Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

 Check out our story on Fourth District Councilman's campaign launch for his re-election. (Natavan Werbock/for NewsWorks)

Check out our story on Fourth District Councilman's campaign launch for his re-election. (Natavan Werbock/for NewsWorks)

Here’s a look at the stories you may have missed this week in Northwest Philadelphia.

1. Major improvements to Germantown’s Vernon Park on the way

Big changes are coming to Vernon Park. Some of the key changes to the park include landscape and pathway improvements, new children’s playground equipment, the addition of adult fitness equipment and restoration of the park’s monuments and statues. Here’s the full story.

2. Black Madam’ faces trial, says she is ‘Michelangelo of buttocks injections’

To Padge Victoria Windslowe, the so-called “Michelangelo of buttocks injections,” her underground beauty business was more about goodwill than greenbacks. Here’s the full story on the first day of her trial.

3. SRC denies Germantown charter-school bids

Neither the Germantown Community Charter School nor the Philadelphia Career and Technical Academy will open in 2016 as members had hoped, but both groups say this won’t be the last you hear from them. Here’s the full story on Wednesday’s charter school hearing.

4. Fourth District Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. launches campaign for re-election

Surrounded by his supporters, constituents and volunteers, Fourth District Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. celebrated his plans to run for re-election on Saturday at the Parkside Avenue Banquet. Here’s a look at the event.

5. Former doctor with practice at Roxborough Hospital charged in drug scheme

Charges against Jeffrey Bado’s illegal drug distribution ring stem from two medical practices, one maintained by Bado at Roxborough Memorial Hospital between 2009 and 2011, and the other a private office in Bryn Mawr, from 2011 to 2013. Here’s the full story.

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