Thursday, May 16, 2013
23-year-old Shae Ashe has launched a fundraising initiative on Indiegogo.com to help restore Norristown to its former glory.
Looking to start a grass-roots movement to clean up both the image and streets of Norristown, 23-year-old Shae Ashe has launched a fundraising initiative on Indiegogo.com in the hopes of revitalizing his once-proud hometown. Titled "The Norristown Project", Ashe is looking to raise $10,000 on the popular fundraising site, which will then be used to help clean up the exterior of blighted homes, trim overgrown lawns, remove graffiti, remove trash, and much more. "Since I have been around, Norristown has always had the image of 'dirty and ghetto,' but I don’t see that in my town," said Ashe. "I see the beauty that once was and can be again. I have hopes that 'The Norristown Project' can bring the inspiration needed to get the community …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Montgomery County Asset Building Coalition hosted its 2013 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
"You can write that off, did you know that?" It was a phrase used quite often by those that volunteered their time to prepare taxes for Montgomery County residents that could not afford assistance. The Montgomery County Asset Building Coalition hosted the 2013 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which in total saved residents more than $5 million, according to a report in the Times Herald. “Our total federal refunds totalled $3.4 million; our state refunds were $950,000, so the total refunds to taxpayers were $4,360,000. That’s a lot of money,” Harriet Winokur, MCABC’s coordinator, told the Herald. “It gets better. Our services saved taxpayers approximately $675,000 in fees, which is not additional money into their pockets, …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The local youth sports league is looking to fill football and cheerleading coach positions.
From the Norristown Youth Eagles: Do you have a strong desire to work with youth? Are you committed and driven to make a difference in a child's life? Well Norristown Youth Eagles, Inc. (NYE) are looking for dedicated coaches like YOU! We are looking for dedicated people to apply for football and cheerleading head coach positions. Please send your resume, including community service work and two letters of reference to firstname.lastname@example.org Head Coach Requirements: Head Coach Job Responsibilities: Resumes are being accepted now through May 1. Each applicant will interview with the NYE board. Final decisions will be made by May 15. For more information, contact NYE at email@example.com or call Tre Hadrick at 215-…
Friday, January 18, 2013
The 2013 baseball season is almost here and Norristown Little Leage is looking for a few good men and women to coach teams and umpire games.
From the Norristown Little League website: Norristown Little League (NLL) is in need of volunteers to coach for the Spring baseball and softball season. The league needs all levels from T-Ball up to Minors. NLL would like to provide in-services and trainings to those interested in coaching. If you cannot coach, but would still like to participate, NLL needs umpires. We would also like to provide training for those interested in umpiring. Please contact Gretchen Sidler at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Dakota Clanagan and Jared Jones spent the Saturday before Christmas volunteering with the In His Eyes Outreach's children's program, DAKMAK.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Thursday, January 3
From In His Eyes Outreach: Two area student football players spent a recent Saturday giving back to the community. On Saturday, Dec. 22, Dakota Clanagan, of Perkiomen Valley High School, and Jared Jones, of Springford High School, volunteered with In His Eyes Outreach's children's program – "Dads and Kids, Moms and Kids" (DAKMAK) – in Norristown. In His Eyes Outreach is a non-profit organization that works with women who have come out of prison, rehab or a shelter. Services include career and life-skills training, court advocacy, mentoring for men and women, recovery support groups, and education planning in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. The DAKMAK program works with area children who have a parent in jail Under the …
Monday, December 31, 2012
The Norristown Patch record books show that while we did have some great feel-good stories in 2012, it was crime that captured the attention of our readership.
As 2012 winds to a close, I took a look at the reports to see what stories captured the attention of readers most this year. While the news I covered this year rant the gamut from great kids doing good deeds to homicide, it seems the old newspaper adage is as true as it ever was – "if it bleeds, it leads." Crime topped the charts for 2012, with a notable nod to the bad economy being the story about the new hospital in East Norriton having job openings coming in at number two. Take a look at the full list of local stories that grabbed our headlines in 2012: 10. [VIDEO] See Videotaped Confession of Saanvi Venna's Accused Killer – The story of the missing 10-month-old King of Prussia girl ended tragically when her body was found days after …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Members from Stewart Middle School's undefeated football squad spent their Wednesday afternoon handing our meals and gifts to the less fortunate.
Norristown Police Officer Steve Sowell said it best: "There's a lot of kids in Norristown, a lot of young men, who are doing the right thing. They're giving back to the community and they're doing the right thing, the right way." Sowell was referring specifically to the small group of footballers from Stewart Middle School who joined him at Montgomery County Central MH/MR on Wednesday to serve lunch and hand out presents to patients at the facility. The students even dressed up as holiday elves! The boys were working with Sowell as part of the Student Resource Officer mentoring partnership between the school district and the Norristown Police Department.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
After 12 years of helping families struggling with cancer, 'For Pete's Sake' has received its largest donation ever.
"Though I'll never say that being diagnosed with cancer was a blessing, there have been moments, people, places, and experiences that have made me feel blessed since my diagnosis." Reading through the hundreds of entries on the nonprofit For Pete's Sake webpage, those words, written by 34-year-old Gina Etzrodt, stand out amongst submissions from cancer patients, survivors, and those who lost their battle to the disease. Many of their stories follow similar paths – A stage-3 colon cancer diagnosis at 33. A 40-year-old mother of two diagnosed with breast cancer. Mounting medical bills. Lives turned upside. Children wondering if Dad is well enough to have a game of catch. They all have something in common as well. Trips to Florida and …
Monday, September 3, 2012
Norristown barbers took over the PAL Center on Sunday and donated their time and talents to make sure kids look good when they go back to school this week.
Barbers from nine different Norristown-area shops banded together on Sunday to make sure kids going back-to-school next week do it in style. Boys entering grades 1 through 9 were invited to come to the Greater Norristown PAL Center at 340 Harding Boulevard on Sunday for a free haircut, just in time for the new school year. The nine shops participating in the event included the Hair Zone, Dominican Unisex Salon, Bud's, Green and Spruce Street Barber Shop, Hair Labb, Goodfellas, Exclusive, Ken-Do's and Culbreath's Barber Shop. Parents – If you'd like a hi-res copy of one of the photos in this gallery, contact Keith Heffintrayer at Keith.Heffintrayer@patch.com
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Nine Norristown barber shops are donating their time and talents to make sure kids look good when they go back to school next week and they're looking for donations of food and snacks to feed the hungry masses.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- James Myers
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Barbers from nine different Norristown-area shops are banding together on Sunday to make sure kids going back-to-school next week do it in style. Boys entering grades 1 through 9 are invited to come to the Greater Norristown PAL Center at 340 Harding Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2 for a free haircut, just in time for the new school year. The nine shops participating in the event include the Hair Zone, Dominican Unisex Salon, Bud's, Green and Spruce Street Barber Shop, Hair Labb, Goodfellas, Exclusive, Ken-Do's and Culbreath's Barber Shop. Organizer Robert Glover is expecting over 200 visitors on Sunday and has already received offers of water and some snacks from state Rep. Daylin Leach's office, Norristown Weed & Seed …