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When the power grid goes out, could solar and batteries power your home?
In many disasters, people are starting to ask whether rooftop solar and battery storage systems can keep the lights on and the air conditioner running when the power grid can’t.
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.
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 September 26th.
Everything coming to HBO Max in October
HBO Max has plenty of great titles to keep subscribers streaming this October. The Emmy-winning hit The White Lotus returns for a second season.
Apopka, Orange County announce emergency schedules for sanitation and other services during Hurricane Ian
The City of Apopka and Orange County Government have announced their emergency schedules during the period Hurricane Ian is active in the area.
Local News
Florida gas prices decline as Hurricane Ian approaches
In the coming days, it's possible that gas stations will temporarily run out of fuel due to an influx in demand from evacuees or people topping off their tanks and filling spare gas cans.
Everything coming to DisneyPlus in October
Disney+ is the dedicated streaming home for entertainment from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, alongside exclusive Disney+ Originals.
What will housing prices be a year from now?
If we agree that 2000 to 2008 was a bubble, one where prices peaked in 2006 at 84% above the baseline, then where are we now? Prices are 208% of the baseline.  
Weather Alert: Hurricane Ian intensifies to Category 3
I​an rapidly intensified into a major hurricane at 2:30 a.m. EDT and then made landfall in western Cuba two hours later. It will emerge over the waters of the southeast Gulf of Mexico later Tuesday.
DOH: How to build an emergency supply kit for Hurricane Ian
As Hurricane Ian approaches, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County wants to ensure you and your family are prepared. We encourage you to start gathering your supplies now.
District prepares for Hurricane Ian: Emergency Operations Center Activated to Level 2
The St. Johns River Water Management District is closely monitoring Hurricane Ian and is taking proactive measures to help manage the anticipated rainfall in the coming days.
Welcome to our monthly rundown of what’s coming to Apple TV+ in October 2022. Please note, this article focuses primarily on original content rather than licensed fare, with particular …
Beginning on Wednesday, September 28th, all schools and facilities will be closed, and extracurricular activities will be canceled through Thursday, September 29th. 
Business
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.
Once a retiree’s paradise, Florida’s getting pricey
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.
Why Apple can hold the line on iPhone prices, as smartphones defy soaring inflation and keep getting relatively cheaper
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, …
Whether you have your sights set on making your small business as big as possible or simply want to keep things small so that they are easier to manage, there are steps you can take to get your business moving in the right direction. 
Whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko is shaking things up as Twitter prepares to face off against Elon Musk in court in October.
Health

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?

Florida Department of health in Orange County celebrating World Heart Day

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County celebrates World Heart Day on September 29th to bring awareness of cardiovascular disease and prevention. 

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.

Orange County Health hosting 2nd Annual Maternal and Child Health Summit

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.

Government
The City of Apopka and Orange County Government are giving its residents the opportunity to acquire sandbags in preparation for what could be a significant rain event.
At the urging of Commissioner Nick Nesta, the City Council announced a date and time for a workshop to discuss the idea of annexing South Apopka.
Apopka Police Chief Michael McKinley is eager to build his department up to the authorized level and keep the APD growing at a similar rate to the city it serves.
Corridor of the Year Corridor safety and blight is probably the issue I hear the most about as your county commissioner. Speeding and distracted drivers are generally the biggest cause of accidents.
The promotions came a week after the Apopka City Council approved a budget that added 18 firefighters, a Training Officer, a Health and Safety Officer, and a Quality Assurance Officer.
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 the Apopka Fire Department budget.
Updating Breaking News: Apopka police arrest 16-year-old shooting suspect
The Apopka Police Department arrested a 16-year-old male, and charged him with attempted homicide during commission of a felony.
Orange County launches interactive transportation projects dashboard ahead of November vote
Voters will be asked whether they want to approve a one-cent sales tax increase that would be a dedicated funding source to address transportation needs across Orange County.
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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