Puerto Rico

A year after Hurricane Maria, ‘Puerto Rico is writing a comeback story’

Before Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico a year ago, the Caribbean island was a popular destination known for its beaches, vibrant culture and natural beauty. But amid this week’s flood of first-anniversary coverage, some of which you may see right here in Metro, residents and tourism...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:07am

Maria’s Anniversary prompts new concerns about mental health

The date “September 20, 2017” has been engraved in the memories of hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans as a dreadful day, caused by the hit of the most destructive hurricane experienced in years — Hurricane Maria. The devastation it brought led to an outbreak of...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 3:01pm

Puerto Rican Festival Boston 2018 challenges shameful response to Hurricane Maria by U.S.

At the Puerto Rican Festival Boston 2018, the Bay State's Puerto Rican community will join together to celebrate unity in the wake of the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Maria last fall and the government’s “shameful acts” in response, according to Edwin Alicea, the...

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 2:21pm

This inflatable satellite could revolutionize disaster recovery

After any sort of disaster, communication is key. Emergency management officials need to reach federal or local agencies to start disaster recovery efforts and learn what areas need what services right away. And, of course, people want to call and check in on family and friends. But the nature of...

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 5:32am

All the NYC street closures for the 2018 National Puerto Rican Day Parade

The 2018 National Puerto Rican Day Parade will take place this Sunday and thousands of people will be in Manhattan to celebrate and honor Puerto Rican culture and heritage. Each year, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade honors many leaders, educators, artists and celebrities who have an impact on...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 12:29pm

Cuomo launches NY Stands With Puerto Rico recovery effort

Puerto Rico is still in need of aid as officials there work to rebuild after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September, and New York is here to help. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has launched the “New York Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative” to extend a hand to...

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 11:20am

Does Puerto Rico have power?

Does Puerto Rico have power? We don't blame you if you can't keep track of the answer. On Thursday, power was restored to approximately 1 million homes and businesses in Puerto Rico after the island experienced an outage Wednesday morning. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:48pm

NYC doctors bring dire medical aid to remote Puerto Rican island hit by Maria

It’s been nearly five months since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, just two weeks after Hurricane Irma, but much devastation still remains, especially in remote areas like the island municipality of Vieques. That’s why a group of doctors, including two from New York City, partnered...

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 9:54am

Another fallout of Hurricane Maria: A shortage of saline in mainland U.S. hospitals

The United States Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday that they’re sending more equipment and crews to the island of Puerto Rico to help get the country’s aging infrastructure fixed after Hurricane Maria blasted the island in October. According to The Associated Press, more than...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 12:48pm

Baker will seek funds to address influx of Puerto Rican students

Gov. Charlie Baker plans to request additional school funding from the Legislature to help cities pay for the education of hundreds of children who have arrived from Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria battered the Caribbean island in September. The administration sent a memo on Tuesday to...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:47am

Lin-Manuel Miranda to star in Hamilton again for Puerto Rico

Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda will step back into the Founding Father’s shoes — for a good cause. Miranda is bringing his smash hit Broadway show to his family’s native Puerto Rico for a three-week run in January 2019. He’ll step back into the title role of Alexander...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:56am

Puerto Rico makes move to cancel $300M contract with Whitefish Energy

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has made the decision to cancel its $300M contract with  Whitefish Energy. The small company was recently hired to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electric grid that was destroyed by Hurricane Maria in September.  When it was announced that...

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 3:21pm

Small utilities company linked to Trump supporter gets $300M contract to restore power to Puerto Rico

A small utilities construction company called Whitefish Energy will receive a $300 million to restore the power grid in Puerto Rico that was destroyed by Hurricane Maria. The small company is from Montana is financed by a private equity firm run by a man who has donated thousands of dollars to...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 2:39pm

Puppies rescued from Puerto Rico will soon be up for adoption in Massachusetts

As Puerto Rico continues to reel from the devastating Hurricane Maria, New England shelters are rescuing animals from the island, including the MSPCA, which just recovered eight dogs, including five puppies. The three adult dogs and five puppies, which are between 8 and 9 weeks old, are currently...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:49am

Trump justifies throwing paper towels at Puerto Rican residents

President Donald Trump defended his decision to throw paper towels into a crowd of Puerto Rican residents last Tuesday during his trip to the hurricane-ravaged island. In an interview with Mike Huckabee that aired on the Christian TV network Trinity Broadcasting, Trump justified his paper towel...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 5:27am

Did FEMA try to cover up the slow pace of Puerto Rico's recovery?

Vital statistics on Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria are back up after FEMA removed the information from its website on how many people on the island are still without electricity and clean drinking water. President Donald Trump and his administration have been criticized for...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 6:21pm

Trump spent most of Puerto Rico visit in wealthy suburb

By all accounts, President Trump's visit to hurricane-wrecked Puerto Rico was not what is traditionally called successful. He said that the rescue and relief efforts had "blown the budget," requested praise and volleyed paper-towel rolls at a crowd queuing for relief supplies. Today...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:20pm

Massachusetts to send 69 police officers to Puerto Rico

A team of local and state police officers are heading from Massachusetts to Puerto Rico to help with security duties as the U.S. territory is still reeling from two devastating hurricanes, Gov. Charlie Baker announced. Sixty-nine officers from across the state will be split into three separate two...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:09am

Trump’s America: In Puerto Rico, stuck on stupid again

Put Honoré in charge! If Donald Trump really wants to rescue the 3.5 million hurricane-ravaged American citizens of Puerto Rico, he needs to dump the rah-rah Homeland Security secretary who sees Washington’s response as a “good-news story” and is “very satisfied” with...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 1:42pm

Where is Puerto Rico on the world map? Trump can't tell you

On Tuesday, President Trump revealed that he doesn't know where Puerto Rico is, saying it is "in the middle of an ocean" when it is not. He was discussing the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on the island. "This is an island sitting in the middle of an ocean — and it's a...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 3:43pm