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Here’s a look at what’s to come on NewsWorks this week:

1. A public art project on Ridge Avenue in East Falls will be unveiled next Tuesday. The project, which sits beneath the twin bridges, is inspired by a Japanese kimono. Check back next week for more info on East Falls Tapestry.

2. In 2005, basketball phenom Danny Rumph died on the hardwood floors inside Mallery Recreation Center after his heart suddenly stopped beating. Following that fateful incident in Mount Airy, Rumph starting hosting an annual charity basketball tournament. It starts next week. Check back to learn more about the event and the positive actions that Rumph’s unfortunate death inspired.

3. For years, a low-lying section of East Germantown has routinely flooded during heavy rainstorms as water from higher ground dumps down. A retired environmental engineer has recently investigated the reasons behind the occurrence as part of an effort to educate his East Mount Airy neighbors on their role in the predictable floods. Check back next week to learn more about the unique endeavor.

4. Members of the Kendrick Advisory Council will meet next week to discuss scheduled, but yet-to-be completed improvements to the Kendrick Recreational Center, a run-down, but operational facility in Roxborough. The center’s ailing roof will be among the chief topics of conversation. Check back next week for more details.

5. The artwork of a former Mt. Airy resident graces the walls of the State Capitol in Harrisburg. Violet Oakley was the first woman to be commissioned to do a public mural. Check back next week to learn more about the pioneer and the inspiration behind her paintings. 

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