“Mr. Tony” is a crossing guard near Irving School, has been for six years. A parent wrote us last week with her story about Tony Albachiara’s connections to kids and families and how it led to her father’s gentle interrogation recently when he arrived to walk her son home. Not known to Albachiara, grandpa had to answer some questions before one of Tony’s charges was leaving with a stranger. Read our story on page one.

These sort of small connections build safe and vital communities and need to be part of the discussion when issues like funding crossing guards make headlines.

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