Courts Christmas Tree light-up dazzles Anna Regina

first_imgThe town of Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast came alive Monday evening as persons gathered at Courts’ Richmond branch to witness the Courts Annual Christmas Tree light-up.Cartoon characters performing at the Courts Essequibo Coast light-up The simple ceremony signalled the goodwill of the Christmas season as Courts brought cheer to children of the Region. Children’s faces were lit up when they were introduced to Santa Claus and his helpers. It was indeed a scene to behold, as many children were seen with mixed emotions – some cried and some were overjoyed to touch Santa’s hands.The helpers were around spreading the joy of the season to the children. The event is an annual one for Courts that foster togetherness as well as bring the joy of Christmas to the people of Essequibo.The crowd also joined in singing contemporary renditions of classic Christmas carols such as “Little Drummer Boy”, “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “Do You Hear What I Hear” among others.Courts Sales Director Laverne Baker said that customers who made a purchase of $49,999 and over were given the opportunity to spin the wheel. The spinning wheel enabled them to win prizes as well as even get their purchase free. According to Baker, 12 customers Monday last took home items among them a refrigerator, television, and even a laptop computer free after winning a 100 per cent discount.Baker said that the road show and the light-up was a way of Courts spreading the joy of Christmas as well as ushering in the season.Children had a rollicking time with Santa and were treated with goodies. Persons who were not part of the light-up were outside on the road observing.last_img read more

New Amsterdam children, families benefit from donations

first_imgWith the new school term swiftly approaching, several children attending nursery, primary and secondary schools in New Amsterdam were beneficiaries of school uniforms and hampers donated by non-profit organisations and churches.The Community Services Department of the Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church at Philadelphia Street New Amsterdam distributed twenty school uniforms and six food hampers to children, while six families also received food hampers.Leader of the Community Services Department, Sherry Ross-Henry, explained that the donation of uniforms is an annual initiative that has been ongoing for twelve years and targets single-parent families or the less fortunate.“We are hoping that by next year we can double the amount to give to our community,” she explained.Seventh-day Adventist donationMeanwhile, on Tuesday, members of the Guyana Wives Association (GWA), presented school uniforms to more than eighty students of the Smithfield Drop-in Centre in New Amsterdam.Group member Danecia David-Bynoe said the organisation has six members who all are wives and were born in Guyana. The Guyana Wives Association, she added, is a non-profit organisation based in New York and is established to “give to the less fortunate.”Davis-Bynoe further stated that the GWA held fundraisers to raise funds to offset its expenses. She noted that last year the organisation donated backpacks to children, and thus decided to change things up in 2018 by providing school uniforms.“It is something that we do every year as a form of giving back. The mandate is to give back to those kids whose parents necessarily might not be able to give them the things that they need, so the idea is to ensure that these children go to school,” Davis-Bynoe said.Additionally, similar activities by the Guyana Wives Association are being down in towns throughout the country.last_img read more

M&CC strikes new deal with solid waste contractors

first_imgThe solid waste collectorsThe solid waste collectorsThe Mayor and City Council has announced a full resumption of services from its two main solid waste contractors on Monday, after fruitful negotiations which saw an amendment in their existing contracts.Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine related on Friday that the five-year contract was examined during a meeting among officials of the Council and the collectors – Puran Brothers Disposal Services and Cevons Waste Management.They were able to lower the monthly cost of these services from some $32 million to just over $14 million. As expected, businesses and residents should expect a full resumption of services in the new week.“Yesterday, we had the discussion with Purans and Cevons on the five-year contract and there was a really big negotiation among the M&CC and them. The monthly cost was over $32 million per month and we were able to negotiate to $14 million. I think work will begin on Monday,”This amendment was made to the existing contract which was signed in 2015 and valid until October 2020.On November 25, 2018, the collectors withdrew their services after months of operating without payments. Immediately after the withdrawal, services were provided by five agencies namely: Granderson, Trash Tech, Tri Star, C&S Services and Garbage Eaters.The deadlock between the Council and contractors had many implications on the collection process within the capital city as residential and commercial areas were piled high with garbage just a few days after this decision was taken.As such, both solid waste collectors met with Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan and officials of the M&CC, where it was promised that payment would be made; putting an end to the unending saga between collectors and the cash-strapped Council.“Timely payment under the terms of our contract with the Georgetown City Council is a fundamental issue.  We cannot, we submit, be expected to provide services without reasonable assurances of timely payment. Where there is slippage we are prepared, as we have, over time, to exercise some measure of understanding to an extent that is reasonable,” the collectors had stated.Back in January, Central Government had intervened to bail out City Hall of their debts by disbursing $100 million to the contractors. During that time, the total owed amount was pegged at over $160 million. Limited services were provided within the capital city and its environs. Out of the ten lots, each contractor was providing services for two. However, this was a temporary arrangement to assist the smaller contractors and did not interfere with their existing contract with the local organ body.A ballpark figure of some $80 million was later paid to complete the payments of all debts owed.Earlier last year, the Council had signalled intentions to implement a $100 fee for every barrel of garbage collected within Georgetown.last_img read more

