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News Digest: Remembering Ilene Misheloff, Clipper START for Wheels & Rotary Clubs' speech contest

32 years ago

This Saturday will mark the 32nd anniversary of the day Dublin teen Ilene Misheloff went missing while walking home from Wells Middle School.

Though her disappearance has remained unsolved since that fateful afternoon on Jan. 30, 1989, Dublin police recently probed any possible connection between Misheloff's case and the 1988 cold-case kidnapping and homicide of 9-year-old Hayward girl Michaela Garecht, which investigators believe was solved last month with charges being brought against previously convicted murderer David Emery Misch.

"At this time, we do not have any evidence linking David Misch to the disappearance of Ilene Misheloff, but Dublin Police will be working with Hayward PD, Fremont PD and the FBI to determine what evidence was collected and if any of that evidence can assist in the Misheloff investigation," Dublin police Capt. Nate Schmidt told the Weekly.

The annual Ilene Misheloff candlelight vigil and walk has been canceled for this year due to the pandemic, but Ilene's father Mike Misheloff and Dublin Police Chief Garrett Holmes are releasing a brief recorded statement for the anniversary this weekend, Schmidt said.

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Clipper START

A new pilot program offering reduced fares to low income passengers on the Wheels bus system started this week.

Known as Clipper START, the program is administered by the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and will continue "through the end of the year at a minimum," the agency said in a statement.

The card is not a transit pass but instead offers discounts for single rides on 22 participating Bay Area transit systems, including the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority.

Applicants can provide either a copy of an EBT or Medi-Cal card, a county benefits eligibility letter, their Muni Lifeline card number, or a copy of their last federal tax return to prove their eligibility. A personalized Clipper card that must be loaded with cash before using will be issued once the application is approved.

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The Clipper START discount on Wheels buses is 20% off of the regular $2 one-way fare, and is automatically applied whenever the card is used.

Cards are only available through the Clipper website and are not available at the Livermore Transit Center, Wheels administrative office or any Tri-Valley retail locations where Clipper Cards are sold.

Income guidelines for the program range from $25,520 for a household of just one, all the way up to $88,240 for a household of eight people (plus $8,960 for each additional household member over eight).

To learn more about the program and to apply, visit www.clipperstartcard.com.

Customers will be guided through the application process, receive information about what documents to upload, and can save their progress to finish the application later if necessary.

Youth Speech Contest

Three local Rotary Clubs -- Dublin, Pleasanton North and Tri-Valley -- are inviting local high-schoolers to put their oration skills to the test at a re-envisioned, COVID-safe, virtual club-level version of the Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest.

"The competition, which recognizes the value of public speaking skills for emerging youth leaders, will provide ninth- to 12th-grade students an opportunity to write an original five-minute speech, based on the theme of 'Rotary Opens Opportunities,'" Rotary officials said.

"The youth speech contest is organized to increase personal knowledge and awareness of the importance of effective public speaking; to increase public knowledge of what Rotary is and does throughout the world; and to provide its contestants an opportunity to win cash prizes," they added.

Competing for cash prizes, contestants will record videos of their lectures for judging, with the presentations and results due the week of Feb. 21. Entries are due by Feb. 7. Visit https://tinyurl.com/2021RotarySpeechContest.

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News Digest: Remembering Ilene Misheloff, Clipper START for Wheels & Rotary Clubs' speech contest

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32 years ago

This Saturday will mark the 32nd anniversary of the day Dublin teen Ilene Misheloff went missing while walking home from Wells Middle School.

Though her disappearance has remained unsolved since that fateful afternoon on Jan. 30, 1989, Dublin police recently probed any possible connection between Misheloff's case and the 1988 cold-case kidnapping and homicide of 9-year-old Hayward girl Michaela Garecht, which investigators believe was solved last month with charges being brought against previously convicted murderer David Emery Misch.

"At this time, we do not have any evidence linking David Misch to the disappearance of Ilene Misheloff, but Dublin Police will be working with Hayward PD, Fremont PD and the FBI to determine what evidence was collected and if any of that evidence can assist in the Misheloff investigation," Dublin police Capt. Nate Schmidt told the Weekly.

The annual Ilene Misheloff candlelight vigil and walk has been canceled for this year due to the pandemic, but Ilene's father Mike Misheloff and Dublin Police Chief Garrett Holmes are releasing a brief recorded statement for the anniversary this weekend, Schmidt said.

Clipper START

A new pilot program offering reduced fares to low income passengers on the Wheels bus system started this week.

Known as Clipper START, the program is administered by the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and will continue "through the end of the year at a minimum," the agency said in a statement.

The card is not a transit pass but instead offers discounts for single rides on 22 participating Bay Area transit systems, including the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority.

Applicants can provide either a copy of an EBT or Medi-Cal card, a county benefits eligibility letter, their Muni Lifeline card number, or a copy of their last federal tax return to prove their eligibility. A personalized Clipper card that must be loaded with cash before using will be issued once the application is approved.

The Clipper START discount on Wheels buses is 20% off of the regular $2 one-way fare, and is automatically applied whenever the card is used.

Cards are only available through the Clipper website and are not available at the Livermore Transit Center, Wheels administrative office or any Tri-Valley retail locations where Clipper Cards are sold.

Income guidelines for the program range from $25,520 for a household of just one, all the way up to $88,240 for a household of eight people (plus $8,960 for each additional household member over eight).

To learn more about the program and to apply, visit www.clipperstartcard.com.

Customers will be guided through the application process, receive information about what documents to upload, and can save their progress to finish the application later if necessary.

Youth Speech Contest

Three local Rotary Clubs -- Dublin, Pleasanton North and Tri-Valley -- are inviting local high-schoolers to put their oration skills to the test at a re-envisioned, COVID-safe, virtual club-level version of the Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest.

"The competition, which recognizes the value of public speaking skills for emerging youth leaders, will provide ninth- to 12th-grade students an opportunity to write an original five-minute speech, based on the theme of 'Rotary Opens Opportunities,'" Rotary officials said.

"The youth speech contest is organized to increase personal knowledge and awareness of the importance of effective public speaking; to increase public knowledge of what Rotary is and does throughout the world; and to provide its contestants an opportunity to win cash prizes," they added.

Competing for cash prizes, contestants will record videos of their lectures for judging, with the presentations and results due the week of Feb. 21. Entries are due by Feb. 7. Visit https://tinyurl.com/2021RotarySpeechContest.

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