Woodlawn Heights Taxpayers and Community Association, Inc.


Spring is finally in Woodlawn

Please join us at the next Woodlawn Heights Taxpayers & Community Association general meeting on Monday, September 14th at 7:00PM, in the St. Barnabas High School Cafeteria. We look forward to seeing you there.  

Voice your opinion, meet some friends, and win a raffle or two. 

Please note the association does not meet during July and August.  Perhaps the weather will return to normal conditions.  Enjoy your summer!






BRONX History for the really old: enjoy


BRONX History for the middle aged: enjoy




July 1, 2015






will be held on July 15th - 6:30 to 8:30PM


Please bring a friend and attend this important meeting




July 1, 2015                    ~NOTICE~


Art in the Park Adventure
Mondays & Thursdays from 1 to 3pm, July 13th to Aug 6th

Open to students 7-12 years old. Fee, includes all supplies, for all eight classes is $100. The class teacher is a NYC art teacher who will combine discussion of the ecology of Van Cortlandt Park with the student art projects. Many different types of materials will be introduced such as 3-D, found sculpture, Linoleum Projects, Papermaking, Cyanotype printing, etc. Classes will be held in Woodlawn Playground- on VCP East, south of Kepler Ave. For more information and to register by mail please Art in the Park Application 2015.  You can also register and securely pay the registration online here. 


July 1, 2015



From: HYATT ASSOCIATION <hyattcommunity@optonline.net>
Date: June 30, 2015 at 9:56:17 PM EDT
To: hyattcommunity@optonline.net
Subject: Neighborhood 4th of July Celebration


Dear Friends,


There is a great neighborhood 4th of July Celebration planned for our own Conor Park on Saturday, July 4th at Noon.


Conor Park is the site of our 9-11 Monument at McLean Avenue and Central Avenue.


This Ceremony, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 47 will honor the 50 States.  There will be food (free Hot Dogs and Red, White and Blue pies ) served after the ceremony.


So please attend, it will be a great neighborhood event!



Larry Wilson






June 29, 2015                        ~NOTICE~

National Night Out Against Crime - August 4th 4m



June 26, 2015


We've reached a broad, comprehensive agreement here in Albany (Governor Cuomo).



26, 2015

                                                          REMINDER NOTICE

ARTS in the PARK

Meets at Woodlawn Playground located at Van Cortlandt Park East & Kepler Ave.


Supplies available for the first 15 participants.


Hike & Paint For Adults

10 am - 11:30 am July 21, 28, Aug 4, 11 With Artist Gerry McCleave FREE! Art Adventures


For ages 7-10 years old Must attend all sessions Select Mondays & Thursdays 1 pm – 3 pm July 13, 16, 20, 23

With Artist Valerie Skakun


For fees & registration go to: vancortlandt.org


Painting Pleasures For Children of Any Age

2 pm - 3:30 pm July 21, 28, Aug 4, 11 With Artist Matthew Burcaw FREE!



June 20, 2015





will be held on July 15th - 6:30 to 8:30PM



Please bring a friend and attend this important meeting



June 20, 2015



Thursday, June 25th, 2015


7:30 P.M.  Saint Barnabas High School Cafeteria


Summer is here. Take advantage of the fun events (many free) in our Parks and our neighborhood.


Commissioner Kathleen O’ConnorWestchester Parks, Recreation and Conservation will be with us to tell us about free movies in the parks, and many events at Playland and more.


Deputy Commissioner Steve SansoneYonkers Parks and Recreation will be with us to tell us about the many events and programs planned in the Yonkers Parks.


Yonkers City Councilman Dennis Shepherd


Westchester County Legislator Bernice Spreckman 


The Second Precinct Police Captain,Brian Behan


Please attend, and bring a friend



June 17,2015

Arts in the Park for Adults ~click here~

Hike & Paint For Adults 10 am - 11:30 am July 21, 28, Aug 4, 11 With Artist Gerry McCleave FREE!


June 10, 2015








There will be a Memorial Service for the family of Kalie Gill on Wednesday, June 17th at 5:00 PM at Coyne Park.  Kalie was the young St. Barnabas High School student who passed away in a tragic accident in October of 2013.  There will be a monument unveiling for her as well.  Please feel free to forward the information accordingly.  All are welcome to attend.

June 10, 2015


Reminder: 47th Police Pct Community Council Meeting.  Nativity Elementary School Dyer Avenue


June 6, 2015


2nd Annual Spring Festival on Katonah Avenue

Sponsored by the Taxpayers & Community Association, we are organizing face painting, rides, raffle prizes, live music and dancing entertainment. Patrizias; is sponsoring a pasta eating competition.


June 5, 2015


June 5, 2015

~Woodlawn incident~

There was an attempted burglary at about 4:30am this morning on 237th St. between Martha and Vireo. It was noticed immediately and 911 was called, which stopped them from breaking into any houses. The Police showed up immediately, but the two suspects ran away. The police canvassed the Woodlawn / Wakefield area for about 30 minutes.

Police were noticed driving in Woodlawn, which is a comforting. Just a reminder to keep everything locked and to call 911 if you see anything out of the ordinary!

