Top 5 stories of the week in Northwest Philly

 Check out Queen Muse's story on mural artist Nathaniel Lee, shown here. (Courtesy of Nathaniel Lee)

Check out Queen Muse's story on mural artist Nathaniel Lee, shown here. (Courtesy of Nathaniel Lee)

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



1. Germantown runner prepares for emotional return to scene of Boston Marathon

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Randy Clever was 30 feet from the finish line when the first of two homemade bombs went off on Boylston Street in Boston last April. He escaped physical harm, but memories of that day have stayed with him. He’ll soon make new ones as he heads to Beantown to run the grueling course once more. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for more details.

2. Germantown muralist says upcoming installation will spark ‘wild conversations’

Nathaniel Lee has always had a love affair with art. First, it was illustration; then, stained glass. Now, he’s turned his attention to murals. Lee’s latest focus will soon find him helping the city’s Mural Arts Program install a series of murals along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. Check out Queen Muse’s story to learn more.

3. High-school sexuality educator from Germantown to receive AIDS Fund ‘Founders’ Award’

Germantown resident Al Vernacchio has dedicated much of his life to teaching others about sex and sexuality. That’s included a number of lessons on HIV/AIDS. This week, Vernacchio, a teacher at the Friends’ Central School, receives the AIDS Fund “Founders’ Award” for that work. Check out Brian Hickey’s story for more details.

4. Community supported agriculture programs start up in Northwest Philly for the season

The snow has finally melted and it doesn’t appear to be coming back. That’s welcome news for those who have had their fill of shoveling and bundling up. But, the sight may be especially sweet to members of the city’s community supported agriculture programs. Check out Emily Brooks’ story to learn more.

5. Mt. Airy streetscape project offers up free trees

West Mt. Airy Neighbors has once again teamed up with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to make the neighborhood a bit greener. Residents can sign up to receive a tree free of charge. Volunteers will then come plant them. Check out Neema Roshania’s story for more details.

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