February 17, 2014 |
The project to transform an old Norristown shopping center into a movie studio was supposed to bring the glitz and fortune of Hollywood to the sagging seat of Montgomery County. Build it and filmmakers will come. Build it and jobs will come and lift Norristown to prosperity. That dream fizzled like a box-office bomb last May, when the project's investor filed for foreclosure against the developer. The forlorn shopping center, Logan Square, sits half-empty, its fate likely to be announced in the coming weeks.
February 17, 2014 |
NORRISTOWN On a muggy summer night in 1976, at a Christian festival where recovered addicts, ex-gang members, and fresh-faced believers worshiped under the Western Pennsylvania stars, Peggy Johnson asked a group of elders to heal her. Johnson had been partially blind since birth. That night, she removed her prosthetic left eye, placed it on an altar and let the leaders lay their hands on her. Nothing changed. If she had more faith, she remembers being told, it would have been different.
February 2, 2014 |
Plymouth Whitemarsh's team defense ended Norristown's title defense on Friday night. The Colonials defeated the visiting Eagles, 56-44, to clinch their first Suburban One American regular-season boys' basketball title since 2011, with two games to play. Plymouth Whitemarsh pulled away with a dominant defensive run that bridged the third and fourth quarters, during which it allowed just three points on 13 possessions. Jimmy Murray scored 10 of his 19 points during a 21-7 third quarter for the Colonials, and Andre Mitchell also netted 19 points.
January 31, 2014 |
THE so-called Swiss Cheese Pervert is receiving "inpatient treatment," a judge was told yesterday. Just what type of treatment Christopher Pagano is undergoing was not revealed in court by his lawyer, Richard Quinton Hark, who also declined to specify it during an interview. Pagano, the Norristown man arrested in January for flashing his cheese-accessorized penis, was not in court to hear that his preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 10. The District Attorney's Office also informed Municipal Judge Wendy L. Pew that it will try Pagano by a jury rather than by judge, which it has a legal right to do despite the charges being misdemeanors.
January 30, 2014 |
Steve Harner earned his 300th victory as a wrestling coach when Conestoga defeated visiting Haverford High, 32-25, Tuesday night. The win was Harner's 75th since he became Pioneers coach in 2008. He also coached at his alma mater, Norristown, from 1985-2004, and was inducted into the Southeastern Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in '08. Since 1978, Harner also has coached at Clarion Area and Bishop Kenrick High Schools, Ursinus College, and Williamson Free Trade School.
January 17, 2014 |
THE NEARLY weeklong saga of Mayfair's "Swiss Cheese Pervert" is over, and the man allegedly behind the lactose lewdness was being grilled by police yesterday. Chris Pagano, 41, was arrested outside his home on Noble Street near Airy in Norristown early yesterday by officers from the borough's police department and detectives from Philadelphia police's Special Victims Unit. Neighbors who watched the scene unfold said cops staked out Pagano's home for about an hour, and had their guns drawn when he finally answered the door.
December 27, 2013 |
NORRISTOWN The arrest last week of Norristown lawyer Gregory R. Noonan on drug charges isn't just your ordinary case of an attorney being accused of dealing drugs. At the same time that Montgomery County prosecutors were investigating Noonan for dealing in a controlled substance, they were squaring off against him in court, where he was representing a Souderton doctor on similar charges. The two cases, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said, were a blow against the county's rising problem of "opiate abuse in both children and adults.
December 19, 2013 |
NORRISTOWN At the urging of gay rights activists, United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson said Tuesday that some policies in the church's book of discipline are discriminatory toward homosexuals. Johnson, who oversees the church's eastern Pennsylvania Conference, said bans on ordaining homosexuals and performing same-sex weddings contradict other church doctrines that call for the inclusion of people of all sexual orientations. "This has led to confusion by many from the outside of the church," Johnson said in a statement, "wondering how we can talk out of two sides of our mouths.
December 13, 2013 |
Norristown wrestling coach Mark Harner was talking to a coach at rival Plymouth Whitemarsh recently. They were arguing about John Staudenmayer, a Colonials wrestler who won a state championship in 2011. "At least I had a state champion," the coach said about Staudenmayer, whose brother Justin placed seventh at states last season. "No you didn't," replied Harner, a 10-year coach. "Mr. and Mrs. Staudenmayer had a state champion. " Harner's point underlies an issue that he said will cause the Eagles to struggle to beat any team this season.
November 21, 2013 |
CRAIG CLIFFORD Rucker was one of those guys you couldn't help liking. He was naturally upbeat, smiling and happy, even when he became disabled and couldn't get around much anymore. Craig suffered from diabetes and kidney disease that ultimately limited his movements. After a wait of three years, he was able to get into a Philadelphia Housing Authority house for the handicapped. Even there, and dependent on a walker, he didn't let his condition defeat him. He couldn't work anymore, but he would put some flea-market-type items out front and sell them.