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Marilynn Wood Hill and Robert M. Riggs Honored at Bronxville Women’s Club Gala; See Photos


By Staff     

Sep. 19, 2018:  Marilynn Wood Hill and Robert M. Riggs were honored at the annual Bronxville Women’s Club gala on Sunday, September 16, 2018, for their many years of service to the Bronxville community, foremost among them as co-founders of The Bronxville Historical Conservancy.

Over 150 guests attended the dinner in the ballroom of the historic 1920s clubhouse on the corner of Midland and Tanglewylde Avenues to see Hill and Riggs receive the Distinguished Community Service Award presented to them by club president Mary Westmoreland and members of The Bronxville Women’s Club. Mary Ella Crane served as the chair of the gala. 

As stated in the booklet handed out to all at the dinner, “Marilynn and Bob’s lives were fused together after the 1998 Centennial Celebration of Bronxville’s incorporation as a village. As a legacy of the Centennial, they were inspired by a love of history and community which resulted in more than 100 villagers readily responding to a call of interest to form the new organization--The Bronxville Historical Conservancy, now celebrating 20 years.” 

Marilynn and her husband, John, moved to Bronxville with their two daughters in 1976. A resident of Bronxville for nearly forty years now, Dr. Hill has spent most of her career studying and researching American history, especially in Westchester County and New York City. She was the first chair of the Bronxville Board of Ethics; chair of the Bronxville Adult School; and a co-founder (and is life co-chair) of The Bronxville Historical Conservancy, where she is the editor of The Bronxville Journal, the conservancy's publication.

Bob, a native of Bronxville, grew up in the oldest house in Bronxville and graduated from Bronxville High School. After earning a bachelor's degree from Amherst College and a law degree from Columbia Law School, Bob served as a B-47 pilot. He returned to Bronxville with his wife, Wendy, to raise their two daughters. Among his many civic endeavors, Bob served as Bronxville Village counsel and as a Bronxville Village trustee. 

In commemorating the two honorees, club president Mary Westmoreland wrote in the booklet:  "The two people that we are honoring tonight are deeply embedded in the Community and have devoted their life to preserving and protecting our local legacy. We are so fortunate to have among us such expertise. Expertise that they have voluntarily shared with all of us by documenting our past through The Bronxville Historical Conservancy, writing for the BWC Villager, or through their steadfast commitment to our history."

Click here for photos of the event.

Pictured here:  Honorees Marilynn Wood Hill and Robert M. Riggs.

All photos by N. Bower


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Community Service Organizations Directory

Community Service Organizations

Bronxville Beautification Council

Organized in 1982 and incorporated in 1993, the Bronxville Beautification Council (BBC) is a not for profit organization administered by a Board of Directors. Its mission is to enhance and maintain the natural and man-made beauty of Bronxville Village, with emphasis on the downtown business district of Bronxville. The BBC uses the dollars raised in its annual spring solicitation letter to residents to fund the mum, tulip and summer flower plantings downtown and at traffic intersections, as well as the summer hanging baskets. Every few years the group spearheads such major endeavors as the renovation of Leonard Morange Square on the west side of the railroad tracks and the beautification of the Lawrence Hospital traffic circle, which included the addition of plants and the building of the fountain that now makes a gracious western portal to our town. The BBC also works with other civic groups to monitor the aesthetics of retail signage, the consistency of sidewalk materials, and litter and graffiti. During Beautify Bronxville Week, the BBC sponsors a poetry reading and works with Scout groups on the annual village clean-up. 

Bronxville Beautification Council
PO Box 127
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Boy Scouts

The village of Bronxville has a long tradition of scouting. “The troops and packs of Bronxville have maintained the finest scouting organizations and have taught the boys of the Bronxville area to be leaders and outstanding members of the local, national and global communities.”

There are several Boy Scout Troops in Bronxville, including Troops 1, 2, 4, and 5.

Bronxvillle Girls Scouts

The Girls Scouts is “the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.” In Girl Scouts, “girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Through the many enriching experiences provided by Girl Scouts, they can grow courageous and strong.”

Bronxville Historical Conservancy

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was founded in 1998 to further the understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of the village. The Conservancy furthers its mission through the presentation of programs, publications, lectures and special events that foster an awareness of the village's architectural, artistic and cultural heritage, and lends its support for projects designed to strengthen and preserve those legacies. Anyone who is interested in the Bronxville and its history can become a member; varying levels of membership are available. 

Bronxville Historical Conservancy
PO Box 989
Bronxville, New York 10708


Bronxville School Foundation

The Bronxville School Foundation, founded in 1991, is a non-profit organization independent from the school with the sole purpose of supporting the school. The Foundation raises money each year through donations from school families, community members, and alumni, among others.These contributions fund grants that provide cutting-edge technology, innovative programs and curriculum and other resources that are beyond the scope of public school funding.

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Women’s Club

The Bronxville Women’s Club offers lectures, exhibits and concerts. It also has a beautiful clubhouse which is available for rental for events.

135 Midland Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Youth Council

The Bronxville Youth Council provides volunteer and leadership opportunities for high school students in the village of Bronxville.

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-395-0500 ext 1789

Counseling Center

Founded in 1971, the mission of the Counseling Center “is to provide a wide range of psychotherapeutic and counseling services to individuals, couples and families by a staff of highly trained, experience and dedicated psychotherapists. 

The Counseling Center
180 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester & Tuckahoe

The mission of the Community Fund is “to support broad social services in Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe through grants and technical support to local agencies and community projects. All money raised here in our community stays here in our community.” 

15 Park Place
Bronxville, New York 10708

Friends of the Bronxville Library

The Friends of the Bronxville Library is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to focus attention on the “Library’s services, facilities and needs” as well as sponsor projects and provide materials that are beyond the reach of the Library’s regular budget and perform other services. 

Junior League of Bronxville

The Junior League of Bronxville is “an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.”

Rotary Club of Bronxville

The mission of the Rotary Club of Bronxville is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to encourage and foster (1) the development of friendships within the community as an opportunity for service, (2) high ethical standards in business and professions, (3) the application of the ideal of service of each member to his personal and business and community life and (4) the advancement of international understanding, good will and peace through a world fellowship.” 

Senior Citizens of Bronxville

Senior Citizens of Bronxville is a not-for-profit organization that provides services and programs to seniors within the 10708 zip code area. “Programs cover a wide range of activities from educational seminars and cultural enrichment, to community services, bridge classes and exercise.”



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