Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

 The Schmitter® sandwich is known far and wide. (NewsWorks, file art)

The Schmitter® sandwich is known far and wide. (NewsWorks, file art)

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

1. A guide to preventing car break-ins in Northwest Philadelphia

Go to any police-led community meeting in the Northwest and car break-ins are bound to come up. After violent crime, they are a big priority and problem, especially in the 14th District. To help shine a light on the issue, NewsWorks tagged along with an officer to show how some residents make their cars easy targets. Check out Matthew Grady’s story to learn more.

2. Roxborough High rolls out unique welcome wagon for new students

Roxborough’s student population is way up this academic year after a number of students from closed schools enrolled, including more than 100 from Germantown High School. To help with the transition and keep the school’s climate on the right track, Roxborough’s principal has enlisted students to serve as ambassadors. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

3. Family remembers Hugh McNally, inventor of The Schmitter sandwich

Next to the cheesesteak, The Schmitter® may be Philadelphia’s most famous sandwich. You can find them at Citizens Bank Park now, but the iconic combo of beef, salami and a special sauce has Chestnut Hill roots which can specifically be traced to the owner of a tavern on Germantown Avenue who died this month. Carrie Hagen’s story offers background and remembrances.

4. Germantown farmstand aims to give community access to affordable organic food

For the past few months, a trio of residents have manned a Wayne Avenue farmstand on Sundays with hopes of providing their community with affordable and healthy food. As the season winds down, they’re are already thinking about next year and what else the stand can offer the neighborhood in 2014. Check out Laura Benshoff’s story for more details

5. Hearing-impaired bicyclist assaulted, robbed on Germantown Avenue

The assault between Tulpehocken Street and Walnut Lane occurred not long before midnight on Sept. 10 and was captured on video. Check out Brian Hickey’s story for more details.

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