Friday March 22, 2024

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In Today’s Huntingdon Valley Insider:

📅 Friday March 22, 2024
• Local Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Stores May Dodge Nationwide Closures
• Willow Grove's Ross Klinger Named Philadelphia Fan of the Week
• Upper Moreland to Host E-Waste Collection and Police Car Food Drive in April
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Local Family Dollar and Dollar Tree Stores May Dodge Nationwide Closures

Last week, the parent company of Family Dollar and Dollar Tree announced plans to close approximately 1,000 of their stores nationwide over the coming years, citing significant underperformance in 2023. This decision follows recent challenges, including a hefty fine exceeding $40 million levied against Family Dollar due to a rat infestation at one of its warehouses, which led to the temporary shutdown of hundreds of stores, as reported by 6ABC Philadelphia.

The closures are detailed in the company's press release, outlining that around 600 Family Dollar stores are set to shutter in the first half of fiscal 2024. An additional 400 stores, comprising both Family Dollar and Dollar Tree locations, are also slated for closure upon the expiration of their current leases over the next few years.

While the exact timing and state-specific impacts of these closures remain undisclosed, there is a glimmer of hope for stores in our local area. Employees from Dollar Tree locations on Old York Road in Jenkintown and Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown have indicated that their stores are likely to remain open. Attempts to reach Family Dollar on Easton Road in Abington and Dollar Tree in Wyncote for comments were unsuccessful.

Community members with more information on the status of these local stores are encouraged to share updates to help keep neighbors informed.

Willow Grove's Ross Klinger Named Philadelphia Fan of the Week

Willow Grove's very own Ross Klinger, aged 39, has been spotlighted as the KYW Newsradio Philadelphia Fan of the Week, a testament to his unwavering enthusiasm for the Eagles. A fervent supporter and season ticket holder, Klinger's dedication to the team goes beyond mere attendance at games. Following the Eagles' Super Bowl LII victory, he celebrated in a unique way by acquiring a custom license plate that reads ‘H8CWBYS’, a playful jab at the Dallas Cowboys.

The license plate, which symbolizes his loyalty and spirited rivalry, caught the eye of many, prompting Klinger to leverage the attention for a good cause. He ingeniously linked a QR code to the Eagles Autism Foundation's donation page, turning his automotive tribute into a charitable endeavor.

For those interested in learning more about Klinger’s story and his creative support for the Eagles, additional information is available through the provided link or by tuning into the podcast.

Upper Moreland to Host E-Waste Collection and Police Car Food Drive in April

Upper Moreland Township has organized a trio of community service events aimed at sustainability and community support, set to take place in April. The first event on the agenda is the “E-Waste Recycling/Shredding Collection,” scheduled for Saturday, April 6, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Upper Moreland High School. This event provides a perfect opportunity for residents to dispose of electronic waste and confidential documents in an environmentally friendly manner.

Later in the month, on April 27, the township will simultaneously host two significant events from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Willow Grove Giant. The “Pack the Upper Moreland Police Car Food Drive” invites community members to contribute non-perishable food items to help fill a police car, a gesture aimed at supporting local food banks and those in need. Additionally, the “DEA National Rx Takeback” offers a safe and secure way for residents to dispose of unused or expired prescription medications, preventing potential misuse and protecting the environment.

These events reflect Upper Moreland Township’s commitment to community welfare and environmental sustainability. Residents seeking more details can refer to the available flyers.

Bueller… Bueller? What do everyone’s favorite All-American movie hero and your little sister have in common? They both like to goof off, of course! Ferris Bueller likes to goof off so much he skipped an entire day of school. We don’t even want to know how goofy your sister is. Regardless, March 22 is the day we celebrate goofballs in all their forms—and take a lesson. That’s right, March 22 is National Goof Off Day! Get ready to go wild … and maybe re-watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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