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Becker leaves Apopka a better place than he found it
Becker was a generational leader. People with his skill set usually skip municipal politics and aim for a fast track to a CEO role in a Fortune 500 company or a higher office. 
The population of Florida’s bald eagles dropped dramatically because of DDT.
Florida fueled the first Earth Day; now we need another one
Thanks to that first Earth Day, we got the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and a bunch of other environmental regulations. We also got the EPA.
Labor Department cites Florida contractor for lack of heat prevention after heat stroke claims 26-year-old worker's life
As average temperatures rise across the U.S., heat illness is a growing safety and health concern for workers indoors and outdoors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that environmental heat exposure claimed the lives of 36 workers in 2021 and 56 in 2020.
Cookies & Milk with a Cop is this Saturday at the North Orange Branch Library from 11 AM to 12 PM.
Cookies and Milk with a Cop is coming to Apopka this weekend
The Apopka Police Department continues the Cookies & Milk with a Cop program, a heartwarming initiative to foster trust and camaraderie between the APD and the community.
The 5 most and least reliable cars in the US, according to car owners
According to recent trends, some brands have gained acceptance among the U.S. public, while some popular names have fallen to the bottom.
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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 April 13th.
Developing Story: Missing and endangered Apopka woman seen in North Florida
On Monday, April 15th at approximately 9:00 A.M., Hilary Patricia Ramos Acosta, a 26-year-old Hispanic female, 5’07”, 200 pounds, with brown eyes and dyed red hair, departed her residence on East Lisa Lane in Apopka. 
Wallet Hub Study: Apopka ranks #59 in the US as the best small town to start a business
According to Wallet Hub, Apopka is ranked #59 in the United States among small towns for starting a business. The study analyzed 1,334 small towns across the country.
The Ultimate Garden Party
Ticket sales are open for Second Harvest's 3rd Annual Ultimate Garden Party
Enjoy a whimsical afternoon filled with fun entertainment, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and live music. Enjoy fancy cocktails at the libations lounge and shop the newest collections from your favorite vendors.
The Florida Wildlife Corridor
Florida Wildlife Corridor study reveals role in climate resilience, population growth
The report is trumpeted as a first-of-its-kind study showcasing how the 18 million acres of the Wildlife Corridor, which runs throughout the entire state, ease the worst impact of climate change.
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: April 7th-13th
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
Members of the 202nd Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers Squadron, Florida Air National Guard, clear roads in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, in response to Hurricane Ian, Oct. 1, 2022.
Florida board approves premium reimbursement formula to help insurers
The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund Advisory Council has approved a new premium reimbursement formula to help alleviate the burden on insurance companies operating in Florida.
The band DRIVEN
Apopka Chamber Foundation awards scholarship to local teen rock band
The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation brings an arts & entrepreneurship scholarship to the Local Teen Rock Band DRIVEN through a gift from Jerry Harvey Audio.
Florida’s blueberry season means yummy fruit, courtesy of UF/IFAS and growers
UF/IFAS blueberry breeding research dates back to the 1950s and has a history of developing good-tasting, disease- and pest-resistant varieties.
In collaboration with founding partners AdventHealth, Florida Blue Foundation, and Gordon Food Service, CHI strives to understand how different growing methods impact nutrient quality and how consuming high-nutrient-quality foods can impact chronic illness. 
There are a number of reasons why switching to natural gas may be the best option for you or your business.
The law will go into effect on July 1, allowing Florida minors older than 16 to work more than 30 hours per week if a parent, guardian, or school superintendent gives their permission in a waiver.
The Nauti Lobstah, in the same location as the famed Catfish Place, won the 2024 Orlando Sentinel's Foodie Award earlier this month in the Critic's Choice for Seafood category.

Treating cardiovascular disease with integrative medicine

With heart disease on the rise, it’s paramount that each of us consider what we can do to lower our risk and promote heart health.

