Top 6 stories of the week in NW Philly

 Students from MLK and GHS watch classmates on the ropes course as part of the Outward Bound program. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Students from MLK and GHS watch classmates on the ropes course as part of the Outward Bound program. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

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

1. Outward Bound program brings together MLK and GHS students in anticipation of coming school year

Philadelphia public school students return to class in less than a month. For hundreds of students from the shuttered Germantown High School, the new school year will mean a new beginning at nearby Martin Luther King High School. The nearby schools were football rivals, but have also served students from neighborhoods that have historically clashed with one another. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

2. Mt. Airy’s Food for All closes its doors for good

Amy Kunkle fought hard to bounce back from an ill-advised Groupon deal at her gluten-free, specialty market. Community members even dug into their pockets to keep the doors open. In the end, though, the Internet offer coupled with other factors forced Kunkle to move on. Check out Neema Roshania’s story for more details.

3. Phila. Zoning Board approves East Falls’ Ride Flats project

The mixed-use project at the corner of Midvale and Ridge Avenues got the green light this week to move forward with construction. The ruling means apartments and retailers will soon fill a space that’s sat empty for some time. Check out Maanvi Singh’s story to learn more.

4. Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on four houses in Southwest Germantown

The prospect of new homes being built along a stretch of West Queen Lane brought smiles to the faces of those gathered at a ceremony held earlier this week. The three-story, energy-efficient homes were funded with public and private dollars.

5. Disputed Allens Lane apartments to undergo renovations under new management

The four-building site has changed hands, but plans for the property are remain largely the same. That’ll likely be welcome news for near neighbors. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for more details.

6. Goodbye and thanks from NewsWorks editor Megan Pinto

For the past three years, Megan Pinto has led the charge on our Roxborough/Manayunk/East Falls page. It’s been a fulfilling and memorable experience, she said, but it’s time to move on. Don’t worry, she won’t be far away. Check out Megan’s farewell to readers for more details.


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