Wednesday, August 21, 2013

SIA Newsletter 8 20 2013 - Beach Plum Talk Thursday; Nightmare Saturday; Barbecue; Surf Tourney; SIA Meeting; Kayak Festival; Star Party; Tuna Classic; Don't Dump on the Dunes; Picture Frames; Visors; Calendar

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

 This is a big week in Strathmere!

 Thursday evening at 7:00pm at the Schiavo Library, there will be a "Beach Plum Talk"
Joe Alvarez from the Beach Plum Society will bring plants and discuss the restoration of the beach plum at the shore.
The beach plum is a deciduous shrub and in its natural sand dune habitat grows 4-7 feet high, although it can grow larger when cultivated in gardens.
It is salt-tolerant and cold-hardy. It prefers the full sun and well-drained soil. The fruit ripens in August and early September.
Want to help bring beach plums back to the Jersey shore? Come to the Library Thursday and find out what you can do.
Then on Saturday at 6:30pm is a huge event  - our Nightmare in Strathmere Boat Parade, sponsored by the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club.
Nightmare is not just for boaters - there are also awards for decorated houses both on and off the bay!

to get you in the mood!


Finish up your theme this week and register your boat, house or dock at (the old) Corson's Marina (Bayview & Putnam) at 7:00pm this Friday evening.
If you can't make the Friday sign-up, you can still register at the raffle table at Twisties on Saturday.
All who register will receive a 2013 Nightmare Mug (a collector's item).
Another collector's item is the 2013 Nightmare Tee Shirt.
You can purchase it at Herb Hollinger's (across from the Corson's Marina) and at Twisties on Saturday.

Don't hesitate - every year they sell out!

Those high-up vacationers on the back of the shirt are enjoying the only dry spot in Strathmere (remember - it's Nightmare)!
 Nightmare in Strathmere is the SFEC's biggest fund-raiser of the year - by selling tee shirts and also tickets for their post-parade raffle.
Raffle tickets will be on sale outside of Twisties from noon Saturday until just before the parade. 
Watch the parade - leaving the boat ramp at 6:30 pm.
Awards and the raffle will be at the Deauville Beach Bar at 9:00 pm. 
Don't forget  the Barbecue at the Deauville Beach House on Wednesday, August 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
This is a fundraiser for the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company and the cost per person will be $25.00.
The annual SFEC Kids' Surf Tournament for all kids 17 years and younger will be held on the morning of August 31.
Registration begins at 7:30; fishing is from 9:00 to 11:00.
Bring your own rod, reel and equipment. Please use pyramid weights - not round ones.
Registered children will receive bait, a tee shirt (while supplies last), hot dogs and a drink.
All free - compliments of the SFEC and their sponsors (so buy tee shirts and raffle tix this week)!
An adult must accompany children under 12.  NO BARE FEET!!!
Past Events: 
Our second and last SIA meeting of 2013 was held on August 9. A copy of the minutes is attached.
Priscilla Bergus Laurence awarded (pure) silver dollars to Brian and C.J. Furey and John and Matt Pond  as prizes from the Bergus Scholarship Fund.

A nice crowd attended for the meeting and to hear our program speakers.

Valerie Watson, from NJ Hope and Healing, Mike McMahon, from the McMahon Agency and John Halbruner from the Hyland Design Group
all spoke very knowledgably and were quite interesting.

An "ice cream social" followed the program.
The UTBP held their annual Kayak Festival on August 10.  Lots of fun to watch!


The Citizens for Strathmere and Whale Beach sponsored a Star Party last Friday Evening, August 16.
The stars did not make an appearance, but Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia,gave a wonderful talk on the moon and the night skies.
If you missed it, you'll definitely want to make it next time!


The Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club held the awards barbecue for their Tuna Classic on Saturday, August 17.
Here's the winning tuna catch, a 207.5 pound bigeye caught at the Washington Canyon

There are pictures of the other catches and the awards on the SFEC website here -
A request - to "improve" Strathmere - don't dump anything on the dunes!
There is an "urban legend" (seashore legend?) that dumping Christmas trees and/or brush on the dunes will catch sand, thus building the dunes up and providing more protection from ocean storms. This, like many legends, has proven to be false. Dumping on the dunes kills the natural dune grass and vegetation, and hurts much more than it helps.
In a sandy dune system, that decomposing vegetative material prevents beach grass and other "good" dune vegetation from growing properly.
Also, it is prohibited under a Township Ordinance and is considered littering (Sec 24-4.1b) and is punishable with a fine of $500 - $1000.
Here is Upper Township's information on picking up trash, recycling and yard debris -  
Please don't dump anything on our beach or dunes!
Those neat "Strathmere Picture Frames" are still available.
Karen Mitchell donated them as a fundraiser for the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company.
For only $20, you get a set of two black leather frames. One holds a 3.5"x5" picture, and the other holds a 4"x6" picture.
The frames are stitched in white and have "Strathmere" written on the frame in blue lettering. All of the proceeds go to the SVFC!
These are great memory makers, stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, shower presents, etc.. Put your family and friends' Strathmere photos in your Strathmere frame!
Call Karen Mitchell at 609-231-6000 or stop by 21 Williams Road to buy your frames.
If you've paid your 2013 SIA dues - Thank You!! 
If you haven't paid your SIA dues yet, we ask you to please do so.
Info on dues is at the end of this newsletter.
The SIA has sold out of the Strathmere caps, but we still have a few visors left for $10 each.
They are available at 212 Bayview Drive (609-263-6846). Get several - for yourself and for gifts - to help the SIA!
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:
Beach Plum Talk at Schiavo Library, 7:00 pm Thursday, August 22
Nightmare in Strathmere Boat Parade, 6:30pm, Saturday, August 24
Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company Barbecue, 6:00pm, Wednesday August 28
Kids' Surf Fishing Tournament, Saturday Morning, August 31
SFEC Meeting, 5:00pm, Saturday, September 7
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 is 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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