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BANGOR – If you’ve ordered a drink at a bar or restaurant in Bangor lately, you may not have noticed your server keeping a closer eye on you. A new ordinance involving those who serve alcohol, which was passed by the Bangor City Council on April 9, officially took effect this month. The new rules require all staff of city-based liquor licensees who serve alcoholic beverages, including servers and bartenders, to successfully pass a Training for Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS) course.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 11:21

Binge alert: Your neighbors might be spies

Although we’re on the cusp of the fall TV season, where many networks will kick off their new September offerings in the next few weeks, video streaming continues to be the broadcast industry’s disruptor. With a constant shift in their programming, services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu continue to grow by giving past and current shows another life in a commercial-free format that continues to attract millions of subscribers.

More often than not, many of these shows have already lived out their broadcast lives. Yet in some cases these shows are still on the air or will be soon completing their final seasons, and these hidden gems are available when you want.

What may be more of a long-term concern for the broadcast industry is the likes of Netflix and Amazon are offering their own original programming, and some of it is damn good. In fact, some of these shows are on par with some of the best productions ABC or CBS has to offer. And for second-tier networks like TBS, TNT or SyFy, it’s a chance for viewers who typically don’t tune in to see great programming that may otherwise have been ignored or forgotten.

It’s been known as sweeps month – the time when networks air their best offerings to gain ratings for the upcoming advertising season. Yet it’s also a time when you’ll see some of the best story lines, plot twists and cliffhangers that keep you coming back for more.

The networks are good about showcasing their main programs, sure. But some of the best television entertainment is off the main networks and lies within what we call second-tier programming. In fact, networks like SyFy, AMC and TNT offer such quality that they have gained a solid following.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 13:14

Black Bear Brewing making tracks to Bangor

BANGOR – Orono’s popular Black Bear Brewing is making tracks to Bangor; the company will open its new taproom this Friday in the Nichols Block on Exchange Street.

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:24

Binge alert – The Cylons are back

October brings some binge-worthy favorites

A big win, but was it?

The case against Bill Cosby heated up last week when the now-disgraced actor and comedian appeared in court as part of a string of pretrial appearances related to his alleged sexual assault against a former Temple University employee.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 01:00

Criminal Mischief (03-08-2017)

Escapees steal, then crash SUV

SOUTH PORTLAND – Three men who escaped from the Long Creek Detention Center are back in custody after they stole an SUV last week and led police on a short chase that ended when they crashed.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 14:34

Growing Maine's economy

While growth exists, the state still lags the U.S. economically

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 12:21

Where it all comes full circle

For Joan Osborne, her career has returned to its roots

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 12:35

Fourth of July fundraiser kicks off

Beal, EMCC selected as this year's Grand Marshals

BANGOR The Greater Bangor 4th of July Corporation kicked off its annual campaign last week to raise funds for the Independence Day parade, charity concert and fireworks display.

In its first few weeks, the campaign raised over $15,000 toward what organizers say is the $30,000 goal this year to fund parade units, concert costs and the fireworks display taking place that night alongside the Penobscot River.

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