Top 6 stories of the week in NW Philly

 Germantown Special Services District board members and nominees: (L-R) Barbara Hogue, Ingrid Shepard, Matt Canno, Dr. Francine Fulton, Joseph Martin, Linda Samuel, Joe Corrigan, Joseph Waldo and John Churchville . Not pictured: Mjenzi Traylor. (Amy Z. Quinn/for NewsWorks)

Germantown Special Services District board members and nominees: (L-R) Barbara Hogue, Ingrid Shepard, Matt Canno, Dr. Francine Fulton, Joseph Martin, Linda Samuel, Joe Corrigan, Joseph Waldo and John Churchville . Not pictured: Mjenzi Traylor. (Amy Z. Quinn/for NewsWorks)

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

1. The revamped Germantown Special Services District has been called to order

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.

2. Night Market visitors know what sets West Oak Lane apart

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.

3. Two brothers propose innovative co-working vision for old Manayunk building

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.

4. Mt. Airy psychotherapist spreads Tai Chi throughout Philly to help AIDS patients, elderly

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.

5. Craigslist homicide, ambushed-rapper cases discussed at public police meeting

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.

6. East Falls garden becomes a reality on Scotts Lane

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. 

 

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