February 6, 1999 |
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.
November 1, 1986 |
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.
January 18, 2016 |
Flanked by vacant lots and rundown buildings, the red marquee of the Centre Theater in downtown Norristown is a prominent local landmark. Even the four-story theater, which once hosted vaudeville acts and Mark Twain, is mostly empty. Now its nonprofit board is attempting to bring new life to the 19th-century building and in the process give a boost to the fortunes of Norristown, the seat of one of Pennsylvania's wealthiest and most populous counties. The prosperity enjoyed by neighboring county seats - West Chester, Media, and Doylestown - has eluded the borough of 34,000, and revitalization efforts are not new. But those involved in the arts in Norristown believe they can help the tired downtown enter a new stage.
January 6, 1991 |
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.
December 23, 1998 |
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.
June 6, 1986 |
Norristown Borough Mayor John "Barney" Marberger, Police Chief William Bambi and police Sgt. Peter Matticola were questioned last month before a federal grand jury investigating cash gifts from leaders of Roofers Union Local 30-30B to government officials, Marberger said yesterday. In an interview, Marberger said he, Bambi and Matticola were not targets of the FBI investigation, which has focused in part on cash given to at least nine present or former Philadelphia judges. "I don't need a lawyer," Marberger said.
December 12, 1989 |
PIAA-member schools officially were allowed to play their first basketball games starting Friday, but, for many folks, the season formally got under way last night - and it began with a bang. Plymouth-Whitemarsh, generally considered the No. 1 team in District 1, lost, 60-57, at Norristown, which is viewed as No. 1-A. Jeff Thompson's 12- foot jump shot from the middle of the lane with one second remaining broke a 57-57 tie in a game in which the margin was never more than four points from early in the third period.
October 17, 2003 |
Norristown ceded "raw power" over borough finances to a state overseer selected by Gov. Rendell yesterday in a plan that will allow the borough to avert bankruptcy. Joseph Vignola, the former Philadelphia city controller and councilman who already oversees Philadelphia's finances, will meet with borough officials as early as today to discuss Norristown's financial recovery. Borough Council won court approval yesterday for a $4.17 million loan that will allow Norristown to pay its bills over the next few months.
December 13, 2013 |
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.
December 30, 2010 |
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.