Top 5 stories to watch in NW Philly

 Roxborough High School is home to a number of new students this school year. We'll have a story about a program meant to unify the student body.(Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Roxborough High School is home to a number of new students this school year. We'll have a story about a program meant to unify the student body.(Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Here’s a look at what’s to come:

1. Roxborough High School welcomed a lot of new faces this school year. The majority are students from Germantown High School, one of two dozen schools that closed in June. To help unify the student body, Roxborough’s principal has enlisted more than a dozen students to serve as ambassadors. Check back next week to learn more.

2. In early June, Antuane Brown was arrested for allegedly raping four young girls in Germantown. Each of the incidents allegedly took place in a secluded area after Brown brandished a gun. On Monday, the 22-year-old will appear in court for a preliminary hearing, which will determine if the case is held for trial. Check back next week to learn more.

3. Northwest Philadelphia is no stranger to violent crime, but it also has its fair share of thefts. Car break-ins are particularly problematic, especially when residents leave their vehicles unlocked. Check back next week to learn how to make your car less of a target from a member of the 14th Police District.

4. On Friday, a collection of metered parking spaces will temporarily transform into public parks as part of PARK(ing) Day. By co-opting the concrete between the street and sidewalk, organizers hope to call attention to — what they see as — the need for more urban open spaces, among other things. We’ll stop by installations in Northwest Philadelphia. Check back to see what spaces this year’s event inspired.

5. On Saturday, Lonnie Young Recreation Center in Germantown will host a Peace Day Philly event centered on storytelling. In partnership with GriotWorks, youth poets and others will share tales with the goal of bringing residents together. Check back for a full recap of the event, which will also include an open mic session.

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