Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. State Rep. Miranda seeks re-election despite felony corruption charges

Political corruption charges are often, not surprisingly, a significant blow to a lawmaker’s chances of getting re-elected. State Rep. J.P. Miranda has decided to take his chances. His lawyer said his client’s track record with constituents helps make winning a real possibility. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

2. Effort afoot to honor Germantown tennis legend who made his mark on and off the court

Bill Tilden was one of the sport’s all-time greats. He won three Wimbledon titles and seven U.S. Championships. His considerable Germantown roots, though, have never been formally recognized. One Northwest Philadelphia resident hopes to change that. Check out Neema Roshania’s story for more details.

3. East Falls celebrates McDevitt Rec Center playground’s renovation

Until recently, residents felt like McDevitt was a “forgotten” facility. Enter Fourth District City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. who, at the request of neighbors, steered nearly $300,000 to the center for a series of upgrades. The community couldn’t be happier. Check out Brian Hickey’s story to learn more.

4. East Mt. Airy residents grapple with persistent sinkhole

For more than two weeks, residents near the intersection of East Durham and Boyer have been a bit inconvenienced by a massive sinkhole that opened up after a water main burst. The cold weather has made repairs difficult, leaving neighbors to maneuver around the crater swallowing their block. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for more details.

5. Roxborough scout to upgrade Gorgas Park war memorial in honor of his grandfathers

The Roxborough memorial has long been an important part of Chris Romano’s life. He’s attended countless services for veterans there with his grandfather. And so, for his Eagle Scout project, it only makes sense that he’s decided to give the meaningful site a meaningful makeover. Check out Neema Roshania’s story to learn more.


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