Friday, May 24, 2013
Norristown Patch Twitter follower @MBean sent in a photo of a sinkhole along a street in Bridgeport.
Norristown Patch Twitter follower @MBean sent us a photo yesterday of a sinkhole in Bridgeport near the intersection of Rambo and Ford streets. The area was cordoned off by orange traffic cones. Subscribe to our free daily newsletter | Follow us on Facebook | Follow us @NorristownPatch
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Authorities say 48-year-old Michael Thomas was threatening to jump from the roof of a three-story home in the 1000 block of Willow Street in an effort to escape capture.
An alleged burglar was captured after a midday rooftop struggle with police in which the suspect threatened to jump rather than be arrested. Norristown Police responded to the 1000 block of Willow Street just after 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 29, to a call from a neighbor reporting that "an older black male wearing a red jacket and black hat" was seen climbing through a window in the rear of a nearby home. At the scene, officers saw the open window and surrounded the house. The officers could reportedly see the suspect matching the description, later identified as 48-year-old Michael Thomas, of Bridgeport, attempting to escape the house through windos in the second and third floors. Police say Thomas was able to make his way to the roof …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Just in time for summer, this pink and black 1967 Ford Mustang convertible is for sale in nearby Bridgeport.
Real men aren't afraid of pink. And any of you out there who are may change your tune when you see this baby. Parked in front of Bridgeport Auto at 19 West Fourth St., this pink and black 1967 Ford Mustang ragtop convertible is an instant eye catcher. I stopped in to ask who the lucky owner was and were told it could be me, if I wanted to lay down the $15,000 asking price. Owner Dan told me the car was in primo condition – all metal, new top, all new interior, not to mention a new engine and tranny. If you're in the market for a flashy little Ford with some serious muscle, give Dan a call at 610-506-3343. And let me know when you take it for a test drive – I call shotgun.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
In honor of the 10th anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq, Norristown Patch honors two local heroes lost.
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, which began the evening of March 19, 2003. By one count, the war is directly responsible for at least 189,000 deaths. CNN has created a dynamic interactive map of all casualties in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. According to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, 4,802 Americans and allies have died in the war, including many from Pennsylvania. Among them are two men from neighboring Bridgeport. Read more about Cpl. Todd and Sgt. 1st Class Karpowich on the website, Freedom Remembered and See the full list of Pennsylvania soldiers who gave their lives in the Iraq War on the CNN war casualties website.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Ancient Order of Hibernians Club in Bridgeport hosts the annual event will feature local mix masters competing for the crown.
Looking to fight off that chill in the air today? Head over to the Ancient Order of Hibernians Club (AOH), at 342 Jefferson Street in Swedesburg, tonight, March 14, at 7 p.m. for the club's annual Irish Coffee Competition. Event organizer Lenore Biscotti told Plymouth-Whitemarsh Patch that plenty of local restaurants are competing this year, including Guppy’s, Spamps, Chicks, the Bridgeport Ribhouse, the Elks Club, Screwballs, the Goodwill and Swedesburg fire companies and the AOH, Notre Dame Div. 1 Pub. Admission is free and samples will be flowing for Irish coffee aficionados. Awards handed out for first, second and third place winners and the champion will be invited to participate in the Conshohocken St. Paddy’s Day Parade on March 16 …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Authorities were dealing a serious vehicle accident at Fourth and Depot streets in Bridgeport.
UPDATE: [2/6/13; 2:48 p.m.] Fouth Street in Bridgeport is now reopened. --- Original story: Police, fire and EMS are dealing with a serious multi-vehicle accident at Fourth and Depot streets in Bridgeport that has caused the road to be closed while authorities clear the scene. According to the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety live incident feed, authorities responded to the scene shortly after 2 p.m. for the accident, which caused one vehicle involved to catch fire. Few details are available at this time, but witnesses on the scene say several vehicles were stopped at a nearby traffic light on Fourth Street, when another vehicle headed west towards DeKalb Pike struck them from behind. Gasoline is reportedly pouring into the …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Ferenchak, an avid golfer and loyal Philly fan, was born in Norristown and formerly lived in Limerick.
Matthew J. Ferenchak, 69, of Butler, formerly of Limerick, died Monday morning, January 21, 2013, at Butler Memorial Hospital. Born Sept. 16, 1943, in Norristown, Montgomery County, he was the son of Edith Detterer Ferenchak, of Norristown and the late John Ferenchak. Matthew was a 1961 graduate of the Upper Merion High School. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Matthew was a partner in LaFern Industrial, a machine tool consulting company, retiring in 2003. He was an avid golfer, as well as a loyal Phillies and Eagles fan. In addition to his mother, surviving are his wife, Barbara Lattanze Ferenchak, whom he married July 7, 1973; two sons, Matthew Ferenchak Jr. (Patty), of Gilbertsville, and Gary Ferenchak, of Pottstown; a …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Multiple police departments responded to the bridge Monday afternoon and rescued a man hanging from the side.
According to West Norriton Deputy Police Chief Dale Mabry, police from West Norriton, Norristown, and Bridgeport police departments responded to the Dannehower Bridge at approximately 3:40 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 for a report of a man possibly about to jump from the West Norriton side of bridge. On the scene, officers observed a bicycle resting against the southbound side of the bridge and a man hanging on to the outside of the guardrail not far away. The officer reportedly approached the unidentified man and offered assistance. "The fellow said that he was tired," said Deputy Chief Mabry. "[That] he wanted to kill himself." The officer offered to find help for the man, but he reportedly dropped his legs from the concrete wall and was …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Dropping volunteer firefighter rosters have resulted in the merger of the two fire houses earlier this year, but service hasn't been affected according to officials.
According to The Times Herald, the merger of Humane Fire Company at East Main and Green Streets and Norristown Hose Fire Company at DeKalb and Chestnut streets earlier this year is a result of dwindling numbers of volunteer firefighters and shrinking municipal budgets. The merger was reportedly approved at the end of last year and went into effect at the beginning of this year, but hasn't resulted in any drop off of service for Norristown residents according to Norristown Fire Chief Thomas O'Donnell. "[It's had] zero impact on the residents of the community," Chief O'Donnell told the Herald. "The change has been in effect for 11 months. The Norristown station has career and volunteer firefighters in it." The merger has also resulted in …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Bridgeport and King of Prussia residents can see sample ballots, find polling places and see who's running for what in their town.
It's Election Day and Norristown Patch has put together a voting guide for some of our neighbors in Upper Merion. We've got sample ballots you can download, a guide to which candidates are running for what seats and the locations of all your local polling places. Bridgeport and King of Prussia residents have the following options of candidates to choose from (click on the candidate's name to go to their campaign website): For President & Vice President For U.S Senator Attorney General Auditor General State Treasurer Representative in Congress – District 13 Senator in the General Assembly – District 17 Representative in the General Assembly – District 149 Voters also have the option to write in the name of a candidate of their choice. You …