Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Schiavo Library February 2016 Newsletter

Schiavo Library February 2016 Newsletter 

February Schedule
Just a reminder - the library will be closed for the first two weeks of February. This will provide needed maintenance and cleanup time. We’ll be reopening on February 16th with our regular schedule, but closed on Saturday the 20th. I’m still in Florida, so Melissa’s hours are 9-3:00pm Tuesday - Friday and 10-4:00pm Saturday.
Mah Jongg will continue once the library reopens. Call for the schedule.

Tech Trends for 2016
I was recently reading a newsletter from Techsoup (a company that connects nonprofits with corporate tech donations). These were some of Editor Jim Lynch’s predictions for 2016:
• Video will continue to be the most interesting media on the Internet. This past year, U. S. adults spent more than five and a half hours on their digital devices, mostly watching video.
• Apparently in 2016, we will have to stop using punctuation in our texting, especially periods. It supposedly conveys insincerity. (???)
• And smart watches like the Apple Watch haven’t taken off as expected. But guess what has? Fitness trackers such as Fitbit. Even I have a Garmin vivofit that tracks my steps for the day.

Romance Videos
In searching the Internet to find the top 10, 50 or 100 romance movies, I realized that no one can agree. Even our library has over 35 DVDs classified as “Romantic.” Do you have a favorite? Let me know; we can create our own list. Here are a few of our Romantic DVDs (come in and check one out):

Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Monday, January 25, 2016

Strathmere Improvement Association
News and updates for our Strathmere and Whale Beach friends and families.
Monday, January 25, 2016
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More Winter Storm Jonas pictures can be found on our website:

Click on the two top left tabs: "Aftermath" and "Jonas" for pix from Saturday and Sunday on the SIA website.
Several homes in town had water inside and we've had reports that a Whale Beach home had nearly a foot in its ground floor; if you have not checked on your home and are in an area that tends to flood, please try to have someone look in. Leaving it untended allows the mold to continue to grow and do more damage. There is debris throughout the streets and many lost or shifted/tilted items are in the streets. Judging by reports from Sea Isle through Cape May, we were spared from the extreme devastation that occurred in Stone Harbor and the Wildwoods, for instance.  If you'd like to share any pictures or damage reports, please email:

Mark your calendars for Fire Commissioner Elections: February 20, Firehouse


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Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248
United States  

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Schiavo Library: January 2016 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: January 2016 Newsletter

Winter Schedule:
Melissa will be covering the library this winter while I vacation in Florida. Her hours are usually 8:45 – 2:45pm. We will again close for the first two weeks in February: from Feb. 2 – Feb. 15. Reopening on Feb. 16. I’ll be back March 2. Any questions, please call (609) 486-6265 or email:

Curl Up with a Good Audiobook? 
Recently we received a very nice donation of audiobooks from some local library lovers – Lee & Bill Smythe of Wildwood Crest. On our drive to Florida, my husband and I love to listen to audiobooks. Thank you Smythes!
Here are some of the titles:

Food Collection Box:
We are still collecting food for the local food banks. Please take a moment to go through your pantry and see what you can contribute. Thanks!

Movie Matinees –
Thursday 1:00pm Our Movie Matinees will continue throughout the winter on Thursday afternoons. Brave the cold and join us for:
January 7: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
January 14: Still Alice
January 21: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
January 28: Becoming Jane
February 18: Evening
February 25: This Is Where I Leave You

Mah Jongg:
A group of ladies continue to meet here for Mah Jongg. The schedule varies, so please call the library for day and time. Also, Wendy Dougherty will be giving lessons – call for day and time.

Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Strathmere Christmas party photos from the SIA

The Strathmere Improvement Association
Merry Christmas  
What a wonderful night at the annual Christmas party. Santa's appearance topped off a night of fun with neighbors, friends and Strathmere families. In addition to the Deauville's buffet dinner, we enjoyed Ed Andress's famous chowder and delicious desserts brought by party goers. Thanks to the SIA and the SVFC for their sponsorship and especially to Santa's helpers: Donna Diefenderfer and Lyn Tettemer. More pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link:

(The photos are in the Christmas Party file, top left!)
PS We miss you Ken and Jessica Weaver! Merry Christmas.
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Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Schiavo Library: December 2015 Newsletter Holidays Are For Giving

Schiavo Library: December 2015 Newsletter:  Holidays Are For Giving

Two special happenings for December: 
*Our gift to you - Free DVD rentals for the month of December
*Your gift to others - Food Collection: this winter we will collect canned goods for our local food banks; bring something in when you visit; everything is appreciated but especially peanut butter, soups and other nutritious basics

Thursday Movie Matinees (1:00pm)
December 3: A Christmas Wish
December 10: Last Holiday with Queen Latifah

Christmas at the Library:
The tree is going up and there’ll be gifts under it. Come in and choose a book or DVD to take home and share. Our way of saying THANKS for your support all year round!

New Christmas Titles:
If you would like some light reading for the holiday, you can find these new books in our library:

Coming Soon: A Survey:
Do you have some great ideas about how our library can better serve our patrons? Well, you’ll have your chance to express those when our survey is sent out this winter. We need to keep improving – you can help!

Holiday Hours:
Our schedule for the holidays:
Open Dec. 22 & 23
Closed Dec. 24 & 25
Open Dec. 26 (Saturday)
Closed Dec. 29 – Jan. 1
Open Jan. 2 (Saturday) Regular schedule resumes on Jan. 5

Happy Holidays!
Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Strathmere Improvement Association November 10


Strathmere Improvement Association
November 10, 2015 

SIA Officers:
Linda Bateman, President
Elaine Holsomback, Vice President
Donna Diefenderfer, Treasurer
Rosemarie Whelan, Secretary

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Yes, we know we haven't even had Thanksgiving yet, and the weather sure doesn't feel like December, but the Christmas party is only a month away. Santa checks his maibox every day to see if you're coming!

Dec. 12th      6 pm Deauville Inn Tix: $25.00; Kids 12& under: $15


Please let Santa's #1 helper Donna,  know if you'll be bringing anyone under 12.* Also, as usual, feel free to bring along a dessert and prepare to savor Ed Andress' world famous chowder, a Strathmere tradition in and of itself!
Mail checks to: SIA, Box 57, Strathmere 08248
*email kids' ages to Donna: or call  215 801-5876

Ticket deadline Dec. 3. ****While tickets are available at the door, we cannot guarantee a present for a child if we don't know in advance.    (And now we're really getting ahead of ourselves-but please don't put your old Christmas tree or any other branches on the dunes!)

IMG_0066.JPG   Township Engineer Paul Dietrich reports that about 380,000 cubic yards of sand were lost during our recent nor’easter. Throughout the beaches about 100-120’ of beach berm was lost. The Army Corp and the DEP will make a decision in the next few weeks about whether they will fill beach before leaving the area, according to Dietrich.

Playground Initiative Nets Results! Your survey input helped!
 Carol Ferguson of the SFEC,  took pix of our badly deteriorated playground, and Karen Mitchell, CFSWB President, spoke at a recent Twp Committe meeting about the playground survey results:

As a result...Within days of the meeting, the rusted chain link fence along the bay was removed, as well as along the sides. New vinyl fence for the bay side is on order. Certified playground mulch will go down,  swings were repaired, and the sink hole filled. A new handicapped swing is on order and will be installed on arrival. Karen thanks the Township for making the playground a "recent priority," but reminds all this "doesn't negate the need for a complete playground makeover."

Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248
United States