Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. Tax credit program will allow Mt. Airy businesses to redirect dollars to public schools

East Mt. Airy Neighbors, West Mt. Airy Neighbors and Mt. Airy USA are teaming up to help local schools fund projects they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. The trio has applied to bring the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program to the area. A.B. Day, Emlen, CW. Henry, Henry H. Houston and Lingelbach Elementaries would benefit from the program.

2. Gummy worms and a $100K grant the focus of Hill Freedom Middle School event

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Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William Hite joined scientists and students at the East Germantown school this week for a very hands-on award ceremony. The sizable grant from a Philadelphia-based chemical company will enable teachers to attend free professional development workshops. Check out Meg Frankowski’s story for more details.

3. Woodmere Art Museum seeks grant for new sculpture garden and landscape improvements

The Chestnut Hill Community Association met this week to discuss a trio of projects planned for the six-acre site. The Chestnut Hill-based museum has applied for state dollars to spruce up its building and grounds. The funds would cover a sculpture garden, landscaping and estate restoration work. Check out Jana Shea’s story to learn more.

4. Police warn about illicit ‘apple-picking’ in Northwest Philly

Texting or surfing the web on your smartphone in public may make you a prime target for a would-be thief, according to police. Officers with the 14th District recently told residents that an unusual trend involving “eco-ATM” machines has recently emerged in the area. Check out Matthew Grady’s story to learn more.

5. Planet Fitness will soon open a Germantown location

Germantown will soon have a new place for people to exercise. The gym franchise is close to opening just off of Wayne Avenue, not far from the Germantown Life Enrichment Center. Check out Kiera Smalls’ story to learn more.


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