Help Send 30 Underprivileged Jamaica Plain Youths Go to Summer Camp

A local organization that works to empower residents and engage service providers to support Egleston Square is working with the local Boston Police Department to send 30 youths to a two-week summer camp. And they need your help! Tree of Life and the Boston Police Department's E-13 Community Service Youth Officers are hoping to raise $6,000 by May 31. That funding will provide food, transportation, and activities for 30 local youths -- which would double the amount of youths served by the camp last summer. Any donation is welcome, but here's a breakdown of specific activities and costs:

Sponsor a youth for a day, includes breakfast, lunch and an activity $30
Sponsor a youth for a week $150
Sponsor a youth for two weeks $300
Special ice cream trip for 30 campers $160
Trip to see a movie $400
Day of bowling and two meals for 30 campers $690

Please click here to donate to help local youth enjoy two weeks of camp this summer.

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Needle Take Back Day and Drug Take Back Day are Thursday and Saturday

Got any needles hanging around that you need to get rid of? How about any prescription drugs? This week you can drop off both of those items at different sites around the city, and in Jamaica Plain. Thursday will be Boston's first-ever needle take back day, which was organized by At-Large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George, chair of the Committee on Homelessness, Mental Health, and Recovery and the Committee on Education. Numerous organizations have teamed up to initiate the day, including the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Boston University School of Public Health Activist Lab, the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services, the Boston Public Health Commission, and the Grayken Center for Addiction at the Boston Medical Center.

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Jamaica Plain Man Arrested, Charged with Trafficking Fentanyl and Crystal Meth

Two Boston Police Drug Control Units teamed up as part of an ongoing investigation to arrest a Jamaica Plain man for allegedly trafficking fentanyl and crystal meth. Jorge Ramirez-Diaz, 46, was arrested and charged with trafficking Class A and B drugs on Jan. 31, according to bpdnews.com. Police allegedly recovered a large amount of fentanyl and crystal meth, as well as drug paraphernalia and $7,000. Jamaica Plain's BPD District E-13 and South Boston's BPD District C-6 executed a search warrant at 9:18 am as part of an ongoing investigation in the area of 53 Forest Hills Street in Jamaica Plain.

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