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On Plum Island, another punishing storm

NEWBURY — It is an all-too-familiar story on Plum ­Island, just off the coast of Newbury. A storm arrives. The coastline of the barrier island is reshaped. Waterfront houses are threatened. Band-Aids are applied, and long-term solutions are debated. All the while, the ocean keeps churning.

“It’s a beautiful place, but when it’s bad, it’s bad,” Kathy Connors said as she looked out the window of her beachfront home at what was left of her neighbor’s deck. “That’s why I call it Misery Island.”

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