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Orange County Commission votes 4-3 to cap rent increases
If approved by voters on the November 8th ballot, the ordinance would take effect as early as November 21st and last for one year.
After a wet July, portions of the District left abnormally dry
While some areas in the central and northern region of the St. Johns River Water Management District received more than 10 inches of rain, others were abnormally dry.
Make a plan to vote; here's why you should
I’m urging you to make a plan to vote in this upcoming primary and general elections. It’s imperative that you exercise your right to vote and let your voice be heard.
Apopka Police Department Burglary Report: July 31st-August 6th
The Apopka Voice publishes a weekly burglary report from the Apopka Police Department that includes reported burglaries of businesses, residences, and vehicles. 
Endangered 18-year-old Apopka man is missing
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Elder Mazariegos, please contact the Apopka Police Department at 407-703-1771.
Local News
Florida gas prices fall again; down more than a dollar since mid-June
The state average has now declined a total of $1.10 per gallon since setting a new record high of $4.89 on June 13th.
In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review
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 a new restaurant coming to Apopka.
Starting your small business in Orange County
You have talked about, thought about it, and maybe even dreamt of starting your own small business. As your county commissioner for District 2, I want you to know, now is the time to start building.
District offers teachers funding opportunity to educate students on water conservation
To date, the District has funded 75 water resource education projects with a total of nearly $105,000 awarded to local schools.
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.
Developing Story: Johnson raises racial allegations against Becker on social media
Apopka social media is currently embroiled in a surprising accusation leveled by Lynetta Johnson against former Apopka Commissioner Kyle Becker
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.
You may not be aware, but the Orange County Clerk’s Office may have some unclaimed money for you. Look at our unclaimed checks list at www.myorangeclerk.com.
Business
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.
July is the perfect month for a free orthodontic consultation
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.
Wendover Housing Partners is suing the City of Apopka for declining a permit to build affordable housing on land that is part of the Apopka City Center project.
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.

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 Department of Health in Orange County responds to Monkeypox outbreak

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is responding to the monkeypox outbreak. There are cases of monkeypox in at least 43 states and Washington DC.

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.

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.

Orange County Health Department announces hepatitis outbreak

World Hepatitis Day is July 28th and the Florida Department of Health in Orange County seeks to increase awareness about viral hepatitis, which impacts the lives of 354 million people worldwide.

Monkeypox outbreak: Cases climb to 180 in Florida; federal health officials expand testing through labs

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been shipping its orthopoxvirus tests to major commercial laboratories across the nation.

Government
Locally, one topic of discussion has come up more than in other municipalities: are our reserves insured? In short, yes.
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.
Officers from the Apopka Police Department responded to a shooting yesterday morning that resulted in the death of a man involved in a dispute with a person he knew.
The renovation project at Magnolia Park started with funding years ago, and now park goers will enjoy a fantastic new pier, brand new bathrooms, an eco-education center, an inclusive playground, and more.
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 details on the FY 2022/23 Apopka City budget.
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.
Developing Story: City Council keeps millage rate at 4.1876
At its July 27th meeting, the Apopka City Council voted 5-0 to maintain the same millage rate of 4.1876 it voted for in the 2021-22 budget.
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 July 25th.
Education
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.
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.
Worried your kids will forget what they learned in school over the summer? Scholars have been studying the problem for over a century.
In a couple of weeks, from July 25 through August 7, Florida will hold its annual school sales tax holiday. During that period, consumers can curb school supply costs with savings designated by the Florida legislature.

UF/IFAS announces its August schedules of classes for Apopka and Orange County

UF/IFAS Extension meets in the middle of summer with a strong menu of classes and programs for Apopka and Orange County residents in August.
Summer Meals All Summer Long: OCPS extends its free meals program
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.
During a difficult period, Wheatley Elementary gives the community a reason to smile
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.
Baptiste Orthodontics building long-lasting relationships with patients and the community
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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Bonus Content

Back to school: This August you can help more children at high-needs schools succeed

(BPT) - From gas to food to rent, inflation has impacted practically every good or service you buy. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. inflation hit a four-decade high in June, …

5 tips to get your best sleep ever this school year

(BPT) - It can be easy to forget about the importance of getting quality sleep during the summer. Between vacations, summer programs, holidays and familial commitments, you might find that you …

5 Tips for Transitioning Back to School

(Family Features) Heading back to the classroom is a big change following a summer of fun in the sun. Start this school year off right with these tips for a smooth transition.

5 Ways to Support Teachers this Fall

(Family Features) Throughout the pandemic, teachers have gone above and beyond for their students. This fall, as you prepare for the new school year, consider these ideas for supporting your children's teachers, too.

Pop Up a Sweet, Kid-Friendly Treat

(Family Features) This Popcorn Party Pizza swaps out the classic pizza crust for popcorn - infused with gooey melted marshmallows and topped with childhood favorites.

Jump-Start Success at School with Wellness at Home

(Family Features) Setting the stage for success in the classroom starts with reliable morning routines the whole family can depend on. This school year, add better-for-you breakfast recipes like Orange Oatmeal or an Orangeberry Smoothie to the menu.

Host a Hall of Fame Homegate

(Family Features) Kickoff your menu with an app like these Jalapeno Bacon and Salsa Biscuit Bites that meld together traditional tailgate tastes. Then put a Tex-Mex twist on a traditional favorite with this Enchilada Lasagna, perfect for feeding a crowd of hungry fans.

6 sensational summer treats for any adventure near or far

(BPT) - From a day escape at a local destination to a lengthy cross-country road trip, it's prime time for summer adventures. And nothing pairs better with summer travel than on-the-go treats.Every …