May 14, 2015 |
Ruth H. Loudon, 97, of Norristown, a banker so successful that she was coaxed out of retirement at age 74 to help build a local business, died Thursday, May 7, at home. Mrs. Loudon had put in a normal five-hour day Thursday at Systems Solution Inc. in King of Prussia, where she began work in 1992 after a long career in banking. She was found reclining in her favorite chair. Her death was due to heart failure. Mrs. Loudon's assignment at Systems Solution was to apply her years of experience, old-school work ethic, and patience to the task of expanding the business from just four workers to a company with 70 employees operating in a multitude of states.
May 10, 2015 |
From the street, Bob Shoudt's home looks like any other in his King of Prussia neighborhood. The red brick and white siding is like his neighbors', and flower beds surround the walkway. The front door squeaks when it opens, and there is a staircase in the kitchen that leads to a basement. Therein lies what makes the home unique - the gathered fruit of a 51-year coaching career. Cases and shelves, featuring dozens of autographed baseballs, signed football helmets and track & field medals, cover the wall farthest from the stairs.
May 1, 2015 |
Earlier this week, at a party in New York to celebrate her book Whatever . . . Love Is Love , Norristown-born actress Maria Bello watched as her father had celebrity chef Mario Batali put salami directly into his mouth. "My dad was definitely the king," Bello said with pride. Bello's memories of her father, though, did not always elicit such pride. The third chapter of her book begins as Bello recalls asking her father, "Dad, do you remember when you chased us through the backyard with a gun?"
April 17, 2015 |
Elana Baurer is a bulldog, eager for a just fight, former professors say. Maheen Kaleem is more reserved. The child of Pakistani immigrants, she remembers feeling out of place growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her mentors were impressed by her empathy for children and families. Baurer was raised in a Jewish family in Lower Merion. Kaleem grew up Muslim in California. Differences aside, the two lawyers speak nearly with one voice about why they devote untold hours of their free time, for no pay, to help juvenile offenders return to school after their release.
March 25, 2015 |
A middle school math teacher from Bucks County pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with one of her students. Jessica Streeper, 34, of Doylestown, was charged last year with having an inappropriate relationship with a student in her eighth-grade class at Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy in Norristown. Streeper pleaded guilty Monday to one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, said Assistant District Attorney Sophia Polites. The felony charge has a maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison, Polites said.
March 14, 2015 |
The PIAA quarterfinal-round boys' basketball playoffs are on tap this weekend. The area is well-represented, with at least one local team involved in 10 of the 16 contests. The action is highlighted by a Class AAAA doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Norristown. Pennsbury will clash with Roman Catholic at 3 p.m., and Martin Luther King will square off against Plymouth Whitemarsh at 5:30. In the top half of the Class AA bracket on Saturday, a pair of District 12 squads, Conwell-Egan and Mastery North, look to keep their seasons alive against District 2 champ Mid Valley and District 4 titlist Loyalsock Township, respectively.
February 27, 2015 |
To Michael Anthony Daly, detectives said, dealing drugs was like delivering pizza. "Listen, let me tell you what, I am running around all day," Daly told one client, according to a transcript by detectives of a wiretapped phone call. "I'm like the Domino's guy, 30 minutes or less, or it's free. " To Charles J. Termine, officials said, being a primary supplier of methamphetamine was something to brag about. "If you're getting your meth in Norristown, you're getting my meth," he said on recorded conversations, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
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 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 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.