Monday, December 05, 2016

Strathmere Improvement Association Dec. 3, 2016

Strathmere Improvement Association  Dec. 3, 2016
Merry Christmas
Santa's helpers are almost finished shopping for gifts for the little ones. If you're planning to attend, please let Donna know asap! Email at the address below or call her: 609 263-3620.
 Ed Andress will be cooking up his famous clam chowder and guests are invited to bring along a dessert to share.
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2016 Election Results: Once again Strathmere voters turned out in force. If you'd like to see the voting breakdown, click on the link below. Select 2016 General Election Statement of Vote. Open the pdf and scroll down. The first page is President/Vice President, detail by all districts, scroll down to Upper Township District 11 to see the results for
Strathmere's Presidential results. Just keep on scrolling to get results for each office up for election. Remember, we're district 11. Here's the link:

Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Schiavo Library: December 2016 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: December 2016 Newsletter 

Holiday Merchandise Sale
We are having a 50% off sale on our short sleeve t-shirts. Normally priced at $12; we are selling them for $6. We have children and adult sizes. Come in early for the best selection.

Friday Movie Matinees (1:00pm)
December 2: Family Thanksgiving
December 9: A Christmas Wish
December 16 : Last Holiday
December 23: Mixed Nuts

WII Game Set at the Library
Looking for a fun way to burn calories in the winter? We recently purchased a WII game set for use in the library. So far we have 2 sets of games: Cruise Ship Vacation Games (which includes fun things like mini-golf, arcade, shuffle board) and Game Party 2 (which includes darts, bowling, horseshoe, etc). Stop in any time to try it out. It’s lots of fun and a good workout!

Free DVD Rental
For the month of December, we are offering a free DVD rental. And you may check it out for 2 weeks. Treat yourself to a good movie.

Holiday Hours
Our schedule for the holidays:
Open Dec. 23
Closed from Dec. 24 to January 2
Reopen January 3, 2017

Happy Holidays!
Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Friday, November 18, 2016

Thanksgiving Greetings/Christmas Party tix/Last Cast/Card Party/Game Night

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Thanksgiving Greetings from the Board of the Strathmere Improvement Association
We hope you'll be sharing Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones, and perhaps will share a memory about the tremendous 2016 summer season. We give thanks to all of our members and community organizations for their year-round support of the SIA. When we count our blessings, it always includes the kind feelings and support of our Strathmere neighbors and visitors.

Christmas Party12/10; SFEC Last Cast Tournament 11/25-26; Card Party-Game Night 1/13

Tickets on sale now! It's that time of year again when we gather for the Strathmere Christmas Party. Enjoy the famous chowda by Ed Andress and feel free to bring along a homemade dessert. Please email or call 609 263-3620 to let her know you're coming.

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SFEC Last Cast Tournament: Whether on the bay or the ocean, don't miss the season closer sponsored by the SFEC, 11/25 & 26. Here's a link to their page for more details (top left on their home pg):

Here's some help with your Christmas Shopping!


 Looking for a last minute gift? We have some insulated totes just for you. How about popping a gift inside one of them and your wrapping woes are solved? Hurry-a limited number of blue bags and a fairly good supply of red remain. Bargain at $10.00. Email @ or call: 609 970-0157. You can pick them up in Strathmere if you'll be down before Christmas or the night of the Christmas party (pre-order only).

Save the date! Let's shake off the post-holiday doldrums on Friday evening, January 13, at the Firehouse. Friday the 13th is a perfect time for pinochle, chess, classic board games or any other game you'd like to play. More details to follow.

Stay Connected with us: Like us on facebook, be sure your friends and family subscribe to the newsletter (, and check out our website @

Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248
United States 

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Schiavo Library: November 2016 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: November 2016 Newsletter

Vote Here: Nov. 8
This year voters in Strathmere will be using the library instead of the fire hall. Voting is here from 6 am to 8 pm. Regular library business will be conducted between 10-4pm.

Revised Check-out Periods
For the winter we will extend check-out periods for books (and audiobooks) to 30 days and for DVDs to 14 days. Don’t forget: you can always renew by phone or email.

