Top 5 stories of the week in Northwest Philly

Here’s a look at what you might have missed last week on NewsWorks:

1. Ironworkers charged in racketeering conspiracy that includes Chestnut Hill Meetinghouse arson

On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office dealt the local union chapter a bitter pill: 10 of its members had been arrested and charged with allegedly participating in “acts of extortion, arson, destruction of property and assault.” The suspects allegedly torched a crane and cut steel beams at a non-union job site in Chestnut Hill, among other things. Check out Neema Roshania’s story for more details.

2. Residents raise concerns about redesign of historic Northwest Philadelphia bridge

The multi-million dollar overhaul of the Walnut Lane Bridge has been a hot topic for nearby residents since it was announced in 2012. On Tuesday night, it was on the Blue Bell Civic Association’s agenda once again. This time, neighbors had a lot to say about the project itself and the impact it may have on drivers and pedestrians. Check out Queen Muse’s story to learn more.

3. PHA deadline for Falls Ridge proposals looms for developers

The Philadelphia Housing Authority is ready to strike a deal with a developer interested in building on the two-acre site in East Falls. It just doesn’t know which one yet. Those interested in the Ridge Avenue parcel have until the end of next month to speak up. Check out Matt Grady’s story for more details.

4. MLK Cougars advance to Sunday’s Public League hoops-title game

In November, Martin Luther King High School’s football team won its first-ever public league title. Its basketball team now has the chance to make more school history. Never before has the West Oak Lane school had the best football and basketball teams in the city in the same academic year. Check out Brian Hickey’s story for more details.

5. Woodmere extends its reach to annual flower show with new exhibit

Quita Brodhead was a pioneer of abstract painting. Some of her work, which spanned eight decades, is now on display at the Chestnut Hill museum. It’ll also inspire a big part of this year’s flower show, which kicks off . Check out Emily Brooks’ story to learn more.

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