Town of Atherton

The Atherton Police Activities League (PAL) is a charitable organization (501(c)(3) in Atherton that builds partnerships amongst the community, youth, and the police through support of educational opportunities (scholarships), recreational activities and outreach programs.

The PAL works in partnership with the Police Department each year to identify local students that are eligible to apply as high school seniors that attend one of the three schools in Atherton. Graduating seniors must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a P.A.L. Scholarship:

  • Participate in sports and/or communityservice;
  • Graduating high school senior attending an Atherton school;
  • 3.0 GPA or higher;
  • Plan to attend a 4-year University (Junior College or trade school not applicable);
  • College-bound; (Deferred enrollment is not accepted)
  • The student must attend an Atherton High School but does not have to be an Atherton resident.

This year’s awards are  Lauren Chan of Menlo School and Luis Diaz-Vazquez and Natasha Auer of Menlo-Atherton High School, who each received $5,000 college scholarships.

All of the scholarships provided to these local students are the result of donations from Atherton residents. To date, over $130,000 has been given out over the last 16 years.

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Atherton shed fire quickly extinguished, causes estimated $6,000 damage

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Menlo Park Fire District personnel responded to a reported explosion and building fire at 3.50 am on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. on Holbrook Lane in the Town of Atherton. Fire Captain Roy Trester on Menlo Engine 5 arrived on-scene at 3:53 am and reported a detached shed fire that was located behind the home’s garage. The 10 foot […]

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Spotted: Rest bench for walkers in Lindenwood

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Emails Atherton resident Peter Carpenter: “The Walkers’ Rest Bench has been installed. Thanks to George [Rodericks] for verifying that the location was acceptable re the Town’s easement and corner setback. “My wife Jane gave me the bench as a Christmas present knowing that I wanted a bench for the walkers in the neighborhood to sit […]

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Atherton celebrates Arbor Day on April 28

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The town of Atherton is celebrating Arbor Day on Friday, April 28, at 10:00 am by planting trees in Holbrook-Palmer Park. Attendees are encouraged to wear clothes that can get dirty. Gloves provided. Contact Sally Bentz, Town Arborist, at (650) 752-0526 or sbentz@ci.atherton.ca.us for more information.

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Steven D. McCulley named new Atherton Chief of Police

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The Town of Atherton selected Steven D. McCulley as its new Chief of Police following a recruitment process that yielded over 30 applicants and included interviews with four separate community panels and one peer panel plus a second day interview with the City Manager, the Mayor and the Vice Mayor. Chief McCulley was born in Spokane, […]

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Numerous Earth Day related events planned in Atherton on April 22

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Atherton’s Earth Day celebration runs from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Town Center (Ashfield Road and Dinkelspiel Station Lane). The Town’s Environmental Programs Committee, Recology and the Atherton Library are teaming up to bring residents free garden mulch, e-waste safe recycling, secure shredding, eco-friendly 3-D printing, the San Mateo County Bookmobile, earth […]

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Atherton is America’s wealthiest town

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According to a Bloomberg analysis of 2015 census data, Atherton is the wealthiest town in the United States with an annual average household income was $444,374. Other Bay Area cities in the top 10 include Hillsborough at #4 ($368.9K), Los Altos Hills at #7 ($333.8K), Piedmont at #15  ($298.5K) and Kentfield at #18 ($278.2K). In the top […]

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Fire on Selby Lane in Atherton damages garage and deck

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 […]

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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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