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Kensington news brief: Art contest, free activities, and street cleaning

Need a roundup of the local news impacting Kensington? 

Kensington Voice is publishing weekly news updates to increase community information. There will be a monthly roundup in our print newspaper, too.

Here’s this week’s roundup below.

STREET CLEANING: The City’s Mechanical Street Cleaning program returns this week through Nov. 3, 2023. Fairhill, Kensington, and Port Richmond residents should avoid no parking signs from Monday to Thursday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. To view the cleaning schedule and maps, click here.

KV NEWSROOM: The 2023 primary election is on May 16. In our April print issue, we published three election resources: how to register to vote, how to apply for a mail-in ballot, and 5 things you need to know about the Philly primary election

FRIENDS OF MCPHERSON: The Friends group is recruiting new advisory board members. If interested, contact Margarita Gonzalez at The group meets in-person/virtually at 6 p.m. every first Tuesday of the month. To join the meetings, email

FREE ACTIVITY: Kensington Corridor Trust is hosting free community workouts featuring Bodied by Benzii on Saturdays this April. The workout sessions will be at 3400 J St., Suite G12 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

KV NEWSROOM: We are excited to launch our second art contest, “My vision for Kensington.” This contest is an opportunity for residents to share their neighborhood vision with those in or running for elected office at City Hall. A $375 top prize will be awarded to each category. Enter by May 5. For more information, click here

FREE ACTIVITY: Galaei is hosting “Gaymer Tuesdays” from 5-6:30 p.m. You can play popular games like Mario Kart and Hogwarts Legacy on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5. The office’s address is 118 Fontain St., Philadelphia, PA 19122. 

CITY RESOURCE: Anyone aged 13 and older can get a PHL City ID. The cost is $5 for ages 13-17, $10 for ages 18-64, and free for ages 65 and older. The PHL City ID can be used as identification within the city, to sign in to schools and City buildings, and more, except for travel. For more information, click here. The PHL City ID team visits Prevention Point every Tuesday 12-2 p.m. They will also be at McPherson Square Library’s Teen Summer Job Fair on Thursday, April 13, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

SEPTA’S BUS REVOLUTION: SEPTA’s bus routes are changing but not yet. SEPTA is asking for feedback on its Updated Draft Network through mid-May 2023. Late last year, riders shared feedback and comments about the proposed route changes. You can share feedback online or attend virtual and in-person events this spring. 

CITY COUNCIL: The City’s budget hearings started at City Hall last Tuesday. By June 30, City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney must pass a budget for the following fiscal year. The public testimony dates are Tuesday, April 18 (tax bills only), Wednesday, April 26, and Wednesday, May 3. Interested residents can sign up by calling 215-686-3407 or emailing by 3 p.m. the day before the testimony date. For more information, click here

COMMUNITY JOBS: Searching for employment? Galaei, Kensington Creative & Performing Arts High School (KCAPA), and Kensington Health Sciences Academy (KHSA) are hiring.  

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Editors: Siani Colón Designer: Zari Tarazona