Top 5 stories of the week in Northwest Philadelphia

 Rev. Frank Schaefer spoke to members of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Rev. Frank Schaefer spoke to members of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Here’s a look at several stories that you might have missed on NewsWorks this week:



1. Can PhillyRising 2.0 give Southwest Germantown the push it needs?

For years, some neighbors have worked tirelessly to improve this struggling slice of Northwest Philadelphia. Now, they’re getting a helping hand from the city. As the newest member of PhillyRising, the neighborhood will be better linked to city resources as residents continue to tackle the type of quality-of-life issues that typically stunt community growth. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for more details.

2. Methodist pastor ― defrocked for officiating same-sex wedding ― speaks out in Germantown

Rev. Frank Schaefer, the central Pennsylvania pastor who garnered national attention after losing his job for presiding over his gay son’s wedding, recently delivered a sermon at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, one of Philadelphia’s most progressive religious communities. During his time, Schaefer talked about his defrocking and the state of the Methodist church. Check out Queen Muse’s story to learn more.

3. Proposed design for modernization of Lovett Library revealed

The Mt. Airy institution is in line to get a major facelift. Planned upgrades include more technology, a quiet room and, among others, a study and “café” area. The physical plant will also be considerably expanded. Once funding is secured, Lovett will begin its transformation under Philadelphia’s 21st Century Libraries Initiative. Check out Emily Brooks’ story for more details.

4. Newly reopened Black Writers Museum positioned as tourist-friendly draw for Germantown

The museum now occupies a long-underutilized building at the heart of the neighborhood’s commercial corridor. The new space features literature that the museum’s founder said helps visitors understand the impact “black literature has had on American culture.” It also has a public library and resource center. Check out Queen Muse’s story to learn more.

5. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy holds first-ever A Cappella Night

For years, Germantown Friends School has been the A Cappella king of Northwest Philadelphia. The school hosts an annual showcase that often sells out. On Saturday, though SCHA hosted its own event featuring singing superstars from across the city, including students from GFS. Check out Jen Bradley’s story for more details.

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