Top 6 stories to look for in Northwest Philly

Mayor Michael Nutter biking with Meade Elementary students on Bike to Work Day. (Courtesy of Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia)

Mayor Michael Nutter biking with Meade Elementary students on Bike to Work Day. (Courtesy of Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia)

Here’s a look at stories NewsWorks will cover this upcoming week in Northwest Philadelphia.

1. On Saturday, the Germantown Town Hall Collaborative (GTHC) hosted a community meeting with the mission of creating “a set of guiding principles for the adaptive re-use of the Hall.” We’ll let you know what ideas emerged.

2. At Monday night’s regular meeting, the East Falls Community Council will host its “Candidates Night” for the upcoming elections. According to the EFCC’s site, candidates (or their proxies) invited to attend the forum included those from the gubernatorial, U.S. Congress and state-rep races. Confirmed attendees as of late last month included include Armond James, Pam DeLissio and Bill Pounds.

3. Tired of the morning commute to school in the car? Biking and walking to our city schools is a benefit to us all: children (and adults) get some physical activity, it is environmentally friendly and it helps minimize dangerous car congestion around schools. Parenting blogger Dena Driscoll will share some tips and details about the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Safe Routes Philly program.

4. The Thomas Mifflin School in East Falls was the site of the 3rd Annual Mifflin School Community Festival this weekend. The event featured dancing, music lessons, storytelling, special visitors from the Philadelphia Zoo and the East Falls Craft Festival, sponsored by the East Falls Community Council. (Oh, NewsWorks was there, too.)

5. Historic Germantown sponsored a “Waking the Dead” bus tour, which took participants to Upper Burying Ground, Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust, Hood Cemetery and Historic Fair Hill for seasonally appropriate history lessons. We were there, and will tell you all about it this week.

6. On the heels of its thrilling 50-49 overtime victory over Northeast High, the MLK Cougars football team (3-3 overall, 3-1 conference) hosted the Salesianum Sallies (Wilmington, Del.) at Benjamin L. Johnston Memorial Stadium on Friday night. We’ll post a photo gallery from the game early this week.

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