Tuesday, October 02, 2012

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

The Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club coordinated a "Dune Fence Project" on September 22. Dune (snow) fencing was erected at at Webster, Vincent, Tecumseh, Sumner and Sherman Roads to create paths to 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 secured posts and fencing from Upper Township and close to 30 Strathmere folks turned out to install it - got it done in under two hours - and had fun doing it!.

What a wonderful community project!

There are lots more pictures on the SFEC website here.


The SFEC has two major things scheduled for this Saturday, October 6.
They will again sponsor a dune grass planting on Saturday morning. Carol Ferguson, Environmental Chairman, has ordered 3000 plants (compared to 1500 last year) to be planted at Seacliff, Winthrop and Vincent Roads. 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 Seacliff Road (the next-to-last street toward the Point).
You will need gloves and sturdy footwear for digging holes. The Fire Company will assist by watering the beach.
Rain date is Sunday, October 7.


That same afternoon, Saturday, October 6 at 4:00 pm, the SFEC will hold its annual Environmental Meeting, open to the public.
The guest lecturer will be Upper Township resident Alfred Breed. Alfred is with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and Conserve Wildlife New Jersey. His area of expertise is birds, especially shore birds. This is your opportunity to learn about the herons, egrets, terns, gulls, etc. that are native to or visit our special island.
Following the meeting there will be refreshments and snacks.
Plan to come!


Also this Saturday, The Schiavo Library will welcome local young adult author, Laura DeLuca.
On Saturday, October 6 at 12:00 noon, Laura will discuss and sign her YA book, Destiny. Destiny’s main character Gabriella is a witch. “The problem is, she doesn’t remember. She repressed the memories of her powers years ago when her mother was murdered.“
Come out and meet this promising young author.
For more information, phone the Schiavo Library at 609-486-6265 or email the library director info@strathmerelibrary.org


This weekend is Columbus Day Weekend. Unlike on summer holidays, trash pickup will be delayed until Tuesday (10/9) and there will be no recycling picked up until the following week (October 15).

The next "Bulk Trash" pickup is also October 15.


Remember that on Wednesday, October 24, at 6:00 pm at the Firehouse, the US Postal Service will hold a meeting to discuss the future of mail service in Strathmere.
If you are a box holder and did not receive your survey, you can get one at the post office (one per box).
If you did receive it - plase complete it and mail it in.


NJ Run for the Fallen 2012

You may have missed a very moving ceremony that took place in Strathmere (and much of Cape May County) on Friday, September 28.
In a demonstration of remembrance, teams of active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard runners ran a 172+ mile run from Cape May Point to Holmdel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to honor every New Jersey service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
Every mile, there was a "hero marker" for one of the fallen, where there families could gather and the runners, carrying three flags, would pause in their honor.
A "wall", similar to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, preceded the runners. Here is the "Hero Marker".

The Honor and Remember Flag... The runners stop and present the flags to American Legion

Here are the same runners approaching a hero marker at 55th Street in Ocean City.

More info on this event is available here.


Remember to follow and "like" us (click the "Thumbs Up" box ) on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Strathmere-Improvement-Association-SIA/184810134906201
You'll get an early look at lots of things going on in Strathmere...


Upcoming Events - mark your calendars:
**Dune Grass Planting, the beach at Seacliff, Saturday, October 6, 10:00 am
**Schiavo Library "Meet the Author" Session (Laura DeLuca), Saturday, October 6,  12:00 Noon
**SFEC Meeting and Environmental Presentation, Saturday, October 6, 4:00 pm
**USPS Meeting Wednesday, October 24, 6:00 pm
**SFEC Meeting Saturday, November 10, 4:00 pm

**Strathmere Community Christmas Party, Saturday, December 8, 6:00 pm

**SFEC Meeting Saturday, December 15, 4:00 pm
Let us know of additions or corrections!

And again, check out Carol Baker's wonderful Strathmere History website at http://www.strathmere.net/


Have you paid your SIA Dues for 2012? Tempus fugits!
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 Rides...
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.

You can contact us by responding to this e-mail at sia6@comcast.net or by mailing SIA at PO Box 57.


Thanks for Celebrating 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

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