Top six stories of the week in NW Philly

Here’s what you may have missed on NewsWorks this week:

1. Rendell talks about NW political wusses, why his East Falls plaque smells like urine

Germantown/West Oak Lane Editor Brian Hickey sat down with the former governor, mayor and district attorney inside his Center City office this week to talk wusses. Specifically, who in city government fits the bill. Check Brian’s story to find out who Rendell tapped in Northwest Philadelphia.

2. Northern Home announces new name, breaks ground on housing for mothers and children

City officials and stakeholders this week broke ground on a new building in Roxborough that will give homeless teenage mothers and their families a place to stay while they work to get their life in order. Check out Matthew Grady’s story to learn more about Monday ceremony and the social service effort.

3. Joe Frazier’s Gym added to ‘America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places’ list

The legendary boxer’s former gym-turned furniture store on North Broad Street was honored this week by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Check out Brian Hickey’s story for more details on Wednesday morning’s press conference and the efforts that are already underway to keep the one-of-a-kind property from disappearing.

4. Diana Bryman Rugs closes in Chestnut Hill

The long-time fixture’s run officially ended this week after 52 years in business. Check out Jana Shea’s story to learn more about the store that sold Oriental rugs for more than a half-century and what the future may hold for its owners.

5. Dale Mezzacappa: Philadelphia is ground zero for the national education crisis

The Philadelphia Public School Notebook contributing editor and former education reporter for the Philadelphia News stopped by East Mount Airy Neighbors’ monthly meeting to talk about, what else, education. Check out Jana Shea’s story to learn more about what Mezzacappa had to say about the city’s troubled public education system and its future.

6. Helmet cam captures Winnie’s ride in the Bicycling Magazine Open

The co-owner of Winnie’s LeBus in Manayunk tackled the same course the pros did during Sunday’s 28th Annual TD Philadelphia International Cycling Championship. The intrepid restaurateur was kind enough to strap on a helmet cam during her climb up the Manayunk Wall and during the rest of her ride. Check out Kimberly Paynter’s video to get a first-person look at Winnie’s effort.

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