Monday, November 20, 2017


Michele Miller, Times staff writer

Michele Miller is a Tampa Bay Times writer in Pasco County. Miller coordinates and provides stories and photographs for Pasco entertainment features as well as the Top of the Class education feature.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will be a highlight at this year's Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival, which will take place from Nov. 23 to 25 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, south of Spring Lake. [Photo courtesy of Trina Wallin]

Bluegrass and a traditional Thanksgiving meal on tap at annual Sertoma festival

SPRING LAKE — When it comes to traditional fare, picking, fiddling, harmonizing and a whole lot of foot-stomping make for the main course at the annual Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival.Since 1980, the event, which will be Nov. 23 to 25 at the...
Published: 11/17/17
 Gail Casalini, (left) of New Port Richey, gets a brief lesson in the techniques of aquaponic gardening from Julie McCullough, (right) at the Tasty Tuesdays community market held weekly at the New Port Richey Public Library.

Tasty Tuesdays organic market serves up fresh, locally-grown produce

NEW PORT RICHEY — The cooler temps are kicking in and that means things are heating up at the Tasty Tuesdays organic market.The year-round market, held from 10 a.m. to noon each Tuesday in the courtyard outside the New Port Richey Public...
Published: 11/15/17
Updated: 11/18/17
Joseph Scagliozzi, 60, (left) loads up on his monthly allotment of food with the help of volunteer, Ray Michnener, 74, at the Volunteer Way, a non-profit, faith-based charity in Port Richey, that distributes close to 7 million pounds of food to the poor each year.

The Volunteer Way strives to fight hunger in Pasco

PORT RICHEY — On the second Monday of the month, Joseph Scagliozzi lines up early for a box of food at The Volunteer Way warehouse on Congress Street. It’s a modest offering — a godsend of donated canned goods, peanut butter, rice, pasta, sweets,...
Published: 11/15/17
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Terri Zaccone, left, and Marc Talerico, right, listen to a live performance of the song

Vigil calls attention to overdose victims, and brings hope

NEW PORT RICHEY — The room was filling up fast. For Monica Rousseau, the sight of so many people searching for a seat at the annual Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education candlelight vigil was both heartbreaking and uplifting. "I can’t...
Updated one month ago
Jacob Little, 10, gets a chance to stand in for Florida Orchestra music director Michael Francis during an educational traveling youth performance program at Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel.

Students get an opportunity to make music with Florida Orchestra

WESLEY CHAPEL — The excitement was palpable as students hopped off their school buses and streamed into the Center for the Arts at River Ridge. "We’re packed, sold out," said the center’s director, Rick D’Onofrio, sporting a wide grin as he...
Updated one month ago
The annual Rattlesnake Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday at San Antonio City Park.

With new sponsor, tradition of Rattlesnake Festival continues in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — About this time last year, everyone was preparing to bid adieu to a long-held tradition that was famous for giving some the creepy crawlers.But thanks to a new presenter, backed by a slate of sponsors, the annual Rattlesnake...
Updated one month ago
Cinderella Project director Julie Rockwell pushes a rack filled with formal dresses through the hallways at Fivay High School in Hudson. Since 2005, the project has been providing prom formal wear — and, more recently, clothing for fall homecoming events — free of charge to local students.

Expanded Cinderella Project assists students for prom, and now homecoming

The Cinderella Project's Julie Rockwell helps those in need get ready for homecoming.
Updated one month ago
The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce’s Cotee River Bikefest will take place today to Sunday in downtown New Port Richey.

Sweet rides and a lot more on tap at annual Cotee River Bike Fest

One of New Port Ruchey's biggest events will feature nonstop entertainment, food, vendors and streets full of motorcycles and motorcycle enthusiasts.
Updated one month ago
Lia Gallegos and Andy Mikulski are the project managers for the renovation of a duplex at 6110/6106 Florida Ave. in New Port Richey.

Frank Starkey: Renaissance man with a vision for downtown New Port Richey

According to real estate developer Frank Starkey, New Port Richey has the ingredients for a major revitalization.
Updated: 2 months ago
Sgt. First Class Jeffrey Pelfort recently shared with students in the Army JROTC program at  Hudson High what it takes to be an artillery officer in the National Guard. That  came with a hands on experience that included the opportunity for Cadet Second Lt. Ezekiel Mercado to load and fire a parade blank round of a newly digitized M119A3 Howitzer.

JROTC students at Hudson High get an up-close look at military options

Hudson High's Army Junior ROTC students get some hands-on artillery experience as a newly-digitized M119A3 Howitzer is brought to the school.
Updated: 2 months ago