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Becker vs. Nelson: Everything you need to know about the Apopka Mayoral Debate
The campaign for mayor is a marathon. There is, however, a single hour in a campaign cycle that could make or break a candidate, and in the case of Nelson and Becker, it's January 31st from 6-7 pm.
Freezing temperatures trigger emergency homeless shelters to open in Apopka and Orange County
The National Weather Service is projecting a low pressure center will develop off the Florida east coast Friday, then intensify into a powerful winter storm as it moves northeast off the eastern U.S. …
What is the best mask for COVID-19?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its guidelines about masks and respirators a number of times over the past two years and gave its most recent update on Jan. 14, 2022.
Everything coming to Disney Plus in February
February is going to see some new Disney+ Originals including new episodes of “Star Wars: The Book Of Boba Fett”. In addition to new content being added to the library each week.
AARP accepting 2022 Community Challenge Grant applications
Grants fund quick-action projects that help communities become more livable in the long term by improving public spaces, transportation, housing, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more.
Local News
Apopka Professional Firefighters Association endorsing Velazquez, Nesta in City Commission elections
The APFA, which represents 86 firefighters, engineers, and district chiefs at the Apopka Fire Department, will release the following statement regarding their endorsements.
Is the vision doomed for an Apopka skatepark?
With 22 write-in votes, a skatepark was the second most popular answer of an added amenity to the facility - only behind an aquatic complex.
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 January 24th.
The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a crash in Orange County this afternoon that resulted in fatal injuries to an Apopka resident.
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year.
In case you missed it. The Apopka news week in review includes five articles that shaped the city... all in one place, including details on the results of The Apopka Mayoral Readers Poll.
Business

Here's a glimpse at new directions for The Apopka Voice in 2022

The Apopka Voice crossed a milestone last year when we published our 10,000th article. Informing, engaging, and inspiring our readers is the mission of The Apopka Voice. But in 2022, we want to do even more.
4-day workweeks are the new trend taking over tech
In 1908, a New England cotton mill instituted a 5-day workweek. The move inspired others to follow suit over the next 30 years until the Fair Labor Standards Act made 2-day …
Goodwill hosting free webinars to help job seekers make a change, expunge criminal records and interview successfully
While the unemployment rate in Central Florida remains below 5%, there are still many people searching for their next career opportunity. Here are three webinars to help.
The Best Part of Lake Apopka Natural Gas District? YOU!
If you know anything about LANGD’s residential and commercial customers, it is that they will never turn down an opportunity to make a difference.
As the clock ticked down to 2022, the leaders of JK2 Construction had a little more to celebrate. The family company officially entered its 35th year.
There are coffee shops, restaurants, supermarkets, and apartments in the works, but over five years have passed since Taurus Investments and the City of Apopka signed a contract.
If you haven’t already done so, creating a strategic editorial calendar for your business is a key priority, as managing your content can otherwise be overwhelming.
5G offers an order of magnitude – 10 times – more bandwidth than its predecessor, 4G. The greater bandwidth is possible because over and above low and medium frequency radio waves, 5G uses additional higher-frequency waves to encode and carry information.
Health

AdventHealth: COVID-19 hospitalizations decreasing

The figures represent a downturn from Omicron’s peak in Central Florida during the week of Jan. 17 of more than 1,100 inpatients with COVID-19 in the health care system’s Central Florida Division.

Florida nursing home residents, healthcare staff are getting boosters

Florida nursing home staff with completed vaccinations (no booster) increased 10 percent since the last report, from 63 percent to 73 percent.

Orange County Health Department director placed on administrative leave

Dr. Raul Pino, the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, has been placed on administrative leave by the Florida Department of Health while it investigates an email Pino sent to employees about the department's low percentage of staff that is vaccinated for COVID-19.

Don’t Wait: 15 Reasons to Head to the Emergency Room

In life, accidents happen and the unexpected can arise at the drop of a hat. But what to do in those situations and where should you go when they come up?