Head teacher bans parents from entering Diamond Primary School compound

first_img…after teacher allegedly lost laptop, protest erupts…Education Ministry intervenesParents of students attending the New Diamond-Grove Primary School staged a protest outside the institution’s compound on Wednesday, after a decision was taken by the head teacher to prohibit them from entering the facility.Guyana Times understands that the ban on parents was imposed after a teacher reported that she allegedly lost her laptop sometime last week. On Friday, when parents turned up with their children, the guards were instructed to lock the gates and not allow the guardians into the compound.This sparked a protest action on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as guardiansA parent stands with her children waiting for the guard to open the school’s gatelined up in front of the East Bank Demerara (EBD) school, voicing their disapproval of the head teacher’s decision. While the protest started on Monday, no intervention was made by the Education Ministry until Wednesday when Guyana Times and Evening News reporters turned up at the institution to give coverage of the parents’ plight.Trevor Singh stood in front of the school as he lamented, “What is happening here is that last week, the head teacher made the decision of closing the gate and not allowing the parents to enter the compound. Apparently, some teacher laptop was lost and she decided to close the gate. I have a kid that just come from kindergarten so they need this kind of propping, because the bigger children are taking some advantage.”Another parent commented that they were treated as the suspects in this case, which was unacceptable. Her child, who is in Grade One, needs attention and careThe New Diamond-Grove Primary Schoolfrom an adult to adjust to the new environment.“How can you accuse all the parents for one incident? That’s a Police matter. We have some small kids that just come out of nursery. Parents have to take them to the washroom, make sure they get their food and take them to the canteen, because the older students are bullying them and taking away their money.”A parent also noted that there was a shed in front of the school where parents could wait for their children. However, they could not utilise the facility and were left with no choice, but to wait in the sun until classes were at recess or dismissed.“Stopping us from entering the school is actually preventing us from taking care of the kids in this early stage. The mothers have to stand in the sun and there is a shed in front where they can wait,” the parent said.Disturbed parents claimed that the head teacher has been oblivious to their concerns. It was indicated that any meeting convened by the head teacher would not be attended since they were not welcome at the institution.“If they ever have a meeting, then she would have to come outside here and meet us, because we aren’t allowed to go inside. I think this is very unprofessional of a head teacher to make a decision like that, because she should have been more tactical and diplomatic in terms of calling the parents about the situation. She is putting us in the same domain as the person who stole the laptop.”Meanwhile, when this publication visited the school on Wednesday, the security frantically rushed to the administrative office before returning to her post.This newspaper was told by an official from the Education Ministry that the matter was reported to the Ministry on Wednesday. This led to an intervention and parents are now being allowed to enter the compound and wait under the shed for their children.last_img read more

