Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. Neighborhood Interfaith Movement closes after more than 40 years of operation

In conjunction with a web of congregations and faith-based groups, the Mt. Airy-based nonprofit provided support to those most in need. Similar to many organizations around the country, though, NIM experienced some serious funding woes and ultimately filed for bankruptcy. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

2. Teaching self-worth, discipline and focus through music

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Daniel Cullen has always had a passion for music. For the past four years, he’s made it his mission to help others cultivate their own love affair with notes and scales through the Rawk U School of Music, now located in East Falls. Check out Francis Hilario and Hope Janelle Berninghausen’ story to learn more. 

Also be sure to check out the rest of the ‘Artist Spotlight’ stories the team from Temple University filed this week.

East Falls instructor uses martial arts to help spur mental growth

East Falls artist hopes to incorporate more fine art into his glass work

A florist’s craft continues to blossom at Sherman Mills studio

3. $1 million bail and Dec. court date set for former police officer charged with child luring

Roxborough resident and former Philadelphia Police Inspector Leo Haley was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly attempted to lure a young girl into his car. On Tuesday, the 72 year old appeared in Philadelphia Municipal Court for his preliminary hearing.  Check out Matthew Grady’s story to learn more about the case.

4. Triumph Baptist senior-housing plan approved, but Rev. Hall can’t discuss it

The Nicetown church’s long-awaited zoning victory will enable developers to build a two-building complex to be called Triumph’s Victory Village. The church has owned the property for nearly 15 years. Rev. James Hall, who has ties to an ongong investigation into alleged mismangement at the Urban Affairs Coalition, heads Triumph. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn more.

5. Woman found guilty of assaulting NewsWorks freelancer on bus in Germantown

In late May, Cassie Darby attacked a man on a SEPTA Route 23 bus. She was arrested not long afterwards. This week, the 15-second incident, caught on surveillance tape, landed Darby in jail. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more about the end of the multi-month case. 

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