Thursday, May 30, 2013

Strathmere Festival Orchestra will be playing in NYC

                                The Strathmere Festival Orchestra
 To Perform the Music of Ravel

On Friday, June 14 in Greenwich Village

Concert Features

Guest Soloists Susan Walters and Mayuki Fukuhara

One of New Jersey's top ensembles, the Strathmere Festival Orchestra will conclude its season with the music of Maurice Ravel in a performance at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at the Church of Saint Joseph in Greenwich Village, New York City. The orchestra will perform some of Ravel’s most beloved works including “Le Tombeau de Couperin,” “Pavane pour une infant defunte,” “Ma mere l’Oye Suite,” “Tzigane” and the jazz influenced “Piano Concerto in G major.”

Ravel’s “Piano Concerto” will feature pianist Susan Walters, who has collaborated with such renowned artists as Midori, cellists Peter Wiley and Sharon Robinson, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble and the Mendelssohn String Quartet. She has been a solo pianist with the New York City Ballet since 1997 and is a co-founder of the Golden Isles Chamber Music Festival on the Sea Islands of Georgia.

Violinist Mayuki Fukuhara will be the featured soloist in “Tzigne.” Mr. Fukuhara is a member of the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and is a principal violinist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Collegium and the Brandenburg Ensemble. A founding member of the Strathmere Ensemble, he is also concertmaster of the New York Scandia Symphony.

Based in Strathmere, New Jersey and comprised of more than 30 professional musicians from the region, the Strathmere Festival Orchestra is under the direction of Per Brevig, a Norwegian born musician who was the principal trombonist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Maestro Brevig has been attracting attention internationally as a conductor for almost 20 years. He is affiliated with the Aspen Music Festival, Julliard, Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, and with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder of the Edvard Grieg Society and is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes.

The Church of Saint Joseph is located at 371 Sixth Avenue on the corner of Washington Place.  Admission at the door is $30.00 for adults and $20.00 for students and seniors. For more information, visit

PHOTO: Violinist Mayuki Fukuhara will perform “Tzigne” by Maurice Ravel with the Strathmere Festival Orchestra in an all-Ravel concert on Friday, June 14 at the Church of Saint Joseph in Greenwich Village. Pianist Susan Walters will be featured in the jazz-influenced “Piano Concerto in g minor.” The program will also include “Ma mere l’Oye Suite,” “Pavane pour une infant defunte” and the popular “Le Tombeau de Couperin.” For more information, visit



EDITOR’S NOTE: Photo of Mayuki Fukuhara courtesy of the Friends of Mozart; photo of Susan Walters provided by the artist.  For more information or to arrange interviews, please call Don Jay Smith, 908-832-1020, or email to

Friday, May 10, 2013

SIA Newsletter 5 10 2013 - The Old Shack Is Open; Restaurants; Recycling; Book Sale; Mahjong; Lost & Found; Walkers; Flounder Seminar; USPS; SURF

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

 In our recent listing of restaurants' opening dates, we neglected to point out that the "Old Shack" opened the first weekend in May. Please stop in!

 La Fontana Del Mare is now open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and both Twisties and Uncle Bill's will be opening this weekend. Also, the Deauville Inn has now returned to a seven-day schedule.

 Here is a nice article on Mildred's that appeared in the April 9 edition of the Press of Atlantic City.


Hopefully, most homeowners who were affected by Sandy have now had the opportunity to check out their property. If you had flooding in (or under) your home and haven't had the wiring checked by an electrician, please do so to avoid a fire!


"Single Stream" Recycling - Cape May County has installed equipment that will permit all recycling products to be mixed together by residents. While the Township has not yet revised their website to reflect this, they have provided the attached pamphlet for your Strathmere refrigerator. They have begun collecting comingled recyclables.

You can find info on trash and recycling collection schedules here.


The Schiavo Library is holding its annual “Welcome Summer” Used Book Sale. The dates are Thursday, May 23 through June 8. The library is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and located at 801 South Commonwealth Avenue. They’ve been collecting donations all winter long and have HUNDREDS of books! There are books for everyone – novels, nonfiction, paperback and children’s books as well as magazines, CDs and VHS tapes. All books and  media are very reasonably priced ($.25 to $1.00) Everyone is welcome to stop in and shop! For more information please call the library at (609) 486-6265 or check the website at strathmere

A group of Strathmere women is forming to learn and play Mahjong at the Schiavo library, and dates have been chosen for the mahjong group’s first lessons:

Friday: June 14th 9-10am
Monday: June 17th 9-10am
Friday: June 21st 9-10am

The group is meeting at the library before opening hours. They'll take advantage of the “quiet” time to learn this interesting game. If you’d like to join them, call or email the library.

Lost and Found:
Found - The dock box we pictured has been restored to its owners.
Still lost - A recycling container identical to this one, and the brown matching lids for both - lost in the March Nor'easter.


