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In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review
In case you missed it. The Apopka news week in review includes seven articles that shaped the city last week... all in one place, including a new restaurant coming to Apopka.
Conduct unbecoming a candidate: Johnson crosses a line and the race for Seat #3 gets ugly
In the Apopka City Commission Seat #3 special election, the tension apparently smoldered for two days after the debate until it escalated into a five-alarm fire.
Starting your small business in Orange County
You have talked about, thought about it, and maybe even dreamt of starting your own small business. As your county commissioner for District 2, I want you to know, now is the time to start building.
District offers teachers funding opportunity to educate students on water conservation
To date, the District has funded 75 water resource education projects with a total of nearly $105,000 awarded to local schools.
Topaz Clinical Research in Apopka currently recruiting children and adolescents ages 6-17 for a clinical trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of rimegepant for the acute treatment of migraine
The World Health Organization classifies migraine as one of the 10 most disabling medical illnesses, which occurs in approximately four to 11 percent of elementary school-aged children and eight to 15 percent of high school-aged adolescents.
Local News
There's still time for low-cost, free summer family fun ideas
To help consumers find ways to enjoy what is left of the summer, UF/IFAS offer research-based options for low-cost and free family activities sure to make the most of a staycation.
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: July 24th-30th
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
Developing Story: City dismisses Camp Wewa's manager
Gary Fuchs, the first manager of Camp Wewa, has been dismissed by the City of Apopka after less than one year on the job.
District offers up to $250,000 grant to local growers for water conservation efforts
SJRWMD is accepting applications through August 26 from farmers, growers and ranchers interested in participating in the Districtwide Agricultural Cost-share Program.
Charting A Pathway Forward for Orange County’s District 2
Greetings to the Residents of Apopka, to some this is an introduction and to others this is simply a reminder. My name is Sandra Fatmi-Hall and I’m running to be your next Orange County …
August 6th is deadline for FDOH immunizations in Orange County
This Saturday, August 6th, is the last day of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County’s FREE school immunizations EVENT for Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) children …
CareerSource Central Florida's Summer Youth Program helped a Central Florida student land a “refreshingly cool” job where she can give back to her community. 
The state average is $3.93 per gallon. That's the lowest daily average price since March 5th. The average full tank of gas now costs $14 less than it did in mid-June.
Business
July is the perfect month for a free orthodontic consultation
Orthodontic consultations are free, and you get a chance to sit down with a professional and get an overview of your child's dental status one-on-one.
Marriott Vacations Worldwide hiring for hundreds of jobs in Central Florida
Non-tipped hourly positions start at a competitive pay of $16.25/hour, and all new hourly associates hired for these positions are eligible for the $1,000 sign-on bonus.
Lease-to-own agreements are blowing up
Lease-to-Own is a model that allows customers to make a monthly lease payment, with a portion of it going toward owning the property.
A new batch of superstars are taking Latin music global and have the genre projected to make $1B in the US this year, per Music Business Worldwide.
Wendover Housing Partners is suing the City of Apopka for declining a permit to build affordable housing on land that is part of the Apopka City Center project.
There's been little change in the homeownership rate for Black families in 50 years, so some lenders are rethinking their practices to make buying a home more a reality than a dream.
As a dentist, I get to be a teacher and an artist. I get to problem solve, plan treatments, and most importantly, I can change people's lives.
Health

Florida Nonprofit helps children cope with prolonged grief

New Hope for Kids in Maitland runs a program designed to bring hope and healing to children and families suffering from grief, for as long as they need.

Florida closing in on 400 monkeypox cases, mostly in large urban enclaves

Data from the Florida Department of Health show monkeypox cases in 17 counties — roughly a quarter of the 67 counties in Florida.

Why declaring monkeypox a global health emergency is a preventative step – not a reason for panic

As a global health expert who specializes in infectious disease epidemiology, I do not think that most people need to be worried about monkeypox. This decision by the WHO, though it may sound ominous, is not a sign of bad things to come.

AdventHealth named top hospital in Central Florida

AdventHealth Orlando has been recognized as a 2022-2023 Best Hospital by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital was rated the No. 1 hospital in the Orlando metro area.

5 Easy Stretches for Seniors with Back Pain

Back pain is the second most common reason for doctor’s office visits, accounting for more than 28 million visits in 2010.  Here are five easy stretches to reduce back pain in seniors. 

Food expiration dates don’t have much science behind them – a food safety researcher explains another way to know what’s too old to eat

Avoiding unseen food hazards is the reason people often check the dates on food packaging. And printed with the month and year is often one of a dizzying array of phrases.

Orange County Health Department announces hepatitis outbreak

World Hepatitis Day is July 28th and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County seeks to increase awareness about viral hepatitis, which impacts the lives of 354 million people worldwide.

Monkeypox outbreak: Cases climb to 180 in Florida; federal health officials expand testing through labs

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been shipping its orthopoxvirus tests to major commercial laboratories across the nation.

Community health centers calling for added protections against drug manufacturers

Community health centers are calling on state and federal lawmakers for added protections against drug manufacturers for drastically cutting them out of a federal drug discount program.

How hot is too hot for the human body? Our lab found heat + humidity gets dangerous faster than many people realize

Heat waves are becoming supercharged as the climate changes – lasting longer, becoming more frequent and getting just plain hotter.

Florida linked to the bulk of cases in Listeria outbreak, according to the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring Listeria infections across the nation, with 23 cases across 10 states, including one death in Illinois and 22 hospitalizations.

Sparklers: Florida Doctors Warn Against “Kid-Friendly Fireworks”

If you’re planning on lighting sparklers this Fourth of July, believing they are among the safest fireworks, think again. Doctors with HCA Florida Healthcare say they are actually among the most dangerous.

