Here’s a look at stories we’ll be covering in Northwest Philadelphia this week:
1. A historic home on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough was recently razed to make way for new development. In the end, that turned out to be a new Wendy’s restaurant. Some neighbors were, to say the least, angry with the choice. As the project moves forward, we’ll include those sentiments as part of a roundup of community opinions on the project. We’ll also have coverage of a related zoning hearing scheduled for Wednesday.
2. Three Northwest Philadelphia football teams hope to take home significant wins this weekend. Martin Luther King High is playing for the Public League AAA title against Mastery North. Imhotep Institute Charter High School is looking for a state playoff victory. And, Penn Charter has its sights set on beating Germantown Academy. All games were played on Saturday.
3. In an effort to boost school spirit, students and teachers at W.B. Saul High School have organized the first-ever agriculture Olympics, a 10-event ode to farming and sustainability. The Thursday afternoon event will feature, among other things, wheel barrow races, round bale rolling and a lab dress contest.
4. A multi-month effort to bring an espresso shop/art gallery to a swath of West Germantown is now officially dead after a series of setbacks. Tim Walkiewicz, though, isn’t giving up on the concept and is currently looking for alternative locations.