Friday, May 22, 2015

Strathmere Improvement Association Update - trash, Beach dredging, SIA fundraising items

Memorial Day greetings to all our Strathmere and Whale Beach friends and neighbors.

1.Attached are two pdf files: one showing some of the beach progress and the other highlighting two new items for sale as fundraisers for the Improvement Association (SIA).

2. Also here's a reminder regarding trash and recycling for Monday: The Township will be collecting as per usual. If you must leave town before your containers are empty, please try to ask a neighbor to bring them back from the curb.

3. Township Engineer Paul Dietrich has provided the following beach replenishment update (Please see attached file).

For the weekend, beaches from Tecumseh south will be open. If work continues as scheduled, it is possible that Vincent will also be open. Security guards are on the beach and rope off areas where work is being done, so please watch for them and be sure to stay clear of the equipment and the roped off areas. Work will continue through the weekend and is a 24/7 operation. There is NO safe beach access at this time north of Winthrop.

New beach access paths are being installed. They will be 10' wide and compacted gravel will be installed on the walkway. A split rail fence will be on either side of walkways. The Upper Township Beach Patrol will have guards stationed in the Lifeguard Headquarters on Williams and in Whale Beach near the port-a-potty. That schedule is expected to be in place into early June.

As previously announced, the plan is to continue work on the north end in town (approx. 20 more days), then the crew will head to Avalon until mid July and return to work in Whale Beach.

We wish you a happy, safe summer season "down the shore." More news to follow!

Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!

Linda Bateman        Elaine Holsomback        Donna Diefenderfer          Rosemarie Whelan              
    President              Vice-President                  Treasurer                             Recording Secretary      

PS Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Summer Solstice Star Party on June 20, sponsored by the SIA and presented by Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Director of the Fels Planetarium, The Franklin Institute.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Schiavo Library: May 2015 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: May 2015 Newsletter 

Used Book Sale:
Our SIXTH annual “Welcome Summer” Used Book Sale is scheduled for May 22 – June 13th. It looks like it will be a great sale this year. We even have some antique books for sale. Our hours are 10 - 4pm Tuesday – Saturday. Most books and other media are very reasonably priced ($.25 to $1.00). For more information call the library: (609) 486-6265 or email us:

Computer and WIFI Updates:
We’ve been busy this winter updating our computers and WIFI network. We now have two networks for WIFI and a stronger signal. The patron computers have new batteries, Windows 7, all updates, Office 2010 and Adobe. Hopefully, this will mean less problems and faster downloading, etc.

 “Choose Privacy Week”
This week, May 1- 7, the American Library Association is sponsoring “Choose Privacy Week”. They urge library patrons to be vigilant and informed about protecting privacy when using public computers or public WIFI networks. For more information about this important subject, go to their website: You’ll also find information there about the latest rulings that concern our everyday privacy.

Sneak Peek – Summer Programs:
We’re still tweaking our summer schedule, but here are some of our ideas:
 •Special themes for story times: pirate, pet day, fairy tales, beach day, etc.
 •A daytime lecture series for adults featuring “Our Night Sky”, Optimizing Brain Fitness”, and “An Introduction to Genealogy”.
•Movie Night for Kids

New Book Titles 
Some recent additions to our collection:
*A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
*The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
*Endangered by C.J. Box
*In Wilderness by Diane Thomas
*Prodigal Son by Danielle Steel
*NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson
*Someone is Watching by Joy Fielding
*The Escape by David Baldacci

Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SIA Newsletter 4/21/15: Beach Replenishment; Bayview Drive Reconstruction; La Fontana; SIA Summer Plans; Farewell to the Weavers; Summer Calendar

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
When our beach replenishment project begins, the distance from the “borrow zone” out in the ocean to the beach is so far that they need a booster pump to get the sand to the beach.

This pumping station has been sitting offshore for some time now. It may sit there awhile longer...

 Photo by Ted Kingston
It now looks like the beach replenishment project for Strathmere will be delayed even more.

