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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.
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.
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.
NEWS
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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February 17, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The project to transform an old Norristown shopping center into a movie studio was supposed to bring the glitz and fortune of Hollywood to the sagging seat of Montgomery County. Build it and filmmakers will come. Build it and jobs will come and lift Norristown to prosperity. That dream fizzled like a box-office bomb last May, when the project's investor filed for foreclosure against the developer. The forlorn shopping center, Logan Square, sits half-empty, its fate likely to be announced in the coming weeks.
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February 17, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORRISTOWN On a muggy summer night in 1976, at a Christian festival where recovered addicts, ex-gang members, and fresh-faced believers worshiped under the Western Pennsylvania stars, Peggy Johnson asked a group of elders to heal her. Johnson had been partially blind since birth. That night, she removed her prosthetic left eye, placed it on an altar and let the leaders lay their hands on her. Nothing changed. If she had more faith, she remembers being told, it would have been different.
NEWS
February 2, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Plymouth Whitemarsh's team defense ended Norristown's title defense on Friday night. The Colonials defeated the visiting Eagles, 56-44, to clinch their first Suburban One American regular-season boys' basketball title since 2011, with two games to play. Plymouth Whitemarsh pulled away with a dominant defensive run that bridged the third and fourth quarters, during which it allowed just three points on 13 possessions. Jimmy Murray scored 10 of his 19 points during a 21-7 third quarter for the Colonials, and Andre Mitchell also netted 19 points.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE so-called Swiss Cheese Pervert is receiving "inpatient treatment," a judge was told yesterday. Just what type of treatment Christopher Pagano is undergoing was not revealed in court by his lawyer, Richard Quinton Hark, who also declined to specify it during an interview. Pagano, the Norristown man arrested in January for flashing his cheese-accessorized penis, was not in court to hear that his preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 10. The District Attorney's Office also informed Municipal Judge Wendy L. Pew that it will try Pagano by a jury rather than by judge, which it has a legal right to do despite the charges being misdemeanors.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Steve Harner earned his 300th victory as a wrestling coach when Conestoga defeated visiting Haverford High, 32-25, Tuesday night. The win was Harner's 75th since he became Pioneers coach in 2008. He also coached at his alma mater, Norristown, from 1985-2004, and was inducted into the Southeastern Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in '08. Since 1978, Harner also has coached at Clarion Area and Bishop Kenrick High Schools, Ursinus College, and Williamson Free Trade School.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE NEARLY weeklong saga of Mayfair's "Swiss Cheese Pervert" is over, and the man allegedly behind the lactose lewdness was being grilled by police yesterday. Chris Pagano, 41, was arrested outside his home on Noble Street near Airy in Norristown early yesterday by officers from the borough's police department and detectives from Philadelphia police's Special Victims Unit. Neighbors who watched the scene unfold said cops staked out Pagano's home for about an hour, and had their guns drawn when he finally answered the door.
NEWS
December 27, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORRISTOWN The arrest last week of Norristown lawyer Gregory R. Noonan on drug charges isn't just your ordinary case of an attorney being accused of dealing drugs. At the same time that Montgomery County prosecutors were investigating Noonan for dealing in a controlled substance, they were squaring off against him in court, where he was representing a Souderton doctor on similar charges. The two cases, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said, were a blow against the county's rising problem of "opiate abuse in both children and adults.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORRISTOWN At the urging of gay rights activists, United Methodist Bishop Peggy Johnson said Tuesday that some policies in the church's book of discipline are discriminatory toward homosexuals. Johnson, who oversees the church's eastern Pennsylvania Conference, said bans on ordaining homosexuals and performing same-sex weddings contradict other church doctrines that call for the inclusion of people of all sexual orientations. "This has led to confusion by many from the outside of the church," Johnson said in a statement, "wondering how we can talk out of two sides of our mouths.
SPORTS
December 13, 2013 | By Joey Cranney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Norristown wrestling coach Mark Harner was talking to a coach at rival Plymouth Whitemarsh recently. They were arguing about John Staudenmayer, a Colonials wrestler who won a state championship in 2011. "At least I had a state champion," the coach said about Staudenmayer, whose brother Justin placed seventh at states last season. "No you didn't," replied Harner, a 10-year coach. "Mr. and Mrs. Staudenmayer had a state champion. " Harner's point underlies an issue that he said will cause the Eagles to struggle to beat any team this season.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
CRAIG CLIFFORD Rucker was one of those guys you couldn't help liking. He was naturally upbeat, smiling and happy, even when he became disabled and couldn't get around much anymore. Craig suffered from diabetes and kidney disease that ultimately limited his movements. After a wait of three years, he was able to get into a Philadelphia Housing Authority house for the handicapped. Even there, and dependent on a walker, he didn't let his condition defeat him. He couldn't work anymore, but he would put some flea-market-type items out front and sell them.
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