Prime Minister speaks at Globe 2016 Conference

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada must work toward a low carbon economy, while at the same time conceding there’s still room for pipelines in a greener world.Speaking at a moderated sit down at the Globe 2016 conference in Vancouver, Trudeau said those who would choose between pipelines and wind turbines are mistaken — because he believes both are needed for a strong economy.He claimed he does not take exception to Premier’s like Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall, who is not a carbon tax fan or a fan of those who would challenge and/or block the Energy East pipeline.- Advertisement -He also applauded Premiers of all political stripes for working together to reduce reliance on coal and bring in carbon pricing, noting the environment should not be a partisan issue.Asked why his government isn’t rejecting Energy East out of hand, Trudeau said Canada is transitioning off of fossil fuels but a key responsibility for government is still to get this country’s resources to market.During his speech, Trudeau announced $75 million to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to help local government’s respond to climate challenges, and another 50-million dollars to improve Canada’s building and infrastructure codes.Advertisement He acknowledged there’s some hard work ahead to get all the provinces on the same page where it concerns energy projects and battling climate change, but he also said he’s anticipating positive news when the global clean technology meetings end.last_img read more

Inter jeered at San Siro after Crotone draw

first_imgInter captain Mauro Icardi was out injured but watched from the stands, with new signing Rafinha coming on late in place of Antonio Candreva who was substituted along with Marcelo Brozovic after being whistled by the crowd, with the banner “Wake up .. let’s get back to winning” unfurled in the stands.Crotone’s Marcello Trotta tested the Inter defence in the 77th minute, breaking clear only for his sliding effort to fly just wide of the post.Perisic missed two late chances to seal the three points as Inter suffered their fourth consecutive draw at home.Spalletti’s side remain fourth — 12 points behind league leaders Napoli — with Lazio in third, having a chance to pull four points ahead of Inter when they host Genoa on Monday.“It’s clear that we’re in a little difficulty, we’re below par in more or less every area and haven’t won for a long time,” said Spalletti after a tenth game without a win in all competitions.“Once something goes wrong, we lose confidence and seem to have a weak character. We return to having the fears of what was in the past.”Crotone coach Walter Zenga was in tears at the final whistle at his former club.Crotone coach Zenga played for Inter from 1978-1994 © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLO“To see the team play like this, with this character in a stadium like the San Siro against a side like Inter was wonderful,” said former goalkeeper Zenga, who played over 400 games for Inter.“It’s never easy for me to come here and it feels as if my life goes flashing through my mind, all the history here. It’s tough.“We pushed hard and ran a few risks. I am happy with the performance, as I think if we play like this consistently, we will get the results.”Crotone are now three points above the relegation zone following a 1-1 draw against Cagliari and 3-0 win over Verona in the previous two weeks.– Acquah scores, sees red –Earlier, Ghanaian Afriyie Acquah scored the equaliser only to be sent off as Torino also settled for a 1-1 draw against European rivals Sampdoria.Lucas Torreira put the hosts ahead after 11 minutes in Genoa, but Acquah equalised quarter of an hour later before being sent off for a second bookable offence in the second half.“We had a great performance against a strong Sampdoria, I’m only sorry to have taken only one point,” said Torino coach Walter Mazzarri, who was also banished from the sidelines late on for protesting.“This team has been reacting really well for four games now and they retain the movements so well it’s like watching a Playstation game.”Torino missed an early chance when Iago Falque picked up a Joel Obi cross but Sampdoria defender Nicola Murru cleared.Torreira made no mistake two minutes later, with a free-kick passing through the wall to surprise Torino goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.But Acquah levelled in the 25th minute with a shot from the edge of the box which took a massive deflection off Sampdoria defender Gian Marco Ferrari.Torino could have taken the lead three minutes later with Mbaye Niang’s lob just off target.Torino lost both Nigerian Obi and Venezuelan Tomas Rincon through injury and were down a man for the final 15 minutes after Acquah was given his marching orders.Sirigu kept out a Valerio Verre effort in stoppage time as Mazzarri was sent to the stands at his former club after Lorenzo De Silvestri received a blow to the head.“The referee should have stopped play, so I got angry. Fortunately they didn’t score, otherwise I would’ve been even angrier,” said Mazzarri.Sampdoria remain sixth — the final Europa League spot — four points ahead of AC Milan who play Udinese on Sunday — with Torino ninth.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Perisic missed two chances as Inter were held for the fourth home game in a row © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Feb 4 – Inter Milan were jeered off the pitch at the San Siro after extending their winless run to eight games in Serie A with a 1-1 draw against minnows Crotone on Saturday.Brazilian Eder headed in for the hosts after 23 minutes only for Andrea Barberis to level 15 minutes into the second half to leave Inter without a win in two months.last_img read more