June 4, 2015

Arts in the Park Adventure Summer Art Classes July 13th - August 6th, 2015 in Van Cortlandt Park

Click here for: Registration application 



May 30, 2015


89th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

Rita Ley Triangle and Van Cortlandt Park East



May 9, 2015

Coverage of NYC Participatory Budgeting - Council Member Andrew Cohen (District 11) - Results


Here is the link to  an article appearing in the Riverdale Press:






May 18, 2015


Endometriosis and Uterine Cancer


at the Wakefield Community Advisory Board Symposium




May 19th                                                         2:00 pm - 4:00 pm &

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Montefiore Wakefield Campus                 George Link Education Center

Room A                                                                 


May 12, 2015


Bronxites Petitioning to Move Homeless Shelter Out of Former YMCA



May 8, 2015

The Land Use Committee Meeting


The Land Use Committee Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7P.M., at Town Hall—4101 White Plains Road, The Bronx, 10466.

April 30, 2015

Press Release from Assemblyman Dinowitz's office regarding the Project Renewal Homeless Shelter incident and the tragic loss of Ana Charle


Summary of April 30, 2015 Rally & Press Conference :

This afternoon in front of the Project Renewal Homeless Shelter at located 4380 Bronx Blvd, our elected officials and members of the community meet to express their concern for the tragic loss of Ana Charle who was murdered on Monday (A suspect, who had been a resident of this facility, has been arrested and is in jail) and to express their outrage at the NYC Dept of Homeless Services (DHS) over their mismanagement of thisfacility which opened in January 2014. They called for this facility to be shut down. Our elected officials – Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, Senators Jeff Klein and George Lattimer, NYC Councilmen Andy Cohen and Andy King and CB 12 Chair Rev. Richard Gorman spoke out about how the NYC DHS needs to be held responsible for the safety of their staff and of the Wakefield, Woodlawn and Yonkers communities. Assemblyman Dinowitz called for the firing of top DHS officials for failure to provide security and for being oblivious to the safety needs of the surrounding communities. Senator Klein has introduced legislation to have community input and public hearings before a homeless shelter opens and it should pass next week. Councilmen Cohen and King will coninue to work with DHS for increased security and the closure of this facility. Councilman Cohen spoke of the alm st 1,000 calls to 911 from inside the facility and how that drains our 47th Precinct resources and puts us all at risk. Rev. Gorman reviewed how unresponsive DHS is to our community’s concerns, how the community was never given a chance to be heard and how we need to continue to stand up for ourselves. In addition to representatives of our Woodlawn Taxpayers Association, there were reps from the EIIC, 47th Pct. Council, Wakefield Civic Association, MAMA, Hyatt Taxpayers, Community Board 12 along with others in attendance. Hopefully out of this tragedy, some good will come.

Press Release from Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz: 



Photos from Today's Press Conference courtesy of the Wakefield Taxpayers:


April 30, 2015



CARVEL Free cone day



April 30, 2015


Dear Friends and WHCTA Members,


As I am sure you have probably all heard, Ana Isabel Charle, the manager at the Project Renewal homeless facility on Bronx Blvd., was killed on Monday in the Wakefield section of the Bronx by a former resident of the shelter. 


Today at 2:30 p.m., a number of elected officials, including Council Member Andy Cohen, will hold a press conference in front of Project Renewal, which is located at 4380 Bronx Blvd.

During the first three months of this year, 911 dispatchers have received approximately 175 calls from the employees at Project Renewal.


Council Member Cohen has been in touch with both the 47th Precinct and the NYC Department of Homeless Services to try to improve the situation and hopefully have a permanent peace officer assigned to the building.


To make matters worse, the DOE Fund has recently received permits from the NYC Building Department to begin renovations of the Mueller Center. This project will eventually house an additional 200 homeless men.


Please come out tomorrow to show that you are against these facilities being clustered (over saturation) in one area!



Kenneth A. Nugent    





April 23, 2015




John McGrath, Woodlawn resident and assistant treasurer of the WHCTA, was recently presented with a community service award in recognition of his outstanding service in fostering police/community relations in 2014. The presentation was made at the 47th Precinct Council's Fellowship Breakfast, which was held on Wednesday, April 22nd at The Eastwood Manor.


Congratulations John!!  Well done.


April 17, 2015





Friday, April 24th, 7:00PM

St. Barnabas High School Cafeteria

420 E. 241st Street, Bronx, NY 10470



4318 Katonah Avenue Committee Chairwoman: Nimia Rose

Bronx, NY 10470 Phone: 718-324-1924

Website: www.ps019pta.com

Email: info@ps019pta.com



The 12th Annual PS 19 PTA “Penny Social” is a Category III “games of chance” raffle.

No license required. Winners need not be present to collect their prize.

The PS 19 PTA is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible.

100% of the funds directly benefit students attending P.S. 19 Judith K. Weiss.


April 17, 2015


Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. presents:

Bronx Week 2015

Thursday, May 7 -- Sunday, May 17

Dear Friends:

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to participate in our annual Bronx Week festivities as we celebrate all the good things about the Bronx.

During Bronx Week, Thursday, May 7, to Sunday, May 17, 2015, there will be many planned special events to celebrate our borough. Residents of The Bronx and visitors from the tri-state region will come together to celebrate the people, places, history and businesses of The Bronx. Outdoor performances, trolley tours, health fairs, a salute to veterans and business workshops are just some of the events in store across the borough during Bronx Week 2015.

