Andrew Neff



St. Joseph plans expansion, new building on Broadway

By Andrew Neff on March 25, 2013, at 10:39 p.m.
BANGOR | St. Joseph Healthcare is building on increased demand for primary caregivers and medical services with expansion plans at the hospital and its health care facility on Broadway. The dual expansion projects involve the demolition of an empty house used for storage, construction of a 39-space parking lot …

Serious accident shuts down I-95 North for 6 miles, LifeFlight needed

By Andrew Neff on March 25, 2013, at 8:16 p.m.
FAIRFIELD | An accident involving what apparently was just one vehicle shut down a long section of I-95 North Monday evening. The six-mile stretch of highway was reopened for travel at 9:47 p.m. A Maine State Police dispatcher at the Augusta barracks confirmed that state troopers, multiple units from …
Lil Wayne, T.I. and Future will be playing Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on Tuesday, July 23.

Lil Wayne, T.I. coming to Bangor Waterfront

By Andrew Neff on March 25, 2013, at 7:23 p.m.
Both Waterfront Concerts and MTV confirmed that Lil Wayne and T.I. will be adding a flamboyant dash of hip-hop to the country music-dominated Bangor Waterfront Concerts series this summer. Promoters released the initial 40-date tour information Monday afternoon, and Bangor is batting 11th in the lineup. Lil …
Toby Keith performs at the Bangor Waterfront during a stop on his Locked and Loaded tour on Saturday, July 9, 2011.

Toby Keith returning to play Bangor Waterfront

By Andrew Neff on March 25, 2013, at 6:30 a.m.
Just over two years after coming to the Bangor waterfront “Locked & Loaded,” country music star Toby Keith will be back with the “Hammer Down.” The multiplatinum recording star with 53 Top 20 Billboard country singles — 20 of those No.1 songs — to his credit will …

Frankfort edging closer to joining Hampden, Winterport, Newburgh in SAD 22

By Andrew Neff on March 22, 2013, at 9:39 p.m.
With two big referendum dates looming on the calendar, an effort that has been at least two or more than 50 years in the making, may finally be nearing fruition. Frankfort residents will vote on Thursday, March 28 on whether their town joins Hampden, Winterport and Newburgh …

Federal agencies, workers bracing for furloughs despite Pentagon delay

By Andrew Neff on March 21, 2013, at 8:58 p.m.
BANGOR | Despite the Pentagon’s Thursday announcement that it is delaying for two weeks a decision on how many of its 800,000 civilian workers will face unpaid furlough days, nearly 7,000 Mainers employed by the Department of Defense and other federal employees in the state are bracing for budget-mandated …

Bangor officials listen to citizen suggestions as budget work looms

By Andrew Neff on March 20, 2013, at 11:04 p.m.
While the fourth public meeting or forum in the last two weeks concerned the same hot-button topic — Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed biennial budget and its potential negative effects on local municipal budgets — this one had a different focus. Wednesday night’s public municipal budget issues forum …
An overturned plane rests in the middle of Miller's air field in Newburgh on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

Small airplane flips over while taxiing at Newburgh airfield

By Andrew Neff on March 20, 2013, at 3:52 p.m.
A small, private plane flipped over while taxiing across the runway at Miller’s Field at 3 p.m. Wednesday. According to a Penobscot Regional Communications Center dispatcher, no injuries were reported in the accident. Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Newburgh Fire Department emergency personnel responded to the …

6-year-old Greene boy dies after being struck by father’s plow truck in driveway

By Andrew Neff on March 20, 2013, at 3:49 p.m.
A young boy died Wednesday morning after being struck by a plow truck operated by his father, according to Maine State Police. Maine state troopers said 6-year-old Nathan Capponi was pronounced dead at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston after being taken to the hospital by ambulance. …
Eddie Money

Eddie Money to spend his 64th birthday singing for fans at Portland’s Asylum

By Andrew Neff on March 19, 2013, at 10:44 a.m.
With so many revisions and rebirths in a music career spanning four decades and about two years into its fifth, Eddie Money could rightfully call himself Eddie 5.0 or higher. “I’ve had my day in the sun, making $1,000 a minute, and I’ve sold 27 million records, …