Audiobooks are gaining in popularity. According to the Audio Publishers Association audiobook sales in 2015 totaled $1.77 billion, up 20.7% over 2014. WOW! Do you like to listen to a good story? My husband and I especially enjoy audiobooks on long drives in the car. Email and let me know your favorite audiobooks and when you like to listen. (
The library has over 100 titles from David Baldacci to Danielle Steel. And this time of year you may borrow them for 30 days. Come in and choose a favorite story to take traveling.

A Lovely Addition
Thanks to the Strathmere Improvement Association we have a lovely addition to our children’s section: a bench with a custom cover. Thank you SIA and Linda Bateman – the children will love it!

Thanksgiving The library will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday and Friday. Melissa will be here on Saturday with normal hours.

 Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Special Alert!! 3 burglaries in town, polling location change

Special Alert
from the Strathmere Improvement Association
October 16, 2016

Heads up! There have been three recent break-ins in town. One north, one in the middle, & one down south. They appear to be happening in the early dawn hours (3 am). The burglar/burglars used forced entry and have taken tvs, computers, jewelry, etc. Be sure all your windows and doors are locked, and also take a walk around your neighbors' houses. Stay safe!

Change in Voting Location
If you normally cast your vote at the Firehouse (Voting District 11), please note that the new polling place is the Schiavo Library, 801 S Commonwealth. Postcards have been mailed to registered voters informing them of the location change.

Follow us on facebook for updates. Please share this with friends who may not be on our mailing list. To be added, simply email:


Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248

Friday, October 14, 2016

October roundup: Beach cleanup, electric bills, Christmas party, Strathmere Stories

October roundup: Beach cleanup, electric bills, Christmas party, Strathmere Stories

Strathmere Improvement Association October Update
October 13, 2016

Beach Cleanup Reminder: The SFEC invites you to join in this Saturday, 9 am, beginning at Seaview and the beach. Please wear gloves; trash bags will be provided.  Later that day, everyone is invited to a special presentation by Mr. Hugh Carberry, Director of the NJ Artificial Reef Program, concerning the history and current state of the New Jersey artificial reef program. 4:00 pm at the Firehouse. Refreshments will be served!  

Check Your Electric Bill! A few folks in town have noticed big jumps in their electric bills. The CFSWB advise all to compare recent statements with last year's. Some meters have been found to be faulty. Customer service number is 800.642.3780. Have your account number and service address ready.

Recycling Reminder: While not as exciting as saving $$ on your utility bill, it is a good time to review your recycling when in Strathmere. All recycling materials must be loose-please no plastic or trash bags. If you bag your recycling, it will go into the trash containers, not recycling. As another reminder, please do not use the trash and recycling containers on beach ends for your household trash.

Save the Date!  The annual Christmas party will again be held at the Deauville on December 10. Details to follow. The SIA and Fire Company are co-sponsors.

Strathmere Stories Roll On: We are continuing our video archive project and invite you to view some of the raw footage on youtube. If you have a story you'd like to add, please email us at Wouldn't it be fun to get some of your family's memories on camera? We have some very user-friendly camcorders and can also help you get started. Visit our "channel" on Youtube:

After a long, rainy end to summer, a spectacular autumn finally broke through. The moon and the stars at night, along with our trademark sunrises and sunsets, have been putting on quite a show. It's a special time in Strathmere and Whale Beach!


Last Sunday a rainbow appeared at the Point!


Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Schiavo Library: October 2016 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: October 2016 Newsletter

October 18: Snapshot Day
This day highlights New Jersey libraries. Librarians all over the state report what was happening in their libraries that day. The statistics are amazing! For example, last year on Snapshot Day over 287,000 people visited their local library, 190,000 items were circulated, over 37,000 reference questions were answered and over 1,300 programs were offered. Yeah, New Jersey! We love our libraries!

And the winner is…
The winner of our popularity contest, that is.
Our most popular books this summer were Dead Wake: the last crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson and Property of a Noblewoman by Danielle Steel.
Children’s books: Big Nate flips out by Lincoln Pierce and Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
DVD: Bridge of Spies
Children’s DVD: Zootopia

Mah Jongg
Mah Jongg continues here at the library, but days and hours vary. Everyone welcome; just call the library to get up-to-date information.

Have you read these?
Here are some of the new books just ordered for the Schiavo Library:

If you have suggestions for new books for our collection, please call or email (609 486-6265 or
We love to hear from our patrons.

