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• The busing of students to and from Beachy Cove Elementary School in Portugal Cove- St. Philip’s Monday didn’t hit the bumps in the road that it did Friday.

Following an incident Friday morning with a female driver who sources told The Telegram had threatened to tape students to their seats, the Eastern School District responded by requesting that driver be taken off school bus routes while an investigation was launched. Friday afternoon, drivers working for Gladney’s Bus Ltd. showed up, but refused to take the children home as an act of solidarity with the driver under investigation.

On Monday, Gladney’s Bus Ltd., which the contract for the school, was back on the roads — on schedule and without incident or protest.

Eastern School District spokesman Ken Morrissey says the school board had a conversation with the contractor over the weekend and was assured verbally and in writing the buses would run normally on Monday and the company would fulfil its contract.

 

• Beer-drinking concertgoers and french fry-eating hockey fans at Mile One Centre and the St. John’s Convention Centre have helped generate almost $8.7 million to the organization that runs the downtown facilities.

It cost almost $300,000 more to operate them in 2012, but for the first time in years the money raked in by the centres has lessened the organization’s dependency on the operating grant it receives from the City of St. John’s.

Since the construction of Mile One 12 years ago, council went so far as having to provide a $2.2-million subsidy to offset expenditures. Last year the city provided $1 million — of which only $295,343 was spent — and this year the subsidy drops to $750,000.

 

• A group of six mothers who have children with autism handed a cheque to the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador (ASNL) Monday for the amount of $17,664.

The Southern Shore mothers recently hosted a fundraiser — a weekend dance and ticket sale — to raise awareness and improve services offered to people living with autism.

Brenda Chidley, who came up with the idea for the fundraiser, has a nephew living with autism.

“ASNL has been doing so much for the people with autism,” she said.

“I thought it would be nice to do something to give back for what they are doing.”

 

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Organizations: Bus, Beachy Cove Elementary School, Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Convention Centre Breaking News

Geographic location: Portugal Cove

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