April 17, 2015 |
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.
March 25, 2015 |
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.
March 14, 2015 |
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.
February 27, 2015 |
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.
February 21, 2015 |
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.
February 21, 2015 |
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.
February 9, 2015 |
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.
February 8, 2015 |
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.
February 8, 2015 |
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.
February 7, 2015 |
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.