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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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July 29, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Terry Derby had to surf on seven different couches. Ellen Frank was turned down for credit cards and had trouble leasing a car. Ryan Schofield figures he might never again be able to buy a house. Home ownership was not supposed to be like this. Instead of buying a haven, five Norristown condominium owners say they wound up with a horror. The residents are left fighting for their credit ratings and some sort of compensation. It's a years-long saga - one yet to end - that spurred changes in the way the seat of Montgomery County monitors construction projects.
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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.
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 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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June 12, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A man has been arrested in a fatal shooting that took place earlier this week in the drive-thru lane of a McDonald's in Montgomery County. The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said Friday that 22-year-old Jonathan Walker was charged with first- and third-degree murder and other offenses in the Tuesday night slaying. Prosecutors said Walker got into an argument with Marquis Johnson, 24, in a gas station adjacent to the fast food restaurant on the 200 block of West Main Street in Norristown shortly after 11:30 p.m..
NEWS
June 7, 2016
Service was restored Sunday afternoon at SEPTA's Norristown Transportation Center two hours after it was shut down about 1:30 p.m. at the request of Norristown Police after a suspicious package was discovered at the adjacent Bieber Tourways bus depot. At 3:45 p.m., a SEPTA spokesperson said the Norristown High Speed Line, the Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail Line and bus service had resumed. "It ended up being nothing," said a Norristown Police spokesman. "The bomb squad cleared it. " SEPTA had stopped servicing the Norristown Transportation Center after receiving word from Norristown police that an unattended package was being investigated.
NEWS
May 26, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on sexual-assault charges. But the decade-in-the-making courtroom confrontation between the entertainer and his accuser was deferred for another day. At the case's first evidentiary hearing, Montgomery County prosecutors opted not to call Andrea Constand to testify - a move Cosby's lawyers decried as "garbage. " Instead, investigators read into the record portions of statements she and Cosby gave to police in 2005, airing for the first time Constand's account of the night she says he drugged her, put his hand down her pants, and forced her in turn to touch him. "I got scared," Constand told detectives a year after the alleged 2004 assault at Cosby's Cheltenham home.
NEWS
May 22, 2016
Fully Committed Through June 5 at Theatre Horizon, 401 DeKalb St., Norristown. Tickets: $25-$38. Information: 610-283-2230 or www.TheatreHorizon.org .
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Ralph M. Schrager, 58, of Elkins Park, a specialist in the care of fragile and seriously ill newborns, died Friday, May 13, of complications from acute leukemia at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A beloved and influential physician, Dr. Schrager joined the Abington Memorial Hospital staff in 2006 as an attending neonatologist. In a career lasting three decades, he saved the lives of thousands of babies, many of them born prematurely. "He was excellent in both his practical and diagnostic skills, as well as his empathy and compassionate care of families," said his wife, Debbie.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
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