Top 5 stories to watch in NW Philly

Here’s a look at some of what NewsWorks will be covering in Northwest Philadelphia this week:

1. After nearly two years, Chestnut Hill Hospital’s $40 million expansion is nearly complete. NewsWorks will preview the building that will house a new emergency room and intensive care unit. We’ll also sit down with CEO John Cacciamani to learn more about what services will be provided as a result of the new addition.

2. Cassie Darby is scheduled to stand trial in Municipal Court this week. The 49-year-old was arrested in June after she allegedly attacked NewsWorks freelance photographer Bas Slabbers on a SEPTA bus in Germantown. Darby, whose alleged actions were caught on camera, is charged with simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

3. The personal side of a foreclosure will sit at the center of a Germantown-based performance piece that will be performed this week. “EvictionProof Peepshow Home” will bring from artists from the Philadelphia and beyond to one neighborhood home as part of the Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe. NewsWorks will be on hand for the performance.

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4. Speeding cars in East Falls have been the source of several recent accidents in the neighborhood. Concerned residents have brought this to the attention to police and city officials. In the meantime, Germantown/West Oak Lane editor Brian Hickey, a fellow Fallser, has been independently investigating the problem with the help of a radar gun. Check back next week to see what he discovered.

5. A group of Philadelphia University students have collaborated with students from one of the country’s top design schools to create a fall collection for Urban Outfitters. Check back next week to learn more about this “real-life” challenge.

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