Police: Brewer man on ‘spice’ arrested after obstructing buses

By Andrew Neff on March 19, 2013, at 9:21 a.m.
BANGOR | A man who was apparently intoxicated and under the influence of “spice” cigarettes was arrested for impeding buses near the Pickering Square garage and creating a disturbance Monday afternoon, according to police. Andrew Towle, 20, of Brewer was arrested and charged with obstructing a public way, a …
Dean Bennett, Hampden community and economic development director, talks about the old Hampden Academy building in Hampden on March 6. Town staff and council members will meet with Dan Lafayette about his proposal(s) to develop the old Hampden Academy property without tearing all of it down.

Hampden council OK’s $24,000 environmental review for old academy

By Andrew Neff on March 18, 2013, at 11:05 p.m.
While little was revealed about any progress made on a proposal by Hampden resident Dan Lafayette to preserve and redevelop the old Hampden Academy facility, the plan got a big boost Monday night from the Hampden Town Council’s unanimous approval of funding for an environmental review of …
Expected snowfall on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Storm will dump 10-18 inches in southern Maine; Bangor will see 8-12

By Andrew Neff on March 18, 2013, at 7:25 p.m.
GRAY and CARIBOU | Meteorologists are expecting Tuesday’s approaching storm to dump 10 to 18 inches of snow on southern Maine, but not as much on central and northern Maine areas, which should see no more than 8 to 12 by the time it winds down on Wednesday night …

Milford superintendent resigns to take full-time position in another school district

By Andrew Neff on March 15, 2013, at 11 p.m.
Nancy Weed, Milford’s superintendent of schools for the last two years, officially tendered her resignation at Thursday night’s school committee meeting. Weed’s resignation comes one month after a group of about 20 townspeople made up of teachers and parents dropped their effort to recall two school committee …

Looking to for innovation and more attractive buildings, Bangor invites businesses, nonprofits to apply for grants

By Andrew Neff on March 15, 2013, at 9:18 p.m.
The city of Bangor is inviting area business and nonprofit organizations to apply for federal Community Development Block Grant funding for business facade improvements and innovative projects that could help improve the city and lessen slum and blight, respectively. While both programs are funded with federal community …

Missing Old Town man found dead

By Andrew Neff on March 15, 2013, at 6:02 p.m.
Maine wardens found him near Nicatous Lake.

Sheep missing for 2 weeks found, caught by Orrington authorities

By Andrew Neff on March 15, 2013, at 5:38 a.m.
A sheep that was on the lam for two weeks and presumed dead was found and returned to its owner thanks to a cooperative capture effort involving the local animal control officer and Orrington police. The 2-year-old ram — which has no name — had somehow gotten …

Man who brought weapons to Social Security office out on $10,000 bail

By Andrew Neff on March 14, 2013, at 8:32 p.m.
PORTLAND | An Arundel man remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail after making his initial appearance Thursday in federal court on a charge of possession of multiple weapons in a federal facility. Elmer C. Pepin, 43, of Arundel did not enter a plea in U.S. District Court on Thursday …

Small crowd attends Bangor budget forum

By Andrew Neff on March 13, 2013, at 10:55 p.m.
Wednesday evening’s public forum on municipal budget issues was set up to accommodate about 150 members of the public, but only 30 people showed up at the Bangor Civic Center as city administrators and officials outlined some of the fiscal challenges facing Bangor this year. “I’m sorry …
Dr. Robert Grover

Doctor who runs Bangor Women’s HealthCare will pay almost $300,000 to settle fed complaint

By Andrew Neff on March 13, 2013, at 4:18 p.m.
A local board-certified gynecologist who operates three medical facilities for women’s health has agreed to pay almost $300,000 to settle a federal complaint over improper billing of Medicare and MaineCare. Robert A. Grover, D.O., the owner of Bangor Women’s HealthCare, the Maine Center for Continence and Pelvic …