You may recall that it was expected to begin last December, soon after the contract was awarded. 
The Army Corps of Engineers specifies only a completion date when they bid a beach fill project, not a start date or intermediate dates. They say this attracts more bidders and a leads to a more economical project, but it also leads to delays such as we are seeing now.
The contract-specified completion date for our replenishment is January, 2016.
Recently, we were told that it would start around April 9, but there seem to be three problems with that schedule:
1) The dredge is in drydock for repairs.
2) There has been so much erosion of our beaches along the ocean, the amount of sand to be delivered has increased more than threefold, from 400,000 cubic yards to 1,300,000 cubic yards, meaning the work will take three times as long.
3) Avalon has contracted with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company to complete a beach replenishment project for them by June 29. It appears Great Lakes will use the equipment that was to do the Strathmere / Sea Isle City project to complete the Avalon work and then do us. One caveat – we’re told that Avalon has not yet received a permit for their project.
Much of this was revealed in a Press of Atlantic city article (here) on Monday, April 20. This article is worth reading!
The Army Corps of Engineers has a website, here, that is supposed to be updated with any changes, but as the article indicates, Great Lakes is not advising the Army Corps of changes, so the Corps website is presumably not up-to-date.
When it finally starts, the pipe will first come ashore around the Strathmere / Whale Beach boundary (the paper street Hamilton Road).They will then work their way north to the Point (Corson’s Inlet State Park), and then “flip” the pipes and start south.
Beaches will be closed 1000 feet at a time, and work will continue 24 hours a day.
We are sorry to be the bearers of such bad news.
We are definitely in need of the project, at least on the ocean side.
This picture was taken on Easter Sunday, just north of the Williams Road beach entrance.

This picture was taken near high tide this morning, from the Webster Road beach (you cannot access the beach from any roads north of Webster):

Conversely, the beach continues to build at the Point. The sand has built up along the steel wall constructed by Seaview Road property owners.This was also taken at high tide this morning.

Work continues on three blocks of Bayview Drive, from Webster to Sumner. Most of the concrete work (sidewalks, curbs and driveways) is complete.
They still need to lay down another layer of asphalt.
Monday morning we had minor tidal flooding on Bayview, giving us a chance to see the effect of the reconstruction.
It appears to have helped, especially around Twisties, where the street remained dry. There was flooding north and south of there, however.

Not much you can do when the bay is higher than the sidewalks!


The La Fontana Del Mare Restaurant is getting a new look. Pretty cool!


As reported earlier, Mildred’s is now open weekends
The Deauville Inn is now open seven days a week. 
The Old Shack will open weekends beginning May 2. 
Twisties will open on weekends beginning May 8. 
Uncle Bill’s will be open Saturday and Sunday beginning May 9.

The Ocean Drive Bridge over Townsend’s Inlet, scheduled to reopen April 30th, will remain closed through mid-May.


The SIA is planning a busy summer!
There will be a Summer Solstice Star Party on Saturday evening, June 20, with Derrick Pitts of the Franklin Institute.
Two SIA meetings will be held, on July 10 and August 14, with planning for great programs well underway.
We will again hold a Community Beach Party.
The SIA will also sponsor two presentations by Ken Weaver of the “History of Early Strathmere” at the Firehouse August 26 and 28.
Many people have asked about the Strathmere grocery bags we sold some years ago. This year we will have the thermal bags available for sale.
Also responding to demand, we will be selling Strathmere caps (hats).

Remember to follow and "like" the SIA on Facebook:
You'll get an early look at lots of things going on in Strathmere (some great photos by Greg Bennett, Ted Kingston and others have been shared there).


Also, check out Carol Baker's wonderful Strathmere History website at, and her blog at

You can also see the beach and ocean from Ed Tettemer’s Octagon Webcam.
Okay, so here’s where the newsletter gets a little personal.
Jessica and I will be leaving Strathmere and moving to St. James Plantation in North Carolina at the end of this month. This will be my last newsletter.
 Last Saturday, Strathmere threw us a “Farewell Party”, initiated and coordinated by Wendy Dougherty. Both of us were thrilled and touched, and had a wonderful time.

