Top 6 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. Investigation into massive Bakers Centre water-main break continues

On Jan. 11, a 48-inch transmission pipe burst beneath the shopping center’s expansive parking lot, leaving behind an eye-popping crater. Two weeks later, water department crews and businesses are still patching things up. The labyrinth of pipes under the center are also being investigated. Check out Alan Jaffe’s story for more details.

2. NW Philly city-council staffer accused of misusing grant dollars meant for gun-buyback program

A recently completed audit out of the U.S. Department of Justice points a big finger at Raymond Jones, a spokesman for Eighth District City Councilwoman Cindy Bass. For several years, Jones served as the executive director of the Philadelphia Safety Network, which organized a series of “Goods for Guns” events throughout the city. The audit alleges, among other things, that Jones’ salary was much higher than it should have been. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

3. Team effort sends Penn Charter senior to college – a family first

Ronald and Elizabeth Isaac have always been big champions of education. They didn’t have the chance to go to college and so they wanted to make sure their two children did. Demetrius, their oldest son, recently made his parents proud. He’s pretty happy about having a couple acceptance letters under his belt too. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for more details.

4. Miracle on Ice: Baby born on a sled atop a wintry Roxborough street

Neighbors on one Roxborough block are a tighter bunch after many of them witnessed the miracle of life in a most unusual way: on the street in the freezing cold. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

5. Volunteers band together for MLK Day of Service in Northwest Philadelphia

Civic pride is one of Northwest Philadelphia’s strong suits. It’s no surprise then that many residents turned out to help complete MLK Day service projects on Monday. Check out Meg Frankowski’s story for more details.

6. ‘House Hunters’ drops by Mt. Airy’s Wine Thief Bistro

Crews with the Home and Garden Channel mainstay stopped by the Germantown Avenue eatery to film a few shots for an upcoming show. Check out Emily Brooks’ story for more details.

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