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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...
In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review
5 stories that shaped Apopka's news week, all in one place...including a press conference featuring Rep. Val Demings and Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson.
Apopka avenges 2020; defeats Seminoles 28-27 in regional final
Andrew Kennedy, Apopka's senior placekicker, hit an extra point in overtime to give the Blue Darters a 28-27 victory over the defending state champion Sanford Seminole High Seminoles.
Everything coming to HBO Max in December
HBO Max will end 2021 on a decidedly early-’00s note, with the return of two iconic franchises: “The Matrix” and “Sex and the City.” “The Matrix: …
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)
Local News
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.
Apopka Resource Center pushing past headwinds to create a hub to offer services for struggling families
The ARC has plans to help solve bigger, underlying, and ongoing needs that plague those who are struggling in Apopka.

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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.
Diane Velazquez is a survivor, and in politics, that's an important quality to possess. Last year, Velazquez made history when she won back Seat #2 on the Apopka City Commission. 
Business

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 …
2021’s best places to shop on Black Friday
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.
The pandemic almost killed The Cheesecake Factory. Then delivery cheesecake took off.
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.
Apopka Fastsigns crosses milestone
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.
 In the true spirit of the season, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida is giving thanks to its donors with a token of appreciation.
Rising home prices are pushing US home equity to a record high leading homeowners to cash out their equity at record levels as well.
Winn-Dixie customers are invited to support the USO by simply rounding up their grocery total to the nearest dollar or by making a donation of their choice at checkout.
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
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.
"You'll want to stand back," the elderly man said firmly, holding an Army-issued M1 Garand rifle and wearing a military uniform and a frown. I took a step back, as did others in the crowd, while he aimed his weapon at the sky...
Nick Nesta introduced himself to Apopka politics in 2020 with a bid for Seat #2 in the city commission's special election. He finished a distant fourth place behind the eventual winner Diane Velazquez, but he did not go unnoticed.
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.
Workshop aims to bring clarity to RSR, Harmon Road issues
After months of unanswered questions, evolving terms, rising bids, and moving towers it looks as though clarity may be forthcoming on the three-way-swap proposal.
New federal grants available for District 10, application deadlines in Nov. and Dec.
Grants available for solutions on migratory birds, sustainable materials management, workforce assistance, small museums, youth homelessness and more From the Office of Rep. Val Demings As your …
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

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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
A doomed deal is not a good reason to harm gopher tortoises
Opinion By Reggie Connell, Managing Editor Craig Pittman is probably the best nature writer in Florida. He is the voice of wildlife and the environment in our state. In 2020, he wrote an …
How BLM Movements Have Impacted Florida Universities
Student groups have always been the spawning grounds of social activists that take part in both local and global changes, and that's no different for the BLM Movement.
Bonus Content

5 ways to give more meaningful gifts this holiday season

(BPT) - After getting through the past couple of difficult years, many holiday gift-givers are searching for ways to share their values of compassion and concern for the world around them with family …

Give your loved ones the gift of an experience this holiday season

(BPT) - Giving and receiving gifts over the holidays is a tangible representation of how much people care for each other. However, sometimes the best presents are not physical objects. By gifting …

2022 bathroom technology trends poised for popularity

(BPT) - The bathroom is one of the most personal spaces in the home. Whether you're energizing your body or relaxing the mind, the bathroom is utilized for many reasons throughout the day. Technology …

Put your best foot forward with self-care tips for your feet

(BPT) - Self-care is having more than just a moment, it’s become a movement, and your feet deserve to be in on it.We spend lots of time nurturing our body, mind and soul with facials, …

Favoritos de la familia para una rutina más saludable

(Family Features) Apartar el tiempo para nutrir su salud y bienestar comienza con la creación de hábitos más saludables.

Recupere su salud

(Family Features) El colesterol alto es uno de los principales factores de riesgo controlables de enfermedades cardíacas y accidentes cerebrovasculares.