Top 4 stories to watch for in Northwest Philadelphia

 The Night Market, which drew droves of people to West Oak Lane last summer, returns to Ogontz Avenue on Thursday. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

The Night Market, which drew droves of people to West Oak Lane last summer, returns to Ogontz Avenue on Thursday. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Here’s a look at stories we’ll be covering in Northwest Philadelphia this upcoming week:

1. More Northwest Philadelphia graduation-photo galleries coming your way

NewsWorks will be on hand for commencement ceremonies at Roxborough, W.B. Saul, Lankenau and Martin Luther King High-School graduations next week. (We’ll also stop by the West Oak Lane Charter School eighth-grade graduation). We’ll also profile the valedictorian at MLK High, who transferred over to Stenton Avenue once Germantown High closed. Check back for photo galleries from all of the above throughout the week.

2. Germantown’s alleged bombmaker due in court for a Thursday hearing

Douglas Ferrin, the 54-year-old artist from Germantown who lost part of his right hand in an explosion at his West Queen Lane home, is due in court Thursday. He’s charged with weapons of mass destruction, risking catastrophe and other offenses. Neighbors say sounds of explosions were not uncommon coming from the area of his home, which is next door to a gas station. Check back next week for our coverage of the scheduled preliminary hearing.

3. West Oak Lane Night Market on Thursday

The Food Trust’s Night Market returns to West Oak Lane on Thursday night after last year’s successful inaugural event. With more than 50 restaurants and food trucks set to attend, huge crowds are expected on Ogontz Avenue. Keep an eye out for coverage on Friday.

4. Where to watch the World Cup

The international soccer tournament started on Thursday. On Monday and next Sunday, the U.S. Men’s National Team takes the pitch against Ghana and Portugal respectively. Want to head out to watch the matches? Consult our map and, if you see any viewing locations that we missed, let us know. Keep your eyes open for an essay about the sport’s impact in at least one Northwest Philly home, too.

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