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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Comment

Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Seniors and transportation: You can get there from here

Photo Althea T. Kippes/Special To The Town Crier Volunteers Bruce Capron and Tia Scheffler drive for RoadRunners, El Camino Hospital's transportation service for seniors.

 

For seniors unable to drive, getting around the Bay Area presents daunting challenges. While we can depend on family and friends to take us where we need to go, many seniors don’t like to impose or feel they are a burden, or don’t have nearby support.

Driving represents much more than simply a way to get from point A to point B. It is synonymous with freedom, independence and living life to the fullest. When we lose our ability or license to drive, we lose a significant part of our life. It is no coincidence that feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety increase when someone can no longer drive.

Avoiding depression is the key to preventing the isolation that can accompany the loss of independent driving. Taking advantage of alternative transportation options available to seniors can lessen isolation and depression and allow seniors to continue to lead full and active lives. While the prices of these transportation services vary, the emotional price paid for not taking advantage of them is significant.

 

OUTREACH

In 2005, OUTREACH, a non-profit, public benefit corporation founded more than 30 years ago, created the Senior Transportation Program in response to the need for transportation services for seniors living in Santa Clara County. The program provides transportation to people over 65, regardless of income. It supports seniors in several ways.

Americans with Disabilities Act Paratransit Service Program fare subsidies. The ADA paratransit program provides transportation to those unable to use the bus system because of physical or cognitive limitations. The Senior Transportation Program subsidizes bus fares, lowering the cost of a paratransit ride to $1.50 per trip.

Public transit passes. The Senior Transportation Program provides a limited number of subsidized monthly passes/stickers for seniors with Regional Transit Connection cards. Seniors using Valley Transportation Authority buses and light-rail service are eligible for two public-transit stickers that entitle them to use the services at no cost. The standard price for a senior transit pass is $25 per month.

Subsidized taxi/non-taxi services. For seniors ineligible for the ADA Paratransit Program or those who cannot get to their destination by public transit, this program provides door-to-door transportation in cars or taxis. Once enrolled, a senior is permitted 40 one-way trips (or 20 roundtrips) per year. Because of the high demand and limited resources, requests might not be able to be filled immediately, or riders might have to share vehicles. Seniors requesting transportation to medical appointments have priority. To use this service, riders must make a reservation at least 48 hours in advance. Transportation is available 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day (including weekends and holidays) within Santa Clara County.

Because donations and grants fund the subsidized service, riders receive a quarterly statement listing the number of trips and a request for a rider’s fare of $3.50 per trip. Payment is voluntary, and ability to pay does not affect eligibility.

To apply for Senior Transportation Program services, call (408) 436-2865.

 

El Camino Hospital

RoadRunners

The volunteer RoadRunners Transportation Service, sponsored by El Camino Hospital, has provided transportation to seniors for more than 25 years. The service is available 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. weekdays over a 10-mile radius (or 15-minute drive) of El Camino Hospital at 530 South Drive in Mountain View.

El Camino Hospital provides eight vehicles for transportation, while RoadRunners provides the volunteer drivers to operate the vehicles. RoadRunners charges based on mileage, so a one-way trip to Menlo Park or Los Gatos could cost approximately $17, while a one-way trip to Los Altos would run $4.50-$6.50. RoadRunners will take passengers to any location, such as senior centers, banks and barber and beauty shops within the 10-mile area around the hospital.

To reserve a space, call 940-7016. At least 48 hours’ notice is required, and spaces book quickly.

 

Community Services Agency

The primary goal of the Senior Services Program of the Community Services Agency is to help senior residents in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View maintain their independence and remain in their homes as long as possible. This goal is accomplished through a comprehensive program incorporating social workers, caseworkers and volunteers. Of the many services the agency provides, transportation is always in high demand. If a client requires medical advocacy, one of the agency’s caseworkers will accompany and transport the client to medical appointments. Agency volunteers take clients shopping, to the post office or assist them in running other errands. Services are free if the senior is a CSA client.

For more information, call 968-0836, ext. 131.

 

Love In the Name of Christ

Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) is a non-profit, nondenominational national Christian organization that connects the resources of local churches with needs of people in the community. The group has provided transportation to seniors for more than two decades.

A Love INC volunteer will assess the senior’s needs and contact a volunteer from one of its neighborhood churches. Transportation services are provided free to seniors residing in Santa Clara County, regardless of religious beliefs or income level. Due to high demand, seniors are limited to two trips per month within Santa Clara County, 10 days advance notice is required.

For more information, call (408) 723-9201 between 9 a.m. and noon weekdays.

Althea T. Kippes is an elder-law consumer attorney and real estate broker with Sorella Properties at 220 Main St. in Los Altos, where she focuses on the legal and real estate needs of seniors. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (415) 305-9934.

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