Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Schiavo Library: April 2016 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: April 2016 Newsletter

National Library Week: April 10-16, 2016
This year the theme is “Libraries Transform” and Gene Luen Yang will serve as Honorary Chair. He is an award-winning graphic novelist. This is the perfect time to celebrate libraries everywhere!

April Book Lovers Raffle
So, in honor of National Library Week, let’s celebrate with a raffle. Check out a book in April and you will be automatically entered. Prize: A Schiavo tote bag filled with goodies. Drawing will be held on May 6, 2016.

Art at the Library Update
Cecelia Quigley, Director of the Children’s Country Place School, brought in the students art work. We set the canvases out all over the library. When the parents came in with their children, they had to hunt for their own canvas. That way they got to see all of the library. It was a fun activity – we had 7 families visit and then Cecelia brought the whole class in on March 31st. The art work (based on Van Gogh’s Starry Night) will be here for a few more weeks. Stop in if you can; it’s definitely worth a peek!

Save the date
Our Seventh annual Memorial Day Used Book Sale is scheduled for May 26 – June 17th. Used books are filling up the library. Put the dates on your calendar!

Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Commonwealth resurfacing, water mains, Jonas Relief & more SIA news!

Strathmere Improvement Association   March 15, 2016       Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Throughout the winter months, the SIA Executive Board has met several times to plan the upcoming season. General meetings will be held Friday, July 15 and Friday, August 19. A major fundraiser this summer will be a Strathmere hoodie! Stay tuned for pictures and sales info, as well as other news and program updates.


New Water Mains
NJ American Water has been replacing “5,300 feet of aging 2, 3 and 6 “ main, installed in the early 1900s” on the beach blocks of Willard, Whittier, Webster, Vincent, Tecumseh, Sumner, Sherman, Randolph, Putnam, Prescott and Commonwealth (between Vincent and Willard). As of this newsletter, the majority of the work has been with the main pipes down the street.
It’s been a muddy time, with minor detours, but the streets have been torn up and patched with temporary asphalt. About six months after final completion of the water work, the company will return and do a final asphalt patch.  The entire street will not be resurfaced.
The water company continues to test the water, but if you have any questions or want project updates, please call them: 800 272-1325 or 800 652-6987.

County Resurfacing on Commonwealth Begins
As previewed at a public meeting last summer, the County has begun resurfacing Commonwealth, starting at the Sea Isle border north to Prescott, finishing in June. In mid September, work will begin again to from Prescott to the Corson’s Inlet Bridge. Lane closures during the workday are to be expected, but weekends and after 3:30 pm no construction is planned and both lanes should be open. 
A detailed letter from County Engineer Dale Foster has been sent to homeowners with information about what the $3.246,000 project encompasses. The complete letter can be viewed on our website:  More info on curbs, drainage and gutters, plus a five year road opening moratorium is included within.Read the Gazette story:

Jonas Declared a Federal Disaster
President Obama signed legislation authorizing funds for Cape May County Disaster Relief. The story in the Gazette can be viewed at this link:
Additionally, Small Business Loans are available for both commercial and residential properties. For more info, visit:
City of Atlantic City - City Hall Room 129
1301 Bacharach Blvd
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
Opening: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
Days: Monday - Friday
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dredging wrapping up
It looks as if the beach dredging is just about finished. Before the project could be completed Jonas hit and then another smaller storm rolled in, resulting in a loss of sand and much scarping. Township Engineer Paul Dietrich said, “They (dredging company) came back and we never want to turn down free sand.” So, the beeping sounds of the equipment at work, the nighttime “Broadway” lights and Cyclops roaming the water’s edge have kept us company all winter.

Other Township Tidbits:
Paul Dietrich said, “The Township anticipates introducing a bond ordinance to do capital improvements which include replacement of the play structure and bulkhead at Webster Ave. and extension of the outfall at Seacliff Ave.
We will also be working on converting some of the timber walkover structures to the wide gravel beach access paths.  The ends of the existing paths were cleaned up this week.  We will start bringing trash & recycling cans to street ends over the next several weeks.
Williams and Putnam will have the same mats for easier beach access as last year, Dietrich added.

There are still docks and other debris around town from Jonas. Please try to come take a look to see what you're missing!

Two of our favorite photographers' shots:
Greg Bennett's morning sunrise drama!

            Ted Kingston's clouds, sky, clouds, horizon, then ocean.

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

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Schiavo Library: March 2016 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: March 2016 Newsletter

Snow at the Beach 
So, we’re having our last snowfall of the year (fingers crossed) as I compose this newsletter. These pictures are from the upstairs balcony of the library: a gray, snowy day at the Strathmere beach!

Art at the Library
The Schiavo Library will be the exclusive stop for a special traveling art show. The students at Childrens Country Place have created their own masterpieces in the Van Gogh style. Their canvases will be on display here between March 14 and March 31. Stop in and enjoy them!

Lines on the Pines 2016
Sunday, March 13th, 11:00am – 4pm: the Renault Winery will host the eleventh annual “Lines on the Pines” event. Enjoy the day meeting Pine Barrens authors, artists and artisans. For more information go to

Online Story: The New Jersey Trackers and the Imagination Tree
The New Jersey Center for the Book will launch an online serialized mystery story beginning March 17th. If this sounds intriguing, check out their website:

Christine Rohrman, Library Director

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