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April 16, 1987 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
The long-awaited stabilization of the eroding banks of Stony Creek, in the southeastern corner of Springfield Township, moved a step closer to reality this week. Gov. Casey on Monday ordered the state budget office to release $275,000 in 1986-87 capital budget funds for a flood protection project that has been under discussion since 1984. The project, which calls for the construction of a U-shaped concrete channel between Joseph Place and Ivy Lane in the township's Second Ward, is designed to alleviate chronic erosion and flooding problems.
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April 5, 1996 | By Rena Singer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
About this time each year, just before the state Fish Commission enlivens the waters of long dormant creeks with farm fresh trout, Charles Wood and his eight brothers set out with their waist-high waders, rakes and dumptrucks to restore a six-mile stretch of polluted creek and bank. From Stony Creek's shallow, murky waters, they have pulled the shell of a car, a washer, dryer, tires, scrap metal, building materials, antique liquor and medicine bottles, and countless cans and bottles.
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July 2, 1992 | By Jeff McGaw, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Sometime this fall - for the first time in 11 years - a freight train pulling from 10 to 25 cars will rumble down a 10-mile stretch of track linking Norristown and Lansdale. It will blast its horn four times at each railroad crossing - twice long and twice short. It will travel from 5 to 10 miles per hour. The rejuvenation of that track, the Stony Creek line, will, proponents say, allow businesses to grow, create jobs and reduce truck traffic. But others - including Whitpain Township's Police Chief Joseph Stemple, some township officials and about 100 residents - are concerned that bringing the tracks back to life will pose a public safety hazard.
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June 27, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
A body was found in a creek Saturday night in Norristown, authorities said. The body was reported around 8:30 p.m., floating in Stony Creek, off the Schuylkill and near the intersection of West Airy and Markley Streets, county dispatch said. Norristown's police and fire departments were working to recover the body Saturday night, and no identifying information was immediately available. jlai@phillynews.com 856-779-3220 @elaijuh
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July 16, 1987 | By Theresa Conroy, Special to The Inquirer
Preparing for a boom in elementary school enrollment, the Wissahickon Board of Education has authorized the business manager to investigate methods of financing a $5 million expansion project. The school board voted, 7-0, Monday night in favor of a resolution permitting business manager William Giambrone to seek sources of money for new construction and renovations to the Mattison Avenue, Shady Grove, Stony Creek and Blue Bell Elementary Schools. The district's elementary enrollment of 1,222 in the 1986-87 school year is expected to increase to 1,524 by 1997-98.
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August 3, 2004 | By Stephanie L. Arnold INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Norristown police are trying to identify the body of a man found this weekend in Stony Creek. Police said the man had been dead two to four days when he was found around 8 a.m. Saturday by pedestrians near the southern end of Crawford Park, where the creek flows into the Schuylkill. Police said an autopsy showed the man had drowned, but authorities have no other details, Lt. Kevin McKeon said. "Right now we have not ruled anything out," McKeon said. The area where the body was discovered is used for fishing, though people frequently swim there, according to authorities.
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November 9, 1986 | By S. E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
An electroplating company's application to discharge treated waste water into a Whitpain Township creek has been opposed by 40 residents who are concerned that the discharge would pollute their wells and drinking water. About 40 Whitpain residents voiced their concerns Thursday night at a Department of Environmental Resources hearing in the township building. The DER held the meeting to enable the public to have its say on the application by Sigma Electroplating Inc. to discharge waste from its plant into the adjacent Stony Creek.
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August 8, 1995 | By Drew Weaver, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Officials here have worried for years that a strong rainstorm or mishap could break it, sending tons of raw sewage through Norristown and into the Schuylkill. In 1990, workers discovered that the underground pipe, which carries about 400,000 gallons of sewage a day to a nearby pumping station, had become an underwater pipe. The cause: decades of erosion by adjacent Stony Creek. Declaring it an emergency, local officials looked to the federal government for help. Yesterday they said they thought their wait was finally over.
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January 22, 1989 | By S. E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
A request to expand a Center Square service station has been unanimously denied by the Whitpain Zoning Hearing Board. After a brief hearing Thursday, the board voted 3-0 to deny the request of Werner Koller, proprietor of the Sunoco station at DeKalb and Skippack Pikes, to put a 540-square-foot addition to the rear of his shop. Koller leases the shop from the Sun Oil Co. Several neighbors opposed the request, which had also drawn neighborhood opposition at a hearing in December.
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April 23, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Wissahickon school board approved an elementary redistricting plan Monday night, realigning boundaries to deal with declining enrollment. The vote came and went with no comment from the board, ending several months of vitriol and a long series of public-input sessions. The debate peaked in January, when the board voted to close Ambler's Mattison Avenue Elementary, the district's smallest campus and the only one serving kindergarten through fourth grade. Parents pleaded to save the school, which is within walking distance for most families and has had moderate success serving a large population of English-language learners.