The grand finale is on Sunday, May 17, when famous sons and daughters of the borough will return home for induction to the Bronx Walk of Fame on the Grand Concourse, followed by our annual Parade, Food & Art Festival and Concert on Mosholu Parkway.

Bronx Week is the ideal time to remind all New Yorkers that The Bronx is a great place to live, work and play. Complete the attached applications today, and be part of our annual celebration of pride.

Enclosed are:

?‚· Bronx Week Parade Application for those interested in marching in the Bronx Day Parade on Sunday, May 17, on Mosholu Parkway.


I hope you will join us in celebrating The Bronx.


Ruben Diaz Jr.

Bronx Borough President




April 8, 2015


 Raymond Francis Crapo Jr.



Beloved husband of Mary.  Loving father of Carolyn, Donald, and Raymond (Jennifer). Cherished grandfather of Jake and Joshua.  He was a teacher and Assistant Principal at Evander Childs High School, an enthusiastic volunteer at the Trolley Museum, a trainer at the NYS Office of Court Administration, a former President at the Bronx County Historical Society for 11 years, a member of the American Society of Training and Development, and a great friend of the Woodlawn Heights Taxpayers and Community Association and Woodlawn resident.


 Viewing: April 8/9 from 2-4, 7-9 Hodder Funeral Home


 April 8, 2015


AISLING IRISH COMMUNITY CENTER presents the 3rd Annual PAULINE BOYLAN-COLL MEMORIAL 5K WALK/RUN on Sunday April 12th, 2015 @ 9:30am


This annual Memorial walk/run is a fitting tribute to Pauline and is a great opportunity for her friends and the community to honor her happy spirit and bravery, to recall her laughter and friendly personality.  Pauline was taken from this world too soon, but left an unforgettable legacy.

Call the center at 914-237-5121 or stop by to get your sponsorship card.



April 1, 2015  April Fools!!!!


The Partnership for Parks Conference registration is now open. 


The Partnerships for Parks Conference provides community groups, park supporters and open-space advocates an opportunity to unite and learn how local park stewards  strengthen neighborhoods and improve the quality of life in New York City.  We invite all park enthusiasts to learn from Partnerships for Parks 20 years of shared experience, best practices and sustaining partners.

March 26, 2015



                                   ~~~SAD NEWS~~~

CB 12 District Manager Carmen Rosa passed away

Her funeral service will be held at The Woolworth Chapel at The Woodlawn Cemetery, tomorrowFriday, 3/27 at 10 a.m.
Additionally, plans arranged for her by her family, include a horse-drawn carriage procession from White Plains Rd., down East 233rd Street up to Jerome Ave., with entry to the cemetery at the Jerome Ave. entrance.   
Folks from the Woodlawn neighborhood should line up on the East 233rd to pay respect as her procession passes, as this gesture would mean a great deal to her loving family, and would say thanks from the Woodlawn Community for her many years of service to local community issues.

Currently, the service is planned to leave White Plains road at 9:30 am.


On behalf of the Woodlawn Taxpayers & Community Association, thank yo Carmen Rosa for all of your hard work and dedication to our neighborhood.  You will be missed!!



March 25, 2015




NYC Parks Department is replacing a waterline at Woodlawn Playground and the disruption could take a few days.


They asked to advise residents, and to say they are sorry for the inconvenience. Plumbers are on site now.



March 19, 2015

Spring E-Waste Recycling Events

Starting April 1, you can be fined $100 for illegally discarding your electronics. Buildings with more than 10 units can sign up for e-cycleNYC to properly recycle e-waste. There are also several electronics recycling events this spring:  


At our annual SAFE Disposal events, you can recycle your electronics, and safely discard potentially harmful household products, including motor oil, paint, and unwanted medications. Attend one of our upcoming events: 

Sat, April 11, Midland Beach Parking Lot on Staten Island

Sun, April 19, MCU Park, Surf Ave Parking Lot in Brooklyn

Sat, May 2, Orchard Beach Parking Lot in the Bronx

Sat, June 20, Cunningham Park, Ball Field Parking Lot in Queens

Sun, June 28, W 120th between Broadway & Amsterdam, Columbia University/Teachers College in Manhattan


Join us for our Earth Day event at Union Square on April 19. We'll be there with e-cycleNYC bins to recycle your e-waste, as well as re-fashioNYC bins to collect your clothing and textiles. 


The Lower East Side Ecology Center's e-waste recycling event calendar is in full swing! Held all over NYC, March through June, they will collect your old electronics for recycling, rain or shine.



March 14, 2015



When it comes to investing for retirement, women face a unique set of challenges their male colleagues often do not. This seminar is designed to highlight the challenges women face when investing for retirement, and offers options to mitigate the impact these challenges pose.


Unique People Services, Inc. in partnership with PNC Bank is hosting a Lunch & Learn information session entitled Women and Investing which will focus on the specific challenges women face as they prepare for retirement. All are invited to join. Lunch will be provided.


03/27/2015 Community Room: 12:00pm to 1:00pm Haven Apartments: 2145 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10460



March 14, 2015




Take the survey.
Dear Friend,

Right now, the City is updating the blueprint for New York City. Mayor de Blasio wants all of us to share our vision for a future that's "resilient, sustainable, and makes sense for the lives of all New Yorkers." I think libraries are a big part of that. Don't you? Tell the Mayor that libraries are a key part of a resilient New York.

