Friday, May 10, 2013

SIA Newsletter 5 10 2013 - The Old Shack Is Open; Restaurants; Recycling; Book Sale; Mahjong; Lost & Found; Walkers; Flounder Seminar; USPS; SURF

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

 In our recent listing of restaurants' opening dates, we neglected to point out that the "Old Shack" opened the first weekend in May. Please stop in!

 La Fontana Del Mare is now open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and both Twisties and Uncle Bill's will be opening this weekend. Also, the Deauville Inn has now returned to a seven-day schedule.

 Here is a nice article on Mildred's that appeared in the April 9 edition of the Press of Atlantic City.


Hopefully, most homeowners who were affected by Sandy have now had the opportunity to check out their property. If you had flooding in (or under) your home and haven't had the wiring checked by an electrician, please do so to avoid a fire!


"Single Stream" Recycling - Cape May County has installed equipment that will permit all recycling products to be mixed together by residents. While the Township has not yet revised their website to reflect this, they have provided the attached pamphlet for your Strathmere refrigerator. They have begun collecting comingled recyclables.

You can find info on trash and recycling collection schedules here.


The Schiavo Library is holding its annual “Welcome Summer” Used Book Sale. The dates are Thursday, May 23 through June 8. The library is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and located at 801 South Commonwealth Avenue. They’ve been collecting donations all winter long and have HUNDREDS of books! There are books for everyone – novels, nonfiction, paperback and children’s books as well as magazines, CDs and VHS tapes. All books and  media are very reasonably priced ($.25 to $1.00) Everyone is welcome to stop in and shop! For more information please call the library at (609) 486-6265 or check the website at strathmere

A group of Strathmere women is forming to learn and play Mahjong at the Schiavo library, and dates have been chosen for the mahjong group’s first lessons:

Friday: June 14th 9-10am
Monday: June 17th 9-10am
Friday: June 21st 9-10am

The group is meeting at the library before opening hours. They'll take advantage of the “quiet” time to learn this interesting game. If you’d like to join them, call or email the library.

Lost and Found:
Found - The dock box we pictured has been restored to its owners.
Still lost - A recycling container identical to this one, and the brown matching lids for both - lost in the March Nor'easter.


Some residents are interested in starting a “Walking Group.” It will be open to anyone who would like to walk as a form of exercise or socialization, and will be a loosely formed group that will meet at 21 Williams Road at 8:15 AM daily, starting Memorial Day weekend. Everyone is welcome. There are no rules or requirements. The starting date is Saturday, May 25th @ 8:15 AM. Some suggested names are the "Ludlum Steppers" or the "Corson Crawlers", but the name has not been finalized...


Free Flounder Fishing Seminar by Bill "Bucktail Willie" Shillingford at Whale Creek Marina this Saturday, May 11th at 9:00AM. There will be free coffee and donuts and some of the best fishing advice available for all who attend.


Postal Hours Changing - We are sorry to report that the USPS has announced it will not honor the wishes of Strathmere residents, and will institute four-hour (only) window service from 12:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday beginning Monday, May 20. Boxes will be available in the mornings, though that day's mail will not be sorted and available until around 1:30. Thanks to those of you who wrote to elected officials attempting to have the Postal Service honor our request for morning hours.


SURF - The SURF treasury is quite low but committee members are still seeking information on anyone who has suffered damage and is in need of some help - especially as folks open up after the storm. Email: . Donations of cash and gift cards are welcome and deductible. Checks should be made payable to Strathmere United Methodist Church, and mailed to SURF, PO Box 49, Strathmere, NJ 08248

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Upcoming Events - please mark your calendars:

SFEC Surf Fishing Tournament, Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11
Flounder Seminar at Whale Creek, 9:00am Saturday, May 10
SFEC Herb Hollinger, Sr Opening Day Flounder Tournament, Saturday, May 18
Schiavo Library Used Book Sale, May 23 to June 8
Walking Group begins strutting out from 21 Williams at 8:15, Saturday, May 25
Mahjong begins at the Schiavo Library at 9:00am, Friday, June 4
Strathmere Fourth of July Parade, 10:30am, Thursday, July 4
SIA Meeting, 8:00pm, Friday, July 12 (time & date tentative)
SIA Meeting, 8:00pm, Friday, August (time & date tentative)
Nightmare in Strathmere Boat Parade, 6:30pm, Saturday, August 24
Last Day of Flounder Season Sunday, September 27

Let us know of additions or corrections!
Our February 11, 2013 Newsletter on flood zones and flood insurance has been posted on the new Upper Township website here (under General Information... Announcements... Super Storm Sandy). We suggest you make the website location one of your "favorites" or "bookmarks", as you'll probably want to refer to it as the BFE / FIRM saga continues to unfold...
And once again, 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 in 1951 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.
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, Strathmere 08248.


Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!


Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Rosemarie Whelan
Ken Weaver

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