Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ticks, Beach Cleanup, Hats for Sale, Yard Sale, Dues and other news!

Strathmere Improvement Association
Sia1912@comcast.net          April 25, 2017

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Photo by Greg Bennett

Tis that time of year!  The Plover nesting area has been roped off, and we've been stuck with a rainy, windy couple of days but are looking forward to a beautiful end of the week and weekend.  Unfortunately, spring has brought a bumper crop of ticks, dangerous to both humans and pets. Be sure to take precautions when working in your yard or walking your dog. Do a buddy check!


SFEC Beach Planting and Clean-up Reminder
This Saturday, April 29, from 8-11 am, the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club is seeking volunteers to help pick up trash, do some weeding, and plant some native plants at our 17 beach entrances. Meet at the Tecumseh beach entrance for instruction and assignments and wear gloves!

News from the SIA Board:
Lots of planning has been going on for the upcoming season (more dates to follow) and at a recent meeting, the SIA officers reorganized to bring the board to full capacity.  Janice Connell, Member-at-Large, has assumed the vacant Vice Presidency position and Janet Mahley has joined the board as Member-at-Large. Per the SIA by-laws, the Board has the authority to fill a vacant position until the regular election is held over the summer. (Janice had been serving as Member-at-Large.) We thank them both for agreeing to serve.
Back by Popular Demand: 
                                                                                       SIA Yard sale Returns Memorial Day Weekend
As you open up for the summer season, don’t trash that treasure you don’t need anymore, sell it at the yard sale. Think about taking a table at the sale on Saturday, May 27. Set up time is @7:30 am, with doors opening at 8. We’ll publicize it in local papers and with signs throughout town to draw in the crowds.
 Reserve a table by calling Janet Mahley, chair, @ 856 423-5543. Limited six foot long tables are available first come, first served. $10.00 donation is asked.

Sneak Peek at this Year's Fundraiser!
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 We'll be offering cool mesh hats in Black and in Pink, and a cool mesh Navy visor trimmed in white this summer. Hats go on sale at the Yard Sale, Memorial Day Weekend. Thanks for your support! All three sport a dolphin and say, "Strathmere," embroidered in white and have a velcro adjustable band for sizing.
Dues are Due!   
Once again, the SIA is asking you to renew your membership or to join the Strathmere Improvement Association for the low, low price of $10.00 per person. With your dues payment, we are able to bring you the newsletter throughout the year (also facebook and website), as well as two summer meetings with programs of local interest. The SIA co-sponsors the July 4th Parade and the annual Christmas party where this year, Santa brought gifts to more than 20 children and past programs such as the Star Party and beach party, and this summer’s acappella concert. As a dues paying member you’re also entitled to a vote at the meetings.
 Mail a check to: SIA, PO Box 57, Strathmere, NJ 08248. Please include names, addresses and emails. If you’re not receiving the newsletter, we’d be happy to add your email.  Drop us a line at: sia1912@comcast.net . Thank you for your support!

Thanks to All Who’ve Taken our 10 Question SIA Survey:  
As we plan this summer's meetings and programs, we'd like to ask for your input about when meetings are scheduled, how often and what topics you're interested in hearing more about. It takes less than five minutes to complete. Simply click on the link or paste it into your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/66H3CZ3 . Thanks to all who have already done so!

Also this weekend…
There’s a free shredding event Saturday, April 29, 10 am-1 pm sponsored by Upper Township Business Association at Foglio’s Flooring Center, 344 S. Shore Rd, Marmora. The Association invites businesses and individuals to take advantage of a way to preserve privacy while helping the environment. The UT Green Team is partnering for the event. More on the Green Team @ http://tinyurl.com/k2vyjol


Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Strathmere Improvement Association April 11, 2017

Strathmere Improvement Association
 April 11, 2017         sia1912@comcast.net

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Passover Greetings to you and yours.  May you share a joyous holiday with friends and family.

