Top 5 stories to watch for in NW Philadelphia

 The MLK Cougars, seen here at the end of Thursday's practice, will face the Imhotep Panthers on Thanksgiving at Benjamin Johnston Stadium. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

The MLK Cougars, seen here at the end of Thursday's practice, will face the Imhotep Panthers on Thanksgiving at Benjamin Johnston Stadium. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Here’s a look at stories we’ll be covering next week in Northwest Philadelphia:

1. This fall, the city quietly agreed to take ownership of a train trestle above Germantown Avenue that effectively divides Chestnut Hill and Mt. Airy. If finalized, the span, currently in PECO’s hands, will become a key piece of a long-dreamed-of recreation path connecting Philadelphia with Montgomery County. Check back next week to learn more.

2. On Thursday, Convenant House in Germantown hosted its second annual Sleep Out event to raise funds for the services the organization provides to homeless, runaway and trafficked youths. For one night, participants gave up the comfort of sleeping in a warm bed to gain a greater appreciation for what it means to live on the street. Check back next week for a full recap of the event.

3. Martin Luther King High School’s football team fell one game short of making the state playoffs, but they still have a chance to take home neighborhood bragging rights on Thanksgiving Day. That Thursday, the Cougars will take on Imhotep Institute Charter High School for the start of a new neighborhood tradition. It won’t be an easy task. Imhotep is working its way towards the state AA title game. Check back next week for a preview and coverage of the game.

4. Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy a home-cooked meal with loved ones. For some, family can’t be part of that equation. Not a problem. NewsWorks will provide a list next week of where folks can go if they need a place to go on Thursday.

5. It’s no secret that Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. We’ll provide a list of deals being offered in Northwest Philadelphia that may save you from the throngs that are sure to crowd the area’s malls and shopping centers.

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