Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 
Bangor’s property tax rate is likely to go up, but some of the city’s homeowners won’t be seeing a higher tax bill.

Bangor’s tax rate projected to increase 2.5 percent, but many residents might pay less

By Nick McCrea on June 24, 2016, at 3:17 p.m.
Bangor’s property tax rate is likely to go up, but some of the city’s homeowners won’t be seeing a higher tax bill.
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Several police agencies search the yard of a New Boston Road home for the remains of Sharon Smith, a Bangor woman missing since 1980, on Thursday in Hermon.

Digging on Hermon property fails to uncover missing woman’s remains

By Nick McCrea on June 23, 2016, at 5:32 p.m.
A Thursday search for a Bangor woman missing since 1980 failed to turn up her remains, but police also combed the area for trace evidence related to her disappearance.
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Relatives of George Gilks, a suspect in the disappearance of a Bangor woman in 1980, watch as the front yard of their Hermon home on New Boston Road is dug up Thursday. The Bangor Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, Maine State Police and Penobscot Sheriff's Deputies were at the scene searching for any evidence related to the disappearance of Sharon Smith, who was reported missing Sept. 4, 1980.

‘New information’ prompts police dig in Hermon for woman missing since 1980

By Nick McCrea and Ryan McLaughlin on June 23, 2016, at 9:38 a.m.
Crews were at the scene of a home Thursday morning on New Boston Road in Hermon excavating a lawn in hopes of recovering the body of a woman who has been missing since 1980.
Amanda Bushwood (center) and daughters Madilyn (right), 8, and Emma, 4, enjoy lunch on Tuesday afternoon at the Bangor Housing Authority community center. The family is one of many who may soon benefit from a proposal for free Wi-Fi in the Capehart neighborhood that can only be accessed by students in the Bangor school system with a school-issued device.

Bangor wireless project could help ‘level the playing field’ for students

By Nick McCrea on June 22, 2016, at 6:13 a.m.
“We’re hoping to have this running in time for school [this fall].”
Pedestrians cross State Street over a faded crosswalk in downtown Bangor. The city plans to paint the sidewalk using rainbow colors in recognition of Pride Week. The crosswalk is near the memorial of Charlie Howard, a young gay man who was thrown from a bridge 32 years ago because he was gay.

Bangor to paint rainbow crosswalk for Pride Week

By Nick McCrea on June 21, 2016, at 11:29 a.m.
Bangor will re-stripe a downtown crosswalk using the colors of the rainbow in recognition of upcoming Pride Week festivities.
The historic downtown building at 73 Central St. can be seen Monday in Bangor. The city hopes to take over the building, which has been vacant for years.

Bangor pushes for takeover of historic downtown property for unpaid taxes

By Nick McCrea on June 20, 2016, at 3:55 p.m.
Bangor hopes to take over a prominent, long underused downtown property for unpaid taxes, opening the site to potential redevelopment.
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Bangor officials are considering providing free wireless internet in the Capehart neighborhood of Bangor to ensure student in one of the city's poorest areas have access to reliable internet.

Bangor considers installing free internet for students in Capehart

By Nick McCrea on June 18, 2016, at 2:47 p.m.
Bangor is weighing whether to install free public Wi-Fi in one of its lowest-income neighborhoods to ensure students have adequate internet access after school.
Manna Inc. in Bangor as seen Friday, June 17, 2016.

Manna misses filing deadline, but continues providing service to hungry

By Nick McCrea on June 18, 2016, at 1 a.m.
This marked the sixth consecutive year the beleaguered nonprofit failed to file its annual report with the state to preserve its standing as a corporation.
The Maine Charter School Commission weighs applications to open new schools in 2016 during a meeting in Augusta in this November 2015 file photo.

Three groups interested in last charter school slot in Maine

By Nick McCrea on June 16, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
Three groups say they plan to apply for the last available charter school slot in the state.
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Bugaboo Creek can be seen in Bangor in this December 2014 file photo.

