Top 5 stories to watch in NW Philly

Here’s a look at what’s to come:

1. In April 2011, state Rep. Cherelle Parker was pulled over in Germantown and arrested on drunken driving charges. Evidence in the case was initially suppressed, only to be reinstated. Now, after two unsuccessful appeals, Parker will return to Philadelphia Municipal Court for a trial. Check back next week to learn more about the latest in a legal saga that’s lasted more than a year. 

2. Complaints about the customer service at the East Falls Post Office are becoming increasingly common, occupying at least two online threads that include one person calling the location the “worst.” On Monday, after two prior cancellations, local residents are scheduled to have the opportunity to air their grievances to the Philadelphia Postmaster. Check back next week to learn more about the East Falls Community Council meeting.

3. On Jan. 23, 2011, police found Rashi Anderson suffering from multiple gunshot wounds on a West Oak Lane street. The 17 year old later died at Albert Einstein Medical Center. Aaron Toole, 19, was arrested in connection to the fatal shooting and is scheduled to stand trial starting Wednesday. Check back next week to learn more.

4. For years, Peter and Anne Javsicas have contemplated how to go about growing old in their beloved Mount Airy home. Leaving for a nursing home or something similar has never been appealing. The couple recently took that idea to the larger community to initiate a broader discussion about creating an aging-in-place initiative in the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood. On Monday night, that dialogue will continue during Mutual Mt. Airy’s second meeting. Examples of other aging-in-place initiatives are expected to be discussed.

5. The Martin Luther King Day of Service is just around the corner. NewsWorks has combed through the volunteer opportunites available in Northwest Philadelphia on Jan. 21 and will bring you a complete list early next week to give you plenty of time to make your plans. 

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