Town of Atherton

Update: “Our investigators have determined that the cause of the fire was fireplace ashes that were removed from the home two days ago and placed in a cardboard box that was left on a table on a back patio table next to the home,” said Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman. “We believe that this was an accidental fire caused by an unintended human error. The fire caused an estimated $50k in structural damage and $5k in property damage.

“It also isn’t the first time we’ve seen this type of incident, fire place ash should be removed periodically, placed in a metal can and soaked in water. Unfortunately that doesn’t always happen, but the good news is the fire was discovered early, damage is minimal and no one in the home was injured.”

Menlo Park Fire responded to a middle of the night fire in the rear of a large, two-story residential structure on Selby Lane in Atherton and quickly determined that all residents were out of the building.

A garage and deck were on fire; it was knocked down by fire personnel within 10 minutes of arrival. The  fire had also charred the exterior of the hone up to the second story, so an extensive check for fire penetration into the home’s attic and walls was done.

Battalion Chief Ben Marra stated: “We responded with five engines, one ladder truck and two Battalion Chiefs for a total of 21 personnel and the call was held at one alarm… we are thankful that no one in the home was injured.”

 

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Atherton Police collecting toys for Selby Lane School

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The Atherton Police Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys for families at Selby Lane School. They are accepting new, unwrapped toys for kids ages 5 to 11 years old and are also accepting gift cards for kids ages 12-14 years old. They request all gifts be delivered by Tuesday, December 20. A red/white striped Gift Box marked with the […]

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Art & Wine Tour at Atherton Town Hall on Nov. 9

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On Wednesday, November 9, at 4:30 pm there will be an Art & Wine Tour at the Atherton Town Hall featuring artist Michael Killen. This local artist knows how to raise the level of discussion of important developments and issues of our time. SRI International, a Menlo Park research company, influenced Michael to move to Silicon Valley […]

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Atherton hosts Family Faire and Farmers’ Market on a hot autumn day

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Atherton hosted an inaugural Family Faire and Farmers’ Market today across from its historic train station, an event underwritten by an anonymous Atherton family. There were games for kids; meat, flowers and produce for sale; a food truck for ready-to-eat snacks with picnic tables nearby; and an informational booth about Atherton’s proposed new Town Center. […]

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New Hawk Beacon traffic signal debuts in Atherton at El Camino Real and Almendral Avenue

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To improve pedestrian and cyclist safety when crossing El Camino Real from Almendral Avenue,  the HAWK Beacon traffic signal debuted today in Atherton. The Town of Atherton was the lead agency for the planning, design, and construction. Since El Camino Real is a State Highway, Caltrans District 4 was an important partner in developing and approving the […]

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Atherton hosts community meeting on airport noise on Aug. 16

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The Town of Atherton will host a community meeting to discuss aircraft noise on Tuesday, Aug. 16 in the Pavilion at Holbrook Palmer Park (150 Watkins Avenue) from 6:00 pm-8:00pm. County Supervisors Don Horsley and Warren Slocum will be on hand to listen to your input on aircraft disturbances in your neighborhood from the San Carlos Airport. The […]

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Marsh Road will re-open between 5:00 and 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 13

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Just in the nick of time before school starts — M-A on Aug. 17 and Laurel/Encinal on Sept. 1 — Marsh Road from Middlefield to Fair Oaks will reopen on Saturday, Aug. 13, between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. Some remedial work will be done over the next week to complete the sewer line restoration, re-striping the roadway, removal […]

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Mosquito treatment in West Atherton planned this Friday night/Saturday morning

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San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District will be conducting a truck-mounted ultra-low-volume (ULV) adult mosquito control treatment between midnight this Friday night, July 29, and 5:00 am Saturday morning, July 30, in areas of West Atherton. You can see a map of the treatment area by clicking here. This treatment is being conducted in […]

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Menlo Park and Atherton are among top 5 cities on 2016-17 property assessment roll

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With a percentage growth of 12.5%, Menlo Park led San Mateo County in increased property tax assessment for 2016-17. Atherton was fourth on the list with a gain of 9.25%. Others in the top five include #2 Redwood City (+9.86%), #3 Foster City (+9.25%), and #5 Hillsborough (+7.79%). “The [Property Assessment] Roll is now nearly […]

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Construction continues on Marsh Road channel – here’s what it looks like

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Work on the construction of a new channel along Marsh Road in Atherton continues. Resident Beverly Brown sent us some photos showing the preparation of the creek bed for anew foundation as well as arebar being installed for the concrete bottom of the new channel/creek feed. Emails Beverly: “Concrete has already been poured near Fair Oaks […]

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More on Marsh Road closure and channel repair from Atherton City Manager George Rodericks

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Editor’s note: The Town of Atherton City Manager George Rodericks posted the following on the town’s website: Reminder: Marsh Road is closed from May 31 through August 15. Adjacent streets are closed to through traffic. These include the Atherton streets of Holbrook, Palmer, and San Benito, and County streets of Fair Oaks, Bay and 15th. Please […]

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