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Apopka native serves the US Navy in the nation's capital
Petty Officer 1st Class Dagen Taylor, a native of Apopka, is currently stationed in the nation’s capital serving with U.S. Naval District Washington.
Everything coming and going on HBO Max in June
HBO Max revealed its slate of summer programming with its upcoming June lineup. Among the highlights: Westworld Season 4 returns on June 26th with new worlds and conflicts.
Breaking News: Becker running for Seat #3 on the Apopka City Council
Former Apopka City Commissioner Kyle Becker will run in the Apopka City Commission Seat #3 special election. Becker served as the Seat #4 Commissioner from 2016-2022.
Updating Breaking News: FHP looking for hit-and-run suspect in fatal Orange County collision
Troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a hit-and-run incident in Orange County yesterday that resulted in the death of a passenger.
AAA cautions homeowners about post-disaster contractor fraud
Experiencing a disaster may be impossible to avoid. Yet as homeowners deal with the aftermath of a catastrophe, if they aren’t careful, they could be victimized by dishonest contractors.
Local News
Florida gas prices back off record highs heading into Memorial Day weekend
On Sunday, the average price for gasoline in Florida was $4.48 per gallon. The state average has declined 3 cents after setting a new record high price of $4.51 per gallon last week. 
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: May 15th-21st
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
New law boosts Florida mental health focus for students and families
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Christine Hunschofsky, D-Parkland, served as the mayor of Parkland during the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, where 17 students were killed.
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.
In case you missed it. The Apopka news week in review includes six articles that shaped the city last week... all in one place, including details on the public comments Ordinance 2931..
Business
How TikTok used science to grow fast
Paired with a user experience psychologists say is no different than a Vegas slot machine, the move helped TikTok pull in more content, more eyeballs, and more money.
Sprouts Farmers Market opening in Apopka on Friday
Sprouts Farmers Market will open the doors to its new Apopka store at 2283 East Semoran Boulevard in Apopka. at 7 a.m. Friday, May 20th-22nd.
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.
Stacker analyzed the Consumer Price Index released on May 11, 2022, to determine which common grocery store items saw the largest price increases in April. 
Winn Dixie estimates that one purchased reusable bag will be used at least six times per year and that each time a reusable bag is used it equates to five single-use bags that are not used.
The Apopka Voice serves as the premier provider of online daily local news in the Apopka community. Now we want to partner with dynamic self-starters that consider themselves sales professionals.  
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.
Health

What’s behind the US infant formula shortage – and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again

Media reports have highlighted the plight of mothers, fathers, and caregivers across the U.S. who have scrambled to find scarce supplies, or driven long distances to buy formula.

Despite downward trends, 1 in 4 girls will be pregnant before age 20 in the US

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the U.S. teen birth rate is at an all-time low. As of 2016, the teen birth rate (20.3 births per 1,000 girls ages 15-to-19) declined …

What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in US drug overdoses?

Physicians like me have seen a rise in unintentional fentanyl use from people buying prescription opioids and other drugs laced, or adulterated, with fentanyl.

Take precautions while enjoying water activities during the summer months

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County encourages everyone to take a role in preventing injuries, drownings, and illnesses caused by germs in the water.  

Wastewater monitoring took off during the COVID-19 pandemic – and here’s how it could help head off future outbreaks

Wastewater surveillance takes advantage of the fact that many human pathogens and products of human drug metabolism end up in urine, feces, or both.

The surprising afterlife of used hotel soap and how an Orange County-based nonprofit is on a mission to repurpose it

Soaps are the single most-utilized amenity at hotel chains: 86% of guests who stay at a hotel for 1-2 nights use them, handily outranking other popular offerings.

Dr. Winston Morris: An inspiring career and a wealth of wisdom

In Apopka, there is a wealth of wisdom at Baptiste Orthodontics in the form of Dr. Winston Morris. He should be 'required reading' for anyone wanting to step more fully into life.

COVID causing more type 1 diabetes in kids, with days revolving around blood sugar levels

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died, while the millions who survived, now faced with disability, are left to grapple with the harsh realities of long COVID-19.

UCF medical students team up to provide care at Apopka Farmworkers Clinic

The Apopka Farmworkers Clinic had paused, reduced capacity, and transitioned services to virtual care due to concerns about COVID-19 transmission.

