Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday Cassie Andress!

Cassie Andress Fox celebrated her 80th birthday back on March 28th of this year, by visiting the beach in Strathmere with her daughter Sandy Fox Hall. Cassie Andress, along with her brother Ed, were both born in their family's Bayview home in Strathmere.
Daughter Sandy sent the photo and said "I couldn't have thought of a better place to go then where she grew up and I had spent so much of my time."

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Strathmere Improvement Association - May 24th 2011 Newsletter

To all Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors:

In this issue: Memorial Day Weekend Is Coming!
Book Sale and Citizens' Meeting Scheduled
SIA Meeting Schedule; Calendar of Upcoming Events; Babysitting; Dues Are Due

We had a taste of summer in Strathmere on Tuesday as the temperature went up to 83 or so. The weekend looks great, with temperatures again close to 80, mostly clear, marred only by the threat of a thundershower or two each day.
Please remember the reason for Monday's Holiday - to honor those in the military who gave their lives in the service of our country. Please fly your flag and take some time to remember and honor those who fell.

On a more mundane note, both trash and recycling will be picked up Monday morning.

We're sending this newsletter by e-mail to as many of you as possible. This year we do not expect to send postcards, although the SIA officers will meet this Friday to finalize that and other decisions.

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 10, July 8, August 12 and September 9. The June meeting will once again be a wine and cheese tasting event!

Upcoming Events (mark your calendars):
*Used book sale at the Schiavo Library, May 26 to June 4 - and check out all the new books!

*Citizens for Strathmere & Whale Beach Meeting, 11:00 am, Saturday, May 28 at the Firehouse

*Services at the Strathmere United Methodist Church begin this Sunday May 29 and every Sunday to September 25: 9:15 Hymn Sing; 9:30 Service. The new minister is the Rev. Jack Howard.His wife Linda is the organist. Please come and say, "Hello".

*Trash and Recycling will be picked up on Monday morning May 30 (Memorial Day)

*Lifeguards begin in Strathmere on Saturday, June 4

*Strathmere Ensemble Concert at the new Sea Isle City Bandshell at 8:00 pm Saturday, June 4

*SIA Meeting Friday, June 10, 8:00 pm - please come share wine (some beer too?) and cheese with us!

*SFEC Flounder Tournament, Saturday, June 25

*Fourth of July Parade: Monday July 4, 9:30am - Registration; 10:00 - Judging; 10:30am - Parade Starts

*SIA Meeting Friday, July 8, 8:00 pm

*Jane Shetler Women's Fishing Tournament and SFEC Summer Social Dinner Saturday, July 9

*CFSWB Community Auction at the Firehouse, Saturday, July 23

*SIA Meeting Friday, August 12, 8:00 pm

*Kayak Races Saturday, August 13 (date tentative). Check UTBP website when updated for confirmation:

*"Nightmare in Strathmere" Boat Parade, 6:30, Saturday, August 27

*Kids' Surf Fishing Tournament, Saturday, September 3, 9:00 am

*SIA Meeting Friday, September 9, 8:00 pm

*Last day of Flounder Season, Sunday, September 25

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

Babysitting: We had a member ask for the names of babysitters and we made that request in a previous newsletter. We have received the names of several potential babysitters and will provide that information upon request. Just reply to

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 Strathmere caps ($15) and visors ($12). Strathmere "stuff" may be purchased at 212 Bayview Drive.
Dues are due at $10 annually per adult. The dues and the fund raisers provide for the Fourth of July Parade and our share of the Star Party and Christmas Party. We have 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 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  or by mailing SIA at PO Box 57.

Thanks to all for your continuing support!

Butch Vandegrift - President
Linda Bateman -Vice-President
Donna Diefenderfer - Treasurer
Dorothy Addario - Recording Secretary
Ken Weaver - Corresponding Secretary

Friday, May 06, 2011

Strathmere Improvement Association Newsletter - May 5, 2011

In this issue: Strathmere Is Coming Back to Life (More Openings); Flounder Season Starts Saturday (NJ Registration Required)


In addition to those openings we mentioned (below) last week, Stephanie wants everyone to know that the Old Shack will be open weekends starting this Saturday. The Whale Creek Marina has been open right along, and Frank's Boats will also open Saturday for the start of Flounder Season.

We are seeing lots of signs of the approaching summer season. Frank's boats are in the water; almost all of the trailers are back; the Deauville is now open seven days a week; Mildred's is open three days; Twistie's and Uncle Bill's will open Mothers' Day weekend; and La Fontana, which is having a new septic system installed, is hoping to open Mothers' Day weekend (they are also opening a new restaurant at 50th Street in Sea Isle).

As you may have seen here on the Strathmere Blog, the Strathmere Motel has been sold and is undergoing extensive renovations with plans to reopen in May.


Speaking of Flounder Season, the DEP Commissioner signed new regulations April 29, and the season runs from May 7 until September 25 with a limit of 8 fish at a minimum of 18 inches in length. The season is more than a month and half longer than last year when the limit was 6 fish per day.


If you do plan to fish in New Jersey tidal waters (the bay or the ocean) this year (and are 16 or older), be advised that NJ recently implemented the free NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program (NJSRRP). Prior to going out fishing you need to register with the NJSRRP. Registration is only available online at . This program was established to exempt NJ anglers and for-hire vessels from registering with the federal survey and the $15.00 fee now associated with that registry.

Note: those who previously registered with the federal program or have a valid fishing license from another exempted state are still required to register with NJ's program.

The DEP's new regulation indicates that any person in violation of not being registered with the state of New Jersey, or failure to have their registry card in possession may be liable for a penalty of not less than $300 or more than $3,000 for the first offense, and not less than $500 or more than $5,000 for any subsequent offense.

We doubt that there will be stringent enforcement at first, but registering is fast, easy and free, so go ahead and do it and don't take any chances! Just go to   The page there includes information on who must register. Don't forget to print out your registration card!


The Strathmere Improvement Association includes all owners in Strathmere and Whale Beach and many visitors. 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.

Once again, thanks for your continuing support!

Butch Vandegrift - President
Linda Bateman -Vice-President
Donna Diefenderfer - Treasurer
Dorothy Addario - Recording Secretary
Ken Weaver - Corresponding Secretary

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Schiavo Library: May 2011 Newsletter

May Events:
Our main event in May is the USED BOOK SALE which will start on May 26 and go through June 4. We have a great selection of books – hardbound, paperback and children’s. Stop in, browse and buy!!

Think Green:
Even though Earth Day is past, here are some great websites for Earth day or any day:  (cool global footprint calculator)  (check out their live camera on a nearby osprey nest)

A magazine with advice about living green is Natural Home -
A book to help you live green: Ed Begley, Jr.’s 'Guide to Sustainable Living'
And JUST FOR FUN read 'Earth' by Jon Stewart

Baseball season is here! Thanks to a local resident, we’re featuring a new display of signed pictures of players and signed baseballs from various teams. It’s a great collection – stop in and see.

Summer Programs:
We’re adding some new programs this summer: a Lego Club for children, a teen summer reading program and game night, Book Bingo, a summer movie series and craft classes for adults, and a local authors’ night (date TBA). We’ll still have our popular programs from last year. Brochures will be available at the end of May or beginning of June.
Star Volunteer:

In honor of National Library Week, Marion Ingram was recognized as a Star Volunteer and her photo was featured on the National Library Workers Day website of the ALA. Congratulations and many thanks Marion!

Christine Rohrman, Library Director