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Will bots ruin Christmas?
Lawmakers are trying to stop Grinch bots from snapping up all the hottest toys this holiday season. Here's how the bots work.
Apopka business signs on as U-Haul dealer
Apopka Self Storage owner Bryan May is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and self-storage to better meet the demands of Orange County.
Will omicron – the new coronavirus variant of concern – be more contagious than delta?
Omicron is very unusual in that it is by far the most heavily mutated variant yet of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. With 50 mutations, it's causing concern. Here's why.
Apopka Burglary Report
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles.
Herbs and spices explained: ‘Use-by’ dates, how to extend shelf life, and more to boost your holiday feasts
Think of the herbs and spices that make your favorite holiday dish and baked goods, and use these tips to make them shine when it's their time!
Local News
Demings, Nelson announce potential projects for Apopka funded by federal infrastructure bill
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes around $550 billion in new federal investment in America’s roads and bridges, water infrastructure, resilience, internet, and more.
AAA: Thanksgiving gas prices to be highest in eight years
The price of crude oil - which has been the main driver of rising gas prices this year - dropped 7% last week, as domestic oil production and stocks logged weekly gains.
In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review
Here are eight stories that shaped the Apopka news week... all in one place.

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The ARC has plans to help solve bigger, underlying, and ongoing needs that plague those who are struggling in Apopka.
Nearly 48.3 million Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving. Yet some may travel in a vehicle that isn’t ready for an extended road trip.
Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson announced some good news at the end of the November 17th City Council meeting. More state grant money is coming to Apopka.
Apopka resident Robert Wynn is seeing the world and getting paid to do it - all from the deck of US Navy assault ship.
Business

Doing your holiday shopping online? Here are 10 tips for avoiding scams

Already, multiple companies from outside the U.S. are advertising relatively unchecked on the internet, selling – or even just pretending to sell – all manner of products.
AAA: Crude oil price drop should deliver relief from rising Florida gas prices
Florida drivers could soon find deep discounts at the gas pump, after crude oil prices were slashed on "Black Friday". The crude price cuts were sparked by concerns about the emergence …
Why did Zillow pause its home-buying program?
In 2018, the $22B technology firm launched a completely new business line: Zillow Offers, a home buying and selling platform (AKA iBuying)
CFCArts Black Friday BOGO includes Annual Holiday Extravaganza
CFCArts announces a Black Friday Sale for two of its biggest shows. Starting at 12:01 a.m. and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 26, patrons can purchase two tickets for the price of one for …
Which stores offer the best discounts and for which items? To answer that question and help consumers maximize their Black Friday savings, WalletHub came to the rescue.
In March 2020, the chain furloughed 41k workers and cut pay for executives and board members by 20%. Then it came back, and here's how.
Fastsigns of Apopka is celebrating an amazing 20 years in business this month. Franchisee Rod Quick’s early professional years working with Fastsigns inspired him to become a business owner.
If you are affected by a County code violation and wish to report it, you may not be able to do it anonymously anymore, thanks to a new state law.
Between low inventory from supply chain issues, and short-staffed stores, it may make sense to get your shopping done sooner than later.
Health

Managing cold and flu season

While there’s no way to ensure you and your family members won’t get sick, there are steps you can take to reduce the chances.

Holiday mental health: Find common ground with family and friends when dealing with COVID-19 grief and anxiety

Holidays may deliver a range of emotions for family members, bringing a struggle between returning to normalcy, and a celebration of loved ones lost.

Is COVID-19 here to stay? A team of biologists explains what it means for a virus to become endemic

Now that kids ages 5 to 11 are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination and the number of fully vaccinated people in the U.S. is rising, many people may be wondering what the endgame is for COVID-19.

Florida Nursing Home Staff Vaccination Rate Increases Florida nursing home staff COVID-19 vaccination rate increases

AARP released the Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard, which tracks nursing home data, and it shows a promising trend.

breo Massagers: Ancient wisdom bridged with modern technology to create portable relaxation and pain-relief, anywhere, anytime

Breo Massagers is a visionary company at the intersection of powerful pain relief, cutting-edge convenience, and sustainable relaxation.

Apopka firefighters union endorses Becker in mayoral election

The Apopka Professional Firefighters Association (APFA) has endorsed City Commissioner Kyle Becker in his campaign to become Apopka Mayor in the 2022 election.

AdventHealth pediatric physicians weigh in on approved COVID vaccine for kids ages 5-11

The Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 3.15% and shares details on vaccines for kids.

Legislature okays $643 million ‘precautionary’ stash of monoclonal antibody treatments

A Florida Legislature panel authorized to make between-session budget decisions Thursday approved a $1.2 billion supplemental funding request by the state’s Division of Emergency Management (DEM) to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Florida’s path from worst-to-first in COVID metrics raises questions about pandemic restrictions

Two months ago, Florida led the nation in COVID positivity rates and per capita hospitalizations and deaths. Now, the state has the nation’s lowest positivity and death rates.

