Tag: Issue 02-24-2012

  • Cookies get the word out on housing need

    Beatrice Bell Spare Change News I went to the Massachusetts State House Feb. 15 for the third annual Cookie Day. I thought it would be similar to a bake sale for the State House in order to support funding for housing, or there would be a march or rally of some sort to support funding […]

  • A Dialogue on Race Relations in America

    Jacques Fleury Spare Change News I recently joined a writer’s group from the website meetup.com. The first day I attended the group, I was considerably late. Upon entering, a la true Jacques fashion with my cyborg glasses, looking like the black guy from Star Trek, the members (who happened to be all white) looked up […]

  • The People Have Spoken

    James Shearer Spare Change News Last week there was a rally in front of the Boston Public Library organized by people who are against the MBTA’s service cuts and fare increases, which are scheduled to take place in July. The rally, which was shortly before one of the many public hearings organized by the T […]

  • The Birth Of Ar Lain Ta (Conclusion)

    Marc D. Goldfinger Spare Change News Ar Lain Ta was a man of humble origins. His parents were farmers from the west bank of the Salween River. The terrorist but legally sanctioned army of Burma, known as the Tatmadaw, had driven his parents from their farm. The Tatmadaw used what they called a “Four Cuts […]

  • New Chapter for Harvard Square Bookstand: $2 books give way to free book exchange

    Julie Monrad Spare Change News Have you ever noticed the second-hand bookstand in Cambridge on the sidewalk in front of 1324 Massachusetts Ave., near Holyoke Street? Not just glanced and continued walking, but truly observed it? Next time you find yourself walking along Massachusetts Avenue, debating whether or not to enter Harvard Book Store or […]

  • Success in St. Bartholomew’s Meal Program

    Robert Sondak Spare Change News The Feed the Hungry Wednesday night meals program at St Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church on Harvard Street in Cambridge has grown rapidly in a matter of four months since its inception last October. Feed the Hungry has expanded into a community service organization with over 40-campus members. Interest among students at […]

  • Carlos Robinson

    Michael Ahern Spare Change News Upon first meeting with Carlos Robinson, there is an immediate feeling of optimism radiating from him. He wheels his bike around with him and grins when he speaks. And he is ecstatic that he gets to tell his story. Born and raised in Cambridge, Carlos has been selling Spare Change […]

  • Show of Homeless and Low-income Artists at Old South Church

    Local homeless and low-income artists served by area social service programs and centers will be exhibiting their artwork Saturday, April 14th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Old South Church, 645 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116. City Heart art show and sale highlights the works of artists from the Cambridge Women’s Center, Common Art, […]

  • Legislative Action Day on Feb. 29

    Michael Ahern, Spare Change News BOSTON – On Wednesday, Feb. 29, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless will be holding a Legislative Action Day. For 28 years, the coalition has been a frontrunner in fighting and preventing homelessness. According to the website, the MCH believes that homelessness can be fixed with housing that is safe […]


    Colleen Quinn State House News Service BOSTON — Armed with new state audit findings, several lawmakers are asking state budget writers to step in and help their communities cover the costs of busing homeless children to school – a figure that topped $11.3 million in fiscal year 2012. The group of legislators wrote a letter […]