Zidane has no faith in me, says Isco

first_img0Shares0000Isco was the first player in a Spain shirt to score a hat-trick since 2013 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Mar 28 – Hat-trick hero Isco said it was a relief to play for Spain as he feels Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has no faith in him.Spain destroyed Argentina, who were without Lionel Messi, 6-1 in a friendly on Tuesday as Isco stole the show with his triple at the Wanda Metropolitano. The 25-year-old has become a key player under coach Julen Lopetegui and is expected to start at this summer’s World Cup in a front three alongside Diego Costa and David Silva.But Zidane has not shown the same faith in him at Real Madrid, where Isco has often found himself on the bench behind the likes of Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez.“Lopetegui gives me confidence with minutes, with games,” Isco said.“With Madrid I do not have the confidence that a player needs, maybe the problem is me, that I have not won Zidane’s confidence with the good players there.”Isco signed a five-year contract with Real in September last year but there would be no shortage of suitors should he decide his future lies elsewhere.English Premier League pair Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are rumoured to be interested in signing Isco.– ‘Enthusiasm to work’ –“When you don’t play a leading role or have continuity in your club team, the games with the national team give me life,” Isco said.“I have the confidence of the coach here (with Spain), I still have a lot of enthusiasm to work, to improve, to be a starter for my club and in the national team.“I feel that I’m at the beginning and I want to show that I am a good player.”Isco left the stadium with the match ball under his arm but it was a good night too for Diego Costa, who put his hand up to be Spain’s lead striker in Russia by scoring the opening goal.Costa had been left out by Lopetegui while inactive during his departure from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid but he would appear now to be in pole position up front, ahead of Rodrigo Moreno, Iago Aspas and the out-of-form Alvaro Morata.Diego Costa had not played for Spain for nine months prior to this call-up © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS“During the nine months I went without being called up by Spain I felt bad,” Costa said. “I went six months without playing as you all know, but I knew that if I started playing again I would have a chance of returning, and I’m happy to be here.”Costa had to be taken off after colliding with goalkeeper Sergio Romero for his goal but the striker indicated he would be fit to face Deportivo La Coruna this weekend.“I think I will be fit to play Sunday,” Costa said. “I took a knock, I’ll put ice on it and that’s all.”Aspas, the leading Spanish scorer this season with 16 goals for Celta Vigo, did his own chances no harm by coming on to score one and set up two more in a flurry of second-half goals.Thiago Alcantara made it four shortly before the hour-mark after Nicolas Otamendi earlier headed in what turned out to be no more than a consolation for Argentina.Messi’s hamstring strain meant the visitors were without their talisman and after an unconvincing qualifying campaign, Jorge Sampaoli’s side have now lost two of their last three games, conceding 10 goals in the process.This latest defeat in Madrid came on the back of Friday’s stodgy 2-0 win over Italy and a 4-2 loss to Nigeria.“This result means we have to take responsibility and take another look at who will make the final list,” Sampaoli said.“We have to look for the chance to continue working so that these things do not happen to us at the World Cup.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Nothing personal’ in beating Bayern for Klopp

