Sunday, December 13, 2015

Strathmere Christmas party photos from the SIA

The Strathmere Improvement Association
Merry Christmas  
What a wonderful night at the annual Christmas party. Santa's appearance topped off a night of fun with neighbors, friends and Strathmere families. In addition to the Deauville's buffet dinner, we enjoyed Ed Andress's famous chowder and delicious desserts brought by party goers. Thanks to the SIA and the SVFC for their sponsorship and especially to Santa's helpers: Donna Diefenderfer and Lyn Tettemer. More pictures can be viewed by clicking on the link:

(The photos are in the Christmas Party file, top left!)
PS We miss you Ken and Jessica Weaver! Merry Christmas.
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Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Schiavo Library: December 2015 Newsletter Holidays Are For Giving

Schiavo Library: December 2015 Newsletter:  Holidays Are For Giving

Two special happenings for December: 
*Our gift to you - Free DVD rentals for the month of December
*Your gift to others - Food Collection: this winter we will collect canned goods for our local food banks; bring something in when you visit; everything is appreciated but especially peanut butter, soups and other nutritious basics

Thursday Movie Matinees (1:00pm)
December 3: A Christmas Wish
December 10: Last Holiday with Queen Latifah

Christmas at the Library:
The tree is going up and there’ll be gifts under it. Come in and choose a book or DVD to take home and share. Our way of saying THANKS for your support all year round!

New Christmas Titles:
If you would like some light reading for the holiday, you can find these new books in our library:

Coming Soon: A Survey:
Do you have some great ideas about how our library can better serve our patrons? Well, you’ll have your chance to express those when our survey is sent out this winter. We need to keep improving – you can help!

Holiday Hours:
Our schedule for the holidays:
Open Dec. 22 & 23
Closed Dec. 24 & 25
Open Dec. 26 (Saturday)
Closed Dec. 29 – Jan. 1
Open Jan. 2 (Saturday) Regular schedule resumes on Jan. 5

Happy Holidays!
Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Strathmere Improvement Association November 10


Strathmere Improvement Association
November 10, 2015 

SIA Officers:
Linda Bateman, President
Elaine Holsomback, Vice President
Donna Diefenderfer, Treasurer
Rosemarie Whelan, Secretary

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Yes, we know we haven't even had Thanksgiving yet, and the weather sure doesn't feel like December, but the Christmas party is only a month away. Santa checks his maibox every day to see if you're coming!

Dec. 12th      6 pm Deauville Inn Tix: $25.00; Kids 12& under: $15


Please let Santa's #1 helper Donna,  know if you'll be bringing anyone under 12.* Also, as usual, feel free to bring along a dessert and prepare to savor Ed Andress' world famous chowder, a Strathmere tradition in and of itself!
Mail checks to: SIA, Box 57, Strathmere 08248
*email kids' ages to Donna: or call  215 801-5876

Ticket deadline Dec. 3. ****While tickets are available at the door, we cannot guarantee a present for a child if we don't know in advance.    (And now we're really getting ahead of ourselves-but please don't put your old Christmas tree or any other branches on the dunes!)

IMG_0066.JPG   Township Engineer Paul Dietrich reports that about 380,000 cubic yards of sand were lost during our recent nor’easter. Throughout the beaches about 100-120’ of beach berm was lost. The Army Corp and the DEP will make a decision in the next few weeks about whether they will fill beach before leaving the area, according to Dietrich.

Playground Initiative Nets Results! Your survey input helped!
 Carol Ferguson of the SFEC,  took pix of our badly deteriorated playground, and Karen Mitchell, CFSWB President, spoke at a recent Twp Committe meeting about the playground survey results:

As a result...Within days of the meeting, the rusted chain link fence along the bay was removed, as well as along the sides. New vinyl fence for the bay side is on order. Certified playground mulch will go down,  swings were repaired, and the sink hole filled. A new handicapped swing is on order and will be installed on arrival. Karen thanks the Township for making the playground a "recent priority," but reminds all this "doesn't negate the need for a complete playground makeover."

Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248
United States 

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Schiavo Library: November 2015 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: November 2015 Newsletter

VHS Tapes 
We decided to remove our old VHS tapes from the collection in order to free up more shelf space. If you know of anyone who could use these tapes (thrift shop, nursing home, etc.) please call (609 486-6265) or email Thanks!