How can a library function without enough funding? NYC's libraries aren't just about millions of free books. They serve immigrants, help children read and succeed in school, train people in technology, help job seekers into the workforce — and while our community's needs have increased dramatically over the years, City funding for public libraries has been slashed by nearly 20 percent. Library staff has been reduced by more than a thousand workers.

Take just a few minutes to fill out the City's survey — and make sure City leaders know that our vision of a greater New York means investing in libraries.


And if you want to show your support in person, be sure to attend the City Council hearing onFriday, March 20, at 10 a.m. in City Hall's Council Chambers. It always makes a big difference to have supporters like you show up in full force!


Iris Weinshall
Chief Operating Officer, The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library | Stephen A. Schwarzman Building | Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street | New York, NY 10018


March 13, 2015

Senator Klein's Office Helps Woodlawn Again!

The before photo at Bronx River Parkway Entrance @ 233rd Street was sent to Mike Blaustein, of Senator Klein's office at 8:30am, and by the afternoon, the graffiti was removed.  Pretty impressive response time!!





March 12, 2015


As part of the expansion of our Age-Friendly NYC initiative, the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) has created a special survey to help us identify new ways that we can help make all five of our boroughs more age-friendly places.


In addition to asking questions about the availability of certain services in our communities, the survey also inquires about the challenges that older New Yorkers are continuing to experience in their daily lives. 


To help ensure that we get a diverse cross-section of responses, we would greatly appreciate it if you would take a few moments to fill out the survey and/or help us get the word out to other seniors and advocates in the community. 


The survey is available online at https://nyam.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1B9QMJW7PUayxgh in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.  All responses will be kept anonymous and confidential.  There is no deadline for completing the survey, and participants are encouraged to fill out the form themselves. 


If you or someone you know would prefer to fill out a paper survey instead, please contact Anushka Gopilall at NYAM.  She can be reached by phone at (212) 822-7237 or by email at AGopilall@nyam.org.


We're very proud of the work that we have done together with NYAM and other partners as part of this historic initiative.  Age-Friendly NYC has enabled us to implement ideas directly from seniors about how to make our city as age-friendly and attractive as possible.  This is participatory democracy at its finest, and we look forward to working with you as we continue to build upon and expand this important effort. Thank you.


MarcH 12, 2015


FRIENDS of Van Cortlandt Park Hike-a-thon


6th Annual Hike-a-Thon
Saturday April 25th, 2015 at 10am

 242nd Street and Broadway near the last stop of the 1 train

Hiking for a Healthier NYC!

Get out for a hike and help us raise funds for the restoration of Van Cortlandt Park’s spectacular hiking trails.
Similar to a Walk-a-Thon, you seek out supporters to sponsor your hike for this rain or shine event. Participants can choose one of three hiking routes (1-5 miles) the day of the event.

$25 Registration Fee includes a “VCP Where NYC Hikes” t-shirt and an expertly guided hike of our beautiful park.
Register by Wednesday April 22nd, 2015.


March 8, 2015


BOROUGH PRESIDENT DIAZ  invites you to celebrate Women's History Month


Thursday, March 19th - Pelham Split Rock

Breakfast 10am - 11:45am



March 6, 2015



Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has issued his annual development report, highlighting the total development seen in The Bronx since he first took office in 2009.

The report notes that, in total, The Bronx has seen more than $7.212 billion in total development in all categories since 2009, when Borough President Diaz first took office. In 2014 alone, The Bronx saw over $1.13 billion in new development.


March 5, 2015

Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade on McLean Ave FaceBook Page

When is the parade? 
The Parade will be on Saturday, March 21, 2015 starting at 1:00 p.m.
Where is the Parade?

The Parade starts at Hyatt and McLean Avenues and ends at McLean Avenue and McCollum Place by Coyne Park.

Where can I park the day of the parade?

There will be free parking at Empire City Casino.  Use the YONKERS AVENUE ENTRANCE of the Empire City Casino for FREE Shuttles to the parade route. Shuttles will start running at 9:30 AM and drop off and pick up spectators on the corner of Hillview & Kimball Avenues, one block up from McLean Avenue until 5 PM.  In addition there is street parking on Bronx Blvd and Bullard Avenue on the east side of the Bronx River Parkway.

Please do not park on the local side streets, be courteous to our neighborhood, Vehicles will be towed at your expense if parked illegally or in resident driveways. McLean Avenue will be shut down the length of the parade route from 11:00am till 5:00pm and the will be no parking or driving permitted. 
Where can I view the parade?

All of McLean Avenue will offer excellent viewing points for the parade. In addition, a stage for dignitaries and announcers will be located at McLean Avenue & McCollum Place. News12 will be set up at the corner of Harding and McLean Avenues in front of 855 McLean Avenue.

What time and what streets will be closed?

McLean Avenue from Woodlawn Avenue to Bronx River Road will close at approximately 11 a.m.

The rest of McLean Avenue being used by the parade will be closed at 12:30 p.m.
All streets that are being used for staging will be closed until the Marching Groups have passed.
McLean will reopened as soon as it is safe after the completion of the parade.
What bus routes are being moved/changed/cancelled?
Bee Line Bus Route 25 will be rerouted to accommodate the parade.  

