Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. An Olympic dream comes true for a Roxborough native

 The 2012 Summer Olympics is just around the corner. Northwest Philadelphia will have at least one athlete heading to London to compete. Check out Meg Frankowski’s story to learn about a Roxborough rower’s first bid for gold.

2. Congressional Gold Medal of Honor recipient says award made him feel like he went from “a nobody to a somebody”

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Longtime Germantown resident Earl Guydon was recently awarded the country’s highest civilian honor. But the WWII vet never thought he’d be recognized for his time in the Marine Corps. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more about Guydon’s military past and its place in history.

3. Planned Mt. Airy development could be used for communal living

A group of residents are very interested in bringing co-housing to the neighborhood. They’ve got their eye on an already planned development along Germantown Avenue as the place to potentially make their dreams a reality. Check out Jana Shea’s story to learn more about the effort.

4. Weavers Way Mt. Airy store to close for renovation 

The co-op’s multi-million project got underway this week, sending longtime shoppers to get their goods at a nearby pop-up grocery store instead. Check out Lane Blackmer’s story for more details on the store’s temporary closure and what items will be available at the temporary shop.

5. Unsexy, but critically needed, replacement coming for Wayne Junction Substation

The historic, regional rail station’s platforms, entryways and more are already undergoing a long-overdue overhaul. The Substation, which powers the station, is now set to be upgraded too, thanks to a multi-million dollar federal grant. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story for more details.

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