Top 5 stories of the week in Northwest Philly

Avid cyclist and head mechanic Jake Siemiarowski. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Avid cyclist and head mechanic Jake Siemiarowski. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Here’s a look at the top five stories of the week you may have missed in Northwest Philadelphia.

1. Mt. Airy awarded $100K to aid 10-year neighborhood plan

The grant, which was awarded by the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, allows for MAUSA, along with six other community partners — East Mt. Airy Neighbors, West Mt. Airy Neighbors, Mt. Airy Business Improvement District, the 6300 Block Alliance, Weavers Way Co-op and Chew and Belfield Neighbors — to spend the next year conducting surveys, collecting data, and talking to residents and business owners. Here’s the full story.

2. Organizers: Williams counter-endorsement event in Northwest Philly not about racial politics

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They said a recent endorsement of Jim Kenney by several Northwest Philadelphia elected officials in West Oak Lane offended them.

So, neighborhood activists, former legislators and residents gathered seven blocks away to “set the record straight” in support of mayoral candidate Tony Williams on Thursday. Click here for the full story.

3. A look at Main Street Manayunk’s new storefronts

In Manayunk, it’s easy to tell that summer it just around the corner when the the bikers are back on the street and the runners are on the towpath. The canal is dotted with canoes and and diners are lining the sidewalks. And this season, the community will have the opportunity to enjoy a handful of new businesses along Main Street. Check out the full story.

4. 3 Northwest Philly principals honored with Lindback award

Three Northwest Philadelphia principals recieved the Lindback Award for Distinguished Principal Leadership this week. Check out the full story to learn more about their work.

5. As Indego gets in gear, bike-share entrepreneur says Philly learned from other cities’ trials

Philly’s new bike share program, Indego, is backed by dollars from the city, state and federal government as well as Independence Blue Cross, the program’s lead sponsor. But the network itself, a product of multiple private partnerships, is Alison Cohen’s brainchild. And, more specifically, Bicycle Transit Systems, the Mt. Airy resident’s nascent company. Read more here.

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