Orange County deputies find missing 12-year-old
The Orlando Police Department said they are searching for a missing 12-year-old kid. ORLANDO, Fla. – ***10:45 A.M. UPDATE***Orlando Police said that a missing 12-year-old was found safe Friday. OPD said Ingram was found by deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. — Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) February 19, 2021***ORIGINAL STORY***The Orlando Police Department said they are searching for a missing 12-year-old kid. Police said Javon Ingraham was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue shorts and black sneakers.
Exhibit on display at Orlando airport celebrates Black legends with ties to Central Florida
Dr. and Mrs. Wells about 20 years after the Wells' Built Hotel was constructed. (Credit: Wells' Built Museum)ORLANDO, Fla. – Travelers will get to learn about Central Florida Black history this month at the Orlando International Airport with the help of a new temporary exhibit. The Wells’Built Museum of African American History & Culture, in the Parramore neighborhood, opened the exhibition this week highlighting Central Florida Black legends. Wells built the entertainment venue South Street Casino to help bring African American artists to the Central Florida area. (Credit: Wells Built Museum)However, the exhibit at OIA is just a sampling of what the Wells’Built Museum has to offer.
New Image Youth Center in Parramore known as the ‘good in the hood,’ founder says
ORLANDO, Fla. – The New Image Youth Center in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood is known as the “good in the hood.”Dr. Shanta Barton-Stubbs founded the center when she was just 21 years old. Barton-Stubbs also wrote a book called “There is Good in My Hood,” which is the story of a young boy who finds support at a community center. How that can literally change your life -- and in return, that every child can be the good in their hood. You can purchase a copy of “There is Good in My Hood” here. To volunteer with or donate to the New Image Youth Center, visit them online.
Hygiene vending machine provides free essentials for homeless in Parramore
“A lady gave us a free vending machine. She wanted us to get into the snack business,” said Street Team Movement Founder Briana Daniel. In response, they created hygiene vending machines, filled with items like toothpaste, ponchos, tampons and other sanitary items. Overcoming those obstacles, the Street Team Movement continued their vision of offering free hygiene supplies through the vending machines. The other four hygiene vending machines are expected to be installed in the next few months around Orlando.
Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida hosts drive-thru college fair
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida in Parramore hosted a drive-thru college fair Thursday evening. High school senior Morgan Burnett attended the event and said she was relieved the event was organized. The drive-thru college fair provided prospective students with scholarship opportunities, college admissions material, and financial aid. Representatives from local and state universities and colleges were on hand to answer questions. “It’s given me so many opportunities to see plenty of different schools,” Toney said.
Head chef at new Ritz-Carlton hotel restaurant plans to give back to Parramore community
ORLANDO, Fla. – Access and exposure for children in Parramore are the goals for the head chef at a new restaurant opening Wednesday at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando hotel. On Tuesday, a group of Parrramore Kidz Zone participants got to tour the new restaurant and assist with the grand opening of Knife & Spoon at the five-star hotel. The new eatery is known for its tasty steak and seafood, but for head chef Gerald Sombright, the experience for the children goes way beyond the food. The restaurant is also vowing to a give a portion of its proceeds this year to the Parramore Kidz Zone. Tuesday, he and many of the children from the Parramore Kidz Zone got to tour the hotel, fine dine at the new restaurant and speak with the head chef.
My Brother’s Keeper awarded $1 million to expand in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando city commissioners voted this week to approve $1 million to help fund the My Brother’s Keeper program, expanding it to four new neighborhoods throughout the city. The program is a national initiative started by President Barack Obama aimed at helping minority youth reach their full potential. He said he turned his life around thanks to the My Brother’s Keeper Program. Raysean Brown also mentors kids in Parramore and is a former coordinator for the My Brother’s Keeper program. You can read more about the My Brother’s Keeper Program and ways to get involved here.
Mobile Census Unit out in Parramore as court order buys 2020 Census collection more time
The order stops the Census Bureau from winding down operations until a court hearing is held on Sept. 17. In an empty lot along Westmoreland Drive, Elder Anthony Davis and members of his outreach ministry preach to the Parramore community. A Census mobile unit joined them to help boost the response rate, something Davis said the community needs. The new order by a federal judge keeps the census bureau from winding down operations until a court hearing in mid-September. The mobile census unit stuck around for about three hours to help neighbors complete the survey.
