Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SIA Newsletter 10/28/14

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

We know it’s not even Halloween yet, but we need to get you thinking about the Christmas party!
The annual Strathmere Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 13,
from 6:00 to 10:00 pm at the Deauville Inn.
First, a little history. We last held the party at the Firehouse in 2012.
The legal limit for folks on the second floor is 75 people, and that year we had well over 125 people. We had to do something different.
Last year, we moved the party to the Deauville Inn, and said that the Fire Company and the SIA would subsidize the party as in previous years, but there would have to be an admission charge to offset the increased costs. Then the Citizens for Strathmere and Whale Beach organization made a very generous, one-time donation to keep the party free for one more year. The SIA and the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company contributed what they did in 2012, or more. Over 200 folks attended.
This year, the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company and the Strathmere Improvement Association will contribute a little more than they have in the past, but we will have to charge admission to the party.
The charge will be $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
These prices include taxes and gratuity, but no drink tickets (there will be a cash bar).
The menu for the dinner will be as follows:
Ed Andress Chowder
Carved turkey                                 Oven roasted potatoes
Cranberry sauce                             Green beans Almandine
Stuffing (filling / dressing)                             Salad               
Ham                                                Rolls and butter     
Pasta Primavera                             Macaroni and cheese
Paella (seafood dish)                      Chicken fingers (kids)
Desserts – provided by attendees

Sounds like a great meal!  Not free, but great prices!
Tickets may be obtained by sending a check to the SIA at P.O. Box 57, Strathmere, NJ 08248.
Please specify the number of adults and children. If children are included, please specify age and gender (to help Santa).
All ticket purchases must be received by Monday, December 1. Please don't wait until the last minute!
Questions may be directed to Donna Diefenderfer at or 215-801-5876.
Planning and executing the Christmas Party takes a lot of work. Please don't add to that by not buying your tickets early!


We’ve had lots of requests, so additional snowy owl suncatchers are now on order.
They’ll make great Christmas gifts!
We expect them in a few weeks and will have them available for purchase at the party.
We're passing this on,
"Stef and Alex from the Shack thank everyone for their love and support this season!!  We could not run the shack without the support of Strathmere.
Thanks for a GREAT summer!!"
The Schiavo Library reports that a binder with numerous pictures of 1920’s advertisements for "Strathmere by the Sea" from the Girard Corporation has gone missing from the library.
 If by any chance you borrowed the binder and forgot to return it, please bring it back to the Library. They miss it! Thanks.
The dune grass planted by the SFEC, with community help, and also planted by the Township, has come in very well.
We believe this dune grass will be buried by the upcoming beach replenishment project, though we’re told it will survive and grow up through the sand.
The bayberry and beach plum trees, however, will likely not survive.
 Bids for the project were opened on October 10, with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company being the low bidder. It will be awarded in early November.
 We are hoping work will begin in Strathmere as early as this December.
A 13-foot high dune will be built with a top width of 25 feet, with new beach extending 50 feet out from that dune.
Sand for the project will come from a borrow area about two miles off Corson’s Inlet.

County Engineer Dale Foster informs us that a project to resurface and improve drainage on Commonwealth Avenue,
from the toll bridge approach to the Sea Isle City border, is now out for bids.
The cost is expected to be in the range of $3.0 million, and construction is expected in 2016.
Upcoming Events - please mark your calendars:
SFEC Meeting, Firehouse, Saturday, November 8, 4:00 pm
SFEC Last Cast Tournament, Friday & Saturday, November 28 & 29
SFEC Christmas Meeting, Firehouse, Saturday, December 6, 4:00 pm
Strathmere Christmas Party, Deauville Inn, Saturday, December 13, 6:00 pm
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 or similar event.
Additionally, the July and August SIA meetings feature programs of interest to vacationers and homeowners.
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 the SIA at PO Box 57, Strathmere 08248.
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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