Top 6 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. Updated: SRC votes against renewing Germantown charter school, selects Pastorius Elementary operator

The city’s School Reform Commission started voting this week on a series of charter school renewals. Six came up for vote on Wednesday, including Imani Education Circle Charter School in Germantown. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

2. Protestors react to Nutter’s proposal to fill school funding gap with sin tax revenue

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Cigarettes and liquor. In an effort to help close the school district’s massive budget hole, Mayor Michael Nutter proposed both this week as potential sources of revenue. This as advocates implored City Council to keep the city’s schools intact. Check out Neema Roshania’s story for more details.

3. Manayunk’s Venice Island project continues on schedule

The Philadelphia Water Department told NewsWorks this week that the long-awaited recreation center overhaul is underway and on time. The $46 million project will include a hockey rink, a playground and basketball courts. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn more.

4. Proposed Subway sandwich shop on Stenton Avenue meets neighborhood opposition

A group of Cedarbrook residents were recently surprised to learn that a Subway franchise was coming to the neighborhood. Though not outright opposed to the eatery, neighbors are concerned the gas station-based shop may compromise their quality of life. Check out Jana Shea’s story to learn more.

5. Fattah legal fund raises questions

“Chip” Fattah, the son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, a fixture of Northwest Philadelphia politics, is in the midst of some hefty – and costly – legal proceedings. To help his son bear the financial brunt of it all, the elder Fattah has started a legal fund and reached out to some of city and state’s power players to help. Check out Dave Davies’ blog post to learn more.

6. 1931 Model A takes top prize at Rockin’ the Ridge Car Show

Gorgas Park in Roxborough was filled last weekend with the types of cars that would make heads turn on the road. The annual event is just as much about the autos as camaraderie. Check out Theodore Bordelon’s story for more details.


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