Thursday, April 19, 2012

Strathmere Residents - Public Works Information - 2012

Strathmere Residents - Public Works Information - 2012

Condensed from the Upper Township Website:

Note that regular collection of both Trash and Recycling will occur on the following holiday weekend Mondays:
May 28 (Memorial Day) and September 3 (Labor Day)

On October 8 (Columbus Day Weekend), and November 12 (Veterans’ Day) there will be no pickup. Trash will be picked up on October 9 and November 13 but recycling must be held until the following week.

Trash and Recycling Collection Requirements
Household Trash must be in a sealed watertight container (trash can with lid) and placed at the curb prior to 6:00 a.m. on Mondays (our collection day). Trash containers must be in good condition and have a minimum capacity of 20 gallons and a maximum capacity of 45 gallons. The containers must have removable lids, external handles, and must weigh 50 pounds or less when full. Non-conforming containers will be tagged with orange condemned notices, and a letter will be hand delivered by the Sanitation Inspector with an explanation of the violation, and what is required to correct the violation.

Recycling Materials must also be placed at the curb by 6:00 a.m. on Mondays. Recycling containers must comply with the same requirements as trash containers.

Recycling Materials must be handled in the following manner:

CLEAR, BROWN and GREEN GLASS bottles and jars, ALUMINUM cans, STEEL [TIN] cans, including empty aerosol cans*, and PLASTIC bottles and jugs** must be placed in a recycling container for collection. They only want empty, clean household products containers.

*Empty Aerosol Cans from household products only! NO PAINT CANS of any type.

**Empty Plastic Household Containers must have a #1 through #7 Recycling Symbol on them.

NEWSPAPERS (with inserts), MAGAZINES, CORRUGATED CARDBOARD*, OFFICE PAPER, JUNK MAIL, and BROWN PAPER BAGS must be placed in a recycling container, a brown paper bag or a corrugated cardboard box for collection. Shredded paper may be placed in clear plastic bags for identification and collection. Styrofoam and plastic wrap must be removed from cardboard boxes prior to collection.

*Corrugated cardboard is brown in color and has a layer of corrugation between the inside and outside layers. Only this type of cardboard can be recycled. Not to be recycled are the following paper products: pizza boxes, white or gray chipboard boxes (cereal boxes, clothing boxes, tissue boxes, shiny beer boxes, shiny soda boxes, etc.), paper towels, cardboard tubes, paper plates, plastic coated boxes or tissue paper or gift wrapping paper of any kind.


Mixed Rigid Plastics are collected for recycling. These plastics are collected the day following the scheduled bulk trash collections (see below). These include plastic buckets, laundry baskets, crates, trashcans, lawn and patio furniture, toys, playhouses, coolers, shelving, flowerpots, car bumpers and plastic parts, bed liners, and five-gallon water bottles.

Electronics are collected for recycling. They are collected either late during the day of bulk collections or on the day following the scheduled bulk trash collections. All TV’s, computer monitors and computer accessories, VCR’s, fax machines, telephones and phone systems, electric typewriters and word processors, CD players, and cell phones are now designated recycling materials.

Used Motor Oil and Used Anti-Freeze must be placed in a one-gallon plastic container with a screw-on lid (water jug, milk jug, anti-freeze jug, detergent jug etc.) Place the one-gallon plastic containers of used motor oil and anti-freeze next to your commingled recycling materials for collection.

Used Motor Oil and Used Anti-Freeze will not be collected unless handled as described above!

PLEASE REMEMBER that the way you put out trash and recycling materials for collection has a direct effect on your Strathmere and Whale Beach neighborhood! Loose trash and recycling materials can be blown all over the place. If you do not use cans with lids for your trash it can be spread by seagulls.

Bulk Waste Schedule 2012:
April 2
May 7
June 4
July 2
August 6
September 10
October 15
November 5
December 3

HOUSEHOLD BULK WASTE: carpets, furniture, appliances and other large household items are collected on the days indicated by the schedule above. You MUST CALL 628-2011, Ext 6 to arrange for pickup prior to the collection date. Please make every effort to call prior to the weekend before the collection because of the limited space on the Township answering machine.

BULK WASTE ITEMS MUST BE AT THE CURB BY 6:00 A.M. THE DAY OF COLLECTION. All DOORS must be removed from refrigerators and freezers.

No building materials or construction debris will be collected. Also, no wooden fencing, railroad ties, pallets, landscaping timbers, or scrap wood will be collected. No gas tanks, fuel tanks or propane tanks will be collected, nor will paints or any other types of hazardous materials.

The disposal of the materials not collected is the responsibility of the resident, homeowner or contractor.

Used Clothing Recycling Requirements
Clean, folded and bagged USED CLOTHING, USED SHOES and HANDBAGS [in good condition] can be delivered to the Upper Township Road Department at 1691 Mount Pleasant Road, Tuckahoe from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. five [5] days per week. The items are to be placed in the USED CLOTHING SHED to the left of the main entrance gate. The used materials are picked up by the Goodwill of Southern New Jersey to be reused.
To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

Attached is corrected information on recycling. A few years ago, Upper Township widened their collection policy for plastic containers from the recycling numbers 1 or 2 on them to all containers with recycling numbers from 1 to 7. The attachment to our 3/31/12 newsletter missed that change. We are also attaching the Yard Debris info sent then, which has no changes. We hope you will save them in a folder for when you need them and print copies out for your Strathmere and Whale Beach bulletin board or refrigerator...