Thanks for your donations all year around. We use the proceeds from our used book sales to buy the new bestsellers.

Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Strathmere History Videos

In August of 2015, Ken Weaver gave a talk and slideshow of “Early Strathmere History” to the residents of Strathmere. First up below is the actual video of the presentation which features old photos from people in Strathmere and the Strathmere website and a ton of Strathmere history from Ken.

The second video is a “Then and Now” presentation with old images of homes and buildings in Strathmere and what they look like now.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Schiavo Library: September 2016 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: September 2016 Newsletter

Used Book Sale
Our seventh annual end of summer book sale is happening now! Don’t be discouraged by the road work going on in front of the library. We’re still OPEN! The sale goes until September 24th.

This is a new free educational website that targets boomers. It introduces new websites that might be of interest and features free video and article tutorials on various internet applications. They also provide periodic email newsletters on new trends and favorite internet products. Check it out:

September: National Preparedness Month
The theme this year is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Here at the shore we realize the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Whether it’s just moving deck furniture or making a plan for evacuation. It’s always good to PLAN ahead even when it turns out not to be necessary (like when a hurricane changes direction and drifts around in the ocean). So, make your plan today! For more information:

September News
September is “Amnesty Month.” NO FINES are collected for overdue books!
September returns to normal off season hours – NO Thursday evening hours.
Mah Jongg continues here on Fridays around 12:00pm. Come in and join the players

Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Schiavo Library Hosts: “Strathmere Memories” Open Mic Night 8/25

Schiavo Library Hosts:
“Strathmere Memories”
Open Mic Night

Thursday, August 25th
Come in and share your own experiences!

Aug. 19 SIA meeting, Castaway this weekend, Nightmare Aug. 27, Video archive

Strathmere Improvement Association                                August 10, 2016

August 19 Meeting; Castaway this Weekend; Meteor Shower;      Strathmere History Videos, Nightmare August 27
Download the complete August calendar on our website.
 Final Summer SIA meeting: Election; Donations to Schiavo Library (Christine Rohrman) and to the SVFC (Bruce Riordan); Video clip from Strathmere History project; Program-Woodturning Demonstration.   If you're interested in running for office or nominating someone, contact:  
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Meteor Shower this Week!
Ed Tettemer writes: "The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this week - especially Thursday night and Friday morning - and will be wonderful in Strathmere, assuming clear skies."
Here's a link to some good information:
The best show will be in the pre-dawn darkness. So get up around 3:45 and run outside to the beach!
Last Summer Concert!

Strathmere Stories-
The SIA has embarked on a project to create a video archive of our history, as told by our longtime Strathmere and Whale Beach families and current residents and visitors. Everyone has a story, a memory to share. What's yours? Come to our upcoming open mic night, August 25 at Schiavo Library, and take part in the excitement. Or you can borrow a video camera and record your family's story as well. Email us for more details. We'll show a clip or two of what we've begun to gather at the August 19 meeting.
2016 Bergus Laurence Scholarship Awards were presented by Katie Laurence at the July meeting. Pictured below: John Pond, Matthew Pond, Michaela and Valerie Voegtlin. (Not pictured: Brian and CJ Furey.)



Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Schiavo Library: August 2016 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: August 2016 Newsletter

Summer Fun:
We’ve had some great programs this summer for families. Our ever popular “Turtle Program” was a winner! Then there was Pirate Day and Family Bingo Night. August has the Scavenger Hunt tonight and Family Bingo on Saturday, August 13 at 1:00pm.

Here are some photos from the terrapin release:

Children’s Activities
We still have a couple more weeks of our children’s activities for the summer; please join us for:
• Story Time – Tuesday 10:30 – 11:00am
• LEGO Club – Tuesday 11:00-11:30am
• Kid’s Crafts with Melissa – Wednesday 10:30-11:30am

End of Summer Used Book Sale
Save the dates: Sept. 1 – Sept. 24th. We have tons of books to sell. Stop in and find a bargain.

Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sandy Sprint - Sea Isle City 5K & Family Fun Walk, August 13th, for Ovarian Cancer

Sandy Sprint Sea Isle City 5K & Family Fun Walk

JFK Blvd. & Promenade -August 13, 2016

The 1st Sandy Sprint Sea Isle City will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2016. The Sandy Sprint is hosted by the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation in an effort to spread the word about our mission and raise funds to advance research. Race Day Registration begins at 7:00 am. All funds raised will support the Ovarian Cancer Dream Team and our Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Program.