Government
Locally, one topic of discussion has come up more than in other municipalities: are our reserves insured? In short, yes.
Apopka, for good or bad, is treading water, and there is no reason to expect anything different anytime soon. It's budget seems etched in stone even before it's approved.
In case you missed it. The Apopka news week in review includes six articles that shaped the city last week... all in one place, including details on the FY 2022/23 Apopka City budget.
The Florida Department of Revenue has released a Frequently Asked Questions document about the 2022 tax holiday, which outlines items exempt from sales taxes.
Overall, the budget is balanced and provides increases in salaries, and academic reimbursement for Fire and Police, along with new/additional positions across all departments and a few new fleet vehicles.
Apopka Police Department Arrest Report
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly arrest report that includes arrests, crashes, calls for service, and traffic citations. This report is for the week ending July 25th.
Orange County Health: Get prepared for hurricane season with an emergency supply kit
The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season started June 1, and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County wants to make sure you and your family are prepared.
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: July 17th-23rd
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
Education
The back-to-school market is now worth $34.4B for K-12 students, per Deloitte. And this year, parents are expected to spend an average of $661 per child, up 8% and 27% from 2019.
Food deserts. Poor housing conditions. Lack of community investment. These challenges may not always come to mind when people think about how to improve America’s public schools.
Worried your kids will forget what they learned in school over the summer? Scholars have been studying the problem for over a century.
In a couple of weeks, from July 25 through August 7, Florida will hold its annual school sales tax holiday. During that period, consumers can curb school supply costs with savings designated by the Florida legislature.

UF/IFAS announces its August schedules of classes for Apopka and Orange County

UF/IFAS Extension meets in the middle of summer with a strong menu of classes and programs for Apopka and Orange County residents in August.
Summer Meals All Summer Long: OCPS extends its free meals program
The school year may be over, but as inflation, rising rent, and the mounting cost of gas take a financial toll on Central Florida families, the season for food insecurity is just beginning.
During a difficult period, Wheatley Elementary gives the community a reason to smile
There are few greater sounds than that of children's laughter. It is a kind of gift that signifies trust, joy, and the type of detachment from the troubles of the world that allows children to simply play without fear or worries.
Baptiste Orthodontics building long-lasting relationships with patients and the community
Baptiste Orthodontics has formed long-lasting relationships with the community we serve by partnering with over 40 public schools and community groups in Orange County.
Opinion

Beautification of Apopka can be a community-wide effort

Apopka is home for so many of us and deserves to be properly maintained and cared for. I encourage our citizens to get involved however they can in enhancing our great city.
Over two months have passed, but little has been done on any of those three issues, except for a stranger than fiction "secret" City Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
We regret any emotional distress the timing of the original article may have caused Apopka residents, its firefighters, or Austin's family and friends.
I read with interest the article “For Apopka to transition from small town to modern city, it needs to upgrade” published on July 5, 2022, and wish to respond with the “other angle of the story”. 
Klepper: "We must strive to eliminate any and all unnecessary risks posed to our members"
The Apopka Firefighters Union President Alex Klepper released the following statement about the June 30th  accident to Firefighter/EMT Austin Duran at Fire Station #1.
For Apopka to transition from small town to modern city, it needs to upgrade
Apopka is a booming city with over 55,000 residents and consistent growth. It can no longer call itself a small town. But is Apopka ready to do the things necessary to become a modern city?
Committees, workshops and commissions are great, but action is better
Call it growing pains, or a need to manage its growth, but there are issues that could thwart Apopka's success if not dealt with soon.
A 21% increase in tax base is the perfect time to move Apopka forward
The City Council has a modest windfall of $3.7 million to put in the direction of the FY22-23 budget. That is cause for celebration, and thanks Mayor Nelson for announcing it well ahead of the budget workshops.
2.5 hours and 25,000 words later, Apopka City Council still treading water
It's been five days since the Apopka City Council took on public comments. That should be enough time to take a breath, separate the emotion from the details and fully digest Ordinance 2931 and Resolution 2016-16.
Bonus Content

Back to school: This August you can help more children at high-needs schools succeed

(BPT) - From gas to food to rent, inflation has impacted practically every good or service you buy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. inflation hit a four-decade high in June, …

5 tips to get your best sleep ever this school year

(BPT) - It can be easy to forget about the importance of getting quality sleep during the summer. Between vacations, summer programs, holidays and familial commitments, you might find that you …

5 Tips for Transitioning Back to School

(Family Features) Heading back to the classroom is a big change following a summer of fun in the sun. Start this school year off right with these tips for a smooth transition.

5 Ways to Support Teachers this Fall

(Family Features) Throughout the pandemic, teachers have gone above and beyond for their students. This fall, as you prepare for the new school year, consider these ideas for supporting your children's teachers, too.

Pop Up a Sweet, Kid-Friendly Treat

(Family Features) This Popcorn Party Pizza swaps out the classic pizza crust for popcorn - infused with gooey melted marshmallows and topped with childhood favorites.

Jump-Start Success at School with Wellness at Home

(Family Features) Setting the stage for success in the classroom starts with reliable morning routines the whole family can depend on. This school year, add better-for-you breakfast recipes like Orange Oatmeal or an Orangeberry Smoothie to the menu.

Host a Hall of Fame Homegate

(Family Features) Kickoff your menu with an app like these Jalapeno Bacon and Salsa Biscuit Bites that meld together traditional tailgate tastes. Then put a Tex-Mex twist on a traditional favorite with this Enchilada Lasagna, perfect for feeding a crowd of hungry fans.

6 sensational summer treats for any adventure near or far

(BPT) - From a day escape at a local destination to a lengthy cross-country road trip, it's prime time for summer adventures. And nothing pairs better with summer travel than on-the-go treats.Every …