Monday, May 31, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

A message from the Strathmere Improvement Association

To all Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
In this issue: Trash and Yard Debris Info; SIA Meeting Schedule; Upcoming Events; Strathmere Stuff; Dues Are Due

Frank's boats are back in the water - and that means Flounder Season is almost here and summer cannot be far behind!

The Strathmere Improvement Association includes all residents of and many visitors to Strathmere. It was founded over 50 years ago 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.

We're sending this newsletter by e-mail to as many of you as possible. We'll be sending postcards to those for whom we don't have e-mail addresses and pleading with them to give us theirs. We'd like to reduce our postage costs and direct our resources toward - Strathmere Improvement!

We've attached condensed versions of both the Township's trash and recycling information and also the yard debris info. We've tailored it to Strathmere from the Township's website here. We urge everyone to read these carefully (some items may come as a surprise), and then print them out and put them on your refrigerator or somewhere handy. Two things especially: (1) both trash and recycling will be picked up on all Mondays - including holiday weekends - this summer, and (2) please don't put any trash with foodstuffs or other garbage out in plastic bags. Your neighbors don't mind putting away trash cans after you've gone home, but they do mind cleaning up a mess scattered by seagulls! Thank you!

SIA Meeting Schedule - All Are Welcome: We will be meeting at the Firehouse at 8:00 pm on the second Friday of each month; June 11, July 9, August 13 and September 10.

Upcoming Events (mark your calendars):

*Used book sale at the Schiavo Library, May 28 to June 5 - and check out all the new books!
*Twisties Reopens! 12 Noon, Friday, May 28
*Flounder Season opens Saturday, May 29
*Strathmere tee shirts, hats and tote bags for sale at the Post Office, 9:00 to 12:00 Saturday, May 29
*Strathmere Ensemble Concert at the Strathmere Church at 7:00 pm Saturday, May 29
*Citizens for Strathmere & Whale Beach Meeting, 12:00 Noon, Sunday, May 30 at the Firehouse  - You may want to first read the CFSWB "Brief" on Deannexation here - or at the Schiavo Library

*Trash and Recycling picked up on Monday morning May 31 (Memorial Day)
*SIA Meeting June 11, 8:00 pm - please come share wine (some beer too?) and cheese with us!
*SIA-Sponsored Community Yard Sale Saturday, June 26 (Still in the Planning Stage - Watch for Details)
*Fourth of July Parade: Sunday July 4, 10:00am - Registration; 10:30 - Judging; 11:00am - Parade Starts
*SIA Meeting Friday, July 11, 8:00 pm
*Jane Shetler Women's Fishing Tournament and SFEC Summer Social Dinner Saturday, July 10
*CFSWB Community Auction at the Firehouse, Saturday, July 31
*SIA Meeting Friday, August 13, 8:00 pm
*Kayak Races Saturday, August 14(date tentative). Check UTBP website when updated for confirmation:

*"Nightmare in Strathmere" Boat Parade, 6:30, Saturday, August 28
*Kids' Surf Fishing Tournament, Saturday, September 4, 9:00 am
*Strathmere Ensemble Concert at 7:00 pm Saturday, September 4
*Last day of Flounder Season, Monday, September 6 (Labor Day)
*SIA Meeting Friday, September 10, 8:00 pm
*Every Sunday, May 30 to September 26 at the Strathmere United Methodist Church: 9:15 Hymn Sing; 9:30 Service

And at all times, check out Carol Baker's wonderful Strathmere website at

Stock up on Strathmere "Stuff": Last year we offered tee shirts, caps and visors, and sold out of almost everything. This year, we'll again be offering a limited number of Strathmere shirts ($10), caps ($15) and visors ($12). Last year, we did not sell as many children's shirts as expected, so we'll be offering them at half-price ($5). These shirts come in children's extra-small, small, medium, large and adult small (same size as children's large but longer).

Strathmere "stuff" may be purchased from any officer and will be available in front of the Post Office from 9:00 to 12:00 on Saturday, May 29.

Dues are due at $10 annually per adult. The dues and the fund raisers provide for the trash regulations, mailing the post cards, funding the Fourth of July Parade, and our share of the Star Party and Christmas Party. We also donated money to help pay for extra State Police protection. If you have adult children or relatives (or visitors) who visit Strathmere, please forward this message to them - perhaps they'd like to be members and receive these e-mail messages also.

Please send dues payments to SIA at PO Box 57, Strathmere, NJ 08248. Remember to tell us your 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  or by mailing SIA at PO Box 57.

Thanks to all for your continuing support!

Butch Vandegrift - President

Ken Weaver - Vice-President
Donna Diefenderfer - Treasurer
Debbie Vandegrift - Secretary 

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Strathmere Library - May newsletter

Used Book Sale:
Our first used book sale this year will be held over Memorial Day Weekend and the following week: May 28th – June 5th. We will have our large sign out front to remind you! Stop in and see our selection of adult and children’s books, magazines and VHS tapes for sale.

Summer Programs
Our summer programs are now being organized and dates will be announced next month.
Look for:
• Book signing by children’s author – Carol Plum-Ucci
• "Traveling Turtles” program from the Wetlands Institute
• Kids Book and Craft Night
• Storybook Time
• Children’s Movie Morning
• Adult Computer Instruction

Membership Renewal!
Remember, your membership may be up for renewal May 31st. Stop in and renew soon!

Save the Date:
Our First Anniversary Celebration will be on June 25th. Mark your calendar! More information will be available in June.

Strathmere Favorites:
Jessica Weaver recommends: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Shaffer & Barrows, “I have to admit, I initially chose the book because of its title. The book is a series of letters describing the conditions on Guernsey during the German occupation of the Channel Islands in World War II. I laughed at the characters and admired their stoic endurance and heroism.“ (available in Large Print and audio in our library)

Christine Rohrman, Library Director