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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.
NEWS
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),...
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE so-called Swiss Cheese Pervert is receiving "inpatient treatment," a judge was told yesterday. Just what type of treatment Christopher Pagano is undergoing was not revealed in court by his lawyer, Richard Quinton Hark, who also declined to specify it during an interview. Pagano, the Norristown man arrested in January for flashing his cheese-accessorized penis, was not in court to hear that his preliminary hearing was scheduled for April 10. The District Attorney's Office also informed Municipal Judge Wendy L. Pew that it will try Pagano by a jury rather than by judge, which it has a legal right to do despite the charges being misdemeanors.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Steve Harner earned his 300th victory as a wrestling coach when Conestoga defeated visiting Haverford High, 32-25, Tuesday night. The win was Harner's 75th since he became Pioneers coach in 2008. He also coached at his alma mater, Norristown, from 1985-2004, and was inducted into the Southeastern Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in '08. Since 1978, Harner also has coached at Clarion Area and Bishop Kenrick High Schools, Ursinus College, and Williamson Free Trade School.
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