Monday, July 23, 2012

The Strathmere website in the new issue of The Sea Isle Times!

I recently did an interview with Linda Dougherty about my Strathmere History website for that great little Summer magazine 'The Sea Isle Times'. It will be in the August issue, which is free at local stores.

The story starts on pages 40 to 43 directly here -
Or browse the whole issue online at their website for free - HERE

Thursday, July 19, 2012

SIA Newsletter 7 19 2012 - CFSWB Auction - 7 PM Saturday!

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

The Citizens for Strathmere and Whale Beach will hold their 4th Annual Chinese and Silent Raffle and Live Auction this Saturday, July 21st, from 7 to 9 pm at the Strathmere Firehouse.
There will be lots of neat stuff, and lots of fun. Enjoy refreshments while you browse the tables.
Cash, checks or credit cards will be accepted.

Found: Two adult bicycles, one men's, one women's, in the reeds just behind the trailer park.
If they are yours, call 609-315-8169 and describe them to claim them.

Thanks for supporting the SIA!
Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Dorothy Addario
Ken Weaver

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SIA Newsletter 7 10 2012 - SIA '62 Storm Meeting Friday; Schiavo / SFEC Programs Tonight, Thursday and Saturday; OOPS; Flounder Tourney Results; SIA Sales; Facebook

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors, This is a week just full of things to do in the evenings in Strathmere!

Since this is a Strathmere Improvement Association Newsletter, naturally we'll talk about our 8:00 pm meeting on Friday first!
Our speaker Friday is Dr. Joe LaRosa, who wrote the book, Our Perfect Storm, about the March, 1962 northeaster that lasted through five high tides, getting worse and worse with each one.

Joe was a boy of 9 when the storm hit, and he's written the book from his memories, from interviews of others who lived through it and with information from the Sea Isle City Historical Society.
Joe will talk about the storm, then take questions, and then invite anyone in the audience to speak of their memories of the storm.
It will be informative and fun - don't miss it!

This evening, Tuesday, at 7:00 pm, is the first of three programs sponsored jointly by the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club and the Schiavo Library.

Tonight's program at the library features a speaker from the Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor who will talk about terrapins. The Wetlands presentations have been extremely popular in previous years (see picture below).
Following the presentation, children will be permitted to release terrapins at the boat ramp.
Don't let your children or grandchildren miss this!

August, 2011

**There will be a second program at the library on Thursday evening, again at 7:00 pm, this time featuring the Marine Mammal Streanding Center of Brigantine. They will discuss mammals that wash ashore on New Jersey beaches.
On Saturday at 7:00 pm, a third program will be held at the firehouse, with a discussion on Osprey by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.
There is no charge for these programs, but donations are encouraged.
**OOPS! Our apologies to Pete and Susan Prinsen and their daughter Maxi, for spelling their names incorrectly in yesterday's Part 2 newsletter. Dementia is a terrible thing!

**The SFEC Annual Flounder Tournament was held Saturday, June 30. Results here.

**The Citizens for Strathmere and Whale Beach group are very much in need of donations now for their July 21 Auction. New items only! If you have something to donate, please call, text or email Lynn Fayter today at 425-5655 or

Tee shirts and bike raffle tickets may be purchased at 212 Bayview Drive. Call 263-6846 first in case we're out... Adult shirts are $15; youth sizes are $10. Unfortunately, we no longer have adult large or medium sizes.

First prize in the raffle (drawing August 10) will be our Centennial Cruiser and second prize will be two tickets to the Phils - Nationals game August 24. Tickets are just $2.00 each or three for $5.00.

The Schiavo Library has a beautiful new scrapbook detailing the library’s first three years. Stop in and see it!
Somehow in yesterday's newsletters we missed posting this shot of the Fire Company decorating the Centennial Banner for the parade. Thanks, guys!!

