Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

Here’s a look at what you may have missed this week. 

1. Trial in assault of NewsWorks photographer delayed yet again

In late May, Cassie Darby allegedly attacked Bas Slabbers on a SEPTA Route 23 bus. Slabbers, a NewsWorks contributor, has appeared at three court dates since, two for the scheduled start of Darby’s trial. It’s now unclear, however, when those proceedings will get underway. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for more details.

2. Ribbon-cutting event formally opens Germantown homeless-resource center [Video]

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and Eighth District City Councilwoman Cindy Bass joined residents this week to celebrate the opening of Dignity Housing’s renovated Resource and Opportunity Center. It’s hoped the space will help Dignity Housing, a long-time advocate for the homeless, help more individuals become self-sufficient. Check out Brian Hickey’s story for more details.

3. Zoning board delays vote on Northern Children’s Services expansion project by two weeks

With the support of the local civics in hand, representatives with NCS headed for a city zoning hearing this week. The organization, which works with the homeless, wants to expand its housing program in Roxborough. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn more about the effort and what’s needed for the multi-million dollar project to move forward.

4. Philadelphia remembers Sen. Specter as a gusty, bold leader ‘with the ability to light fuses and create events’

Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter died on Sunday following a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The long-time East Falls resident spent much of his adult life in the public eye, much of it on the national stage. NewsWorks checked in with elected officials for their response on the 82 year old’s passing. Check out Matthew Grady’s story to learn more. Be sure to also check out our story on his funeral and what the future holds for his namesake library project.

5. Chestnut Hill Hospital ready to open brand new emergency department

After more than two years of construction, the hospital’s newest addition is ready to serve the community. NewsWorks contributor Karl Biemuller sat down with the hospital’s new CEO to discuss his position and what the $40 million wing means for would-be patients.

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