Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philadelphia

 The Philadelphia Streets Department is using sensors to monitor speed on Kelly Drive. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

The Philadelphia Streets Department is using sensors to monitor speed on Kelly Drive. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

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



1. Hey Kelly Drive speeders: Been catching a lot of red lights lately?

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The speed limit on Kelly Drive has become more suggestion than law for most of the drivers that whip through the curvy roadway. The city’s Street Department is hoping a pair of new signs tied to sensors beneath the asphalt will get drivers to slow down. Check out Brian Hickey’s story to learn more.

2. Conservative institute withdraws variance application for Cooperwood estate

The John Jay Institute wanted to use the private Chestnut Hill home for classrooms, administrative offices and student dorms. The organization needed a zoning variance and wanted community support to move forward with the transformation. The project didn’t get the latter. Check out Alan Jaffe’s story for more details.

3. MLK Cougars unexpected playoff run ends in humbling defeat, brighter outlook

Two weeks ago, Martin Luther King’s football team achieved its dream of winning the school’s first-ever Public League title. The team couldn’t follow up that big victory with another against the Archbishop Wood Vikings, but the school community still deemed this season a success. Check out Brian Hickey’s story to learn more.

4. First-ever agricultural Olympics organized at W.B. Saul to lift school spirit

Saul High School doesn’t have any sports teams, but it has a lot of agricultural acumen. On Thursday, students and teachers used that knowledge during the school’s first-ever agricultural Olympics, which saw students roll hay bales, toss apples, eat pies and more. Check out Aaron Moselle story to learn more.

5. Mustaches for a cause take over November at Manayunk bar

For the second year, the bartenders at Lucky’s Last Chance grew their lip whiskers during November to raise awareness and funds for the prevention of prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. On Thursday, the bar hosted a “Movember” charity event to further support the cause. Check out Emily Brooks’ story for more details.

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