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.

Phone: (727) 869-6235

E-mail: aspenceley@tampabay.com

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  1. Hillbilly Farms offers healthy food, simple fun in Dade City

    Business

    DADE CITY — Rhoda and Ken Mazerolle moved from Maine to Florida to retire. But when the opportunity arose to open a business, the longtime entrepreneurs couldn't resist.

    Hillbilly Farms started as a produce stand in 2011 and is now a store and cafe, named after what people called the Mazerolles when they moved south: "northern hillbillies," said Rhoda Mazerolle, 60. She and Ken, 80, also own a trucking company. Their daughter, Rasha Lowe, 41, oversees daily operations at Hillbilly Farms....

  2. Recreation Notebook for the weekend of Sept. 5

    Briefs

    LAND O' LAKES — Players are sought for a 60 and over slow pitch softball league. Players can register and be drafted at 8 a.m. Sept. 12, 19 and 26 on Field 10 at the Collier Park Recreation Center Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway. Games begin Oct. 3rd. For information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211.

    TENNIS: A tennis league for male and female players of all ability levels is forming now. Competitions will be in and beyond Pasco County. For information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211....

  3. Lutz businesswoman brings 'futuristic photo booth' to parties

    Business

    LUTZ — For a decade, Deb Fry managed military contracts at U.S. Central Command on MacDill Airforce Base.

    Then the war ended.

    "When the troops pulled out, contracts started disappearing," said Fry, 58.

    She left MacDill in 2011, took some time off and then picked a new place to work: at parties. The onetime defense contractor is now a TapSnap franchisee.

    "Some people call (TapSnap) a futuristic photo booth," said Fry. "There are no walls, no ceilings, no black curtains."...

    Deb Fry, 58, owns a TapSnap franchise. Guests at parties stand in front of a camera mounted to a 42-inch monitor for photo-ops.
  4. Ministry in Dade City helps east Pasco's poor and homeless

    Human Interest

    DADE CITY — While his laundry spun in a dryer at the Restored Hope resource center, a 47-year-old homeless man sipped coffee from a plastic foam cup and told his story.

    James, who did not want to give his last name, designs roof and floor trusses for a living. But the labor pool is small, he said, and he has traveled for 12 years, from one short-term job to another. Recently, while out of work, he stayed with a friend, but she booted him out after a disagreement. He said he is estranged from family and wouldn't want to burden relatives by asking for help anyway....

    Restored Hope resource center is a Christian ministry in Dade City that serves the poor and homeless.
  5. Pasco business pairs cancer patients with 'cancer guides'

    Business

    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. 
  6. Hudson martial arts school celebrates 10 years in business

    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....

    Regis Lima holds his daughter Olivia, then 2. He says his dad was absent and his instructor became his father figure.
  7. Pasco mom hand-stamps handmade jewelry

    Business

    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....

    Atiyeh
  8. Youth volleyball league starting in Holiday needs coaches

    Briefs

    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 isedan@pascocountyfl.net or call (727) 942-7439....

  9. Port Richey tattoo studio hosts Big Cat Rescue benefit

    Business

    Spotlight

    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....

    Adam Natonio, 33, owns Standing Art Tattoos and Art Gallery.
  10. Object Shop in Lutz turns images into 3-D objects

    Business

    LUTZ

    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.
  11. Port Richey's Seaway Plastics celebrates 30 years

    Business

    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.
  12. Pasco promotion business helps other local businesses profit

    Business

    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
  13. Urban Food Forest provides aquaponics in Pasco and beyond

    Business

    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....

    Colin Holzberger, 17, stands with his dad, Dustin Holzberger, 45. The family’s aquaponics system holds about 1,500 gallons of water and can grow about 1,000 plants and raise 300 fish at a time.
  14. Pasco recreation notebook for July 4

    Briefs

    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 exploregrace.com online. For questions, call (813) 994-9363 or email soccer@exploregrace.com....

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

    Business

    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:...

    Miller