Top 7 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. OFF BALANCE: Will a power play by Chestnut Hill’s biggest landlord put a yoga studio on hold?

Efforts to move an established yoga and fitness studio to Willow Grove Avenue appeared to be going smoothly until late last week. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn how a last-minute request from a neighborhood powerbroker may delay the business’ relocation plans.

2. SEPTA to hold hearing on fate of NW Philly to Montgomery Mall bus route

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The Route 134 bus has connected Chestnut Hill to Montgomery County for nearly 20 years. Now SEPTA officials are considering removing the route from the map. Check out Karl Biemuller’s story to find out why.

3. Northwest Raiders youth program hopes Council honor creates more support

Philadelphia City Council honored the Pop Warner football team for its successes during the past season and throughout its 40-year history. Check out Brian Hickey’s story to learn what team leaders are hoping for in the future.

4. Transgendered substance-abuse treatment facility plan moves from Kemble Ave. to Southwest Philly

The controversial facility is no longer slated for the city’s Ogontz section. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn why the nonprofit behind the project changed its plans.

5. School Reform Commission votes to close Levering; AMY Northwest to move in

After more than a year of speculation and community meetings in recent months, the SRC voted Thursday to close the Roxborough-based school. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for parent reaction and what will become of the school’s students and Ridge Avenue building.

6. Roxborough family searches for answers in recent dog killing

Megan Gambone and her family still don’t know why someone fatally shot their dog outside of their home this week. Check out Lane Blackmer’s story to learn why police have so little to go on and how neighbors are feeling about the strange incident.

7. Rittenhouse Hill developers get funding for major overhaul of Germantown site

A 624-unit apartment complex recently got a multi-million dollar boost to transform the site into a place for luxurious living. Check out Kristen Mosbrucker’s story to learn what a development duo has in store.

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