January 18, 2016 |
Flanked by vacant lots and rundown buildings, the red marquee of the Centre Theater in downtown Norristown is a prominent local landmark. Even the four-story theater, which once hosted vaudeville acts and Mark Twain, is mostly empty. Now its nonprofit board is attempting to bring new life to the 19th-century building and in the process give a boost to the fortunes of Norristown, the seat of one of Pennsylvania's wealthiest and most populous counties. The prosperity enjoyed by neighboring county seats - West Chester, Media, and Doylestown - has eluded the borough of 34,000, and revitalization efforts are not new. But those involved in the arts in Norristown believe they can help the tired downtown enter a new stage.
January 8, 2016 |
Mike Piazza's election to baseball's Hall of Fame Wednesday completes a curiously connected trinity of locally born Dodgers. He now joins Roy Campanella and Tommy Lasorda as the last link in a chain that began more than a half-century ago in Brooklyn. Like Piazza, the manager who had a brief mid-'50s career as a pitcher was born in Norristown. One of his closest friends was Vince Piazza, his future catcher's father and another Norristown native. It's that Norristown connection, as much as anything, that Piazza can credit for his big-league career, not to mention his Hall of Fame selection.
January 5, 2016
Service was suspended on SEPTA's Norristown Regional Rail line late Sunday after a woman was struck and killed by a train near the Spring Mill station, officials said. SEPTA spokesman Manny Smith said the woman was hit about 10 p.m. by Center City-bound train 6235. He said authorities were investigating whether it was a suicide. Passengers were taken from the train and transported by bus to their destinations, said Smith, who did not provide additional information about the woman.
December 24, 2015
Police are investigating the death of a man in Norristown on Tuesday morning. Police found a man lying on the ground on the 800 block of Maple Alley at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a news release. The man had "what is believed to be a gunshot wound," Steele said, and his death is being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy is pending and the man's identification was not released Tuesday morning as officials contacted family members.
December 19, 2015 |
Montgomery County commissioners voted Thursday to begin design on a $200-million-plus addition to the county courthouse and renovation of court and office buildings in Norristown. Construction would be completed over the next decade, officials said, to address structural and security problems. It would also focus the county's campus on Norristown's Main Street and Hancock Square, a park outside the courthouse. Norristown officials praised the plan, and said it could attract additional visitors and economic development to the county seat.
December 17, 2015 |
Montgomery County's women's shelter is looking for a new home. Its offices and shelter are blocks apart in two 100-year-old homes in Norristown. Its narrow staircases are difficult to navigate, especially for children and women recovering from domestic violence injuries, said Laurel House executive director Beth Sturman. So the organization hopes to purchase and move into the St. Titus Church rectory in neighboring East Norriton Township. But it's confronting a new problem: Residents say the shelter is not welcome in their neighborhood.
November 21, 2015 |
Lenny Bazemore remembers heating pots of water on the stove to fill the bathtub. He remembers waiting his turn and bathing in dirty water. He remembers hunger. He remembers poverty. "We didn't have much, but we had love, we had family," Bazemore said. "We didn't have much, but we had each other. " On Thursday, Bazemore, 46, now a successful businessman, sought to honor the family of his childhood best friend, who lived across the street in Norristown. He had purchased the family's home after the parents died, planning to flip it for a profit.
November 8, 2015 |
A Philadelphia man has been arrested in the killings of two men in Norristown on Wednesday in what prosecutors called a jealous rage over a woman he and one of the victims both dated. Obrian Stephen Lewis is charged in the deaths of Marcel Edwin Edwards, 26, of Philadelphia, and Quentin Watson Jr., 26, of Eagleville. "This appears to be killings that were fueled by jealousy," First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said at a Friday morning news conference announcing Lewis' arrest.
October 28, 2015
ISSUE | LOGAN SQUARE Bottom line: Jobs The Logan Square project is a successful job creator, saving and creating 450 jobs at USM, the lead tenant, that would have left Norristown without the county's investment. Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro's critical letter (Oct. 20) does not tell the full story. The previous county administration, the state, and the borough helped finance this private development, which includes new Class A office space, a new parking garage, and a 10-year lease keeping USM in Norristown and allowing the company to hire more people.
October 19, 2015 |
"Thirty-two? Really?" Alex Gibson couldn't believe his numbers, standing on the red track surrounding the football field after Central Bucks East knocked off host Norristown, 37-21, Saturday. His hair sweaty and windswept after he took his helmet off, Gibson was the star of a Patriots offense that kept the ball on the ground all afternoon long as gray clouds and brisk breezes rolled by. He couldn't believe it, but it was true: Gibson carried the ball 32 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns.