Top 4 stories to watch for in Northwest Philly

 Bonnie, the pitbull, survived a house fire in Germantown last night. But has she since been dognapped? (Photo courtesy of the Hall family)

Bonnie, the pitbull, survived a house fire in Germantown last night. But has she since been dognapped? (Photo courtesy of the Hall family)

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

1. The winter weather has finally run its course (hopefully!), which means it’s time again for Philly Spring Cleanup Day. On Saturday, Northwest Philadelphians fanned out across the area to lend a helping hand at a number of sites, including Germantown Town Hall. Check back next week for a full report and photo gallery.

2. Germantown resident Judy Hall and her family have had a rough time lately. Last month, a faulty electrical wire sparked a blaze that burned down their home and damaged two others. Clyde, one of the family’s two pit bulls, died after saving Hall’s children. Their other pitbull, Bonnie, though, has been missing since the fire. Hall has been searching tirelessly and doesn’t appear to be interested in giving up anytime soon. Check back next week for the story.

3. Mt. Airy developer Ken Weinstein is in the process of renovating five buildings along Germantown Avenue that were once a part of Germantown Settlement‘s vast real-estate holdings. Two buildings are already renovated and have tenants. A third may soon join them to become an adult daycare. Some neighbors, however, aren’t happy about the use and Weinstein’s approach to developing the campus. Check back next week to learn more.

4. Pediatric Specialty Care is opening an East Falls location to serve and treat “medically-fragile children,” including premature babies and kids with chronic illnesses. The goal of the organization is to work with families to make sure their children can stay at home instead of acute-care settings. Check back next week for more details from their ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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