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Can Nesta's proactive approach improve the Apopka City Council?
What is the role of an Apopka City Commissioner? It is a subject often written about and discussed. But Commissioner Nick Nesta may be on to something.
City of Apopka releases post-hurricane details
In its weekly newsletter, the City of Apopka released post-hurricane updates about its sanitation schedule, debris removal, federal assistance programs, and animal services for its residents.
The state of District 2 after Hurricane Ian
What a difficult few weeks for all of us. Floods, trees down, lack of power, students out of school, and more trouble than I’m sure I can tally up.
Apopka Fire Department begins its hiring campaign
The Apopka Fire Department is currently seeking qualified and most importantly dedicated Firefighters to join our team.
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: September 25th-October 1st
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
Local News
Join us in celebrating Public Natural Gas Week
Public Natural Gas Week – Oct. 2-8 – is here, and every year around this time, we at Lake Apopka Natural Gas District look forward to celebrating it.
Florida gas prices drop as gas tax holiday begins
On Sunday, the state average was $3.26 per gallon. That's the lowest price since January. So far, the state average price for gasoline has declined 13 cents per gallon since the gas tax holiday began.
Alert: Most Orange County parks are reopening
Orange County Parks and Recreation continues to evaluate its facilities and locations to reopen safely to the public. At this time, (most) Orange County parks and programs have reopened.
City of Apopka resumes trash and recycling collection service schedules
Normal residential curbside trash and recycling collection in the City of Apopka has resumed today, Monday, October 3rd, 2022.
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 last week... all in one place, including details on Hurricane Ian.
After Hurricane Ian: How to protect against mosquito-borne illnesses
With the flooding produced by Hurricane Ian, the FDOH in Orange County reminds residents and visitors of the importance of protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases. 
By Saturday evening, the figure of deaths attributed to Hurricane Ian had nearly doubled to 44 deaths, with 30 in Lee County, where Ian had battered the southwest coast of the peninsula.
Health care services are essential at any time, but when disasters strike, those services become even more crucial as injuries rise.
Business
The small town that saved its only grocery store — by buying it
Residents of Erie, Kansas, received a letter from their city government. The self-addressed envelope contained just one question: “Do you support the City of Erie purchasing Stub's market?
New massive mixed use/residential development on Kelly Park Road brings mixed opinions on local social media
How big is too big? How much housing is too much housing? How should growth in Apopka be managed? Those are all big questions in this community, and news of a massive new mixed-use/housing project …
Truck Driving School coming to Apopka
The new state-of-the-art facility in Apopka will continue serving the greater Orlando market with an expanded footprint.
In 2020, the median price for a house in The Villages was $283k. Today, you’re looking at $402k. Today, roughly one-fifth of the state is 65 and older.
Apple recently announced its new versions of the iPhone and other gadgets and turned a lot of heads when it said it wouldn’t charge more despite higher costs to make the devices.
One of the most common questions I hear from parents during a dental visit is, “How do my kids have cavities?” or “How do cavities even form?”
Every day, you make choices. You choose where you work and what to eat for dinner. You choose your elected officials and where to raise your children. Even right now, …
Health

Hurricane Food Safety: How long can a refrigerator and freezer keep your food fresh?

If you lose power during the hurricane, University of Florida food safety experts say you need to keep the food in your fridge out of the danger zone, or it could make you sick.

When should you get the new COVID-19 booster and the flu shot? Now is the right time for both

With the newly formulated COVID-19 booster shot now available and flu season just around the corner, a natural question is whether there is an optimal timing for the two shots.

Protect your health, get your flu shot

Getting the flu shot yearly is important and recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women.

Orange County crosses 200 Monkeypox cases; over 2,300 in Florida

A total of 2,300 cases of monkeypox have been reported in Florida since the beginning of the year. Most are still in South Florida, but Orange County has reported more than 200 infections.

Why are some people mosquito magnets and others unbothered?

Why do some people seem to be mosquito magnets while others are oblivious to these blood-feeding pests buzzing all around them?

Experts urge check-ups for Florida kids, including mental health

Experts are reminding parents to schedule a time to get health screenings for kids and think beyond the basic back-to-school physical.