If you make it a point to be in town for Nightmare in Strathmere, please note it will be two weekends prior to Labor Day this year.
Last year, Hurricane Irene forced its postponement, which made it the same day as the Kids' Surf Fishing Tournament. To avoid that happening again, the Board of the SFEC, which sponsors Nightmare, moved this year's date to August 18. Mark your calendars now!

If you are a US Military Veteran with a primary residence in Cape May County, the County is offering a special Veteran's ID Card for you to secure many discounts offered by stores, restaurants and service providers. Information on the program is here. You can get your card at the County Clerk's Office in Cape May Courthouse, and this Saturday, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm, there will be a Veterans' Open House at the American Legion Post 524, 3304 Bay Avenue in Ocean City, where you can get your card and other info for veterans. Just bring your driver's license and DD-214 or Honorable Discharge papers. A list of discounts can be found here, and the list continues to grow. Very nice!

If you or your family go 'way back in Strathmere, or even you don't, you may be interested in data now available from the 1940 Census. You can find the Strathmere pages, 24 to 27 of the Upper Township info, here. We recommend you set the "View, Zoom" feature on your browser to 50% to see the most of the pages (although if you do that, it's hard to see the "Next" or "Prev" page selection in the upper right hand corner).

The Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club (SFEC), will be having their April Meeting at the Firehouse this Saturday at 4:00 pm.

Celebrate Our Strathmere Centennial!  1912 - 2012

Thanks again for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!

Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Dorothy Addario
Ken Weaver

Yard Debris and Brush – Collection Regulations for Strathmere & Upper Township

Yard Debris and Brush – Collection Regulations

Grass clippings, leaves, brush and other yard debris will be collected if put out as prescribed below. These must be placed at the curb early Monday morning - the same time as the trash. They will not be picked up then, but the driver will call in the location and they will be picked up by Tuesday.

Note that no debris from tree removal or lot clearing will be collected.

Grass clippings, leaves and other yard debris must be placed in paper compost bags or reusable containers. The reusable compost containers must comply with the same requirements as the trash and recycling containers, and must have removable lids, external handles, a minimum capacity of 20 gallons and a maximum capacity of 45 gallons, and not weigh over 50 pounds when full. The paper compost bags (these are available at Home Depot, etc) must only be filled to a capacity that will allow a single collection crewmember to lift and load the bags without spillage.


Brush, resulting from residential tree trimming and pruning, must be placed at the curb in a neat pile with the larger ends facing the street in order to be collected. Brush must also be placed at the curb early Mondays as above, and shall be placed 10’ from the curb or edge of pavement. It will not be collected during November and December.

Loose leaves will be collected from April 1 to April 29 and November 15 to December 31. Leaves must be placed at the shoulder of your street or road in long rows, not large piles, for collection.


You must keep the leaf piles a minimum of 10 feet from any storm drain inlet. The Township will only collect rows of loose leaves that are free of sticks and other debris. If your piles contain sticks and other debris they will not be collected until the debris is removed.

Tree Trimming Program Requirements.

Township of Upper’s ordinance #11-1983 requires Township Residents to maintain any plant life within ten feet of any street or roadway and within twenty-five feet of the intersection of any two streets or roadways. Any plant life [trees, shrubs, bushes, hedges etc.] bordering any streets, roadways or sidewalks must be trimmed to allow safe passage of vehicles and pedestrians. Intersections must be trimmed to allow clear sight of all traffic signs [stop signs] and approaching vehicles. A Township Official will notify anyone in violation of the ordinance and they will be given ten days to correct the problem. If the violation is not corrected the Township will authorize the work to be completed and the property owner will be billed accordingly.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Schiavo Library: April 2012 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: April 2012 Newsletter

One Hundred Years Ago (1912):
Thanks to everyone who sent in an entry for our contest – “Strathmere is the best town because….” We will continue the contest into April, so it’s not too late to email us - or drop off your ideas here at the library. Winners will be announced in May.


National Library Week (April 8 – 14, 2012):
For National Library Workers Day, April 10, I’ve nominated Jessica as a “Star Assistant.” I’m sure that you would agree that she’s an essential part of our library.


Save the Date – May Used Book Sale:
We will soon be gearing up for our annual Spring Used Book Sale. Plan to join us – we’ve got lots of books – hardbound and paperback. Here are the dates:  May 25 – June 9, 2012

Summer Programs:
Yes, summer is just around the corner. If you have any ideas for a program for children or adults, please let me know by email. Ideas can come from anywhere. Yesterday I attended a reception for the State Librarian, Norma Blake, at the Cape May Courthouse Library. And one of their librarians shared a new idea for a program for children – “Preschool Dance Party.” It sounds like fun- we’ll give it a try.


Some of our Newest Titles:

  • The Descendants
  • Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
  • The Help
  • J. Edgar
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Money ball


DVDs for children:
  • Adventures of Tintin
  • Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2
  • Hugo


Christine Rohrman, Library Director