Top 5 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. Germantown YWCA sheriff’s sale delayed after building owner couldn’t be found

The historic, fire-damaged building on Germantown Avenue was among the assets ordered to be liquidated in the wake of Germantown Settlement’s bankruptcy filing. Getting the property sold in a sheriff sale, however, hasn’t been easy. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn more on this ongoing saga.

2. Roxborough High shares the stage with local schools for winter music concert

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Since arriving in March 2009, Principal Stephen Brandt has worked hard to make Roxborough High a pillar of the neighborhood. In his eyes, making Roxborough High the best it can be will encourage students to stay in the neighborhood from K-12. As part of promoting that vision, the high school hosted a winter concert with four neighborhood schools. Check out Meg Frankowski’s story to learn more about the inaugural event.

3. State now handling probe into Wagner school test cheating

The West Oak Lane-based school has been the site of a school district-led investigation after a number of alleged irregularities cropped up in state testing booklets from the past three years. The investigation, launched following reports by NewsWorks and the Public School Notebook, was expected to wrap up soon. Check out Ben Herold’s story for details.

4. Work begins on deteriorating Midvale Ave. wall in East Falls

For the better part of a year, neighbors have been eyeing the crumbling stone wall with concern. The structure is part of an elementary school campus and sits near a SEPTA train station. Check out Meg Frankowski’s story to learn more about the Philadelphia School District’s repair efforts.

5. Poquito Jaime’s closes to keep bakery business alive

Jimmie Reed opened the southwestern-style café with high hopes two and half months ago. Keeping his bakery business afloat at the same time, however, quickly proved to be too much to handle. Fearing that he’d lose the beloved venture just a year after opening it, Reed moved to set aside his dream of owning a restaurant and closed Poquito Jaime’s. Check out Jana Shea’s story to learn more.

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