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Two join Getabout as drivers

Published 9:37 am, Sunday, April 27, 2014
  • Getabout Service Team from left, Rich Mercado, Dominic Desio, Dan Vesciglio, Judy Fuegner, Don Merchant, Joe Morris, Olf Veldhuis and Richard Sheridan. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed / New Canaan News Contributed
    Getabout Service Team from left, Rich Mercado, Dominic Desio, Dan Vesciglio, Judy Fuegner, Don Merchant, Joe Morris, Olf Veldhuis and Richard Sheridan. Photo: Contributed Photo, Contributed

 

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Dominic "Don" Desio and Donald Merchant Getabout have joined the Getabout service team as drivers.

Desio was a driver for former Bishop William Lori of the Diocese of Bridgeport. Merchant is a retired Greenwich police officer.

Getabout now has nine part-time drivers and a chief dispatcher, Judy Fuegner.

Together, the Getabout service team has 36 years of experience serving New Canaan. Drivers are experienced, state licensed, insured and trained to provide service to New Canaan seniors and those unable to drive. Getabout has a fleet of six vehicles.

The Getabout service can be used for most daily activities, including banking, shopping, dining, doctor visits or community activities.

In 1980, nearly every community in Fairfield County, except New Canaan, provided transportation for the elderly and handicapped, according to a release from Getabout. Convinced that there was a need for such service in New Canaan, Nancy Nickerson, the founder of "Barrier Free," a national organization to help the handicapped, persuaded a group of civic-minded New Canaanites to form a corporation in December 1980. It was originally called The Friendship Express, but the name was changed to Getabout in February 1982. Sperry De Cew became the first president.

Each year, Getabout provides almost 10,000 rides to the senior community. In January, 2006, Bob Witt became president.

To reserve a ride, seniors can call 203-972-7433.