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It’s been four years since Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico. The Category 4 hurricane destroyed homes, power lines and roads, and left many without access to basic necessities like food, medicine, electricity and clean water. The storm forced many puertorriqueños to leave their homelands to start new lives in New England. And while leaving Puerto Rico for the continental U.S. is not a new trend, Maria exacerbated it: an estimated 135,000 people left the island since the storm and roughly 26,000 of them came to Connecticut and Massachusetts — trading the beauty of beaches and mountains in the middle for cold winters and the promise of stability. Los de Maria — the people of Maria — stayed in hotels, their children enrolled in schools, and now they live between two places. The island’s recovery is still not complete. And families are not done asking themselves, should we stay? Should we go back? Is this home? "Los de Maria: For Years After The Hurricane" is a special production by CT Public with support from the New England News Collaborative.

Caitlin Abrams of Vermont has become TikTok-famous for her grave-cleaning videos. (Elodie Reed/VPR)

‘I Don’t Believe In An Afterlife’: Why This TikTok-Famous Vermonter Cleans Graves

At 9:30 in the morning on one of the hottest days in August, it was still cool at Maple Hill Cemetery in the town of Dorset, Vermont. That is the time of day when Caitlin Abrams likes to come here. She wore rubber boots in the dewy grass that soon, a man would start to…

Dione Dwyer in front of her home on Aug. 30, 2021. Dwyer, a single mother, has lived in affordable housing in Bridgeport for 19 years. She is the system change fellow at the P.T. Barnum complex. Prior to finding affordable housing, Dwyer was jumping between staying with relatives while trying to maintain stability in her children's lives. (Allison Minto/Connecticut Public)

Housing Advocates Want Connecticut To Address Shortage For Low-Income Earners In Fairfield County

Dione Dwyer lives in Bridgeport, Conn.’s largest public housing complex, P.T. Barnum Apartments. She remembers moving in 19 years ago and just being thankful for something to call her own. At the time, she was a single mother to two young daughters and had no stable income. She had been living with her father, a…

Lindsay (left) and Sophia Cook at a memorial benefit for their father, Dennis Cook, who was killed on Sept. 11, 2001. (Courtesy Lindsay Cook)

As ‘9/11 Kids,’ We Only Have The Stories Other People Tell Us About Our Dad

Editors’ Note: On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Dennis Cook was where you’d expect to find him on a Tuesday morning — at work. He was a 33-year-old bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald, which had its offices on the top floors of the World Trade Center. Dennis was killed that day, when a hijacked plane…

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