Top 5 stories of the week in Northwest Philadelphia

 More than two hours after the polls closed, state Rep. Pam DeLissio (center) was still closely monitoring election results. She eventually won her primary over challenger Dave Henderson. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

More than two hours after the polls closed, state Rep. Pam DeLissio (center) was still closely monitoring election results. She eventually won her primary over challenger Dave Henderson. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Here’s a look at stories you may have missed in Northwest Philadelphia this week:

1. ‘Watch Dogs’ effort trains pooch-walking East Falls residents to assist town-watch group

With 56 percent of East Falls households said to include dogs, local organizations started training those out walking their beloved pooches to double as neighborhood-watch aides on Tuesday. With tests of visual memory and offers of other pointers, the Town Watch Association partnered with the East Falls Dog Park Committee in hopes of improving the quality of life for the area. Check out Queen Muse’s story for more details.

2. DeLissio wins 194th state-rep race, defeats Henderson by 567 votes and Charged with corruption, 2 state lawmakers from Philly lose bid for re-election

Amid low voter-turnout, incumbent state Rep. Pam DeLisso defeated challenger Dave Henderson by 567 votes (3,758 to 3,191) in Tuesday’s primaries. State Rep. Jose “J.P.” Miranda and state Sen. LeAnna Washington had their chances of re-election shot down by voters as they were abandoned amid charges of corruption. Take a look at our full coverage of the primaries to learn more.

3. ‘Fight to the death’ threatened in Chestnut Hill to stop ads on city’s rec centers and libraries

Nearly 5,000 city vehicles and 200 city buildings could soon feature some form of advertising (including wall wraps, projected images or kiosks) as part of a deal being considered to help bolster the city’s coffers. That proposal hasn’t gone over very well in Northwest Philadelphia, where some residents are preparing for a fight. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for more information.

4. Entrepreneurial advisory program launches at Philadelphia University

Philadelphia University officially launched Blackstone LaunchPad, its new campus entrepreneurial initiative, last week in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The program aims to educate interested students in the steps necessary to create a successful start-up. Check out Carrie Hagen’s full story to learn more.

5. Northwest Philly congregation celebrates overturning of same-sex marriage ban

Members and ministers of the Unitarian Society of Germantown (USG) gathered outside of their church on Wednesday evening, waving ribbons, flags and signs encouraging drivers to “honk if you’re happy.” The church gathering was organized to celebrate the overturning of Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban. Queen Muse was there to report on the celebration.

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