Top 6 stories of the week in NW Philly

 Valedictorian Alpha Togba smiles at the Germantown High graduation ceremony.  (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Valedictorian Alpha Togba smiles at the Germantown High graduation ceremony. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

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

1. Germantown High School’s final graduation was a celebration, not a funeral

A piece of Philadelphia history unfolded Wednesday when members of GHS’ 146th and final graduating class received their diplomas. The ceremony was inherently bittersweet for a school that will close one year shy of its 100th year. Most, however, chose to focus on the sweet. Check out Brian Hickey’s story for more details.

2. Graduates celebrate a principal’s legacy at Roxborough High

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Roxborough High isn’t closing, but its highly-regarded principal is moving on after nearly four years. Principal Stephen Brandt, an RHS alum, helped steer the school away from a negative past. His work didn’t go unnoticed and was commended during Wednesday’s ceremony.

3. Family, friends gather to remember city inspector linked to building collapse

This month’s fatal building collapse in Center City became even more tragic when Ronald Wagenhoffer took his own life. City officials have stood behind their claim that Wagenhoffer did nothing wrong, but the Roxborough resident was deeply troubled by the deadly event. Either way, family and friends are left mourning. Check out Amy Z. Quinn’s story to learn more.

4. Planned chicken wing restaurant ruffles the feathers of some Mt. Airy residents

Neighbors brought a whole host of concerns to a recent community meeting organized to discuss a new Wingstop location on Germantown Avenue. Parking and daily hours of operation were chief complaints, but a perceived lack of communication around the project was also discussed. Check out Jana Shea’s story for more details.

5. Girls-soccer program defends its use of Vernon Park as a practice field

Officials with the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation are concerned that a youth soccer program will damage the central Germantown mainstay and has suggested a move. The program’s coach isn’t interested. Check out Sarah MacEachern and Ryan Shellenberger’s story to learn more.

6. Residents rally for Roxborough dog park

For years, neighbors have used a fenced-in, vacant lot on Mitchell Street as an unofficial dog park. Now, longtime resident Sarah Koenig wants to make it official. She’s already sought advice from Fourth District City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. Check out Sean Smith and Kayla Cook’s story for more details.


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