Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SIA Newsletter 7 30 2014 - SIA Beach Party Saturday; Author Visit 8/6; SIA Meeting 8/8; Suncatcher; Canning Program; North End Options; Kayak Festival; Updated Calendar; SIA Dues

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

Come on out to the SIA Beach Party this Saturday Evening.
On the beach at Sumner Road at 7:30 pm.

Bring a flashlight!


The Schiavo Library will hold its Five-year Birthday Celebration (for children), 6:00 to 8:00 pm tomorrow evening, Thursday, July 31.


The Schiavo Library has proudly announced the visit of author Susan Hausman.
On Wednesday, August 6 at 11:00 am, Susan will introduce and sign her newest book, “Split the Difference.”
Set in and around the Main Line of Philadelphia, her second book is about gambling, drugs, desperation, and women.
Susan is a former book editor from Villanova University. Her first novel was “Cable’s Image.”  
For more information phone the Schiavo Library at (609) 486-6265 or email the library at


On Thursday, August 7, the Library will hold a FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT at 7:00 pm (sign up at the library).


The SIA August Meeting will be Friday evening, August 8 at 8:00 pm and feature local artists and photographers.
We will also hold elections that night. Contact Bob Roland, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, to nominate someone (or yourself) by replying to this newsletter.
Please come out!


The SIA’s fund raiser this year is a $5.00 suncatcher / tree ornament with a picture, taken by Ted Kingston, of Strathmere’s snowy owl.
If you’d like one (or more - great for Christmas presents), call an SIA Board member and pick them up. We’ll also have them at the Beach Party and the August Meeting.
Linda Bateman: 609-970-0157; 14 East Tecumseh Road
Elaine Holsomback: 609-504-8636; 29 E. Sumner Road
Ken Weaver: (609) 263-6846; 212 S. Bayview Drive
Rosemarie Whelan: (609) 263-2507; 33 E. Sherman Road
Donna Diefenderfer: 215-801-5876; 401 S. Bayview Drive
To give you a sense of scale...

Upper Township’s Green Team, in conjunction with the Schiavo Library, will sponsor a Canning Program On August 12th, 10:00 am at the Strathmere Firehouse.
You can learn how to can South Jersey Tomatoes with local experts Terry Halter Burrell and Michele Bradley, who have been canning for more than 55 years.

Cost is $20, all equipment will be provided.

To register, call Christine Rohrman, Rita Schiavo Library Director, at (609) 486-6265.

Better hurry, there is only room for 8 participants.


The Mayor is looking for options on how to handle the erosion problem at Strathmere’s north end, prior to the major beach replenishment project.
The story is in the Upper Township Gazette here.

Mark your calendars for the UTBP Kayak and Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Board Festival on Saturday, August 16th.
 It will begin with a 5K Run / 1 Mile Health Walk at 8:00 am.
The Ocean Kayak / Stand Up Paddle preliminary races begin at 11:15 am and the finals should conclude around 3:00 pm.
More details as we get closer to the date.

Upcoming Events - please mark your calendars:
Schiavo Library Five-year Birthday Celebration, Thursday, July 31
SIA Family Beach Party, 7:30 pm, Saturday, August 2
Schiavo Library Author Susan Hausman Visit, Wednesday, August 6 at 11:00 am
Schiavo Library Family Scavenger Hunt, 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 7
SIA Meeting, 8:00 pm, Friday, August 8
Castaway Lounge, 8:30 pm, Saturday, August 9
Canning Program at the Firehouse, Tuesday, August 12 at 10:00 am
UTBP Kayak / SUP Festival, Saturday, August 16
SFEC Nightmare in Strathmere Boat Parade, 6:30 pm, Saturday, August 23
SVFC Fund-Raising Barbecue, Thursday, August 28, 6:00 pm
SFEC Kids’ Surf Tournament, Saturday, August 30, 9:00 to 11:00 am
Last Day of Flounder Season Saturday, September 27
Services at the Strathmere United Methodist Church every Sunday until October: 9:15 Hymn Sing; 9:30 Service.
Let us know of additions or corrections!

