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 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.
February 25, 2012 |
When it comes to defense, the Chester boys' basketball team plays by coach Larry Yarbray's one rule: Do not give up more than 10 points in a quarter. In Friday night's PIAA District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal against No. 9 seed Norristown, the defending-champion and top-seeded Clippers gave up 10 points in the first half . The No. 4 team in the nation, according to ESPN, bulldozed the Eagles, 81-31, to advance to Tuesday night's semifinals. Riding a 51-game winning streak, Chester (25-0)
May 22, 1998 |
Police surrounded a grocery store on DeKalb Street last night after the manager was shot, apparently in a robbery attempt. The wounded man, shot repeatedly, got out of the store after the attack. He was flown by helicopter to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was reported in fair condition late last night. His identity was unavailable. Two shooters were in the store at the time of the robbery attempt, said Mayor Ted LeBlanc, who was at the scene last night.