Top 6 stories of the week in Northwest Philadelphia

 Laura Keim, interim director of Historic Germantown, said the group's sites attract more than 60,000 visitors annually. But how can the area attract more tourists? (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Laura Keim, interim director of Historic Germantown, said the group's sites attract more than 60,000 visitors annually. But how can the area attract more tourists? (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Here’s a look at what stories you might have missed in Northwest Philadelphia this past week:

 

 

1. Will Germantown ever become an accessible, big-time tourist draw?

When it comes to Philadelphia history, Germantown is flush. More than a dozen sites have ties to the Revolutionary War or the Underground Railroad. But unlike Old City, home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, the neighborhood has a hard time attracting tourists. Residents and officials would love to change that. Check out Alaina Mabaso’s story to learn more.

2. Philadelphia state senator to go to trial on corruption charges

Democratic state Sen. LeAnna Washington was in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. The veteran lawmaker is charged with conflict of interest and theft of services for allegedly ordering taxpayer-funded employees to organize a campaign fundraiser during the workday. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for more details.

3. Northwest Philadelphia speaks up at this year’s TEDxPhiladelphia

Several area residents made presentations during Friday’s inspiration-driven conference at Temple University, including Germantown-based poet Sonia Sanchez and Mt. Airy’s Joshua Nims, one of the forces behind Paine’s Park, the city’s new skateboarding venue. This year’s theme was the “The New Workshop of the World.” Check out Mabaso’s story to learn more.

4. Roxborough athlete returns to be honored where he learned to play and compete

When it came to sports, Steve Passio never cared that he wasn’t the biggest, or quickest kid on his block. Long hours of competing against older, more-talented athletes molded him into a relentless competitor with a sharp sports I.Q. On Thursday, he was honored for his accomplishments as a member of Roxborough High School’s golf and football teams. Check out Moselle’s story for more details.

5. Maplewood Mall redesign selections expected in early April amid online local-hire debate

Nearly a year ago, the city announced that the Germantown nook was receiving a $2.2 million grant for a capital-improvement project. By early next month, the project’s lead design and engineering firms for the makeover may be selected. Check out Alan Jaffe’s story to learn more.

6. E. Steven Collins’ widow sues Chestnut Hill Hospital for ‘negligence’ and ‘carelessness’

The iconic radio personality and civic activist died last fall after from a heart attack. Collins’ wife is now saying that Chestnut Hill Hospital is to blame after they allegedly failed to give her husband proper medical care. Check out Moselle’s story for more details.

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