Top 8 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. Planning Commission approves improvement plan for Germantown-Chelten commercial corridors

Two run-down sections of Germantown Avenue may get facelifts as part of an effort to revitalize and return the stretches to their former glory. The city-based agency gave the green light to two plans this week that include a myriad of community-driven recommendations. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn more.

2. A tragic end to a 17-day search effort for critically ill dog

The body of a three-year old Great Dane, Shirley, was discovered this week at a Chestnut Hill train station after a desperate rescue effort. Though upset, Shirley’s owners are grateful for the find. Check out Meg Frankowski’s story for more details.

3. Vernon Park ‘belongs to all of us,’ say organizers of family friendly Germantown event

Vernon park has become a bit of an eyesore for more than a few residents. Last weekend, some of them joined together as part of an effort to re-establish the space as an area for the whole community. Check out Olivia Jane Winters’ story to learn more about the event.

4. Recent robberies in Chestnut Hill called ‘a new and dangerous time’

Local businesses are seriously concerned about a rash of commercial robberies. The affluent neighborhood has been the site of more than one high-profile incident, including an art gallery and a bank. Check out Karl Biemuller’s story to learn more about what neighbors shared with police at a Wednesday morning meeting.

5. Questionable application practices at Green Woods, other Philly charter schools.

The well-regarded, Roxborough-based school was found to be imposing “significant barriers to entry.” A number of other schools seeking charter renewal were also tabbed for making their application processes unusually difficult. Check out Benjamin Herold’s story to learn more. 

6. Manayunk Bridge Trail project gets more funding from PennDOT, aims for Nov. ’13 finish

The project’s price tag was recently increased, but its goal to transform the railroad bridge into a recreational path remains. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for an update on an effort that will connect Philadelphia and Montgomery County.

7. Phila U. designers featured in Urban Outfitters fall collection

Two aspiring fashion designers recently got a big break when Urban Outfitters picked up their concepts for their fall catalog. The Philadelphia University students traveled to New York to celebrate the achievement. NewsWorks’ correspondent Corrine Warnshuis caught up with the pair this week. Check out her story to learn more about their experience.

8. What’s next for the former Delaware Valley High School site in East Falls?

The alternative high school company recently shuttered its East Falls location after the School District of Philadelphia severed ties. An ongoing FBI probe and financial woes didn’t help either. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn more about what the future may hold for the prime piece of real estate.

Editor’s note: NewsWorks’ investigation into speeding issues along Kelly Drive and Henry Avenue is now scheduled to run next week. It was initially slated to appear this week.

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