Some residents are interested in starting a “Walking Group.” It will be open to anyone who would like to walk as a form of exercise or socialization, and will be a loosely formed group that will meet at 21 Williams Road at 8:15 AM daily, starting Memorial Day weekend. Everyone is welcome. There are no rules or requirements. The starting date is Saturday, May 25th @ 8:15 AM. Some suggested names are the "Ludlum Steppers" or the "Corson Crawlers", but the name has not been finalized...


Free Flounder Fishing Seminar by Bill "Bucktail Willie" Shillingford at Whale Creek Marina this Saturday, May 11th at 9:00AM. There will be free coffee and donuts and some of the best fishing advice available for all who attend.


Postal Hours Changing - We are sorry to report that the USPS has announced it will not honor the wishes of Strathmere residents, and will institute four-hour (only) window service from 12:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday beginning Monday, May 20. Boxes will be available in the mornings, though that day's mail will not be sorted and available until around 1:30. Thanks to those of you who wrote to elected officials attempting to have the Postal Service honor our request for morning hours.


SURF - The SURF treasury is quite low but committee members are still seeking information on anyone who has suffered damage and is in need of some help - especially as folks open up after the storm. Email: . Donations of cash and gift cards are welcome and deductible. Checks should be made payable to Strathmere United Methodist Church, and mailed to SURF, PO Box 49, Strathmere, NJ 08248

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

Upcoming Events - please mark your calendars:

SFEC Surf Fishing Tournament, Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11
Flounder Seminar at Whale Creek, 9:00am Saturday, May 10
SFEC Herb Hollinger, Sr Opening Day Flounder Tournament, Saturday, May 18
Schiavo Library Used Book Sale, May 23 to June 8
Walking Group begins strutting out from 21 Williams at 8:15, Saturday, May 25
Mahjong begins at the Schiavo Library at 9:00am, Friday, June 4
Strathmere Fourth of July Parade, 10:30am, Thursday, July 4
SIA Meeting, 8:00pm, Friday, July 12 (time & date tentative)
SIA Meeting, 8:00pm, Friday, August (time & date tentative)
Nightmare in Strathmere Boat Parade, 6:30pm, Saturday, August 24
Last Day of Flounder Season Sunday, September 27

Let us know of additions or corrections!
Our February 11, 2013 Newsletter on flood zones and flood insurance has been posted on the new Upper Township website here (under General Information... Announcements... Super Storm Sandy). We suggest you make the website location one of your "favorites" or "bookmarks", as you'll probably want to refer to it as the BFE / FIRM saga continues to unfold...
And once again, 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 in 1951 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.
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, Strathmere 08248.


Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!


Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Rosemarie Whelan
Ken Weaver

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Schiavo Library: May 2013 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: May 2013 Newsletter

Organic Collection
Thanks to the inspiration and generosity of Karen Mitchell, our library is developing a collection of titles on all things organic and natural. We hope to become a “go-to” place for this type of research. So, if you’re interested in natural landscaping, composting, organic gardening, slow food, etc., stop in and see our book selection and website resource list.

Mahjong Dates
Dates have been chosen for the mahjong group’s first lessons.
They will be:
*Friday: June 14th 9-10am
*Monday: June 17th 9-10am
*Friday: June 21st 9-10am
The group is meeting here at the library before opening hours. They’re going to take advantage of the “quiet” time to learn this interesting game. If you’d like to join them, call or email the library.

Used Book Sale
Our fourth annual “Welcome Summer” Used Book Sale is scheduled for May 24th – June 14th. It looks like it will be a great sale this year – lots of donations, including some hardback fiction in great condition. Our hours are 10-4pm Tuesday – Saturday. Stop in for some bargains!

Some of our newest DVD titles (Oscar Winners, etc.)
Life of Pi, Lincoln, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Skyfall, The Lucky One, Guilt Trip, Parental Guidance, Les Miserables
And still only $1.00 for 3 days rental!

Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Obituary for 'Trader Al' Dick Alliger

ALLIGER, RICHARD JANSEN - of Strathmere. Born June 18, 1934 in Philadelphia, PA, passed away March 26, 2013. Dick Alliger is survived by his two sisters, Joan H. Alliger and Nancy A. Foulke; his niece, Deborah R. Pelham; brothers-in-law, Hugh Foulke and David Foulke.
Dick was a publicist, handling advertising and promotion in radio and print and he created "Panorama Magazine" located in Doylestown, PA. He headed The Upper Township Beach Patrol in Strathmere. And was Public Relations Director for Sea Isle City. Dick was active in political and community affairs starting in Bucks County, PA as a disc jockey at WBUX. He ran political campaigns in Doylestown, PA and supported candidates in South Jersey. Dick's great love was his long running, syndicated radio show, "Make Believe Ballroom" heard up and down the East Coast where he played Big Band Music for his many fans. Over the years, Dick met many of those band leaders and had some great stories to share. He also had a Band in South Jersey that played on the board walk in Ocean City among other places.
Dick had a great sense of humor and always had a good joke to share. He was a fixture in Strathmere and will be sorely missed by his family and many loyal friends.

For condolences to the family,
Published in The Press of Atlantic City on May 5, 2013
There will be a memorial at The Deauville held by his sister on Sat., 5/18/13 1-3 pm