The Strathmere Improvement Association invites all owners, renters and vacationers in Strathmere and Whale Beach to join as dues paying members. The SIA was founded in 1951 as a community organization with the simple objective of making Strathmere a better place. We work to preserve our town’s “hometown feeling” and to keep lines of communication open within town, and with local government.

We are proud of the organization's many accomplishments over the years, including sponsorship of 2012 Centennial activities, taking on a key organizing and leadership role in Strathmere and Whale Beach relief efforts after Sandy, and hosting an annual community beach party and concert. Additionally, the July and August SIA meetings feature programs of interest to vacationers and homeowners.

Your dues allow us to continue to co-sponsor the Christmas Party and the Fourth of July Parade, as well as the above mentioned activities.

Once again, we are keeping annual dues to $10 per adult family member. When it’s time to vote, SIA by-laws say your dues must be paid in order to cast a vote. We thank you for your support.
Please send your 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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

SIA Newsletter 7 25 2014 - July 4 Parade Pics (2) - The Deauville Inn

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
At the Deauville, it was a full, but soggy, house.

Cool music served up once again by Lew London, while everyone enjoyed free hot dogs and cold drinks provided by the Deauville

Butch Vandegrift acted as emcee, and parade co-chair Diane Cappellucci took the mike to thank everyone who came out and everyone who worked to make the day a success despite the weather

Then Deb Vandegrift sang, “God Bless America”.

Following the awards, Lynda drew the winner for the Deauville Bike Raffle.

The SIA would like to thank the Parade Co-Chairs, Diane Cappellucci and Karen Mitchell, for all their work in pulling the parade together.
They in turn would like to thank the registrars, giveaway distributors and judges, in addition to the fire companies who participated, Uncle Bill’s, Butch and Debbie
and of course Lynda and the Deauville Inn.
Pictures came from several sources – thanks to all who contributed!
Here’s to a dry parade in 2015!
Thanks for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!
Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Rosemarie Whelan
Ken Weaver

SIA Newsletter 7 25 2014 - July 4 Parade Pics (1) - Firehouse & (Wet) Parade

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors, Unfortunately,

Hurricane Arthur decided to pass off our coast just when we had planned our annual Strathmere Fourth of July Parade.
We have never had a parade rained out, so the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company, which is responsible for both the permits and the insurance for the parade, had only secured permits, etc., for July 4.  Accordingly, they made the decision to proceed with the “parade” despite the terrible weather.
Judging took place inside the Firehouse, and then the participants marched / ran / floated directly to the Deauville Inn for the awards. Only the fire engines and a few hardy folks followed the normal parade route down Commonwealth and back up Bayview.


Ella and Morgan console Karen Mitchell – Co-Chairperson of the Parade.

These guys apparently did the whole route!

The McCormac Family came out to watch in the rain.

2014 Strathmere Parade Awards List

Motorized Floats
Mixed Wagons &
Strollers (Adult/Child)
Mixed Walkers, Etc., (Adults only)
Antique/Classic Cars
Trikes & Scooters
1st  Place
Shark Tank
Little Miss World Cup
Mangano (200)
Captain America – American Girl
Bacon (304)
Under the Sea
Mick Hanes (505)

All American
Pond (700)

Noelle Nave (800)
2nd Place
Railroad Train
Battersey (100)
Strathmere Hot Dog Man
Green (201)
Gregory (301)

Miss USA
Ella Mangano (504)

3rd Place
Geib (102)
Snowy Owls
Kohles (302)

Let Freedom Ring
Hannah Emmell (503)

Sally Callahan (103)

Young George Washington
Seeman (306)

Stars & Stripes
Rachel Bacon (502)
Charles Barrett
1967 Mustang

Seagull Dynasty
White (309)

USA All the Way
Ryan Bacon (502)
Joe Bellucci
1986 Lincoln Town Car

Made in the USA
Kane (300)

Melting Pot

Marvelous Strathmere
Walsh (303)

Woods (305)

Duffy (307)

Roland (308)

Thanks for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!
Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Rosemarie Whelan
Ken Weaver