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Kensington news brief: City Council resolutions, tax returns, and financial assistance

Need a roundup of the local news impacting Kensington? 

To increase community information, Kensington Voice is publishing weekly news briefs on Mondays (except on holidays). There will be a monthly roundup in our print newspaper, too.

Here’s this week’s roundup below.

  • The federal tax deadline is April 18, 2023. Several neighborhood organizations like Ceiba and HACE offer free tax preparation services to low-income filers. Click here to book an appointment with Ceiba. To make an appointment with HACE, call 215-426-8025 or email
  • GALAEI and The West Philly Bunny Hop are teaming up for a free food and resource distribution every last Thursday of the month. Starting on Feb. 23, the distribution will take place at GALAEI’s building located at 118 Fontain St. Masks are encouraged, and the site is wheelchair accessible. 
  • Looking to buy a home and need closing cost assistance? According to HACE’s newsletter, Citizens Bank is offering homebuyers up to $10,000 with no strings attached. For more information, call HACE at 215-426-8025 or 215-437-7867.
  • Kensington’s Cantina La Martina opened its doors on Feb. 22, 2022, which also happens to be National Margarita Day. On Wednesday, Chef Dionicio Jimenez is hosting a celebration that he’s dubbed “Dos” to celebrate the start of his second year in business and in the spirit of the 2/22/22 anniversary. There will be several specials that riff off of the number two at the restaurant at 2800 D St. To learn more about Cantina La Martina’s origins, click here
  • Taller Puertorriqueño’s annual Arturo A. Schomburg Symposium “Colorism: Shades of Oppression, Inclusivity, and Power” takes place this Friday and Saturday. The event is free for students and community members. Reserve your ticket online here
  • For those wondering, SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line Painting Project is moving through Front Street and Kensington Avenue. It is the 100th anniversary of the Frankford section of the line. The project includes sandblasting and painting the steel beams on the east end of the line “SEPTA Blue.” SEPTA doesn’t expect service interruptions. On the street level, construction crews are maintaining two lanes of traffic and pedestrian traffic.

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Editors: Siani Colón Designer: Zari Tarazona