Top 7 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. Parenting after tragedy strikes: A retrospective

Tragedies such as the Boston Marathon bombings are hard to swallow and rationalize no matter how many you’ve witnessed. But perhaps, for parents, it becomes a bit easier to help fellow parents as they process the shock and grief with their young children. Check out Jennifer Bradley’s latest post for more details.

2. Neighbor: Man ‘pacing…nervously’ at E. Germantown lot days before body found

Philadelphia police got a grim call Wednesday night that sent officers to an abandoned patch of woods not far from SEPTA’s Wister Station. The crime scene was also a short distance from where another murder victim was found last May. Check out Brian Hickey’s story for more details.

3. Students gear up for 2,627-mile ‘Coast to Coast for MS’ trek

Cameron Swengel is not your average college student. At the end of May, the Philadelphia University sophomore will lead a group of cyclists from Maine to Florida as part of an effort to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Swengel’s grandfather and father both suffered from the disease. Check out Carrie Hagen’s story to learn more.

4. GHS assistant hired as head football coach at former rival MLK High

The closure of Germantown High School this summer will mean a lot of new beginnings come September. Former Bears’ assistant coach Ed Dunn is no exception. His change of scenery, however, is of particular note. Check out Brian Hickey’s story to learn more.

5. Protestors rally at Mifflin over alleged abuse at the school; District deems allegations ‘unfounded’

Allegations of racial discrimination and abuse have swirled around the East Falls school for years. On Monday, they became very public during a small afternoon demonstration. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for more details, including the school district’s response.

6. Mt. Airy BID to host parking forum addressing Germantown Avenue developments

Parking along the 700 and 600 blocks of Germantown Avenue can be difficult. The two-block stretch is home to houses and retail and service-focused businesses. In an attempt to address the issue to keep new development an easier sell, the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District will hold a forum on the subject. Check out Jana Shea’s story for more details.

7. Former Renfrew Center patients discuss recovery via art therapy

For individuals suffering from an eating disorder, creating art about that suffering can be a helpful tool for recovery. To that end, The Renfrew Center in Roxborough has a rich art therapy program. Artwork from the program is now on display inside Chestnut Hill College. Check out Alaina Mabaso’s story to learn more.

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