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Photo of overcrowded hallway at Apopka High School triggers response from local activist
 Olsen: "We must come together with a coordinated, consistent, UNITED, and UNRELENTING effort to make the changes in Tallahassee to address our overcapacity."
Apopka man shot and killed during shootout with robbery suspect in Alabama
An Apopka man traveling with his girlfriend was shot and killed during an attempted robbery in the Talladega National Forest in Alabama.
Monkeypox outbreak reaches nearly 11,000 cases in the US; Florida ranks 3rd in caseloads
The 2022 monkeypox outbreak has spread to nearly 11,000 cases nationwide, with Florida ranking third in caseloads across states, according to the latest figures from the CDC.
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: August 7th-13th
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
Flies evade your swatting thanks to sophisticated vision and neural shortcuts
Flies can thank their fast, sophisticated eyesight and some neural quirks for their ability to escape swats with such speed and agility.
Local News
Kraft Heinz recalls over 5,000 cases of Capri Sun Wild Cherry juice drink
The Kraft Heinz company announced a voluntary recall of approximately 5,760 cases of Capri Sun Wild Cherry Flavored Juice Drink Blend beverages.
Why gas is actually cheap in America
This summer at the local gas station in Tabor, Iowa, Stacey Rycroft, and her husband reached an undesirable milestone: $100 to fill the tank of their Chevrolet Traverse. “It’s a pretty high …
AdventHealth names new Apopka CEO
Pridgen has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in accounting with an emphasis in finance from Walla Walla University.
First Watch opens in Apopka
 First Watch, the leading Daytime Dining concept with more than 445 restaurants nationwide, announced today it has opened a new location in Apopka.
Eco-Friendly Infrastructure Development
Greetings to the residents of District 2, my name is Sandra Fatmi-Hall, and I’m running to be your next Orange County District 2 Commissioner.
Demings, Soto, Murphy announce grant funding for Central Florida LYNX & FDOT
Reps. Val Demings (FL-10), Darren Soto (FL-09), and Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) announced new federal grants for LYNX and FDOT.
Florida drivers are now paying an average price of $3.65 per gallon. That's the lowest daily average since March 3rd, 2022. 
In case you missed it. The Apopka news week in review includes seven articles that shaped the city last week... all in one place, including details on Camp Wewa's manager being dismissed.
Business
Is the US in a recession? Well, that depends on whom you ask – and what measure they use
The U.S. economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.9% from April through June, the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated on July 28, 2022. It follows a quarterly contraction in GDP of 1.6%.
The National Entrepreneur Center and BizLink Orange are fueling a job creation renaissance in Central Florida
Launched in 2003, the NEC is a coaching and training facility for Central Florida entrepreneurs, with over 15,000 people per year receiving assistance on a myriad of business-related subjects.
Lake Apopka Natural Gas District lends a helping hand to the community
At Lake Apopka Natural Gas District, we want our customers in Apopka, Clermont, Winter Garden, and beyond to know they should never have to face these struggles alone.
Orthodontic consultations are free, and you get a chance to sit down with a professional and get an overview of your child's dental status one-on-one.
Non-tipped hourly positions start at a competitive pay of $16.25/hour, and all new hourly associates hired for these positions are eligible for the $1,000 sign-on bonus.
Lease-to-Own is a model that allows customers to make a monthly lease payment, with a portion of it going toward owning the property.
A new batch of superstars are taking Latin music global and have the genre projected to make $1B in the US this year, per Music Business Worldwide.
Health

The importance of seeing an Orthodontist for Clear Aligner treatment

Aligners have been around now for about 30 years. Much longer than most people think. But it's only become a more effective option than braces in the last five years.

Fight the Bite: Orange County prepared for Mosquito Season

With the hot, rainy afternoons upon us, residents should take comfort in the fact that Orange County Mosquito Control is working to keep mosquito populations manageable.

Topaz Clinical Research in Apopka currently recruiting children and adolescents ages 6-17 for a clinical trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of rimegepant for the acute treatment of migraine

The World Health Organization classifies migraine as one of the 10 most disabling medical illnesses, which occurs in approximately four to 11 percent of elementary school-aged children and eight to 15 percent of high school-aged adolescents.

August 6th is deadline for FDOH immunizations in Orange County

This Saturday, August 6th, is the last day of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County’s FREE school immunizations EVENT for Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) children …

Community Health Centers offers free COVID-19 vaccines for children

Community Health Centers is currently offering COVID-19 vaccines for children ages six months to five years in Apopka, and Orange County.

Florida Nonprofit helps children cope with prolonged grief

New Hope for Kids in Maitland runs a program designed to bring hope and healing to children and families suffering from grief, for as long as they need.

Florida closing in on 400 monkeypox cases, mostly in large urban enclaves

Data from the Florida Department of Health show monkeypox cases in 17 counties — roughly a quarter of the 67 counties in Florida.

Why declaring monkeypox a global health emergency is a preventative step – not a reason for panic

As a global health expert who specializes in infectious disease epidemiology, I do not think that most people need to be worried about monkeypox. This decision by the WHO, though it may sound ominous, is not a sign of bad things to come.

AdventHealth named top hospital in Central Florida

AdventHealth Orlando has been recognized as a 2022-2023 Best Hospital by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital was rated the No. 1 hospital in the Orlando metro area.

