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Thursday, September 20, 2012
SIA Newsletter 9 20 2012 - Dune Fence Project Saturday Morning; SIA 9/14 Meeting; Schiavo Book Sale Continues; Dune Grass & Environmental Presentation 10/6
To All Strathmere
and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
The Strathmere Fishing and
Environmental Club is conducting a "Dune Fencing
Project" this Saturday morning. The objective is to
build dune (snow) fencing at Webster, Vincent, Tecumseh and Sumner Roads in
order to create paths that funnel foot traffic away from the dunes (and new dune
grass) as people come and go from the beach.
Under the leadership of Dick Omrod, the SFEC
has secured posts and fencing from Upper Township; now what's needed is the
labor to install it.
While many SFEC members are committed to work
the project, they are hoping this will be a true community effort and other
folks from Strathmere will also turn out to help.
Volunteers should meet at 8:30
Saturday morning at Webster and the beach. Please bring gloves (at
least), a hammer, a shovel, wire cutters and even a post hole digger if you have
one. Please help!
This past Friday, the Strathmere Improvement
Association held its final meeting of the year
Here SIA President Linda Bateman presents a donation of $1000 to Dave
Townsend, representing the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company, to be used to pay
the NJ State Police for extra summertime patrols in
Our speaker was Paul Dietrich, Upper Township
Engineer, who updated us on projects for Strathmere
nice crowd listened attentively to Paul's
One of the items discussed was the reduction in flood insurance rates
obtained by an improved rating from FEMA (thanks Lynn Fayter, for all your
Attached is the letter from FEMA. If anyone has renewed their flood
insurance since 10/20/11 and did not receive a reduction, you may want to
discuss this letter with your insurance agent.
We very much appreciate Paul's
The September meeting was Dorothy "Diddy" Addario's last meeting as
our Recording Secretary.
We thank Diddy for the wonderful job she's done and welcome Rosemarie
Whelan to the Board in 2013!
During Paul's presentation, Ted Kingston asked him about an aerial
picture Ted took of what looks like a new "channel" being cut at the "Point",
and asked whether it made sense to move sand to block off this
Paul said he thought that was actually a spit forming and building
beach from the ocean side, but agreed to consult with Dr. Stewart Farrell
Here is Dr. Farrell's response:
Subject: RE: Strathmere natural area
change since mid-August. The added material right at the end of the ocean beach
makes an even more effective blocker to preclude a tidal channel developing
along the spit embayment created this summer in the park. The wildlife people
are absolutely in love with this quiet water environment since it is perfect for
plovers to feed from. They would be beyond hostile to any thoughts of filling it
in or blocking it from tidal flow. We have to hope that the winds and waves
today from the SE do not cut away much of the bump-out as they bring sand north
to the inlet. Normally SE waves help the Strathmere situation by bringing sand
into the inlet area, so we shall see. Great picture in any event. I do not see
any pending crisis in the inlet region as of mid-September, so we will keep
watch on things.
Stewart Farrell, Director,
Richard Stockton Coastal Research Center
The SFEC will again sponsor a dune grass
planting, on Saturday, October 6. Carol Ferguson, Environmental
Chairman, has ordered 1500 plants (same as last year) to be planted in several
areas on the beach. SIA members have always been enthusiastic participants in
this event, and we hope will be again this year.
Volunteers should meet at 10:00 am on the
beach at Vincent Road.
That same afternoon, Saturday, October 6
at 4:00 pm, the SFEC will hold its annual Environmental
Meeting, open to the public.
Guest lecturer will be Upper Township resident
Alfred Breed, who will discuss the various birds that we in
Strathmere encounter over the course of the year. It could include their
nesting/mating habits, food preference, migration, endangered/threatened status,
life span etc..
Trolley Ride Update: The SIA
Board agreed that the trolley rides were a Centennial event only, and that they
would not sponsor additional rides.
However, since Ken and Debbie have done all the
"prep work" for the Historic Strathmere ride, if anyone wants to organize a
group of friends and family (not for profit, please) for a ride, they could be
available for a nominal (presumably liquid) remuneration. For planning purposes,
a single full tour would cost the organizer approximately $20 per rider, while
two tours (our max) would be about half that...
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 annual dues are$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 also donate money to help pay for extra State Police protection. This year we
invested in the Centennial Banners and the Historic Trolley
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.
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.
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