Top 6 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. Your guide to the 2013 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic

For nearly 30 years, the first Sunday in June has been married to professional bike racing. This year is no different. The annual competition has a new name and a new course, but thousands of spectators are still expected to flock to the event that now shines an even brighter spotlight on Manayunk and Roxborough. Check out Meg Frankowski’s story to learn more.

2. An espresso bar and art gallery grows along Germantown’s Coulter Street

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Germantown is by no means the espresso capital of the city. In fact, the shop that Tim Walkiewicz and John Burke are opening on the west side of the neighborhood may be the first to sell the hyper-caffeinated beverage. That may be a point of pride for the duo, but they’re looking to provide more than just a good cup of java. Check out Brian Hickey’s story for more details.

3. MLK High, Urban Youth Racing School partnership revs up with high expectations

New programs and extracurricular activities may be scarce or non-existent next school year as a result of the school district’s sizable and yet-unfilled budget hole. MLK, however, will have at least one addition to its curriculum thanks to a unique partnership with the city’s only racing school. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more.

4. The final month: Scenes from Germantown High School’s last-ever prom

In less than a month, Germantown High School will close its doors for good after nearly 100 years in the neighborhood. To capture the memories and the strong emotions swirling around the closure, we launched a month-long series that will conclude on the final day of school. This week’s installments also included thoughts from an alum who was kissed by Bill Cosby’s cousin and a recent football star. Also be sure to check out this discussion of the series.

5. From food pantries to playgrounds, Mt. Airy’s ‘Ms. Pudding’ dedicated to filling local needs

There’s no doubt about it. Elvira Evans is a neighborhood gem. The longtime resident is always willing to lend a helping hand to those and need and for initiatives that make the neighborhood a better place to live. Check out Yasmein James’ story for more details.

6. What’s your favorite summertime spot in Northwest Philly?

Summertime is a special time of year in the city for many reasons. Among them, is that certain spots take on a new, seasonal vibe tied to the nostalgia of tradition. Northwest Philadelphia is full of such locales. Check out Kiera Smalls’ story for more details. 


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