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Roxanne Brown

Originally from Nogales, Arizona, Roxanne worked in the customer service industry while writing independently for years. After moving to Florida in 1999, Roxanne eventually switched her career path to focus more on writing and went on to become an award-winning reporter for The Daily Commercial/South Lake Press newspapers for 16 years prior to coming on board with Akers Media as a staff writer in July 2020 – her dream job come true. Today, Roxanne and her husband Keith of more than 20 years, live in Clermont. They have three grown children: Megan, Darius and Julissa and two dogs, Cinnamon and Remi Lulu. Roxanne says her favorite things about writing articles is talking with the people she'll be featuring, listening to their stories and learning about their passions, goals and heart. Overall, Roxanne is grateful for all the opportunities she's been given to personally witness and realize how much of a difference people can make and how every voice, big and small, really matters. In her spare time and besides writing, Roxanne enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music (especially on vinyl), Zumba, taking pictures, reading, watching movies, cooking with Julissa, and reality TV competition shows. As for her bucket list, Roxanne hopes to one day be a published author of children’s books and travel the world chasing sunsets.
Lost and found

Lost and found

Members of the Villages Genealogical Society enjoy looking into their own family ancestries, and helping others do the same. Photos: Nicole Hamel After his parents died, George Zitterell realized just how little he actually knew about his family’s history and…
Yogatta be kidding me

Yogatta be kidding me

At Chase Animal Rescue Sanctuary, having a lemur as a yoga companion is hardly a stretch. Photos taken by Nicole Hamel. Yoga class photos provided by Chase Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. Irene Tsatiris truly enjoys the benefits of yoga and…
Fork on the Road: Root and Branch

Fork on the Road: Root and Branch

At Root and Branch, Chef AJ Kraft’s goal is making people’s taste buds happy with delicious cuisine options.  Photos: Nicole Hamel As a kid growing up, AJ Kraft remembers cooking for his parents, and as a teenager, landing his first…
Final Thought: A piece of my heart

Final Thought: A piece of my heart

My nest may soon be a lot emptier, but wait, I like the nest full! Each time pregnant, I could not wait to meet my future baby. It was a time of planning, excitement, and daydreaming about what he or…
Person of Interest: Lucy Hage

Person of Interest: Lucy Hage

Longtime Clermont resident, businesswoman, and volunteer with various help organizations has strong passion for kids and community.  Photo: Nicole Hamel Vital Stats Born in Cuba. Speaks Spanish fluently. Husband Steven (married 40 years), two daughters, one son, and nine grandchildren.…
Fork on the Road: Gold star flavor

Fork on the Road: Gold star flavor

Recently opened Leesburg restaurant offers fresh to order top-notch seafood and other tasty dishes at affordable prices.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Vernell Parker says she has eaten at Five Star Seafood many times since it opened in December 2021. In fact,…
Fork on the Road: Farmshed Fresh

Fork on the Road: Farmshed Fresh

Villages diner delights with from scratch, tasty meals, using locally-sourced ingredients that enhance every dish.   Photos: Nicole Hamel Whether it’s because of the great service, fresh, beautifully prepared dishes, or a choice between lounge, formal dining room, patio, and bar…
Social Club Spotlight: Flying flowers

Social Club Spotlight: Flying flowers

Members of The Villages Butterfly Gardens Club delight in helping butterflies thrive, and teaching others how to do the same by creating proper garden habitats. Photos of Colleen and Lamar Young courtesy of Valerie Begley.  Club meeting photos by Nicole…
Final Thought: The joke’s on me

Final Thought: The joke’s on me

How April Fool’s Day was forever ruined. When April 1 comes around, and I hear of people pranking one another, I just wince.  Since childhood, I haven’t been able to really play a joke on anyone. I don’t like the…
Hemp finds a new home

Hemp finds a new home

Local man perfects recipe for turning industrial hemp into a building material to replace concrete, steering the housing market in a different direction. Photos: Nicole Hamel In the classic story of The Three Little Pigs, the moral is that hard…
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