Here are several stories that you may have missed this week in Northwest Philadelphia:
With roots in Northwest Philadelphia, Yards Brewing Co. worked with locally-based Tiny Terra Ferma to make a vertical garden on the side of its building along Main Street in Manayunk. The area has a new Yards sign (made of wood from a native tree which grows along the Schuylkill River), three kinds of hops and a pollinator garden at the base. Read Emily Brooks’ article for further details.
The owners of Rose Petals Café and Lounge on Chelten Avenue in Germantown celebrated a big day Wednesday. It had been a year since opening their business’ doors and eight since their wedding. Check out the celebration and background in Brian Hickey’s report.
Chaka Fattah Jr., the son of a 10-term Democratic U.S. representative, has been indicted on federal charges of theft and tax-fraud. Prosecutors alleged, among other things, that Fattah lied about elements of budgets for the school district’s Southwest School. Fattah maintained his innocence and said he looks forward to his day in court. Tom MacDonald has the story.
Dawayne Young, a rising senior and football star, was cleared by the PIAA to play football at Martin Luther King High School. The decision was made by a five-member panel just outside of Harrisburg who voted unanimously that Young’s transfer from George Washington High this year was not motivated by football. Hickey updates Young’s case.
Since 2012, more than 700 city employees, many from the school district, have attended an eight-hour adult Mental Health First Aid course. The class delves into learning about mental health and how to help someone that faces a mental crisis. Check out Michael Buozis’ article on the program.
Paul Glover dropped out of the race for governor after receiving the Green Party’s nomination but failing to collect the required 17,000 signatures in order to be on the November ballot. Glover said he came up short by around 3,000 signatures, more than is required of Republican and Democratic candidates. Hickey spoke with Glover about the end of his campaign.
Decorative plants, as part of a beautification effort for Germantown Ave., have gone missing or destroyed within a month of being set up. Business owners along the avenue have mixed opinions about the plantings. Check out Marcus McCarthy’s report on the issue.
A 104-year-old house in Chestnut Hill may soon be demolished and the plot divided for two new homes. However, community leaders are attempting to prevent this as it sets a dangerous precedent for an area full of historical landmarks, they said. Read Alan Jaffe’s report for more details on the disputed property’s future.