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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
SPORTS
December 23, 1998 | By John Manasso, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Another challenger stepped up against the Norristown boys' basketball team last night. And the Eagles, the early favorite to win the District 1 Class AAAA title, appeared ready to brush away host Coatesville, as they have their other opponents this season. While Norristown found itself in a vulnerable position late in the game, the Eagles made key free throws and escaped the Red Raiders' final bid for victory, 71-70, before a near-capacity crowd. "We're the top dog in a lot of people's eyes," Norristown coach Tom McGee said.
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November 12, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the guns was used last week by a man who was angry at his ex-girlfriend and fired seven bullets through a window into her Norristown home – just missing an 8-year-old child, police said. Three more guns allegedly were sold outside Cheltenham Mall in July. The man who bought them was slain in Philadelphia four months later, his death still unsolved, officials said. Yet another weapon, an AK-47, was sold to "a foreigner" - a man from Africa who lives in Ambler and drives a gold-colored SUV, a confidential informant allegedly told detectives.
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October 9, 2014 | Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Norristown man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after admitting he stabbed his childhood friend nearly two dozen times and set his body afire in a Chester County apartment - all for $350. Prosecutors had initially sought the death penalty for 22-year-old Shakeem Carter for the February 2013 murder of 17-year-old Kevin Allen. "I just hope that monster, for the rest of his life, wakes up in the morning with the same fear that Kevin had in the last five or 10 minutes of his life," the victim's aunt, Pearline Allen, sobbed during the hearing in West Chester.
NEWS
October 7, 2014
ISSUE | VIP LINE Expand 311 Philly The findings from our report on overtime costs focused on whether proper oversight and approvals were met for the additional costs the city had incurred ("Wrong number," Oct. 1). The report did not criticize the work provided by any of the employees, and, in most cases, the departments provided justification for the overtime. However, we did bring to light the administration's approval of a City Hall hotline that is operated 24/7 to handle problems and issues that occur within the city, which also allows special access to individuals.
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October 7, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
After more than 40 years bouncing in and out of the criminal justice system and mental-health institutions, Mae Harden was ready to strike out on her own. She and her psychiatrist sketched out a recovery plan. She set and achieved goals, becoming a certified peer specialist and earning a bachelor's degree from Chestnut Hill College. She gave up disability benefits and increased her work hours to full time, leading group therapy to help others cope with their mental illnesses. "But I still kept one secret.
SPORTS
September 22, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
These are different times for football in Norristown. If any doubt remained, it evaporated Saturday along with Central Bucks West's lead. The Eagles rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to knock off visiting C.B. West, 28-27, on a gutsy decision in overtime. Desmond Gorski's second touchdown pass of the game to Khalif Sinclair brought the Eagles within one in overtime. Norristown coach Jason Powel elected to go for the two-point conversion. Diavante Lloyd dashed in for the winning points, and a team that didn't win at all last season and had just one victory in the last two years improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the Suburban One Continental.
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
In response to the police shooting of a young black man in Ferguson, Mo., about 100 people gathered Tuesday night in Norristown for a public forum on race, law enforcement, and community relations. The discussion, hosted by Zeta Phi Beta sorority's Montgomery County chapter, spanned a wide range of topics, from arrest and incarceration to education, ingrained social systems, and economics. The moderator, community activist Buck Jones, read a list of more than a dozen names - all young black men, unarmed, killed by police in recent years across the country.
SPORTS
September 15, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
After scoring a combined 22 points in dropping its first two games of the season, Plymouth Whitemarsh was forced to tinker with things on offense. One of the changes coach Dan Chang made was giving athletic wide receiver Jimmy Rodgers some time at quarterback. "We knew we had to get the ball in his hands more," Chang said. Rodgers took on the extra duty in Saturday afternoon's contest at Norristown and, in carrying nine times for 94 yards and completing his only pass attempt, helped the visiting Colonials romp to a 35-6 nonleague victory.
NEWS
September 14, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Talk about storm damage. What started as a leaky roof at a Norristown house in February ended this week with the resignation of the borough's code-enforcement officer and embarrassment for the local district judge who, it turned out, had illegally rented the building. Joseph Januzelli, Norristown's code officer since 2008, was forced to resign, town officials say, after an internal review found he failed to make sure the 81-year-old renter's house was up to code. Januzelli came under scrutiny after Ilene Schwartz told municipal council members that her landlord, District Justice Francis Lawrence, was slow to fix her roof after it was damaged in an ice storm.
NEWS
September 10, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Settling a federal lawsuit Monday, Norristown agreed to revoke an ordinance that sought to evict a woman for calling the police in several domestic violence disputes. The so-called nuisance ordinance targeted landlords and tenants who called for police assistance more than twice in four months. It spurred not only a civil rights lawsuit, but also a complaint from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and pleas from state legislators, prosecutors, and victims' rights advocates to change the law. The plaintiff in the case, 34-year-old Lakisha Briggs, had several encounters with police in 2012 because of an abusive boyfriend.
NEWS
September 7, 2014
SOCCER SUBURBAN ONE NATIONAL Pennsbury 3, Council Rock South 2: Keion Randolph scored off the rebound of Zach LaBosso's shot with three minutes remaining in the second overtime to win it for the host Falcons. Alex Kardos scored the first two goals for Pennsbury. William Tennent 6, Truman 1: Mike Albers dished out a pair of assists to help the host Panthers break open a 1-1 halftime tie. Neshaminy 3, Abington 2: Kenny Hermann scored twice to lead Neshaminy at home. SUBURBAN ONE AMERICAN Upper Dublin 3, Cheltenham 2: Thomas Juelke stopped a penalty kick in the second half to preserve the victory for the host Cardinals.
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