Nicholas Sambides Jr.

Katahdin Bureau

 
City worker Tobi Smith looks into a sinkhole underneath a section of sidewalk along the Banor Waterfront on Wednesday afternoon.

Bangor Waterfront sinkhole repair will cost $205,000

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 29, 2016, at 6:49 p.m.
“This is an emergency situation, and it has to be taken care of.”
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An aerial photo from 1977 shows initial work being done on site preparation for the Bangor Mall on Stillwater Avenue. The Kmart building, the first retail store built in the current mall area, is in the foreground.

‘Unprofitable’ Bangor Kmart to close in April

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 29, 2016, at 4:08 p.m.
The Kmart department store on Hogan Road is closing in mid-April as part of a company plan that “accelerated the closing of unprofitable stores,” a company official said Thursday.
Tim McCann (right) enjoys an evening sledding session with his children Alora (from left), 7, Clare, 4, and Connor, 3, on Thursday at Hayford Park on Union Street in Bangor.

Nor’easter leaves more than 100K without power, 20+ inches of snow

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 29, 2016, at 2:58 p.m.
The nor’easter “is a little further east, so Bangor will be on the colder side of it.”
Members of the Washburn Snowmobile Club, one in the trail groomer and a couple on sleds with a chainsaw and rope, worked steadily along Route 105 in Perham earlier in December, trying to clear the popular trail of blowdowns.

Snowmobilers hoping for a snow-packed season

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 29, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.
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Students walk across the University of Maine through a snowstorm in March.

Less snow, more rain for Bangor in this winter’s first nor’easter

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 28, 2016, at 8:31 a.m.
The heaviest accumulations, as much as 3 inches per hour, would likely come around midnight into early Friday.
Area residents attend a vigil acknowledging those who died without having a real home during a service at the Hammond Street Congregational Church on Wednesday, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. The event was organized by church leaders, Hope House and the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.

Bangor vigil for the homeless mourns those lost

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 21, 2016, at 8:34 p.m.
“People can be homeless because of a fire. They can be homeless because the mill closed. They can be homeless because they are ill.”
A pedestrian walks along Broadway where there is no sidewalk last week in Bangor.

It’s not just about sidewalks: Bangor plans to make city friendlier for walkers, cyclists

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 20, 2016, at 6:18 a.m.
Bangor is much too dependent on cars, Karen Marysdaughter said. “The downtown area has good sidewalks, but you get the slightest little bit out of downtown and you start to get sprawling neighborhoods,” she said.
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Supporters of raising the minimum wage attend an April 2015 meeting hosted by Bangor Councilor Joe Baldacci at Abraham Lincoln School in Bangor.

Bangor council postpones city’s minimum wage increase

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 13, 2016, at 4:04 p.m.
The City Council voted 6-1 on Monday night to move the effective date of the city’s ordinance from Jan. 1 to July 1, 2017.
Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center (right of Quiznos) is located in the Maine Square Mall in Bangor.

Bangor council rescinds methadone clinic ordinance

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 12, 2016, at 9:01 p.m.
“It has always been about getting the treatment going,” John Doyle said after the council vote.
A runner captures the moment of running through downtown Millinocket during the second Millinocket Marathon and Half Saturday. The free race drew hundreds of people to the town.

An icicle hanging from his chin, first-time winner takes a frigid Millinocket marathon

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 10, 2016, at 5:54 p.m.
About 550 runners endured bone-chilling cold Saturday to run the second annual Millinocket Marathon and Half.
Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center (right of Quiznos) is located in the Maine Square Mall in Bangor.

Bangor council likely to repeal methadone ordinance on Monday

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 09, 2016, at 6:22 p.m.
The city having opioid addicts in need of emergency treatment presents “an immediate threat to public health” that will likely compel the City Council to repeal a discriminatory ordinance on Monday, about three weeks ahead of typical timing, officials said Friday.
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Ben Barr, who will be among about 950 participants in the Millinocket Marathon & Half on Saturday, goes on a 5-mile training run Tuesday in Millinocket. Instead of paying an entry fee, runners are encouraged to spend at area shops, restaurants and hotels.

This marathon may help Millinocket get its ‘mojo back’

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 08, 2016, at 7:06 a.m.
“What I am seeing is that this has literally activated the community. There are so many different dances, dinners and things going on that weekend. I am getting a lot of feedback from local folks who are literally energized by this.”

New computer software nearly triples number of foreclosure notices sent in Bangor

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 06, 2016, at 6:23 p.m.
City officials’ announcement that they were mailing about 600 foreclosure notices this week isn’t quite as troubling as it sounds.
Bangor officials are starting to repeal the city’s minimum wage hike due to the passage of Question 4, a statewide minimum wage hike, on Nov. 8.

With misgivings, Bangor starts repeal process on its minimum wage hike

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 06, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.
Bangor officials are starting to repeal the city’s minimum wage hike due to the passage of Question 4, a statewide minimum wage hike, on Nov. 8.

Lubec town administrator accepts Lincoln job offer

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 05, 2016, at 6:14 p.m.
The former Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC mill.

Asbestos removal from former Lincoln mill site will cost $16 million

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 05, 2016, at 6:55 a.m.
Town officials hope to begin site remediation or marketing next year, with the aim to attract a new business to the site.
Santa listens as Iyla Mitchell (right), 6, tells him what she wants for Christmas while Ella Dowing (left), 7, and Amelia Dowing, 2, wait their turn during the Festival of Lights in downtown Bangor Saturday. The theme this year was "Holidays from around the World."

Festival of Lights parade gets Bangor into the holiday spirit

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 04, 2016, at 8:10 a.m.
This year’s celebration drew more than 15,000 people to downtown Bangor.
Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center (right of Quiznos) is located in the Maine Square Mall in Bangor.

Bangor announces settlement agreement with methadone treatment center

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Dec. 02, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
“The city will continue to work to ensure that there is adequate treatment in Bangor and Maine, and to work toward solutions that best serve individuals suffering from addiction as well as their families.”
Bangor City Council members David Nealley (left) and Chairman Joe Baldacci listen during a workshop presentation on opioid addiction on Monday in Bangor.

Attorney hopeful Bangor methadone clinic expansion can begin soon

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 28, 2016, at 8:59 p.m.
“They are positive discussions, and we are hopeful that we can begin the expansion soon.”
City officials have plans to redesign Pickering Square in 2017 to make its traffic flow better and to better integrate it into downtown.

Bangor has Pickering Square, waterfront among its revitalization plans in 2017

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Nov. 28, 2016, at 10:52 a.m.
City leaders hope to see the completion of the West Side Village rehabilitation and the continued development of the waterfront over the next 12 months.