Thursday, October 11, 2012
Long- and short-term solutions for Sickles safety issues interwoven with Fair Haven's Willow Street road project
Traffic. It’s a problem of ever-increasing concern in Fair Haven, especially during school drop-off and pick-up times, and especially lately at the Voila L. Sickles School. There has been extra vigilance by police. There have been warnings. There have been pleas. Yet, careless drivers continue to drive carelessly. Speeders continue to speed. Cars and SUVs continue to clog up school-front roads, parents competing for the premier place to park and usher kids in and out. And, in the middle of all if this clutter and calamity is a segment of the student population walking and biking to school. The result: imminent pedestrian and cyclist safety issues. So, officials were driven to put the pedal to the metal in coming up with short- and long-…
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Betty Schulte, 78, died on Sept. 30 and is remembered by many as a favorite crossing guard in Fair Haven.
School’s in and the crossing guards are out in Fair Haven. With a signature wave and a “cross,” the man or woman who gets the children safely across the street to and from school is one of the first people they see every day. And, through the years, some have found that person has become one of the last they’d ever forget. After years of scurrying to and from school, many children have unwittingly grown accustomed to the morning smile, wave and “cross” of their crossing guard at their crossing post. This week has seen its usual flurry of schooltime activity in Fair Haven. And, after the kids were tucked away in their homes, the guard posts were unmanned and the spot at the bottom of the Third Street hill was still. Peering through the rain…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Yesterday was Harvey the crossing guard's 78th birthday. Wish him well and tell us your stories about Harvey and any other guard you remember well and why.
They’re some of the first people you see in the morning. They literally stop traffic ... with a whistle, a “Cross!” and a wave. They’re your school crossing guards. They get the kids safely across the streets by our schools and they alert police to careless drivers. The kids are accustomed to their nuances. They know their names — but, usually only the first or the last. Sometimes — albeit rarely — neither. They don’t know much about them, just that they’re part of the consistency of their daily routine. They’re always there. Not an awful lot has changed about the role of the crossing guard. There’s always something memorable about this traffic-stopping person in a day glow vest that keeps them stuck in long term memory, making them stand-…
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Harvey The Crossing Guard Keeps Fair Haven's Most Trafficked Corner Safe For All.
It's about this time of year that I really start to miss seeing Harvey Tilton's smiling face standing, greeting, and waving kids to safety at the intersection of Fair Haven and River Roads. I stopped in to talk to Harvey and got a glimpse of all that goes into his day. And it's much more than just crossing children safely - which would be more than enough! I think Harvey sums up his approach to work in life in one simple sentence in the video. When you hear it, you'll know. It's the reason he's great at what he does, the reason he's a fixture of the neighborhood, and of our lives. Thanks, Harvey!