Top 5 stories of the week in Northwest Philly

 Dr. Ruth Patrick examines diatom slides at the Academy of Natural Sciences in the 1940s. (Courtesy of the Academy of Natural Sciences Archive)

Dr. Ruth Patrick examines diatom slides at the Academy of Natural Sciences in the 1940s. (Courtesy of the Academy of Natural Sciences Archive)

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

1. Germantown’s gala 330th birthday party won’t be celebrated after all

As part of an effort to keep central Germantown going in the right direction, the Friends of Vernon Park wanted to invite the whole community to celebrate a neighborhood-founding milestone. Organizers, though, ran into some planning trouble and canceled the event. Check out Olivia Jane Winters’ story for more details.

2. MLK football star navigates middle ground between mild-mannered teen and blue-chip prospect

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Martin Luther King High’s football team has some high-profile talent this season. Offensive tackle Dontae Angus is certainly one reason why the squad is dreaming about a public-league title. The towering 18-year-old is not your typical high school football prospect, though. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

3. Famed ecologist and longtime Chestnut Hill resident Ruth Patrick remembered by former apprentice

Ruth Patrick is perhaps best known for her work with freshwater ecosystems. She specifically studied the relationship between water quality, pollution and the diversity of species found in waterways. Patrick received a number of honors during her long career, including the National Medal of Science in 1996. Check out Alaina Mabaso’s story to learn more.

4. Neighbors don’t like the look or location of Awbury Arboretum’s new modular classrooms

On the grounds of the East Germantown site sit a pair of modular units scheduled to be used for classes for the community. But some nearby neighbors aren’t too pleased about their appearance and proximity to their homes. It’s unclear, though, what can be done. Check out Alan Jaffe’s story for more details.

5. Discussing gun violence through a theological lens in Northwest Philly

It’s no secret that the city struggles constantly with curbing gun violence. As part of Peace Day Philly, folks from several different religions came together at a Chestnut Hill church to discuss ways to make the job easier. Faith leaders also discussed the connection between theology and gun violence. Check out Matthew Grady’s story to learn more.

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