Race is timed. Chips are in your bibs.
5K Run Begins at 8:30 AM
Family Fun Walk Begins at 8:35 AM

Parking Lots:
40th Street & Central Ave.
42nd Place & the Bay
45th Street & Landis Ave.
48th Street & Central Ave.
94th Street & Landis Ave.

The Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness of ovarian cancer, advocating for early diagnostic testing, supporting ovarian cancer patients and their families and, advancing research towards a cure.

Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation
2010 West Chester Pike, Suite 410 
Havertown, PA 19083

For more information - Sandy Sprint - Sea Isle City

Thursday, July 07, 2016

4th of July Parade Winners

Special thanks to Karen Mitchell, parade chair, and to the many volunteers from the SVFC, the SIA and homeowners and visitors who helped pull off another Parade for the history books! BTW, your SIA dues underwrite the cost of the parade. Thanks so much! (Dues are $10.00 per adult. Mail to SIA, Box 15, STM, 08248.)

Quick Note: Parade winners/pix, Castaway Lounge, SIA upcoming meeting

Strathmere Improvement Association
Parade Winners, Castaway Lounge, SIA meeting7/15

   As usual, our annual July 4th Parade had red, white and blue creativity on display throughout town. New this year was a group of about 50 veterans on motorcycles. Sarah Boardman served as Grand Marshal, and the SIA, SVFC and other volunteers coordinated a smoothly run and festive parade. Thanks to the Deauville for hosting the awards ceremony and the hotdogs and soft drinks. A great day for Strathmere!              Follow us on facebook-Strathmere Improvement Association- (neat drone video of the parade route there). Visit our website for pictures of winners and participants: 
  Grand Marshal Sarah Boardman
Castaway Lounge July Concert- this Saturday Night! 8:45 pm
Bayview Ave.
SIA "Pace Car"
SIA Meeting: July 15, 8 pm
Check website for details and to view proposed by-law changes. Nomination of officers, Bergus-Laurence Scholarship Awards, Summer Safety Presentation.

Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248

Schiavo Library: July 2016 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: July 2016 Newsletter 

Summer Programs for Kids 
Here’s our lineup:
• Story Time (ages 3-5) Tuesday 10:30-11:00am
• LEGO Club (ages 5-12) Tuesday 11:00-11:30am
• Kids’ Craft with Melissa (age 5-12) Wednesday 10:30-11:30am
• Summer Reading Program “Be A Smart Cookie” (all summer – sign up at the library)
• Kids’ Drawing Contest “At the Beach” (all summer - sign up at the library)

The Turtles are coming!!

 Special Family Events
• Wetlands “Terrapin Release” Program July 14 6:00pm (in the parking lot)
• Pirate Day July 20 – all day
• Family BINGO night July 28 6:00pm
• Team Scavenger Hunt August 4 7:00pm (sign up at the library)

Summer Adult Programs
• Adult Coloring Thursday 10:30-11:30am
• Art Exhibits by Jane Golas and Priscilla Bohlen June 24 – July 31

Raffle Drawing
We have a really cute “Family Fun Basket” this summer. Come in and see! Just $1.00 a ticket. Drawing on August 5. Good Luck!

New Saturday Assistant
We’ve got a new assistant for our Saturdays. Stop in and say hello to Rosemarie Whelan. She’s not always here, but works about every other week.

 Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Photos from the 2016 July 4th Parade

Another great 4th of July Parade in Strathmere. Mrs. Boardman was the Grand Marshal, there were 51 riders from American Legion Riders #252 & #352, firetrucks and rescue vehicles from Strathmere, Sea isle City, Marmora, Upper Township, Seaville & Tuckahoe, many antique cars, lots of doggies in this year's parade, the always popular police horse and of course there were many great floats, walkers and bicycles!

You can see all of the photos on the Strathmere Facebook page

Friday, July 01, 2016

Strathmere Improvement Association July 4th Update

Strathmere Improvement Association July 4th Update              
July 1, 2016 
Trash and Recycling will be picked up as usual on Monday. Please clear your cans quickly, especially along the parade route!

