Top 5 stories to watch in NW Philly

 Dontae Angus of MLK High (yellow) has already verbally committed to play for the University of Florida. Check back this week for a profile on the defensive end. (Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks, file)

Dontae Angus of MLK High (yellow) has already verbally committed to play for the University of Florida. Check back this week for a profile on the defensive end. (Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks, file)

1. Martin Luther King’s football squad is full of talent, including a handful of Division 1 prospects. The team’s season, however, has had a semi-rocky start. On Friday night, MLK squared off against Dobbins to try and reach .500 for the season. Check back next week to see how the team fared.

2. Dontae Angus is not your average high school football player. Four games into the season, the defensive end has already verbally committed to play for the University of Florida. For now though, the Martin Luther King High School standout is focused on winning the public league title and developing into the leader his coaches and teammates are looking for him to become. Check back next week to learn more about Angus.

3. In early April, residents gathered in Vernon Park for “Countdown to Germantown Day,” an event organized to gear up the community to celebrate the neighborhood’s 330th birthday. But with two weeks to go, it’s unclear where plans for the Oct. 6 bash stand or if it’ll even happen. Check back next week to learn more.

4. On Friday, several metered parking spaces temporarily transformed into small public parks as part of Park(ing) Day, a global event that organizers hope will spur conversations around what they see as a need for more green spaces in urban areas. Check back next week to see what installations appeared in Northwest Philadelphia.

5. Saturday was “Peace Day Philly,” a grassroots initiative tied to the United Nations International Day of Peace. Events were held around the city, including in Northwest Philadelphia. A storytelling event was held in Germantown. A discussion about gun violence and theology was held in Chestnut Hill. Check back next week to learn more.

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