Parents Said Bus Driver Took Their Kids On Hellish Ride, But School Says Not So Fast

CBS Los Angeles

UPLAND (CBSLA.com) —  Parents are claiming that a school bus driver took their kids to the wrong place Tuesday morning and even jumped curbs.

School officials, however, said they are unable to substantiate all the parents’ allegations.

It’s being described as the school bus ride from jell, when a bus driver allegedly made a wrong turn Tuesday morning.

“The bus driver is telling everybody to shut up when they told him he has was at the wrong school,” said Dorothy West, a grandmother.

West and Karen Lopez say their grandchildren were supposed to be dropped off at Citrus Elementary School in Upland, but the driver stopped at Hawthorne Elementary school less than a mile away.

“They actually thought they were getting kidnapped. My nephew freaked out, jumped the seat and opened the emergency doors so the kids could get out at the school he took them, too,” says Lopez.

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It’s Never Too Late to Become a Foster Parent

SERVE BOLDLY

One day while driving to work, Kimberly J. heard a story on the radio about two little girls who had been found in a freezer because of their inept caregivers. Motivated by the story and understanding the number of children who could benefit from a loving family, Ms. J. realized at that moment that she had waited too long to become a foster mother—a role she had wanted to play for several years but never had the inertia to research opportunities. After discussing the option with her husband that evening, they investigated their options, contacted LSS/NCA, and signed up to provide children a loving and nurturing home the very next day.

Thus far, they have welcomed nearly 30 children into their family and have provided the guidance and care needed until the children can be reunited with their birth parents or find permanent loving families. Currently, the family has 2…

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Apple Harvest Festival – It’s all about the Food

The Road to Gettysburg

By Stacey Fox – Every year by about late August, when early summer apples have hit the farm markets, the calendar goes in to countdown mode. Unlike most, I’m not counting down the days until school starts or the kickoff to football season. I’m looking forward to the National Apple Harvest Festival – perhaps my favorite event in Adams County.20131006_102053

The festival is always the first two weekends in October. Each year it’s a gamble – will it be warm and sunny or a beautiful cool fall day. Either way it will be fun and family filled. My parents usually join us, at least for one trip. Some years my husband, daughter and I go twice because it’s so much fun, and we just don’t get our fill the first time.

I’m not sure what I love best, the apple pizza, the apple sausage or the cider – but I am…

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22 Free Things to Do in Chicago This Fall

Red Tricycle

What’s better than an endless summer? A free fall! We dug up 22 great ways to eat, play and entertain the kids without spending a dime this season. From restaurant deals to free museum days, here are the best no-cost fall flings.

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photo: Lakeview Taco Fest

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1. Making a comeback to the Lakeview neighborhood for a second year, Lakeview Taco Fest, held September 20-21, is a crowd favorite. Go for all the eats, plus family-friendly entertainment — including music by School of Rock at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, and photo opps with Lucha Libre costumed wrestlers. Enjoy the entertainment free (there’s no general admission charge) and pay as you go for the tacos, offered by more than 15 local vendors.

2. Let the music move you at Englewood Jazz Festival. On September 20, from noon to 6 p.m., jazz musicians let it rip. Stick around until 4:45 p.m. when…

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