LiveWire – October 2022

Posted on October 3, 2022

City Manager’s Update
Brian Dossey, City Manager

At the September 14th City Council meeting, the City Council awarded over $123,700 in grants to twenty-one San Mateo County non-profit organizations that serve our community. This has been an annual program that the Town has participated in for some time in an effort to make sure our community has access to programs and services that the Town could not sustain independently.  The range of organizations funded cover food relief programs, youth and senior services, groups that advocate for underserved populations or protect the environment, and medical services.  If you are in need of programs and services similar to these, please contact Town Hall at 650-997-8300 and we can connect you with one of these non-profit organizations.

Good news, this year the Colma Police Department and Colma Fire Protection District will be in the Sterling Park neighborhood on Halloween for Colma’s annual Trick “O” Treating.  Make sure to load up on goodies for the kids this year as we welcome the return of Halloween in Colma.  Also, this year, the Recreation Department will be hosting Trunk or Treat at the Colma Community Center on October  28, from 5:00pm-7:00pm.  Residents can safely trunk or treat in the community center parking lot and youth 14 and under can receive candy and other ghostly goodies. Please make sure to register in advance for this event.  For more information, please contact the Recreation Services Department at 650-985-5678.

Please watch for two capital projects that will be starting October that may have traffic impacts in Colma.  The first is the F Street Wall rehabilitation project that will take place on lower F Street and the second is the Mission Road crosswalk project that will take place on Mission Road near the Holy Cross north entrance.  Please be mindful of pedestrians, cyclists and construction workers when driving in these areas.

Police Department Update
John Munsey, Chief of Police

The Town of Colma and Colma Police Department are looking forward to the magic of Halloween after being put on hold due to COVID, but costume and traffic safety are essential for trick-or-treaters. These tips can help make a safe and happy holiday for everyone.

Costume Safety
Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won’t cause safety hazards.

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
  • Opt for nontoxic Halloween makeup over masks, which can obscure vision; always test makeup in a small area first to see if any irritation develops
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

When They’re on the Prowl
Please keep these tips in mind when your children are out on Halloween night:

  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
  • Agree on a specific time children should return home
  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger’s home or car
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street

Safety Tips for Motorists
Colma Police Department recommends these additional safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

On behalf of all the men and women of the Colma Police Department we want to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Halloween.

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