barriers to treatment," Scherer, 46 said. "Our job is to 'bubble wrap' our patients."...

    Susan Scherer, left, and Angelique Neumann opened RN Cancer Guides in 2013. 
  2. Hudson martial arts school celebrates 10 years in business


    HUDSON — Fifteen years ago, Regis Lima borrowed $500 from the man who taught him tae kwon do to move from Brazil to Florida to teach martial arts.

    He eventually opened RL Martial Arts and on Saturday — despite the doubts his friends had when he left home — he celebrates the business' 10th anniversary.

    Lima had visited Florida for martial arts tournaments and called it paradise. His friends called him crazy....

    At RL Martial Arts, students learn tae kwon do, tae kwon do Olympic sparring and Brazilian jujitsu.
  3. Pasco mom hand-stamps handmade jewelry


    Spotlight | R&E Avenue

    LAND O'LAKES — After the birth of her second son, Jasmine Atiyeh shopped for jewelry that would remind her of her boys.

    "Everything I saw wasn't my taste," she said.

    Instead, she made her own: a hand-stamped necklace with her sons' names on it. When she wore it, she got compliments. Then she got requests from friends willing to pay her to make more. So she turned the self-taught talent into a business: R&E Avenue, named for her sons, Roman, 4, and Ezra, 6....

    Jasmine Atiyeh makes hand-stamped jewelry in her home. 
  4. Youth volleyball league starting in Holiday needs coaches


    Recreation Notebook

    HOLIDAY — A local youth volleyball league seeks adults willing to volunteer as coaches for boys and girls ages 8 to 15.

    The league is designed to teach fair play and sportsmanship, to develop fundamental volleyball skills and to promote a fun, healthy lifestyle. All coaches must pass background checks.

    Evaluation day is Sept. 6 and practices start Sept. 17 at the J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex, 2830 Gulf Trace Blvd., Holiday. For information, email Ingrid at or call (727) 942-7439....

  5. Port Richey tattoo studio hosts Big Cat Rescue benefit



    PORT RICHEY — In the studio at Standing Art Tattoos and Art Gallery, owner Adam Natonio usually covers arms, legs and backs in ink for profit. Next week, he'll do it for charity.

    From Aug. 4 to 9, Natonio will donate all the proceeds from big cat-themed tattoos to Big Cat Rescue, a sanctuary in Tampa designed to provide a permanent home to exotic cats, educate the public about them, end their abuse and avoid their extinction, according to its mission statement....

    Tigers are accepted at Big Cat Rescue, which strives to provide a safe home for big cats. The sanctuary is funded through donations and uses 500 pounds of meat a day to feed the cats.
  6. Object Shop in Lutz turns images into 3-D objects



    In the showroom at the Object Shop, a beast stands on a platform in the corner, its intricate armor covering red flesh and its sharp horns threatening all who stare. But don't let that scare you. The beast is only 4 inches tall.

    Grant Posner, who owns the Object Shop with Brian Zuckerman, created it there, using a 3-D image of the beast — which is a video game character — and a state-of-the-art 3-D printer....

    Grant Posner, left, and Brian Zuckerman own the Object Shop in Lutz. It offers 3-D printing, scanning and rapid prototyping for clients, creating everything from ornate video game characters to scale-building prototypes.
  7. Port Richey's Seaway Plastics celebrates 30 years


    Spotlight | Seaway Plastics

    PORT RICHEY — The staff at Seaway Plastics produces parts for products lots of people use. This summer, its Port Richey campus celebrates its 30th anniversary, a milestone its owner can explain:

    "We have a very good group of people," said Tim Smock, 57, co-owner and CEO of Seaway. He owns the business with Paul Bernard, 59, Seaway's president....

    Tim Smock is co-owner and CEO of Seaway Plastics.
  8. Pasco promotion business helps other local businesses profit


    Spotlight | Thread Art

    LUTZ — Since Thread Art's start in 2003, owner Tiffanie Kellog has watched her promotion business grow. That, she said, is what she wants for her clients' businesses, too.

    "My goal is to help my clients make more money," she said.

    Using experience and what they learned while earning degrees in business, Kellog and her husband Rob, both 35, create promotional products their clients can use to promote their businesses or causes....

    Tiffanie Kellog
  9. Urban Food Forest provides aquaponics in Pasco and beyond


    ODESSA — Michele Holzberger long wanted to grow her own food, but until her family found aquaponics, gardening wasn't her strong suit.

