Top 4 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. 6 questions for U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah on the fiscal cliff, gun violence and more

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.

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Wanda Taylor
Larry Abney
Chris Bartholomew
Janie Watson
Marie Evans

3. Students join battle for Germantown High’s future with march and rally

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.

4. Kelly Elementary greening overhaul efforts move into fundraising phase

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.

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