Monday, July 15, 2013

SIA Newsletter 7 14 2013 - Life Guard Races Tomorrow (Monday) Evening; SIA Meeting; Strathmere Caps & Visors; Yard Sale; SFEC Tournament; House Going Up; Traveling Turtles; Community Beach Bash; Calendar

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

Our Beach Patrol is hosting the Tri-Resorts (Strathmere, Sea Isle City and Wildwood) Lifeguard Races tomorrow night (Monday).
If you're in town, come to the Prescott Road Beach and enjoy the races!
They begin at 6:15 pm - lots of fun to watch!!



Our SIA July Meeting was held on Friday evening.
 We had a great crowd to hear Herb Hollinger and other speakers talk about Sandy recovery strategies and prevention measures for future storms.

In addition to Herb, our speakers were Bryan Coons, of BZB's Handyman Service,
Dan Barry of Northstar Restoration Services and Mike Minchelli of Citizens Public Adjusters.
All were extremely interesting and contributed greatly to our knowledge.
Here are Mike, Herb, Dan and Bryan.

We held the drawing for the Phillies tickets; Bob Whitelaw and Andy Field were our winners. 
Following the meeting folks enjoyed the wine and cheese and had a chance to ask further questions of our speakers.

A very enjoyable evening. Our second 2013 Meeting will be held on Friday evening, August 9.


If you haven't paid your 2013 SIA dues yet, we ask you to please do so.

Info on dues is at the end of this newsletter.



The SIA continues to sell neat new Strathmere caps ($15) and visors ($10).
They are available at 212 Bayview Drive. Get several - for yourself and for gifts!


Also, the SIA Yard sale will be held at the Firehouse this Saturday morning, July 20 at 8 am. Plan to rent a table - then shop 'til you drop!.

The Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club is currently holding their Tuna Classic, for fishermen who like to venture out into the Atlantic.

Details here.


Guess we'll be seeing more of this. House movers have raised this home (condominiums) at Commonwealth and Seacliff.
Some of us remember when this was "Brownie's" house - Merrit Othello Brown was a Coast Guardsman and then Strathmere's "Constable"...



On July 18, 2013 the Schiavo Library will be hosting a Wetlands Institute program “Traveling Turtles.”
The program is sponsored jointly by the Library and the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club.
It will take place at 6:00pm in the library’s parking lot. This will be followed by a terrapin release at the boat ramp. This is a wonderful program for the whole family and all are welcome to attend. It was a huge hit last year!
The CFSWB Auction previously scheduled for July 27 has been canceled for this year.


Mark your calendar for Saturday evening, August 3. The SIA is planning a Strathmere Community Beach Bash (games and music) for all.
It will be held on the beach between Sumner and Tecumseh from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Old-fashioned children's games (bring a flashlight for the ghost crab hunt) with prizes for the kids!
Music and sing-along by Jim Maher


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 add to your calendars:

Lifeguard Tri-Resort Races at Prescott Beach, 6:15, Monday July 15

SFEC Tuna Classic, July 13 to August 17

Traveling Turtles Program and Release, 6:00pm, Thursday, July 18

SIA Yardsale at the Firehouse, 8:00am, Saturday, July 20

Lifeguard Six-Mile Bay Race for MS, 6:00pm, Monday, July 22

CFSWB Auction at the Firehouse, Saturday, July 27 (Canceled)

SIA Community Beach Bash, Saturday Evening, August 3

SIA Meeting, 8:00pm, Friday, August 9

Lifeguard Kayak Festival, Saturday, August 10

Nightmare in Strathmere Boat Parade, 6:30pm, Saturday, August 24

Kids' Surf Fishing Tournament, Saturday Morning, August 31

Last Day of Flounder Season Sunday, September 27

Services at the Strathmere United Methodist Church every Sunday to September 29: 9:15 Hymn Sing; 9:30 Service.

Let us know of additions or corrections!
Our February 11, 2013 Newsletter on flood zones and flood insurance has been posted on the 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.

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 conducted a number of Centennial events last year, and also donated money to help pay for extra State Police protection, and to residents affected by Sandy.
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 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.



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

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