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January 24, 2001 | By Patricio G. Balona, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Montgomery County's decision to eliminate a nighttime security patrol at Norristown Farm Park has local police officials angry about being left to shoulder the responsibility without being consulted beforehand. "They have no right to assume that we would pick up the slack," East Norriton Police Chief John McGowan told the Farm Park Advisory Committee Friday, at the panel's first meeting since the county cut the patrol in August. The state-owned park lies within the borders of East Norriton, West Norriton and Norristown and is leased by the county, which eliminated a 10 p.m.-to-6 a.m. ranger's shift because of budgetary constraints.
NEWS
October 12, 2000 | By Patricio G. Balona and Erin Carroll, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Dead. That is how Montgomery County Commissioner James Matthews yesterday described a controversial proposal to bring two PGA-caliber golf courses to Norristown Farm Park. At a budget hearing, Matthews said county commissioners had decided not to endorse the proposal because of the negative effect it could have on some neighbors. "I realized what a knife in the back it would be to them," Matthews said yesterday, referring to residents of East and West Norriton Townships, in which portions of the park lie. "This is all they have," Matthews said, adding that much of the surrounding area was highly developed.
NEWS
May 6, 1999 | Inquirer photographs by Bob Williams
Students from 14 area schools went back to nature yesterday for the Montgomery County Conservation District's Sixth Annual Middle School Ecomeet at Norristown Farm Park. They did ecology-based experiments, such as identifying plant and animal life in the park.
NEWS
September 29, 2000 | By Patricio G. Balona, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Officials from the Professional Golfers Association of America have met with local leaders to allay concerns arising from a proposal to build two 18-hole golf courses at state-owned Norristown Farm Park. The proposed golf courses would take up all 410 acres of the park in East Norriton. Supervisors Chairman John Gourley said township officials were angry because they had been excluded from the planning and feared that there would be no open space left in which to expand local park and recreation facilities.
NEWS
April 15, 2001 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Doug Gelbert was always in search of a new place to walk his dog, Katie, so that master and faithful canine could let down their hair together. One day, a customer at his do-it-yourself dog-grooming shop in New Castle County, Del., told him about a nearby park. But when Gelbert and Katie bounded off to find it, the park was nowhere in sight. Only after some dogged sleuthing did the pair finally discover their unexpectedly pleasant destination. "Ten miles of trails, a clean wooded area.
NEWS
September 29, 2003 | By Don Sapatkin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A turn down the long drive of Norristown Farm Park leaves behind more than just the quintessentially suburban Germantown Pike. In the distance, an old silo pokes up from fields of soybeans and swaying corn. Whitewashed old buildings, weatherbeaten but structurally sound, dot the landscape. A peaceful silence carries the sounds of songbirds, and the wind. This could be Kansas - or a flatter version of the city's Wissahickon Valley, complete with its own Revolutionary history.
NEWS
April 24, 1998 | By Angela Pomponio, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In this cramped, 3.6-square-mile town, any space that is open could mean a field day for officials hoping to boost economic development and create jobs. On the other hand, it also could be a field for softball, football or playground equipment. For nearly four years, the borough has been grappling with those choices as it tries to decide how it can spend $1.6 million in Montgomery County open-space funds designed to limit the number of shopping centers and housing developments.
NEWS
June 27, 2009 | By Bonnie L. Cook INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gloria Sandra Feldscher, 77, of Plymouth Meeting, an animal-rights activist, died June 18 at Taylor Hospice in Ridley Park after a two-year battle with primary lateral sclerosis, a progressive disease of the nervous system.. A Philadelphia native, Mrs. Feldscher grew up in the Oxford Circle section of the city. She graduated from Olney High School in 1951 and married Ed Cohen in 1955. For many years, she was a homemaker. The couple moved to Plymouth Meeting in 1973. Though they divorced in 1993, Mrs. Feldscher stayed in Plymouth Meeting.
NEWS
May 2, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Over the next 18 months, landscape contractors will replace 3,400 trees lost to development in recent decades in Norristown and four other municipalities in the Philadelphia suburbs. The $2.2 million effort is intended to help manage storm-water runoff, revitalize neighborhoods, and improve air and water quality, according to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, a partner in the project with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Warminster and New Hope, in Bucks County, and Chester and Millbourne, in Delaware County, will also receive trees.
