By Terry Dean
Crossing guard Tony Albachiara, better known as "Mr. Tony," treats the kids he helps to and from Irving School like his grandkids, even though he has none of his own. On Halloween he brings out a bucket of candy to pass out to kids. He also does it during Valentine's Day and some other holidays. He talks to everyone crossing the corner at Harvard and Ridgeland, and they talk to him. He also mentioned having done some occasional traffic directing for the village during his 27 years with the public works department. He was also a truck driver, put down salt during snow storms and worked in sanitation. He said he was a little embarrassed to have Wednesday Journal doing a story on him, but he told several folks crossing that he was being interviewed by the paper because "someone thinks I'm going a great job."
The folks all agreed.