November 1, 2013 |
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.
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.
October 9, 2013 |
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.
October 7, 2013 |
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.
September 20, 2013 |
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.
September 3, 2013 |
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.
August 10, 2013 |
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.
August 8, 2013 |
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.
August 8, 2013 |
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.
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;...