Friday, September 27, 2013

SIA Newsletter 9 26 2013 - Town Meeting This Saturday on New FEMA Maps; Bayberry and Beach Plum Planting 10/12; Reef Tourney Results; Webcam; Like Us on Facebook!; Calendar

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

Paul Dietrich, Upper Township Engineer, will lead a Strathmere Town Meeting at 4:30 this Saturday, September 28 at the Firehouse to discuss the new FEMA maps and what they mean to us. He will have paper copies of the maps.
The meeting is sponsored by the Strathmere Improvement Association.
Paul will also discuss the new trash and recycling collection procedures coming in 2014, talk about our next beach replenishment, and answer other questions regarding Township issues.
If you bring an elevation certificate for your house, following the meeting Paul will work individually with you if you'd like clarification on how much you would have to raise your house to be in compliance with the new base flood elevation and Township ordinances and to reduce flood insurance premiums. Remember, unless you are rebuilding or doing major remodeling, you do not have to raise your house.
Again, as we announced last month, it looks like almost all of Strathmere and Whale Beach dodged the bullet and ended up in the "A" (AE) Zones instead of the "V" Zone.
 Prior to the meeting, you may want to review the new maps here:

After you zoom in to Strathmere on the map, click on "Basemap", then "Imagery" to see your house and the flood zone boundaries.


Please plan to be in town also for Columbus Day Weekend.
That Saturday, October 12, is the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club's "Environmental Day".
The Club invites Whale Beach & Strathmere residents to join them in planting
Beach Plums & Bayberry bushes at 10 am at Randolph Road and the beach (rain date October 13 at noon).
Please bring a shovel and gloves if you can.
In addition, the SFEC requests all to join them for a special presentation by the
American Littoral Society that afternoon at 4 PM at the Firehouse.
Refreshments will be served following the discussion.


Last Saturday was the SFEC's Reef Tournament. Pictures of the winners may be found here.




 Ed Tettemer wants everyone to know that the Beach Webcam at the Octagon is back up and running and you can check out the Randolph Road beach here: 
Add it to your "favorites".


To all who paid your 2013 SIA dues - Thank You!!

Remember to follow and "like" the SIA (click the "Thumbs Up" box ) on Facebook:
You'll get an early look at lots of things going on in Strathmere!


Upcoming Events - please add to your calendars:

**Town Meeting at the Firehouse with Township Engineer Paul Dietrich, 4:30 pm Saturday, September 28

**SFEC-Sponsored Beachplum and Bayberry Planting, 10 am Saturday, October 12
**SFEC Meeting & Environmental Program (open to all), 4:00 pm Saturday, October 12
**Last services of the year at the Strathmere United Methodist Church this Sunday, September 29: 9:15 Hymn Sing; 9:30 Service.

Let us know of additions or corrections!


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.
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 by Sandy.
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.

Dues payments may be sent 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  by mailing SIA at PO Box 57.


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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