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UF research sheds light on which compact tomatoes grow well indoors
Because growing food indoors is increasingly popular – whether you’re gardening at home or producing tomatoes on an indoor farm -- a University of Florida scientist is studying which fruits and vegetables can flourish inside.
AAA Activates 'Tow to Go' for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend
AAA will be working to keep impaired drivers off the road for Memorial Day weekend. The Auto Club Group is reactivating its Tow to Go program for the holiday period.
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.
Lake Apopka Natural Gas District names 2022 Board of Directors
Apopka City Commissioner Alexander Smith, will join LANGD’s board for the first time and was elected by the Apopka City Council to become one of its two representatives.
Everything coming to Hulu in June
Hulu is bringing new TV shows and movies to subscribers all month long in June. “Fire Island,” a modern-day rom-com inspired by Pride & Prejudice, premieres June 3.
Local News
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.
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 23rd.
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.
The Apopka Voice has learned that Orange County Sheriff John Mina will endorse Tiffany Hughes in her Florida House District 39 campaign.
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. 
Business
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 Kyiv.
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 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.  
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 Legislature failed to pass any changes in property-insurance law during its regular session, which adjourned on March 14th, following reforms adopted in 2021 and 2019.
The Apopka City Council, at its May 18th meeting, elected Commissioner Alexander H. Smith to become one of its two representatives on the Lake Apopka Natural Gas District Board.
 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.
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 Police Department Burglary Report: May 1st-7th
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.
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.
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DIY Ideas, Products and Inspiration to Upgrade Your Home [Video]

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3 ways to ensure your deck stays high and dry

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Protect your vision with 7 habits for healthy retinas

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Salmon: Your secret to simple summer cooking

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Employee Retention Tax Credit Is A Lifeline For Businesses

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Take your camping trip to the next level: 3 tips for an elevated outdoor getaway

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