Neighborhood Notes: Free Tax Filing, Flea Market Donations Sought, and More


Flea Market Donations Sought
Donations are needed for the Bedford Mosholu Community Association flea market scheduled to be held on March 10. Bring new and used items (except clothing and hard cover books) to the BMCA office at 400 E. Mosholu Pkwy. So., apt. B1 (lobby floor) on Feb. 21 and 28 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., March 3 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and March 7 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, call (718) 367-2230 or email

Free Tax Filing Assistance
Free tax filing is available for families whose total income is $54,000 or less or individuals who make $30,000 or less at the following locations: MMCC, 3450 DeKalb Ave. (appt: Dewayne Lee at (718) 882-4000 ext. 209 or email; and SUNY Bronx Educational Opportunity Center, 1666 Bathgate Ave. (appt: (718) 530-7019). Applicants must bring a W2 and/or 1099 form or any other proof showing income, government-issued ID, social security card or ITIN number for self, spouse and dependents, a 1095 health form or health insurance statements and bank account information for those looking to have their tax refund direct deposited. Appointments are required. 

Become Civically Engaged
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. encourages New Yorkers to become more civically engaged as part of the “Hour New York Challenge.” Those interested take a pledge to dedicate at least one hour each month throughout 2018. Activities include attending community board meetings, volunteering with a nonprofit, and generally being a more informed and active citizen to improve neighborhoods. For more information, call (718) 590-3543.

Catholic Schools Open Houses
Bronx Catholic elementary schools are holding “Touring Tuesdays” open houses: Feb. 13, March 13 and April 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. or by appointment. Local schools are: St. Brendan School, 268 E. 207th St.; Our Lady of Refuge School, 2708 Briggs Ave.; and St. Philip Neri School, 3031 Grand Concourse. Grades are pre-K through 8th. Tour the school, learn about the admissions process, and meet with the principal, faculty and students. For more information, to RSVP, or schedule an appointment, call (646) 794-2885. 

Apply to Local Community Board
Applications for placement into a local community board are available. City residents who qualify must either reside, work or have a professional or other significant interest in the Bronx. Applications are open to anyone as young as 16 years old. Deadline for application submission is Feb. 9. For more information and to apply, call (718) 590-3913 or visit 

Heating Assistance
Sign up to receive free heating assistance through the New York State Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Eligible households can receive assistance of up to $725. A family of four with a yearly income of $53,482 can still qualify for help. For more information about eligibility, and to sign up, call (212) 331-3126.

Snow Laborers Sought
NYC seeks emergency snow laborers to help remove snow and ice from bus stops, step streets, and other locations throughout the city this winter. Interested applicants must be at least 18, eligible to work in the USA and capable of performing heavy physical labor. Registration is at the DOT garage, Bronx Yard, Mosholu Avenue and 258th Street (Van Cortlandt Park), weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring two small photos (1 1/2” square), original and copy of two forms of ID, and SS card or Tax ID number. Hourly salary is $15; and $22.50 after 40 hours are worked in a week. For more information and locations, call 311.


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