Top five stories to watch in NW Philly this week.

Here’s a look at what’s in store this week:

1. As summer heats up, an increase in crime is often follows. On Saturday, Fourth District City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. will host his 5th Annual Block Captain Boot Camp, an effort aimed at training residents about block safety. NewsWorks will be on hand to speak with Jones, who represents Manayunk and Roxborough, and some of the block-captains-to-be.

2. An 81-year-old Mt. Airy native recently climbed Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro and lived to tell the tale. NewsWorks will have a story on the physical feat. Check back later this week for this story.

3. After a decade in West Oak Lane, Hope Charter School is now officially scheduled close at the end of the next academic year. NewsWorks will sit down with the school’s founder to talk about the School Reform Commission-driven decision and what’s in store for the high school in its final year.

4. Germantown’s inaugural Photo Walk will take place this weekend. The goal? To trek through the neighborhood to capture the beauty of the historic neighborhood. NewsWorks will be on hand to capture the two-hour event to be led by local photographer Gary Reed.

5. Sunday will mark the first Mass at St. Vincent de Paul in Germantown following a merger with St. Francis of Assisi and Immaculate Conception. Both parishes closed as part of the Archdiocese’s Pastoral Planning Initiative. Check back next week for details from the historic day.

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