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Flip my Florida Yard returns to Discover Florida Channel
Earlier this year, 10 homeowners across 10 Florida counties were chosen to have either their front yard or their back yard “flipped” into a Florida-Friendly paradise.  
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: June 19th-25th
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles.   
Citizens Property Insurance gets OK to raise homeowner rates 6.4%; less than requested
Property owners insured by Citizens Property Insurance Corp., Florida’s insurer of last resort, face rate increases of up to 11 percent starting Sept. 1, according to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.
Everything coming to Netflix in July
Plenty of long-awaited content hits Netflix in July, including the last two episodes of the fourth season of Stranger Things and the Resident Evil series.
Should you get a COVID-19 booster shot now or wait until fall? Two immunologists help weigh the options
While COVID-19 vaccines continue to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death, it has become clear that the protection offered by the current vaccines wanes over time.
Local News
Fireworks, food, and music highlight Apopka's 4th of July celebration
The City of Apopka will host its annual Fourth of July celebration next week at the Apopka Amphitheater. The event will include fireworks, food, and a concert performance.
Yes, fireworks prices are skyrocketing, but there should be plenty of bottle rockets and sparklers for you and your family this Fourth of July
Despite soaring wholesale prices, I believe the latest data suggests you may be able to beat inflation and snag some fireworks deals - if you’re patient.
Demings supports bi-partisan legislation for Advanced Research Projects Agency Health Act
Today, Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) voted for the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Health Act, which will supercharge medical R&D, expand competition, and bring down costs for health care.
From parenting to baby basics to childbirth, these classes are free and some are held virtually, while others are held in person this summer in Orange County.  
In the United States, 41% of American adults carry medical debt, according to research from Kaiser Health News and National Public Radio.
Business
Brewers savor the candy flavor of some Florida-grown hops
Brewers like the flavor and aroma that come from Florida-grown Cascade hops, says a University of Florida Extension agent. They say it tastes a little like candy.
Culver's Food Truck coming to Apopka next week
Culver’s, a national chain with 16 Orlando-area locations and plans to open an Apopka location, famous for its ButterBurgers and Fresh Frozen Custard is bringing its food truck to Apopka next …
Despite inflation, Porkie's Original BBQ drops prices
The next inflation update is scheduled for release on June 10 at 8:30 a.m. ET, but one Apopka business isn't waiting for the most current figures to take action.
AMIkids Orlando in partnership with Lennar Homes will be providing a free Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program at John H. Bridges Community Center on Wednesdays (10 am -12 pm) beginning June 8th.
A shifting macroeconomic environment has left many dealers stumped, with lumber futures dropping 52% since early March after significant increases in 2021.
After a brief search, The Apopka Voice is proud to announce Megan Garcia as its new Digital Sales Associate.
Today more than ever, it's important to protect yourself against cyber attacks. Here's just one example that should make you think twice about better security.
Health

Committees, workshops and commissions are great, but action is better

Call it growing pains, or a need to manage its growth, but there are issues that could thwart Apopka's success if not dealt with soon.

At last, COVID-19 shots for little kids – 5 essential reads

The following collection of articles from The Conversation’s archives traces the winding path of the development of COVID-19 vaccines for the youngest children.

Tips to prevent heat stroke and heat exhaustion

Summer is here and so are the high temperatures that can cause heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The Florida Department of Health in Orange County encourages residents and visitors to beat the heat.

Pandemic's social distancing took heavy toll on Florida seniors

The report found depression among seniors is up 9%, suicides have increased by 13%, and drug deaths among people over 65 have doubled in the last 10-12 years.

As monkeypox outbreak expands in Florida, elsewhere, health experts weigh in on how virus is transmitted

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization are tracking the 2022 outbreak of the rare monkeypox disease.

Department of Health in Orange County schedules immunizations for June

No appointment is needed for the immunizations but a parent/guardian with a valid ID is required to accompany their child along with their completed consent forms.

Monkeypox outbreak expanding in United States and across the globe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 21 cases of the rare monkeypox disease have now been confirmed in 11 states, including Florida.

Masked’ cancer drug stealthily trains immune system to kill tumors while sparing healthy tissues, reducing treatment side effects

Cytokines are proteins that can modulate how the immune system responds to threats. One way they do this is by activating killer T cells, a type of white blood cells that can attack cancer cells.

Tim Clark stepping down as AdventHealth Apopka CEO

AdventHealth named Tim Clark president and CEO of AdventHealth Heart of Florida located in Davenport. Additionally, Clark will serve as president/CEO for AdventHealth’s East Polk market in the organization’s West Florida Division.

Cases are climbing in outbreak of serious bacterial illness; Central Florida area has largest caseload

Central Florida still has the most cases, with nine cases of meningococcal confirmed in Orange County, as of Wednesday, according to data from the Florida Department of Health.

What is monkeypox? A microbiologist explains what’s known about this smallpox cousin

Monkeypox isn’t a new disease. The first confirmed human case was in 1970 when the virus was isolated from a child suspected of having smallpox in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Baptiste Orthodontics building long-lasting relationships with patients and the community

Baptiste Orthodontics has formed long-lasting relationships with the community we serve by partnering with over 40 public schools and community groups in Orange County.

