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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
SIA Newsletter 8 20 2013 - Beach Plum Talk Thursday; Nightmare Saturday; Barbecue; Surf Tourney; SIA Meeting; Kayak Festival; Star Party; Tuna Classic; Don't Dump on the Dunes; Picture Frames; Visors; Calendar
To All Strathmere
and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
This is a big week in
Thursday evening at 7:00pm
at the Schiavo Library, there will be a
Joe Alvarez from the Beach Plum Society will bring
plants and discuss the restoration of the beach plum at the shore.
The beach plum is a deciduous shrub and in
its natural sand dune habitat grows 4-7 feet high, although it can grow larger
when cultivated in gardens.
It is salt-tolerant and cold-hardy. It prefers the full sun and
well-drained soil. The fruit ripens in August and early
Want to help bring beach plums back to the Jersey shore? Come to the Library
Thursday and find out what you can do.
Then on Saturday at
6:30pm is a huge event - our Nightmare in Strathmere Boat
Parade, sponsored by the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental
Nightmare is not just for boaters - there are also awards for decorated
houses both on and off the bay!
A request - to "improve" Strathmere - don't dump
anything on the dunes!
There is an "urban legend" (seashore legend?) that dumping
Christmas trees and/or brush on the dunes will catch sand, thus building the
dunes up and providing more protection from ocean storms. This, like many
legends, has proven to be false. Dumping on the dunes kills the natural dune grass and
vegetation, and hurts much more than it helps.
In a sandy dune system, that
decomposing vegetative material prevents beach grass and other "good" dune
vegetation from growing properly.
Also, it is prohibited under
a Township Ordinance and is considered littering (Sec 24-4.1b) and is
punishable with a fine of $500 - $1000.
Our February 11, 2013 Newsletter on
flood zones and flood insurance is posted on the 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...
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
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 conducted a number of Centennial events last year, and also donated
money to help pay for extra State Police protection, and to residents affected
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 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
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 email@example.com or by mailing SIA at PO
Thanks very much for your continuing support of
the Strathmere Improvement Association!