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My Hurricane Maria Story: Joan “Juanita” Kirchheimer

A Little About Me I came to Puerto Rico in 1984 to put an addition on the “vacation” house I bought with my sister. [caption id="attachment_6075" align="aligncenter" width="818"] The original house on the 41-acre property between Arecibo and Utuado[/caption] Centrally located in the mountains between Arecibo and Utuado, the 41-acre site is tucked between the…
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My Hurricane Maria Story: Glendalys Hernandez

A Little About Me/Us I am 38 years old.  I was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey.  I moved to Puerto Rico in January of 2001 because of my father's illness. I currently reside in the town of Coamo with my two sons whom are 12 and 14 years old and my mother.  Coamo…
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My Hurricane Maria Story: Paul and Sarah Ratliff

A Little About Me/Us I am in my early 50s and married to Paul, who's in his mid-50s. In September 2018, three days before Hurricane Maria’s first anniversary, we will celebrate our 10th anniversary living in Puerto Rico. Yes, we moved here during hurricane season. Paul was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and I…
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Hurricane Maria Stories

In just two weeks, six months will have passed since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Like most traumatic situations, for all of us on Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria wasn’t a singular event. Long after our story was replaced with new headlines and the politicians decided what our individual and collective…
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BTI Toxin to Be Sprayed Over the United States, Puerto Rico

Although a slight improvement over Naled, whatever you've heard about Bti toxin, it's not the gentler, kinder way to address the so-called Zika issue. Over the summer, we the people of Puerto Rico reacted with horror and extreme anger at the U.S. Government and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s intentions to continue aerial spraying…
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