Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Commonwealth resurfacing, water mains, Jonas Relief & more SIA news!

Strathmere Improvement Association   March 15, 2016       Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Throughout the winter months, the SIA Executive Board has met several times to plan the upcoming season. General meetings will be held Friday, July 15 and Friday, August 19. A major fundraiser this summer will be a Strathmere hoodie! Stay tuned for pictures and sales info, as well as other news and program updates.


New Water Mains
NJ American Water has been replacing “5,300 feet of aging 2, 3 and 6 “ main, installed in the early 1900s” on the beach blocks of Willard, Whittier, Webster, Vincent, Tecumseh, Sumner, Sherman, Randolph, Putnam, Prescott and Commonwealth (between Vincent and Willard). As of this newsletter, the majority of the work has been with the main pipes down the street.
It’s been a muddy time, with minor detours, but the streets have been torn up and patched with temporary asphalt. About six months after final completion of the water work, the company will return and do a final asphalt patch.  The entire street will not be resurfaced.
The water company continues to test the water, but if you have any questions or want project updates, please call them: 800 272-1325 or 800 652-6987.

County Resurfacing on Commonwealth Begins
As previewed at a public meeting last summer, the County has begun resurfacing Commonwealth, starting at the Sea Isle border north to Prescott, finishing in June. In mid September, work will begin again to from Prescott to the Corson’s Inlet Bridge. Lane closures during the workday are to be expected, but weekends and after 3:30 pm no construction is planned and both lanes should be open. 
A detailed letter from County Engineer Dale Foster has been sent to homeowners with information about what the $3.246,000 project encompasses. The complete letter can be viewed on our website: strathmereimprovementassociation.org.  More info on curbs, drainage and gutters, plus a five year road opening moratorium is included within.Read the Gazette story: http://www.shorenewstoday.com/upper_township/commonwealth-ave-resurfacing-project-starts-in-strathmere/article_ec9a8f8e-ead3-11e5-a883-6f034d62b358.html

Jonas Declared a Federal Disaster
President Obama signed legislation authorizing funds for Cape May County Disaster Relief. The story in the Gazette can be viewed at this link:
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1301 Bacharach Blvd
Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401
Opening: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
Days: Monday - Friday
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dredging wrapping up
It looks as if the beach dredging is just about finished. Before the project could be completed Jonas hit and then another smaller storm rolled in, resulting in a loss of sand and much scarping. Township Engineer Paul Dietrich said, “They (dredging company) came back and we never want to turn down free sand.” So, the beeping sounds of the equipment at work, the nighttime “Broadway” lights and Cyclops roaming the water’s edge have kept us company all winter.

Other Township Tidbits:
Paul Dietrich said, “The Township anticipates introducing a bond ordinance to do capital improvements which include replacement of the play structure and bulkhead at Webster Ave. and extension of the outfall at Seacliff Ave.
We will also be working on converting some of the timber walkover structures to the wide gravel beach access paths.  The ends of the existing paths were cleaned up this week.  We will start bringing trash & recycling cans to street ends over the next several weeks.
Williams and Putnam will have the same mats for easier beach access as last year, Dietrich added.

There are still docks and other debris around town from Jonas. Please try to come take a look to see what you're missing!

Two of our favorite photographers' shots:
Greg Bennett's morning sunrise drama!

            Ted Kingston's clouds, sky, clouds, horizon, then ocean.

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

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Schiavo Library: March 2016 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: March 2016 Newsletter

Snow at the Beach 
So, we’re having our last snowfall of the year (fingers crossed) as I compose this newsletter. These pictures are from the upstairs balcony of the library: a gray, snowy day at the Strathmere beach!

Art at the Library
The Schiavo Library will be the exclusive stop for a special traveling art show. The students at Childrens Country Place have created their own masterpieces in the Van Gogh style. Their canvases will be on display here between March 14 and March 31. Stop in and enjoy them!

Lines on the Pines 2016
Sunday, March 13th, 11:00am – 4pm: the Renault Winery will host the eleventh annual “Lines on the Pines” event. Enjoy the day meeting Pine Barrens authors, artists and artisans. For more information go to www.linesonthepines.org.

Online Story: The New Jersey Trackers and the Imagination Tree
The New Jersey Center for the Book will launch an online serialized mystery story beginning March 17th. If this sounds intriguing, check out their website: www.njcenterforthebook.org.

Christine Rohrman, Library Director