Florida using mostly Regeneron for monoclonal treatment, but it’s questionable when it comes to omicron

The NIH issued its latest guidance on effective treatments against the more transmissible omicron variant, including an antibody treatment called Sotrovimab and other treatments such as Remdesivir.

Investing in yourself is worth it! Local expert gives tips on planning for orthodontic work

As with any large purchase or investment, it is a good idea to do some homework before you commit. Getting orthodontic work is a worthwhile investment and no different in the need for pre-planning.

States are making bank off weed taxes

According to a Pew Research study, Americans say either that marijuana should be legal for both medical and recreational use (60%) or that it should be legal for medical use only (31%).

AdventHealth reports 910 patients in hospitals with COVID-19; 120 in ICU

The health care system is prepared for the increase, which so far remains lower than during the Delta surge, which peaked in August with about 1,700 hospitalized patients.

Senior Resource Alliance mailing at-home COVID-19 tests to seniors in need

As COVID-19 cases in Florida continue to rise, at-home tests have become scarce. To combat the surge in demand, Senior Resource Alliance (SRA) is mailing nearly 200 at-home testing kits to seniors.

Some COVID-19 cases are mild, but this “is not the common cold,” cautions AdventHealth epidemiologist

About 630 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout AdventHealth’s Central Florida hospitals, an increase that underscores the continued severity of the virus in many people in the …

Florida to unveil new COVID-19 testing guidance: ‘And if you have no symptoms, please don’t get tested’

At a Tuesday press conference, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo argued against federal health authorities’ testing guidelines for COVID-19, even as COVID cases rise.

Bees, bats, and first-time homebuyers are back! UF/IFAS January classes start this week

UF / IFAS Extension has their January selections ready to help you make a positive start to 2021. Classes range from beekeeping to diabetes prevention, and so much more.

Government
Saturday Sounds continues to bring enjoyable weekend options to the the City of Apopka. If you haven't taken the time to check one of these concerts out, put it on your list starting this weekend.
The funding allocated to the U.S. Army Corps will allow already planned projects under the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan to be expedited, hastening the completion of Everglades Restoration.
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles.
If approved, the Apopka Community Center will be open for early voting from Tuesday, March 1st through Sunday, March 6th from 8 am until 5 pm each day.
In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review
In case you missed it. The Apopka news week in review includes five articles that shaped the city... all in one place, including details on the results of The Apopka Readers Poll.
Commissioner Diane Velazquez: Honesty, Authenticity, Integrity, and Communication are core to her platform
The experience I have obtained has expanded my outlook on the responsibilities city commissioners have. I would like to see more synergy between the city council and the city administration. Communication is extremely important. 
Readers Poll paints a portrait of Apopka heading into Election Day
If you want to know what's important to a community, ask them. That's what we did the past two weeks during The Apopka Voice Reader's Poll. We asked our readers to weigh in on issues that are …
Education
There are over 170 different fields of study tracked by the U.S. Census Bureau in which undergraduate students can earn a degree. Despite the wide range of academic subjects offered at colleges and …
Kaven Call, a top defensive end/outside linebacker for the Apopka Blue Darters, verbally committed to the UCF Knights on Christmas day.
As Florida students work through the stresses that come with learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, some may find comfort by talking with peers about mental health concerns. Some middle and high …
The funds are intended to help schools and school districts make arrangements to offset disruptions in the nation’s supply chains for food and other goods.