Winter Movie Matinees
This year our movie matinees move to Thursdays at 1:00pm. Some suggested titles include: Big Fish, Stardust, A Christmas Wish and Last Holiday. If you have a favorite, stop in and we’ll try to show it

Revised Check-out Periods
For the winter we will extend check-out periods for books (and audio books) to 30 days and for DVD’s to 14 days. And remember, you can always renew by phone.

Membership Cards – A Milestone
The very first membership card for this library was number 8000. We are now on number 8495 and only have 5 cards left. That means that we have processed almost 500 new members in 6 years. WOW! That’s a real accomplishment. Guess it’s time to get more cards printed! And by the way, your membership card is even more valuable than you think. Just show it at these participating independent libraries: Absecon, Atlantic City, Avalon, Linwood, Margate, Ocean City and Northfield; and you can join their library for free.

New Display
Stop in to see our newest display of teapots. Coming soon in the other display case: Christmas memories.

Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Friday, October 09, 2015

Schiavo Library: October 2015 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: October 2015 Newsletter 

Used Book Sale:
Our annual “End of Summer” book sale was another record breaker! We made a profit of $773.90 and had 470 people attend. We stretched it to almost 40 days, but it was worth it. Profit from the book sale funds our book budget so that we can carry the newest bestsellers and book club choices. Thanks again for all the donations.

October is Mystery Month at the Library:
For the month of October we are having a special drawing for a “mystery prize.” Check out a book or DVD and enter to win. Good luck!

Hot Items for the Summer Crowd:
So, what was the most popular book this summer?
It was a tie between The Stranger by Harlan Coben and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
Children’s books: Our Country’s President and Judy Moody Gets Famous.
DVD’s: Gone Girl and The Theory of Everything.
Children’s DVD: The LEGO Movie.

Mah Jongg: Mah Jongg continues here at the library, but on Fridays at 12:30pm. Everyone welcome. Call the library if you need more information: 609 486-6265.

Ghost Stories: If you like ghost stories, we’ve got them. Lots of great local stories. Check them out (if you dare)! Here are a few:

 Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Obituary for Strathmere resident Curt McDaniel


McDANIEL, CURTIS O. - 79, of Strathmere, NJ, passed away on October 04. 
Curt was born in Mason, West Virginia and worked for ALOCA as a Field Advisor for forty years. After retirement he started his own consulting business. Curt was a 32nd Degree Mason and fifty year member of Middleport, Ohio Lodge 363 F.&A.M. He loved traveling and had visited all seven continents. Curt also enjoyed fishing and watching his grandchildren grow up on the beach. Curtis is survived by his daughter Pamela (James) Bowen, his son Courtney (Dawn), and his grandchildren Haley, Hunter and Tyler. He is also survived by his brother Calvin (Marilyn) and his sister Sharon (Carl) Archer and was predeceased by his son Shawn. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Those who wish to honor Curt's memory may make a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Arrangements by The Godfrey Funeral Homes

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Strathmere Improvement Association Nor'easter update, Coming Events and Local News 10/5/2015

Strathmere Improvement Association
Nor'easter update, Coming Events and Local News 10/5/2015
The Sun Returns! See Storm pix:
After several days with extreme winds and high tides, Monday ushered in a blustery, clear day. Bayview was besieged by floods at high tide throughout the storm, making it impassable, but the beaches withstood the pounding. Township Engineer Paul Dietrich said, "We lost an average of 120' of berm width along most of the beach and a little more between Winthrop to extension of Neptune Dr. with a volume loss around 300,000cy. There was no damage to the dunes, dune fence or cross-overs. The Township will be cleaning out the cross- overs in the Spring." He continued, "Considering the severity of the wind and tides and for how long it affected us, I think we did pretty well.There was no scarping of the beach, so the beach absorbed the energy very effectively.  Actually, at Williams Ave there was almost no loss of beach, that was the pivot point for the storm. North of Williams was affected by the Inlet and South of Williams was affected purely by the wind & tides." Will be interesting to see what sand comes back after the winds die down, he also noted.

Star Party this Weekend, plus Strathmere Day at Philly Pops' Christmas Spectacular!