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June 27, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
A body was found in a creek Saturday night in Norristown, authorities said. The body was reported around 8:30 p.m., floating in Stony Creek, off the Schuylkill and near the intersection of West Airy and Markley Streets, county dispatch said. Norristown's police and fire departments were working to recover the body Saturday night, and no identifying information was immediately available. jlai@phillynews.com 856-779-3220 @elaijuh
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April 24, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Wissahickon school board approved an elementary redistricting plan Monday night, realigning boundaries to deal with declining enrollment. The vote came and went with no comment from the board, ending several months of vitriol and a long series of public-input sessions. The debate peaked in January, when the board voted to close Ambler's Mattison Avenue Elementary, the district's smallest campus and the only one serving kindergarten through fourth grade. Parents pleaded to save the school, which is within walking distance for most families and has had moderate success serving a large population of English-language learners.
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March 18, 2006 | By Don Sapatkin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chas Wood was aghast when he heard two decades ago that the state planned to put fish in urban Stony Creek, 1 1/2 blocks from his lifelong home. "I walked the stream and it was a mess," Wood recalled. He asked friends and family - mainly his seven brothers - to help haul out seven truckloads of trash in what has become an annual Norristown tradition the weekend before trout season. A decade later, with more and more people snagging fish from the creek for dinner, the guys had another idea: What if they raised their own trout so they and their children could continue fishing after the state's fish were gone?
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August 3, 2004 | By Stephanie L. Arnold INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Norristown police are trying to identify the body of a man found this weekend in Stony Creek. Police said the man had been dead two to four days when he was found around 8 a.m. Saturday by pedestrians near the southern end of Crawford Park, where the creek flows into the Schuylkill. Police said an autopsy showed the man had drowned, but authorities have no other details, Lt. Kevin McKeon said. "Right now we have not ruled anything out," McKeon said. The area where the body was discovered is used for fishing, though people frequently swim there, according to authorities.
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April 19, 2004 | By Matthew P. Blanchard INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He is just one man, modest and unknown. But Ron Kennedy was moved by the great summery sun above Logan Circle to perform a gesture that would capture the mood of thousands. At 9 a.m. yesterday, Kennedy gripped the bottom edge of his T-shirt and began to lift skyward. A cotton curtain rose over his round belly and the furry spread of his chest until Kennedy was gloriously shirtless in a public place, popping open like a pink flower to kick off his own personal summer. "It's only April.
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August 2, 2000 | By Matt Archbold, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Montgomery County is putting the spacious and debt-ridden Stony Creek office complex in Norristown up for sale. The 6.7-acre property, which houses seven buildings with more than 57,000 square feet of space, is priced at about $1.5 million, J.M. Basile, a real-estate agent, said yesterday. "This is a case of the county putting its money where its mouth is as far as [Norristown] revitalization goes," said John Sgarlata, the county's deputy chief operating officer. It is also a case of the county cutting its losses, said Commissioner Jim Matthews.
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July 25, 1997 | By Scott Cech, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The 60-block swath of rowhouses in south-central Norristown doesn't look much different from any other part of the borough. Two- and three-story rowhouses, some dilapidated, are clustered close together. Decade-old cars are parked out front. Children play in the street. What makes this section of Norristown different is that 20 percent of the county's lead-poisoning cases in the last five years have been here. In the U.S. Census Bureau tract bordered by Elm Street, East Airy Street, Arch Street and Stony Creek, 110 people have turned up with blood-lead levels of 15 micrograms per deciliter or higher since 1992.
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April 5, 1996 | By Rena Singer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
About this time each year, just before the state Fish Commission enlivens the waters of long dormant creeks with farm fresh trout, Charles Wood and his eight brothers set out with their waist-high waders, rakes and dumptrucks to restore a six-mile stretch of polluted creek and bank. From Stony Creek's shallow, murky waters, they have pulled the shell of a car, a washer, dryer, tires, scrap metal, building materials, antique liquor and medicine bottles, and countless cans and bottles.
NEWS
August 8, 1995 | By Drew Weaver, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Officials here have worried for years that a strong rainstorm or mishap could break it, sending tons of raw sewage through Norristown and into the Schuylkill. In 1990, workers discovered that the underground pipe, which carries about 400,000 gallons of sewage a day to a nearby pumping station, had become an underwater pipe. The cause: decades of erosion by adjacent Stony Creek. Declaring it an emergency, local officials looked to the federal government for help. Yesterday they said they thought their wait was finally over.
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