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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.
Fork on the Road: Comfort foods

Fork on the Road: Comfort foods

A Clermont couple finds great joy in serving customers heaping plates of flavorful foods with plentiful sides of friendship and the feeling of home. Photos: Nicole Hamel Marc and Brandi DeVita opened the doors to Clermont Café three years ago…
Spirits: Mad for margaritas

Spirits: Mad for margaritas

A popular Mexican restaurant in Clermont decided to take the party outside with a recently planted Margarita Garden. Photos: Nicole Hamel The words “Don’t drink the water, Drink Tequila,” are very colorfully and brightly lit on a sign attached to…
Person of Interest: Kuehl McEachern

Person of Interest: Kuehl McEachern

Though his professional baseball days are behind him, a Eustis High School graduate still has a ball living life.  Photo: Nicole Hamel Vital Stats Is an only child. Enjoys fishing and boating. Holds bachelor’s degree on coastal environmental science from…
A solid foundation

A solid foundation

School and community come together to positively impact students with tools needed for academic and personal success. Photos: Nicole Hamel Senior Armoni LaSane, 17, says there’s great comfort in knowing there’s somewhere to go if you have a need, and…
You’re grounded!

You’re grounded!

Looking to feel better, heart, mind, and soul? Just kick off your shoes, walk, and soak up some Vitamin ‘G.’ Photos: Nicole Hamel Clermont’s Marcela Malvido believes that everyone really should be grounded daily, and whether or not they’ve done…
Final Thought: Checking it twice

Final Thought: Checking it twice

Hello December, the proverbial best-behavior-inducing month! Wow, I cannot believe December has arrived and that Christmas is just around the corner, but I’m happy about it. I love this time of year! I’m a sucker for Christmas lights, decorations and…
Spirits: Wine not?

Spirits: Wine not?

A unique storefront on Magnolia Avenue in downtown Eustis is known for its magical transformation from flowers by day, to wine (and beer) at night. Photos: Nicole Hamel A florist and owner of Terri’s Eustis Flower Shop since 1979, Terri…
Attractions: Pivotal moves

Attractions: Pivotal moves

Go it electric for a fun and adventurous way to explore Mount Dora.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Segway of Central Florida, located in downtown Mount Dora, recently changed hands, but the service, products, and opportunity for unforgettable experiences it offers, have…
Angels on Earth

Angels on Earth

A Leesburg couple has dedicated their lives, and love, to children in need of care, a home, and family.  Photos: Nicole Hamel When Pat and Linda Manfredi were married in February 1969, starting a family of their own was never…
PAWS-itive encouragement

PAWS-itive encouragement

Read to Sydney brings books, children, and trained therapy dogs together for a reading experience that transcends boundaries. Photos: Nicole Hamel Even though it was about 11 years ago, Thom Battisto clearly remembers the day he visited a local foster…
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