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.
May 30, 2011 |
On the eve his high school's bid for the New York state baseball championship, Elvin Soto took a bus to Norristown in search of a little magic. The 18-year-old from the Bronx thought he might find it in an airy factory on Washington Street whose product is a draw for an increasing number of ballplayers looking for a bit of the lightning that sends blasts off the bats of major-leaguers Shane Victorino and Josh Hamilton. The budding high school star is part of the fast-growing customer list of Rx Sport, launched just 18 months ago with the goal of using the secrets of luxury furniture-making to improve the lumber of the national pastime.
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 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.
February 26, 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.
September 28, 1986 |
The Adam Scheidt brewery, once a hub of commerce in Norristown and known throughout the region for its beers, is again at the center of activity in Norristown. But they aren't making any beer there these days. The brewery, which closed in 1974, has been renovated into an eight- building commercial office and warehouse complex known as Stony Creek Office Center. It was developed by Windon Capital Management Inc. of Bala Cynwyd. The $6.7 million renovation job was completed in December.