If you have not signed up to march in the parade yet please do so at

Deirdre  O' Mara School of Irish Dance



March 5, 2015


When it comes to investing for retirement, women face a unique set of challenges their male colleagues often do not. This seminar is designed to highlight the challenges women face when investing for retirement, and offers options to mitigate the impact these challenges pose.


Unique People Services, Inc. in partnership with PNC Bank is hosting a Lunch & Learn information session entitled Women and Investing which will focus on the specific challenges women face as they prepare for retirement. All are invited to join. Lunch will be provided. 


03/27/2015 Community Room: 12:00pm to 1:00pm Haven Apartments: 2145 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10460


RSVP by 03/13/2015 to: Jamal A. Williams, M.S. Corporate Relations, Unique People Services 718-231-7711 X1031 or Email: JamalW@UniquePeopleServices.org 


March 4, 2015

The New York Public Library Building for You


Please join The New York Public Library and Council Member Andrew Cohen for a Community Conversation about the expansion of the Woodlawn Heights Library.


Thursday, March 12, 2015 | 6:30–8 PM

Woodlawn Heights Library 4355 Katonah Avenue, Bronx


The New York Public Library is planning an expansion of the Woodlawn Heights Library. We would like to hear your thoughts and ideas about the programs and services you would like to see at the new library. The Library is grateful to Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Andrew Cohen, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and former Council Member G. Oliver Koppell for their support of this project.



nypl.org/capitalprojects  |  newwoodlawnheights@nypl.org



 Baseball starts soon!!


March 2, 2015


Woodlawn Height Taxpayers & Friends of Van Cortlandt:

Cleanup of the Park. Saturday 18th April


February 28, 2015


Public School 19 (Judith Weiss School)

If your child was born in 2010 and you live in NYC, you should apply to kindergarten now. All students born in 2010 are eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2015.

All families who did not submit an on-time application, including those of students with disabilities and current pre-k students, should still submit an application in order to receive a kindergarten placement later in the spring. View our frequently asked questions


February 19, 2015

PUBLIC HE,ARING NOTICE, Community Board 12,The Bronx will hold a Public Hearing to gather the consensus/comments of the community regarding the response to the Mayors Capital and Expense Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Budget. Date: Thursday, February 26,20T5 Time: 7:00 A.M. Location: Town Ha11---4101 White Plains Road The Bronx, New York 10466


February 18, 2015

ID Theft Shredding Event on Feb 22 and Crime Forum Event on March 3rd


There are two events to participate with in the near future. This Sunday February 22, from 10AM to 1PM, the NYPD will be hosting another ID Theft Shredding Documents Event to protect you from being victimized by Identity thieves. To be held outside of the Red Lobster Restaurant parking lot located in Bay Plaza Mall. Last year, we had a great turnout, and this event was well received by all who participated. The whole process was very quick and simple and you can ask questions in regards to Crime Prevention. Best of all, the services are all free of charge. Thank you for your support.


The other event is a Crime Forum which will take place on March 3, 2015 at Taft HS. Please review the details on the flyer. Both events have attachments below.  


Visit www.nypdcommunityaffairs.com for more information.


Febuary 9, 2015

The Membership meeting has to be cancelled tonight.

St Barnabas made this decision, as they are closing their facilities for the day possibly due to the weather. We will post the rescheduling date shortly.


February 5, 2015


-Spread the word about the impact of CSO's on our local waterways. ?‚·

-Write to your elected officials and express your concern for the health of your community.

-Enjoy all the river has to offer by participating in Bronx River activities and events.


January 28, 2014

GARBAGE PICKUP resumes regular service.


January 20, 2015



Vehicles are stolen for a variety of reasons, including for car parts, insurance fraud, retagging, exporting, and joy riding.  Follow these simple tips to help prevent theft or damage to your vehicle.


January 11, 2015

City deploys speed camera in Woodlawn for pilot run in Bronx neighborhood

The camera, which will catch lead-footed drivers near Public School 19 on Katonah Ave. until the end of January, was requested by community groups and state Sen. Jeff Klein.


January 1, 2015

Recycle your Christmas Tree


During Mulch Fest 2015

Help nourish trees and gardens citywide.
Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation , and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips and help nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home a bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree.
There are two ways to recycle your tree. You can bring it to a chipping location on January 10 and 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. You can also bring your tree to a drop-off site from Saturday, January 3 through Sunday, January 11, and we’ll recycle it later.
NOTE:  Indian Field is a drop-off  spot.

To find a mulching or drop-off center near you, click here.
The NYC Department of Sanitation will also be conducting special curbside collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees from Monday, January 5 through Friday, January 16.


December 30, 2014


To all of our Woodlawn Neighbors:

Happy New Year


December 9, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

Santa is coming to Woodlawn!

Sunday, December 14,  2014

At the St. Barnabas Elementary School Cafeteria.

2:00 pm-4:00 pm


December 6, 2014



The Annual Woodlawn Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony scheduled for today has been postponed/cancelled.  Stay tuned for updates.  


December 3, 2014


Party Time!!!!!


