Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

 The stone house standing on the corner of Knox and Coulter Streets was built in 1871 and was owned by Francis and Thomas Cope, members of a prominent family of merchants in Philadelphia. (Neema Roshania/WHYY, file)

The stone house standing on the corner of Knox and Coulter Streets was built in 1871 and was owned by Francis and Thomas Cope, members of a prominent family of merchants in Philadelphia. (Neema Roshania/WHYY, file)

Here’s a look at what’s to come:

1. Roxborough couple turns lung-cancer diagnosis into awareness mission

When Mark Kuchler was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago, it was a major blow. The Roxborough resident had never smoked a day in his life and was far younger than the average lung cancer patient. These days, with his cancer largely stabilized, Kuchler and his soon-to-be-wife Rachel Kling have turned to activism to bring awareness about one of the deadliest forms of the disease. Check out Neema Roshania’s story for more details.

2. L&I cleans up Germantown spite-blight property for the 11th time

The large historic home on Knox Street has been a headache for near neighbors for years. By now, the city’s department of Licenses and Inspections likely knows the property well. So too, does the city’s court system. Check out Alan Jaffe’s story to learn more.

3. Deplorable conditions, cat hoarding discovered in former home of Grace Kelly

The late movie star wouldn’t be smiling if she knew what officials with the Pennsylvania SPCA found inside her childhood home in East Falls this week. The longtime owner of the Henry Avenue home has since been committed. Check out Brian Hickey’s story to learn more.

4. State rep’s civic-group ‘blueprint’ goes public in Northwest Philadelphia

In an effort to boost civic participation in her district, state Rep. Pamela DeLissio has developed a plan to increase membership and foster communication amongst the dozen community groups in the Roxborough and Manayunk area. Social media play a significant role. Check out Matthew Grady’s story for more details.

5. Filmmaker, West Oak Lane native gets standing ovation at Philadelphia

“1982,” a film by West Oak Lane resident Tommy Oliver that was shot in the neighborhood, debuted last week during the Philadelphia Film Festival. Check out Laura Benshoff’s story for more details.

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