Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.


From Mass. To El Salvador, Families Are Bracing For The End Of TPS

September 21, 2018

Isabel Quintanilla is FaceTiming with her daughter, Irma Flores. This is the easiest way for the two to keep in touch. Quintanilla lives in El Salvador and hasn’t met her new great-grandson. She asks her daughter, Flores, how the baby is sleeping these days.

Prayers, Canned Goods And ‘The Sounds That I Miss’: Adjusting To Life In Merrimack Valley

September 21, 2018

Since last Thursday, the House of Mercy has been busier than usual. The part shelter/part church/part donations center is among the places people affected by the Merrimack Valley gas explosions can go for help.

Remembering The 1938 Hurricane, 80 Years Later

September 21, 2018

In the afternoon of September 21, 1938 without warning, winds more than 100 miles an hour whipped the region and tidal waves about 30 feet high destroyed homes and cottages. Hundreds of people lost their lives, and when it was all over, millions of dollars worth of damage was left behind.

In The Middle Of A ‘Great Depression,’ Puerto Ricans Struggle To Rebuild And Stay

September 21, 2018

On the outskirts of San Juan, far from the gleaming towers downtown, there’s a makeshift car wash on the side of the road. Young men spray down a beaming black Acura — a starkly clean machine in a neighborhood struggling to return to normality a year after Hurricane Maria.

Can Public Art Mend The Divide Between A Town And Its University?

September 21, 2018

From the middle of UMass toward the center of town in Amherst, Massachusetts, you may have seen some unexpected objects near walkways or up on a grassy hill.

A Year Later, Puerto Ricans Face Death In The Wake Of Maria

September 20, 2018

Candido Reyes and Luz María Muñiz found love late in life — she in her 50s, he in his 60s — but at least they had found what some people never find. He told her he loved her more than God, and he believed it to the point that he apologized for it in his prayers.

Collins Says She’s Undecided On Kavanaugh Vote, Calls Threatening Voicemails ‘A New Low’

September 13, 2018

Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is a key vote in the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As she continues to weigh her position on whether to support him, Collins is under close scrutiny, and has been subject to a lot of outside pressure — some of which she says have gone too far.

In Race for New Hampshire’s Swing Congressional District, Pappas and Edwards to Face Off

September 12, 2018

The battle for New Hampshire’s 1st District Congressional seat is officially set: It will be Republican Eddie Edwards vs. Democrat Chris Pappas in November.

All The Players But Massachusetts Join Housatonic River Cleanup Mediation

September 12, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and General Electric Co. are funding a new approach to negotiating an agreement on the cleanup of the Housatonic River. Just last week, many of the stakeholders met with an independent mediator. But one key player is choosing not to participate.

Small Utilities Say Subsidized ‘Net-Metering’ Projects Could Trigger Rate Increases

September 11, 2018

Small electric utilities around Vermont are concerned their customers will face higher bills to pay for a boom in solar projects. Last month, the utilities complained to regulators about the subsidies they have to pay for certain solar projects.


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