Top 6 stories of the week in Northwest Philly

 Carolyn and Steve Fillmore started East Falls Local. It's part blog, part news site, part community forum. Read more about it in our full look at community news in the Northwest. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Carolyn and Steve Fillmore started East Falls Local. It's part blog, part news site, part community forum. Read more about it in our full look at community news in the Northwest. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Here’s a look at what you may have missed this week in Northwest Philadelphia.

 

We ran a series of profiles on the best school employees in Northwest Philadelphia as nominated by our readers. Take a spin through the set, which includes Kim Birkmire of Green Wood Charter, Claire Yoo of Germantown Friends School, Val Spivey of Shawmont School and a set of teachers at Cook-Wissahickon

A look at the state of Northwest Philly’s community newspapers

When it comes to neighborhood news, it’s not easy to be a Northwest Philadelphia newcomer. Community papers there have deep roots and deep loyalty, which, in part, is tied to a simple, but powerful reality: No one else is routinely covering the area on a block-by-block level. Read our feature story on Northwest Philly community news here.

One month later, search continues for missing Roxborough man

Roxborough native Shane Montgomery vanished during the early hours of Thanksiving after drinking with friends at Kildare’s Irish Pub on Main Street. Little evidence has surfaced since, but investigators believe the 21-year-old is in the river. Read the full story here.

Police connect serial bank robber to recent bank robbery in Mt. Airy [updated]

The FBI and Philadelphia Police are looking to identify and locate a suspect they believe to be responsible for five recent bank robberies and one attempted robbery over the last two weeks including one in Mt. Airy. The most recent occured on Friday morning. Here’s the full story

Neighbors will battle with developer over historic Roxborough property

The year-long battle surrounding the historic property located at 365 Green Lane came to an end earlier this month when Roger Ross, a 34-year-old Wissahickon native and Roxborough resident, bought the nearly 150-year-old property. Check out the full story here.

Northwest Philadelphia fund for teachers awards $12K in micro-grants

For the seventh year, the Trolley Car’s Teacher Fund has doled out money to help classrooms in need. This year, the fund, led by local developer and business owner Ken Weinstein awarded more than $12,000 to 32 teachers in Northwest Philadelphia. Here’s the full story

 

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