Viewpoint - April 7, 2010

Letter: Atherton is 'extremely friendly'

I'd like to comment on Portola Valley Councilwoman Maryann Derwin's statement in your last issue, when she said, "We are not a gated community like Atherton. We are friendly." (Ouch.)

I hope she didn't mean to imply that Atherton is not friendly! Actually, Atherton is an extremely friendly and warm community. Atherton maintains a small-town feel (in the middle of a sprawling Peninsula) with town picnics, ice cream socials and Christmas tea parties.

Our little library has family movie nights, children's story-time, and wonderful cultural events. This is in addition to an abundance of service and social organizations. On Walnut Avenue we have a dinner group, a ladies golf group, and an annual block party.

I'd be happy to have Ms. Derwin over for a cup of coffee and show her some Atherton hospitality.

Cat Westover, Walnut Avenue, Atherton


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