Monday, August 05, 2013

SIA Newsletter 8 4 2013 - Scavenger Hunt; SIA Meeting Friday; Kayak Festival; Star Party; Barbecue; SIA Community Beach Party Pictures; Picture Frames; Visors - No More Caps; Calendar

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

Coming Up:
On Thursday evening, August 8, at 6:30pm, the Schiavo Library will hold its Family Scavenger Hunt.
This was a big hit last year with the families who participated. You'll have fun!
The next SIA meeting will be this Friday, August 9 at 8pm.
Mike McMahon, from the McMahon Agency, will talk about flood insurance and John Halbruner from the Hyland Design Group will talk about structural options. 
Both are very knowledgable about the FEMA maps, etc.
We'll also raffle off four tickets in great seats to each of two Phillies' games.
We'll have an "ice cream social" following our program.
The Lifeguards will be holding their annual Kayak Festival on Saturday, August 10.
This year they have added a 5k road / beach race at 8:00am.

More details and registration for the 5k -


Local Authors Wanted!
Schiavo Library's Third Annual Authors' Night August 15.

The Library is looking for local authors to display and discuss their books from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

If you are interested in participating, please call the Library Director at (609) 486-6265 or email her at



The Citizens for Strathmere and Whale Beach will sponsor a Star Party at 8:45 on Friday Evening, August 16, on the Randoph Road beach.
Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer for the Franklin Institute, will take us on a journey through the Strathmere skies.
You and your family will be enthralled (telescopes are welcome!).
This is a free event for all Strathmerians, with an optional donation (donations to the CFSWB are welcome, but not necessary).
Rain date will be Saturday, August 17.


Another huge event in Strathmere is our Nightmare in Strathmere Boat Parade, to be held Saturday evening, August 24.
Start thinking of a theme to decorate your boat or your house - either on or off the bay.


Also, add to your calendar 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.



Recent Events:
On Saturday, August 3, the SIA held a Community Beach Party.
We worried all day about the thunderstorms forecast for the evening, but we managed to squeeze the party in with just a few sprinkles. 
SIA VP Elaine Holsomback planned and coordinated the party.
Here Elaine welcomes everyone and explains the events.


Jim Maher provided the entertainment, and did a terrific job.

Elaine had the kids line up to learn which game they would start with...

There was the bean bag toss (SIA Secretary Rosemarie Whelan in charge):

The frisbee toss - SIA President Linda Bateman presiding:

The horeshoe throw, with Jim Holsomback in charge...

and the fourth game was the ring (bracelet) toss, run by Elaine.

The kids got participation prizes from each game.

Then Jim took over, singing songs (often with "crowd accompaniment") that we all knew...

Debbie Vandegrift (former SIA Secretary) joined Jim for a few tunes.

There was a pause for the fiddler crab hunt, but it was largely unsuccessful and devolved into just funtime!

As darkness fell, the singing and companionship continued.

It was a great night!



This evening (Sunday) we had three dolphins swim up and then back out of the bay. Very cool!


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 visors available for $10.
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:

SFEC Tuna Classic July 13 to August 17

Schiavo Library Family Scavenger Hunt, 6:30pm, Thursday, August 8

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

Lifeguard Kayak Festival, Saturday, August 10

Schiavo Library Local Authors' Night, 7:00pm, Thursday August 15

CFSWB Star Party, Friday, August 16,

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

Last Day of Flounder Season Sunday, September 24

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 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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