News from the Township Meeting of 4/10/17: Bridge Toll Stance; No Fee on Bayview Ramp; Jitney Action
   
SIA President Linda Bateman spoke at the Township Committee meeting Tuesday night and asked the Committee to publicly oppose the proposed County Bridge Commission toll hike (recently postponed until August). The Committee voted to create a resolution voicing opposition to the proposed 66% increase to be voted on at the next Township meeting. Then we asked for a clarification on whether Bayview's boat ramp would have an attendant on duty to collect a fee and the Committee decided it would not be economically feasible to charge. They voted to keep both the Taylor and Bayview Avenue ramps open and free.                     
Also, Christine Furey of Sumner Avenue, spoke about the jitney and concerns about noise, drunken behavior and litter, while balancing the safety benefits of the service. She also noted that without a police force in town, Strathmere cannot be compared to other towns whose police handle routine nuisance calls. The Committee approved a jitney ordinance that licenses jitneys to operate in Upper Township and acknowledged they were aware of Strathmere residents' concerns. They are developing a plan for where the jitney will stop, and noted they plan to have at least one stop in Whale Beach. Email the Mayor and Committee with your comments or attend the next meeting on April 24, 7:30 pm where the anticipated route and schedule will be announced. 
 
 Easter Sunrise Mass in Strathmere
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The Church of the Resurrection, Saint Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Parish, will celebrate Easter sunrise mass on the Williams Avenue beach @6 am Easter morning. Bring a beach chair! All are welcome.

Please Take a Quick 10 Question SIA Survey:  
   As we plan this summer's meetings and programs, we'd like to ask for your input about when meetings are scheduled, how often and what topics you're interested in hearing more about. It takes less than five minutes to complete. Simply click on the link or paste it into your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/66H3CZ3  

SFEC Beach Planting and Clean up-Join In
    On April 29 from 8-11 am, the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club is seeking volunteers to help pick up trash, weed, and plant native plants at our 17 beach entrances. Meet at the Tecumseh beach entrance for instruction and assignments and wear gloves!

Back by Popular Demand: SIA Yardsale Returns Memorial Day Weekend
   As you open up for the summer season, don’t trash that treasure you don’t need anymore, sell it at the yardsale. Think about taking a table at the sale on Saturday, May 27. Set up time is @7:30 am, with doors opening at 8. We’ll publicize it in local papers and with signs throughout town to draw in the crowds. More details to come-save the date!

Dues are Due!
   Once again, the SIA is asking you to renew your membership or to join the Strathmere Improvement Association for the low, low price of $10.00 per person. With your dues payment, we are able to bring you the newsletter throughout the year (also facebook and website), as well as two summer meetings with programs of local interest. The SIA co-sponsors the July 4th Parade and the annual Christmas party where this year, Santa brought gifts to more than 20 children and past programs such as the Star Party and beach party, and this summer’s acappella concert. As a dues paying member you’re also entitled to a vote at the meetings.

   Mail a check to: SIA, PO Box 57, Strathmere, NJ 08248. Please include names, addresses and emails. If you’re not receiving the newsletter, we’d be happy to add your email.  
Ours is sia1912@comcast.net 

Thank you for your support!


Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248


Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Schiavo Library: April 2017 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: April 2017 Newsletter

National Library Week: April 9-15, 2017
Join us for National Library Week. A great time to celebrate all kinds of libraries. Find a good book and enjoy a cupcake, too.

Looking for a Good Book?
The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts I would recommend this book if you like history, horses and a really good story. It’s about the daring rescue of the famous Lipizzaner horses of Vienna during the final days of World War II.

Spring Mahjong Lessons
Wendy Dougherty has agreed to again give Mahjong lessons here at the library. She will be available on Fridays in April and May between 10:30-12:30. If you are interested, please call the library (609 486-6265). We need your name, phone number and email address so that Wendy can contact you. The lessons will be free for Schiavo Library members and $4 for non-members. Wendy says that beginners should figure on at least two 2-hour lessons to feel comfortable at open games.

Earth Day (April 22) and Recycling
Here at the Schiavo Library, we’re really great at recycling! We constantly recycle books. We’ve been taking in used book donations all winter and our next sale will start right before Memorial Day weekend – May 25 and probably last at least 3 weeks! Save the dates and get your recycled books here!


