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July 1, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
On one of the hottest days of the year, David Hodo was deep inside the George Washington Carver Community Center pool in Norristown, and he wasn't cooling off. Quite the opposite. He was standing on the empty pool bottom and scraping loose siding off the concrete walls. County budget cuts, mounting bills, and the harsh winter all have conspired to drain resources from the center. The 54-year-old pool - where children who don't have the $3 full-day admission can earn their way in by pulling weeds or picking up trash - has not been able to reopen, leaving many children on the east side of town without a place to swim.
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June 21, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Arrested in January, Israel Resendiz Hernandez spent 144 days in Pennsylvania jails - some on a hunger strike - as he faced deportation to Mexico for illegally entering the United States last fall. On Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials allowed Resendiz to return to his wife and daughters in Norristown. He remains in jeopardy but is free, pending his request for asylum. A hearing on his case is scheduled for August. He came home to a jubilant reception at Tortilleria la Familia, the family's grocery in the heavily Mexican-immigrant western end of the municipality.
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June 2, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dr. Joseph F. Altomonte, 80, of Exton, a longtime physician in the Norristown area known affectionately as "Dr. A," died Tuesday, May 27, of lung cancer at his home. Dr. Altomonte practiced family medicine starting in 1970 from Sacred Heart and Montgomery Hospitals. Beginning in the late 1990s, he was affiliated with Fornance Medical Associates and then Norriton Family Medicine, both in East Norriton Township. He never retired. Dr. Altomonte also served for 42 years ending last year as the doctor for St. Gabriel's Hall, a residential treatment center for male teenagers in Audubon.
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May 25, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
This season, two small Philadelphia theater companies staged Broadway-sized shows in their intimate venues. Both scored big hits. Ambler's Act 2 Playhouse produced a chilling rendition of Woman in Black in the fall, and Norristown's Theatre Horizon closes its season with a riotous production of The 39 Steps . Patrick Barlow's 2005 adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 film spoofs the original spy thriller about Richard Hannay (Damon Bonetti),...
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May 9, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Supporters of Israel Resendiz Hernandez, a Norristown resident who faces deportation to Mexico but is seeking asylum here, are calling on immigration officials to release him to his wife and two U.S. citizen daughters while his case proceeds. About a dozen demonstrators rallied Wednesday in front of the regional headquarters of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at 16th and Callowhill Streets on what they said was Resendiz's 100th consecutive day in detention. Among the demonstrators was his wife, Pilar Molina, 29, and their daughter Caitlin, 9, a fourth grader who held a poster on which she had scrawled, "I want my Dad here for Father's Day. " "It doesn't make sense, he passed his 'fear' . . . interview," said his wife, referring to his stated fear of being returned.
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May 9, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
ISRAEL RESENDIZ Hernandez, a Norristown businessman and father of two young girls, is afraid to return to his native Mexico because of "gangster-type" threats against his family, his immigration lawyer said yesterday. Resendiz, 34, passed a "reasonable-fear interview" with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum officer. But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are keeping him locked up in the Pike County Correctional Facility. Thomas Griffin, Resendiz's lawyer, said at a protest yesterday that Resendiz should be allowed to stay in this country "to protect him from human-rights violations, a threat to his life in Mexico.
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May 5, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST NORRITON TWP. The wood-paneled home at 10 Indian Lane fronting the Schuylkill in West Norriton Township is dwarfed by its neighbors. For more than three decades, owner Lila Frost has lived through nearly a dozen storms that caused the river to swell and lap into houses on her street. Over the years, one-by-one, she has seen construction crews arrive to elevate her neighbors' homes, creating concrete garages at the ground level and flood-proof living spaces. All the while, Frost has taken her chances and held her lower ground.
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February 17, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The project to transform an old Norristown shopping center into a movie studio was supposed to bring the glitz and fortune of Hollywood to the sagging seat of Montgomery County. Build it and filmmakers will come. Build it and jobs will come and lift Norristown to prosperity. That dream fizzled like a box-office bomb last May, when the project's investor filed for foreclosure against the developer. The forlorn shopping center, Logan Square, sits half-empty, its fate likely to be announced in the coming weeks.
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February 17, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORRISTOWN On a muggy summer night in 1976, at a Christian festival where recovered addicts, ex-gang members, and fresh-faced believers worshiped under the Western Pennsylvania stars, Peggy Johnson asked a group of elders to heal her. Johnson had been partially blind since birth. That night, she removed her prosthetic left eye, placed it on an altar and let the leaders lay their hands on her. Nothing changed. If she had more faith, she remembers being told, it would have been different.
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February 2, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Plymouth Whitemarsh's team defense ended Norristown's title defense on Friday night. The Colonials defeated the visiting Eagles, 56-44, to clinch their first Suburban One American regular-season boys' basketball title since 2011, with two games to play. Plymouth Whitemarsh pulled away with a dominant defensive run that bridged the third and fourth quarters, during which it allowed just three points on 13 possessions. Jimmy Murray scored 10 of his 19 points during a 21-7 third quarter for the Colonials, and Andre Mitchell also netted 19 points.
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