Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 
Hollywood Casino in Bangor

City of Bangor, Hollywood Casino reach deal in tax dispute

By Nick McCrea on May 12, 2016, at 8:59 a.m.
Bangor and Hollywood Casino have settled a year-and-a-half-long dispute over the value of the gaming property.
Andy Rudzinski, superintendent of the Bangor Wastewater Treatment Plant, talks about the function  of the biofiltration tower at the plant. The media inside tower that aids the water treatment process needs to be replaced. Most of it was installed in 1992 when the plant started operation.

Price tag on Bangor’s wastewater plant project not so high after all

By Nick McCrea on May 11, 2016, at 4:31 p.m.
Bangor’s expensive overhaul of a vital piece of its wastewater treatment system won’t be quite so costly after all.
Members of Bangor Police Department's Special Response Team arrive on the seventh floor of Eastern Maine Medical Center's new expansion for an active shooter drill on May 11, 2016.

First responders prepare for worst during drill at Eastern Maine Medical Center

By Nick McCrea on May 11, 2016, at 1:59 p.m.
Members of the Bangor Police Department’s special response team stormed the seventh floor of Eastern Maine Medical Center’s new expansion Wednesday to put an end to a mock threat that everyone hopes will never actually happen.
Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster

Sheriff investigating assault allegation against St. Albans schoolteacher

By Nick McCrea on May 10, 2016, at 6:15 p.m.
Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said it was his understanding that the teacher at the prekindergarten-through-fourth-grade school has been placed on administrative leave.
Danielle Ripich, president of University of New England.

University of New England president retiring in 2017

By Nick McCrea on May 10, 2016, at 3:20 p.m.
The University of New England’s president will step down at the end of June after 11 years at the helm of the state’s largest private university.
The Bangor Police Department has requested $208,772 to purchase an armor-protected vehicle similar to this model made by Lenco in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Bangor council approves armored vehicle, Narcan for police

By Nick McCrea on May 09, 2016, at 10:43 p.m.
The City Council unanimously approved the measures during a meeting Monday night.
The Bangor Police Department has requested $208,772 to purchase an armor-protected vehicle similar to this model made by Lenco in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Savings in health insurance premiums and fuel costs would cover the purchase cost, according to Chief Mark Hathaway. Lenco Industries Inc. photo provided by Bangor Police Department.

Bangor City Council to vote Monday night on police department’s request for armored vehicle

By Nick McCrea on May 09, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
City councilors will decide Monday night whether to allow the Bangor Police Department to purchase an armored vehicle.
Dorr Lobster Co. will open a new seafood market in this former gas station on Broadway in Bangor later this month.

Fresh seafood market coming to former Broadway gas station

By Nick McCrea on May 09, 2016, at 8:08 a.m.
Dorr Lobster will open its Broadway location as early as Thursday, May 12.
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University of Maine students walk around campus during the Maine Day celebrations Wednesday in Orono.

Here’s how UMaine lured students ‘from away’ to boost enrollment

By Nick McCrea on May 07, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Maine’s flagship campus expects its incoming class of first-year students to dwarf its predecessor thanks in large part to its success attracting applicants from other states.
Signs posted around Interstate 395 in Bangor announce the road will be closed May 6-10.

Final warning: I-395 in Bangor closes Friday night

By Nick McCrea on May 06, 2016, at 5:06 p.m.
Part of Interstate 395 closes Friday night for at least three days while construction crews replace a bridge.
Abe Furth (left) and Heather Furth are planning to open an Orono Brewing Co. test brewery and tasting room in Bangor sometime in July. The pair also are  renovating the three floors above the future brewery into apartments.

Orono Brewing Co. expanding to downtown Bangor

By Nick McCrea on May 05, 2016, at 8:04 p.m.
Co-owners Abe and Heather Furth and Mark Horton have been renovating the narrow, four-story building at 26 State St., converting the upper three floors into a trio of loft-style apartments.
Superintendent of Bangor Schools Betsy Webb

Four drinking fountains at Bangor schools shut down for elevated lead levels

By Nick McCrea on May 05, 2016, at 6:35 p.m.
“Additional water samples from those fountains will be retested to confirm that the fixes put into place are successful before reopening them for service.”
Firefighters work to put out a fire on Wednesday at the building housing Blaze restaurant in downtown Bangor.

Blaze restaurant in Bangor back in business a day after fire

By Nick McCrea on May 05, 2016, at 6:13 p.m.
Less than 30 hours after a fire put Blaze restaurant in downtown Bangor out of commission, the eatery was serving dinner.
Firefighters work to put out a fire on Wednesday at the building housing Blaze restaurant in downtown Bangor.

Owner hopes to reopen quickly after fire at Bangor restaurant

By Nick McCrea on May 04, 2016, at 6:59 p.m.
A fire in one of the ventilation shafts behind Blaze forced about a dozen employees and patrons to flee the building at 16-18 Broad St.
Guy Dow

Data breach widens at Guilford school district as more employees complain of ID theft

By Nick McCrea on May 03, 2016, at 9:36 a.m.
SAD 4 isn’t the first district to be targeted by scammers this tax season.
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 Bill Rae, executive director of Manna Ministries, Inc., talks about the ministry Friday. Financial issues may force Manna Ministries to close its addiction treatment services in the next month.

Manna Ministries owes state $1.3 million for clinic mismanagement

By Nick McCrea on April 29, 2016, at 7:55 p.m.
Communications show Executive Director BIll Rae was uncooperative in meeting with DHHS to set up a plan for making good on the debt.
Ann Kirkpatrick, superintendent of SAD 4.

Data breach at Guilford-area schools leads to identity thefts

By Nick McCrea and Stuart Hedstrom on April 28, 2016, at 1:22 p.m.
The district said anyone who received a W-2 from the district during the last filing period should take steps to protect their identities.
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Gerry Palmer (right) laughs with Clara Swan during Swan's 104th birthday celebration at Husson University's Beardsley Meeting House in Bangor Thursday. Swan is a former graduate of Husson University and an inductee in the Maine basketball hall of fame.

LePage backs out of Husson celebration of Clara Swan’s 104th birthday

By Nick McCrea on April 28, 2016, at 12:55 p.m.
One of many friends and supporters scheduled to attend the celebration was Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a fellow Husson alumnus. The governor, however, backed out of the event two hours before it started, citing a change in his schedule.
Maine Career Connect and Maine State Chamber hosted a workforce development summit Wednesday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Pictured are from left, Peter DelGreco, Michael Aube and Joanna Russel.

Here are 3 takeaways from the Bangor workforce development conference

By Nick McCrea on April 27, 2016, at 2:48 p.m.
Maine faces huge challenges in coming years if it wants to reverse the trends of shrinking numbers of workers and an aging population.
Signs posted around Interstate 395 in Bangor announce the road will be closed May 6-10.

Detour planned for upcoming I-395 shutdown for bridge replacement

By Nick McCrea on April 26, 2016, at 1:27 p.m.
The Maine Department of Transportation will shut down a busy section of Interstate 395 during an extended weekend in May to replace a heavily used 57-year-old bridge.