‘We can understand one another:’ Orlando police officer from Parramore says to troubled teens
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police officer Darius Barker was born and raised in Orlando’s historically black community of Parramore. Barker became an Orlando police officer in Parramore, the neighborhood where he grew up. OPD partners with Boys 2 Men Mentoring, a Parramore-based program founded in 2016 by Pastor Daniel Ings. You can learn more about Boys 2 Men Mentoring by clicking here. The Orlando Police Department now has 22 youth outreach liaison officers who’ve volunteered for the position.
Free COVID-19 testing happening Saturday in Orlandos Parramore neighborhood
ORLANDO, Fla. Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill has partnered with the Sports + Entertainment District to bring free COVID-19 testing to the Parramore area on Saturday. Testing will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Geico Garage located at 400 W. South St. in Orlando. Drive-thru and walk-up options will be available to anyone 18 and older who has an appointment. District 5 residents whod like to get tested during the event should keep in mind that masks are required and the space is not air conditioned. Quest Diagnostics will process the 500 nasal swab tests that are performed that day.
Basketball legend Shammgod and inspirational speaker team up to give back in Parramore
On Saturday, that mission led a basketball legend and a philanthropist to Parramore. Victor Cherry, a Parramore resident and inspirational speaker, uses his life experience to mentor youth around the world. Like Shammgod, Cherry also has a passion for giving back. Cherry is a former coach for The Boys & Girls Club and wanted to give back because he says he saw the need for it in the Parramore community. “Especially for me being good at basketball, people in the neighborhood helped my mom out with bills and stuff, so I’ve always come up with wanting to give back and wanting to be more than just a basketball player,” Shammgod said.
Orlando police to Parramore: ‘This community deserves better’
PARRAMORE, Fla. – Tuesday afternoon, the Orlando Police Department's Special Operations Unit raided three houses in the Parramore neighborhood and arrested nearly a dozen people that police say are responsible for much of the violence plaguing the community. "This community deserves better," Bigelow said. Bigelow said last month an armed carjacking in Parramore stemmed from a drug deal gone bad. Bobby Sullivan, a Parramore resident of 42 years, watched a raid from his apartment next door to one of the suspected drug houses. They [drug dealers] are harassing me, I can't sleep at night, they harass me all night, sell drugs all night.
Parramore business owner works to preserve black history as area grows
More affordable housing has opened in the area and the Orlando City soccer stadium is drawing in new restaurants and shops. Crosier said he also wants to preserve the rich history of the area and encourage other people in the area to open small businesses. “I just hope everybody can last longer enough to see the full effect of the changes,” Crosier said. “We are trying to make sure we maintain the small businesses that are in Parramore,” Hill said. To read more about business incentives and services offered by the city of Orlando to assist small businesses, click here.
Evaluation of historic Orlando church’s collapsed roof could cost $17,000, contractors say
Fla. – A contractor hired by the City of Orlando estimates it will cost almost $17,000 to evaluate a historic church after the roof collapsed two weeks ago. The roof of the Black Bottom House of Prayer in Parramore collapsed on Dec. 5. "God has many ways that he can make this happen and my faith is still strong," she said. News 6 found out contractors estimate it will cost $16,700 to evaluate the church to determine how crews will remove the roof with as little damage as possible. Still, Jackson believes the community will help save the church.
Crews work to preserve historic Orlando church after roof collapse
Crews work to preserve historic Orlando church after roof collapsePublished: December 6, 2019, 1:47 pmCrews are expected to return to the site of a historic Parramore church Friday to begin the preservation process while removing pieces of the roof that collapsed earlier this week.
EP102: Florida Foodie -- Parramore's food desert
ORLANDO, Fla. – For the second episode of Florida Foodie, we are taking a look at a big problem facing the Parramore neighborhood in Orlando. Parramore is what's known as a "food desert," which means the people who live there do not have easy access to quality, nutritious foods. This is not a problem that is unique to Parramore, food deserts exist in just about every major city across the country. What is unique, is how the city of Orlando is tackling this problem. They explain how this effort came together, the success they've already seen and how it is growing beyond the Parramore neighborhood.