With reporting by Councillor Mike Cohen

Since the passing of Archie Kwiatt last year, the position of a crossing guard at the corner of Cavendish Boulevard and Kildare Road had been vacant. This was not for a lack of trying on the part of our Public Safety Department. There simply were not people applying for the job.

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Norman Klein

Archie was very special. He did the job for 17 years and like the “King of Kensington,” when he walked down the street “everyone knew his name.” Archie took great care and making sure that the elderly and young students crossed this very busy intersection carefully.

Welcome Norman Klein, who has recently taken up his new duties. Norman is on the job bright and early each weekday.  He seems passionate about the job, personable like Archie with the residents while keeping his eye out for safety. Norman is a resident of Côte Saint-Luc, where he also works as a security officer for a local high-rise condominium.

With elementary and high schools a block away on either side of the busy intersection as well as many senior citizen pedestrians a crossing guard is an important addition here.

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Crossing guard Norman Klein in action