In celebration of the December 8th Annual Woodlawn Taxpayers & Community Association Christmas party (7:30 pm), all members of the Association should note the change in location to:

The Rambling House – Party Room

4292 Katonah Ave, Bronx, NY 10470

Phone:(718) 798-4510


November 1, 2014

Emerald Isle Immigration Center will be hosting public community information meetings in conjunction with the Aisling Irish Center and the New York Irish Center on President Obama’s Executive Order as follows:




Monday, December 1st at 6:00pm - St Barnabas High School Auditorium (H.S. Chapel) Entrance is located at corner of E. 241st Street and McLean Avenue,




November 27, 2014

To you and your family: Happy Woodlawn HeightsThanksgiving!


November 25, 2014


Congratulations "Inspector" Ruel R. Stephenson, 47th Precinct - Promoted Today (11-25-14)


November 23, 2014  Party Time!!!!!


In celebration of the December 8th Annual Woodlawn Taxpayers & Community Association Christmas party (7:30 pm), all members of the Association should note the change in location to:

The Rambling House – Party Room

4292 Katonah Ave, Bronx, NY 10470

Phone:(718) 798-4510


November 22, 2014



December 6th - Christmas Tree Lighting at the Bus turnaround 4pm-7pm.  The United States Marine Corp will be on site collecting unwrapped toys for less fortunate children across America, as well as our special visitor from the North Pole.


The Emerald Isle Immigration Center is sponsoring a coat drive, coats may be dropped off at the Center located at 4275 Katonah Avenue from 17th November until the 31st December.  The center is also hosting Toys for Tots- donations may be brought to the center through December 19th.


Special Thanks to Shawn Neilis, Tara Carty Panzarino and Peter Corcoran for the splendid display of lights across Katonah Avenue in Woodlawn.


A list of merchants who have also donated to these lights will be displayed at the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, please be sure to patronize these merchants.


Lastly, Mike Blaustein from Senator Klein’s office has requested the DOT to analyze the possibility of having speed cameras at 238th Street and Van Cortlandt Park East and East 233rd Street and Katonah Avenue.



November 21, 2014

Woodlawn Thanksgiving!!


Not cooking?  Weren’t invited?  Don’t want to go?

Join us for Thanksgiving Dinner

At the St. Barnabas HS cafeteria starting at 2:30pm

There will be music, games, dancing, football and of course a full turkey dinner.

Come alone, bring your friends and bring your family.

All are welcome!

Please RSVP at 914-374-8264 before Nov. 27, 2014

Or email at tdaydinner@gmail.com

Sponsored by: the Aisling Irish Community Center and St. Barnabas Parish.

Volunteers are needed. Please contact above.



November 20, 2014

Community Board 12 meeting postponed

November Meeting of Community Board #12 (The Bronx), scheduled for Thursday, 20 November 2014  --  at 7:30 P.M., has been rescheduled to: Thursday, 4 December 2014 at 7:30 P.M. in Cardinal Spellman's Anne M. Gevlin Little Theater. ~~Father Richard F. Gorman, Esq. Chairman, Community Board #12 (The Bronx)


November 17 Reminder

Free Diabetes Management Workshop: Montefiore invites you to a workshop to learn how diabetes can be managed.

Family members and caregivers are welcome to attend.


Montefiore Medical Group – Bronx East

2300 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, New York 10462

Lower Level MMG Conference Room

Last Day:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


November 14, 2014

Van Cortlandt Park East clean up day..Saturday November 15th from 10am to 1pm


Volunteers are needed to help clean up the edge of the park along Van Cortlandt Park East just north of Kepler Avenue.  We will be removing invasive plants, trimming shrubs and planting native plants including bulbs.


November 5, 2014

National Alzheimers Month (November)


Wed, Nov 5th 11:00 to 1:15pm

1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers NY 


November 5, 2014


Department of Environmental Protection Launches New Home Water Assistance Program



November 2, 2014

Tougher texting laws start Saturday



November 2, 2014

 Election Day will be held this Tuesday Nov 4th. 

If we are to be representative of the community, then voter turnout is important.  

The Woodlawn Taxpayers Association encourages our registered neighbors to get out and vote at PS19 on Katonah Avenue on  Nov 4th.

 - The polls are open from 6:00am to 9:00pm 

 Exercise your right to vote. See you there!


November 2, 2014

From K. Corrigan:

On behalf of the Woodlawn taxpayers I would like to take this opportunity to thank our St.Barnabas high school girls for the terrific work they accomplished in the park beside Healy Field, in removing unsightly weeds and bushes.


Additional thanks to Christina for your time and to Sister Joan Faraone for allowing the girls to participate.  Our next clean up date is November 15th, and more volunteers are needed.


The starting point will be at Van Cortlandt Park East and Kepler Avenue.  We hope to see you there on November 15th!  



Van Cortlandt Park East clean up day..Saturday November 15th from 10am to 1pm


Volunteers are needed to help clean up the edge of the park along Van Cortlandt Park East just north of Kepler Avenue.  We will be removing invasive plants, trimming shrubs and planting native plants including bulbs.


August 19, 2014

What’s Going On In Woodlawn This Summer

During the summer, there was a discernable increase in criminal activity in the area. This was discussed with Deputy Inspector Ruel Stephenson at our May meeting, where he was the guest speaker. The Deputy Inspector has subsequently informed Chris Higgins that we would be getting a scooter patrol back in the area, and sought our input as to what time of the day would be best for the patrol to be in the neighborhood.


