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Kensington news brief: Girl Scouts troop, Kensington Mayoral Forum, and Walgreens closure

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.

  • Daylight saving time starts this Sunday, March 12, when the clocks will jump forward from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. Make sure to change your clocks. The Philadelphia Fire Department also encourages the public to test their smoke alarms during this time. Click here to find out where to get free smoke detectors and batteries in Philly. 
  • The Walgreens at the intersection of Kensington and Allegheny avenues permanently closed last Thursday. The pharmacy chain is the latest corporation to close a store on the neighborhood’s business corridors. In anticipation, Walgreens mailed a letter to its pharmacy patients about the closure and how to access their prescriptions. The pharmacy’s staff also worked with Esperanza Health Center to notify some patients about the closure and next steps. The pharmacy dispensed critical medications that treat conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and seizures. For the full story, click here.
  • Well, good news, Kensington is getting a Girl Scouts troop. According to NKCDC’s Frankford Ave Arts, the Girl Scouts organization has never had one in the neighborhood. This Wednesday, NKCDC is hosting an open house for potential adult volunteers and girl scouts ages 6-14 who live in the 19134 ZIP code. The event will take place in NKCDC’s Community Room at 2771 Ruth St. from 6-7 p.m.
  • On March 14, Gloria Casarez Elementary will host a Kensington Mayoral Forum with the Philadelphia mayor candidates from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The free/public event will be moderated by AL DÍA News, Telemundo 62, and school leadership. Candidates will be asked questions about schools, public safety, economic development, and other citywide issues. Participants can submit questions in advance through the online form. To reserve a spot, click here
  • Throughout this year, Kensington Voice will work on two special journalism projects. Our Overcoming ACEs series will highlight North Philly’s solutions to America’s childhood adversity problem. You can read more about that project here. Our Hey, City Hall! It’s us, Kensington series will bring your questions to people who work (or are campaigning to work) at City Hall. You can read more about that project here

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