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to renewing his rivalry with Bayern Munich on Tuesday © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLiverpool, United Kingdom, Feb 18 – Jurgen Klopp has buried the hatchet of his old Bundesliga rivalry with Bayern Munich but wants Liverpool to show they are Champions League contenders by beating the German giants when the sides meet in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Tuesday.Bayern have won the Bundesliga for the past six years since Klopp’s Dortmund claimed back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. Dortmund also lost the Champions League final to Bayern in 2013 and the rivalry between the two was intensified as Bayern picked off some of Klopp’s best players in Mario Goetze, Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski.“It’s nothing, not a little bit personal,” said Klopp on Monday. “There were never any negative things with Bayern but when we played them or when they bought our players how could I be happy and say ‘Great, good idea I’ll bring him in my car.’ “That was not nice for us at Dortmund but it’s part of the business. In these moments I was not happy, but it is long ago.”Despite reaching four semi-finals and a quarter-final since 2013, Bayern have not added to their five European Cup wins since Arjen Robben’s late winner at Wembley six years ago.— Unfinished business —Liverpool also came close to adding to their five European crowns last season when losing out to Real Madrid in the final, but Klopp believes the fact his side are even considered contenders for the title now is a sure sign of progress since he was hired in 2015.“The best thing of all the things we did so far since we are together is that we are a real competitor again. That is of course not enough, but it is a big step,” added Klopp.“Being not only part of the competition but people thinking we can beat Bayern, that’s a big thing. The story so far is a nice one but not finished yet.”Liverpool have had 10 days to prepare for Bayern’s visit, but despite the lay-off Klopp still has a team selection headache.Virgil van Dijk is suspended, Joe Gomez is sidelined with a lower leg fracture and Dejan Lovren faces a race against time to recover from a hamstring injury, so Joel Matip and Fabinho are expected to form a make-shift centre-back pairing.Roberto Firmino also missed training on Monday due to a virus making the Brazilian forward a doubt.However, Klopp is hoping the power of Anfield’s famous atmosphere on a European night will give his side the extra helping hand they need to take a lead to Germany in three weeks’ time.“In Germany a lot of people talk now about the atmosphere at Anfield. There was a lot of talk that we are maybe the most emotional club in world football,” added Klopp.“Emotion in my opinion is a very positive thing, so let’s show that tomorrow night.”Bayern’s slow start to the Bundesliga season put coach Niko Kovac immediately under pressure in his first campaign in charge.But the Croatian refused to countenance whether he faces the sack should Bayern fail to make the last eight for the first time since 2012 despite being handed a devilishly difficult draw.“If you look at what Liverpool did in the Champions League last season and the Premier League this season, it is the most difficult draw we could get,” said Kovac.“It is not about me tomorrow. It is about the club and the team.”Bayern could also be without some key players as Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng did not travel with the rest of the squad.Ribery will join up with his teammates after attending the birth of his daughter, while Boateng is suffering from gastroenteritis but could still travel if his condition improves. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

If you’re reading this, it’s probably raining

first_imgThe NWS meteorologists expect the rain to clear by tonight. Rain pelted the San Gabriel Valley on Tuesday, causing meteorologists to issue flash flood warnings for Pasadena, San Gabriel and Pomona. No flooding was reported. No serious problems were reported on freeways or with the power grid. This morning’s commute once again will be a wet one, according to National Weather Service meteorologists who predict rain and possible thunderstorms through the afternoon. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“The rain has had little impact on our service,” said Marlon Walker, spokesman for Southern California Edison. “We have approximately 120 customers without power in small, scattered areas, none of which are in the San Gabriel Valley.” Baldwin Park police Sgt. Darryl Kosaka said there have been no serious accidents. “We’ve had a little bit of flooding, but not enough to shut down streets,” Kosaka said. Lt. Ken Alva of the El Monte Police Department said there were no serious weather-related incidents Tuesday, but there were slightly more traffic collisions Monday afternoon – when the rain started – than usual. The series of storms have residents wondering just what season it is. • Photo Gallery: 04/04: Rainy day “It came late – very late. It’s the first time I’ve noticed that it’s been this late,” said Andy Mota, 39, of West Covina. They haven’t been entirely unwelcome, however. “There are no problems at all. We need it,” said Tim Shadell, 53, of West Covina. Experts predict the typical sunny Southern California climate to return Thursday, with highs in the 70s. christina.esparza@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Night of their lives

