A 29-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, who's served Jamaica Plain's E-13 District since 1996, died due to complications of the Coronavirus on Tuesday. At a press conference at BPD Headquarters, Mayor Marty Walsh and BPD Commissioner William Gross said Officer Jose Fontanez passed away. Fontanez was 53 and had four children. "We lost a hero today to this virus," said Walsh. Fontanez earned several commissioner's commendations throughout his career, said Gross.
Hundreds of children, parents, neighbors and friends all enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day of fun, at historic Jamaica Pond at the 3rd Annual Kids Catch & Release Fishing Derby on June 22. Officers and staff from Boston Police District E-13, and other units, all worked hard to organize and produce a free, family-focused day of fishing, games, food, music, prizes, special demonstrations and more. Very special thanks go out to the Boston Police Detectives Benevolent Society, who have catered the food every year for the many guests. Some of the other partners that helped to organize the derby included: Boston Police Activities League, Boston Parks & Recreation, Boston Park Rangers, Boston Police Patrolmen’s Assoc., Boston Police Superior Officers Assoc., Boston Police SWAT, Boston Police Canine Unit, Retired Boston Police Officers Assoc., Mass. State Police, Mass.
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.
The officers and volunteers of Boston Police District E-13 in Jamaica Plain want to take this opportunity to offer our great appreciation to all of the sponsors who helped with the Fishing Derby on June 30. Almost 400 kids, parents, friends and neighbors all enjoyed a sunny, fun-filled afternoon of fishing and games at beautiful Jamaica Pond. The derby was the 2nd Annual Catch & Release with the Boston Police, organized by the officers and staff of BPD, District E-13. With generous help from many local sponsors, the kids received fishing gear, food, cold drinks, music, games, raffles, demonstrations and more. This free, fun local event was very much appreciated, as seen in the smiling faces at the Pond throughout the afternoon.
The 2nd Annual Catch & Release Fishing Derby with the Boston Police was recently held at Jamaica Pond. Held on June 30th, more than 300 kids enjoyed hours of fishing, games, prizes, food, cold drinks, music, shows -- and a special guest appearance from Charlie Moore, The Mad Fisherman, from NESN! The Boston Police would like to thank all of the BPD volunteers, staff, and community sponsors who made this beautiful day of family fun a reality.