Top 7 stories of the week in NW Philly

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

1. Crossing guard assigned to intersection where car struck first grader

The unnerving car accident in East Germantown last April catapulted parents into pushing the city to hire a crossing guard at the busy corner. The successful campaign did not go unnoticed on the first day of the school year. Check out Brian Hickey’s story for more details. Be sure to also check out the rest of NewsWorks’ coverage of Northwest Philadelphia Schools from Friday:

Students from shuttered local schools make a fresh start at Mifflin Elementary [Photos]

MLK High Principal: ‘We have some great kids here’

Back to school: New principal welcomes students at Charles W. Henry

2. Newly-formed Friend of Mifflin group sets sights on arts funding and tutoring partnerships

For some East Falls families, Thomas Mifflin Elementary has been a nonstarter in the school choice discussion. A group of residents is now trying to change that through a partnership with the Conrad Street site. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story to learn more about what the recently launched committee has been up to over the summer.

3. The 39-year-old man and the clock

Germantown/West Oak Lane editor and Fallser Brian Hickey is ticked off about the dysfunctional clock tower attached to Thomas Mifflin Elementary. The structure, which sits not far from his home, served a crucial, mealtime function. Check out his essay to learn more about his dilemma.

4. Out of the woods and into the neighborhood for Green Woods Charter

An idyllic campus for the environmentally-focused and well-regarded school is currently being constructed in Manayunk. In the meantime, students and staff will be housed in two buildings which are part of two neighborhood parishes. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn more.

5. At Hope Charter School in West Oak Lane, the uncertain first days of the final year

The independent, public school will close at the end of this academic year after its operating charter was not renewed. NewsWorks contributor Aaron Moselle stopped by the Haines Street site to see how students felt about a decision in which details remained vague during the first week of school.

6. Retired environmental engineer from Mount Airy working to mitigate East Germantown flooding

Kelly O’ Day has been studying the sewer system that connects the two Northwest Philadelphia neighbors as part of an effort to raise the green consciousness of his neighbors and chip away at an ongoing problem downstream. Check out Aaron Moselle’s story for more details.

7. Police are investigating fatal shooting in East Mt.Airy

It’s been a violent summer in Northwest Philadelphia. East Mt. Airy, in particular, has been problematic. A shooting over the weekend left another dead. Check out Jana Shea’s story to learn more.

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