 Rain date for Parade is Tuesday, July 5! (not that we'll need it!)

Don't be left out! Get your Strathmere hoodie (gray only, $25.00) at two locations on Parade Day. The firehouse@9:15 am and at the McCormac family's home (fam pictured below). Bayview and Tecumseh, 309 Bayview. Also on sale are insulated totes in red or blue @ $10.00



By-laws Two Week Notification:
By-laws update: The proposed amendments have been uploaded to our home page. This is a two week notice of our intention to update our by-laws. Please go to our page and click on the red button to download your copy or to read online:

Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248
United States

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Schiavo Library: June 2016 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: June 2016 Newsletter 

Used Book Sale
Our SEVENTH annual “Welcome Summer” Used Book Sale is still going strong. The sale continues until at least June 17th. Stop in; we have TONS of books left!

Lucky Seventh Anniversary
We are celebrating 7 great years here at the Schiavo Library! Stop in on June 30th – we will be open 10 – 8pm and celebrating with cupcakes and balloons.

Here are some fascinating statistics:
• In 2009 the library opened with 643 items in the collection. We now have over 4,000.
• The DVD collection has exploded. In 2009 we had 10 DVDs. Now we have 732!
• We have 2 annual used book sales; profits have increased from around $400 in 2010 to $773 at our last sale in the fall. And the book sales bring in tons of people: we had 407 people come to the last sale.

In the Spotlight… Joan DeFiore, Summer Library Assistant

As a life-long summer resident of Strathmere, I was thrilled when they built the new library. I was asked to work here just days after my retirement from the School District of Philadelphia. This is my eighth summer here and I really enjoy interacting with all the different people using the library.

Summer Programs & Events Preview
Our summer programs will begin on July 5th. The schedule is very similar to last year. Some new programs include: Adult Coloring on Thursday morning, Two Art Exhibits, a Family Art Project for our Anniversary and a Family Bingo Night. Brochures will be available in a few days & more details in the July newsletter.

Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Monday, May 30, 2016

Strathmere's loss, Greg Bennett art exhibit

Strathmere Improvement Association

May 30, 2016      

A long time Strathmerian Passes Away: Elizabeth "Betty"Disher

Here is Betty's notice from the Godfrey Funeral Home. Click on the link at Godfrey for more info:

Disher, Elizabeth T. – 89 of Ocean City passed away on May 25, 2016 at the Shores of Wesley Manor. Betty was born in Philadelphia, attended the Stephens School and Penn State University. She spent most of her childhood summers and adult life in Strathmere. Those who knew her well remember Betty for her love of friends, fishing, travel and her dogs. She was a veteran of the United States Navy. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 11:00 am at the Shores of Wesley Manor, Ocean City. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Ocean City.

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Calendar addition:
Greg Bennett's work is once again on display in Cape May thru July 4. Opening reception this Saturday night.

Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend news, Strathmere Hoodies and totes and more!   May 25, 2016
                      Strathmere Improvement Association

Memorial day
It's finally here-the sun and Memorial Day Weekend!
 We hope you'll be around to enjoy what promises to be an incredible weekend. All of Strathmere's finest establishments have reopened, limited lifeguards will be on duty, the dredge is gone and the fish are biting.  Don't forget to like us on facebook for updates on news and to enjoy some wonderful local pix.

Hoodies and Bags on Sale Saturday, 9:45 am at the Post Office and Sunday 10 am, The Old Shack.
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What's with the streets? Throughout the winter months NJ American Water has been replacing outdated water mains and meters. Streets are patched and detours have been a regular way of life. Meanwhile, the County resurfacing of Commonwealth continues into next week, with the balance of the work scheduled for the fall. Take it slow in town-your car will thank you.

Lifeguard Coverage
Consult the attached calendar for roll out dates for lifeguards. This weekend, they'll be on Williams. 10 am-6 pm. 

Save the Date - plus dues are due!                                                                                                        
Summer SIA meeting schedule: July 16 and August 19, 8 pm firehouse
Please mail a check for $10.00 per person, payable to SIA, PO Box 57, STM, 08248. Your dues underwrite SIA activities and community involvement, and give you a vote at SIA meetings!


Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 57
Strathmere New Jersey 08248