With a 3-day work stoppage to begin tomorrow, unionized nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center have filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Bangor hospital.In a report filed with the National Labor Relations Board yesterday, nurses say the hospital has not provided them with the necessary information to effectively negotiate and reach a settlement.Nurses say in order to prove current staffing levels are inadequate, they want the hospital to provide them with some statistics.
A Brooks man who allegedly smashed the window of his girlfriend’s car while a child was inside it has been released from jail.Police say 25-year-old Charles Beckett was arrested on Tuesday on a string of charges including domestic violence assault and endangering the welfare of a child.The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said Beckett had a fight with his girlfriend at his home.After the dispute, she called another male friend asking him to come get her and a child that was with her.When she and the 2-year-old got into a pickup truck, Beckett allegedly hopped into the back and smashed the rear window.He is scheduled to appear in court on December 7th.
Bangor city leaders met Thursday night to discuss just how much it’s going to cost replace a long-standing local landmark.City Councilors and residents were given a presentation by the architect and construction manager on a new Bangor arena and renovated civic center.The price tag was revealed Thursday, and it was nearly 80-million dollars.The cost is a big one, which has some people wondering if a vote on the matter should be made by the people, not just the council.While details of the finances of the project were not discussed at Thursday’s meeting, they will be at a workshop scheduled for Monday night.That meeting is before the Council meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
The republican nominee for house speaker says a long-settled Medicaid mix-up involving his former business was the result of a misinterpretation of billing rules.State records show the Oakland Pharmacy owned by representative Robert Nutting over-billed the state 1.6-million dollars for adult diapers and other incontinence supplies.Department of Health and Human Services records show the business repaid more then $430,000 after filing for bankruptcy in 2003.The issue resurfaced after Nutting was nominated for house speaker.Nutting says a misinterpretation of the state’s reimbursement formula led to the problem.
Today, local residents protested against unfair work conditions.The Food and Medicine Organization rallied in front of Bangor’s Federal Building to raise awareness about employee wage theft.They say too many employees go illegally unpaid or under-paid every year.Their cause touched a local janitor whose employer misclassified him as an independent contractor.
There was a protest in Bangor today over unfair work conditions.The food and medicine organization rallied in front of Bangor’s Federal Building to raise awareness about what they say is employee wage theft.They say too many workers are illegally unpaid or under-paid every year.Their cause resonated with a local custodian whose employer misclassified him as an independent contractor.
An average Thursday for Ed Quinn means sitting by the fire in a circle of women.”They have to put up with me!”The women are actually part of a knitting club that visits Ed’s retirement home.”At night things are quiet here, so I wanted to find something to do.”So, he joined them.
A local radio station event to collect hundreds of turkeys in time for Thanksgiving is now over, but organizers say they more than met their goal this year.Radio personality “the Kid”, from Z107.3, has been camping in the parking lot at the Brewer Hannaford all week, collecting turkeys for families in need this holiday.Thursday, he was joined by some members of the Army ROTC from the University of Maine who gave away T-shirts and other stuff to folks who turned in donations.Kid says the weather wasn’t great this week, but it didn’t stop them from from surpassing their goal of 2,010 turkeys.At last check, they’d collected over 2,400 turkeys since Tuesday morning.They all go to Manna Ministries in Bangor, which will pass them out to area families.Manna still needs hundreds more turkeys reach their goal this year.
Nine Mainers who stepped up in times of need and wound up saving lives were honored Thursday.The Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross hosted its annual Real Heroes Breakfast in Bangor.It is the 14th year for the event.Among this year’s heroes is 5th grader Kameron Seger, who performed CPR on his mother and saved her life.Some of the heroes recognized pulled people from burning homes and vehicles, others saved someone from drowning.Each one of them will tell you they only did what they had to do.Penobscot County Commissioners received the “Extra Mile” hero award.They helped Pine Tree Chapter move into a new county-owned property on Hammond St.Viewers will get a chance to meet this year’s Red Cross Real Heroes starting next week.We will air their stories beginning Monday on the TV5 morning news and TV5 news at 5.
There will be an art walk in downtown Bangor Friday night.The Downtown Bangor Arts Collaborative is hosting it.Folks are invited to walk around downtown and view the works of more than seventy local artists at nearly two dozen different venues.Art students from Bangor and Brewer High Schools will have their work displayed at the Maine Discovery Museum on Main St.For a complete list of artists and locations, visit one of the four host locations in Bangor.