Here’s a look at what you may have missed this week:
On Wednesday, NewsWorks caught up with U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah as he and the rest of the 113th Congress prepared to be sworn in. The longtime lawmaker – who represents Mount Airy, Germantown, Roxborough and parts of Montgomery County – took time to discuss a variety of tough subjects, including the fiscal cliff, Hurricane Sandy relief and entitlement reform. Check out Brian Hickey’s interview with the East Falls resident to learn more.
2. Drive or walk through nearly any Philadelphia neighborhood most mornings and you’re bound to pass a crossing guard. To honor the important, but often unrecognized, service these men and women provide in the Northwest, NewsWorks rolled out a week-long series full of stories, videos and photos. Below are links to each of the five crossing guards we highlighted via nomination.
The fight to keep Germantown High School open after this academic year continued Wednesday afternoon. A group of students and alumni braved the brisk weather to protest the School District of Philadelphia’s recommendation to end the school’s near-century old history. Check out Meg Frankowski’s story to learn more.
For years, the grounds at J.B. Kelly Elementary in Germantown have been uninspiring to say the least. To change that, a group of near neighbors and school staff has been working hard to secure funding to make the campus more green and inviting. Their effort was recently recognized. Check out Alaina Mabaso’s story to learn more.