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November 21, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
CRAIG CLIFFORD Rucker was one of those guys you couldn't help liking. He was naturally upbeat, smiling and happy, even when he became disabled and couldn't get around much anymore. Craig suffered from diabetes and kidney disease that ultimately limited his movements. After a wait of three years, he was able to get into a Philadelphia Housing Authority house for the handicapped. Even there, and dependent on a walker, he didn't let his condition defeat him. He couldn't work anymore, but he would put some flea-market-type items out front and sell them.
NEWS
November 17, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORRISTOWN Norristown Police Chief Willie Richet finally will be able to relax and wear something other than his uniform. And he has mixed feelings about that. When Richet retires next week, he'll put away his badge after 40 years with the Montgomery County seat's law enforcement agency. Mark E. Talbot Sr., director of the Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation, will be sworn in as Norristown's next chief Tuesday. Given how long he has served and the fact that he is a Norristown resident, "it made for great relationships," said Norristown Councilwoman Linda Christian, the public safety committee cochair.
SPORTS
November 4, 2013 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Heimann threw for 70 yards and ran for 103 and three touchdowns Saturday to lead Cheltenham to a 35-14 win at Norristown in a Suburban One American football matchup. Heimann showed his elusiveness on a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter in which he made eight defenders miss while running up the sideline. Inter-Ac Germantown Academy 41, Springside Chestnut Hill 23 - The Patriots scored 32 unanswered points in the second half to come back and win at Springside Chestnut Hill.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORRISTOWN – What started as a klieg-lit dream to put a movie studio in Norristown ended Wednesday with the old Logan Square Shopping Center being bought at a sheriff's auction by its main investor. Now that the foreclosure suit that spurred the sheriff's sale is over, Montgomery County officials can pursue "whatever remedies are open" to the county to recoup some of the $24.5 million in public funds it put into the project, said the county's chief financial officer, Uri Z. Monson.
NEWS
October 13, 2013
SOCCER PUBLIC LEAGUE Science Leadership 2, Masterman 0: Alyssa Winner scored on offense in the first half and then shut out visiting Masterman as a goalie in the second. SUBURBAN ONE AMERICAN Wissahickon 4, Upper Merion 1: Stacie Rocco notched a hat trick and Ashley Laskowitz chipped in a goal and an assist in a home win for Wissahickon. Plymouth Whitemarsh 4, Norristown 1: Rachel Konowal scored twice and Aurora Mills and Allison Spinelli had a goal and an assist each in Norristown.
NEWS
October 9, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORRISTOWN After eight months of review, Montgomery County staff will deliver a recommendation Tuesday on whether to privatize the Parkhouse senior living complex in Upper Providence Township. The county in February began studying a potential sale or lease of the facility, which serves about 500 elderly and infirm residents and employs 700 people. The effort is part of a plan to pare the county's responsibilities, and includes selling buildings and letting boroughs and townships take control of bridges.
REAL_ESTATE
October 7, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Developer Ken Weinstein has a knack for finding opportunities in places where others see none. Upper Darby and Norristown, to name two suburban locations, as well as city neighborhoods. In 2009, Philadelphia-based Weinstein and business partner Stan Smith paid $1.1 million for the 84,000-square-foot former Verizon Corp. building across from the Upper Darby Township building. They rehabbed it for offices as 7200 Chestnut. In Norristown, Weinstein's firm, PhillyOfficeRetail, is completing work at 317 Swede St., across from the Montgomery County Courthouse, and commercial space at 401 DeKalb St., in the county seat's reemerging business district.
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
After enduring layoffs, consolidations, and a debt-rating downgrade in recent years, Montgomery County officials are again bracing for more belt-tightening. As they prepare to draft their 2014 budget, county officials last week said they had identified at least $3.2 million in new expenses related to health care, the federal sequester, and redevelopment deals gone bad. The number seems small compared with the $59 million in budget cuts during the last two years. But with an eye toward those extra costs, the county has implemented a "strict scrutiny" hiring system, requiring the approval of the chief finance officer and chief operating officer to fill any vacant positions.
NEWS
September 3, 2013 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Born in Italy in 1926, Elvira Raieta worked on a farm until 1971, then set sail for opportunity in America. She and her husband used their savings to buy a house in a thriving Italian-immigrant neighborhood in Norristown. Today, she is the sole Italian on her mostly African American street. The non-Hispanic white population of the borough that is the Montgomery County seat has dropped 18 percent since 2000, according to the U.S. Census, and had been falling for decades.
NEWS
August 10, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kenneth F. Ostrowski, 54, of Swedesburg, Montgomery County, a floral designer, died Sunday, Aug. 4, of kidney cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. A large man with an irrepressible spirit, he worked until two years ago as a salesman for Zieger & Sons Inc., a wholesale florist in Philadelphia, said his sister Lori Roscoe. He stopped for health reasons but continued informally, helping friends with decorative projects. Before Ziegler, he worked for Plaza Flowers in Norristown.
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