Top 6 stories of the week in NW Philly

 A scene from the first day of practice at MLK High School this week. (Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks)

A scene from the first day of practice at MLK High School this week. (Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks)

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

1. At MLK High, preseason football commences on unfamiliar turf

Until June, Martin Luther King High School and Germantown High School were Thanksgiving Day football rivals. But with the closing of GHS, players from both schools will now compete together on the same team. The Cougars’ coach hopes the school’s new squad can help set the tone for the whole student body.

2. Philly schools will open on time Sept. 9 – somehow

At the end of last week, school district Superintendent William Hite said he may delay the start of the school year if at least $50 million in promised funding was not released by Friday. A day before that deadline, Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the city would get the district the money it needs. Check out our story to learn more.

3. Community groups step in to fill ‘supply gap’ at Mifflin Elementary

It’s no secret that the School District of Philadelphia is in dire straits. Though it appears schools will open on time and with more staffers than expected, schools across the city will continue to do more with even less. Mifflin Elementary, though, recently got some much-needed help. Check out Matthew Grady’s story to learn more.

4. Germantown community emphasizes local involvement in recommendation to Camelot Schools

The for-profit company wants to move three of its alternative education program to the neighborhood. It’ll first need a recommendation from the Philadelphia School District and approval from the School Reform Commission. Community support for the idea may go a long way in clearing those hurdles. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

5. Construction to begin within a month on former Magarity site in Chestnut Hill

It’s been about two years since Bowman Properties first pitched the multimillion dollar, mixed-use project along Germantown Avenue. With a former car dealership demolished, construction will soon begin at the site. Check out Alan Jaffe’s story to learn more.

6. Show will highlight a princess from East Falls

Movie star Grace Kelly is likely the neighborhood’s most famous former resident. In late October, a Doylestown-based museum will display some of the actress-turned-princess’ jewelry, dresses, letters and even home movies. Check out Peter Crimmins’ story for more details.

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