Thursday, December 01, 2011

SIA Newsletter 12/1/2011 - Santa Needs Your Help for the Christmas Party!

In this issue: Christmas Party; Food Drive for the Needy; Work Progressing on Bridge; Dredge Still on the Way.

The Strathmere Community Christmas Party, sponsored by the SIA and our Volunteer Fire Company, will be held at 6 pm on Saturday, December 10.

So Santa can complete his list for the party, please let us know the name and age of any child (ten or under) who will be attending, so we can help him with that list!

Santa and his helpers need to get that information from you as soon as possible. Please let us know by replying to this newsletter, emailing Donna Diefenderfer at  calling Donna at 215-801-5876 (cell) or 609-263-3620 (home); or dropping her a note at PO Box 57 Strathmere, NJ 08248.
Thanks for your help - and we'll see you all on December 10!

As you know, the Holiday Season this year will again be very tough for many who have been adversely affected by the economy.

The Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club is having a food drive this Saturday, with donations going to the Community Food Pantry at the Church of the Resurrection in Marmora. If you can donate, please bring non-perishable food items or make a cash donation (make checks out to COTR - Food Pantry) to the firehouse on December 3 around 4pm. Here is an article on the SFEC website with shopping suggestions and an opinion piece from the Press indicating that writing a check may actually be better than donating food...
While you're at the website check out what big "stripers" look like (Riordans and Last Cast articles) and some great sunrise pictures by Greg Bennett.

Work on the bridge railings continues to progress. Here workers have removed the railings on the Ocean City side of the toll booth and prepare for the new posts...

Here are some of the new posts, and a comparison of old and new at this stage.


The dredge for our beach replenishment has been delayed, but work has progressed on getting the pipes set up.
 The dredge is now passing Cape Hateras and is expected to arrive the week of December 5 and begin pumping sand the week of December 12...
Timing will continue to be weather-dependent...


For those of us who are "year-rounders", one of our fun things is to see who can be the last to take daily outdoor showers. Since we still haven't had any hard freezes, the 2011 competition continues!


Don't forget our big Christmas sale on Strathmere portable coolers. We're offering them at $25 each or $22.50 a piece for two or more.

Great gifts - no wrapping required! Just reply to this newsletter and we'll hold them for you.

Thanks to all for your continuing support! If you never got around to paying your 2011 dues, there is still time to send a check ($10 per adult family member) to SIA at PO Box 57, Strathmere 08248. It's not deductible, but it will be a big help with our projects like the Christmas party and the Fourth of July parade. We don't dun you individually - we just hope you enjoy our work and our newsletters and think $10 is a bargain!.

Thanks to all for your continuing support!
Butch Vandegrift - President
Linda Bateman -Vice-President
Donna Diefenderfer - Treasurer
Dorothy Addario - Recording Secretary
Ken Weaver - Corresponding Secretary

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