Top 6 stories of the week in Northwest Philly

 Former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell said the state income tax garnished from the wages of the 1,000 employees of the Bakers Centre site would repay the state's investment within six years. (Matthew Grady/for NewsWorks)

Former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell said the state income tax garnished from the wages of the 1,000 employees of the Bakers Centre site would repay the state's investment within six years. (Matthew Grady/for NewsWorks)

Here’s a look at what you may have missed on NewsWorks this week: 

New Bakers Centre ShopRite brings jobs and healthy food options to surrounding communityBrown’s ShopRite, the anchor store of a new, 30-acre, 220,000 square foot shopping complex, officially opened at the former Tastykake site on Thursday morning. The 71,000 square foot market is part of a redevelopment project aimed at bringing 1,000 jobs to an area bordered by East Falls, Allegheny West, Nicetown, and Hunting Park. Check Matthew Grady’s story for a report on this week’s grand opening ceremony. 

Community Recommendation about Camelot Schools plan could reach SRC as early as FridayAfter a community meeting on Wednesday, state Rep. Steven Kinsey and City Councilwoman Cindy Bass told NewsWorks they would send the School Reform Commission a recommendation regarding the Camelot Schools proposal to lease the shuttered Germantown High School. That letter could have been sent out as early as Friday, but no later than Aug. 9. Check Brian Hickey’s report for the full story.

With GHS closure, Stained Glass Project moves from FUMCOG to RoxboroughDue to a lack of funding – and participants, as a result of the Germantown High School closure – Germantown’s Stained Glass Project will soon be setting up shop at Kendrick Recreation Center in Roxborough. Read Neema Roshania’s story to find out when those plans are expected to take shape.

Ivy Ridge Trail project’s public input phase wraps up, work expected to begin in 2014The highly anticipated project of transforming Manayunk’s iconic railway bridge into a recreation trail is one step closer to becoming a reality. With the final phase of community feedback completed, a final report will be finished by the end of this month and work could begin in 2014. Check out Matthew Grady’s story to learn more.

Toeing the thin line between block parties and brawls on Germantown’s W. Rockland St.According to Aine Doley, West Rockland Street’s block co-captain, “it isn’t every day that a police helicopter has its search lights hovering over your house,’ but that was the scene near her just days after a neighborhood block party. Read Brian Hickey’s story to learn more about the chaotic fight that drew police via car and helicopter to the area.

West Oak Lane woman ‘thankful nobody’s planning my funeral’ after Thursday morning carjackingA Northwest Philly woman said she was the victim of an early-morning carjacking on Thursday along Ogontz Avenue. She said an unknown man jumped in her car, said ‘shut up or I’ll shoot you’ and ordered her to drive to an unspecified location. Read Brian Hickey’s story to find out how she escaped.

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