Monday, January 20, 2014

SIA Newsletter 1 19 2014 - No Holiday Trash Collection (or Mail); January Pictures; Township Committee Reorganization; Websites

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
Happy Martin Luther King Day (tomorrow)!
As we’ve said many times, there is no trash collection on a holiday. The Township makes an exception to this for the two “in-season” holidays, Memorial Day and Labor Day (and July 4 if it falls on a Sunday or Monday), and does trash and recycling collection on those days as if there were no holiday.
So, trash will not be collected until Tuesday, January 21, and you will have to hold your recycling until Monday, January 27.
The Post Office will be closed tomorrow also.
The trash and recycling information is on the Township’s website, here.
Strathmere is treated differently for Bulk Trash (furniture, etc. but not construction materials). The Township picks up our bulk trash on every regular trash collection day (usually Monday). The exception to this is that metal, electronics and mixed ridged plastics will only be picked up on the first Wednesday of each month, but must be called in (609-628-2011 ext. 352) by the previous Friday. 
If you follow us on Facebook, you’ve seen all these pictures of our wintry January.
These are pictures from January 3:

Two by Greg Bennett:

Lost some beach here..


These two by Ken Weaver:

Butch and Debbie Vandegrift’s back porch (facing Whittier):

Pix of the bay by Ken Weaver:

In addition to the snow on January 3, the lingering effects of the new moon and a northeast wind brought “minor tidal flooding” to Bayview Drive.

Then we had a really cold spell on January 7 and 8 (down to 6 degrees with 25 mph winds... 
These pictures are all from January 8
By Greg Bennett - frozen waves on the beach:

The bay was frozen almost all the way across...
By Ken Weaver

Many folks had frozen pipes during this period, and now, we’re bracing another stretch of cold!
Upper Township continues to improve their website to make it more useful. It includes videos of Township Committee meetings, trash collection info and much more.
We have two new Committeemen, John Coggins and Hobie Young.

The Township site also hosts our Fire Commission Website, at a new URL address. If you’d like to see where your Fire District property tax money goes, the information is all there.
Check these sites out and save them!
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 (the January pictures above were there first)!


Upcoming Events - please add to your calendars:
Fire Commission Elections at the Firehouse, 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday, February 15
SFEC Winter Social at the Deauville Inn, 6:00 pm Saturday, February 22
Let us know of additions or corrections!
Again, check out Carol Baker's wonderful Strathmere History website at, and her blog at
You can also see the beach and ocean from the Octagon Webcam.

The Strathmere Improvement Association 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.


Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!
Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Rosemarie Whelan
Ken Weaver

Friday, January 10, 2014

Schiavo Library: January 2014 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: January 2014 Newsletter

Craft Table: ”MakerSpace” is the newest buzzword in library circles. It’s a place in a library where patrons can experiment with technology and create something. The newest popular technology involves a 3D printer. We don’t have one of those, but we’ve created our own creative space. It’s a little more old-fashioned – we’re calling it the “Craft Table.” Please come in and try a new craft this winter. And if you have a special craft that you’d like to share, bring it in – we’ve got the “space.”

New Titles:
These bestsellers have just arrived at the library:

Note from the Director:
I’ll be on vacation for the month of February again this year. The library will be run by my able assistants, Melissa & Jessica, with normal winter hours : Tuesday through Saturday 10-4pm or 9-3pm.

Christine Rohrman, Library Director


Thursday, January 02, 2014

The Strathmere Festival Orchestra To Perform the Music of Brahms

The Strathmere Festival Orchestra
 To Perform the Music of Brahms

On Friday, January 24

Concert Features
Guest Soloist David Oei performing Piano Concerto No. 2

The Strathmere Festival Orchestra will open its 2014 season with the music of Johannes Brahms in a performance at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, at the Church of Saint Joseph in Greenwich Village, New York City. The orchestra will perform two of the composer’s most popular works: “Symphony No. 2” and the “Piano Concerto No. 2.”

The guest soloist the piano concerto, considered by many to be a demanding work for the pianist, will be David Oei. Currently a member of the Elysium Chamber Ensemble, Mr. Oei has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony. His television credits include appearances on CBS News Sunday Morning and the Today Show. A perennial fixture on the New York City chamber music scene, he has made numerous guest appearances with the Audubon Quartet, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, St. Luke’s and Orpheus Chamber Ensembles and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Comprised of more than 30 professional musicians from the metropolitan region, the Strathmere Festival Orchestra is under the direction of Per Brevig, a Norwegian born musician who was the principal trombonist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Maestro Brevig has been attracting attention internationally as a conductor for almost 20 years. He is affiliated with the Aspen Music Festival, Julliard, Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, and with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder of the Edvard Grieg Society and is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes.


The Church of Saint Joseph is located at 371 Sixth Avenue on the corner of Washington Place.  Admission at the door is $30.00 for adults and $20.00 for students and seniors. For more information, visit