Nell Gluckman


The Rockland Fire Department responded as mutual aid to Rockport for a structure fire at 10:45 a.m. Friday.

Rockport fire caused by candle left unattended

By Nell Gluckman on July 04, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — A structure fire in a home on Old Rockland Road started after a teenager left a candle unattended, according to the Rockport Fire Chief Jason Peasley. The 17-year-old lit the candle in her second-story bedroom and went downstairs. When she went back upstairs, a bed was on …
Paul Bunyan stood in the glow of Bangor's Fourth of July fireworks display Friday,  July 4, 2014.  The fireworks display went off with a bang in spite of the weather.

Fourth of July events canceled across the state, flood watch includes entire coast

By Nell Gluckman on July 04, 2014, at 11:27 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Independence Day events and services were canceled throughout the day Friday as Hurricane Arthur, the season’s first storm, made its way up the east coast. Nova Star Cruises announced that its voyage from Portland to Yarmouth on July 4 would be canceled due to the weather. The …
James Cote browses fireworks Tuesday at Phantom Fireworks in Holden. Cote explained that he was just getting "a few things to shoot off for the kids."

Fireworks sales decline in Maine, but stores continue to pop up

By Nell Gluckman on July 02, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
HOLDEN, Maine — On Tuesday afternoon, just three days before July Fourth, a steady stream of shoppers visited Phantom Fireworks, Maine’s newest branch of the fireworks retail giant that has almost 70 stores across the country. “We’re going to have a celebration,” said Chris Alderson of Searsmont who was perusing …
University of Southern Maine President Theo Kalikow

UMaine System panel approves $2.5 million in cuts at USM, OKs $11 million heating plant at UMF

By Nell Gluckman on June 30, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A University of Maine System panel approved the final $2.5 million in cuts at the University of Southern Maine and tabled discussion about a building that USM President Theodora Kalikow recommended be sold. The panel also approved an $11 million plan to revamp the University of Maine …

Six would-be charter schools plan to apply for contracts to operate in Maine

By Nell Gluckman on June 27, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Six would-be charter schools have told the state that they intend to apply for contracts that would allow them to open in the 2015-16 school year, according to Bob Kautz, director of the Maine Charter Commission. Groups that wished to apply to form a school needed to …
Jim Rier is commissioner of the Maine Department of Education.

Survey says many Maine school districts not ready to implement proficiency-based diploma law

By Nell Gluckman on June 26, 2014, at 3:13 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Many school districts have a lot of work to do before they will be ready to implement a new education system that by law must be in place by 2018, according to the results of a Maine Department of Education survey that was released Wednesday. Participation in …
Esther Attean, co-director of Maine-Wabanaki REACH

Maine outreach groups to educate, learn stories of incarcerated Native Americans

By Nell Gluckman on June 26, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Native American people make up about 3 percent of the incarcerated population in Maine, though they account for only about half a percent of the state’s total population, according to data from the Maine Department of Corrections and the U.S. Census Bureau. That is why the Maine …
John Porter, president of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, speaks during the organization's Early Bird Breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor Thursday.

UMS chancellor asks business community for help convincing Legislature to increase support

By Nell Gluckman on June 26, 2014, at 12:52 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — University of Maine System Chancellor James Page asked the business community for help engaging the state Legislature in conversations about the funding of Maine’s public universities at a Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce meeting on Thursday morning. “We’re going to have to be going to the Legislature …
Karl Francis was named the new principal of Maine Connections Academy, the first virtual charter school in Maine.

Maine’s first virtual charter school hires principal

By Nell Gluckman on June 25, 2014, at 6:04 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — As principal of Maine’s first virtual charter school, Karl Francis said every student in his school will have an individualized learning plan. “In a larger setting, we do the best we can to track those needs,” said Francis, who worked most recently as an administrative intern at …

Maine falls short of new federal criteria for special education

By Nell Gluckman on June 24, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Maine’s special education programs do not meet federal requirements, according to new guidelines announced by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday. Jan Breton, the Maine Department of Education’s director of special education, said Tuesday the state also did not meet requirements last year because of how …
The University of Southern Maine's Stone House, which is used for the MFA program, will likely be sold to save money.

USM plans to sell century-old Stone House to save money

By Nell Gluckman on June 24, 2014, at 11:47 a.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — The University of Southern Maine intends to sell the Stone House, a former residence built in 1917 that is used by the Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program, President Theodora Kalikow announced Monday in an email to faculty and staff. “It no longer makes financial …
University of Southern Maine student Jules Purnell discusses a proposal possibly coming to the Legislature that would put a moratorium on budget cuts and layoffs in the University of Maine System while a stakeholder group evaluates the system's finances. Purnell and several other USM students spoke during a press conference on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at the State House in Augusta.

