Thursday, August 14, 2014

SIA Newsletter 8/13/14

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

The next three Saturdays each have an event that Strathmerians eagerly look forward to:
*August 16: The UTBP Kayak Festival
*August 23: The SFEC Nightmare in Strathmere Boat Parade
*August 30: The SFEC Kids’ Surf Tournament
And then – Labor Day will come and go and for many, it will be back to school and work and Strathmere will fade away like Brigadoon...

This Saturday, the lifeguards will hold their annual Kayak Festival.
It will begin with a 5K run at 8:00 am, continuing with races beginning at 10:30.
As noted below, registration will be at the Station at Williams Road, but the events will be at the Vincent Road Beach.

To help publicize the event, the Weather Team from Channel 6 will be at the Vincent Road beach tomorrow (Thursday), setting up around 2:30 pm.
They will broadcast live for two shows, the last being around 6:20 pm.
They’d appreciate a large crowd, so come on down and get on the evening news!


Also tomorrow, at 6:00 pm, the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe in Marmora will conduct a mass on the Willard Road beach to celebrate the Feast Day of their patron saint.
There will be entertainment beginning at 5:00 pm. 
More information may be found in their church bulletin here.


On Saturday, August 23, the SFEC will hold the annual Nightmare in Strathmere boat parade.
The Boat Parade will begin at 6:30; awards and the raffle will be at the Deauville Beach House at 9:00 pm.
This is their biggest fund raiser of the year, and allows them to conduct such things as the Turtle Release and the Kids’ Surf Fishing Tournament.
Please support them by buying raffle tickets and tee shirts (available at Bayview and Putnam and at Twisties on the 23rd).
Nightmare is not just for folks on the bay! If you have a theme you couldn’t use in the rain on July 4, use it to decorate your house for Nightmare!
Plaques will be awarded in three categories: Boats, Houses on the Bay and Houses off the Bay.


The following Saturday, August 30 (Labor Day Weekend), the SFEC will hold its annual Kids’ Surf Fishing Tournament.
It’s on the Putnam Street Beach from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and it is free!
The kids have a ball, and it’s a great spectator sport also.
Come on out and watch.


The SIA Meeting Friday night was quite interesting. 
We had a nice crowd. Priscilla Bergus Laurence presented Eagle Silver Dollar awards to our four Strathmere Scholars: John and Matt Pond, and CJ and Brian Furey. The boys each thanked both the Bergus family and the SIA.

Ella Diamond showed us how to use the Automated External Defibrillator (AED), recently donated to the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company.
In the previous week, it had already been used to save a life in Strathmere. 
Ella did a great job explaining it. More information is available here.

Following the meeting, Ted Kingston, Mike McNally and Rachel Burcaw displayed their photographs and gave us tips on how to take better pictures.


On Saturday, the SIA held their Family Beach Party.
Jim Maher again displayed his versatility, playing music everyone enjoyed. 
Elaine Holsomback, SIA VP and Chairperson of the Beach Party, welcomed the crowd and then organized the children’s games.


Between the SIA Meeting and the Beach Party, we sold out of our snowy owl suncatchers. Our thanks to all who purchased them!


Following the beach party, Ella’s Castaway Lounge held its third and final concert of the season, featuring singer / songwriter Matthew Foster Moore. Super music, and another big crowd on Bayview Drive! Thanks Ella! 

The Upper Township 9 – 10 year old Little League team finished their run in Rhode Island by winning the Regional Championship! Congratulations, Champs!
That’s as far as they can go – only the 11 –12 year olds have a national championship (in Williamsport).  Coverage is in the Press of AC here.


Last week we showed pictures of the dangerous condition at the entrance to the State Park (the Point) on Commonwealth extended. This week the State closed it off.
You can access the Point at Seacliff or beach entrances to the south (except at high tide).

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Upcoming Events - please mark your calendars:
*UTBP Kayak / SUP Festival, Saturday, August 16
*SFEC Nightmare in Strathmere Boat Parade, 6:30 pm, Saturday, August 23
*SVFC Fund-Raising Barbecue, Thursday, August 28, 6:00 pm
*SFEC Kids’ Surf Tournament, Saturday, August 30, 9:00 to 11:00 am
*Last Day of Flounder Season Saturday, September 27
Services at the Strathmere United Methodist Church every Sunday until October: 9:15 Hymn Sing; 9:30 Service.

Let us know of additions or corrections!


The Strathmere Improvement Association invites all owners, renters and vacationers in Strathmere and Whale Beach to join as dues paying members. The SIA was founded in 1951 as a community organization with the simple objective of making Strathmere a better place. We work to preserve our town’s “hometown feeling” and to keep lines of communication open within town, and with local government.
We are proud of the organization's many accomplishments over the years, including sponsorship of 2012 Centennial activities, taking on a key organizing and leadership role in Strathmere and Whale Beach relief efforts after Sandy, and hosting an annual community beach party and concert. Additionally, the July and August SIA meetings feature programs of interest to vacationers and homeowners.
Your dues allow us to continue to co-sponsor the Christmas Party and the Fourth of July Parade, as well as the above mentioned activities.
Once again, we are keeping annual dues to $10 per adult family member. Please send your dues payments 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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