Author Archives: Robert Sondak

Writing for SCN: A Vendor’s Perspective

Writing for SCN: A Vendor’s Perspective

The 2008 economic recession cost me my newspaper distributor job at Boston Now and opened up new opportunities for me at Spare Change News. After selling Spare Change News for two weeks, I answered a posting by then-editor Emily Johnson stating that she was looking for someone to write a story on community gardening. I

HUD supports housing services for HIV/AIDS community

The Justice Resource Institute received $1.4 million in funding to support tenant-based rental assistance and other supportive services for the HIV/AIDS community in Plymouth, Bristol and Northern Essex counties earlier this month, HUD said in a press release. HUD awarded $24 million in grants nationwide to help more that 1,200 low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS

Boston funeral home provides free burials for the homeless

For the last 25 years, 150 homeless people yearly received a free, dignified burial thanks to a Boston funeral home. The Robert J. Lawler & Crosby Funeral Home provides a no-cost funeral with pallbearers for homeless veterans and homeless adults in greater Boston each year. The Lawler Homeless Funeral Program was founded by Robert J.

Helping Hands: South Shore Advocacy Group Provides Food and Clothing to Boston’s Homeless

On the Boston Common, 85 homeless people recently received food and clothes thanks to a homeless advocacy group from the South Shore. The Hingham-based community group Community Offering Practical Encouragement, or C.O.P.E, held its second annual family day to help the homeless of Greater Boston while they endured a cold and rainy April weekend. From

Lieutenant governor opens women’s substance abuse program at Taunton State Hospital

Photo: WikiCommons Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito unveiled a new program to help women who have been civically committed for drug treatments avoid going to prison earlier this month, Governor Charlie Baker’s office said. Polito and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and Department of Mental Health Commissioner Joan Mikula opened the new Women’s Recovery from Addictions

Gov. Baker announces $5 Million investment Targeting Chronically High Unemployment

Photo: Massachusetts National Guard New initiatives to fight chronic unemployment will be included in the proposed FY 2017 budget, Governor Charlie Baker’s office said recently. Baker and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Ronald L. Walker II, who is also a member of the governor’s task force on persons facing chronically higher rates of unemployment,

City Council considers satellite police station in Central Square

Photo: Madeleine Ball The Cambridge city manager is exploring the possibility of creating a satellite police station in Central Square, after city councilors raised concerns about the deteriorating condition of Carl Barron Plaza this past September. The city council voted unanimously to recommend the city manager look into putting the satellite police station in Central

Bunker Hill Community College receives grant to increase Latino enrollment

Bunker Hill Community College and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education are teaming up to provide better access to college for Latino students. Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) received a $200,000 Vision Project Performance Incentive Fund grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education on Dec. 3. The grant is designed to help BHCC increase