Wednesday, August 28, 2013

SIA Newsletter 8 28 2013 - New FEMA Maps; Barbecue Tonight; Surf Tourney Saturday; Used Book Sale; Nightmare; Help Derek; Dune Dumping; No More Caps or Visors; Calendar

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
NEW FEMA MAPS:  As posted on the SIA Facebook page yesterday, it looks like almost all of Strathmere and Whale Beach dodged the bullet and ended up in the "A" (AE) Zones instead of the dreaded "V" Zone.
After you zoom in to Strathmere on the map, click on "Basemap", then "Imagery".
You'll see that we are mostly in the AE9 or AE10 Zone. Remember, as explained in our February Newsletter on Floodmaps, these new maps use a different "datum", which means that the new AE10 is 1.28 feet higher than the current A10 Zone.
We will update that newsletter as more information becomes available.
Tonight is the "Barbecue by the Bay" at the Deauville Beach House 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 (includes drinks!).
Please come out and support the SVFC!!!
This Saturday morning, August 31, is the annual SFEC Kids' Surf Tournament for all kids 17 years and younger.
It's at the Prescott Road Beach
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!
An adult must accompany children under 12.  NO BARE FEET!!!
There is also a raffle (must be present to win)
If you don't have kids or grandchildren, come watch - it's great fun!
Here are a few pictures from last year:
We've had several queries about the availability of the Nighmare tee shirts.
The SFEC sold out of all adult 2013 Nightmare shirts, but has two youth size medium and 17 Nightmare coffee mugs left ($10).
They also have two 2012 green nightmare shirts ($10), 15 2013 Tuna Tournament shirts ($15), and lots of the 2013 "annual shirts" ($20 long sleeves; $15 short).
All will be available at the Kids' Surf Tournament Saturday morning.
Schiavo Library Used Book Sale:

The Library's next book sale will start on September 6th – the Friday after Labor Day Weekend. Let’s make this a great fundraiser – come out and buy bags full of great books!
Past Event: 
Saturday was, of course, Nightmare in Strathmere.
It was a beautiful evening - making the sun so bright it was extremely difficult to see or get good pictures of the Boat Parade.
We'll post pictures of the winners here, but many, many more will soon be posted on the SFEC website.
Here is the winning House on the Bay, "Nightmarish Mishaps":
And here is the winning House off the bay, "Terrapin Station":
And finally, here's the winning boat, "Strathmere, the Island of Misfit Toys":
Again, the SFEC website will soon have pictures of all the boats and houses and also the awards.
We'd be remiss if we did not mention the wonderful "open house" party Saturday night on South Bayview.
It was marred slightly by your faithful correspondent's clumsy collision of his shin with some metal steps.
Thirteen stitches later, we're on the mend, and in a few weeks will be good as new...
Please remember the story of Derek Schall, nephew of Stephanie (Schall) Muller, who runs the Old Shack.
Derek needs our help, and hopefully you read his story and will pitch in (to the Derek Albert Schall Fund at Wells Fargo Bank, 250 Blair Mill Road, Horsham, PA 19044).
And a repeated request - please 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.
The Township Engineer tells us it is prohibited under a Township Ordinance and is considered littering (Sec 24-4.1b) and is punishable with a fine of $500 - $1000.
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.
They will be available at tonight's barbecue!
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 sold out of both the Strathmere caps and visors. 
Thanks for your support!
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:
**Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company Barbecue, 6:00pm, Wednesday August 28
**Kids' Surf Fishing Tournament, Saturday Morning, August 31
**Schiavo Library Used Book Sale Begins Friday, September 6
**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!
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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