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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.
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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.
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May 15, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
The Norristown rowhouse that caught fire last weekend, killing two adults and two children, contained illegally rented apartment units, municipal officials say. The house on DeKalb Street was registered as owner-occupied, said Michael Simonson, manager of building and code enforcement. Simonson said this week that he planned to issue several code violations against the home's owners. Each violation has a maximum fine of $1,000. The building also did not have fire escapes. Young and Hyun Kim of North Wales purchased the 6,600-square foot building for $130,000 in 2006, according to property records.
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May 15, 2016 | By Rick O'Brien, STAFF WRITER
Longtime area high school football coach Roger Grove, who spent 27 seasons in charge at Norristown, died Friday morning from complications related to skin cancer. He was 70. Grove compiled a 209-98-6 record at Norristown from 1976 to 2002. A health and physical education teacher at the school for 35 years, he accepted an early-retirement package offered by the school district in 2003. Grove then joined Neshaminy as an assistant, working mostly with the running backs and quarterbacks under close friend Mark Schmidt.
NEWS
May 9, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A fire in Norristown early Saturday morning killed three people, including a child, authorities said. The blaze was reported about 4 a.m. for a residence on Dekalb Street near Oaks, and was put under control at 5:20 a.m., a Montgomery County dispatcher said. 6abc reported that two adults died inside the three-story home, and a child was taken to Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, but later died. The TV news station said six other people were also injured, including a child who was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Hilary Strauss, 88, of Haverford, a businessman, athlete, and volunteer, died Friday, April 29, of heart failure at Lankenau Hospital. In the 1940s, Mr. Strauss represented Central High School in the Penn Relays and also at city-sponsored swim meets. He was so physically fit that he ran a six-minute mile daily until age 70. He enlisted in the Army during World War II, and was selected for special training at the Virginia Military Institute, where he won the Seventh Army championship in swimming.
NEWS
May 2, 2016
Upper Merion police found the body of a man inside a vehicle in the parking lot of a Target store on DeKalb Pike in King of Prussia around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The man, 42 and of Norristown, had been reported missing earlier Saturday, police said. There is "absolutely nothing suspicious" about the circumstances, said Upper Merion Police Lt. Michael Martin, declining to elaborate. Authorities are expected to release more information as it becomes available. - Caitlin McCabe  
NEWS
April 28, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A 22-year-old man has been arrested in a fatal stabbing in Norristown last week, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Luis Daniel Martinez-Perez, of the 700 block of George Street in Norristown, has been charged with murder, robbery and related offenses in the slaying of Christopher Thomas, 43, also of Norristown. According to an affidavit of probable cause, officers found the victim lying in the 600 block of Jamison Alley about 12:15 a.m. April 19. Medics transported him to Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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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.
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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...
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