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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.
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
December 30, 2010 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Schuylkill Overlook Apartments - with 49 proposed, professionally managed rental units - sounds like just the type of housing complex many struggling communities would welcome in the midst of the current economic downturn. Or so developer John Randolph thought. Not so in Norristown, where some officials have not exactly brought out the welcome wagon. The $12.3 million project, backed by government low-income tax credits, would require tenants to make less than 60 percent of Montgomery County's median income - or $54,000 annually.
NEWS
June 17, 2012 | By Kristin E. Holmes and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If there was any question that the sweeping four-column monument in Norristown emblazoned with the word King was a tribute to the civil rights leader whose nonviolent movement transformed a nation, a new addition should erase any doubt. A bronze relief depicting the face of the slain Nobel Peace Prize winner was dedicated at the park named in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his elder son stood in front of the memorial Saturday to say thank you. "It is wonderful to name things in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., but what is most important is that we continue the work that is not fulfilled yet," Martin Luther King 3d said before a crowd of more than 100. The ceremony came 25 years after officials, clergy, and residents of the Montgomery County municipality joined in 1987 to develop a park in King's honor on Oak Street.
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.
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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NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
March 14, 2015 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
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.
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
February 9, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By John Moritz, Inquirer Staff Writer
Freda Scriber said she recognized her daughter right away when she saw her on the TV news early Wednesday. Beverly Ann Brinkley was being helped by Norristown firefighters from the balcony of her fourth-floor apartment. Smoke was billowing out of the windows, and flames shot high into the dark night. That image gave Scriber hope. But as Wednesday wore on, calls to her daughter's cellphone went unanswered. And no one at the local shelter set up for victims of the apartment-house fire was able to provide her daughter's whereabouts.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than twice the legal limit of alcohol for drivers, with a side of cocaine, coursed through Nicholas Chaban when he received a DUI citation in December 2013. By September, he had racked up three more. Chaban, 54, former chief financial officer for the Philadelphia health-care provider Mazzoni Center, pleaded guilty Friday to all four DUIs, as well as trespassing and drug-possession charges that came in May after he was bounced from a Conshohocken bar. "I've got five files in front of me," said Montgomery County Court Judge Cheryl Austin.
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By John Moritz, Inquirer Staff Writer
A four-alarm apartment fire that left one woman dead in Norristown early Wednesday is being investigated by local fire crews but does not appear to be criminal in nature, the Norristown fire chief said Thursday. Walter I. Hofman, Montgomery County coroner, said the woman, who was older than 50, died of soot and smoke inhalation. The coroner's office was working to locate next of kin before releasing the woman's name or other identifying information, Hofman said. Firefighters had tried to rescue the woman from her fourth-floor unit at the Norris Apartments on the 600 block of Swede Street, fire officials said.
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