Top 5 stories to watch for in Northwest Philly

Here’s a look at what’s to come:

1. In early December, Carol Ambruster was found stabbed to death inside her second-floor Germantown apartment. Police didn’t find any evidence of a forced entry. And the murder weapon was left at the scene. On Wednesday, Ambruster’s alleged killer is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing. Check back next week for more details.

2. Lisa Miccolis is on a mission to help get jobs for foster youth in the city. Until recently, The Monkey & The Elephant, her nonprofit café, has run out a few bakeries. Miccolis now works out of the Transfer Station in Manayunk. Check back next week for more details.

3. Works by painter Quita Brodhead are now on display at the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill. Brodhead was one of the driving forces behind the abstract movement that got its start in the 1940s. She created for eight-decades before dying in 2002 when she was 101 years old. Check back next week to learn more.

4. As part of Black History Month, the Johnson House in Germantown hosted a student essay-reading event this weekend. Student speeches, submitted during the nonprofit’s annual Freedom Essay Contest, all connect to the 326rd Anniversary of the “First Protest Against Slavery.” Check back next week for more details.

5. At Stenton Park this weekend, Caperton Fellow Erika M. Kitzmiller lead a discussion entitled “Examining Philadelphia’s Opportunity Gap.” The program will focus on the history of the School District of Philadelphia and its impact on the African American community. Check back next week to learn more.

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