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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
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
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
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.
NEWS
March 14, 2013 | By Rick O’Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After three years at Church Farm, Howard Sellars decided to play his final season of high school basketball at Coatesville. "Coatesville is where I live," the 6-foot-1, 160-pound senior guard said. "I just wanted to come home and give the city what they haven't seen in years. " Wednesday night, with Sellars as the catalyst, the Red Raiders moved closer to their first PIAA Class AAAA state title since 2001 with a 58-52 victory over Norristown in a second-round game at Spring-Ford.
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.
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April 24, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
It's a late night at Sansom Street's Helium Comedy Club, and Doogie Horner - an absurdist stand-up comedian and former Philadelphian who recently moved to Queens - is on stage, talking about his debut album, recorded at the club last year, and his coming gigs in the area. "I'm a delicate man made for a smaller planet," Horner says, echoing both the title of his album ( A Delicate Man ) and his awkward position as a new family man in a hipster-conscious New York City borough, joking about difficulties at Home Depot and his habit of "pulling his back while sitting.
NEWS
April 21, 2016
Man killed in Norristown A 43-year-old man died early Tuesday after being found stabbed in an alley in Norristown, police said. Just after 12:15 a.m., police responded to a report of a man down in the 600 block of Jamison Alley, where they found Christopher Thomas. He was taken to Einstein Medical Center and pronounced dead. Anyone with information about the homicide can call Norristown police at 610-270-0977 or Montgomery County detectives at 610-278-3368. - Robert Moran Testimony to begin in slaying of two women Testimony will begin Wednesday in the Common Pleas Court trial of a South Jersey man incriminated through DNA in the 1989 rapes and stranglings of two women in North Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 31, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Stephen E.T. Kacir, 43, of Norristown, a naturalist, researcher, and bird-watcher extraordinaire who had been president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club since January, died Tuesday, March 22, of a heart attack at his gym. "It is with sadness beyond words that we inform you that our current president, Steve Kacir, passed away suddenly on Tuesday evening," the club said in an statement on its website, www.dvoc.org/Main.htm . Mr. Kacir...
NEWS
March 12, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER
A Norristown woman was charged Thursday with fatally stabbing her stepfather, police said. Shakira Hayward got into a verbal argument Thursday morning with her stepfather, Kenneth Bullock, in his Norristown home, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said in a news release. Police said Bullock drove with his son to the Suburban Community Hospital Thursday morning. Hospital staff called police about 7 a.m. Bullock, 37, suffered stab wounds in his hand and leg, police said, and was pronounced dead at 8:55 a.m. Police found a trail of blood on the street and sidewalk at Bullock's home on East Marshall Street, and observed Hayward, 23, pouring water onto the bloodied sidewalk, according to an arrest affidavit filed in the case.
FOOD
March 11, 2016 | By Maureen Fitzgerald, Food Editor
I had a realization as I stood before the roughly 60 volunteers at a meeting for this spring's My Daughter's Kitchen cooking classes: We have started a small cooking revolution. Readers of this newspaper have opened their wallets and rolled up their sleeves to make the dream of teaching kids to cook healthful meals a reality. These volunteers continue to inspire by their sheer volume, their dedication, their passion for how important a home-cooked meal can be in the life of a child.
NEWS
March 10, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
At age 11, Greg Scott met President Bill Clinton. At 16, he became the first junior member of Norristown's town council. Now, at 28, he is Montgomery County's first African American district judge, and the youngest sitting judge in Pennsylvania. To those who know him, Scott's win in November - in his first run for elective office - was no surprise. "He is a force of nature," said James A. Daley, a neighbor and mentor since Scott was a student at Eisenhower Middle School in Norristown.
NEWS
February 27, 2016 | STAFF REPORT
Flood warnings remained in effect Thursday afternoon in parts of the region, with the Schuylkill at Norristown and the Brandywine Creek at Chadds Ford sloshing over their banks. Meanwhile a few thousand customers remained without power, the aftermath of potent thunderstorms that thrashed the region, bringing heavy rain and damanging winds to the area. A gust of 63 mph was reported in Elverson, Chester County, and the storm knocked down trees and power lines. There were reports of motorists stranded in high water, and police departments were urging drivers to be on the lookout for roads blocked by water or wires.
NEWS
February 27, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Pa. should count Pennsylvania voters are effectively disenfranchised in every presidential primary. Why should primary voters in Iowa and New Hampshire dictate our choices? Many qualified candidates drop out before the Pennsylvania primary in April. The system stacks the deck in favor of the super PACs and candidates appealing to the limited electorate in the early primaries. Why can't all the primaries be held on the same day or week so we all have an equally weighted part in selecting the candidates for president?
SPORTS
February 22, 2016 | By Tom Reifsnyder, Staff Writer
Eleven years ago, Debbie DiBattista asked her three sons - Gianpiero, 7; Nicolino, 5; and Marco, 4 - if they wanted to try wrestling. Marco was quick to say no, but his perception of the sport was far from reality. "At first, I said no because I saw WWE and I thought that was wrestling, so I got freaked out," said Marco, 15, a Plymouth Whitemarsh sophomore. "But then she told me that there's trophies and stuff, so I said yeah and I did it and I kind of liked it. " On Saturday, DiBattista placed first in the 106-pound weight class at the Suburban One American Championships at Norristown, where Plymouth Whitemarsh finished first with 215 points.
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