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

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