Thursday, September 19, 2013

SIA Newsletter 9 18 2013

SIA Newsletter 9 18 2013 - Town Meeting 9/28 on New FEMA Maps; Used Book Sale; Reef Tourney; Webcam; Bayberry Planting; Kids' Tourney; Big Tuna; Sandbar Wedding; Help Derek; No Dune Dumping; Calendar

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

Town Meeting on New "Preliminary" FEMA Maps Saturday, September 28:  As we announced last month, 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" to see your house.
Paul Dietrich, Upper Township Engineer, will hold a Strathmere Town Meeting at 4:30, Saturday, September 28 at the Firehouse to discuss the new maps and what they mean to us. The meeting is sponsored jointly by the SIA and the CFSWB.
Paul will also discuss the new trash and recycling collection procedures coming in 2014.
Paul will work individually with homeowners wanting clarification on whether to raise a home and by how much...
Schiavo Library Used Book Sale:

The Library's used book sale continues through this Saturday, September 21. Let’s continue to make this a big fundraiser – come out and buy lots of great books!
Nice story here in the Press of AC on the Library and the booksale (pictures of Joanie and Christine).
Also on Saturday will be the SFEC's Reef Tournament. More details here.

 Ed Tettemer wants everyone to know that the Beach Webcam at the Octagon is back up and running and you can check out the Randolph Road beach here: 
Add it to your "favorites"
The SFEC is sponsoring a Bayberry and Beach Plum "planting event" for Strathmere on Saturday, October 12.
Please plan to spend part of that long weekend doing something for the Strathmere environment. More details to follow.
That same day, at 4:00pm, the SFEC will hold their annual Environmental Presentation (open to all) following their regular meeting.
The SFEC Kids' Surf Tournament was held on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend.
It was a huge success, with 194 kids registered for the 10th Annual Kids' Fishing Tournament.
Thanks to My Wife's Rod and Reel Repair Shop and donations "In Memory of Olley Twist", the kids all received a free tee shirt.
Also, thanks to sponsors, there were also free bloodworms, fishing rigs and sinkers for all 194 kids, and various prizes awarded.

The fishing winners were as follows;

Olivia Nickel, age 5, bluefish 13.5";
Matt Pisacane, age 13, kingfish 12";
Max Cogan age 12, kingfish 12".



Jimmy Callahan was just past the age limit for the Surf Tournament above, but check out this 259 pound bigeye tuna he caught on August 26!

He says he's caught much heavier fish, but this is the strongest fish he ever fought.

One hour and 10 minutes on 50 lb. tackle.

On September 7, we were treated to the sight of a Sandbar Wedding!
Angelo and Cathy Dunkerley tied the knot across the bay...

And then headed back to Twisties to celebrate!


Again, 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.
To all who paid your 2013 SIA dues - Thank You!!
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:
Schiavo Booksale continues until Saturday, September 21
SFEC Reef Tournament, Saturday, September 21
Town Meeting with Township Engineer Paul Dietrich, 4:30 pm Saturday, September 28
SFEC-Sponsored Beachplum and Bayberry Planting, Saturday, October 12
SFEC Meeting & Environmental Program (Open to All), 4:00 pm Saturday, October 12
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.
Dues payments may be sent 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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