Top 5 stories of the week in Northwest Philadelphia

 Principal William Wade (right) and MLK High conflict-resolution specialists Thomas Stubbs and Deborah Folk search for the home of an incoming freshman as part of their new mobile-orientation initiative. (Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks)

Principal William Wade (right) and MLK High conflict-resolution specialists Thomas Stubbs and Deborah Folk search for the home of an incoming freshman as part of their new mobile-orientation initiative. (Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks)

Here’s a look at what you may have missed this week in Northwest Philly. 

 

9 visits to Vernon Park feature threats, harassment and profanity from loiterers

After a 34-year-old woman was shot in the face at Germantown’s Vernon Park, a series of residents and community groups to came forward to double down on anti-loitering efforts at the park. NewsWorks writers and editors visited the park at different times over the course of two weeks to see what the scene was really like. Here’s what we found. 

3 Springside Chestnut Hill Academy students gear up for Little League World Series

After celebrating an 8-0 win over Delaware-Newark National Little League on Sunday in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship game, the Taney Dragons of Center City headed to Williamsport on Monday to gear up for the Little League World Series. The team includes three students from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, including star pitcher and only one of two females left in the tournament, Mo’ne Davis. 

MLK High conflict-resolution staff hits the streets seeking facetime with incoming freshmen

The conflict-resolution staff at West Oak Lane’s Martin Luther King High School has targeted about 100 incoming freshmen who have been identified as “problem students” or at-risk for summertime home visits. The visits are meant to discuss expectations and set them up for success once the year starts. Read more about the effort here

Plans for 9-mile trail through Wissahickon hits stumbling block over section of Germantown Avenue

The Friends of the Cresheim Trail have big plans for a 9-mile trail that will connect parts of Northwest Philadelphia to the suburbs, allowing bikers, runners and walkers to move easily through the Wissahickon and between communities. The plan has hit a roadblock regarding an unused trestle that runs over Germantown Avenue between Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. Read more here

Mt. Airy’s Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange serving up classic country food with a twist

When the much-beloved Wine Thief on Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy closed, many community members were disapointed. In its place, Marvin Graaf of East Falls Taproom, opened a classic country eatery that he dubbed Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange. Read more about the restaurant’s plans and how they are faring one month after opening. 

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