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December 9, 2009 | By Derrick Nunnally, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a crowded sandwich-eating world of hoagies, grinders, subs, heroes, and po'boys, Norristown's own zep flies somewhat beneath the radar. But in certain quarters, the intensely local, seven-decade meat-on-a-roll tradition is so closely associated with its birthplace to qualify as the Montgomery County version of Proust's madeleine. "You take any Norristown kid from the '50s and you give him now, 50 years later, a zep," said Jerry Spinelli, 68, a children's book author and Norristown native, "and he will be transported back to his hometown.
NEWS
February 21, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 30, 1997 | For The Inquirer / JIM ROESE
Nobody was hurt - not even the family cat - but a roof fire in Norristown caused $75,000 worth of damage yesterday afternoon at a residence on Roberts Circle. Roofers had been working at the site, fire officials said.
SPORTS
January 8, 2009 | By Keith Pompey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There may not be a boys' basketball team in Southeastern Pennsylvania more overlooked than Norristown. The Eagles weren't taken seriously for much of last season before advancing to the PIAA Class AAAA state championship game. Although three starters returned to the team this season, critics thought this would be a rebuilding year. It turns out that people had better start paying closer attention to Norristown. The Eagles defeated Plymouth Whitemarsh, 45-41, in last night's Suburban One American first-place showdown at the Colonial Elementary School gym. "This victory means everything, because we are the underdog everywhere we go," Norristown senior Lorenzo Christmas said.
NEWS
June 7, 2006 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The trial of a "regular, hardworking guy" accused of corrupting Norristown's top administrator began yesterday with a hint of more questionable conduct in the local government. Thomas D. Carbo, a paving contractor from Devon, was indicted as part of a case brought last year against Norristown's former municipal administrator, Anthony Biondi. Biondi has pleaded guilty. Carbo is accused of helping Biondi hide a business relationship he maintained with Carbo and another contractor between 2001 and 2004, when Biondi awarded the businessmen more than $100,000 in paving and snow-plowing jobs.
NEWS
June 15, 2007 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors yesterday concluded their investigation into municipal corruption in Norristown with the sentencing of two contractors accused of collusion with a local official. James H. Jones, a landscape contractor, received 10 months in prison for lying to a grand jury about his dealings with Norristown's former Administrator Anthony Biondi. Also sentenced was Lawrence Mazzerle, a paving contractor who cooperated in the investigation and received three months in prison and one year of house arrest.
NEWS
November 14, 1995 | By Rena Singer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
These were happy times for Leonard E. "Skip" Morano. The 51-year-old Stanbridge Street resident had secured a steady job and had just asked Margret Schilling, 24, to marry him. The couple were planning a winter wedding, friends said. Friday, Schilling stopped by AJ's Pub & Grill in Norristown, as she often did, to meet Morano after he finished stocking the restaurant's storerooms and busing its tables. The walk home that evening was their last. According to police, a driver traveling 20 m.p.h.
SPORTS
February 6, 1999 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
With Eric Wiggins forcing Matt Carroll into his worst shooting performance of the season, Norristown rolled to a 68-49 home victory over Hatboro-Horsham last night. It was the Eagles' eighth straight win, and they remained undefeated against District 1 opponents this season. Wiggins, a 6-foot-3 forward, held the 6-6 Carroll, who was averaging just over 27 points per game, to 10 points on 3 for 14 shooting from the field. "Eric Wiggins is the best defensive player in the state," Norristown junior point guard Marques Green said.
NEWS
November 1, 1986 | By ANN GERHART, Daily News Staff Writer
Joseph Cicippio's family said they had hoped his new marriage to a Lebanese woman and his conversion to Islam would protect the Beirut university official from a capricious snatch by revolutionaries. But their fears nagged at them. And since the abduction of the 56-year-old Norristown native Sept. 12, the family has been clinging to a fervent hope that everything would work out all right - and a short glimpse of a shadowy Polaroid photo showing a thinner and tired Cicippio.
NEWS
January 6, 1991 | By Ward Allebach, Special to The Inquirer
With nearly $1.7 million for redevelopment, Pamela Turner said it won't be long before Norristown isn't what it used to be. Turner was hired six weeks ago to fill the newly created position of Main Street manager, a job in which she will oversee the redevelopment and promotion of the borough's downtown district. "I'm sure the outside doesn't know what's here anymore," said Turner. "So much has been done already . . . and people don't even realize it yet. " Of the redevelopment money, about $1.5 million is in federal funding.
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February 21, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
February 21, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 9, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By John Moritz, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By John Moritz, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
January 30, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
NEWS
January 28, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 26, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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