Friday, September 07, 2012

SIA Newsletter 9 6 2012 - Nightmare in Strathmere Results; CFSWB, SFEC, SIA & USPS Meetings; Cute Pictures; SIA Dues

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

With the Centennial (and many other) events, it has been a busy summer, such that these newsletters have focused on upcoming events and for the most part have not had time to showcase what has already happened.
We want to provide you with the results of the Nightmare in Strathmere Boat Parade, sponsored by the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club.

The three winners are shown in this newsletter, and many more pictures are available on the SFEC website here.
We do not have pictures of all of the decorated docks or of the houses off the bay. If you have any, please send them to
Randy and Ronnie Roash were the Grand Marshalls of this year's parade:
First place among the boats was taken by the Dougherty Family – “The Most Interesting Men Come to Strathmere”

First place for Houses on the Bay (Docks) went to the Jankowskis for "Strathmere Synchronized Sipping Team"

and First Place for Houses Off the Bay went to the Diamonds for "“Zombie Summer Book Club”

Much fun was had by all! Our thanks to the SFEC for this great event!


The Citizens for Strathmere and Whale Beach will hold a meeting this Saturday, September 8, at 10 am on the second floor of the Firehouse.
As usual, all are welcome to attend - not just CFSWB members...


The SIA will hold our September Meeting on Friday evening, September 14, at 8:00 pm.


On Wednesday, October 24, at 6:00 pm at the Firehouse, the US Postal Service will hold a meeting to discuss the future of mail service in Strathmere.

As you know, the growth of internet shopping and video calls and the explosive growth of e-mail have combined to dramatically reduce the quantity of and revenues from First-Class mail. Congress has also required the USPS to do what no private business or government entity is required to do: pre-pay for future retirees' health care.
This combination has caused the USPS to run deficits such that they must make widespread reductions in cost and service. Small offices like Strathmere are among the targets.
A survey will be sent to Strathmere postal patrons, probably next week, asking for your "preferences" with regard to mail service.
Some "preferences" offered might be:
- shorter hours (or fewer days)
- unattended service (open lobby with access to boxes)
- home delivery
etc., etc.
Note that if you select "home delivery", you could possibly be voting to close the Strathmere Post Office (after 100 years) and move its functions to Sea Isle City.
The results of the survey will be used for the discussion on October 24 - and could be used to actually make decisions regarding our post office...


Here are two cute pictures sent to us recently:
Walt & Mary Ann McCormac's three (for now) grandchildren show off their Strathmere sweatshirts.
Left to right:
Matthew Gormley, Jr., Taylor Gormley and Nicholas Melograna


The Joyce and Len Wilson family utilize the SIA Centennial Banner to pose at a family gathering...

Remember to follow and "like" us (click the "Thumbs Up" box ) on Facebook:
You'll get an early look at lots of things going on in Strathmere...

Upcoming Events - mark your calendars:
CFSWB Meeting Saturday, September 8, 10:00 am
SFEC Meeting Saturday, September 8, 5:00 pm
SIA Meeting Friday, September 14, 8:00 pm
Last day of Flounder Season, Friday, September 28
USPS Meeting Wednesday, October 24, 6:00 pm
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 once again, check out Carol Baker's wonderful Strathmere History website at
Have you paid your SIA Dues for 2012?
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 annual dues are $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 also donate money to help pay for extra State Police protection. This year we invested in the Centennial Banners and the Historic Trolley Rides...

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.

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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