Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Newsletter 6 19 2012 - Banners; Yard Sale; Shetler Tourney; Slocum Service; Meet the Author; Flounder Tourney; SIA Sales; No Parking Areas; Calendar

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

Our Centennial Banners are up!

The SIA planned and purchased two Centennial Banners, and last Sunday Dick Omrod, Herb Hollinger, Paul Geib and Ed DiMarcantonio erected them, so that they can be seen equally well from each direction. Great job!

**We need to place our order for tables, for our annual SIA Community Yard Sale at the Firehouse from 8:00 am to noon on Saturday morning, June 30.  If you are interested in a table (just $15), now is the time to e-mail Linda at  or call Janet Mahley at 856-423-5543 to be sure you have one!

**The Annual Jane Shetler Women's Fishing Tournament was held last Saturday, June 16. Jane was a very special Strathmere lady. The event was quite successful. Pictures can be seen here -

The General Slocum Memorial Service was held on the Strathmere beach on Friday, June 15.
In addition to honoring the 1021 people who lost their lives in that tragedy, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary uses the occasion to promote safe boating - a very big deal here in Strathmere. Pictures of the service can be seen here -

**This Thursday, June 21, the Shiavo Library will hold a "Meet the Author" discussion and book signing session with Doreen McGettigan, author of BRISTOL bOYS STOMP, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

**The SFEC Annual Flounder Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 30. If you register by this Friday, June 22, you'll get a free tournament tee shirt. Details here -

Speaking of tee shirts, people seem really delighted with our Centennial tee shirts - they've been selling like crazy! The SIA will continue to sell tee shirts and bike raffle tickets and accept dues payments at the Post Office and/or The Old Shack on weekend mornings.
Adult shirts are $15; youth sizes are $10. We are temporarily out of sizes 3XL and 2XL, but more are on the way!

The back of the shirt was taken from a circa 1912 postcard showing the West Jersey Cottage, Annex, train station and other cottages on what is now West Winthrop.


First prize in the raffle (drawing August 10) will be our Centennial Cruiser and second prize will be two tickets to the Phils - Nationals game August 24. Tickets are just $2.00 each or three for $5.00.

Shirts and raffle tickets may also be purchased at 212 Bayview Drive. Call 263-6846 first...

**The Township has been repainting the yellow no-parking areas and curbs at the street corners in town.
These areas are not reserved for you and your friends! The Fire Company asked that these areas be painted so that they can get the fire trucks around the corners in the event of an emergency.
Please don't park in the yellow-striped areas!

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You'll get an early look at things like the Centennial Banners, and exclusive looks at things like the dolphins swimming in the bay on Fathers' Day...

Upcoming Events - mark your calendars:

**Book Signing and Discussion, Schiavo Library, Thursday, June 21, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Doreen McGettigan, author of BRISTOL bOYS STOMP

**SIA Community Yard Sale, 8:00 am to noon, Saturday Morning, June 30 at the Firehouse

**SFEC Flounder Tournament, Saturday, June 30

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

**SFEC and Schiavo Library Environmental Events, July 10 and 12 (Library), 14 (Firehouse).

**July 10, 7:00 pm: Wetlands "Traveling Turtles" and Terrapin release at the boatramp

**July 12, 7:00 pm: Marine Mammal Stranding Center Presentation

**July 14, Osprey Presentation

**SIA Meeting Friday, July 13, 8:00 pm. Joe LaRosa, author of Our Perfect Storm, will talk about the March, 1962 storm.

**CFSWB 4th Annual Community Auction at the Firehouse, Saturday, July 21, 6:00 pm

**SFEC Summer Social Saturday, July 28

**SIA Meeting Friday, August 10, 8:00 pm - Auction for the Centennial Cruiser bike!

**Kayak Races Saturday, August 11. Check UTBP website when updated for more information:

**Centennial Trolley Tours, sponsored by the SIA, Saturday, August 11 (details to follow)

**"Nightmare in Strathmere" Boat Parade, 6:30, Saturday, August 18

**Kids' Surf Fishing Tournament, Saturday, September 1, 9:00 am

**SIA Meeting Friday, September 14, 8:00 pm Ask the Experts. A panel of local builders, plumbers and craftsmen will be on hand to answer questions and offer tips for summer homeowners planning to close up for the winter.

**Last day of Flounder Season, Friday, September 28

**Services at the Strathmere United Methodist Church every Sunday to September 30: 9:15 Hymn Sing; 9:30 Service.

Let us know of additions or corrections!

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

The Strathmere Improvement Association includes all owners in Strathmere and Whale Beach and many visitors. It was founded over 60 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.

The SIA is keeping the annual dues at $10 per adult family member. The dues and the fund raisers provide for the Fourth of July Parade and our share of the Christmas Party. We have also donated money to help pay for extra State Police protection.
NOTE: Since most of you never formally "signed up" as members, obviously we cannot "force" you to pay dues, which are really more like (non-deductible) donations anyway.
If you don't pay, we will still keep you on our newsletter distribution. The only penalty will be that you can't vote in our (mostly uncontested) elections!
Nevertheless, we really hope you see enough value in our projects and enjoy the newsletters enough so that you'll contribute $10 per adult family member. Thanks!
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 at  or by mailing SIA at PO Box 57.

Celebrate Our Strathmere Centennial!    1912 - 2012

Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!
Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Dorothy Addario
Ken Weaver


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