Cyril Josh Barker | 1/2/2014, 11:52 a.m.
STILL LOOKING FOR AVONTE
While media attention has moved away from the search for autistic 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, the family continues its search.
Now missing for three months, the nonverbal Avonte ran out of his middle school in Long Island City, Queens. Posters remain up across the city asking anyone with information on the teen’s whereabouts to come forward.
Avonte is 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black shoes. The reward for his return is now $95,000.
At the new search headquarters in Astoria, Queens, volunteers continue to lend help. Vanessa Fontaine, Avonte’s mother, said in reports that she did not celebrate Christmas and is not giving up on her search for her son. Anyone with information is asked to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
COUNCIL MEMBER INEZ BARRON TO BE INAUGURATED AT CITY HALL ON FRIDAY, JAN 3
At 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3 in the Council Chambers of City Hall, Inez Barron will be inaugurated as the next New York City Council member for the 42nd District. The keynote address will be delivered by Chokwe Lumumba, the newly elected mayor of Jackson, Miss. The Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry will administer the oath of office. The public is invited to the event from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Barron stated, “I am honored to have been elected to continue the legacy of my husband [Charles Barron] and the great achievements he has made. I will build on the platform of living wage jobs, economic development, educational excellence, access to health care, affordable housing, avoiding foreclosures, increasing services to youth and seniors and fighting against racial profiling.”
DR. BEN CELEBRATES 95 YEARS
Legendary scholar Dr. Yosef Alfredo Antonio Ben-Jochannan celebrated his 95th “earthday” on Sunday, Dec. 29 at the Bay Park Nursing Home, l Co-op City Blvd. in the Bronx. Members of the community visited with him on his special day.
EDDIE ELLIS OPENS TRAINING ACADEMY FOR FORMERLY INCARCERATED
NuLeadership is launching a drive to raise funds for an education and training academy named after Eddie Ellis. The academy will focus on a “nontraditional approach to criminal and social justice” as its foundational platform of study. It will be a place where formerly incarcerated women and men who want to supplement their college education can go to learn data gathering, analysis, public policy development, politics, culture and a wide range of community organizing strategies.
The academy will also serve the children of incarcerated parents; it will help them come to terms with their circumstances by providing them with the tools with which to empower themselves.