Time table for Star Party-
Saturday, October 10 AND    Sunday, October 11! (Randolph Ave)

Sat: 6:45 pm Telescope viewing of Saturn, 
Constellation Program 7:30pm         

Sun: 6 am (predawn) Telescope viewing of four planets                            


Car Pools forming for Philly Pops
For more info: Check website, email, or call 609 970-0157. Ticket deadline = October 18.

Curt McDaniel, long time Strathmere resident, passes.
 Curt was a year round resident since 1978, a world traveler in his career, who chose Strathmere as his anchor. Curt leaves behind two children and three grandchildren.
 Perhaps you didn't know Curt, but certainly he's waved hello to you from his post on his front porch, the first house on Bayview as you turn the corner at the Deauville.
 Funeral details are pending, with a newspaper notice soon. Check the SIA facebook page in the next few days. Our deepest condolences to Curt's family.

Would you like to see the playground come back to life?

Reminder: If you haven't completed the playground survey yet, please visit the link below:

Newly elected CSWB President Karen Mitchell, and Carol Ferguson head the committee to rebuild the playground.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

STM at Philly Pops, October calendar, Star Party news & SFEC Educ Program!

  Strathmere Improvement AssociatonSeptember 28, 2015      

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Experience the true magic of the season with Philadelphia’s most treasured holiday musical tradition.
Join internationally celebrated conductor David Charles Abell, back by popular demand for the third year, as he leads you through an all-new program of Christmas classics. 
This spectacular lineup of exciting musical arrangements features guest vocalist Lisa Vroman, renowned for her role as Christine in Broadway’s Phantom, over 300 musicians, remarkable choirs, and the ever-popular audience sing-along — as well as some surprises your whole family will enjoy!
Come celebrate the Holiday Season at Verizon Hall!
Strathmere Day at
The Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular!
(and dinner in the city afterwards if you desire!)
Sunday, December 6, 3 pm
                     Show tickets: $33.00 each.
Dinner following at Fratelli's Italian Bistro, 1339 Chestnut Street:Includes: Salad, Choice of entree (from list of six), dessert and non-alcoholic beverage.Tax and gratuity included!
We've reserved a block of tickets in the upper tier at Verizon Hall and have secured a parking discount as well. After the concert, walk a few blocks along Broad St, taking in the holiday lights, and enjoy dinner out on the town. If you don't have time to stay for dinner, we hope you'll still come for the show. Bring along your kids and grandkids! 
For more info: or call Linda Bateman, 609 970-0157.  Carpools are forming, so let us know if you need a ride or would be willing to drive.


SIA Star Party! Twice as many opportunities for viewing the skies!

Derrick Pitts, from The Fels Planetarium at The Franklin Institute, is setting up his telescope on Randolph, Saturday, October 10 @6:45 pm for you to take a peek at Saturn. When darkness fully sets in @7:30 pm, enjoy his narration of the many constellations on view. Bring along a flashlight and chair or blanket.   
Bonus!  The next morning, right before daybreak @ 6 am, Derrick will be back with his telescope and you can view Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Mercury before daybreak! October 11, 6am Randolph                                       

Also on October 10: SFEC Meeting and Educational Program. 4 pm, Firehouse

  October Calendar is ready for viewing. Download at:

Citizens for Strathmere and Whale Beach Annual Meeting: October 3, 10 am Firehouse

Lots on the agenda, including playground discussion and Bayview flooding.


Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248
United States

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Strathmere Improvement Association September 16, 2015

Strathmere Improvement Association       
 September 16, 2015


With great sadness, we're letting you know that Ted Bamford passed away on Monday, September 14. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Ted's family and friends. Services are Friday at St. Joseph's in SIC. 
To view his obituary online:

In other unrelated news: Karen Mitchell and Carol Ferguson are spearheading efforts to rebuild the tot lot on the bay. Please log on to the following survey link to show your support for a new playground, and to offer ideas:


Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248
United States

Obituary for Ted Bamford of Strathmere


BAMFORD EDMUND "TED", 89, of Strathmere, NJ passed away peace-fully on Sept. 14, 2015. 

