Halloween Party - Save the Date

Friday, October 26, 3pm-6pm at 2 Dinkelspiel Lane (Current Library Building) 

Bring your little ghosts and goblins for a spook-tacular good time!  There will be a haunted house, face pairing, jumpy house, treats, photos with costumed characters, and so much more. Our family-friendly Halloween event is open to all ages! 

More details to follow next week....

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Airplane Noise Meeting

Congresswoman Jackie Speier invites you to attend a meeting on Airport Noise on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Skyline College Theater. 

For location details and to register for the meetings please visit the following link: Congresswoman Speier Town Hall Meeting: Airplane Noise


Message from your Police Chief...

In the event of a regional disaster or local emergency, quick efficient notification to our residents with clear and accurate information is the key to keeping you and your family safe.  One of the best ways to receive regional emergency notifications is from the San Mateo County (SMC) Emergency Alert System. The best way to receive local emergency notifications is from the Town of Atherton’s   Newsflash alert system. These alerts can be received via home phone, cellular phone, email, text, Facebook, and Twitter.
To sign up for the SMC Emergency Alert System go to the following link:
To sign up for the Atherton local Newsflash alerts go to the following link, use your email address to sign in, then select ALERTS for the Police Department:
Currently only about 900 Atherton residents are signed up to receive SMC Emergency Alerts. Only about 1,200 residents are signed up to receive Atherton Police Department Newsflash Alerts. As a community of very engaged residents, I know we can and need to do much better than this in order to be prepared.
For the safety and security of you and your family, I strongly encourage you to sign up to receive SMC Emergency Alerts and Atherton Newsflashes today.  This will also allow your Police Department and the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services to help best protect and serve you in time of emergency and disaster.


Fraud Info. from Atherton Police

  • You receive a phone call from the IRS claiming you have a past-due tax bill and need to pay the bill immediately or you will be arrested. 
  • You receive a telephone call from someone claiming to be a relative, or someone stating they are with your relative, and they are in trouble. They are requesting money to help or save your relative’s life. 
  • You receive a letter in the mail stating someone knows “what you did” and will release all of the “secrets” they have on you unless you pay them a certain amount of money. 
  • You are offered payment for goods or services by placing a large check written by a requestor into your bank account then writing a smaller check from your banking account to a requester.What do the above statements have in common?
They are all FAKE, PHONY, and FRAUDULENT.

All across cities and towns in the United States, people have been receiving letters in the mail and telephone calls containing some of the above statements and information. The letter may be sent by someone with a familiar name or address. The telephone number calling may appear to be from your area or area code and first three digits of your phone number.

You read the letter or listen to the person on the other end of the phone and become scared and frightened. Out of desperation, you follow the provided instructions and proceed to send large amounts of cash or store gift cards to a Post Office Box in another state, or make a bank transfer from your bank account to the bank account of the requestor. You may even accept and place a check written for a large amount of money into your bank account then write a check for a smaller amount of money and send it to the requestor, hoping to keep the remaining balance.

Unfortunately, in all of the above situations, you have become the victim of FRAUD, you have LOST YOUR MONEY, and chances are that YOU WILL NEVER SEE YOUR MONEY AGAIN.

The reality is this:
  • The IRS will NEVER CALL YOU regarding a past-due tax bill or other tax problem. 

  • A relative is likely not calling you for help. It is a scammer, a person claiming to be a relative or a friend of a relative, trying to get money from you. 

  • No one knows what you did, and no one is going to release any information. This is blackmail. 

Here are a few things you can do to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of the above:
  • If you get a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, HANG UP ON THEM. DO NOT PROVIDE any information - date of birth, social security number, or driver’s license number. Contact the IRS directly by looking for information at their website:, or speak with you own personal tax advisor or tax preparer. 
  • If you receive a telephone call from a relative stating they are in trouble, or someone claiming to be with your relative who is in trouble, HANG UP THE PHONE and CALL THE RELATIVE DIRECTLY on a PHONE NUMBER YOU KNOW, not one you are given. Chances are the relative is fine, and if they are not, they should let you know when you call and explain the situation. 
  • If you receive a letter in the mail stating someone knows “what you did”, IGNORE IT. DO NOT CONTACT ANYONE LISTED IN THE LETTER, DO NOT PROVIDE ANY OF YOUR PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, and DO NOT SEND ANY FORM OF PAYMENT (cash, checks, gift cards, etc.) 
  • NEVER accept a check for more than the amount due from an unknown party, NEVER place the check into your account, and NEVER write a check based off the funds issued in the check you received. YOU WILL LOSE MONEY and the check you received WILL BOUNCE.

People who commit the above fraudulent activities are playing off your emotions, tugging at your heartstrings, and trying to get you so overwhelmed with confusion and frustration that you eventually succumb to their requests and give them your money.

Many times these people are operating in foreign countries and have middle-men working in the United States who forward any monies sent.

Investigating these crimes is difficult and next to impossible, and you have a very low chance of seeing your money again. However, you have a very high chance of becoming a victim of identity theft by releasing all of your personal identifying information, including your social security number, driver’s license number, and date of birth.

Despite what may be said to you in a letter or over the telephone, these activities are all FRAUDULENT, and you will become a VICTIM and will LOSE any amount of MONEY and PERSONAL INFORMATION you provide.

If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact the Atherton Police Department at 650-688-6500.

Thank you for taking the time to read the above.

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Park Rules....

We receive calls about animal violations on a regular basis. While we love all pets, the Police
Department has a responsibility to ensure the peaceful and quiet enjoyment by all residents of their
properties, as well as the safety of the public particularly in public right-of-ways. If that is disrupted by
nuisance animal issues, then you may hear from us regarding this type of disturbance.

Here are some notes on how to avoid involving pets:

  • While on public streets or parks, dogs must be leashed and able to be controlled at all times;
  • Animals may not habitually trespass onto others’ property;
  • Animals may not habitually bark or meow. Ongoing: 5 minutes or more, Intermittent: 30
  • minutes or more;
  • Animals must be cared for with proper and adequate food, water, shelter, care and attention;
  • Animals may not be left unattended in un-ventilated vehicles or be subject to extreme
  • temperatures that may affect their health or safety;
  • Dog feces must be immediately cleaned up and proper disposed of;
  • Persons walking dogs must have suitable supplies/equipment for proper disposal of canine
  • feces;
  • Dog owners shall prevent their pets from causing hard or injury to others
For more information, contact: Atherton Police Department at 650-688-6500

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Have a great weekend.

Theresa N. DellaSanta
Deputy City Manager

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