USM student group opposed to budget cuts launches #NoMoreNice campaign

By Nell Gluckman on June 23, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The students behind the #USMfuture movement, who have organized rallies and engaged legislators in protest of budget cuts at the University of Southern Maine, have launched a new campaign called #NoMoreNice, according to a statement posted on Bangor Daily News blogger Chris Shorr’s site last week. The …
Jacob Lewis, 12, was diagnosed with a mild form of autism during the summer before fourth grade.

Parents, teachers work to educate rising number of Maine kids diagnosed with autism

By Nell Gluckman on June 20, 2014, at 12:04 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Jacob Lewis did not enjoy the fourth grade. He said he regularly felt cornered and frustrated in class. He got into trouble often, but he did not know why. He could understand instructions from teachers, but he didn’t get why they were given, so he didn’t follow …
A crash on the northbound lane of I-95 has stopped traffic.

Crash on I-95 closes northbound lane in Augusta

By Nell Gluckman on June 19, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — State police responded to a noontime three-vehicle crash involving a dump truck in the northbound lane of I-95 in Augusta that sent one woman to the hospital with serious injuries, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. Katrina Heald-Richards, 54, of Fairfield …
A car was totaled on I-395 after it collided with a water truck then slammed into the guardrail. There were no injuries.

Crash involving water truck on I-395 totals car

By Nell Gluckman on June 19, 2014, at 10:18 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A water truck collided with a car in between exits two and three in the westbound lanes of I-395 at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to Maine State Trooper Adam Gould. The car then slammed into the guardrail and suffered serious, irreparable damage, Gould said. There were …

Police responded to crash reported in Hancock

By Nell Gluckman on June 19, 2014, at 8:43 a.m.
HANCOCK, Maine — State police responded to a crash on Route 1 in Hancock just after 4 a.m. on Thursday, according to Trooper Bryan Creamer. A pickup truck carrying three people drifted across the road into a ditch, Creamer said. The truck sideswiped a telephone pole, which broke, then hit …
Police and city officials removed about a dozen alleged squatters from a foreclosed building on Garland Street on Wednesday.

Authorities remove squatters from abandoned house in Bangor

By Nell Gluckman on June 18, 2014, at 4:23 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Between six and 12 people who were described as squatting in a foreclosed building on Garland Street were kicked out and the residence was boarded up on Wednesday, according to Jeremy Martin, director of code enforcement for Bangor. Martin estimated that this was the sixth time in …
University of Maine President Susan Hunter addresses the press Tuesday at the Buchanan Alumni House in Orono. Hunter was named the next president of the university on Tuesday by UMaine System Chancellor James Page at a campus press conference.

Susan Hunter named president of University of Maine; first woman to hold post hired for 2-year term

By Nell Gluckman on June 17, 2014, at 11 a.m.
ORONO, Maine — As the next president of the University of Maine, Susan Hunter hopes to engage the public in conversations about the importance of higher education at a time when the state’s public universities are facing millions of dollars in budget cuts. To do that, Hunter said she will …
Olivia Erickson is the valedictorian at the Mount Desert Island High School this year. She and her twin sister, Isabel, tied, though they did not give speeches. The school is phasing out the use of GPAs to rank students and elected graduation speakers this year instead of picking the two with the highest GPAs.

What’s in a GPA? MDI high school will forgo class ranking, naming valedictorian as graduation speaker

By Nell Gluckman on June 15, 2014, at 7:25 p.m.
BAR HARBOR, Maine — At the Mount Desert Island High School graduation on Sunday, the valedictorians — there are two this year; they are twins — did not give speeches, as is the usual tradition at this school and most others across the state. Instead, the first student speech was …
The Orland house sits on two acres of land near Toddy Pond on Saturday. Jennifer Jacques and her daughters fell in love with the area when they were exploring last year.

With help of community, single mom able to fix up, move into ‘itty bitty’ Orland home with daughters

By Nell Gluckman on June 15, 2014, at 12:50 p.m.
ORLAND, Maine — What was once a mouse-infested garage with scraps of insulation hanging off the walls, a bare concrete floor and fluorescent lights clinging to the ceiling is now the home of Jennifer Jacques and her two daughters, Asha, 13, and Aria, 6. When they first moved into the …
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