Top 5 stories to watch for in Northwest Philly

 The Revolutionary Germantown Festival is coming up! The Revolutionary Germantown Festival is coming up! (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

The Revolutionary Germantown Festival is coming up! The Revolutionary Germantown Festival is coming up! (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Here’s a look at upcoming stories in Northwest Philadelphia this week:

1. For nearly a year now, a group of Mt. Airy residents has been planning the launch of an aging-in-place initiative for residents who want to grow old in their own homes. Mutual Mt. Airy is now a registered nonprofit and will soon be accepting enrollees. The nascent organization will host a meeting Monday to announce partnerships with local organizations and a fee structure.

2. For more than 100 years, the Wissahickon Barber Shop was a staple of its namesake neighborhood. Loyal customers enjoyed its old-fashioned flare and personal touch they received while getting a haircut. They’ll have to go elsewhere now, though. The shop recently closed its doors for good.

3. Mt. Airy USA is in the process of rehabbing a vacant home on Phil Ellena Street as part of a new initiative in the neighborhood. The effort will look to do the same with other properties with the aim of reselling them.

4. W.B. Saul High School in Roxborough has always been a unique option for public-school students in the city. The amount of hands-on learning at the agriculture-focused school is one reason why. That aspect, however, has been a bit more challenging to carry out this year as a result of the district’s budget woes.

5. On Oct. 4, 1777, the Battle of Germantown took place on the grounds of the Cliveden estate. Each year, the Revolutionary War battle, which the British won, is reenacted at the site. We’ll have full coverage of Saturday’s festivities.

Check back next week to learn more about all five stories.

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