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 Mascots from MLK High and the since closed Germantown High on the field during the teams' Thanksgiving game last year. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Mascots from MLK High and the since closed Germantown High on the field during the teams' Thanksgiving game last year. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Here’s at what’s to come:

1. Football, like most sports, is tied to routine. And so, despite the school district’s financial woes, and the myriad uncertainties that come with them, students from Martin Luther King High School have been training all summer long. This coming season will be unlike any other in recent history as athletes from the now shut Germantown High join their Thanksgiving Day rivals on the gridiron and the classroom.

2. By the end of May, the former Magarity Ford dealership in Chestnut Hill was no more – razed to the ground to make way for a five-story, mixed-use development along Germantown Avenue. Construction at the site, however, has yet to get underway. Check back for an update on the multi-million dollar project.

3. Desmin and Jania Daniels never expected to find themselves in the restaurant business. But following the deaths of two loved ones, they decided it was time to make their dream a reality. Rose Petals restaurant recently opened in Germantown. Check back next week for a look inside.

4. The Coulter Street Supply Co is still scheduled to open in Germantown, though a bit later than expected. Financing, a change of vision and the end of a business partnership have created some setbacks, but not sunk the prospect of a coffee shop coming to the neighborhood.

5. In early August, a group of aspiring tennis stars from the Legacy Youth Tennis and Education center in East Falls traveled to Florida to compete in a national tournament. Check back next week to learn more about their trip and how they fared against their peers.

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