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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.
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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.
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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.
NEWS
December 24, 2015
Police are investigating the death of a man in Norristown on Tuesday morning. Police found a man lying on the ground on the 800 block of Maple Alley at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a news release. The man had "what is believed to be a gunshot wound," Steele said, and his death is being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy is pending and the man's identification was not released Tuesday morning as officials contacted family members.
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October 11, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Norristown council president has resigned after admitting that she had been living outside of her council district since summer. In an email Thursday evening to the council and staff, Linda Christian said she had struggled with unemployment until recently, and had lost her home of 21 years to foreclosure. She said she was still living in the municipality and had a "promising" lead on a new residence within the district. The resignation, she wrote, was necessary "to prevent hateful, gossipy people from telling my story their way. " Over the last week, two community activists began questioning Christian about her residence, and shared the information with council members and reporters.
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.
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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.
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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.
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January 27, 2016 | By Anthony R. Wood, Staff Writer
Road crews, public officials, and millions of residents are confronting an overwhelming question: Just what do you do with a season's worth of snow that falls all at once? Despite an armada of plow trucks, many of Philadelphia's sun-deprived streets, as well as secondary roads in areas west of the city hammered by 30 inches of snow, remained either snow-clogged or marginally passable Monday. Even so-called cleared streets were reduced to narrow channels squeezed through phalanxes of plow walls.
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January 27, 2016 | By Jessica Parks, STAFF WRITER
Heavy snow collapsed the roof of a tropical bird exhibit at Norristown's Elmwood Park Zoo Saturday night. No birds were in the exhibit at the time, the zoo said in a statement. "It's funny to say 'we were lucky' in a time like this, but it was lucky that Birds of Paradise was closed for the winter," said Al Zone, the zoo's chief executive. "Exhibits can be rebuilt. It's more important that the animals are safe. " Staffers found the damage Sunday morning, the steel mesh roof collapsed.
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January 23, 2016 | By Jessica Parks, Staff Writer
Montgomery County moved forward Thursday with its approximately $250 million Norristown expansion plan, approving use of eminent domain to acquire a building housing a bank and offices. Meeting in Norristown, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to force the owner of 43 E. Main St. to sell. Officials said this would be the only property subject to eminent domain. The targeted parcel is tucked in the corner of the courthouse footprint and currently is leased to a Wells Fargo branch and a few office tenants.
NEWS
January 18, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Flanked by vacant lots and rundown buildings, the red marquee of the Centre Theater in downtown Norristown is a prominent local landmark. Even the four-story theater, which once hosted vaudeville acts and Mark Twain, is mostly empty. Now its nonprofit board is attempting to bring new life to the 19th-century building and in the process give a boost to the fortunes of Norristown, the seat of one of Pennsylvania's wealthiest and most populous counties. The prosperity enjoyed by neighboring county seats - West Chester, Media, and Doylestown - has eluded the borough of 34,000, and revitalization efforts are not new. But those involved in the arts in Norristown believe they can help the tired downtown enter a new stage.
SPORTS
January 8, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
Mike Piazza's election to baseball's Hall of Fame Wednesday completes a curiously connected trinity of locally born Dodgers. He now joins Roy Campanella and Tommy Lasorda as the last link in a chain that began more than a half-century ago in Brooklyn. Like Piazza, the manager who had a brief mid-'50s career as a pitcher was born in Norristown. One of his closest friends was Vince Piazza, his future catcher's father and another Norristown native. It's that Norristown connection, as much as anything, that Piazza can credit for his big-league career, not to mention his Hall of Fame selection.
NEWS
January 5, 2016
Service was suspended on SEPTA's Norristown Regional Rail line late Sunday after a woman was struck and killed by a train near the Spring Mill station, officials said. SEPTA spokesman Manny Smith said the woman was hit about 10 p.m. by Center City-bound train 6235. He said authorities were investigating whether it was a suicide. Passengers were taken from the train and transported by bus to their destinations, said Smith, who did not provide additional information about the woman.
NEWS
December 24, 2015
Police are investigating the death of a man in Norristown on Tuesday morning. Police found a man lying on the ground on the 800 block of Maple Alley at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a news release. The man had "what is believed to be a gunshot wound," Steele said, and his death is being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy is pending and the man's identification was not released Tuesday morning as officials contacted family members.
NEWS
December 17, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Montgomery County's women's shelter is looking for a new home. Its offices and shelter are blocks apart in two 100-year-old homes in Norristown. Its narrow staircases are difficult to navigate, especially for children and women recovering from domestic violence injuries, said Laurel House executive director Beth Sturman. So the organization hopes to purchase and move into the St. Titus Church rectory in neighboring East Norriton Township. But it's confronting a new problem: Residents say the shelter is not welcome in their neighborhood.
NEWS
November 21, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lenny Bazemore remembers heating pots of water on the stove to fill the bathtub. He remembers waiting his turn and bathing in dirty water. He remembers hunger. He remembers poverty. "We didn't have much, but we had love, we had family," Bazemore said. "We didn't have much, but we had each other. " On Thursday, Bazemore, 46, now a successful businessman, sought to honor the family of his childhood best friend, who lived across the street in Norristown. He had purchased the family's home after the parents died, planning to flip it for a profit.
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