Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. From a ragged E. Germantown field, a high-school football team reaches for greatness

You’re right. Philadelphia high-school football is still not the fan-favorite in a city where basketball rivalries still run deep. A Northwest Philadelphia team, though, may be changing that attitude as they charge towards a state title. Check out Brian Hickey’s story on Imhotep Institute Charter High School’s squad to learn more.

2. State Rep.-elect Kinsey: ‘People are depending on me to uplift the community’

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In less than a month, Stephen Kinsey will lead the state’s 201st Legislative District, which covers parts of Germantown and Mt. Airy. It’s a position he’s contemplated since graduating college and one he worked towards as Rep. John Myers’ chief of staff. NewsWorks caught up with Kinsey for a pre-inauguration interview to discuss his vision for his first term in public office. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for more details.

3. It’s about time; iconic East Falls clock tower repaired after months of motionless hands

Sometimes, complaining can be a good thing. In early September, NewsWorks editor Brian Hickey opined about Thomas Mifflin Elementary’s broken clock tower. The East Falls resident used the massive time piece to expertly cook barbeque in the summer. Recently, the clock’s hands high above Conrad Street became useful once more. Check out Matthew Grady’s story to learn more.

4. Court procedure questions give Bunting House a temporary reprieve

The historic property in Roxborough has been put in front of and saved from the wrecking ball too many times to count. A developer is interested in knocking the Ridge Avenue building down to make way for a new development. A group of community members would rather see the structure stand and be filled with a tenant. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn more about this week’s court decision.

5. Mt. Airy neighbors pledge to help Houston’s playground stay open

A decade ago, near neighbors of Houston Elementary struck a deal with the Philadelphia School District. Under a contract, the community would pay for and handle the playground’s upkeep. In exchange, the playground would be open to the public throughout the year, including weekends and holidays. Recently, the playground hasn’t been receiving much TLC and the school district doesn’t have the funds to assume the responsibility. Check out Lane Blackmer’s story to learn more.

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