**Follow and "like" the SIA (click the "Thumbs Up" box ) on Facebook:
You'll get an early look at things like the Centennial Banners, and exclusive looks at things like porpoises and windsurfers going up and down the bay...

**We now have beachgoers aplenty! Please be careful both driving on and walking across Commonwealth!

Upcoming Events - mark your calendars:
**SFEC and Schiavo Library Environmental Events, July 10 and 12 (Library), 14 (Firehouse).

**July 10, 7:00 pm: Wetlands "Traveling Turtles" and Terrapin release at the boatramp

**July 12, 7:00 pm: Marine Mammal Stranding Center Presentation

**July 14, Osprey Presentation

**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

**Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company "Safety in Strathmere" Day, Sunday, August 5

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

**Kayak Races Saturday, August 11. Check UTBP website when updated for more information:

**Centennial Trolley Tours, sponsored by the SIA, Saturday, August 11 (details to follow)

**"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

**Services at the Strathmere United Methodist Church every Sunday to September 30: 9:15 Hymn Sing; 9:30 Service.
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!

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


SIA Newsletter 7 9 12 - Part 2 - Fourth of July Parade Awards, Etc.

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

We decided to split our newsletter about our "Centennial Fourth" into two parts, so hopefully all these pictures won't cause anyone's e-mail server to bomb out!

This second part of the newsletter will include pictures of the awards at the Deauville, the registration before the parade, and "Thank You's" to at least some of those who made the parade happen.
Most of these pictures were taken by Kate Weaver.
As usual, the parade ended at the Deauville Inn, for free hot dogs, cool drinks, and the presentation of awards.

There was a nice crowd there...

Terri Showers and Lew London provided great music...

Ken Weaver welcomed everyone, and Brian Furey presented the flag for the pledge...

Next, Upper Township Committeeman Jay Newman (with Antonio Inserra and Ed Barr) read a resolution commemorating Strathmere's Centennial.

Then it was time for former SIA President Butch Vandegrift to announce the award winners.

Watching the parade is great fun, but perhaps the best part of the day is watching the award-winners, and especially the children, receive their prizes...

Debbie closed the proceedings with a beautiful rendition of "God Bless America"...


Ken and Jessica Weaver did their fourth year as co-chairs and organizers of the parade.

They want to thank the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company, Uncle Bill's, Horace Lorillier, and especially Lynda Brown, Gloria and their staff at the Deauville Inn.

They would also like to thank everyone who participated, who obviously spent so much time on their ideas and decorations - especially those Centennial themes!
In addition, they would like to thank all those who helped with registration, judging, children's giveaways and SIA sales.

 Kate Weaver and Sue Ernst directed people to the correct registration line. 

Mary Welker, Mary Ann Omrod and Judy Hollinger registered everyone in the parade.

Registration can get hectic...

Ellen and Bob Barker and Ruth Nickelsberg made sure that every child in the parade got a "giveaway".

We can't thank our judges enough - it's fun, but the decisions required may drive you to drink!

Here are Mary Schmelzer and Sophia Wisniewska...

and here are Pete and Susan Prinzen with their daughter Maxie.

Intrepid Judges Len & Joyce Wilson and finally Joan DiFiore and Karen Mitchell

Butch and Debbie held their annual "Fourth Soiree" and made sure the judges were properly prepared for their duties...

Linda Bateman, Sarah Boardman, Kay Higginbotham and Marion Ingram sold SIA Strathmere "Stuff" - Centennial shirts, bike raffle tickets, etc.

Please remember that the parade, including all of the giveaways and trophies, is financed by the SIA entirely from dues payments and the sale of items like tee shirts, bike raffle tickets, coolers, etc.
We sold lots of tee shirts and raffle tickets on the Fourth of July, so thanks to all who purchased!

Remember, our annual "dues" are just $10 per adult family member, and you can send them to SIA at PO Box 57 in Strathmere.

Thanks to all for your continuing support!
Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Dorothy Addario
Ken Weaver