first_img“He loves to dance, and I’d take him to the dances in middle school, but he always felt so out of place,” Sam said. “No one ever asked him to dance, and he was too shy to ask. Finally at the last dance, he put his hand in mine after about an hour standing there watching, and said, `Dad, let’s just go home.”‘ Nick was a little more outgoing than his best friend, but it soon became apparent to his parents that he was not getting the academic and social attention he needed to advance. So the boys took their talents to Miller High, a special-education high school in Reseda. “Here, Nick and Ben were part of the student body, rather than just the exception,” Alan said. And their sons are not little boys anymore. They are 22, and at the end of the educational road that school districts must provide special-needs kids. This prom Friday was a big night marking the end of the first chapter of their sons’ lives. Tomorrow would begin another chapter – the future. A scarier one because of all the unknowns. Would they be able to go on and learn trades? Get jobs? Would they ever be independent enough to move out of their parents’ homes and into an apartment together? That was Nick and Ben’s dream, but would it – could it – ever happen? None of them knew for sure. So while Nick and Ben and their prom dates had dinner and danced the night away inside the Pearl Ballroom at the Warner Center Marriott, Sam and his wife, Joyce, and the Heukrodts ate dinner together in P.F. Chang’s restaurant across the street. And waited. The prom started at 6:30 p.m. and the rules said no parents were allowed inside until after 9 p.m. “Did you want your parents at your prom?” Miller teacher Eileen Roseman asked, laughing as she stood outside the Marriott’s front entrance taking pictures of the 24 graduating Miller students as they arrived, a few with dates. She treated them all like royalty. Ben and his date, Stacey Phillips, a developmentally challenged young woman, were already inside when Nick and his date, Ashley Mee, arrived. She was Nick’s dream date. The cute girl from down the street, longtime friends with Nick’s sisters growing up. When Alan and Kathy asked their son who he wanted to take to the prom, there was only one girl he would even consider, Nick told them. The cute girl down the street. No parent wants to see their child heartbroken, so it was with a lot of anxiety that Alan walked Nick over to Ashley’s house last week so his son could ask her. Carrying a big bouquet of flowers, Nick knocked on Ashley’s front door and asked the California State University, Northridge, student to be his date for the prom. “My mom had told me Nick might ask, and at first I was a little skeptical. But a prom is so important and special in all our lives,” Ashley said. “I told Nick of course I would go with him. I’d love to. He gave me a big hug.” Alan swears Nick’s feet never touched the sidewalk on the way home to tell his mom that Ashley had said yes. By 11 p.m. Friday, the Pearl Ballroom was almost empty. Only Nick, Ben and their dates still remained for the last dance of prom night. On the way home, in the back seat of the Wolfsons’ car, Ben and Stacey were arguing over whether they would have one or two children after they were married. Meanwhile, the Heukrodts were back across the street at Chang’s buying their adult son and his 23-year-old date a celebration strawberry margarita before taking them home. All the uncertainties of tomorrow for two pals who have ridden the school bus together since second grade would have to wait. Tonight, they danced. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsFor years, Nick, a Down syndrome child, had been the only special-needs kid in his Calabasas neighborhood. Then Ben, who is autistic, moved in with his family. It was nice to finally have someone from the neighborhood get on that special school bus with him every morning, Nick told his parents, Alan and Kathyrn Heukrodt. “Neither of them were very verbal at that age, but you could tell something clicked between them, and they were becoming close, always wanting to do things together,” said Ben’s dad, Sam Wolfson. The boys went on camping trips with their families together, played on the same sports team, even won a gold medal in basketball together in the Special Olympics. At school they tried to blend in and make friends with the regular students as they got older, but it was tough, particularly for Ben. All the uncertainties of tomorrow would have to wait. Tonight, Nick and Ben would dance. It was their senior prom – the last social stop on a long, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes heartbreaking journey these two best friends have been on since grade school. They met as 8-year-olds on a school bus for special-needs students, riding together to the one classroom that would have them. There were plenty of empty seats on the bus, and Ben Wolfson could have sat anywhere. But he chose to sit next to the boy smiling at him when he got on the bus – Nick Heukrodt. last_img