Here’s a look at what you may have missed this week:
An important piece of a larger effort to revitalize Germantown is now in place. The board of the new special services district started rolling up its sleeves this week. The body will be responsible for overseeing tax assessments on district businesses and street cleaning efforts. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn more.
State funding for the West Oak Lane Jazz Festival was “zeroed out” in 2011, leaving Ogontz Avenue without an annual summer gathering. On Thursday, the commercial corridor was once again filled with people intrigued by the new event. There was music, food and plenty of community pride. Check out Nicole Foulke’s story for more details.
Simon and Adam Rogers instantly fell in love with the former power sub-station and now have big plans for it. They’re in a position to buy, but first they need to know if people are interested in their mixed-used, collaborative concept for the building. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for more details.
Alan Zacklad truly believes in the power of Tai Chi to calm nerves and heal the soul. He’s watched the positive effects of the ancient art form unfold inside others. They can’t seem to get enough of the activity. Check out Michelle Zei’s story to learn more.
Totals for a number of key crime categories have dipped in the 14th District, but neighbors are still on edge following a pair of unsettling incidents, including a Craigslist exchange that ended in murder. Residents brought those concerns and others to a recent police-led community meeting. Check out Matthew Grady’s story to learn more.
On Saturday, residents gathered inside a new neighborhood community garden to work and celebrate its creation. After months of brainstorming, the plot is now home to a variety of vegetables and neighbors interested in getting to know fellow gardeners. Check out Carrie Hagen’s story for more details.