Friday, February 01, 2019

Schiavo Library February 2019 Newsletter

Schiavo Library February 2019 Newsletter

February Schedule:
Just a reminder - the library will be closed for the first two weeks of February again this year. This will provide needed maintenance time. We’ll be reopening on February 15th with our regular schedule. Mahjong games will be postponed until we resume on Friday, Feb. 15th .

Food Bank Collection:
During January and February the library will be a collection point for donations for our area food banks. If you have any non-perishables that you would like to donate, please stop in.

February: Library Lovers’ Month:
If you love your local library, show it! Write notes of gratitude to your local librarian or maybe even better - write your local politicians and tell them how important our libraries are to everyone! Or just stop in and enjoy our lovely Library. You can still Donate (Books, DVD’s, VHS Tapes or Money) all donations are appreciated.

Goodreads Most Popular Books for 2018 : 
Goodreads has a nice list of favorites. Their readers recently voted and the results were announced last month. Top Popular picks for 2018:

We have them available in the library, stop on in. This is just a partial list; for many more titles go to their website: You can also sign up for monthly e-newsletters. Good reading!

Groundhog Day:
Stay Tuned, we find out February 2nd if we are having an early Spring or 6 more weeks of winter.

Melissa Warren, Library Director

Friday, January 04, 2019

Schiavo Library: January 2019 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: January 2019 Newsletter

Winter Challenges
Despite the cold and the snow, we’re open. If you need to get out of the house (even for just a few minutes), stop in. The library is bright and warm and cheerful. We’ve got books, magazines and the daily newspaper to browse. You could even listen to some music.

Food Collection Box
We are still collecting food for the Local food banks and to the Coast Guard due to the recent government shutdown. Please take a moment to go through your pantry and see what you can contribute. Thanks! List of items needed is posted on Facebook Page.

Mahjong continues here at the library. Wednesday is the usual day for play. Lessons can also be scheduled with Wendy Dougherty. Call for any changes or updates or to schedule lessons (609-486- 6265).

Movie Matinees – Thursday 1:00pm
Our Movie Matinees will continue throughout the winter on Thursday afternoons.
January 3: Merlin
January 10: Sampson
January 17: Wall-E
January 24: Ricky and the Flash
January 31: Wild

New Schedule for February
The Library will closed during the slow winter. We will be Closed in February – from Feb. 1st until Feb. 14th. The library will reopen with normal hours February 15th Tuesday-Friday 8:30-2:30pm, Saturday 10-4pm.

Any questions, please call or email: (609) 486-6265 or

 Melissa Warren , Library Director

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Schiavo Library: December 2018 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: December 2018 Newsletter Holiday 

Merchandise Sale 
We are having a 50% off sale on our Long sleeve Shirts. Normally priced at $15; we are selling them for $7.50 ~Limited in size availability, stop in while supplies last!
 We also have other Merchandise gifts available: Snow globes, Mugs, Hats, Tote Bag, they make great gifts.

Friday Movie Matinees (1:00pm) 
December 7: ELF
December 14: Scrooged
December 21 : Santa Clause

Christmas - Crafts 
At our Makerspace Table this month, we will feature several special holiday crafts. Children can make a reindeer or Christmas tree ornament out of popsicle sticks or a candy cane ornament using beads.

Books under the Tree
We are continuing our annual tradition – books under the tree! What better present than a book! Come in and choose one for you or a friend.

Holiday Hours
Our schedule for the holidays: Open Dec. 22
Closed from Dec. 24 to January 1
Reopen January 2, 2019

 Happy Holidays!
 Melissa Warren, Library Director

Strathmere Improvement Association - Christmas Party; Call the Gas Co, SVFC responds to Tragic Fire in Sea Isle City

November 30, 2018

Time is running short for RSVPs for the Party-Santa doesn't want to run out of gifts for your little one! You may pay at the door, but,we can't guarantee your child will receive a gift from Santa if we don't hear from you asap!

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Gas Pipeline Update!

Strathmere homeowners need to call the Gas Co to schedule in home connection service. Gas will be temporarily shut off to your home and then a company representative will need to come INSIDE to relight pilots and to do a safety check. Call: 609 363-9600, extension 404. Please share with your STM neighbors!
Ted Kingston shared this shot of gasline work.

Tragic Fire in Sea Isle City
Fire broke out yesterday morning and spread to three duplexes @54th and Landis. Two people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and as of this writing, an elderly woman has been classified as "missing." Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company sent a truck and crew, as did surrounding towns. The wind, though not as bad as on Wednesday, was still very strong. Heroic work by first responders and a nearby roofer in getting folks outside and containing the fire as it quickly spread to three homes. Here's a link to today's story:

 Philadelphia TV stations were also onsite and a lot of coverage can be viewed if you google "Sea Isle Fire."

