Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. State Rep. Cherelle Parker found guilty of DUI, plans appeal

More than a year after her arrest in Germantown, the Northwest Philadelphia lawmaker was found guilty Wednesday of driving under the influence. The case, however, is far from over. Parker’s attorney and prosecutors both predict a long road ahead. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more about Parker’s legal saga.

2. In Riva’s temporary signs in East Falls – tasteful or tacky?

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The East Falls Community Council invited the owner of the Ridge Avenue eatery to a meeting this week to discuss a  batch of stenciled signs that currently circle the property. Some neighbors, it seems, think they were a bad decision. To others, EFCC’s invite was the bad decision. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn more.

3. Where to volunteer for MLK Day service event in NW Philly

On Monday, thousands of residents across the city will roll up their sleeves in honor of the Civil Rights leader. In Northwest Philadelphia, there are plenty of projects in search of volunteers. To make things easy, we compiled a list. All you have to do is sign up.

4. Hite responds to critics of school-closure proposal at MLK High public meeting

The Philadelphia School District’s plan to close 37 schools in June has ruffled some feathers, especially in and around Germantown, where six schools from that list are located. On Tuesday, dozens of parents, students and alumni crowded into Martin Luther King High School’s auditorium to voice their concerns. Check out Olivia Jane Winters’ story for more details.

5. It’s time to change the Pa. hit-and-run laws that encourage drivers to flee

Four years ago, NewsWorks editor Brian Hickey was struck by a car in Collingswood, N.J. and left for dead. While he’s ready to let go of the anger he’s carried for his still at-large attacker, his crusade to improve hit-and-run laws in the state is far from over. Check out Hickey’s column for more details.

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