Wallet Hub Report: Florida 3rd least vaccinated state in US

With vaccines preventing 4 to 5 million deaths per year according to the WHO, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2022’s States that Vaccinate the Most, as well …

Monkeypox vaccination appointments still available this week in Orange County

Through the DOH-Orange website, there are plenty of vaccination appointments available. The appointment system opens up at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

2nd Annual Maternal and Child Health Summit coming to Orange County

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County, with the Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County, is hosting a FREE Maternal and Child Health Summit.

Ag Commissioner criticizes Florida health officials over restrictions on medical cannabis

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is urging Florida health officials to roll back an emergency rule that creates new restrictions on medical marijuana doses.

Monkeypox vaccinations reach 3,200 in Orange County

Through the DOH-Orange website, there are plenty of vaccination appointments available. The appointment system opens up at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Will omicron-specific booster shots be more effective at combating COVID-19? 5 questions answered

The new booster shots – one by Moderna and another from Pfizer-BioNTech – come as more than 450 people are still dying of COVID-19 every day in the U.S.

Government
 Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) wrote to President Biden asking him to approve a temporary 100% federal cost-share for all emergency protective services in response to Hurricane Ian. Rep. Demings …
 The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
Residential curbside garbage, recycling, yard waste, and large item collections in unincorporated Orange County have stopped. No service will be provided Thursday, Sept. 29.
 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 September 26th.
The City of Apopka and Orange County Government have announced their emergency schedules during the period Hurricane Ian is active in the area.
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 details on a mixed-use project on Kelly Park Road.
Apopka firefighters go "Tunnel to Towers" to honor FDNY firefighter and Austin Duran
On Sunday, 13 firefighters from the Apopka Fire Department, and seven of their family and friends participated in the Tunnel to Towers 5K run in New York City honoring the sacrifice made by first responders on 9/11.
Corridor of the Year is not just about beautification
On Saturday, October 1st, a group of independent judges will score five different corridors in District 2 for the Annual 2022 Corridor of the Year Contest.
Education
Week five in high school football proved to be a struggle for both the Apopka Blue Darters and Wekiva Mustangs.
Many school districts across the United States are in the midst of a crisis: a teacher shortage. Part of the problem is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are other reasons.
UF/IFAS Extension continues its classes and programs for Apopka and Orange County residents in October.
The Apopka Blue Darters and Wekiva Mustangs took to the field Friday night in week three of the high school football season. Both teams were coming off losses in week two.

Nationwide reading score trends among 9-year-olds were set back decades amid COVID pandemic

A nationwide assessment of elementary school kids indicates that 9-year-olds have been having a harder time reading since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tough night for Apopka football teams
It was a tough night for the Apopka Blue Darters and the Wekiva Mustangs. Both teams fell to 1-1 on the season in heartbreaking losses.
Nationwide exam for 9-year-olds in math shows hefty drop in scores amid COVID pandemic
The average scale score in 2020 for 9-year-olds in a sampling of schools across the country was 241. But in 2022, it dropped to 234, the largest drop in decades.
Orange County getting electric buses
Florida is expanding its purchase of electric transit and school buses statewide through funding from a national 2016-era EPA Volkswagen settlement.
Opinion

Adding 18 firefighters to the AFD is a huge win for Apopka

Our firefighters will now be able to run calls with three firefighters per apparatus, providing safety for our firefighters and higher-quality service to our residents.
The debates, discussions, tweaks, and edits typically come during the budget workshops. The hearings should be formalities that the Council agreed on two months ago.
Michael Duran, the father of deceased firefighter Austin Duran is emphatic about the urgency needed to bring the AFD up to proper safety, training and staffing standards. 
You have an opportunity to shift funding in the FY 2022/23 budget to cover three areas that I hope you agree are priorities for Apopka's safety, equity, well-being, and future progress.
Becker's return to Apopka City Council will change its dynamic and the issues it addresses
Apopka City Commissioner-Elect Kyle Becker has been on quite the emotional rollercoaster ride these past few months.
The legacy of Billie Dean should be off limits to politicians
When campaigning crosses the threshold of respect and becomes disrespectful, ALL CITIZENS should be concerned.
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.
Are Apopka's reserve funds insured?
Locally, one topic of discussion has come up more than in other municipalities: are our reserves insured? In short, yes.
A budget should be more than a bill paying exercise
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.
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