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Escape from Ukraine
Yulia Gerbet, founder of the first Child Life Department in Ukraine, will share the harrowing journey of her recent escape with her two teenage sons from Kiev.
Demings, Florida Congressional delegation lead fight against harmful algal blooms
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.
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: May 8th-14th
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
AAA: Nearly 2.2 million Floridians will travel for the unofficial start of summer
This year’s forecast marks the second-highest single-year increase in travelers since 2010 (2021 was the highest), bringing volumes almost in line with pre-pandemic levels.
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.
Local News
APD asking for help in locating missing Apopka teenager
The Apopka Police Department is asking for help in locating a missing Apopka teenager. Hailey Michaels was last seen wearing torn jeans, an unknown color crop top shirt and a black hooded …
In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review
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 three articles on the Florida House District 39 election.
Apopka City Commission Special Election for Seat #3 moved to August 23rd
According to Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles, and Apopka City Clerk Susan Bone, the general election for Seat #3 is on August 23rd.
Chuck Burt, a real estate agent from Casselberry, will withdraw from the race one day after Charles Hart, the Orange County Republican Party Chair, announced his candidacy.
Scientists at the University of Florida are the first to grow plants in soil from the Moon. They used soil collected during the Apollo 11, 12, and 17 missions.
Business
The 7 Best Ways to Boost Your Real Estate Sales
This article will discuss seven of the best ways to increase your sales as a real estate agent!
Is the FAANG era over?
Per Bloomberg, recent earnings show that the FAANG stocks — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google — are more vulnerable than previously expected.
7 Unique Skills to Create Your Next Career Move in Florida
There is a lot that can be changed and improved to give yourself a better chance of taking your career further. This article identifies how to do this in 7 key ways.
The March report from the Consumer Price Index data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reflects the most severe impacts of the global disruptions in energy and food markets caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
On April 25th, the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously approved the mission statement for its launch of a foundation.
Thousands of trucking positions are open across the state, per the Florida Trucking Association, while the country’s trucker shortage is contributing to ongoing supply chain issues.
Florida’s housing market in March and 1Q 2022 showed the impact of rising mortgage rates, increased home prices and a shortfall of for-sale supply, with fewer closed sales compared to a year ago.
Health

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.

A call to action: CDC, Department of Health urging parents to immunize infants for vaccine-preventable diseases

National Infant Immunization Week is a yearly observance highlighting the importance of protecting children two years and younger from vaccine-preventable diseases.

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.

Community Health Centers receives grant for behavioral health services expansion in Apopka

The grant from AdventHealth will be distributed to programs that address regional health challenges including homelessness and access to mental health services.

Government
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles.   
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.
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.
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. 
As the school year winds down and summer vacations commence, drivers need to be extra cautious and should expect more people biking and walking as residents enjoy local trails.
Commissioner Smith speaks loudly at Apopka City Council meeting
Apopka City Commissioner Alexander H. Smith is typically soft-spoken and quiet on the City Council. But at its May 4th meeting, Alexander spoke loud and clear during the City Commission reports.
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 April 30th.
Demings delivering $1.5 million check to Apopka for water tank
Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) on Thursday, May 5th at 6:00 am will present the City of Apopka with $1.5 million in federal funding for a new water storage tank.
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
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.
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.
Analysis: Why Nelson won the 2022 Apopka Mayoral Election
It's been seven days since the 2022 Apopka Mayoral election concluded, but many will analyze its outcome for years to come. It was the closest election in Apopka since former Commissioner Sam Ruth defeated former Commissioner Linda Laurendeau.
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