Top 6 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. 8 years after teen’s death, quest to install defibrillators at Philly rec centers complete

When tragedy struck the Owens family, they decided to take action. This fall, their tireless efforts to save others who experience sudden cardiac arrest paid off. It all makes this week’s anniversary a bit easier to bear. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for more details.

2. Germantown man charged in connection with suspicious devices at Rep. Evans office, West Oak Lane rec center

The 7200 block of Limekiln Pike was shut down Monday afternoon after a caustic, green substance was found outside of the longtime lawmaker’s office and a nearby rec center. Police now have a Germantown man in custody, but a big question remains: Why? Check out Brian Hickey’s story for more details.

3. Northwest Philly officials react to state rep’s alleged no-show employee

State Rep. J.P. Miranda didn’t seem pleased when FOX29 reporter Jeff Cole recently showed up at his Philadelphia office. Cole was there to question the first-term lawmaker about an employee in his office who has allegedly been spending his days outside the world of politics. Check out Matthew Grady’s story to learn more.

4. Without more volunteers, next year’s Mt. Airy Day could be in peril

For more than four decades, East Mt. Airy Neighbors and West Mt. Airy Neighbors have joined forces to celebrate the Northwest Philly community together. Over the years, however, volunteer manpower has declined and now there’s some real concern about the future of the event. Check out Jana Shea’s story to learn more.

5. Vision Thru Art class offers creative and social outlet to vision-impaired

For more than two decades, the Vision Thru Art program has called the Allens Lane Art Center in Mt. Airy home. During that time, visually-impaired artists from across the city have trekked to the small studio each week to do what they continue to love most: Create. Check out Neema Roshania’s story for more details.

6. Roxborough explores strategies for preserving historic properties

Roxborough’s neighborhood mix of city and suburban life has given rise to a number of housing developments over the years. In some cases, historic homes have been bulldozed to make way for new development. To get a handle on this uptick in home building, city and elected officials are teaming up. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story for more details. 

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