Bugaboo Creek restaurant closes after nearly two decades in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on June 14, 2016, at 4:58 p.m.
Bugaboo Creek, a steakhouse known for the talking animatronic animals on its walls, has closed the doors of its Bangor restaurant.
This is an artist's rendering of what the Maine Troop Greeters museum might look like at Bangor International Airport. The Greeters have launched a fundraising effort in hopes of moving forward with the project, which is expected to cost about $300,000, according to organizers.

Soldier who played national anthem on sax returns to Bangor to boost troop greeters museum

By Nick McCrea on June 14, 2016, at 4:52 p.m.
A familiar face visited Bangor to help announce the launch of a public effort to raise $500,000 to memorialize and preserve the legacy of the Maine Troop Greeters.
Umami Noodle Bar in downtown Bangor has been closed for a week because of a collapsed sewer line connection. The building's owner will have to hire a contractor to dig up a portion of Main Street and fix the problem.

Bangor noodle eatery reopens after 21-day closure

By Nick McCrea on June 14, 2016, at 1:40 p.m.
Umami Noodle Bar in downtown Bangor reopened Tuesday after a long, unexpected hiatus.
Linda K. Schott

UMPI president announces departure for Oregon post

By Nick McCrea on June 13, 2016, at 8:59 p.m.
University of Maine at Presque Isle President Linda Schott is leaving to lead Southern Oregon University.
Bangor Fire Chief Tom Higgins

Bangor approves fees for excessive nonemergency calls

By Nick McCrea on June 13, 2016, at 8:44 p.m.
Bangor residents and businesses who call for emergency aid when there is no emergency now face a fee if they do it too often.
Recent high school graduates Demetri Maxim (left), Gould Academy, and Paige Brown (right), Bangor High School, meet Dr. Sten Lindahl, chair emeritus of the Nobel Assembly in Physiology or Medicine, on Monday at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Both of the recent graduates received prestigious national science awards in high school.

Young Maine scientists meet man who helped pick Nobel Prize winners

By Nick McCrea on June 13, 2016, at 4:37 p.m.
A pair of promising Maine scientists fresh out of high school met one of the people who knows what it takes to win the prestigious honor.
People board buses in Pickering Square in downtown Bangor recently.

Bangor’s run-down bus system gets a boost

By Nick McCrea on June 13, 2016, at 6:11 a.m.
This year’s interest in Community Connector helped convince councilors to pump $528,000 in new funding into the bus system for fiscal year 2017, which could help turn the tide.
Siren blaring and lights flashing, a Bangor Fire Department ambulance rolls across the Washington Street bridge spanning the Kenduskeag Stream about noon on Sunday, March 3, 2013.

Bangor council to decide new fees for excessive nonemergency calls

By Nick McCrea on June 10, 2016, at 4:56 p.m.
The Bangor City Council is expected to decide whether to institute new fees aimed at cutting down the number of repetitive, unnecessary calls for emergency help during a meeting Monday night.
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The approach to the Interstate 95 and Hogan Road interchange can be seen on Thursday in Bangor.

Here’s what it would be like to drive through the Hogan Road ‘diverging diamond’

By Nick McCrea on June 10, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
Having trouble wrapping your head around what a diverging diamond interchange is? These videos might help clear it up.
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A Maine Department of Transportation diagram shows a proposal for a re-designed traffic flow pattern on the Hogan Road bridge over I-95 in Bangor.

Plan for unusual I-95 Hogan Road exit finds early support

By Nick McCrea on June 09, 2016, at 9:23 p.m.
The state wants to redesign Exit 187 as a “diverging diamond interchange.”
Umami Noodle Bar in downtown Bangor has been closed for a week because of a collapsed sewer line connection.

Bangor noodle eatery Umami could reopen Friday

By Nick McCrea on June 09, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
A construction crew will dig up a portion of Main Street in downtown Bangor Thursday night to replace a collapsed sewer line that forced a popular restaurant to shut down two weeks ago.