Top 6 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. Rabid raccoon captured in the Wissahickon after trail attack

An adult hiking in a section of Fairmount Park in Roxborough was bitten by the woodland critter inside a public bathroom earlier this month. Check out Alaina Mabaso’s story for the details of the incident and what public health officials suggest to avoid being similarly victimized.

2. Main Street reopens after water main break, PWD crews continue to clean up

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An eight-inch water main burst beneath Manayunk’s commercial corridor earlier this week. While the stretch has since re-opened to cars and bikes, it will take a bit longer for some businesses to recover from an incident that flooded sections of their shops. Check out Megan Pinto’s story to learn more.

3. Allegiance proves irrelevant at Germantown/MLK High Alumni basketball game

A three-decade old rivalry was set aside for a day last weekend during the inaugural alumni-and-staff-basketball game between former Bears and Golden Cougars. Check out Yasmein James’ story to learn more about the goals of the competition and who walked away with a win.

4. ‘Black Madam’ held for trial in illicit ‘pumping party’ case

Padge-Victoria Windslowe was back in Common Pleas Court this week for her preliminary hearing. Windslowe allegedly organized illegal get-togethers, including one reportedly in Germantown, for women seeking fuller posteriors. Read Brian Hickey’s story to see what unfolded inside and outside of the courtroom, including testimony from a former “patient” of Windslowe.

5. Quakers’ future home to feature a ceiling that slides open to the sky

World-renowned artist James Turrell has created a one-of-a-kind Skyspace for a new meetinghouse in Chestnut Hill. Elected officials and residents broke ground on the highly-anticipated project earlier this week. Check out Jana Shea’s story for the details.

6. Chestnut Hill’s retail recruiter resigns

After two years helping the affluent neighborhood fill its commercial vacancies, Eileen Reilly this week stepped down from her post. Check out Lane Blackmer’s story to learn why and what Reilly plans to do next.

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