Ted graduated from Germantown H.S. and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy to defend his country during WW II. After his service he returned home and was employed by Philco Corp. (Ford Motors) where after many company name changes he retired in 1982. 
Ted then left the East Falls section of Phila. to enjoy his retirement in his dream home in the Whale Beach section of Strathmere. As an active member of the community Ted served as a Lieutenant and Treasurer in the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Co., Chairman of the Fire District Board of Commissioners, Member of the Strathmere Improvement Assoc., and as an Usher in St. Joseph's Church. 
Predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Eileen, and sister May Klusman, Ted is survived by his son Ted (Diane), daughter Dawn Valeo (Tony), brother Sidney, Grandchildren Robert (Christie), Jennifer Mason (Rob), Ted (Amy), Caitlin Adams (Greg), Courtney Valeo, Emily Valeo, and eight great grandchildren.

Friends may call on Friday after 9 A.M. in St. Joseph's Church, 44th and Landis Ave. in Sea Isle City, NJ 08243. Funeral Mass at 10 A.M. Interment at Cape May Co. Veterans Cem. 

Contributions may be made to "Strathmere Vol. Fire Co. Memorial Fund", 5 S. Commonwealth Ave., Strathmere, NJ 08248. Memories shared at:
Published on on Sept. 16, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Schiavo Library: September 2015 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: September 2015 Newsletter

Used Book Sale: 
Our sixth annual end of summer book sale is happening now! Come on in for some great buys. The sale goes until September 26th.

New Trends for Relaxing:
This summer we had a program on Meditation and Relaxation given by Marya Small. It was very well received and we hope she’ll be back again next summer – maybe for more than one session.
But if you would like something different to help you relax this winter, you may want to try one of these two new trends: coloring books for adults or Zentangle.
Any book store will have lots of choices of coloring books and of course, you can find them online too. The relaxation is supposed to come while you concentrate on filling in the intricate designs with colored pencils or pens. Zentangle is the art of drawing structured patterns and is supposed to be calming and creative. It’s done with black pens on white paper.
Here are some examples of both:

Summer Wrap-up:
This summer we had a great time at the Terrapin Release Program with 133 attending and many donating towards next year’s program. The Family Scavenger Hunt turned into a super competition between 2 families. Lots of laughs! Hope you had a great summer, too!!

September News: 
*September is “Amnesty Month.” NO FINES are collected for overdue books!
*September returns to normal off season hours – NO Thursday evening hours.
*Mah Jongg continues here on Wednesdays at 10:00am. Come in and join the players!

 Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Monday, August 10, 2015

SIA meeting, Phils game, Historic Talk and Nightmare in Strathmere news

  August 9, 2015

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Contact info:
Larry & Michele Dubs
5536 Central Ave
Ocean City NJ 08226


The Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company is going to the Phils' game and wants you to ride along....
Email Larry Dubs with questions.

*August 18, $40.00 includes bus and ticket to the game, section 316, 1st base side
Time - approximate 5:00 pick up at the Fire House

Note: The bus will have a restroom, also you may bring food and beverage of your choice on the bus w/ coolers.


2015 Nightmare in Strathmere       August 29, 2015

   One of the biggest nights in town is almost upon us! The SFEC invites all to participate in Nightmare by decorating your home, deck or boat. Shirts on sale at Riordian Realty or along the bay at Hollingers'.

Visit the SIA website for pix, calendar and general info:

Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248
United States

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Schiavo Library: August 2015 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: August 2015 Newsletter 

Meditation Program Coming soon!! 
Need to relax or learn to relax? Come to our Meditation and Relaxation program on August 26 10-11 am. Marya Small will share her secrets to this important life skill. Join us!

Drawing Contest & Photography Contest
It’s not too late for children to enter our “Let’s Make a Garden” drawing contest. We also have a photography contest for teens: “Your Favorite Garden.” Stop in the library for more information.

End of Summer Used Book Sale
Our next book sale will begin on Sept. 4 and continue until at least Sept. 26th. We’ve been collecting donations all summer. Save the date!

Murder, She Wrote? 
There’s still time this summer for some fun light reading. If you like mysteries, you’ll love our newest novels from the “Modern Mavens of Murder” *

 *according to AARP Magazine 

Enjoy the Rest of Your Summer!
Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Found doggie in Strathmere

This little doggie was found lost in Strathmere during the thunderstorm today (Tuesday 7/21) 
Do you know her or her owner?
She is currently at 9 Whittier in Strathmere. Please help get her back to her people

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Schiavo Library: July 2015 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: July 2015 Newsletter

Summer Events in July:
Don’t miss: Terrapin Release Program – July 16 6:00pm (in our parking lot)
Movie Night for Kids – July 23 6:00pm “Song of the Sea”
Family Scavenger Hunt – July 30 7:00pm (sign up at the library)

For Adults: Weekly Morning Lecture Series – Wednesday 10:30-11:00am

Our Summer Hours will be 10-4pm Tuesday – Saturday and an additional 4-8pm on Thursday evenings. The Thursday evenings are also when we schedule our special events.