The Taxpayers Association suggested the evening, and after an absence of over 5 years, the scooter patrol started up again on Friday, August 15th. We are quite glad the patrol is back and we are appreciative that Deputy Inspector Stephenson responded to our request for more of a police presence in Woodlawn.


John McGrath and Kevin McNulty replaced numerous flags in Katonah Avenue throughout the summer.


About a month ago, a program called City Bench placed a bench at the bus stop in front of PS 19 and another in front of The Avenue. After a few telephone calls and support from the principal of PS 19 and the landlord of 4352 Katonah Avenue, the benches were removed. Thanks again to John McGrath for taking care of this issue.


A former President of the Taxpayers Association worked with 311 and the 47th Precinct and had three out of state cars that had been illegally parked for over 7 days towed away.


Kenneth Nugent cleaned up the corner of 233rd and Oneida Ave, got rid of the old benches that were left outside the store, and removed the unsightly signs that were on the side of the store. He also recently contacted Ciara Gannon of Sen. Klein’s office in reference to getting a garbage can on the northeast corner of 233rd and Webster Ave. There is no bin there now, and it seems there ought to be, given the hundreds of people that use the Metro-North station every day.


Kathleen Corrigan contacted the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and they have taken responsibility for the triangle at Kepler Ave and VCPE. In addition, Kathleen contacted Community Board 12 in reference to the white markings on the streets of the neighborhood. As of yet, we are unsure what the markings are for, by it seems they are related to the city’s “Million Tree Program”, which aims to pant a million trees throughout the five boroughs by 2017. Updates on this issue will follow.


Lastly, Kathleen and other board members congratulated Sen. Klein on getting the city-wide speed limit lowered to 25 mph. In addition, Sen. Klein helped procure funding for 120 speed cameras that will be placed throughout the city, and we have asked for a camera to be placed on East 233rd Street and VCPE.


After numerous complaints to 311, the halal food cart that was on the corner of 237th and Katonah Ave between Thursdays and Sundays is now gone.    


Kudos to all of our faithful and vigilant neighbors!! 


August 18, 2014

Free Diabetes Management Workshop: Montefiore invites you to a workshop to learn how diabetes can be managed.


Family members and caregivers are welcome to attend.


Montefiore Medical Group – Bronx East

2300 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, New York 10462

Lower Level MMG Conference Room

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 10:00 am – Noon

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Noon– 2:00 pm

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Montefiore Medical Group – Grand Concourse

2532 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10458

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 10:00 am – Noon

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 10:00 am – Noon

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Yonkers Public Library

1500 Central Park Avenue (Projection Room), Yonkers, New York 10710

Friday, September 26, 2014, 1:00 - 3:00 pm


Co-op City Community Center

177 Dreiser Loop, 2nd Floor, Room 8, Bronx, New York 10475

Monday, September 22, 2014, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6:00 pm - 8:00pm

Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:00 am - Noon

For more information or to register, call 1-800-6683.

Walk ins welcome



August 11, 2014

Photos at the 47th Precinct & 47th Precinct Community Council (co-sponsors) - 31st Annual National Night Out Against Crime held at Grenada Place (between Ely Avenue & Laconia Avenue) on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. - 8 :00 p.m.


Photos - 31st Annual National Night Out Against Crime, August 5, 2014



August 9, 2014

The Eighth Annual Woodlawn Run for a Cause will be here soon on Saturday, September 20 at 10am.  We would love your support as a volunteer again at this year's race, from 8:30 – 11:00 to make sure everything goes smoothly, pre, during and post race. 
If you are available to volunteer, it would be much appreciated, and I would be very, very grateful.  If you can volunteer, simply reply to this email or click here.  And if you know of anyone else that might want to volunteer, please spread the word!

Thank you for your time, and I hope that you will be able to join us on September 20.




August 5, 2014

Indian Field in the Bronx slated to be turned into 'Field of Dreams'

See Daily News Article



July 16, 2014

Please join us for the Eighth Annual Woodlawn Run for a Cause on September 20!

We invite everyone to join us at the Eighth Annual Woodlawn Run for a Cause on September 20, 2014.  Race proceeds from this year's event will be donated to the Kalie Gill Family Foundation and the National Brain Tumor Society.

Click here for more details.


Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Venue Name: Van Cortlandt Park

Venue Address: Van Cortltandt Park East, Bronx, NY, 10468

Cost: Free

Toy Story is the feature attraction on our 20 foot movie screen, purchased with funds allocated to KRVC by State Senator Klein.  We are still looking for sponsors for our movie nights and festivals for the 2014 calendar year.   



July 14, 2014

Council Member Andrew Cohen 
Invites You To a
Participatory Budgeting
Info Session
Want a say on how our tax money is spent?
Propose ideas to improve your neighborhood,
Turn your ideas into real projects, and
Vote to decide which projects get funding
Monday, July 7, 2014
Bronx Community Board 7 Office
229-A East 204th Street

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Williamsbridge Oval Park
Recreation Center
3225 Reservoir Oval East
Monday, July 14, 2014
Emerald Isle Immigration Center
4275 Katonah Avenue

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Riverdale YM/YWHA
5625 Arlington Avenue

For more information, please contact Daniel Johnson at
dajohnson@council.nyc.gov or 718-549-7300


 June 4, 2014

Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) to plant trees and shrubs. This work will help to restore the banks of the Bronx River in the Muskrat Cove section. Volunteers will be trained in tree planting techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and clothing that can get dirty. Please meet your NAV Technical Leader at Webster Avenue and East 233rd Street, in front of the Woodlawn Metro North station. Space is limited. Registration is required for this event.




