Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

 Read about a new initiative at W.B. Saul that uses food grown at the Roxborough school's farm in the cafeteria. (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)

Read about a new initiative at W.B. Saul that uses food grown at the Roxborough school's farm in the cafeteria. (Nathaniel Hamilton/for NewsWorks)

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

1. Saul cafeteria now serving up school harvest

Since 2009, students at W.B. Saul High School have helped harvest vegetables for members of a community supported agriculture program based at the school’s Roxborough farm. Earlier this month, they started regularly enjoying the fruits of their labor — literally. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

2. Roxborough High to be first in Philadelphia to offer career academy to all students

Thanks to a grant from the William Penn Foundation, RHS will be able to offer career and college-preparatory programming to the whole school instead of just select students. Through a partnership with Philadelphia Academies, 5,000 students in the district will eventually have the same opportunity. Check out Neema Roshania’s story for more details.

3. East Mt. Airy residents prevail as abandoned site becomes public park

For nearly a decade, neighbors have pushed to make the wild, private plot into a community asset. This month, they achieved their goal when the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation officially took ownership of the six-acre parcel. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

4. Bail posted for suspect in fatal Nicetown hit-and-run

On Oct. 4, Ceeanna Pate was struck by a speeding vehicle around 11 p.m. She died five days later in the hospital. On Thursday, the driver turned herself into police and is now facing murder charges. Check out Brian Hickey’s story to learn more.

5. Mural honoring late state Rep. David P. Richardson Jr. ‘rededicated’ outside Germantown school

For more than two decades, Richardson led the 201st Legislative District, which covers parts of Germantown, including where Pastorious Elementary sits. A mural of the notable lawmaker, painted on one of the school’s walls, recently got a facelift. Check out Brian Hickey’s story for more details.

 

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