December 14, 1987 |
When Fred Michini first saw the historic Simpson Grist Mill, on a hillside overlooking a grimy section of Norristown's west end, he looked beyond the charred beams, the warped floorboards and the grain scattered about and envisioned, instead, a cozy, old-world Italian restaurant. "The outside of it reminded me of an old country inn in Italy," said Michini of the four-story, 19th-century stone structure, which overlooks Stony Creek near the busy commercial corner of Marshall and Markley Streets.
October 25, 1992 |
Punches were flying, hundreds of teenagers were yelling and chaos reigned supreme on the corner of Chestnut and Cherry Streets in Norristown on the night of Oct. 26, 1991. Suddenly, a brick hurled in the air struck Stephen Jackson in the head. Who threw it? According to the 12-member Montgomery County jury, it wasn't Kenneth J. Jones. Jones, 21, of Norristown, was found not guilty Wednesday of aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. The two-day trial culminated in Jones' attorney, Saul Solomon, asking the jury to dismiss testimony by Jackson's girlfriend and her best friend, which was the only testimony that identified Jones as the brick hurler.
September 23, 1996 |
Norristown has been on both sides of a rout this season, and there is little doubt that the Eagles preferred Friday's 40-14 crushing of host Bensalem to the drubbing they took the previous week at the hands of Central Bucks West. "Oh, it felt good," Eagles senior Lafton Thompson said. "It felt real good to come back like this. " Thompson led an offense that amassed more than 350 yards by rushing for 162 yards on 19 carries and scoring three touchdowns. Thompson, who had one 100-yard-plus rushing game last season, and Eagles coach Roger Grove credited strong blocking by the offensive line for making the difference against the Owls.
February 6, 1988 |
When elderly Mazella Bouknight Lever of Norristown tried to evict a woman who had been living with Lever's estranged husband before his death last July, she and her lawyer discovered an interesting fact about the man she had been married to for almost 27 years. Noisey Lever was a bigamist, according to the attorney, Stephen G. Smith of Norristown. And the woman that 85-year-old Noisey Lever had been living with at the time of his death was none other than his first wife, Carrie Lever, Smith said.
March 5, 1988 |
Coatesville might be ranked fifth in the Daily News Suburban Top 10, but third-year Red Raider coach Gerry Quedenfeld nevertheless feels that in terms of perceptions, his Red Raiders have been left out in the cold this winter. That did not come about, however, without ample reason. First there was the 15-point road loss to No. 1 Chester, then another double-digit defeat at nationally ranked, three-time defending state PIAA Class AAAA champion Carlisle, plus a couple of rare setbacks in the Ches-Mont.
February 22, 1986 |
Norristown basketball coach John Cresswell seriously considered keeping Kenny Coull under wraps this winter. It was an idea conceived with the freshman guard's best interests in mind, not necessarily those of the team. But it did not take long for Cresswell to realize that a few bruised egos were well worth sacrificing - if Coull's presence could mean an extra win or two along the way. Last night, Coull's 20-foot jump shot from the right corner with eight seconds remaining lifted the visiting Eagles to a 47-46 first-round win over Academy Park in the PIAA District 1 Class AAAA playoffs.
December 17, 1990 |
What a difference 48 hours makes. Central Bucks West held Wissahickon to 39 points in a 60-39 victory Wednesday night. Friday night, however, Norristown scored more than twice that amount as the Eagles trampled the host Bucks in the Suburban One league opener, 85-69. "I thought Wednesday night we played very good defense," said Bucks coach Wayne Finkbeiner. "Friday, we stood around. We were hesitant. We just have to be more consistent on defense. We've got to play a team-oriented defense and look to help one another out. We don't have size or great speed.
May 21, 1992 |
Interboro senior first baseman Amy Kaut has been part of Bucs teams that have won or shared four Del-Val League titles. But she had never been a member of a team that won a PIAA District 1 class AAA playoff game. The Bucs (13-2, 11-1 Del-Val) earned a 2-1 victory over visiting Norristown (7-8) Tuesday to change that. And Kaut had something to do with it, knocking in the tying run with a fourth-inning single. Teammate Dottie Rodarmel knocked in the winner with a single in the sixth inning.
May 15, 1996 |
Councilman Joseph DeDominic said he believed the Borough Council had a surefire way to push the remaining life out of Norristown's downtown shopping district: parking meters. "Let's drive everybody out of town," DeDominic said. "Then we'll have all the parking spaces we want. " At its June 4 meeting, the council is expected to consider reinstalling meters on Main and West Marshall Streets and around Montgomery Hospital to raise much needed money and open up spaces in front of the borough's struggling stores.
November 29, 1991 |
Ruth Woodbury scrunched up her nose at the thought of buying undies from someplace other than Friedman's New York Store in Norristown. "I'm not at all looking forward to going to a mall," Woodbury, 59, said Wednesday morning as she left the store with a bagful of going-out-of-business sale merchandise. "I won't be as comfortable. You have to scramble for yourself there. Here, the ladies are so helpful. It's like a family atmosphere. " When the shelves are bare, Woodbury and hundreds of other longtime New York Store customers will have to find a new place to shop for linens and women's and children's clothing.