Government
According to a statement from the Apopka Police Department, at approximately 1:15 pm on Saturday, June 18th, APD officers located the deceased man.
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 June 20th.
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 the special election for Seat #3 on the Apopka City Commission.
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 June 13th.
Matthew Mark Hall Jr. was last seen approximately three weeks ago walking eastbound on Main Street from his prior place of employment, A-OK Tire Mart - 200 West Main Street.
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: June 5th-11th
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review
In case you missed it. The Apopka news week in review includes eight articles that shaped the city last week... all in one place, including details on two new Apopka police officers.
Orange County Utilities to continue regular curbside collection during summer holidays
Regular collection rules are still in place, and customers are asked to be mindful of how they dispose of items like fireworks, block party leftovers, and yard waste.
Education
The school year may be over, but as inflation, rising rent, and the mounting cost of gas take a financial toll on Central Florida families, the season for food insecurity is just beginning.
There are few greater sounds than that of children's laughter. It is a kind of gift that signifies trust, joy, and the type of detachment from the troubles of the world that allows children to simply play without fear or worries.
Goodwill Industries of Central Florida recently announced a prepaid tuition program that will cover the cost of college or vocational school for its employees.
The iPromise Garden project has taken Apopka by storm, starting with famous TikTok personality and gardening enthusiast Marcus Bridgewater, @gardenmarcus, taking the pledge.

Take the pledge Apopka to advance equity and empower the underserved

Re-imagine Communities is on a mission to advance equity by empowering the underserved and at-risk youth of Central Florida, with a large focus in Apopka. Through mentoring and coaching, education …
Apopka residents graduate at Western Governor's University ceremony
Local residents, LaKeda Jones, and Antonio Medeiros received their Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelors of Business Administration – Marketing degrees (respectively) from WGU.
UF/IFAS receives $1 million grant to engage low-income students in geomatics
The National Science Foundation has awarded the geomatics faculty at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) a grant to boost enrollment of talented low-income students.
Wekiva High School wins multiple awards at Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association competitions
Throughout the weekend, ProStart students competed in categories including Culinary, Management, Edible Centerpiece, and Waiter’s Relay.
Opinion

A 21% increase in tax base is the perfect time to move Apopka forward

The City Council has a modest windfall of $3.7 million to put in the direction of the FY22-23 budget. That is cause for celebration, and thanks Mayor Nelson for announcing it well ahead of the budget workshops.
It's been five days since the Apopka City Council took on public comments. That should be enough time to take a breath, separate the emotion from the details and fully digest Ordinance 2931 and Resolution 2016-16.
I am not one to sound alarms pointlessly, so you can trust me when I tell you that it is time to pay close attention to the business that is taking place in the Council Chambers at Apopka City Hall
In just the first five months of 2022, 17 journalists have died, including seven in Ukraine since the Russian invasion. Since 1992, 1,443 have been killed.
Becker did more than collect data for the Apopka City Council
It's human nature to assess people based on a prominent characteristic, label them, and put them in an easy-to-sort box. It's called pigeon-holing, and it usually is a far cry from an accurate description of a person.
Plan for new Central Florida toll road would split Split Oak Forest, a treasured park
The subject of this struggle is a sweet slice of Central Florida’s landscape known as Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area. It’s owned by you, the Florida taxpayer.
City Council approves Florida Gopher Tortoise Day in Apopka; but will the gopher tortoises survive?
The Apopka City Council, at its April 6th meeting, passed Resolution #2022-14, which makes April 10th Florida Gopher Tortoise Day in Apopka. 
Community First: It's time for changes on the Rock Springs Ridge HOA Board
A good community is a safe, cohesive, confident, prosperous, and happy place to reside. Rock Springs Ridge, no doubt, started out as a great community.
A connection formed through music and events rings loud and clear in Apopka
The City of Apopka has recently begun hosting a series of concerts through community event partners that feature artist categories that one would have only imagined showing up on their TV screen.
Bonus Content

Vet-Approved Tips to Help Keep Pets Safe this Summer

(Family Features) Extreme temperatures and booming sounds can have big impacts on pets. With record-breaking heat across much of the nation, consider these tips to help keep pets healthy and safe this summer.

Tips and tricks for keeping mealtime quick, easy and tasty

(BPT) - Do you love eating meals with your family, but the process of meal planning and cooking never seems to go smoothly? It can be especially difficult to put wholesome meals on the table during …

How to celebrate Independence Day with a premium American-made ingredient

(BPT) - Are you looking forward to hosting an Independence Day cookout? There’s nothing better than celebrating the American spirit by getting together with friends and family to enjoy festive …

What you need to know about gutters [Video]

(BPT) - Gutters provide important protection for your home and its foundation. Modernize Home Services consults with experts at LeafFilter …

How to host a healthful summertime gathering

(BPT) - As the sun starts to shine brighter and the warmer weather invites us to gather with friends and family, it’s important to continue prioritizing our health and wellness throughout the …

Top tips for tackling student debt

(BPT) - As the academic year comes to an end, many are taking a monumental step in their lives. Whether they’re high school graduates headed off to college, college graduates about to …

Shop Hilary Duff's Wardrobe Tips and Picks for Baby's First Year and Milestone Moments

(BPT) - Shopping for baby’s first wardrobe is one of the most exciting parts of becoming a new parent, but the task can sometimes overwhelm even the most style-savvy family. Baby’s first …

It's time to invest in life insurance if you remember these 7 trends

(BPT) - June 28 is National Insurance Awareness Day, reminding everyone of the importance of having insurance to help you when you need it …