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Paychecks for Patriots: CareerSource Central Florida hosting hiring event for Veterans
CareerSource Central Florida’s is hosting its tenth annual Paychecks for Patriots event on Thursday, December 8th, which is a job fair dedicated to connecting Veterans and their spouses with …
FEMA extends request time for public assistance in Florida for Hurricane Ian until January 6th
State and local governments, community, and volunteer organizations affected by Hurricane Ian have until January 6, 2023, to submit their requests to the state for public assistance.
AAA: Florida gas prices dropped 11 cents last week; down 30 cents in three weeks
On Sunday, the state average was $3.28 per gallon. That's the lowest daily average price since the state's gas tax holiday was in effect on October 31. 
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: November 27th-December 3rd
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
295 Monkeypox cases remain in Orange County
For the last three months, there has been a constant decrease in cases. Currently, there are 295 Monkeypox cases in Orange County.
Local News
Keeping produce fresh longer
With inflation continuing to rise and the holidays just around the corner, keeping produce fresh is essential to making the most of grocery store trips.
Recreational marijuana ballot initiative in Florida lands 50,000 signatures
Florida could see future changes to its marijuana laws if a petition that has already gathered almost 50,000 validated signatures is put on the ballot in 2024 to legalize the use of marijuana.
North Shore Birding Festival extends through Monday
The seventh annual NORTH SHORE BIRDING FESTIVAL on Lake Apopka, sponsored by Orange Audubon Society, runs through Monday, December 5th.

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Business
Although in-person visits increased 2.9% from last year, analysts told Retail Dive that the long queues of yore had vanished, while Business Insider shared photos of mostly empty Walmart stores.
Orlando Health will design and build the hospital in partnership with Acadia Healthcare, which manages behavioral health services at the Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital.
Retailers will be desperately hoping that shoppers take advantage of discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday to bump up annual sales figures.
Health

Ways to Stay Motivated When it Gets Hard to Stick With Your Fitness Routine

There will be times when you find yourself struggling to stay motivated to exercise. This can be due to many factors, but here are ways to get you back on track and stronger.

COVID-19, RSV and the flu are straining health care systems – two epidemiologists explain what the ‘triple threat’ means for children

COVID-19, RSV, and the flu are straining health care systems – two epidemiologists explain what the ‘triple threat’ means for children.

Over 8,800 Monkeypox Vaccinations given in Orange County

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County has administered 8,843 Monkeypox vaccinations to residents from June 30th-November 10th.

How to handle displaced animals and home repairs after Hurricane Nicole passes

The Department of Health in Orange County advises residents on home repairs, and how to protect themselves against injury from animals that may become displaced because of the storm.

Department of Health in Orange County gives advice on taking flooding precautions

Based on weather forecasts for Tropical Storm Nicole, our area will be impacted by winds and rainfall. It is important to be prepared for flooding.

Be Prepared: Department of Health in Orange County gives tips on making an Emergency Supply Kit

As Subtropical Storm Nicole approaches the east coast of Florida, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County wants to ensure you and your family are prepared.

Connected to the community we serve

Dr. Baptiste has always made it a priority of his and the company he formed to give back to the community it serves in whatever way possible.

Government
City Beverages, the City of Apopka, and the Armando Borjas Jr Scholarship are proud to be bringing the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales to Apopka on December 2nd.
The topic of annexing the southern unincorporated portion of Apopka into the City has been an ongoing discussion for many years. It has also been a topic in many of our elected officials’ campaigns.
Thank you, Mayor and Commissioners, for holding this meeting about the Annexation of "South Apopka".  It is a good start, however, we have more work to do.
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
City Commissioners: In order to move the annexation of South Apopka forward, remember that four is greater than one
This is the best opportunity to move this generational issue closer to the end zone than it has ever been before. Do not let one single vote on City Council carry the day.
CareerSource Central Florida partners with Orange County for hiring event
CareerSource Central Florida, Florida’s second largest workforce board, announced it has partnered with the Orange County Government to host the Orange County Public Works Hiring Event.
Add auto insurance to the increasing costs of living in Florida
Florida lawmakers are scheduled to return to Tallahassee soon for another special session to deal with the state’s property insurance crisis. But it’s not just homes and condos.
Opinion

Will Becker's return change the balance of power on the City Council

After a mayoral election loss in March, a vacated commission seat in April, and a special election victory in August, Becker returns to occupy Seat #3 in November.
The Anti-Defamation League tracked 2,717 antisemitic incidents nationwide in 2021, a 34 percent rise from 2020 to more than seven antisemitic incidents per day.
In order to put the potential annexation of South Apopka into context, it's important to understand the history of this community and the residents in the southern part of Apopka.
A story we published last week, "The City of Apopka vs. Dennis New," took an interesting turn this week. We thought it was important to update it, as did Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson.
Despite school overcrowding, we continue to rubber-stamp new developments at breakneck speeds in Apopka. We keep kicking the can down the road.
Bonus Content

5 Health Tips to Help You Succeed in the New Year

(Family Features) New Year's goals and resolutions are often focused on weight loss or exercise. Consider these tips to start the new year with a healthy routine.

4 things U.S. workers need to know when health worsens after COVID

(BPT) - The American workforce has been hit hard by COVID-19 in the past few years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that by November 2022, there have been 97.6 million cases in …

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