Top 7 stories to watch in NW Philly

 Participants from last spring's La Salle food drive. The food drive led to the launch of the Germantown Hunger Network. (Courtesy of Tom Wingert)

Participants from last spring's La Salle food drive. The food drive led to the launch of the Germantown Hunger Network. (Courtesy of Tom Wingert)

Here’s a look at what’s to come:

1. Since July 24, D. Bruce Hanes, Montgomery County’s register of wills, has been issuing same-sex marriage licenses to Pennsylvania couples. Linda Slodki and Arleen Olshan, co-founders of the Mt. Airy Art Garage, are among the Philadelphia couples who took advantage of the opportunity which some are celebrating and others calling civil disobedience. Pennsylvania doesn’t legally recognize same-sex couples.

2. For more than two decades, Daoud Shaw has been recording bands the “old school” way inside his Andorra home. A longtime drummer for Van Morrison, Shaw’s approach to music stems from a deep desire to recreate the “magic” of a live performance. Check back next week for a full story.

3. During her second-full term in office, state Rep. Pam Delissio had a front-row seat for a number of important budgetary issues, including Philadelphia’s fight for additional public education dollars. As the General Assembly’s vacation winds down, we caught up with the Roxborough-area lawmaker to talk about her goals for the fall and beyond.

4. LaSalle University’s Exploring Nutrition program recently launched the Germantown Hunger Network. The effort hopes to bring together organizations working with the neighborhood’s homeless population so that they can get to know one another and potentially collaborate. We’ll take a look at the nascent venture next week.

5. On Saturday, the Concord House in Germantown will give away school supplies to the first 150 students that show. The effort in its fourth year, but this time will be a bit different as students in Philadelphia will likely head to underfunded and understaffed buildings come Sept. 9, the start of the new school year.

6. In an effort to better position itself among Chestnut Hill’s myriad food destinations, the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market has been undergoing a complete overhaul. The entire space just off Germantown Avenue is being reworked with the first phase nearing completion. Check back next week for an update.

7. The Philadelphia Folk Festival, organized by the Mt. Airy-based Philadelphia Folksong Society, is celebrating its 52nd year this weekend. We’ll have photo and video recap of the event, held each year in Schwenksville, Pa.

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