Articles by Anthony Takacs


Woman turning life around thanks to kindness of strangers

By Anthony Takacs on Nov. 01, 2011, at 2:44 p.m.
Editor’s Note: The following is one in a series of articles being featured by the Bangor Daily News that will highlight a local Pay it Forward movement with stories of ordinary people benefiting from acts of kindness and how they chose to pay that kindness forward. These will be featured …

Former national security adviser to present UMaine Cohen lecture

By Anthony Takacs on Oct. 24, 2011, at 6:11 p.m.
ORONO | Retired U.S. Marine Gen. James L. Jones will visit the University of Maine on Thursday, Nov. 17, to deliver a William S. Cohen Lecture at the Collins Center for the Arts. Jones served as the first national security adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration. Cohen, the Bangor …

Maine Discovery Museum announces eBay auction to coincide with annual fundraising dinner

By Anthony Takacs on Oct. 21, 2011, at 8:45 p.m.
BANGOR | The Maine Discovery Museum announced Friday that two wooden shelves autographed by popular performing artists Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, George Thorogood, and Melissa Etheridge, and best-selling author Stephen King, will be auctioned off on eBay. Each item will be listed for 10 days and all proceeds will …

Salvation Army anticipates more families in need; begins Christmas assistance registration early

By Anthony Takacs on Oct. 19, 2011, at 7:41 p.m.
BANGOR | Registration for the Salvation Army’s annual Angel Tree program, which helps children from birth through age 17, as well as senior citizens and local families during the holidays, is beginning early this year on Thursday, Oct. 20. Captain Tim Clark, corps officer of the Salvation Army in …
This Aug. 3, 2011, file photo shows a black cat in Chicago.

Some shelters halting adoption of black cats with Halloween’s approach

By Anthony Takacs on Oct. 17, 2011, at 5:49 p.m.
BANGOR | Some organizations are not allowing the adoption of black cats, the iconic symbol of Halloween, during the month of October for fear of possible animal cruelty. Lynda Garibaldi, who founded the Cat’s Cradle rescue organization in North Carolina, said in a press release that black cats are …
Student Amanda Mayette of Readfield writes a verse of the University of Maine's "Maine Stein Song" on the sidewalk to the Folger Library on Wednesday afternoon after joining fellow honor society members in singing that song there.

Entertainer Rudy Vallee remembered at University of Maine

By Anthony Takacs on Oct. 12, 2011, at 9:04 p.m.
ORONO | The late entertainer and one-time University of Maine student Rudy Vallee was remembered Wednesday afternoon on the steps of Fogler Library. Members of UMaine’s four honor societies — All Maine Women, the Senior Skull Society, the Sophomore Eagles Society and the Sophomore Owls Society — gathered there …

Family science fun offered at Challenger center in Bangor

By Anthony Takacs on Oct. 03, 2011, at 7:05 p.m.
The Challenger Learning Center of Maine will hold its fourth annual BOO! Science event later this month. “It’s our biggest event of the year that we do for the kids,” said event coordinator Jennifer Therrien. “We see a lot of familiar faces each year and a lot …

Orono activists to get Hands of Peace Award

By Anthony Takacs on Sept. 28, 2011, at 8:19 p.m.
Local citizen-activists Ron and Lee Davis will be honored with the Hands of Peace Award at the 22nd annual Harvest Supper from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at the Church of Universal Fellowship at 82 Main St. The potluck supper is open to the public …

Bangor to host annual hazardous waste collection event

By Anthony Takacs on Sept. 26, 2011, at 9:41 p.m.
BANGOR Maine — Managing household hazardous waste, meaning products labeled as caution, poison, toxic, flammable, pesticide, warning, combustible, and or danger is important for your health and the environment, and improperly disposing of such waste is illegal. It is for this reason that every year on Oct. 22, communities join …

Chellie Pingree announces nearly $1 million to aid victims of domestic violence

By Anthony Takacs on Sept. 26, 2011, at 7:28 p.m.
The Family Violence Project, which serves Kennebec and Somerset counties, will receive nearly a $1 million federal grant to improve and expand on operations at Somerset House for victims of domestic violence who are also dealing with substance abuse issues, according to a press release issued by Rep. Chellie Pingree …

Man attacks two women in Bangor McDonald’s, police say

By Anthony Takacs on Sept. 23, 2011, at 4:18 p.m.
A 24-year-old man was arrested early Friday morning after allegedly assaulting two female McDonald’s employees late Thursday evening. Emmanuel Barbosa was screaming when he entered the McDonald’s located at 1105 Union St. in Bangor at 10:51 and attacked the two women, according to Bangor Police Sgt. Ed …