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Florida Highway Patrol urges caution on the roads during record-breaking Fourth of July travel
Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday period, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is urging drivers to exercise caution when traveling on Florida roads.
Florida orange production up, cost of OJ below other food prices despite inflation
Florida’s orange production is expected to surpass more than 40 million boxes in the 2021-2022 season, according to a USDA May production forecast, an increase of 2 million boxes from its April forecast.
Central Florida's heatwave puts area farmworkers' health in danger
Summer temperatures in the area are already posing a health threat to farmworkers and agricultural workers who work in local nurseries, tree farms, and greenhouses around the Central Florida area and …
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 June 27th.
Everything streaming in July
Entertainment can be overwhelming with so many streaming services adding new shows and movies every week. Here is a list of new releases this July.
Local News
What is the job of a county commissioner?
Orange County oversees a $5 billion-dollar annual budget. Commissioners spend a significant amount of time reviewing department budgets.
In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review
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 a state grant the City of Apopka received.
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.
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.
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.
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

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.

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.

Research study aims to aid early detection, treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

This pilot study uses online digital cognitive assessment tools and a new blood test with the goal of earlier detection of the disease, allowing at-risk patients to begin treatment earlier.

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.

Government
The CDBG program, administered by DEO, primarily benefits low- and moderate-income residents. The grants help fund workforce housing, training, sustainability, broadband infrastructure, and planning.
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.
Demings votes for bi-partisan Ocean Shipping Reform Act
The Ocean Shipping Reform Act will authorize the FMC to self-initiate investigations of ocean common carriers’ business practices and apply enforcement measures, as appropriate.
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.
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

Road trip 101: 5 must-have items when traveling with toddlers

(BPT) - Any parent who’s spent time on the road with young kids understands the challenges involved. After all, toddlers aren’t known for their patience, emotional stability or ability to …

Simple tweaks for a contemporary bath

(BPT) - Bathrooms are your personal sanctuary and escape from the chaotic outdoors — a place to reset, recollect and prepare for the next step in the day. Many homeowners today are looking to …

Knocking down barriers for first-time homebuyers

(BPT) - Owning a home has long been an aspiration for many people across America, and one of the most effective ways to build generational wealth. Yet, due to the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 …

Take your deck from wood to wow with a composite decking makeover

(BPT) - Consider this — for the same amount of time and energy required to strip, sand and stain a wood deck, you could replace those boards with composite decking and never again have to worry …

Make a splash by throwing a successful pool party

(BPT) - When the sun is out and your pool is beckoning you from the backyard, there’s nothing better than inviting friends and family over to enjoy it with you. Before you send out the invites, …

8 Award-Winning Kitchen and Bath Ideas

(Family Features) Kitchen and bath upgrades are among the most popular home improvement projects. While current design trends offer some inspiration, it can be easier to visualize those concepts in your own home when you see them applied in show-stopping, award-worthy designs like these.

¡El famoso ‘Chef Yisus’ nos trae recetas fáciles y sabrosas para esta temporada de asados de verano!

(BPT) - ¡Es oficial, el verano ya comenzó! Y eso significa que llegó el momento de sacar la parrilla para disfrutar de un buen asado. Las comidas al aire libre son un pasatiempo …

Take the guesswork out of designing your perfect bathroom

(BPT) - Whether you're working with contractors and ripping out everything down to the studs or you want a simple DIY upgrade to elevate the space, a new bathroom is functional and adds value to your …