Top 6 stories to watch for in Northwest Philadelphia

 Friday is the Fourth of July, which means a variety of events, some of which will feature fireworks throughout the region. (NewsWorks, file art)

Friday is the Fourth of July, which means a variety of events, some of which will feature fireworks throughout the region. (NewsWorks, file art)

Here’s a look at stories we’ll be covering in Northwest Philadelphia this upcoming week:

1. Fourth of July roundup

Events and celebrations are planned all across Northwest Philadelphia and the city for Independence Day weekend. NewsWorks will preview the happenings of the holiday weekend. Check back next week.

2. Financial woes for Mt. Airy’s Commodore Barry Club

The Commodore Barry Club in Mt. Airy may have to close its doors if supporters don’t raise $50,000 by year’s end. In operation since 1958, “a recent change in [city] tax rates [meant] the building at 6815 Emlen St. was just re-assessed at $1.2 million.” Between the $16,000 annual tax bill, fees and other expenses, they’re scrambling to stay open. Check back next week for Michelle Barrett’s report on the situation.

3. Germantown United CDC and Mt. Airy BID offering beautification grants

Grant money will be flowing into Germantown and Mt. Airy in the form of city beautification projects. Germantown United CDC has established a fund of six to 10 grants of up to $1,000 which will be given to projects that aim to improve the neighborhood’s aesthetics. The Mt. Airy Business Improvement District received a city Department of Commerce grant to pursue similar goals. Check back next week for more in-depth coverage.

4. Lower Northwest District plan to be discussed as part of ‘Philadelphia 2035

Residents of Manayunk, Roxborough and East Falls met with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission for the second time on Thursday. The topic of discussion: The plan to overhaul the neighborhood zoning and city planning process. Check back early next week for meeting coverage.

5. Restoration of East Falls historic house to begin

The Hohenadel House on Indian Queen Lane in East Falls is to undergo renovations. The building appears to have been built in the 1860s and later sold to the Hohenadel Family who owned a local brewery at the time. After falling into disrepair, a local tech CEO expressed hopes to restore the building last year. Check back for Emily Brooks’ update.

6. Local teacher honored

Nancy Peters, a teacher from Mt. Airy, received recognition for her work as the founder and director of a program out of the University of Pennsylvania that created afterschool opportunities for youth. She was named a State Afterschool Champion at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Check back this week for more details of Peters’ recognition.

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