Christine Rohrman, Library Director
www.strathmerelibrary.org


Monday, March 27, 2017

Strathmere Improvement Association Spring Newsletter

Strathmere Improvement Association Spring Newsletter
March 23, 2017       sia1912@comcast.net

Two Important Local Issues and a Gem of a Whale Beach/Library of Congress Connection

Surprise Announcement of Closure of Taylor Avenue (Whale Creek) boat ramp
 In a move that surprised many in Strathmere and Whale Beach, the Township Committee announced its decision at its February 27 meeting to close the Taylor Avenue boat ramp next to the Whale Creek Marina. It would still allow kayakers to launch from there, but would send all boaters and jet skiers to the newly installed Bayview Avenue ramp in Strathmere where a toll attendant will be on duty. It should be noted that during the summer town hall meeting hosted by the Citizens for Strathmere and Whale Beach (CFSWB), there was no mention of plans to close the ramp, nor did the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club (SFEC) have any knowledge it was going to happen. Here's a link to the story explaining the Township's reasoning: 

http://www.shorenewstoday.com/upper_township/news/taylor-ave-ramp-in-strathmere-to-be-closed-to-boats/article_6a2718b0-33ed-5f20-885d-e5d5cceb12da.html

 Board members of the Strathmere Improvement Association sent a letter to Mayor Palombo voicing concerns about the ramifications which include increased boating traffic and congestion at the Bayview ramp; a lack of parking for the increased amount of vehicles and trailers caused by the closure, potential safety issues in times of storms when boaters need to quickly get their boats out of the water, and the drastic affect on those with boats docked at the Whale Creek Marina and at private homes along the bay. Additionally, it will make it more inconvenient for boaters to gas up and will impact the Marina's business serving day-trippers and regulars in need of bait, gas and other supplies.         
 In addition to the letter, the SIA will be represented at the upcoming Township Committee Meeting where, during the public open session, we will join with the (SFEC) and other organizations in town to voice our opposition to the ramp's closure.  The meeting is at Township Hall in Petersburg at 7:30 pm, on April 10. If you attend, you do not need to speak, but your support in filling the seats is needed. 
Sallie Callahan, President of the SFEC, reports that her organization has met with Township Engineer Paul Dietrich about their concerns regarding the new boat ramp on Bayview but as yet have not received any additional information. Please follow the SIA on facebook for current updates and feel free to contact Township officials by phone or email. That information is readily available on the Township website: http://uppertownship.com/en/

CMC Bridge Commission Proposes Toll Hike on Five County Bridges, (including ours)!
A proposed toll hike of $1.00 will bring the cost of driving over the Corson's Inlet Bridge (and four other county bridges) this summer to $2.50 and in the off season,  drop to a fifty cent increase making it $2.00 per ride. For those who use ticket books, the current discount price of $1.20 means the increase is actually $1.30 once you begin using E-ZPass. (Tickets will be honored until the books are sold out.) The Bridge Commission voted earlier to bring E-ZPass to the bridges to help with traffic flow and to attract drivers to the bridges. Bridge attendants will remain on duty, yet some part-time and seasonal workers may be cut. Here's a recent story from the Cape May County Herald:

http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/news/government/article_d5aecd20-fd7f-11e6-9d97-cf0696ed288c.html

The Bridge Commission meets on Thursday, April 27 at 2:30 pm at the Administration Building, 4 Moore Rd, Cape May Court House, to approve the plan. A public hearing is "tentatively scheduled" for 1:30 pm. During that time, you are invited to speak before the Commission. The SIA Board will represent members and plans to voice opposition to the hike which places an unfair burden on Strathmere and Whale Beach residents who must use the bridge daily for work or doctor's appointments, shopping or Parkway access. During high tide flooding, it is the only choice out of town. The increase places a burden on many of our residents on fixed income and puts the off season increase squarely on our backs. The Commission last raised rates in 2009. Additionally, a letter will be sent to the Commission and local newspapers and politicians by the SIA board.

Please share this news with any Cape May County resident or visitor, as it is a county-wide issue, not one that we are fighting on our own. If you cannot attend the meeting, you may want to email your thoughts to the Bridge Commission: Karen Coughlin, Executive Director; kcoughlin@co.cape-may.nj.us and/or Will Morey, Freeholder Liaison; morey@co.cape-may.nj.us.  Also, the public time slot is still tentative as of today, so please follow us on facebook for updates or check the Bridge Commission website, http://capemaycountynj.gov/647/Bridge-Commission

      Special Delivery!     Library of Congress Curator of Maps Finally Receives his Strathmere Hoodie!

