Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SIA Newsletter 3/23/15 - SFEC Legislative / Fisheries Management Meeting Saturday - All Are Welcome!

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
 
If you will be in town Saturday, you should really try to make the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club’s annual Fisheries Management Meeting at 4:00 pm at the firehouse.
In attendance will be our State Senator and our two State Assemblymen.
This is always a fascinating meeting and you get the benefit of a great meal afterwards!
The SFEC asked us to be sure everyone knows that all are welcome – members and non-members alike!
More details and the agenda are here.
 

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Upcoming Events - please mark your calendars:
SFEC Legislative Meeting at the Firehouse, Saturday, March 28, 4:00 pm
Ocean City DooDah Parade, Saturday, April 11 at noon
SFEC Meeting at the Firehouse, Saturday, April 25, 4:00 pm
 
Let us know of additions or corrections!
 
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The Strathmere Improvement Association was founded in 1951 as a community organization with the simple objective of making Strathmere a better place. We are proud of the organization's many accomplishments over the years.
Please let us know if you have comments or suggestions for the newsletter or for SIA in general, or if you'd like us to change your e-mail address in our records.
You can contact us by responding to this e-mail at sia1912@comcast.net or by mailing SIA at PO Box 57 in Strathmere. 
Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!
  
Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Rosemarie Whelan
Ken Weaver


Thursday, March 05, 2015

Schiavo Library: March 2015 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: March 2015 Newsletter 

Still Winter:
As I write this today, the weather people are predicting more snow. So, put on a pot of tea and grab a good book. And if you have read a really good book this winter, email me and I’ll pass that along in the next newsletter. I loved Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline. So, what was your favorite?


Donations – Antique Books:
This year we received a wonderful donation of antique books. Many are from the early 1900’s including The Works of Charles Dickens, a 36+ volume set from 1907, The Complete Works of George Eliot, a 12-volume set from 1901, and The Works of Benjamin Disraeli, a 19/20 volume set from 1904, which is especially beautiful; plus many individual rare books. As we don’t have enough room to keep all, we are offering them for sale. If you love old books or know someone who collects antique books, email us and we will give you more details.




Christine Rohrman, Library Director
www.strathmerelibrary.org


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

SIA Newsletter 2/9/15

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
 
Next Monday, February 16, we celebrate Presidents’ Day.
Since it is a Township Holiday, there will be no trash or recycling collected.
Trash will be collected on Tuesday, February 17. Please hold your recycling until February 23.
 
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Our Strathmere Fire Commission elections will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Voting Location: Second Floor, Strathmere Firehouse. There are two, three-year-term commissioner positions to be voted on, and two candidates:
Donna Diefenderfer (incumbent) and Steve Nickelsberg (incumbent)
Also to be voted on is the 2015 annual Fire District taxation budget of $79,045, as outlined in detail here.
There is lots more information on the Strathmere Fire Commission at their website, here.
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Here’s a “blast from the past” that you may enjoy.
The La Fontana de Mare Restaurant is remodeling, and when they took off the siding they exposed the service garage that Harlan Wittkamp added to the building right after WW II.



Pretty neat! In the late 1940’s, this building was our post office, a soda fountain and a service station.
 
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The Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club will hold their annual Winter Social on March 7 at the Lobster Loft in Sea Isle City. 
More information, including how to purchase tickets, is available on their website here.
You don’t have to be a member to come to the Social, but why not join? 
Some of us don’t even fish – yet we’re members because it’s so much fun!
 
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As we reported earlier, the beach replenishment project will begin in April at the Point (Corson’s Inlet State Park). 
It is expected that they will work south and complete the Whale Beach portion by Memorial Day, before progressing on to Townsend’s Inlet.
Beaches will be closed 1000 feet at a time, and work will continue 24 hours a day.
The Township plans on a public meeting to discuss the replenishment project, but no date has been set. 

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This Saturday will be the 21st annual Polar Bear Plunge, in Sea Isle City. High temperature that day is forecast at 30 degrees. Gazette article here.
The next day, Sunday, will be the annual 7th annual Run / Walk for Autism. High temperature that day is forecast at 18 degrees! Gazette article here.
 
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The Schiavo Library has been closed since the beginning of February, and will reopen on February 17.
 
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The Ocean Drive Bridge over Townsend’s Inlet will remain closed until April 30th, 2015.
 
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Finally, if you follow us on Facebook, you’ve seen lots of Greg Bennett’s great sunset pictures.




Upcoming Events - please mark your calendars:
 
**Schiavo Library Reopens, Tuesday, February 17
**Fire Commission Elections, Saturday, February 21, 2 pm to 9 pm at the Firehouse
**SFEC Winter Social, Saturday, March 7, 6:00 pm to 10 pm at the Lobster Loft
 
Let us know of additions or corrections!


Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association! 
Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Rosemarie Whelan
Ken Weaver

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Schiavo Library February 2015 Newsletter

Schiavo Library February 2015 Newsletter

February Schedule -
Just a reminder - the library will be closing for the first two weeks of February. This will provide needed maintenance time. Reopening on February 17th with our regular schedule.

Take Your Child to the Library: Feb. 7th -
This is a nationwide event. Take your child to your local library – they’re all beautiful spaces and full of helpful people. This is a great way to encourage a love of reading and a love of libraries.

Recent Donations -
Every once in a while someone brings in a really special donation to our library. This month we actually received two such donations. The first one is a “Spanish Coin” that was found right here on our shores. This was donated by Randy Roash. The second one was a lovely, large fish donated by Herb Hollinger. It looks super in our fiction section. Stop in and see these special additions to our library!



Friday Movie Matinees 
Our Friday Movie Matinees in February will feature two new DVDs.
The schedule is:
February 20 – Gone Girl
February 27 - This is Where I Leave You


Winter Food Bank Collections -
Continue to bring in your contributions to our food bank collection. All non-perishables are accepted.


Christine Rohrman, Library Director
www.strathmerelibrary.org




Friday, January 16, 2015

SIA Newsletter 1/16/15

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
 
This Monday we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Since it is a Township Holiday, there will be no trash or recycling collected.
 Trash will be collected on Tuesday, January 20. Please hold your recycling until January 26.
 
Reminder – please don’t put your Christmas tree on the dunes or beach.  Place them curbside and Public Works will collect them all during the month of January.
Dumping vegetative waste on the dunes has a detrimental effect to the natural dune system.  In a sandy dune system, decomposing vegetative material prevents beach grass and other dune vegetation from growing properly.  It is also prohibited under Township Ordinance and is considered littering (Sec 24-4.1b) and is punishable for a fine of $500-$1000.
 
 
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The beach replenishment project will begin in April at the Point!

On Jan. 6, officials from the Army Corps, the DEP, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Upper Township met at Corson’s Inlet and agreed to permit construction there this spring.
 
Read about it in the Gazette here.


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The Ocean Drive Bridge over Townsend’s Inlet has closed and will remain closed until April 30th, 2015.
Note also that Sea Isle Boulevard has a reduced speed limit of 40 mph (and “cattle chutes”) because of the project to raise the roadway by some four feet.
This project is expected to take up to six years, because of the need to let the fill settle into the marshes.

On the other hand, the new southbound Garden State Parkway bridge over Great Egg Harbor is expected to complete by the middle of next year.
 
That Gazette story is here.
 
 
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Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!
Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Rosemarie Whelan
Ken Weaver




Thursday, January 15, 2015

Strathmere’s northern tip to get beachfill first, Army Corps announces

Strathmere’s northern tip to get beachfill first, Army Corps announces

Reconstruction of the beach on Ludlum Island this spring will begin at the northernmost end of Strathmere after all, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday, Jan. 15.
Originally, construction of that northernmost tip of the beach, next to Corson’s Inlet, had been postponed until the fall because it is a known nesting ground for the piping plover. Severe erosion of the beach led to the scheduling change.
On Jan. 6, officials from the Army Corps, the DEP, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Upper Township met at Corson’s Inlet and agreed to permit construction there this spring. Normally, beachfill operations are prohibited at known plover nesting grounds from March to September, in accordance with federal law protecting endangered species. After touring the Corson’s Inlet site, however, the officials concluded that the beach is so severely eroded as to preclude the likelihood of plovers nesting there and agreed verbally to permit the exception to the plover rule.
Under the agreement, which will be formalized in writing, the beach will be monitored before and during construction to ensure that there are no plovers and no nests are disturbed.
The overall schedule of the project, which involves the southern end of Ocean City as well as Ludlum Island (Strathmere and Sea Isle) has not changed. Work on the Strathmere and Sea Isle section is expected to begin in April. Work on Ocean City is expected to begin in May. Both sections are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will perform the work under a $57.6 million contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The federal government is assuming 100 percent of the cost of the initial construction under the terms of the Sandy relief act that Congress passed in 2013.
The project is a partnership between the Army Corps and the NJDEP. Going forward, the DEP will assume 50 percent of the cost. The DEP in turn requires one-quarter of its share to come from the municipalities involved.
The beachfill in Ocean City, from 34th Street to 59th Street, will entail construction of a dune approximately 13 feet above sea level and a berm (or beach) 100 feet wide. That is expected to require a minimum of 1.6 million cubic yards of sand.
In Strathmere and Sea Isle, the dune will be approximately 15 feet in elevation and the berm 50 feet wide, requiring a minimum of 2.6 million cubic yards of sand.


From the Upper Township Gazette 1/15/15