Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Schiavo Library: September 2019 Newsletter 

Used Book Sale: 
Our Tenth annual end of summer book sale is happening now! Library hours will remain 10-4pm until the end of September. Stop on in - the sale goes on until the end of September. Lots of great Books still left.

September News:
September is “Amnesty Month.” NO FINES are collected for overdue books!
September returns to normal off-season hours – NO Thursday evening hours.
*Beginning October library hours will go back to (Tuesday – Friday 8:30-2:30, and Saturdays 10-4)
* MahJong continues here this fall – times vary, call the library for more information.

End of Summer Recap:
We had a great Storytime (21 attended) and Lego Club (19 attended) this summer. Our Summer reading program was a great success thank you all who participated (11 completed program). We had our summer family activities which are always so much fun, and you guys make it special. Family Scavenger Hunt (15 attended). It was an awesome time. Family Bingo Night (4 attended). Mahjong – was also played here a few times this month.

September Ideas:
Thank you all for a wonderful Summer, we look forward to seeing you again next year! Have a great school year kid’s – looking forward to next year’s Reading program.

😊 Melissa Warren, Library Director

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Donations requested for Strathmere Church organ

Dear Friends of the Strathmere Church,
I'm writing on behalf of the Board of Trustees to send you greetings and blessings from all of us. We also are writing to ask for your help.
As you may, or may not know, our church has been in existence since 1916 and the cornerstone was put in place in September of 1922. I'm proud to say that my father, Harlan P. Wittkamp and his mother Carrie, were on the Board of Trustees when that dedication took place. Since then our church has been a beacon to visitors and residents of all denominations. That's one of the unique things about our congregation. There are a handful of year-round resident members and many more associate members who come to our island in the summer. On any Sunday in the summer we welcome visitors from all over this country and the world.
At the beginning of the summer our organ needed extensive repairs. Since that instrument had served us well for 20 years we decided that it was time to upgrade. We enlisted the help of the Grafton Organ Company and were able to find a used Allen digital organ that they were able to deliver to us quickly so we could continue our Sunday services without interruption of our music program. Digital organs are a wonderful choice for small churches since they digitally produce the sound of a much larger, and much more expensive, pipe organ. lt also is not sensitive to the temperature changes that it is subjected to in our "off' season. Although the church is heated all year, a pipe organ would never tolerate the temperature changes that this instrument is built for.
All that history and background is to explain to you why we need your help. Our new Organ was purchased and installed at a cost of $16,500.00. We are seeking donations to keep the music playing inside our building. A few years ago, many of you came to our aid to help keep the chimes playing outside from our bell tower. We hope and pray that you'll be willing to help us again.
We are very proud of our services and music ministry. We have very talented soloists each Sunday from Memorial Day until the end of September. We invite you to come and experience the very special spirit of our church. Our services begin with a hymn sing on Sunday mornings at 9:15 with the service starting at 9:30 am. Come and hear our wonderful new organ and be blessed by the fellowship of your neighbors. We welcome everyone and love the diversity of our visitors.
We ask for your prayerful consideration. Tax deductible donations can be IMO or IHO and sent to our PO Box 93 Strathmere NJ 08248. We wish you a blessed summer and thank you in advance.

Debbie Vandegrift.
Secretary. Board of Trustees

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Schiavo Library: August 2019 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: August 2019 Newsletter

Summer Fun Highlights
We have had an awesome Summer so far, but the fun isnt over yet.  Check out the rest of our programs we have for this month below.  Here are a few Photos from July’s events which were our Bird-Nature Walk on the beach (10 attended); Turtle Terrapin Release (122 attended); Horseshoe Crab Program (20 attended): We also Named an Oystercatcher Chick “Rocky”


August Activities
We still have a couple more weeks of our children’s activities for the summer; please join us for:
·         Story Time – Tuesday & Thursday 10:30 – 11:00am
·         LEGO Club – Tuesday & Thursday 11:00-11:30am
·         Family Scavenger Hunt – Thursday, August 1st (6pm)
·         Wildlife Conservation Film – “Lions and Elephants” – Thursday, August 8th (6pm)
·         Family BINGO night – Thursday, August 15th (6pm)
·         Wildlife Conservation Film – “Orangutans and The Great Apes” – Thursday, August 22nd (6pm)

Summer Raffle Winner
The “Summer kickoff” was won by Rose Rhine. Congratulations!!
The Huge “Turtle Basket” was won by Suzanne Teleha. Congratulations!!
We still have another “Kids Summer Fun” basket currently raffling, Drawing is August 15th tickets $1 ea.

End of Summer Used Book Sale
Save the dates: Aug. 30th – Sept. 28th. Get your bargains here!  

Melissa Warren, Library Director
Enjoy the rest of your Summer!

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Schiavo Library: July 2019 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: July 2019 Newsletter     

Summer Hours & Summer Programs:           
Our summer hours are here (Note: 4th of July we are CLSOED). We’ll be open additional hours on Thursdays from 10 am to 8 pm. Children’s programs start on July 2nd and our special family events (SignUp):

*Wetlands Terrapin Release Program - July 11th @ 6:00pm. (Please join us rain or shine!)
*Wildlife Conservation Film (Shark Week) – July 17th @6:00pm
*Bird –Nature Walk Program – July 18th @6pm (Meet by Statepark, end of Strathmere Beach)
*HorseShoe Crab Program – July 25th @ 6:00pm. (Rain or Shine inside Library)

Children’s Summer Programs:
Storybook Time is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:30 (all ages welcome) and LEGO club is right after that. We have a summer reading program, “Catch a Dragon by the tale” and a children’s drawing contest. Special Prizes if you complete Reading Form.  Teens Bookmark and T-shirt Contest. Stop in for more information on these. We have a “Makerspace Table” set up for crafts and science activities - available all day.

