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Fashion Show For The Homeless

The estimated number of homeless children in Pennsylvania exceeds 40,000. The Homeless Education Found, a nonprofit organization focused on the goal of giving homeless children equal educational opportunities, is now being aided by fashion. At the Pittsburgh Playwrites Theatre on the 28th and 29th of January, Model and Talent National’s Project Evolution held the fashion

Bitter Fruit

In the last issue of Spare Change News I wrote a story about Dominic Cinelli, an inmate that I knew, who became a cop killer after his parole in 2009. Dominic was killed during the shoot-out. That’s the name of the game; I don’t have a problem with that. What I do have a problem

In The Line Of Fire

I knew Dominic Cinelli. You must have read his name at least a dozen times since Christmas weekend. He’s the guy who killed John “Jack” Macguire, a Woburn police officer, age 60, a good cop. I never thought I’d feel sorry for a police officer, but my heart goes out to Officer Macguire and his

Local freedom of information request draws federal jail threat

In November of 2010, the federal government emailed Michael Morisy with a very clear message: fail to take down the information posted on your website and face major fines, or even jail time. Morisy, aware of the seriousness of their intentions, respectfully declined. His site,, was created as a tool to help citizens access

Tammy Callanan: A streets perspective

*Editors note: This article was originally published in the Salem Gazette. Tammy Callanan writes a regular column for the Gazette, and has generously agreed to contribute separate content to Spare Change. First let me introduce myself. I am a grandmother, mother, sister, friend, wife and daughter. I am a Salem native and have experienced being

Loaves & Fishes

Serving full dinner on Saturday night. Food pantry starting at 5:00 PM and dinner served at 6:00 PM. Entrees include chicken, beef, port, fish, pasta with assorted vegetable side dished and desserts. Location Korean Church 135 Magazine Street Cambridge MA Saturday Night Dinner and Dessert Saturday Night meals program. All are welcome. 135 Magazine Street

English at Large: volunteers bridge the language gap

At first glance, those who are homeless do not seem to have much in common with immigrants, especially those adults who cannot speak or understand English. However, the two groups share the experience of being voiceless and marginalized. Immigrants who are struggling to learn English feel alienated when they cannot share their thoughts with others,

Project 50/50: Donald

I went to the library to connect to the internet and work on my website. I’ve never designed a website before, but I’m learning. There is a paranoia that comes with having everything that you own inside one small and vulnerable space, so I needed to keep an eye on Bubba while I was inside