Archive for 2015

CapeGazette.com: Senior transportation co-op is on the road

December 14, 2015
Thanks to volunteer driver Cathy Taylor, ITN Southern Delaware's first official ride went off without a hitch.

Shown are ITN Southern Delaware co-op member Jack Refsnider, left, and volunteer driver Catherine Taylor.

Thanks to volunteer driver Cathy Taylor, ITN Southern Delaware’s first official ride went off without a hitch.

Taylor picked up Jack Refsnider at his Rehoboth home for a scheduled appointment Dec. 2. She also volunteered to bring him back home.

Taylor said, “Jack loves American history, so an interesting conversation was had!” Refsnider said next time he needs a ride, he hopes Taylor will be his driver. She assured him that all the volunteers are wonderful people, but if she is available she would love to drive him again.

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Road Warrior: Volunteer ride service is in high demand in Bergen County

December 7, 2015
Gloria Reinish of Emerson with her driver, Mary Lyons Kim. Reinish has been teaching electrical engineering at Fairleigh Dickinson University for more than 50 years.

Gloria Reinish of Emerson with her driver, Mary Lyons Kim. Reinish has been teaching electrical engineering at Fairleigh Dickinson University for more than 50 years.

Almost everybody knows Bergen County’s senior population is huge, but nobody was certain that a recently launched low-cost, volunteer ride service designed specifically for the elderly and visually impaired would succeed. After all, Bergen is an affluent, densely populated county with taxis, commercial bus routes, municipal senior vans and a few local senior-ride programs — to say nothing of Uber and Lyft.

But last spring, nearly all doubt was erased when phones at ITN America’s new North Jersey affiliate in Wyckoff started ringing off the hook. By November, ridership topped 100 and weekly rides reached 105.

“We knew there was big demand here because so many seniors need rides, but this is amazing,” said John Boswick, the affiliate’s president and chief executive.

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CapeGazette.com: ITNSouthernDelaware co-op member trades car for credit toward ride services

November 18, 2015
‘ITNSouthernDelaware co-op member trades car for credit toward ride services

Member Carol DeCatur, left, has donated her car to ITNSouthernDelaware. Shown with her is Pete Renzi, director of operations for i.g. Burton.

When Carol DeCatur found out she could trade the value of her car for credit toward future ride services, she immediately called ITNSouthernDelaware. Although DeCatur still drives, she said, “Two cars in the garage is one too many!”

In exchange for her 1993 Chrysler LeBaron, she will receive the highest local value of her car deposited into her personal transportation account as mileage credits for future use.

A car remaining unused in the garage still costs money. Registration and inspection fees, insurance, and maintenance costs can mount up to as much as $8,000 a year. ITN’s trademarked CarTrade program allows a person to trade a car for mileage credit in a member’s rides account, or to donate the car outright for tax purposes. Both programs are especially popular during the holiday giving season. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and even RVs can be donated through the CarTrade program.

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Monterey Herald: Liza Horvath, Senior Advocate: Driving options for seniors

November 10, 2015

Seniors, generally speaking, are not early adopters of new technology. While many older folks may be using email, Facebook or a smartphone, most are of the “why bother” mindset and resist new inventions.

There is, however, one technological development that has many seniors excited, and here’s why:

Aging seems to present unending opportunities to give something up. An older runner stops running because of a bad hip; a well-liked home is sold because the stairs become too difficult to navigate; friends, family and beloved pets die. Finally, one of the most difficult things to give up — our driver’s license – will be taken away because we can no longer safely drive. A driver’s license represents freedom – the ability to come and go as we please and without it, seniors can lose the opportunity to socialize, shop on their own or lunch at a favorite restaurant. Losing all of this “life” often translates into isolation and, unfortunately, depression and loneliness.

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The Californian: Senior Day at Monterey County Fair set for Thursday

November 10, 2015

The 2015 Senior Day Resource Fair at the Turf Club at the Monterey County Fair is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Seniors 62 years or older get free admission to the fair.

This fun event connects seniors with more than 35 community and senior services, with free event bags, give-aways, live entertainment, health screenings, computer help, travel services, coffee and snacks, senior information, and a farmers’ market.

The Resource Fair is sponsored by Central Coast Senior Services, Monterey-Salinas Transit, Alliance On Aging and Legal Services For Seniors.

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The Californian: Annual safety event focuses on family

November 10, 2015

The line-up of governmental, nongovernmental, and nonprofit agencies taking an opportunity to inform the public about safety during Community Safety Saturday is dazzling.

The event, sponsored by Capital Insurance Group (CIG) for the third year, continues to grow and attract concerned parents, community members and kids who just want to have fun.

Community Safety Saturday will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey. This is a free, family friendly event devoted to teaching the public about safety.

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The Californian: Job fair set Tuesday at Hartnell

November 10, 2015

Military veterans looking for a job just might find one Tuesday at Hartnell College. The Third Annual Veterans Appreciation Job Fair and inaugural Student Volunteer Fair opens at 9 a.m. at Steinbeck Hall, 411 Central Ave.

More than 60 employers from community agencies and private sector companies will be on hand. In addition to job offers, many of them also will be offering internships and volunteer opportunities.

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CapeGazette.com: Members of ITN Southern Delaware to get free transportation to medical eye care services

October 13, 2015

ITNSouthernDelaware is proud to recognize Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. as a corporate sponsor committed to helping raise awareness of the challenges associated with low vision, vision impairment, senior mobility issues, and the shortage of locally-available transportation options for seniors.

One way Regeneron is assisting ITN is by sponsoring ITNSouthernDelaware‘s provision of funding for transportation to and from medical eye care services for all ITN riders. This means that members who need transportation to or from an eye appointment or eye procedure will have their rides funded by Regeneron!

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West Hartford Mayor Scott Slifka proclaimed Sept. 24, 2015 ITNCentralCT Day

October 2, 2015

SEPT. 24, 2015 – WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – In honor of ITNCentralCT‘s 10,000th ride and the 20th anniversary of the Independent Transportation Network as a whole, the Town Council of West Hartford declared Sept. 24, 2015 to be “ITNCentralCT Day.”

Mayor Scott Slifka presented ITNCentralCT Executive Director Kevin Farmer with the Proclamation at the West Hartford Town Council Meeting at the West Hartford Town Hall. Watch a video of the presentation from 42:58 to 48:18 here.

ITNCentralCT‘s Kevin Farmer, upon accepting the Proclamation, stated: “Our greatest need is to grow so we can serve our community. We need additional volunteers and financial supporters, and this proclamation will help us along that pathway.”

West Hartford’s Town Council has been instrumental in bringing the Independent Transportation Network to Connecticut, and specifically in promoting and supporting ITNCentralCT‘s mission of providing sustainable, community-based transportation services for seniors and adults with visual impairment, thereby preserving and promoting independence. ITNCentralCT provides safe, affordable, arm-through-arm, door-through-door rides any time, for any reason.

Mayor Slifka, and former Mayor Jonathan Harris, started working with ITNAmerica in 2003. This collaboration led to the creation of ITNCentralCT, which first started giving rides in April 2009. ITNCentralCT is headquartered in Room 216 in West Hartford Town Hall, and enjoys financial and volunteer support throughout its fifteen-town service area, from Middletown in the south, to West Hartford in the north.

Learn more about ITNCentralCT online at www.itncentralct.org.

Wethersfield LIFE: Much more than door to door – ITNCentralCT celebrates 10,000th ride milestone

September 25, 2015

ITNCentralCT is featured in Westherfield LIFE newspaper’s October 2015 edition on pages 22-25.

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