Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Strathmere Festival Orchestra will present an all-Mozart concert at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28

The Strathmere Festival Orchestra
 To Perform the Music of Mozart

On Friday, February 28

Concert Features

Guest Conductor Michael Feldman and Flutist Barry Crawford


The Strathmere Festival Orchestra will present an all-Mozart concert at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, at the Church of Saint Joseph in Greenwich Village, New York City. The orchestra will perform the Symphony No. 38, Serenade No. 6 K. 239 (“Serenata Notturna”) and two popular flute compositions, the Andante for Flute & Orchestra K. 315 and the Flute Concerto No. 1 K. 313 featuring soloist Barry Crawford.


Barry Crawford is principal flute for the Strathmere Festival Orchestra and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City. Much in demand as a soloist, Mr. Crawford is currently touring with the Brandenburg Ensemble, performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. He is a member of Poetica Musica, Chamberosity, and Ensemble Pi and has soloed with the American Ballet Theater and the Riverside Symphony. He has been a guest soloist at some of the world’s leading concert halls including Boston Symphony Hall, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and the Chicago’s Symphony Center. He appears regularly at internationally recognized music festivals including Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and the Spoleto Festival in Italy.


The concert will also feature guest conductor Michael Feldman, best known as one of the founders of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s where he serves as administrator and occasional conductor.


Comprised of more than 30 professional musicians from the metropolitan region, the Strathmere Festival Orchestra is under the direction of Music Director Per Brevig, a Norwegian born musician who was the principal trombonist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Maestro Brevig is affiliated with the Aspen Music Festival, Julliard, Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, and with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder of the Edvard Grieg Society and is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes.


The Church of Saint Joseph is located at 371 Sixth Avenue on the corner of Washington Place.  Admission at the door is $30.00 for adults and $20.00 for students and seniors. For more information, visit or call 609-338-4820.





SIA Newsletter 2 12 2014 - Fire Commission Elections Saturday; Trash & Recycling Tuesday; Owl; Pax; Revaluation Coming; SVFC Laptops; Like Us!

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

This Saturday, Fire Commission Elections will be held at the Firehouse from 2:00 to 9:00.

You’ll be asked to vote for one commissioner (Randy Roash is running unopposed) and whether or not to approve the 2014 budget adopted by the Commission.

Here is the (new) website for the Strathmere Fire Commission. Here is the 2014 budget you’ll be asked to vote on.

For comparison, here is an article in the Cape May County Herald that allows you to see the budget proposals for all fire districts in the county.

Please come out and
keep those lonely poll workers company!


There will be no trash collection Monday because of Presidents’ Day; it will be collected on Tuesday.
Officially, recycling won’t be collected until the following Monday.
Unofficially, the Township Public Works folks send out a recycling truck for commercial businesses after a Monday holiday and ask the truck to run through Strathmere for the recycling at this (slow) time of year. It doesn’t take long to pick up our recycling and still have time to do the businesses.

So, we can’t guarantee it, but if you put out recycling with your trash on Tuesday, it will likely be collected.

The official trash and recycling information is on the Township’s website, here.

Strathmere is treated differently for Bulk Trash (furniture, etc. but not construction materials). The Township picks up our bulk trash on every regular trash collection day (usually Monday).
The exception to this is that metal, electronics and mixed ridged plastics will only be picked up on the first Wednesday of each month, but must be called in (609-628-2011 ext. 352) by the previous Friday. 


If you follow us on Facebook, you saw that the snowy owl was still here on February 4, at the Whittier Road beach:


As we write this, winter storm Pax (actually not so peaceful) is working its way across the south and will head up the coast toward us tonight.

Considerable snow is forecast for the Philadelphia and New York areas, but it is expected to be mostly a rain event in Strathmere, with perhaps a little snow at the beginning and end of the storm. We are expecting minor tidal flooding, however, so Bayview should be impassable tomorrow morning and perhaps again at the evening high tide.


Upper Township will begin a property revaluation this spring, with inspections set to start as early as April.
 Here is the story in the Upper Township Gazette.

The Fire Commission budget, at the link above, shows in the top line that the assessed valuation of Strathmere properties has fallen $60 million (15%) in the past five years.

Since there has been no township-wide revaluation during that time, this decrease is due almost entirely to tax appeals.


Thanks to Deputy Chief Ed Scanlon, the SVFC will receive two Panasonic Toughbook laptop computers from the New Jersey American Water Company.
The laptops will allow our firefighters to access property and other information while on their way to a call, enhancing safety and effectiveness. Story here.


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 (the January pictures above were there first)!


Upcoming Events - please add to your calendars:
*Fire Commission Elections at the Firehouse, 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday, February 15th
*SFEC Winter Social at the Deauville Inn, 6:00 pm Saturday, February 22


Again, check out Carol Baker's wonderful Strathmere History website at, and her blog at

You can also see the beach and ocean from the Octagon Webcam


The Strathmere Improvement Association 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.

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

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Schiavo Library February 2014 Newsletter

Schiavo Library February 2014 Newsletter 

Goodreads Best Books for 2013: 
Looking for some good books to help cope with the winter weather? GoodReads has a nice list of favorites. Goodreads is an e-newsletter for book lovers. Their readers recently voted and the results were announced last month.
Top fiction picks for 2013:

This is just a partial list; for many more titles go to their website:
You can also sign up for monthly e-newsletters. Good reading!

New Display for February: 
If you’re fortunate enough to be in Strathmere this month, check out our newest display. Barbara McKeefery from Sea Isle City has set up a lovely one entitled “Dear Valentine.” It features her collection of valentine memorabilia – cards, candy boxes, etc.

Crafts Table
Our craft table (or MakerSpace) isn’t just for adults. The kids have enjoyed the stamping supplies. You won’t find the crochet items this month, though. I’m trying them out while on vacation.

From Florida,
Christine Rohrman, Library Director