5 Easy Stretches for Seniors with Back Pain

Back pain is the second most common reason for doctor’s office visits, accounting for more than 28 million visits in 2010.  Here are five easy stretches to reduce back pain in seniors. 

Monkeypox now a public health emergency of international concern; Florida cases rank 3rd in the US

Florida ranks third in the list of states, with 247 monkeypox cases, according to a nationwide map from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Food expiration dates don’t have much science behind them – a food safety researcher explains another way to know what’s too old to eat

Avoiding unseen food hazards is the reason people often check the dates on food packaging. And printed with the month and year is often one of a dizzying array of phrases.

Government
Fuchs and his family lived on-site at Camp Wewa during his time as manager. And according to Fuchs, Williams and Patton did not explain the reason for his dismissal.
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 August 8th.
If approved by voters on the November 8th ballot, the ordinance would take effect as early as November 21st and last for one year.
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Elder Mazariegos, please contact the Apopka Police Department at 407-703-1771.
Are Apopka's reserve funds insured?
Locally, one topic of discussion has come up more than in other municipalities: are our reserves insured? In short, yes.
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: July 24th-30th
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
Developing Story: City dismisses Camp Wewa's manager
Gary Fuchs, the first manager of Camp Wewa, has been dismissed by the City of Apopka after less than one year on the job.
Education
As parents ready their children for the start of a new school year, some may be thinking ahead to a weekly or even daily challenge: preparing packed lunches.
Last year, there were 2,700 school bus crashes in Florida. The FHP urges motorists to always be alert and drive with caution around school buses.
To date, the District has funded 75 water resource education projects with a total of nearly $105,000 awarded to local schools.
The Apopka Blue Darters football team fell just one game short of its fourth state championship last year. But their quest begins again later this month.

As new school year draws near, Florida families can save at annual back-to-school tax holiday

The Florida Department of Revenue has released a Frequently Asked Questions document about the 2022 tax holiday, which outlines items exempt from sales taxes.
District's Blue School Grant Program application process opening
This year’s application cycle opens Aug. 1 through Sept. 15, 2022, at 5 p.m. Teachers in grades 6–12 at public and charter schools within the St. Johns River Water Management District are eligible.
Inflation’s impact on back-to-school shopping
The back-to-school market is now worth $34.4B for K-12 students, per Deloitte. And this year, parents are expected to spend an average of $661 per child, up 8% and 27% from 2019.
Schools are the ‘hubs and hearts’ of neighborhoods – here’s how they can strengthen the communities around them
Food deserts. Poor housing conditions. Lack of community investment. These challenges may not always come to mind when people think about how to improve America’s public schools.
Opinion

Conduct unbecoming a candidate: Johnson crosses a line and the race for Seat #3 gets ugly

In the Apopka City Commission Seat #3 special election, the tension apparently smoldered for two days after the debate until it escalated into a five-alarm fire.
Apopka, for good or bad, is treading water, and there is no reason to expect anything different anytime soon. It's budget seems etched in stone even before it's approved.
Overall, the budget is balanced and provides increases in salaries, and academic reimbursement for Fire and Police, along with new/additional positions across all departments and a few new fleet vehicles.
Apopka is home for so many of us and deserves to be properly maintained and cared for. I encourage our citizens to get involved however they can in enhancing our great city.
No headway made on South Apopka Annexation Committee or Housing State of Emergency
Over two months have passed, but little has been done on any of those three issues, except for a stranger than fiction "secret" City Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
As Apopka grieves, our prayers remain with the family of Austin Duran
We regret any emotional distress the timing of the original article may have caused Apopka residents, its firefighters, or Austin's family and friends.
Dumey: "Build a better city by having faith in the commitment of our elected city commissioners and mayor"
I read with interest the article “For Apopka to transition from small town to modern city, it needs to upgrade” published on July 5, 2022, and wish to respond with the “other angle of the story”. 
Klepper: "We must strive to eliminate any and all unnecessary risks posed to our members"
The Apopka Firefighters Union President Alex Klepper released the following statement about the June 30th  accident to Firefighter/EMT Austin Duran at Fire Station #1.
For Apopka to transition from small town to modern city, it needs to upgrade
Apopka is a booming city with over 55,000 residents and consistent growth. It can no longer call itself a small town. But is Apopka ready to do the things necessary to become a modern city?
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Movies with the most impressive runs in modern box office history

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American Workers Want Financial, Physical And Mental Wellness Benefits

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5 pro tips to sell your home quickly - or just make it more inviting

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Austin and Provo lead the country with the most homes built since 2014

NashvillesMLS.com collected Census Bureau data to understand which metro regions across the U.S. have the most old and new homes.

Where school segregation is still happening across the US

Stacker examined data compiled and analyzed by researchers at the University of Southern California's Segregation Index to see which parts of the country have the most and least segregated public and private K-12 schools and how those levels of segregation have changed over time.

Back-to-School Checklists Should Include COVID Vaccinations

by the We Can Do This  COVID-19 Public Education Campaign (NAPSI)—The new school year is quickly approaching. In addition to buying pencils and notebooks and putting school clothes in …

Back-to-School Checklists Should Include COVID Vaccinations

by the We Can Do This  COVID-19 Public Education Campaign (NAPSI)—The new school year is quickly approaching. In addition to buying pencils and notebooks and putting school clothes in …