Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 
Online home furnishings company Wayfair will open a pair of facilities in Maine, bringing 450 jobs to Bangor, at the L.L. Bean call center seen here in this January 2016 file photo, and 500 to Brunswick.

Bangor to spend $1 million on call center improvements

By Nick McCrea on March 28, 2016, at 9:41 p.m.
Bangor’s economic development director said the work would have been needed eventually regardless of whether the city had a tenant to immediately replace L.L. Bean.
Bangor developer Roy Hubbard held an open house at the recently renovated Dakin Building apartments in Bangor.

High-end apartments completed in downtown Bangor

By Nick McCrea on March 28, 2016, at 12:28 p.m.
The renovation of the long-vacant former Dakin Sporting Goods building overlooking downtown Bangor’s West Market Square is complete after two years and a $2 million investment.
Bottles & Cans, a downtown market that opened its doors at 48 Main St. in November 2014, will close its doors at the end of the month.

Bangor market Bottles and Cans shutting down

By Nick McCrea on March 25, 2016, at 5:18 p.m.
The market opened in November 2014, hoping to serve as a convenient community bodega.
Ryan Jones

AG’s office: Bangor officer justified in fatal December shooting

By Nick McCrea and Ryan McLaughlin on March 25, 2016, at 3:59 p.m.
The state attorney general’s office has ruled a Bangor police officer was acting in self-defense in a December shooting that killed an Ellsworth man.
State Street Wine Cellar announced on Facebook that they will be closing this Saturday.

State Street Wine Cellar in Bangor to close

By Nick McCrea on March 25, 2016, at 3:07 p.m.
The State Street Wine Cellar will close its doors Saturday after 12 years in business after the building’s owners decided not to renew the shop’s lease.
Children make their way home after classes on Thursday at the Fairmount School in Bangor.

Bangor School Department unveils proposed budget

By Nick McCrea on March 24, 2016, at 4:25 p.m.
Bangor School Committee members got a first look at a nearly $44.7 million proposed budget for the next fiscal year.
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A rendering shows the future of the Bangor Waterfront as envisioned by FTL Design Engineering Studio, a New York-based firm. The City Council Business and Economic Development Committee gave city staff the go-ahead to gather cost estimates, create timelines and discuss with concert promoter Waterfront Concerts who might pay for various items in the proposal.

Changes planned for Bangor Waterfront, concert venue

By Nick McCrea on March 24, 2016, at 6:56 a.m.
People visiting the city’s waterfront this summer should expect to see some big changes.
Firefighters from Bangor and several surrounding towns doused flames that broke out at Rice/Allied Glass on Hammond Street in Bangor late Wednesday night.

Bangor glass business burns in overnight fire

By Nick McCrea on March 24, 2016, at 6:18 a.m.
A Bangor business sustained severe fire damage Wednesday night, but firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to a nearby building.
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Bangor High School students in the graduating class of 2013 at the Cross Insurance Center for their commencement ceremony June 9, 2013.

Scheduling conflict moves Bangor High School’s graduation to Orono

By Nick McCrea on March 22, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
For the first time in recent memory, Bangor High School graduates won’t be tossing up their mortar boards in Bangor this year.
Bangor Fire Chief Tom Higgins

Bangor considers fees for excessive nonemergency calls

By Nick McCrea on March 21, 2016, at 8:46 p.m.
“We’re not trying to penalize these people,” Fire Chief Tom Higgins said. “We’re trying to get them to make a more appropriate decision.”
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The logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street is seen in this December 10, 2014, file photo illustration.

Uber announces official launch in Bangor, Lewiston

By Nick McCrea on March 21, 2016, at 5:34 p.m.
“Our mission is to make transportation as reliable as running water for everyone everywhere,” said Cathy Zhou, general manager of Uber New England.
Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, speaks during Maine's Conference on Problem Gambling Awareness at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor on Friday.

Invisible addiction: Maine groups look for ways to fight problem gambling

By Nick McCrea on March 18, 2016, at 6:22 p.m.
National survey data indicates that 85 percent of Americans say they have gambled at least once.
Work continues on the Union Street bridge over I-95 in Bangor.

DOT on track to finish Bangor’s Union Street bridge 5 months early

By Nick McCrea on March 18, 2016, at 7:35 a.m.
Commuters’ headaches should end in June or July instead of November, as planners originally projected.
University of Maine students move into campus to start the 2014 school year.

UMaine creates waitlist after receiving record number of applications

By Nick McCrea on March 17, 2016, at 1:55 p.m.
The longest-serving admissions employee, who has been at the university 30 years, can’t remember it happening.
Traffic congestion can be seen Wednesday on Broadway in Bangor between I-95 and Husson University.

Early stages of major overhaul of Broadway to begin this year

By Nick McCrea on March 16, 2016, at 6:51 p.m.
One potential change would involve closing the main entrance to the Broadway Shopping Center and expanding the secondary entrance near Governor’s Restaurant.
Peter R. D'Errico stands outside his namesake passenger terminal after the naming ceremony on Wednesday at Bangor International Airport in Bangor.

Bangor honors ‘father of the airport’ by naming terminal after him

By Nick McCrea on March 16, 2016, at 1:26 p.m.
“Bangor would not be the city it is now without the infrastructure work [Peter D’Errico] led.”
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Students board the bus after the first day of school at Vine Street School in Bangor on Sept. 2, 2014.

Three Bangor schools to experiment with free breakfast, lunch for all students

By Nick McCrea on March 15, 2016, at 1:25 p.m.
Three Bangor schools with high numbers of students from low-income families will provide all students with free breakfast and lunch starting April 1.
Bangor Water District service manager David Knowles inspects a section of Short Street in Bangor that has water bubbling from under it after a water main burst in Bangor in this December 2013 file photo.

Miles of century-plus-old pipes in Bangor eyed for replacement

By Nick McCrea on March 14, 2016, at 8:14 p.m.
Under Bangor’s city streets, 200 miles of pipe carry water into homes and businesses, but nearly 30 percent of those pipes are more than a century old and at risk of failing.
The University of Maine System's office in downtown Bangor as seen in this March 2015 file photo. The system's board of trustees announced a move to freeze in-state tuition for the sixth straight year.

UMaine System freezes in-state tuition for 6th straight year

By Nick McCrea on March 14, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage has told trustees he would propose a supplemental budget in January, including about $7.5 million more in funding for the system, if the university system agreed to stall a tuition hike.
Stephen King talks with the BDN in 2014.

University trustees expected to approve Stephen King professorship

By Nick McCrea on March 11, 2016, at 8:17 p.m.
BANGOR | A University of Maine professorship honoring its most famous graduate is expected to get the rubber stamp during a meeting of the university system’s board of trustees on Monday. The trustees will meet on Sunday and Monday at the Olsen Student Center at the University of Maine …