Archive for May, 2008

ITN public forum in Westport, CT.

May 30, 2008

Westport News

The Westport Human Services and Senior Services Commissions are assessing a program that might one day enable aging residents to give up driving without losing the mobility of having ready access to automobile transportation.

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Sen. Kissel Praises Independent Transportation Network®

May 16, 2008

State Senator John A. Kissel (R-Enfield) today is praising the Independent Transportation Network® (ITN) of North Central Connecticut for their work in bringing to his attention legislative matters that were delaying the launch of the transportation service. Sen. Kissel, along with Sen. Donald J. DeFronzo (D-New Britain) and Sen. Jonathan Harris (D-West Hartford) were commended by the group for their efforts to clear up some critical legal issues concerning volunteer drivers.

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As America’s Aging Adult Population Continues to Grow, Transportation Becomes Key Issue for Senior Drivers and Their Families

May 15, 2008

Liberty Mutual and ITNAmerica Create Partnership, Launch Online Resource for Driving Safety and Transportation Solutions

By 2012, approximately 10,000 Americans will turn 65 every day and by 2030 our overall senior population will reach nearly 71 million (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The Merck Company Foundation). As America ages, seniors and their families are identifying transportation and driving safety as among their top growing concerns. Indeed, the more than 30 million senior drivers aged 65 or older on the road today (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) must now or will soon need to acknowledge physical limitations that will cause them to reduce their driving or seek alternative transportation altogether.

As the country recognizes seniors during May’s National Older Americans Month, Liberty Mutual, the eighth largest car and home insurer in the U.S., and ITNAmerica, the first and only national, non-profit transportation network for America’s aging population, have joined forces to help keep senior drivers safe on our roads. The new partnership addresses this growing national concern with resources for seniors and their families seeking practical, affordable and dignified mobility solutions at

“Today’s older Americans are among the most active and community-engaged seniors in our nation’s history, and mobility and independence are essential to preserve those great qualities,” said ITNAmerica Founder and President, Katherine Freund. “With the support of Liberty Mutual, we will grow this community-based transportation network across the country and will provide resources seniors and their families need to make responsible driving decisions.”

ITNAmerica is an economically sustainable, community-based approach to senior mobility. It provides 24/7, personalized rides to seniors who limit or stop driving. Caring ITN volunteers from the local community and a small paid staff use their own or donated cars to bring member-riders to and from medical appointments, grocery shopping, work, exercise, and a host of social and personal local destinations. This senior transportation solution has met great success in ITNAmerica‘s first affiliate communities – Charleston, S.C.; Portland, Maine; Orlando, Fla; and Los Angeles – as a safe, responsible and dignified supplement to public transportation, without an additional tax burden on the local population.

“At the core of our partnership with ITNAmerica is a shared belief that doing the right thing through responsible acts is something to be celebrated,” said Greg Gordon, Liberty Mutual vice president of Consumer Marketing. “Liberty Mutual will help ITN elevate this issue and provide actionable resources for seniors and their families to make good, safe transportation decisions.”

The new Liberty Mutual/ITNAmerica website ( offers tips for mature drivers on how to stay safe on the road and how to make adjustments to their driving habits. It also offers guidance to adult children on how to address transportation concerns and solutions with their aging parents.

Liberty Mutual also will help ITNAmerica expand its network of affiliates across the country, supporting the opening of planned new locations in Chicago, San Diego, Lexington, Ky., Enfield and Middlesex, Conn.; and the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois. Information about new and existing ITN affiliates, as well as information about how to become an ITN volunteer in these communities is available at

Governor Steve Beshear signing House Bill 204.

May 5, 2008

The 2008 regular session considered 1,030 bills. Of that number, 61 Senate bills and 120 House bills passed both chambers — a 17.5% pass rate.

Governor Steve Beshear signing House Bill 204
Governor Steve Beshear signing House Bill 204

Back row (l to r): Roger Parry, ITNBluegrass board member; Merrill Reece; Jeff Koonce, ITNBluegrass board member; Don Ball, Ball Homes; John Sammonds, Director, Franklin Co. Senior Citizens Center; Deborah Anderson, Commissioner, Dept. of Aging & Independent Living, Cabinet for Health & Family Services; Miles Phelps; Bill Dake; Mary Crowley-Schmidt, Asst. Director/Homecare Coord., Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging; Laura Dake, ITNBluegrass Deputy Director; Helen Evans

Front along desk (l to r): Jimmy, Janet and Julia Dake; Gov. Steve Beshear; ITNBluegrass Director Gale Reece and grandson Andrew Warburton; Rep. Susan Westrom (sponsor of the bill)

2008 Volunteer Recognition Celebration

May 4, 2008

“Stories From The Road” was the theme of the 2008 ITNCharlestonTrident volunteer recognition held May 4 at the Felix C. Davis Community Center, hosted by the City of North Charleston and the City of North Charleston Recreation Department.

Phil Avery
Congratulations to Phil Avery, recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award.  (Also awarded the “Cleanest Car Award,” Phil received his award in absentia from Hawaii!)

Warren Pepper
Guest speaker Warren Pepper (left), news anchor for NBC Affiliate TV WCBD, received the “Automobile Recognition Award” from Chairman of the Board Paul Franklin.

Barbara Franklin
Volunteer driver Barbara Franklin has been instrumental  to the success of ITNCharlestonTrident.