Wednesday, June 13, 2012

SIA Newsletter 6 12 2012 - General Slocum Service; Jane's Tournament; SIA Tee Shirts & Raffle Tix; Yard Sale; Due

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
**This Friday morning, June 15, at 10 am, a memorial service will be held on the Prescott Street beach to remember the victims of the fire aboard the General Slocum that killed over 1000 people on June 15, 1904 in New York Harbor. That ship now lies off the beach of Strathmere.
Please make time to go to the ceremonies, you'll find them very interesting and moving. More information is available here.

**The Annual Jane Shetler Women's Fishing Tournament  will be held on Saturday, June 16.
It is open to all women for a registration fee of just $10. We encourage you to register and cast a line in Jane's honor! Awards and refreshments will be held at the Firehouse at 4:30. Donations accepted to support Ovarian Cancer Research...

The SIA will be selling Centennial tee shirts, raffle tickets and accepting dues payments at the Post Office and/or The Old Shack on weekend mornings. We started selling the tee shirts last weekend and they were a huge hit! Adult shirts are $15; youth sizes are $10.

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...

A nice bicycle was found on West Tecumseh Road over the Memorial Day Weekend.
If you've lost a bike, please call (609) 263-3620 and identify it (it's not the one above).

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We will be holding our annual SIA Community Yard Sale at the Firehouse from 8:00 am to noon on Saturday morning, June 30. Put it on your calendar and come browse the many treasures your neighbors have to offer.

If you are interested in a table ($15), please e-mail Linda at  or call Janet Mahley at 856-423-5543 for more information.

Upcoming Events - mark your calendars:

**Greg Bennett Exhibition now through June 17th at The Soma Gallery 31 Perry Street - Carpenters Square Mall in Cape May.

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

**General Slocum Disaster Memorial Service, Friday June 15, 10:00 am, Prescott Street Beach

**SFEC Jane Shetler Women's Tournament, Saturday, June 16. Awards, refreshments at Firehouse at 4:30. Donations to Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation

**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 Environmental Events, July 10, 12, 14. Various events (including terrapin release at the boat ramp). More to come.

**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

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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