Top 5 stories of the week in Northwest Philadelphia

 An ongoing construction project in a section of Germantown has created problems for residents in an extended portion of the neighborhood. (Matthew Grady/for NewsWorks)

An ongoing construction project in a section of Germantown has created problems for residents in an extended portion of the neighborhood. (Matthew Grady/for NewsWorks)

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

1. Striving for order after chaotic school-year opening at Roosevelt K-8

In April, the Philadelphia School District decided to significantly expand the East Germantown school’s student body. The building’s current principal, however, wasn’t hired until a few days before the start of the school year. That made for a messy first day. Three weeks later, though, Roosevelt staffers say the school is heading in the right direction. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

2. Dementia robs Roxborough artist of the ability to paint

For years, Patrick Ross Arnold taught others how to better tap into their creativity, most recently at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He also, naturally, did a considerable amount of creating of his own. Not anymore. Check out Rosella Eleanor LeFevre’s story for more details.

3. Ongoing utility work gives section of Germantown traffic nightmares

Neighbors near the corner of Wissahickon Avenue and Rittenhouse Street have had enough. For several months now, construction-born road closures and detours have made their slice of Germantown a mess for drivers. It’s unclear when things will get better. Check out Matthew Grady’s story to learn more.

4. Community shares wish list for Germantown Pathmark upgrades

The supermarket at the corner of Wayne and Chelten avenues has received mixed reviews from residents over the years. The store’s manager wants to change that and make the place more inviting. Check out Amanda Staller’s story for more details.

5. Welcome to NewsWorks’ new Northwest Philadelphia page

We may have combined our three Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood pages into one, but we remain as committed as ever to providing the kind of coverage that keeps residents well-informed about what’s happening in their communities. Check out Brian Hickey’s story for more details.

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