Wednesday, May 16, 2012

SIA Newsletter 5 15 2012 - Police Ride; Bridge; Fishing Tourneys; Found; Union Rags; Book Sale; SIA Stuff; Calendar

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

This is National Police Week, and today is Peace Officers' Memorial Day, as established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962.
The Police Unity Tour was organized in 1997 to bring public awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices, with the secondary goal of raising funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial and Museum.
This year more than 1,000 bicycle-riding law enforcement officers and supporters made their 300+ mile bike ride from Liberty State Park in New Jersey and Virginia Beach, Virginia, to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.

On Thursday, May 10, a large group of these riders came through Strathmere.

Good News - the replacement of the bridge railings is complete, and they look great.
Bad News - bridge tolls resume this Friday, May 18.

Saturday, May 5 marked the opening of this year's summer flounder season. Results of the annual Herb Hollinger, Sr. Opening Day Tournament may be seen here.

This Friday and Saturday, the SFEC is sponsoring a Benefit Surf Fishing Tournament.
Donations will go to the Coffey Children Education Fund. Joe Coffey was tragically killed in an auto accident on April 9, leaving his wife and five children. Even if you aren't a member of the SFEC, stop at the Firehouse this Saturday at 6:00 pm for food and drink and make a generous contribution for this cause. Desserts and salads are also welcome...

Lost and Found: In this case, found - three outdoor cushions on the back lawn of a house on Sherman. They were probably blown from a porch on Sherman or Sumner. If they are yours, claim them by calling 610-322-3230 and describing them (no fair looking at the picture while you're describing them!).

Dick Omrod forwarded a note about Strathmere's Ed Tettemer in the Citizens' (CFSWB) Newsletter. Ed has written and directed a documentary about a horse named Union Rags, who was one of the Kentucky Derby favorites. The movie got rave reviews and would probably have been aired by NBC if the horse had won the Derby. Unfortunately, he got bumped hard coming out of the gate and finished a disappointing seventh. It is now expected that he will return to run in the Belmont.
You can watch the entire 24-minute film here. We recommend you click on "full screen" in the lower right corner...

The Schiavo Library will be holding their Used Book Sale May 25 - June 9. Donations have been coming in all winter and they now have hundreds of books for the sale. Stop in – it will definitely be worth it.

SIA Meeting Schedule - All Are Welcome: We will be meeting at the Firehouse at 8:00 pm on the second Friday of each month; June 8, July 13, August 10 and September 14. The June meeting will once again be a wine and cheese tasting event!

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We will be holding our annual SIA Community Yard Sale at the Firehouse on Saturday morning, June 30. Put it on your calendar and come browse the many treasures your neighbors have to offer.

If you are interested in a table, please e-mail Linda at  or call Janet Mahley at 856 423-5543 for information.

We are delighted to announce a donation to the SIA, for the purpose of fundraising, two tickets to the Phillies - Nats game on August 24. We are figuring out how we'll chance these off - more information to come!

The SIA will also have special Centennial Tee Shirts on sale this year. We know you will love them!!

Upcoming Events (mark your calendars):

**SFEC Surf-fishing Benefit Tournament, May 18-19. Come share food, drinks and a donation to the Coffey Children Education Fund, 6:00 pm at the Firehouse, May 19.

**Used book sale at the Schiavo Library, May 25 to June 9 - and check out all the new books!

**Citizens for Strathmere & Whale Beach Meeting, 10:00 am, Saturday, May 26 at the Firehouse

**Trash and Recycling will be picked up on Monday morning May 28 (Memorial Day)

**SIA Meeting Friday, June 8, 8:00 pm - please come share wine (some beer too?) and cheese with us!

**SIA Community Yard Sale, Saturday Morning, June 30 at the Firehouse

**SFEC Flounder Tournament, Saturday, June 30

**Fourth of July Parade: Wednesday July 4, 9:30am - Registration; 10:00 - Judging; 10:30am - Parade Starts

**SIA Meeting Friday, July 13, 8:00 pm

**CFSWB 4th Annual Community Auction at the Firehouse, Saturday, July 21, 6:00 pm

**SFEC Summer Social Saturday, July 28

**SIA Meeting Friday, August 10, 8:00 pm - Auction for the Centennial Cruiser bike!

**Kayak Races Saturday, August 11 (date tentative). Check UTBP website when updated for confirmation:

**"Nightmare in Strathmere" Boat Parade, 6:30, Saturday, August 18

**Kids' Surf Fishing Tournament, Saturday, September 1, 9:00 am

**SIA Meeting Friday, September 14, 8:00 pm

**Last day of Flounder Season, Friday, September 28

And at all times, check out Carol Baker's wonderful Strathmere History website at


The Strathmere Improvement Association includes all owners in Strathmere and Whale Beach and many visitors. It was founded over 60 years ago 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.

The SIA Board has voted to keep the annual dues at $10 per adult family member. The dues and the fund raisers provide for the Fourth of July Parade and our share of the Christmas Party. We have also donated money to help pay for extra State Police protection.

Please send dues payments to SIA at PO Box 57, Strathmere, NJ 08248. Remember to tell us your correct e-mail address!

If you have adult children or relatives (or visitors) who visit Strathmere, please forward this message to them - perhaps they'd like to receive these newsletters also.

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  or by mailing SIA at PO Box 57.

Celebrate Our Strathmere Centennial!     1912 - 2012

Thanks again for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!
Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Dorothy Addario
Ken Weaver

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