Used Book Sale:
Our SIXTH annual “Welcome Summer” Used Book Sale is over. Wow, what a great book sale! Because of the additional sale of some antique books, we had a record-breaking profit of $735.90. Thank you for the great donations all winter long. See you again in the fall for our next sale: September 4th – Sept. 26th.

Kid’s Craft Night – Wednesday 6:00-6:45pm
Please join Melissa on Wednesday evenings for this fun program. She has lots of exciting projects planned for the kids.

This summer we have two new raffles:
1. Movie Night Basket (full of DVDs and movie popcorn & candy) Just $1.00 a ticket
2. Antique Book Raffle (choose one favorite book from our collection of “Rare & Antique Books”) Just $1.00 a ticket

 Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Strathmere Improvement Association Calendar of Events

Be sure the check out the Strathmere Improvement Association's brand new website, including a monthly calendar of events in Strathmere -

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Comcast Network’s 'Breakfast on Broad' broadcasting from The Deauville & Uncle Bill's 7/3

Jillian Mele, host of The Comcast Network’s Breakfast on Broad, morning sports talk show is going to broadcast live from the Deauville Inn, Uncle Bob’s Pancake House from 6 a.m. until 8 a.m. on Friday, July 3.  Jillian appearance is part of our  “BOB at the Beach,” which will see Jillian hit up various breakfast hot spots along the Jersey Shore all summer long. 

If you are not familiar with Breakfast on Broad, here is the link to the show’s website.

Channel guide on where to watch The Comcast Network - 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Weather Forces Cancellation of Star Party 6/20

Weather Forces Cancellation  of Star Party

While Derrick Pitts is a firm believer that the show must go on, we also need the heavens to be visible for that to happen. Tomorrow night’s forecast is for heavy clouds and rain. Therefore, we’re forced to postpone the Star Party until a future date.

We’ll let you know when calendars are compared.

Meanwhile, Derrick will still be in town Saturday night, and if by chance there’s a bit of a clearing, he’ll be out on the beach at Randolph after dark happy to talk about the heavens.
The pipe’s been taken away, the beach is graded, so if there’s a break in the clouds, stroll on by.

Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248
United States

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The Strathmere Improvement Association - June

Castaway Lounge Kicks Off Its Season This Saturday!
The Castaway Lounge is featuring local musicians for its 2015 series. More from Ella: We are pleased to announce that our first concert of the year will feature singer songwriter Andrew Jude ( from Sea Isle) and friend. Please join us on Saturday night, June 13 at 8:45 for a great evening! As always, BYOB - see you soon !!!     207 Bayview, Strathmere

Join us for the SIA Star Party!
The Strathmere Improvement Association (SIA) invites you to celebrate the Summer Solstice under the stars on Randolph Ave. Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer of The Franklin Institute's Fels Planetarium, will guide us on a trip across the heavens. Bring a beach chair or blanket, (and maybe a flashlight for walking) and join us at:       8:45 pm, June 20, Randolph Ave                        Proudly underwriten by the SIA.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Dues are Due!
If you haven't already done so, please pay your SIA dues of $10.00 per adult. Your contribution gives you a vote at SIA meetings and underwrites the cost of numerous community activities such as the Star Party, and coming in July and August, respectively, our own version of Antiques Roadshow and a presentation from the Marine Mammal Stranding Ctr. Past events have included the Centennial Trolley Tour and the Beach Party.  
The SIA also co-sponsors (and contributes financially to) the annual Christmas Party and the July 4th Parade. Please mail a check payable to SIA, Box 57, Strathmere, 08248. Visitors, residents and friends of SIA are welcome as members.

Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming Dates
June 20 -Star Party, 8:45                               August 14-SIA Meeting, Stranding Ctr
July 4th-Parade, 9:30 Registration             August 29-Nightmare!
July 10-SIA meeting, Antiques Night

Hats and Bags for sale: or 609 970-0157