Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

 Playing in LaNoce Park. (Courtesy of Laila Seseg Chakars)

Playing in LaNoce Park. (Courtesy of Laila Seseg Chakars)

Here’s a look at the stories you may have missed this week.


1. Underwater weekend warriors: New Jersey’s volunteer dive team

The search intensified for Shane Montgomery in mid-December when a nail salon released surveillance footage showing the 21-year-old walking towards the Manayunk canal after leaving the Main Street bar where he was last seen.

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Days later, Montgomery’s uncle reached out to the Garden State Underwater Recover Unit, a volunteer underwater search-and-rescue squad headquartered in Milford, New Jersey — a small town on the banks of the Delaware River about 50 miles from Philadelphia. Here’s more on the unit.

2. Germantown grassroots group awaits word on charter-school application

For nearly two hours on Wednesday members of the Germantown Community Charter School Coalition heard comments and took questions on the nearly 100-page application they submitted for a new independent charter school in Germantown. Read more here.

3. Scenes of the less-than-expected snowfall in NW Philly

So, that blizzard was a little underwhelming. Still, kids were out enjoying a snow day and sledding. Here are some pictures.

4. Little Jimmie’s to open old-fashioned style bakery across the street from original location

Mix a plan to eradicate blight with major investment, fold in one man’s dream for business growth and bake for two years.

What recipe for the struggling south end of Mt. Airy’s commercial corridor could be sweeter? Read the full story on Jimmie Reed’s plan to expand on Germantown Avenue.

5. First all-photography exhibit at Mt. Airy Art Garage looks at ‘Philadelphia Through the Lens’

“Philadelphia Through the Lens” is running at Mt. Airy Art Garage through Feb. 20. Learn more about the gallery’s first-ever all-photography exhibit here.


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