STM on NCIS; Christmas party, Bulkhead Public Meeting; LaFontana @Planning Board; Aerial Views from Ted

(I'm late posting this for the SIA because my computer crashed and I haven't checked my Strathmere email in a few weeks)

November 26, 2018

In this issue Strathmere on Prime Time NCIS; Christmas Party; Bulkhead Public Hearing; LaFontana at Planning Board; a Couple New Aerial Shots...
1. Gibbs Coming to Strathmere?If you watched NCIS on Tuesday night, you may have heard Strathmere, NJ, mentioned not once, but twice!  Early into the show, the viewer learns a servicewoman's body is being escorted back to her hometown: Strathmere, NJ. The town is mentioned again when Gibbs discusses the distance between NCIS headquarters and STM. You can watch the full episode at:

   And no, we have no idea how that happened! Do YOU?

. Plan to Attend the Christmas Party!
 Now that the Thanksgiving dishes are done, it's time to start thinking about Christmas! Please make plans for the Annual Strathmere Christmas Party by emailing Donna Diefenderfer or sending a check. (see info below) You can pay at the door, but we need to give the Deauville and SANTA (!) a count of who's coming. All children 12 and under will receive a gift if we know in advance. Looking forward to celebrating with YOU! (Oh, and tasting your homemade dessert, if you're baking!)

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3. Public Hearing on New Bulkhead Heights.At a recent Township meeting, the Committee introduced a new ordinance which would raise the height of all new bulkheads to eight feet. A public hearing and vote will be taken at the next meeting, Monday, December 3, 7:30 pm , Township Hall. Two town halls were held in Strathmere, mostly devoted to the discussion of raising the height from 7' to 8'; if you'd like additional input, please plan to attend the Committee meeting. Here's an article from the Press of Atlantic City

4. LaFontana's Request on Tap at December 20 Planning Board Meeting, 7:30 pm, Township Hall.
La Fontana is requesting permission to eliminate parking on the Commonwealth side of the restaurant, and replacing that area with a new septic. This would be a loss of seven parking spaces and potentially increase the number of tables allowed inside the restaurant. Here's the section of the agenda originally proposed at the October Planning Board meeting:

BUJAR AND GAWI DAKU – BLOCK 846 LOT 4 – PB 07-18 Applicants are requesting preliminary and final site plan approval and variances for impervious coverage and number of parking spaces at LaFontana Restaurant, 1 S. Commonwealth Avenue in Strathmere.

5. Ted Kingston's Spectacular Aerial Views: 
You can follow Ted Kingston Photography on facebook for more pix like these taken on November 18. Thanks for being so generous, Ted.


Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 4
Strathmere New Jersey 08248

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Strathmere Improvement Association 11/9/18

November 9, 2018

In this issue:
 Veterans Day; Planning Board Meeting; Tom Leonard Memorial Reminder & RSVP for Christmas Party

                     Thanks to Greg Bennett for this spectacular shot taken earlier in the week.

1. Veterans Day, Monday, November 12. We thank all who are serving or have served our country. There are several observances in Cape May County, Sea Isle and Osprey, in particular. Here's a link for more info:

. Planning Board Meeting to Hear Request from La FontanaHere's the agenda listing from the first introduction at the Oct. 18 Planning Board Meeting:

"Applicants are requesting preliminary and final site plan approval and variances for impervious coverage and number of parking spaces at LaFontana Restaurant, 1 S. Commonwealth Avenue in Strathmere." 
LaFontana’s owners are asking to eliminate their parking along Commonwealth in order to install a new septic system in its place. It would increase the impervious surface and eliminate seven parking spaces in front of the restaurant. A new septic would, therefore, allow an increase in the number of tables allowed at the restaurant. It was suggested that a curb would be installed and several parking spaces would be created on the street, next to the Firehouse driveway. Currently, there is no on street parking allowed on either side of Commonwealth in front of LaFontana. 

 At the October 18 Planning Board meeting, several Strathmere homeowners spoke against approval of the request. Because of the late hour, the issue was tabled and will be continued this Thursday,  November 15, 7:30 pm, in Township Hall, Petersburg. If you cannot attend, you can find email information on the Township website for the Mayor and Committeemen:  /

3. Tom Leonard Strathmere Memorial Info: Tommy Leonard's Strathmere sendoff is next Saturday, November 17, at 11 am in the Strathmere United Methodist Church. The family invites everyone to a luncheon immediately following in the Fire Hall.

4. Less than a Month to Go for the Christmas Party: Please RSVP so that Santa's Helper knows how many gifts we'll need for our little ones. You can pay at the door, but we need a count for the Deauville.
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