Top 5 stories to watch for in NW Philly

 The inside of a closed Philadelphia school. Check back next week for a full story on a photo exhibit that documents the closing of 24 Philadelphia schools including Germantown High School and Fulton Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of Katrina Ohstrom)

The inside of a closed Philadelphia school. Check back next week for a full story on a photo exhibit that documents the closing of 24 Philadelphia schools including Germantown High School and Fulton Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of Katrina Ohstrom)

Here’s a look at what’s to come:

1. Martin Luther King High School’s football team got off to a rough start, dropping its first two games. Since then, the squad has been on a tear and reeled off four-straight wins. Check back next week to see if they made it five-in-a-row Friday night when they took on Boys’ Latin Charter.

2. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. Students at Philadelphia University in East Falls have put together an exhibit that explores the assassination itself and the theories surrounding it, including those put forth by the government’s Warren Commission. The exhibit also includes documents donated to the school by the late Sen. Arlen Specter, who lived in the neighborhood and was part of the commission. Check back next week to learn more.

3. Two significant groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled for next week in Northwest Philadelphia. Both are connected to education. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia will move into St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Germantown. The Wissahickon Charter School will open a second campus not far away. Check back next week to learn more.

4. Weavers Way Co-op has been a fixture in Northwest Philadelphia for years, operating stores and ventures in Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy and Germantown. This weekend the nonprofit celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Cliveden estate in Germantown. We’ll have a full recap of the festivities next week.

5. At the end of June, 24 city schools were closed as a result of the Philadelphia School District’s ongoing budget crisis. The students, staff and neighborhoods behind that total, including those at Germantown High School and nearby Robert Fulton Elementary, are now the focus of an upcoming exhibit that seeks to shine a light on the collective impact of the closings and the state of public education. Check back next week to learn more.

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