Monday, July 14, 2014

SIA Newsletter 7 14 2014 - SIA Dues; Turtles Thursday; Tuna Classic; Bay Race; Pedestrian Safety; SIA Activities; Saturday Parties; Kayak Festival; Updated Calendar

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

Our email problems have caused dues payments to lag somewhat. See more on SIA dues at the end of this newsletter.
This Thursday is a big event: Turtle Night at the Schiavo Library and the boat ramp!
The Schiavo Memorial Library of Strathmere, the Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor and the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club will present an educational and fun program for children and adults regarding terrapin conservation on Thursday, July 17, 2014, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Schiavo Memorial Library in Strathmere. 

The Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor will conduct a presentation in the parking lot of the library regarding preservation of the local terrapin habitat.  Children will able to handle turtles during the presentation. 

At the conclusion of the program, children will then have the opportunity to release turtles into the Strathmere Bay.  Please join us for this event.

The public is invited, and there is no admission fee.  However, donations, which are tax deductible, would be greatly appreciated.

The SFEC, which sponsors the event, debated for some time whether to hold it this year in light of the substantially increased fees by the Wetlands Institute. Please show your support for having this event return in future years by making a donation (at the event or to SFEC, PO Box 77, Strathmere, NJ 08248). Thanks!

For further information, call the Schiavo Library at 609-486-6265, email or email Dick Omrod at

This Saturday, the SFEC will hold their Offshore Tuna Classic.  Details here.

On Monday, July 21, the Beach Patrol will hold their annual MS Bay Row and Paddle competition, with patrols from Cape May and Atlantic Counties.
Note the date change – this was formerly scheduled for Tuesday, July 22.
Great fun to watch at the Deauville or anywhere along the bay. 


We are happy to report that the County Engineer has informed us that the County will be painting crosswalks at four additional locations in Strathmere, giving us one across Commonwealth at almost every other block! Hopefully the work will be done soon.

Friday night was the SIA’s first meeting of the year. Nice turnout to hear Fred Dunbar discuss, “How To Keep Your Shore House in the Family”.
Much food for thought!

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.
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 mark your calendars:
Wetlands Traveling Turtles and Terrapin Release, 6 pm, Thursday, July 17
UTBP Six-mile Bay Race for MS, 6:00 pm, Monday, July 21 (Note – Changed from July 22)
Schiavo Library Five-year Birthday Celebration, Thursday, July 31
SIA Family Beach Party, 7:30 pm, Saturday, August 2
SVFC “Housing” and Safety Day, Sunday, August 3
Schiavo Library Family Scavenger Hunt, 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 7
SIA Meeting, 8:00 pm, Friday, August 8
UTBP Kayak / SUP Festival, Saturday, August 16
Nightmare in Strathmere Boat Parade, 6:30 pm, Saturday, August 23
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!

And once again, check out Carol Baker's wonderful Strathmere History website at

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, 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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