    "The bugs would get to the tomatoes, and the lettuce didn't seem to thrive," said Michele, 48. "I never was a successful vegetable gardener."

    Now, she and her husband own a business based on gardening: the Urban Food Forest, which manufactures, installs and maintains aquaponics systems....

    The Holzbergers — from left, Dustin, Owen, Michele, Colin and Anna — own the Urban Food Forest, which manufactures, installs and maintains aquaponics systems, which are used to grow plants and raise fish.
  10. Pasco recreation notebook for July 4


    WESLEY CHAPEL — Grace Community of Wesley Chapel has planned an Upward Soccer Camp for children entering grades 1-6. The camp is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sundays for five weeks, starting July 13, at Wesley Chapel Elementary School, 30243 Wells Road. Upward Sports is a Christian sports league, and the recreational camp is designed to help new and experienced soccer players improve their skills in a positive environment of healthy competition. Denise Schilte-Brown, head coach of the University of South Florida women's soccer team, will make an appearance on the first day of camp. The cost to participate is $30 and includes a T-shirt, a water bottle and a size 4 soccer ball. Children of deployed military personnel may participate for free, and other financial assistance will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For sign-up forms and more information, visit online. For questions, call (813) 994-9363 or email

  11. Florida's dentist of the year practices in New Port Richey


    At last month's Florida National Dental Convention in Orlando, New Port Richey's Paul Miller was named dentist of the year by the Florida Dental Association.

    Miller, 59, an American Dental Association delegate and member of the ADA's Council on Member Insurance and Retirement Programs, went to dental school at Marquette University in Milwaukee and has been a dentist since 1981. He recently talked with the Tampa Bay Times about his profession:...

  12. Newly ordained priest, 27, joins Land O'Lakes church

    Human Interest

    On Faith

    LAND O'LAKES — At Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, the Rev. Jonathan Emery carried boxes of his belongings into the bare office that would become his and reflected on his new role: Roman Catholic priest.

    On May 17, Bishop Robert Lynch ordained him and two others as priests for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The next morning, Emery, 27, celebrated his first Mass....

    “A priest is meant to take care of his parishioners the way a father takes care of his children.”  Jonathan Emery
  13. Boat tour unveils Pasco's 'hidden paradise'



    From the helm of the Miss Daisy II, a 40-foot pontoon boat, Capt. Ray Kelly sees what others don't in Pasco County: a hidden paradise.

    "When you drive down (U.S.) 19, you don't even know the Gulf of Mexico is there," said Kelly, 66, owner of Miss Daisy Boat Tours. "You wouldn't believe where you live."

    Kelly, who served in the Navy for four years, has been a licensed captain for 15 years and has owned his boat tour business for 14 years. The Miss Daisy II docks at the Gill Dawg Marina in Port Richey. Between tours, Kelly maintains the boat and books trips on it for 10 to 42 passengers. The boat travels during two-hour tours along the Cotee River and around Durney Key, to parts of Pasco rich in wildlife and history....

    Miss Daisy II, a 40-foot pontoon boat, travels the Cotee River and around Durney Key.
  14. San Antonio tutor helps students who struggle



    SAN ANTONIO — In a conference with her son's first-grade teacher, Sarah Christiansen heard what she never imagined she would: I don't know what I'm going to do about your child.

    "In my eyes, this was a perfect child," said Christiansen, 50, who owns a tutoring service called Yes You Can. "All of a sudden, somebody's telling you (he has a problem)."

    Her son, who is now 28 and in the Marines, was "borderline ADHD," she said. He had a lot of energy and a hard time focusing in the classroom. So Christiansen went to Saint Leo University, where she learned how to help him by earning a bachelor's degree in varying exceptionalities....

    Sarah Christiansen is owner of Yes You Can, a tutoring service for struggling students.
  15. Trinity music school provides lessons for all ages



    TRINITY — As a kid, Joe Rhodes taught himself to play the guitar using one that was left unattended at school. The guitar's owners — students five years Rhodes' senior — turned out to be the Everly Brothers, and the experience was the start of Rhodes' music career.

    Rhodes, 66, recorded music and performed it on stage with Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson when he lived in Nashville. He still performs. But now, he also teaches....

    Joe and Laurene Rhodes own Ramblin Rhodes Music, a music and performing arts school on Starkey Boulevard in Trinity. Lessons are conducted in groups or one on one. The school has 150 students, 14 instructors who teach instruments of all kinds, plus voice and drama, and a concert every month.