NEWS
February 24, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
No foul play is suspected in the case of human remains found Monday by a teacher in Norristown Farm Park, a Montgomery County prosecutor said Wednesday. First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said that the results of an autopsy were pending but that the remains were believed to be those of a local man. "It's going to take some time, simply," Steele said. He declined to release any more information. The remains were found by Matt Hartzell of Pottsgrove, who was looking for deer antlers.
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SPORTS
June 24, 2013 | By Jen Miller, For the Inquirer
After I finished the New Jersey Marathon on May 5, I had a plan for race recovery: Do absolutely nothing fitness-related for two weeks, and then run and hike the trails in and around Anchorage, Alaska, where I spent the last week of May. That didn't quite happen. The reason: peroneal tendinitis in my left foot. The exact cause for this injury has been hotly debated between me and a doctor, who seems to think that running is bad for you (also: no longer my doctor), running gurus on Twitter, and a running-store owner.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2013
Special Events American Sailing Tours Daily, 90-min. Delaware River tours on Chinese junk-rigged schooner. An informative History Sail, musical Tropical Sail or romantic Sunset Sail. American Sailing Tours - Pier 24, 401 N. Columbus Blvd. www.americansailingtours.com . $40-$50. Friends of Seger Park Playground Spring Festival Moon bounce, free tennis lessons for kids, face painting, karate, crafts, live music, dance performances, food & more. Seger Park, 1020 Lombard St. www.friendsofseger.org . 6/2. 11 am-3 pm. Hidden City Festival 2013 A city festival.
NEWS
July 17, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Three Montgomery County legislators have written an amendment to the state's gaming law that would set aside the county's share of casino revenue for park improvements and to help victims of abuse. House Bill 2552 would alter the state gaming act, passed in 2004, to change the way the county's 2 percent share is siphoned off and then used by the county. Under current law, the county's cut from the Valley Forge Resort and Casino goes directly to the Commonwealth Financing Authority, where it is doled out for local tax-supported building, water-supply, and wastewater projects.
NEWS
May 2, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Over the next 18 months, landscape contractors will replace 3,400 trees lost to development in recent decades in Norristown and four other municipalities in the Philadelphia suburbs. The $2.2 million effort is intended to help manage storm-water runoff, revitalize neighborhoods, and improve air and water quality, according to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, a partner in the project with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Warminster and New Hope, in Bucks County, and Chester and Millbourne, in Delaware County, will also receive trees.
NEWS
April 27, 2012 | Choose one .
For gardeners and other plant-lovers, here's a sampling of regional events: " 20th Annual Benefit Plant Sale Camellia, mangolia & rhododendron sale. University of Delaware Botanic Gardens, 531 S. College Ave., Newark. 4/27. " 47th Annual Plant Sale Hanging baskets, herbs, flowers, grasses & more. Benefits area beautification projects. Genesis HealthCare Corp., 101 E. State St., Kennett Square. 4/28. 8 am-4 pm. " 7th Annual Earth Day Pinelands Native Plant Sale Cultivated trees, shrubs, and native Pinelands flowers for purchase.
NEWS
February 24, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
No foul play is suspected in the case of human remains found Monday by a teacher in Norristown Farm Park, a Montgomery County prosecutor said Wednesday. First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said that the results of an autopsy were pending but that the remains were believed to be those of a local man. "It's going to take some time, simply," Steele said. He declined to release any more information. The remains were found by Matt Hartzell of Pottsgrove, who was looking for deer antlers.
NEWS
June 27, 2009 | By Bonnie L. Cook INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gloria Sandra Feldscher, 77, of Plymouth Meeting, an animal-rights activist, died June 18 at Taylor Hospice in Ridley Park after a two-year battle with primary lateral sclerosis, a progressive disease of the nervous system.. A Philadelphia native, Mrs. Feldscher grew up in the Oxford Circle section of the city. She graduated from Olney High School in 1951 and married Ed Cohen in 1955. For many years, she was a homemaker. The couple moved to Plymouth Meeting in 1973. Though they divorced in 1993, Mrs. Feldscher stayed in Plymouth Meeting.
SPORTS
May 4, 2009 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With the reward of a Philly cheesesteak in mind, courtesy of manager Lisa Buster, Kenya's Linus Maiyo and Jane Murage fought through a steady drizzle and soaked course to win the men's and women's divisions in the 30th annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run yesterday. "I like cheesesteaks," said Murage, a 22-year-old who defended her title by covering the 10 miles in 53 minutes, 31 seconds. Last year, competing for the first time in the United States, she triumphed in 54:15. Despite the rain, heavy in the latter stages, a record 22,913 finished the race, which began at Central High School and is the second-largest of its kind in the country.
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