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July 6, 2015 | By Scott Sturgis, For The Inquirer
When Kristen Breslin faces an obstacle, she turns it into an opportunity - not the easy way out. Midway through the Great Recession, she could feel the end of the road for her job at an auto-parts store looming, and decided it was time to build a new skill set and move on. "I was like, 'You know what? No one is ever going to pay me to punch buttons on a computer,' " the Norristown woman recounted in her a matter-of-fact way. She'd been part of what many consider "a man's world" working at the parts counter; it took her some time to build rapport with her mechanic and gearhead customers.
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July 6, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan and Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia police have arrested a man in Monday's slaying of an elderly woman from East Mount Airy, officials announced Saturday. In a news conference at police headquarters, Capt. James Clark, commanding officer of the homicide unit, identified the suspect as Leroy Wilson, 37, who was arrested early Saturday morning in Norristown. Clark said Wilson lived at the homes of girlfriends in Norristown and North Philadelphia. Regina Brunner Holmes, 85, was found Monday in her East Mount Airy home, beaten, stabbed, and with her throat slashed.
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July 4, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the congregation of Ebenezer Methodist Church cheered through a rousing 175th anniversary sermon Sunday, members of an even older church a half-mile away were bowing their heads in prayer for the last time. St. John's Episcopal Church, Norristown's oldest place of worship, dating to 1812, marked its final service Sunday. Unlike many Montgomery County towns whose identities are entwined with their founding denominations - Quaker in Lower Merion, Mennonite in Harleysville, Swedenborgian in Bryn Athyn - Norristown's identity is rooted in ethnic and religious diversity.
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June 20, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Norristown neighborhood is to be awash in music, splashing, cheers, and laughter Saturday as the historic George Washington Carver Community Center pool is resurrected. Once the party is over, however, organizers will resume the tough slog of rebranding, raising money, and proving to the community that the center can be self-sustaining for years to come. "We have to get through this season, and we have to validate whether or not the community really wants these types of programs," said the Rev. Byron Craig, who leads the new board of directors, installed in October.
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May 26, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Terry Newton does not usually trust police officers. But after his 28-year-old son was shot and killed in Norristown last month, he found comfort at an unexpected place: the police station. Norristown police Chief Mark Talbot stood among Newton's family. He expressed sympathy for the death of Keithon Majors. He made eye contact. He answered questions. "It was almost like I was in his living room," Newton said. That approach is typical for Talbot. In his first 18 months on the job, the chief has worked to transform his department and overcome what borough officials called a long-standing lack of trust between residents and police.
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May 14, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ruth H. Loudon, 97, of Norristown, a banker so successful that she was coaxed out of retirement at age 74 to help build a local business, died Thursday, May 7, at home. Mrs. Loudon had put in a normal five-hour day Thursday at Systems Solution Inc. in King of Prussia, where she began work in 1992 after a long career in banking. She was found reclining in her favorite chair. Her death was due to heart failure. Mrs. Loudon's assignment at Systems Solution was to apply her years of experience, old-school work ethic, and patience to the task of expanding the business from just four workers to a company with 70 employees operating in a multitude of states.
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May 10, 2015 | By E.J. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
From the street, Bob Shoudt's home looks like any other in his King of Prussia neighborhood. The red brick and white siding is like his neighbors', and flower beds surround the walkway. The front door squeaks when it opens, and there is a staircase in the kitchen that leads to a basement. Therein lies what makes the home unique - the gathered fruit of a 51-year coaching career. Cases and shelves, featuring dozens of autographed baseballs, signed football helmets and track & field medals, cover the wall farthest from the stairs.
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May 1, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Earlier this week, at a party in New York to celebrate her book Whatever . . . Love Is Love , Norristown-born actress Maria Bello watched as her father had celebrity chef Mario Batali put salami directly into his mouth. "My dad was definitely the king," Bello said with pride. Bello's memories of her father, though, did not always elicit such pride. The third chapter of her book begins as Bello recalls asking her father, "Dad, do you remember when you chased us through the backyard with a gun?"
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April 17, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Elana Baurer is a bulldog, eager for a just fight, former professors say. Maheen Kaleem is more reserved. The child of Pakistani immigrants, she remembers feeling out of place growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her mentors were impressed by her empathy for children and families. Baurer was raised in a Jewish family in Lower Merion. Kaleem grew up Muslim in California. Differences aside, the two lawyers speak nearly with one voice about why they devote untold hours of their free time, for no pay, to help juvenile offenders return to school after their release.
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March 25, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A middle school math teacher from Bucks County pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with one of her students. Jessica Streeper, 34, of Doylestown, was charged last year with having an inappropriate relationship with a student in her eighth-grade class at Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy in Norristown. Streeper pleaded guilty Monday to one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, said Assistant District Attorney Sophia Polites. The felony charge has a maximum sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison, Polites said.
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