Top 7 stories of the week in NW Philly

Here’s a list of the top stories in Northwest Philadelphia this week:

1. Groundbreaking for Philadelphia’s Turrell Sky set for May 15.

After three years, construction on Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting’s new space is finally slated to start. Check out Jana Shea’s story to learn about the building that will feature a one-of-a-kind architectural element by an acclaimed designer.

2. Police Captain Joel Dales defends moving Mt. Airy bike cops to Germantown

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The 14th Police District’s Commanding Officer told residents this week that the pair’s services are simply needed more in Germantown. Check out Karl Biemuller’s story for more details and how neighbors feel about the move.

3. Northwest Philly charter school founder pleads guilty to $500K theft

Germantown resident Hugh C. Clark fessed up this week to using taxpayer dollars for private gain. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn about the charges facing Clark and how long he could spend in prison.

4. Local businesses report setbacks due to Germantown water-main break

A serious water-main break at Chelten and Pulaski avenues saddled a few nearby businesses with some operational setbacks. Check out Meg Frankowski’s story to learn what obstacles they’re facing.

5. Roxborough church sets sights on restoring its historic pipes

The St. Alban’s Episcopal Church community is in the process of raising money to fix-up the congregation’s 130-year old organ. Check out Matthew Petrillo’s story to learn about the details behind the effort and the difficulty of restoring the unique instrument.

6. Restoring the character of Lyceum Ave. one home at a time

The Roxborough Development Corporation is using a hefty grant from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia to breathe some new life into the block’s Victorian facades. Check out Lane Blackmer’s story for the details.

7. Lastly, NewsWorks tagged along with all three Democratic Primary candidates running in the state’s 198th Legislative District. Check out Aaron Moselle’s profiles on first-time challenger Charisma Presley, 2010 opponent Malik Boyd and incumbent Rosita Youngblood.

198th District Candidate Charisma Presley: ‘I’m going to outwork both of my opponents’

198th District Candidate Malik Boyd: ‘ I’m not going to make any promises’

198th District Candidate Rosita Youngblood: ‘People know that I’m fair’

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