Thursday, May 24, 2012

SIA Newsletter 5 24 2012 - Memorial Day; SFEC Tourney; Lifeguards; CFSWB; SIA Raffle; Book Sale; Calendar; SIA "Dues"

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!

Please remember the reason for Monday's Holiday - to honor those in the military who gave their lives in the service of our country. Please fly your flag and take some time to remember and honor those who fell.

On a more mundane note, both trash and recycling will be picked up Monday morning.

If you missed the SFEC benefit dinner and awards at the Firehouse Saturday, you missed a good time! Some pictures of the event are here.

We won't have lifeguards on the beach this weekend, but there will be a skeleton crew available in the station at Williams and the beach to respond to 911 calls, from Friday to Monday and also June 2 - 8 and 11 - 15. A few beaches will have coverage on June 9 - 10, with full beginning coverage on June 16.

The Citizens for Strathmere and Whale Beach are holding a meeting at the Firehouse Saturday morning at 10:00 am, to last less than one hour! All Strathmerians are invited, whether you are a member or not.

Lost and Found: No one called about the three outdoor cushions on the back lawn of a house on Sherman. If they are yours, claim them by calling 610-322-3230 and describing them.

The SIA will be selling raffle tickets and accepting dues payments at the Post Office this Saturday morning.
First prize in the raffle will be the Centennial Cruiser - second prize two tickets to the Phils - Nationals game August 24. Tickets are just $2.00 each or three for $5.00. All for a great cause - Improving Strathmere (but how can you improve on perfection?).

Stop and see us!

The Centennial Tee Shirts are not quite ready yet.

The Schiavo Library will be holding their Used Book Sale beginning tomorrow, May 25 until June 9. Donations have been coming in all winter and they now have hundreds of books for the sale. Stop in (Tuesdays through Saturdays) – 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 popular "Welcome Back" wine and cheese party!

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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.

Upcoming Events - mark your calendars:
**Greg Bennett Exhibition now through June 17th at The Soma Gallery 31 Perry Street - Carpenters Square Mall in Cape May.

**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

**Services at the Strathmere United Methodist Church begin this Sunday May 27 and every Sunday to September 30: 9:15 Hymn Sing; 9:30 Service.

**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!

**Free Vessel Safety Inspection at Whale Creek Marina, Saturday June 9, 9:00 am to Noon

**General Slocum Disaster Memorial Service, Friday June 15, 10:00 am, Prescott Street Beach

**SFEC Jane Shetler Women's Tournament, Saturday, June 16. Awards, refreshments at Firehouse at 4:30. Donations to Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation

**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

**SFEC Environmental Week, June 10 - 14. Various events (including terrapin release at the boat ramp). More to come.

**SIA Meeting Friday, July 13, 8:00 pm. Joe LaRosa, author of Our Perfect Storm, will talk about the March, 1962 storm.

**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 Ask the Experts. A panel of local builders, plumbers and craftsmen will be on hand to answer questions and offer tips for summer homeowners planning to close up for the winter.

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

Let us know of additions or corrections!

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 is keeping 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.

NOTE: Since most of you never formally "signed up" as members, obviously we cannot "force" you to pay dues, which are really more like (non-deductible) donations anyway.

If you don't pay, we will still keep you on our newsletter distribution. The only penalty will be that you can't vote in our (mostly uncontested) elections!

Nevertheless, we really hope you see enough value in our projects and enjoy the newsletters enough so that you'll contribute $10 per adult family member. Thanks!

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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