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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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 firstname.lastname@example.org....
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:...
06/25/14 Human Interest
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....
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....
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....
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....
Julie Brucker passionately describes the purpose of her work:
"Fitness isn't just about looking good on the outside," she said. It's about feeling good on the inside, too.
Brucker, 50, is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor who owns Wellness and Workout and has worked in the fitness industry for 20 years.
As a trainer, she assesses her clients' fitness goals and teaches the right ways to achieve them. Then she holds her clients accountable....
WESLEY CHAPEL — NFL Super Bowl champ Ryan Pickett hosts a daylong football camp for athletes in grades 9 through 12 on July 10 at the Wesley Chapel District Park, 7727 Boyette Rd., Wesley Chapel. The camp is designed to provide high school athletes an elevated recruiting platform, and includes combine testing, instruction by NFL athletes, competition, skills video and a recruiting profile. For information or to register, visit therecruitingfactory.com/combines/football online....
05/29/14 Human Interest
A young couple crossed the crowded church hall, dimly lit for the date that had finally arrived: the Happy Feet Dance.
She held out her hand; he strapped a pink corsage to her wrist. That they both have Down syndrome didn't faze the crowd that surrounded them. All the people who showed up had shown up for the same reason.
"To dance with dignity," said Joe Foster, 57, who runs the Happy Feet Dance Club with his wife, Tammie, 51....
Standing beside brides-to-be at her boutique, the Fancy Frock, Jennifer James finds her calling.
"I make them look beautiful," she said.
James, 42, opened the bridal and formal wear boutique at its original location in Seven Oaks in the summer of 2012. There she met clients by appointment so that she could continue to work as a fourth-grade teacher.
"I love teaching, but teaching has changed a lot," she said. "God gives us natural talents, and we have to discover" what they are. ...