Wednesday, October 09, 2013

SIA Newsletter 10 9 2013 - Bayberry and Beach Plum Planting Saturday; No Trash or Recycling Monday; Beach Funding; Christmas Party Changes; Bayview Flooding; Calendar

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

This 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.
Since this Monday is the Columbus Day Holiday, there will be no trash or recycling picked up.
Trash will be picked up on Tuesday, October 15, but the next recycling pickup will be Monday, October 21.
The next bulk trash pickup will be November 4.
A reminder that all of Cape May County went to "single stream" recycling earlier this year.
You can now mix cans, bottles, plastic containers, newspapers and boxes in one container as indicated here:

Large stickers like this are available at the Post Office.


Paul Dietrich clarified that only next year's beach replenishment will be funded 100% by mitigation funds from the Sandy storm.

Subsequent replenishment projects will revert to the formula of 65% federal funding and roughly 26% State and 9% Township funding.




The Strathmere Community Christmas Party will take place on Saturday, December 14, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm and will once again be hosted jointly by the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company and the Strathmere Improvement Association.
This year, however, we've had to make some changes. In a way, our Christmas Party's popularity has forced us into this. Last year, attendance climbed to well over 125 attendees. Not only was it difficult to find a seat for dinner, but the limit for the second floor of the Firehouse is just 75 people. It was, by definition, an unsafe condition and embarrassing to the sponsors.
Since we don't want to limit the number of attendees, we have decided to move the party to a larger location.
This year's party will take place at the Deauville Inn. The Deauville will provide appetizers, a full dinner (menu to follow), (drink tickets for) red and white wine, beer, soda, and water. We'll again ask attendees to bring their favorite desserts to share.
The SVFC and the SIA will subsidize the party with the same amount as in previous years. There will, however, be an admission charge to offset the additional costs.
Tickets purchased in advance will be $15 for adults and children 13 and over, and $5.00 for children from 9 to 12; children eight and under will be free. Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults and still $5 for children 9 to 12 (although Santa may not have gifts ready for latecomers). We think these are very reasonable prices for dinner, drinks, gifts and community camaraderie.
Tickets will be available at the Riordan Real Estate Office or by mail from the SIA at PO Box 57, Strathmere 08248.
Santa would like to start planning and ordering the gifts for children 12 and under as soon as possible. His elves will need the name, age and shirt size of all such children who are planning to attend. Please provide this information as soon as you can by e-mail to, Donna Diefenderfer at or call Donna's cell phone at 215-801-5876.
We look forward to seeing you on December 14!



We've had quite a northeast wind today (Wednesday), resulting in flooding once again on Bayview Drive.
It began to flood at 10:30 this morning and as we write this around 4:30 pm, you still can't get to many homes.

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:
SFEC-Sponsored Beachplum and Bayberry Planting, 10 am Saturday, October 1
SFEC Meeting & Environmental Program (open to all), 4:00 pm Saturday, October 12
Community Christmas Party at the Deauville Inn, 6:00 pm Saturday, December 14
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 kept the 2013 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 in 2012, donated money to help pay for extra State Police protection, and donated 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 or 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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