Top 8 stories to look for in Northwest Philly

 Zombies returned to Manayunk this weekend! (Natavan Werbock/for NewsWorks)

Zombies returned to Manayunk this weekend! (Natavan Werbock/for NewsWorks)

Here’s a look at stories NewsWorks will cover this upcoming week in Northwest Philadelphia…


1. Amid ongoing efforts to revive education at the shuttered GHS site, the Germantown High School Coalition hosted a “community charter school” gathering at Mallery Recreation Center on Saturday. We’ll have a full report on the event, and issues involved, this upcoming week.

2. We will provide an update on the community-backed Houston School library, volunteer efforts there and a look at challenges the library faces — including a lack of heating. 

3. Humans and pooches involved with the East Falls Dog Park coalition held their 2nd Annual Pooch Picnic & Doggie Costume Parade this weekend. Like everyone else, we’re suckers for pictures of dogs in Halloween costumes, so check back this week for a photo gallery from the event.

4. Soccer Sisters United players, coaches, parents and fans returned to Vernon Park this weekend for the program’s 16th annual Halloween Soccer Party will be held. The girls dressed up in costumes and played on a “haunted soccer field” featuring “ghoulies” rather than goalies, tombstones and jack-o-lanterns lining the field and, among other holiday decorations, cornstalks for corner flags.

5. Before the 2014 season started, football programs at Martin Luther King and George Washington High Schools were at odds over the transfer of star lineman Dawayne Young from the latter to the former. Well, wouldn’t you know it, when the teams faced off on Friday night, a PIAA playoff berth was on the line for the MLK Cougars. We’ll let you know what happened in words and photos.

6. On Nov. 4, voters will decide whether to send embattled U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah back to Capitol Hill for an 11th term in Congress. He faces upstart Republican candidate Armond James in the second congressional district race. NewsWorks will spend some time with Fattah this week for a pre-election story. Check back later in the week for it.

7. Check back for photos from this weekend’s Halloween events in Manayunk including a zombie dance-off. 

8. Mt. Airy resident Sue Wausserkrug opened a food truck to spread awareness about Native American foods. But when the focus shifted away from learning, she gave up the business and refocused. Her efforts may now be paying off, as she will be a U.S. food representative at an expenses-paid slow-food conference in Italy. Check back for a look at what she hopes to gain from the trip.

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