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Council considers freezing First St. development

Council considers freezing First St. development


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could be t...

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Schools

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices

Former NFL player huddles with Blach students about life choices


Ellie Van HOutte/Town Crier
Former NFL tight end Eason Ramson visited with Blach Intermediate School students, Feb. 13 to share the perils of drug use. Now a motivational speaker, Ramson works with at-risk teens in San Francisco.

Although former ...

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Community

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts

Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


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When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business Sch...

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Comment

Dangerous streets: A Piece of My Mind

I’m driving along El Monte Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Springer Road at approximately 6 p.m. on a midwinter evening. In keeping with the “village feeling” of our town, there are no sidewalks and no streetlights.

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Special Sections

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March

Lions, lambs and Cab Franc for March


Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Oven fries, a slice of feta cheese and the bite of harissa mayonnaise make for a late-winter, early-spring dinner perfectly paired with Cabernet Franc.

I can’t help but wonder whether March will come in ...

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Business

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year

Los Altos scientist named Inventor of the Year


Above Photo by Alicia Castro/Town Crier; Below Rendering Courtesy of SST inc.
Robert Showen, above, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Lawyers Association’s Inventor of the Year, began researching his ShotSpotter technology in his Los A...

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Books

French novel

French novel "Hunting and Gathering" offers character-driven suspense


Anna Gavalda is a well-known author in her native France, where she has published six books, most of which have met with considerable praise and commercial success. Her fourth novel, “Hunting and Gathering” (Riverhead Books, 2007), is filled ...

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People

HELEN KNOFLOCH

HELEN KNOFLOCH

Aug. 14, 1920 – Feb.12, 2015

Resident of Cupertino

Helen Knofloch, 94, loving wife and devoted mother passed away on Feb. 12th. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to Los Altos in 1949, where she met Andy, the love of her life. They resided...

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Travel

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new

Seoul of the city: Korean capital offers mix of old and new


Ramya Krishna/Special to the Town Crier
Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon public recreation space, above, features an elevated pedestrian bridge.

Seoul, South Korea, is a study in contrasts. Having grown quickly, the city is a mix of old and new.

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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’

TheatreWorks jumps into ‘Lake’


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Jason Bowen, from left, Adam Poss and Nilanjana Bose star in “The Lake Effect,” opening this weekend at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and running through March 29.

The TheatreWorks production ...

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Spiritual Life

Is your thought life sabotaging your spiritual journey?

My computer started having problems – there seemed to be some sort of malware running in the background. At first it was just annoying, then it began to slow down my computer, interfering with its basic operations. What is it doing? Why can...

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Magazine

Local events serve up family fun

Local events serve up family fun


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Pecos Bill: A Tall Tale” is slated to open March 20 in Mountain View.

For families seeking a break from the daily routine, events abound this month and next in Los Alto...

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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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