Top 9 stories of the week in Northwest Philly

 Checking out the view from atop the Manayunk Bridge Trail after Tuesday's ground-breaking ceremony. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Checking out the view from atop the Manayunk Bridge Trail after Tuesday's ground-breaking ceremony. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Here are the stories you may have missed in Northwest Philadelphia this week …

1. Ground broken for $4m Manayunk Bridge Project connecting city, suburbs for bike and foot traffic

The $4.7 million project has become a reality thanks to a potpourri of funders including PennDOT (via the City of Philadelphia), Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and the William Penn Foundation. It’s expected to open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic late next year.

2. Mt. Airy chef and former food truck owner heads to Italy to represent US at culinary conference

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. Now, she has been sent to Italy as a U.S. food representative at a slow-food conference.

3. Pooches party at costume contest for dogs in East Falls

As part of the neighborhood’s ongoing Fall Festival, members of the East Falls Dog Park Committee and supporters held a “Dog Costume Party” at McMichael Park last weekend. At the second-annual event, a beagle labrador named Chase took top honors for the “dog-tini” costume.

4. 39th District residents express concern over loitering, safety

Many of the initial questions and comments from attendees pointed toward a persistent worry that the City of Philadelphia is leaving residents in the 39th District vulnerable to criminal activity. Complainants at Monday night’s meeting cited multiple examples of abandoned houses, unmaintained street lighting, vacant lots and walkways obscured by dense vegetation, corners crowded with loiterers and unlicensed or unregulated rooming houses.

5. Germantown residents discuss plan to turn GHS property into a community charter school

More than 20 Germantown residents gathered at the Daniel E. Rumph II Recreation Center to learn more about the proposal to turn the now-empty Germantown High School site into a community charter school.

6. Bass opens 8th District council office in Northwest Philly

It’s been at least two decades since Northwest Philadelphia residents have had a district council office. That will change Saturday when Eighth District Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ brand-new hub opens just feet from Wayne Junction Station in Nicetown.

7. MLK Cougars secure playoff berth with 28-14 win over Washington

A win over the George Washington High Eagles meant the MLK Cougars would advance to the PIAA playoffs for the second consecutive season. A loss would leave the uncertainty of possibly being eliminated from a Public League title-defense shot. So what did the Cougars do? Controlled the game to the tune of a 28-14 victory in a matchup featuring a modicum of bad blood.

8. Soccer Sisters United play Halloween-themed game on ‘haunted’ field

Soccer Sisters United players, coaches, parents and fans returned to Germantown’s Vernon Park last weekend for the program’s 16th annual Halloween Soccer Party. It was a fun moment amid a recent rough patch which saw the program lose a $1,000 goal frame and net to thieves who stole it from Vernon Park, where it was secured.

9. Fattah decries federal probe, plans to serve another decade in D.C.

If 10-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah is worried about his political future in the face of a former aide’s plea agreement, he did a good job of hiding it this week. Fattah faces Republican challenger Armond James in Tuesday’s general election.

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