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August 8, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four homes were heavily damaged, three families displaced, and at least five firefighters injured Tuesday afternoon in a blaze in a Norristown rowhouse neighborhood, officials said. Two other homes suffered minor damage in the fire that broke out shortly before 3 p.m. at a home in the 1000 block of Willow Street, where a work crew was repairing a roof, and spread quickly. The conditions of the firefighters were not known. Eleven fire companies responded to the scene, which became a neighborhood drama as people poured out of their houses to watch from their front steps and lawn chairs.
NEWS
August 8, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Maybe we have been entirely wrong about Harrisburg. OK, not entirely , but somewhat. Perhaps Gov. Corbett and the GOP-dominated, city-bashing, poverty-neglecting legislature is actually a gift. Well, not a gift , but a galvanizing force for progressives, reformers, civil libertarians, and change agents who are sick and tired of Harrisburg's disdain for the sick and tired, huddled masses, children, women, gays, and basically everyone who doesn't look like the legislators, write checks to them, or own a sizable fracking concern.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2013
New Life Child & Family Development Center , 2633 Hillcrest Ave., Norristown; Chapter 7; no schedules available. Maine Management , also known as Trustee Charmaine Prater-McCullum , also known as Trustee Charmaine Fernando A. Colon , also known as Trustee Charmaine Prater Colon , also known as Trustee Charmaine Prater Ezengiva , also known as Trustee for Chiquetta S. Woods , P.O. Box 3288, Philadelphia; Chapter 11;...
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The court case had all the elements of a made-for-TV movie. A New Jersey man convicted of a double murder. A previously secret back story of the killer's working with federal agents as a confidential informant to break a dangerous drug-dealing gang. The drama came to an end Monday, when Montgomery County Court Judge Steven T. O'Neill sentenced Luckenson Desrivieres, 25, to life in prison plus 20 years for killing a friend and the friend's girlfriend in Norristown. In April, a jury found Desrivieres guilty of first-degree murder in the June 2012 stabbing death of Shamara Hill, 26, and the third-degree stabbing death of Hill's boyfriend, Marc Winchell Estiverne, 23. Desrivieres confessed that he had killed Hill and Estiverne at the Norristown boardinghouse where they all stayed.
NEWS
June 29, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Crammed into a Pottstown office Thursday were a lot of people who help people. Representatives of local nonprofits, social service providers, and government agencies mingled at the open house for Montgomery County's new Community Connections program. Four offices across the county (Willow Grove, Norristown, Lansdale, and Pottstown) are now staffed with a "navicate" (from "navigator" and "advocate") who can help residents apply for and coordinate services. The doors opened last week, and already the four new coordinators have seen about 100 clients, said the program supervisor, Bonnie Johns.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon in the trial of a man accused in a 2010 killing of a romantic rival near the Uptown Roo House Tavern in Norristown. Tyuan Simon, 32, of Norristown, is charged with first-degree murder and criminal solicitation to commit murder in the shooting death of Tyree Whiting. About 10 p.m. Oct. 19, 2010, Norristown police went to the 1100 block of Swede Street after a report of shots fired. They found the body of Whiting, 34, who had been shot repeatedly.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
The wooden boards on half of her Norristown porch were so rotten that Greays Mendoza circled them with red plastic hazard tape to keep out her children. The licensed massage therapist was cited by the municipality, and a court ordered her to repair the historic home. But the $2,000 price tag was more than she could afford. Luckily for Mendoza and 67 other Norristown homeowners, a work crew of more than 400 high school students was preparing to visit to hammer, nail, and paint free.
NEWS
June 11, 2013
Seeds of redevelopment planted When Inquirer readers hear of the daunting challenges and hopeful future of efforts to revitalize Norristown, they should know something else: Just because the current county commissioners suggest that the Logan Square redevelopment project fizzled out doesn't mean that it did ("Norristown seeks to get itself boiling again," June 3). In fact, the Logan Square project is an economic success and a big job creator. As the lead tenant at Logan Square, USMaintenence was on its way out of town when the prior board of commissioners committed $25 million and county guarantees to improve the shopping center.
NEWS
June 8, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leonard Siegel, 86, of Bala Cynwyd, longtime owner of Norristown Ford, where he "sold 'em for less," died Wednesday, June 5, at his home after a long battle with hepatitis C. In 1961, Mr. Siegel opened the dealership at Ridge Pike and Trooper Road. He operated it there for four decades. Customers identified the pitch about selling cars "for less" with the business. Sales were brisk, so much so that Ford Motor Co. honored Mr. Siegel with numerous awards for excellence in auto sales, said his son, Michael Bernard Siegel.
NEWS
June 4, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Latin phrase adorns Norristown's official seal. Fervet opus - "the work boils. " And it once did. Norristown's mighty industrial base and status as the seat of Montgomery County government helped muscle the area to prosperity. That was decades ago. As nearby county seats faced many of the same challenges and evolved into communities bubbling with energy, Norristown flailed. "Everybody wants to see the county seat improve," said Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie S. Richards.
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