Watching her direct traffic to safely cross pedestrians at Port Washington Boulevard and Main Street, where 15 lanes of traffic converge, is akin to watching the conductor at the New York Philharmonic. Port Washington Police Department crossing guard Karla Bandrowski skillfully takes cues from multiple traffic lights to escort pedestrians across the busy intersection, all the while maintaining vehicular harmony.
Not only does Bandrowski have to navigate cars, trucks and bicycles coming at her from four directions, she has to endure extreme weather throughout the year. Take, for example, the unrelenting frigid temps and mounds of snow we all suffered through during the winter. How does the El Salvador native stay warm as she maintains her post for hours at a time? “In the wintertime, we wear lots of layers and drink lots of hot drinks,” she said. “Oh, and lots of moisturizer,” she added.
“I don’t like winter. I deal better with the summer, I guess because I come from a tropical country,” she said. And while she’s looking forward to a reprieve from the cold weather, the summer months bring their own set of hazards. Asked how she deals with the dog days of summer, during which heat radiates up from the pavement, she replied, “In the summertime, we get to wear light colors and shorts. [I drink] lots of cold drinks [and use] lots of suntan lotion.” [Read more...]