Top 6 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. Neighbors get first look at proposed Bottom Dollar Food store

The “full-service” supermarket chain could open a new location at a busy Germantown intersection within the next year. Developers met with a small group of community stakeholders this week to discuss a project that would require some zoning variances to be completed. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story for more details.

2. Weavers Way completes Mt. Airy store renovations

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The half-million dollar overhaul of the community food market recently wrapped up. New floors, light fixtures and refrigeration units are among the upgrades installed over a months-long overhaul. Check out Lane Blackmer’ story for more details and customer reactions. Also be sure to check out Bas Slabbers’ photo slideshow for a deeper appreciation of the changes. 

3. With rising test scores and a strict focus on discipline, Roxborough High ‘continues to build’ on student progress

Principal Stephen Brandt has impressed students and staff since coming to the Ridge Avenue school partway through 2009. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but the young administrator is letting up. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

4. Gorgas Park vigil sparks memories of 9/11 – a day ‘you can never forget’

Tuesday marked the 11th year since the Twin Towers fell in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon was attacked and heroic passengers crashed a plane in western Pennsylvania before it could be used as a weapon. Roxborough residents joined veterans, firefighters and local clergy at the neighborhood park for an evening tribute to the victims of the attack. Check out Matthew Grady’s story to read selections from some of the event’s speakers.

5. Germantown spite-blight defendant: ‘ These people won’t even let me die in peace’

An ongoing battle between neighbors and the owner of a run-down, historic property played out in Municipal Court this week. Though some action was taken, the struggle doesn’t look like it’s going to be resolved anytime soon. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story for more details.

6. Plans for Joe Frazier statue at sports complex announced with call for donations

The legendary boxer with deep Philly roots may soon be honored with a permanent tribute to his life in and outside of the ring. City officials joined Frazier’s family this week to announce a campaign to get a statue of the man who floored Muhammad Ali. Check out Brian Hickey’s story to learn more.

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