Used Book Sale:
Our “Welcome Summer” used book sale was a big hit as usual.  We had 327 people visit the library to browse and buy. Our total profit was $564.30. We really appreciate the book donations all year long. Thank you!

Other Summer Events for Families:
  1. Art Show – Jane Golas paintings are on display now (In the Library ~ Available for purchase) & Patricia, Jeanette Poppert paitnings are on Display now (~ Available for purchase) à Inquire within!
  2. Team Scavenger Hunt – August 1st  @ 6:00pm
  3. Wildlife Conservation Film (Lions & Elephants) – August 8th @ 6:00pm
  4. Family BINGO Night – August 15th @ 6:00pm
  5. Wildlife Conservation Film (Orangutans & The Great Apes) – August 22nd @ 6:00pm
  6. Raffle Drawings for Children’s Fun Basket – drawing July 30th  (Another Raffle Coming up end of August)

For Adults: Mahjong is still on Wednesday’s 10:30am (Except on 4th of July, as we are closed for Parade)

Melissa Warren, Library Director 

Some Birthday 10 year Celebration Pics

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Boat Ride on the Bayfront; Planning Bd. & Twp. Meeting News; July 4th Parade; Community Bike Ride/Walk; SUMC Fundraiser; SIA Dues & Swag; Pix!

From the Strathmere Improvement Association
June 16, 2019
Warm Father's Day Greetings to our Dads, Grands and Uncles!

Next Planning Board Meeting: June 20, 7:30 pm
Discussion regarding the “RR” Resort Residential Zoning District and follow up to public comments from the May 28 Township Committee Meeting.


News from Upper Township Committee Meeting:Beach Replenishment Approved for Fall:
Once the birds have left in October, 400,000 cubic yards of sand will be dredged onto the beach from Corson’s Inlet down to Winthrop, according to Twp. Engineer Paul Dietrich. The dredge will do work in Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle. It is not definite which borrow site will be used at this time; the Army Corps, with the contractor, will make the final decision as the time nears.

Plan Now to Join the Annual July 4th Parade
People make the parade! Let’s continue the tradition of bike decorating, float building and fun themed walkers down Commonwealth. Share the experience with your little ones and start your own parade tradition. No entry fee and prizes for all children.
Registration at the Firehouse: 9:15
Judging: 10 am in designated/division areas
Parade Kick Off: 10:30 am


Strathmere United Methodist Church Needs Your Help
Church trustees are launching a major fundraising campaign to replace its "beyond repair" organ. A reconditioned one has been located and will cost $16,000. More details to follow, but if you can, please mail a check to SUMC, Box 93, STM 08248 to help defray the costs. Regardless of your religious preference, SUMC has been  home to countless concerts, funeral and memorial services, hymn sings and Sunday services.  It's "the town's" church. 

In late fall,  the SIA made a donation of $500.00 to help defray some of the costs of the winter season. Here's hoping you'll  be able to offer financial support, too.


Inaugural Bike Ride/Run/Walk Down Commonwealth!
Saturday, July 6, 2019. 8 am, near the turtle sign
Lace up your sneakers and join the inaugural Commonwealth bike/run/walk down Commonwealth’s new pedestrian/recreation lane. . Gather with your neighbors and friends at the turtle sign near the trailer park for an 8 am picture, and then cyclists take off, followed by runners and walkers. We’ll head down to the new parking area near the paint chips in SIC (or as far as you’d like to go) and back.
The Commonwealth re-striping has been years in the making and has created a safe recreation corridor, with parking limited to the east/beach side of the road.  The County created 200 new parking places (replacing the approx. 190 lost on the bay side) near the paint chips. Sea Isle is waiving beach fees in that area. The committee members below have long advocated for a solution to the dangerous conditions on Commonwealth,  and worked with County Freeholder Will Morey, with community input, to seek a solution. Thanks to the members and their organizations for their advocacy.


After reading about the boat ride, click on the link at the bottom for the complete newsletter and downloadable boat ride registration form.

Ahoy SIA Members! 
Join with fellow Strathmere Improvement Association members on a boat ride along the historic Strathmere Bay front with special guest host Ed Andress.
We’ve chartered the Avalon Lady, a 45’ pontoon boat for Sunday evening, July 14, from 6-8 pm. We’re offering 20 minute trips (leaving every half hour), making a loop down to the Deauville and back to our Sumner Avenue starting point. (Unfortunately, children under 5 are not permitted onboard.)
Along the way, Ed will regale us with tales of days gone by, you’ll see the familiar houses from the bayside view, and feel the breeze that only a boat ride can deliver.
We’ll gather at the street end of Sumner and the Bay, and thanks to the generosity of Ed and Becky Grasavage, board from their dock. Please arrive15 minutes early and kindly try to keep your group size small so that everyone has an opportunity to cruise. The boat seats 30 folks with four departures every half hour. Ticket price to help underwrite costs is $5.00 per person to help defray insurance and charter costs. The balance will be paid from our treasury’s dues, fundraising efforts and generous donations.
Seating is limited and pre-registration for active, dues paying SIA members is open until July 4; then it will open to other Strathmere residents and visitors.
Reservations can only be made by email, followed by receipt of the payment form available on the SIA website. First emails received, first served. and then please fill out and mail the form and a check to: SIA, Box 4, STM, 08248.
Food and Drinks/Alcohol are NOT allowed on the Lady Avalon!

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter and download the printable boat ride form by clicking on the link below: 

Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 4
Strathmere New Jersey 08248