Concerns over school overcrowding return to Apopka City Council

Natura Vista is a development company based in Maitland that would like to bring a 45-unit apartment complex to Apopka. The subject properties are approximately 3.05 acres and are located south of Wilkins Street and east of West Orange Blossom Trail.
Following federal scrutiny, state education officials returned $878,000 to Orange County and other school boards
The return of the money came at a time when the state’s education department was under scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Education over potential violations of federal education laws.
Wolf Lake principal releases statement about school shooting in Michigan
In its weekly newsletter, Wolf Lake Middle School Principal Cynthia Haupt released a statement about the school shootings at Oxford High School in Michigan last week.
How many Florida students will opt-out of mask requirements? Who knows?
It’s going to be difficult to know just how many students are wearing masks compared to how many are not, now that the question is truly up to the parents.
Opinion

Eric Mock, candidate for Apopka City Commission, responds to Apopka Professional Firefighters Association

On Wednesday, January 26, 2022, The Apopka Voice ran an article sharing endorsements for two candidates running for Apopka commission seats in the upcoming March 8th election.  
King believed that racism in America meant we weren't living up to our own ideals. At the very core of the Declaration of Independence and at the center of American life was the belief that “all men are created equal.”
The tragedy of segregation, Jim Crow, low-paying jobs, and lack of opportunity demands the best answer possible for South Apopka. Residents deserve equitable government services and equal opportunities.  
With the qualifying week for the 2022 Apopka elections fast approaching, and election day only 78 days out, only five candidates are running for the four seats up for grabs in 2022.
Feds dragging their feet on a plan to feed starving Florida manatees
In 2018, toxins from red tide algae killed 288 of the record-setting 824 manatees that turned up dead. This year, as of November 19th, the number hit 1,017.
Demings, Nelson deserve credit for working together on important local infrastructure
It's funny... everyone loves bi-partisan bills in theory, and we love when elected officials reach across the aisle and work together. We love it right up until someone from our side works with someone from the other side...
Large out-of-town contributions to Nelson campaign set social media on fire
Social media is the razor's edge in local politics. It can propel an unknown candidate into a frontrunner, and it can deliver a powerful message to a large audience for pennies on the dollar.
Opinion: City Attorney spikes three-way deal, but workshop did not deliver closure
It had all the earmarks of a workshop. There were three tables lined up on the Apopka Amphitheater stage to face an audience of about 100 people. There were three attorneys, an engineer, and the Apopka City Council.
The Race to be Mayor: Becker and Nelson differ on almost every subject
Editor's Note: Earlier this month, The Apopka Voice interviewed Commissioner Kyle Becker and Mayor Bryan Nelson. The two 90-minute interviews were an informative look at the two candidates running to …
Bonus Content

Small but important tips to help make your home more high-end

(BPT) - As many establish their goals for 2022, including traveling to bucket list destinations or living healthier lives through exercise or dieting, we’re faced with yet another year of …

Lifestyle Secrets & Trends in Wellness [Video]

(BPT) - As January quickly passes us by, our New Year's resolutions may be tapering off. But you don’t need a ball to drop in Times …

New Year, Healthier You: 7 Unexpected Ways to Improve Your Health in 2022

(BPT) - Although a “return to normal” in 2022 may still feel like a pipe dream, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t continue to prioritize all aspects of your health this year. …

These 3 big-impact home improvements will transform your home in 2022

(BPT) - Are you ready for a home refresh? The new year is an ideal time to set goals and optimize your home, whether you’re tackling important maintenance tasks, adding comforting elements to …

Want to support your immune system? Explore all the unique flavors of citrus

(BPT) - Your health is top of mind, so you're always looking for simple ways to stay well, such as receiving vitamins through fresh citrus. To support your immune system, it’s important to make …

Learn how lighting can transform a home with individual style

(BPT) - Your home is a reflection of who you are and is where you should feel your best. When designing spaces, it's important to select pieces that evoke your personality and add interest to your …

5 Ways to Incorporate Self-Care into Your Routine

(Family Features) Day-to-day life involves responsibilities that can lead many to feel overwhelmed. To counter the stresses of everyday life, consider these tips to show yourself compassion and nurture your well-being.

An Elegant Veal Meal to Impress Your Valentine

(Family Features) Easy to make and ready in 30 minutes, these Pesto Caprese Veal Cutlets showcase the versatility and beauty of humanely raised veal in a flavor-packed recipe.