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Ed Redmond, Curator of Maps, Library of Congress, visited by Linda Bateman, SIA President

Ed Redmond grew up summering in Sea Isle and Whale Beach, where his mother still owns a home. Today he lives in Virginia and works as Curator, Vault Collections, Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division, in the James Madison Building, across the street from the Library of Congress and the US Capitol Building. Ed ordered a hoodie during our summer fundraiser but was unable to make it to the Jersey shore this summer so it only seemed right to make a personal delivery. Ed has an amazing job and generously gave a private tour through maps of Cape May County (including Strathmere), an early map drawn by George Washington of his farm, a Gettysburg map signed by General George Meade asserting its accuracy, and a few other treasures such as a map of troop deployments for the first and second waves of  D-Day, one of only two maps in the world of Vietnam done in Latin, French and Vietnamese, and brought out an ingenious deck of cards distributed by the USO to troops in France during WWII. Once the cards were soaked in water, maps emerged and were assembled for soldiers to find their way through unknown French territory. There is a beautiful assortment of globes, including one of that is a map of the ocean floor. Incredible treasures with fascinating stories of origin and acquisition.

Ed, a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in History Education, taught Social Studies for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Wilmington before earning a full time appointment at West Chester University where he earned a graduate degree in Early American History. Following graduation, Ed joined the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division in 1989 and, over the last 27 years, his research and publications have specialized in the cartographic career of George Washington (1732-1799).
Today, he is the internationally recognized expert on George Washington's cartographic career. An essay Ed authored on the topic may be found via
https://www.loc.gov/collections/george-washington-papers/articles-and-essays/george-washington-survey-and-mapmaker/

As Ed said, "Not bad for a kid whose family spent summers in Sea Isle City before moving to Whale Beach." Finally, Ed said that if anyone is planning on visiting Washington, DC, he is more than willing to share the collections of the Library of Congress.  He can be reached directly via ered@loc.gov


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An exhibit Ed helped create
for display in the Library of Congress Building.
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Majestic Ceiling of the Library of Congress.

Easter Sunrise Mass Once Again Comes to Srathmere Beach
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The Church of the Resurrection, Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish, will celebrate Easter sunrise mass on the Williams Avenue beach @6 am Easter morning. As the date nears, please consult their website for up-to-date information on the actual time for mass to begin and to be sure the Plovers' nests haven't changed the location. Last year Mass was celebrated at the Point with the dredgers idling behind the celebrant. Bring a beach chair! All are welcome.  www.http://saintmaxkolbe.com


Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248


Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Schiavo Library: March 2017 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: March 2017 Newsletter

New Movies Based on Books:
If you like to read the book before you see the movie, get reading. These movies are coming out in March and April. For more movies based on books, check out this website (20 Books to read before they become movies): www.elle.com/culture/books/g29305/movies-based-on-books-2017/




More Art at the Library:
This summer we will be displaying more art work by local artists. Stop in often and see what’s on the walls. Maybe you’ll find that perfect painting.

First Day of Spring: March 20:
Hang in there – spring is just around the corner!


 Christine Rohrman, Library Director
 www.strathmerelibrary.org



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Boat Ramp job opening; Fire Commission Election; Holiday Trash & Recycling

Happy Valentine's Day from the Strathmere Improvement Association!  Feb. 12, 2017


 News:  Boat Ramp Attendants being hired; 
Fire Commission Elections;
and President's weekend trash schedule 
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Boat Ramp Nearing Completion
Strathmere First!
Are you interested in becoming Strathmere’s First Boat Ramp Attendant?
At a recent Township meeting, Karen Mitchell inquired about who would work at the new boat ramp this season. She then followed up with Township Clerk Barbara Young, and Township CFO Barbara  Spiegel to advocate for Strathmerians to be hired. A blank application is on the SIA website (link below) or you can contact the Twp. Clerk and or CFO offices for an application.
Three new positions will be created to man the Strathmere Boat Ramp from May 26, 2017 through Sept. 4, 2017, with a salary of $12.50 per hour.  These will be part time positions with existing Beasley Point collectors having first dibs at the Strathmere positions. However, at least one new position will be available and possibly up to three. Karen argued that someone from Strathmere should be hired. For more of Karen's message and to find an application form, click on the link to the SIA page: http://www.strathmereimprovementassociation.org/


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Cast your vote upstairs in the firehouse from 2 -8pm.
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Trash and Recycling Pickup for President's Weekend will be on Tuesday, February 21,  according to the Public Works website.

   Please remember that recycling must be loose inside the container, not bagged. Thanks!



Be sure to follow us on facebook for updates and photos.
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email: sia1912@comcast.net




Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248