February 21, 2015 |
Sometimes I wish Theatre Horizon still performed its musicals in a high school auditorium rather than in the 120-seat space it built in Norristown. I especially longed for a different venue recently every time Kristine Fraelich (as the Witch) belted out one of the songs from Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods that Bernadette Peters made famous and that Fraelich makes no less her own here. Instead, the tiny, odd backdrop of Maura Roche's cabinet-like set constrained Fraelich's voice like a storm thundering through a shoe box. I wished for the same bigger venue for the fantastic ensemble, as well.
February 21, 2015 |
Founded in 1835, St. Patrick's Church in Norristown is where many of the Irish immigrants who built the region's railroads worshiped and rejoiced amid the skirl of bagpipes. Fast-forward almost two centuries, and many St. Patrick's worshipers are speaking Spanish, with mariachi trumpets in the air. Starting about a decade ago, 1,000 to 1,500 Mexican immigrant families from the borough's burgeoning Hispanic population joined the church, spurring diversity with bilingual Masses and bringing vitality to a parish that 25 years ago closed its school because it couldn't draw enough students.
February 9, 2015 |
Silvano Pieri survived World War II in a small village near Lucca, Italy, and came to America in 1946. A retired lamp-maker, Pieri has hands as big and tough as catcher's mitts and his accent is as thick as tomato paste. But when he rolls a bocce ball with his classic soft touch, it looks like a supple hand gently turning a key. The secret to his game: "Lots of concentration. It comes from up here," Pieri said, tapping his brow Wednesday night at the Mount Carmel Bocce Club in Norristown.
February 8, 2015 |
Freda Scriber said she recognized her daughter right away when she saw her on the TV news early Wednesday. Beverly Ann Brinkley was being helped by Norristown firefighters from the balcony of her fourth-floor apartment. Smoke was billowing out of the windows, and flames shot high into the dark night. That image gave Scriber hope. But as Wednesday wore on, calls to her daughter's cellphone went unanswered. And no one at the local shelter set up for victims of the apartment-house fire was able to provide her daughter's whereabouts.
February 8, 2015 |
More than twice the legal limit of alcohol for drivers, with a side of cocaine, coursed through Nicholas Chaban when he received a DUI citation in December 2013. By September, he had racked up three more. Chaban, 54, former chief financial officer for the Philadelphia health-care provider Mazzoni Center, pleaded guilty Friday to all four DUIs, as well as trespassing and drug-possession charges that came in May after he was bounced from a Conshohocken bar. "I've got five files in front of me," said Montgomery County Court Judge Cheryl Austin.
February 7, 2015 |
A four-alarm apartment fire that left one woman dead in Norristown early Wednesday is being investigated by local fire crews but does not appear to be criminal in nature, the Norristown fire chief said Thursday. Walter I. Hofman, Montgomery County coroner, said the woman, who was older than 50, died of soot and smoke inhalation. The coroner's office was working to locate next of kin before releasing the woman's name or other identifying information, Hofman said. Firefighters had tried to rescue the woman from her fourth-floor unit at the Norris Apartments on the 600 block of Swede Street, fire officials said.
January 30, 2015 |
Mason Hall and Mike Johnson recorded third-period pins in the final two weight classes Wednesday night to help Norristown come from behind and defeat visiting Upper Moreland, 41-36, in a Suburban One American wrestling match. Hall (145 pounds) squeaked in his pin in 5 minutes, 58 seconds to put the Eagles within 36-35. Johnson (152) then took down his opponent in 5:26 to seal the victory. Rich Maggio earned a 6-2 decision at 138 to start Norristown's late run. Dom DeLaurentis (170, 1:57)
January 28, 2015 |
After nearly a year on the job, Montgomery County Sheriff Russell J. Bono announced Monday that he will run for a full term in November. Bono, a Republican, was appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett last March to fill out the remainder of Eileen Whalon Behr's four-year term. She resigned to lead the police department at Drexel University. At a news conference Monday, Bono, 67, said he would be "the kind of sheriff that our county demands - a full-time sheriff with a law enforcement background who understands the day-to-day demands of this department.
December 28, 2014
BASKETBALL VARSITY CLUB HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT Garnet Valley 46, Academy Park 23: Macy Goldbach scored 10 points to go along with five rebounds, four steals, and one assist for the host Jaguars. West Chester Henderson 51, Archmere 46: Jenna Maratea netted 17 points. Emma Bertrando added 11 points. TROJAN HOLIDAY CLASSIC Perkiomen Valley 47, Souderton 35: K.T. Armstrong and Megan Jonassen each scored 19 points to lead the Vikings at Wissahickon. Truman 49, Wissahickon 46: Darnella McMillan netted 11 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, to lead the Tigers.
December 26, 2014 |
A mother and daughter stood before a Christmas tree in Norristown last week, smiling and hugging. But it was no ordinary family Christmas. The 10-year-old girl and her mother had just been reunited after seven years apart. Hours after their reunion, they visited the ACLAMO Family Center in Norristown to thank the social service organization for help with the final leg of the young girl's journey from Honduras. The organization - ACLAMO stands for Accion Comunal Latino Americano de Montgomery County - serves Latino and low-income residents in Montgomery County.