Dozens of groups call on DeSantis to veto bill denying heat protections for outdoor workers

A farmworker in Immokalee harvests tomatoes.

he groups have penned two separate letters in recent days to the governor, who received the bill (HB 433) on Tuesday from the Legislature.

Florida Blue Foundation announces 2024 Food Security Grant

Research has shown that when people have reliable access to fresh, local foods, they are more likely to make healthier choices, leading to better health outcomes. 

We thought measles were going away in Florida, but now there’s a new case

3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped measles virus particle that is studded with glycoprotein tubercles.

In newly published data, the CDC's year-to-date count in the US now stands at 64 cases of measles, surpassing the 2023 total case count of 58.

As Florida winds down Medicaid eligibility review, more children under 5 are losing coverage

More than a thousand Florida children under five lost Medicaid coverage in February, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

Despite the increase in the number of people enrolled in Medicaid, Florida removed more than 3,000 fewer people from the program, according to the February report.

The Florida Legislature doesn’t care how hot outdoor workers get

Outdoor workers in a field in Miami-Dade County.

Some Florida lawmakers have proposed bills requiring everyone who employs outdoor workers to educate them about heat illness and provide workers with adequate drinking water, access to shade, and 10-minute recovery breaks in extreme heat.

Florida social services call center has 2nd longest wait times in the country; $12 million might help

Paper cutout family with house under a Medicaid umbrella

Hoping to alleviate the problem, lawmakers agreed to put $12,261,444 for the call center in the state budget for 2024-25, but Gov. Ron DeSantis has yet to sign off on it, and he can veto various budget items.

On Monday, April 15th at approximately 9:00 A.M., Hilary Patricia Ramos Acosta, a 26-year-old Hispanic female, 5’07”, 200 pounds, with brown eyes and dyed red hair, departed her residence on East Lisa Lane in Apopka. 
The Lake Apopka Loop Trail is one of Northwest Orange County's most popular outdoor destinations. The multi-use trail encompasses almost 15 miles of stunning landscapes and trails.
Although she’s fostered over 900 abandoned cats and kittens since 2009, Beth Otto admits she wasn’t always a cat lover.
In case you missed it. The Apopka News Week in Review includes six articles that shaped the City... all in one place, including details on the new Vice Mayor of Apopka.
Orange County adopts CDC initiative to reduce fatal and non-fatal overdoses
Three hundred people die of a drug overdose every day in the US, and the availability of illicit fentanyl significantly increases the likelihood of opioid overdoses and overdose deaths.
Congressman Frost unveils CREATE Art Act to support new and emerging artists
WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, Congressman Maxwell Alejandro Frost (D-FL), Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI), Congressman Greg Casar (D-TX), and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), announced …
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 March 6th.

Spring Cleanup: A Classic Community-Builder

Why do spring cleanups succeed so reliably? Obviously, there are environmental and aesthetic benefits. But they go so much deeper.
It's best to view a politician through the prism of their motivations. If they are considering a run for office, voters should be aware of the possibility. 
Too many ordinary citizens in District 2 do not feel empowered. We must restructure smaller interdependent teams based on neighborhoods and local areas so all feel welcome. In essence, we must become …
Municipal campaigns require a well-planned strategy. Running for office can be daunting and requires a lot of resources, including time, effort, and, most importantly, money.
Bonus Content

20 hit songs you may not know were written by music icons

Stacker compiled 20 hit songs between 1960 and today that were written by someone other than the singer, using various sources.

An All-Star Strategy: How A-Rod Keeps His Gum Disease in Check

(BPT) - World Series Champion and 3-time American League MVP Alex Rodriguez (aka A-Rod) knows how important it is to prioritize your oral health. That’s why, upon receiving a gum disease …

Is it safe to shop on Temu? Here are 5 scams to avoid on the popular online shopping platform

Spokeo warns that while Temu offers a promising shopping experience, consumers should be aware of potential scams.

6 home improvement projects that offer the best return on your investment

Rocket Loans reports that there are large and small home improvements that provide a good return on investment.