What is palliative care? How is it different from hospice?

When patients and families are introduced to a palliative medicine physician, it's common to hear things like, “Does this mean I am dying?” or “I am not ready for hospice.” This article will help explain the difference between hospice and palliative medicine.

HCA Florida Healthcare offering new statewide nurse consultation line

From burns, rashes, sprains, GI concerns, and migraines to neurology and heart conditions, nurses can address a wide range of adult and pediatric issues.  

CDC study: Heart problems more likely to occur after COVID infections rather than vaccines

Heart complications have been increasingly connected to people who have contracted COVID-19, but other heart problems have been tied to the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Here's the difference.

Government
 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 May 16th.
The Apopka City Council failed to pass Ordinance 2931, a public comments ordinance to codify a 2016 resolution on the same subject.
The Apopka Police Department announced the return of missing teenager Hailey Michaels in a brief statement this afternoon.
The toxic blooms have been related to serious health problems and deaths in Florida. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services have declared an Unusual Mortality Event for Florida Manatees, with over 1,600 confirmed deaths since December 2020.
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
Demings touts new program to lower internet costs
Rep. Val Demings of the Florida 10th District (which includes Apopka) announced a new federal program created under the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
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 May 9th.
Apopka City Council spikes affordable housing project in City Center
Affordable housing. It's one of the building blocks for a strong economy and the gateway for a local workforce to get ahead of the economic curve. 
Education
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.
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 …
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.
Goodwill hosts free webinars aimed to help job seekers with their search
Goodwill Industries of Central Florida understands how tough looking for a job can be! That's why they're kicking off March with practical and insightful webinars to help you be more effective in your search.
Wekiva Pop Warner Football and Cheer Association launches early signup campaign this Saturday in South Apopka
The Wekiva Pop Warner and Cheer season will kick off on August 1st, but practices start during spring break and summer, three days a week at Wheatley Park from 5-7 pm.
Opinion

Public Comments Ordinance: Decorum? Or will democracy die on our watch?

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.
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.
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.
Reducing net-metering guts rooftop solar in Florida
Last week, the Florida Senate passed a bill 24-15 that has been criticized by distributed solar advocates as an attempt to gut rooftop solar in the state.
Happy Gopher Tortoise Day Apopka - now hit the road
The swap includes the 51-acre parcel on Kelly Park Road called the Gopher Tortoise Conservation Area. Except, unlike a proclamation for Gopher Tortoise Day, the 51-acres is under a conservation easement with the FWC FOREVER.
Bonus Content

Answering Parents’ Most Common Questions About COVID Vaccines For Kids

by The We Can Do This  COVID-19 Public Education Campaign (NAPSI)—A dedicated group of moms has deployed across the country to help families with children of all ages figure out how to …

Answering Parents’ Most Common Questions About COVID Vaccines For Kids

by The We Can Do This  COVID-19 Public Education Campaign (NAPSI)—A dedicated group of moms has deployed across the country to help families with children of all ages figure out how to …

Six Ways to Find a Date while Traveling this Summer

(BPT) - Travel is expected to be at an all-time high with vacations and weddings in full swing, which means the perfect opportunity for a summer romance in a new city or country. Dating apps like …

Summertime clean-up with design in mind

(BPT) - After months of snow and dreary rain, warm weather is an opportunity for new beginnings, new growth and deep cleaning. It seems every year that our houses are back to square one when it comes …

Answering Parents’ Most Common Questions About COVID Vaccines For Kids

by The We Can Do This  COVID-19 Public Education Campaign (NAPSI)—A dedicated group of moms has deployed across the country to help families with children of all ages figure out how to …

Answering Parents’ Most Common Questions About COVID Vaccines For Kids

by The We Can Do This  COVID-19 Public Education Campaign (NAPSI)—A dedicated group of moms has deployed across the country to help families with children of all ages figure out how to …

5 tips to maintain healthy feet for better mobility

(BPT) - Did you know that there are 28 bones in the foot? These bones, along with more than 30 joints, allow for a wide range of movements, including standing, walking, stretching, jogging and more. …

Investigational Treatment May Help Adult Cigarette Smokers Who Want to Quit

(BPT) - Have you, or someone you know, tried to quit smoking cigarettes unsuccessfully? If so, you’re not alone. Research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that 70% of adult …