Top five stories of the week in NW Philly

Here at NewsWorks, we know busy schedules sometimes get in the way of staying up to date on the latest neighborhood news in Northwest Philadelphia. So, we decided to start a new Saturday series which sums up the top five stories of the week for this section of the city. Feel free to weigh in on any of the stories in the comment section below or suggest a follow up story for our reporters to tackle.

 

1. Food fight in Northwest Philly may turn into a legal battle

A struggle between two local businessmen over the fate of an empty shopping plaza space in Chestnut Hill appears to be far from over. Check out Jana Shea’s story to learn why plans to open a Rita’s Italian Ice in the affluent neighborhood have ruffled so many feathers.

2. Germantown United CDC gets tough love from community rejuvenators

A newly-formed community development corporation is ready to roll-up its sleeves and tackle Germantown’s ailing shopping district. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story about the organization’s “coming out party” and the advice doled out by a panel of experts in community revitalization.

3. President of Delaware Valley High School responds to FBI investigation reports

FBI agents this week raided the law offices of DVHS President David T. Shulick as part of the agency’s investigation into a hefty payment a for-profit company made to Chaka Fattah Jr.’s consulting firm. Read Megan Frankowski’s story for Shulick’s response to the federal probe. DVHS has a campus in East Falls.

4. Local nonprofit empowers kids to climb to the top

A Northwest Philadelphia-based organization is working hard to give kids opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Check out Alaina Mabaso’s story to learn about the group’s goals and a recent adventure organized for students from a North Philadelphia charter school.

5. ‘Black Madam’ arrested at Germantown buttocks-enhancement ‘party’

Philadelphia Police this week arrested Padge Windslowe during a raid of a Germantown home believed to be the site of an illegal ‘Pumping Party’. Check out Brian Hickey’s story to learn more about the unique bust and the charges facing Windslowe.

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