Shipments of COVID-19 shots for kids 5-11 on the way to Florida, other states after FDA gives green light

WASHINGTON — Regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted emergency authorization to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds, a step that means …

Government
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.
Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson will give updates on three December events according to the agenda for the December 1st City Council meeting.
The Apopka Burglary Report for November 14th-20th shows seven burglaries reported in Apopka. Two were residences, five were vehicles, and none were businesses.
Since its first event in 2011, the Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drive has collected and distributed more than 56,000 toys to Orange County, helping residents in need.
Florida panel to field $100M request for emergency funding for nursing homes
The additional funding to be considered by the panel Thursday would not only allow nursing homes to pay higher wages but to be compensated for a decline in occupation.
Good news this Veterans Day: Local career program receives $38K to help Veterans; Hiring event next week
Veterans in Central Florida will benefit from a $38,000 award earned by CSCF for its excellence in connecting veterans with employment and career training.
Breaking News: City and Rock Springs Ridge HOA part ways on land swap
The whirlwind romance between the City of Apopka, Rock Springs Ridge Homeowners Association, and the Golf Group came to an unofficial end tonight.
Education
Every November just before Thanksgiving, in celebration of American Education Week, the Orange County Public School Foundation brings business and civic leaders into the classrooms in a fun and …
The Apopka Blue Darters continued their late-season surge with a one-sided 34-3 bludgeoning of the Bartram Trail Bears.
Apopka artist Mariah Salinas was honored at the L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards Event in Hollywood as a winner in the Illustrators of the Future contest.
The Blue Darters took the first step in capturing their fourth state championship with a 42-0 shutout of St. John's Creekside at Roger Williams Field Friday night in the 8A-Region 1 quarterfinals.

Vaccine clinics for young kids have launched at some FL schools; OCPS to start this week

COVID-19 vaccines for young kids are already available through some school districts in Florida offering clinics on campuses, while others are still awaiting other options.
Blue Darters heading to postseason for the 22nd straight year
For the 22nd straight season, the Apopka Blue Darters head into the 8A high school football playoffs hoping to win their fourth state championship after several near-misses in the last few years.
4-H Poinsettia Sale Supports Orange County Youth
Each year the Orange County 4-H Association sponsors the Poinsettia Sale to support 4-H youth development efforts. Proceeds from the annual sale provide scholarships and clover dollar awards to be used toward 4-H project activities.
Thank you readers! The Apopka Voice hits another milestone
Apopka's local online news site publishes its 10,000th article From Staff Reports It started with a parade. On December 12th, 2015, The Apopka Voice covered its first live event in the …
Opinion

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...
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.
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.
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 …
Opinion By Craig Pittman, Florida Phoenix I grew up playing on the beaches near Pensacola — splashing in the surf, collecting shells, building sandcastles. To me, those shimmering white …
Former Apopka Fire Chief Carnesale clarifies his position on AFD two-person "squads"
Editor's Note: Chuck Carnesale, the former Apopka Fire Chief from 2016-2019, sent The Apopka Voice a letter to the editor clarifying his opinion on the two-person squad trucks used by the AFD during …
Apopka firefighters union responds to Mayor Nelson's remarks about two-person squads
Editor's Note: After reading Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson's remarks in The Apopka Voice about the Apopka Fire Department, its two-person staffing fire of apparatus, two-person squads, and the motives of …
Can Apopka Do More To Honor Veterans?
Opinion By Cindy Cummings Florida has always been a place where veterans come to settle. USA Today reports that the state ranks third in the national rankings, with 1.44 million veterans …
Giant snails not too big a problem for Florida to solve — twice
Are there lessons from the snails for dealing with other invasive species? Opinion By Craig Pittman, Florida Phoenix We Floridians have so much to be proud of. Our beaches often rank at or …
Apopka Gardeners: Fall tips you can use from #andrethefarmer (aka... someone you know well!)
"The more you grow, the more you know" By Dr. Andre Baptiste, Owner & Orthodontist of Baptiste Orthodontics & Dentistry for Kids Hey guys, it's fall and for different people that means …
Bonus Content

Steps to help small businesses emerge from COVID-19 challenges

(BPT) - The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted small businesses across the country in numerous ways. From new health guidelines and supply chain woes to hurdles with hiring and retaining employees, …

La temporada de influenza ya está aquí: lo que necesita saber

(BPT) - Después de más de 18 meses de tomar precauciones para ayudar a detener la propagación del COVID-19, el mundo está gradualmente reabriéndose; las familias y …

How you can take a new approach to wellness this New Year’s

(BPT) - If you’re seeking ways to boost your well-being for the new year, consider taking a holistic approach. Don't focus on one specific habit to conquer, but instead look at supporting the …

You can help solve medicine’s “one-size-fits-all” problem. Here’s how.

(BPT) - Have you ever been put on a treatment that just didn’t work for you?Most people like to think that our doctors will always know what treatment will work best. It turns out that all the …

Coffee & Spice, Creative & Nice: Flavorful Beverages to Celebrate the Holidays

(BPT) - Start a new holiday tradition with coffee creativity in the kitchen. Whether it’s a new beverage for a holiday breakfast or brunch, an afternoon treat to warm heart and soul, or coffee …

Wonder why everything Korean is trending? Kimchi is one major reason

(BPT) - From BTS to Squid Game, Korean culture is seriously trending right now. And beyond K-Pop and K-Drama, much of the buzz comes from the unique flavors of Korean cuisine — with kimchi as …