Thank you Wendy! Ken said, “It’s pretty neat, being able to attend your own wake!”
Only in Strathmere!

The feeling is mutual!
Thanks to all – we will miss Strathmere and its “folks” terribly!

Upcoming Events - please mark your calendars:
SFEC Meeting at the Firehouse, Saturday, April 25, 4:00 pm
Schiavo Library Book Sale, May 21 to June 13
SFEC Herb Hollinger, Sr. Opening Day Flounder Tournament, Saturday, May 23
SFEC Flounder Tournament, Saturday, June 6
SIA-Sponsored Discussion by County Engineer Dale Foster on 2016 Commonwealth Avenue Rebuild, Firehouse, June ?
Jane Shetler / Debbe Starr Women’s Tournament, Saturday, June 20
SIA Summer Solstice Star Party, Saturday Night, June 20
Fourth of July Parade, 10:30, Saturday, July 4
SIA Meeting, Firehouse, 7:30, Friday, July 10
SFEC 30th Anniversary Summer Social, Firehouse, 6:00 pm, Saturday, August 1
SIA Meeting, Firehouse, 7:30, Friday, August 14
SIA-Sponsored “History of Early Strathmere” Presentations, Firehouse (Ken Weaver), August 26 and 28
SFEC Nightmare in Strathmere Boat Parade, 6:30, Saturday August 29
SFEC Kids’ Surf fishing tournament, Saturday, September 5
Let us know of additions or corrections!

Don’t forget your 2015 SIA Dues!
The Strathmere Improvement Association invites all owners, renters and vacationers in Strathmere and Whale Beach to join as dues paying members. The SIA was founded in 1951 as a community organization with the simple objective of making Strathmere a better place. We work to preserve our town’s “hometown feeling” and to keep lines of communication open within town, and with local government.
We are proud of the organization's many accomplishments over the years, including sponsorship of 2012 Centennial activities, taking on a key organizing and leadership role in Strathmere and Whale Beach relief efforts after Sandy, and hosting an annual community beach party and concert. Additionally, the July and August SIA meetings feature programs of interest to vacationers and homeowners.
Your dues allow us to continue to co-sponsor the Christmas Party and the Fourth of July Parade, as well as the above mentioned activities.
Once again, we are keeping annual dues to $10 per adult family member. Please send your dues payments to SIA at PO Box 57, Strathmere, NJ 08248. Remember to tell us your correct e-mail address!
Also, 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 (for awhile) 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

Friday, April 03, 2015

Schiavo Library: April 2015 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: April 2015 Newsletter 

Earth Day – April 22
Need some inspiration this Earth Day? Here are two suggestions:
To save money and electricity – set your computer to go to sleep after a few minutes of no activity. The average desktop computer uses more than 73 watts while on, but only 21 watts while in the sleep mode. Right click on the Power (battery) icon on the lower right of the screen and go to “Power Options.” Choose your time and you’re saving electricity.

Find some native plants to use in your garden and yard. They’ll thrive on less watering and maintenance. An excellent website to use: Locally, the NJ Audubon Society’s Nature Center of Cape May is hosting a Wildlife Gardens Plant Sale; order by April 30 and pick up May 9-10, 2015. For more information, go to

Favorite Books: 
Rose emailed and said that she enjoyed Tana French’s Faithful Place and Alyson Richman’s Lost Wife. Just out and very “interesting” is the novel, Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum, about a bored housewife in Zurich, Switzerland. I think it will be a hit with book groups – tons of issues to discuss. 

New DVDs in the Library:

Save the date:
Our SIXTH annual Memorial Day Used Book Sale is scheduled for May 21 – June 13th. Used books are filling up the library. Come in and grab some bargains.

 Christine Rohrman, Library Director

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.


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!
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 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