 May 5, 2014


Woodlawn Conservancy: Honor military history -- participate in annual flagging of veterans graves


Please click here to view the Woodlawn Conservancy page


April 15, 2014 NYPD Youth Police Academy


The New York City Police Department seeks to provide innovative and effective programs for the City's young people. The Community Affairs Bureau's, Youth Police Academy, is such a program. It is designed to establish a positive relationship between the Police Department and the City's youth.


New York City residents, attending school, between the ages of 10 and 16 are eligible to attend. The Youth Police Academy will provide those participating in the program with lunch and uniform shirts.

The 2014 Youth Police Academy is a six (6) week program that will hold sessions five (5) days a week. The Academy will open at 8:30 am in the morning and dismissal will be 2:00 pm in the afternoon. Students will attend classroom sessions with lectures, role-plays and topical demonstrations by police officers in the areas of law, behavioral science, drug prevention and gang resistance. Field trips are also part of the curriculum. Transportation to and from the field trips will be provided. Each site is accessible by public transportation.


The Academy will begin on Monday, July 7th and end on Friday August 15th


Summer Youth Police Academy


April 8, 2014

Prostate Awareness: Information for men of all ages

Come join the Montefiore Wakefield Community Advisory Board to raise awareness about receiving cancer tests early. Reducing your risk for cancer and getting regular cancer screening tests to find cancer early gives you the best chances for staying well and living a long life.

Invited Guest speakers - Shalom Kalnicki, Chairman for Radiation Oncology / MD,

Montefiore Medical Center and the Bold Program at Montefiore - Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Date:                     Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Place:                    Montefiore – Wakefield Campus,  Education Room "A" 

Address:                600 E. 233rd St, Bronx, NY 10466

Time:                     5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Note:                     Light refreshments will be available


April 8, 2014

The Pedestrian Bridge in Van Cortlandt Park has an obstacle: $7.5 Million; NY Times, March 31, 2014



April 7, 2014


The New York City Parks Department VCP Master Plan has been made available.  

Please refer to pages 60 & 61 which are for our section of Van Cortlandt Park, have a look, and provide feedback to our organization:


Van Cortlandt Park Master Plan



April 7, 2014

NYPD Update: New Commanding Officer at the 47th Pct: Deputy Inspector Ruel R. Stephenson will replace Deputy Inspector Brian Mullen who is going to the 44thPct.


April 5, 2014


Senator Jeff Klein hosted a meeting at his office today to discuss the development of 524 East 236th Street. The meeting, which was organized by Woodlawner Ciara Gannon, was comprised of Mr. Ray Kahn, the developer of the property, Sen. Klein, Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, City Councilman Andrew Cohen, three board members of the Woodlawn Heights Taxpayers and Community Association and other members of the association.

Mr. Kahn verified that the development is not affordable housing, and that it will consist of 25 one bedroom apartments, which will be finished to a high standard (i.e. granite countertops and stainless steel appliances). His target market is doctors and nurses that work at Montefiore, as well as people looking to live in Woodlawn who commute to Manhattan via Metro North. He hopes to rent the apartments for approximately $1400 a month, and each unit will be approximately 600 to 700 square feet. 

Separately, Mr. Kahn also stated that he has decided not to buy the property adjacent to 524 East 236th Street and he will not be building a total of 50 units on 236th Street, as was previously rumored. 

Finally, Councilman Cohen reported that he has been in contact with NYC Zoning Department to discuss changing the zoning adjacent to Webster Avenue so that projects similar to that at 524 East 236th Street would not be allowed in the future, once zoning changes are hopefully made.

More news will be posted as it becomes available.



March 18, 2014

The St Patrick's Day Parade on McLean Avenue was a Success!! (March 22nd Saturday)


March 1, 2014

For Immediate Release

The following has been posted in the calendar section of the League’s website for April 26, 2014 @ 11 a.m.


"Mary V. Lauro Way" - Unveiling Ceremony of Street Sign

  "Mary V. Lauro Way" - Matilda Avenue between East 236th Street and East 237th Street.


Ceremony at Matilda Avenue and East 237th Street

Note: The location has been changed from the previously announced East 236th Street to East 237th Street. Reason: Matilda Avenue is a one way street from East 236th Street to East 237th Street. The only existing pole with an existing Matilda Avenue sign for the "Mary V. Lauro Way" sign to be placed under is located at the corner of East 237th Street.


Feb 15, 2014


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Feb 12, 2014



Property Development on East 236th Street


The Woodlawn Heights Taxpayers and Community Association is aware of a new development project sponsored by Mr. Ray Kahn on East 236th Street.  This developer has applied for an “As of Right Benefit” program that allows “Developers to receive a partial tax exemption for new construction projects that are 100% market rate.


Mr. Kahn’s application can be viewed here: 



Our elected representatives have been in contact with the developer to further discuss his intentions.


Note: There has been no application submitted for affordable housing on East 236th Street.  More information presented at the February 10th general meeting.


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