Top 5 stories of the week in Northwest Philly

 Check out a story on the Philadelphia School District's top cop, Chief Inspector Carl Holmes. (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)

Check out a story on the Philadelphia School District's top cop, Chief Inspector Carl Holmes. (Emma Lee/for NewsWorks)

Here’s a look at what you may have missed:

1. Philadelphia School District top cop talks safety in midst of ongoing budget crisis

Chief Inspector Carl Holmes now heads the district’s safety efforts inside and outside of the city’s 200-plus public schools. The Roxborough resident has spent time in narcotics and patrol, but any job related to safety is in his wheelhouse. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

2. Local artist and educator Todd Marrone dies at 39

The Manayunk arts community unexpectedly lost a beloved member this week. Marrone, a teacher at a suburban middle school, often had his artwork displayed in the neighborhood, most recently at Lucky’s Last Chance. Check out Emily Brooks’ story for more details.

3. State Rep. Pam DeLissio uses Saul HS cows to prepare for statewide milking contest

The Northwest Philadelphia lawmaker wants to taste victory next week during the Celebrity Milking Contest during the 98th Annual Farm Show. So, in advance of the competition, DeLissio dropped by W.B. Saul Agricultural High School for some last minute pointers. Check out Matt Grady’s story to learn more.

4. What Happened Next: After the state’s probe of Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp.

Over the summer, the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development wrapped up a two-year investigation into OARC’s use of millions in grant dollars. Until then, the nonprofit was unable to receive any state dollars from the department. Check out Brian Hickey’s story to learn more. 

5. Favorite NW Philly youth-sports coaches: The Northwest Raiders under-seven football squad

Over the years, The Northwest Raiders have become a staple in East Germantown. A trio of coaches has pushed the program to its current status, logging countless volunteers along the way. Check out Brian Hickey’s story for more details. Also be sure to check out part one of the series, in which we caught up with Ed Dunn, head coach of the Martin Luther King High School’s football team, who took home the public league title this season. 

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