Saturday, December 01, 2018

Schiavo Library: December 2018 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: December 2018 Newsletter Holiday 

Merchandise Sale 
We are having a 50% off sale on our Long sleeve Shirts. Normally priced at $15; we are selling them for $7.50 ~Limited in size availability, stop in while supplies last!
 We also have other Merchandise gifts available: Snow globes, Mugs, Hats, Tote Bag, they make great gifts.

Friday Movie Matinees (1:00pm) 
December 7: ELF
December 14: Scrooged
December 21 : Santa Clause

Christmas - Crafts 
At our Makerspace Table this month, we will feature several special holiday crafts. Children can make a reindeer or Christmas tree ornament out of popsicle sticks or a candy cane ornament using beads.

Books under the Tree
We are continuing our annual tradition – books under the tree! What better present than a book! Come in and choose one for you or a friend.

Holiday Hours
Our schedule for the holidays: Open Dec. 22
Closed from Dec. 24 to January 1
Reopen January 2, 2019

 Happy Holidays!
 Melissa Warren, Library Director

Strathmere Improvement Association - Christmas Party; Call the Gas Co, SVFC responds to Tragic Fire in Sea Isle City

November 30, 2018

Time is running short for RSVPs for the Party-Santa doesn't want to run out of gifts for your little one! You may pay at the door, but,we can't guarantee your child will receive a gift from Santa if we don't hear from you asap!

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Gas Pipeline Update!

Strathmere homeowners need to call the Gas Co to schedule in home connection service. Gas will be temporarily shut off to your home and then a company representative will need to come INSIDE to relight pilots and to do a safety check. Call: 609 363-9600, extension 404. Please share with your STM neighbors!
Ted Kingston shared this shot of gasline work.

Tragic Fire in Sea Isle City
Fire broke out yesterday morning and spread to three duplexes @54th and Landis. Two people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and as of this writing, an elderly woman has been classified as "missing." Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company sent a truck and crew, as did surrounding towns. The wind, though not as bad as on Wednesday, was still very strong. Heroic work by first responders and a nearby roofer in getting folks outside and containing the fire as it quickly spread to three homes. Here's a link to today's story:

 Philadelphia TV stations were also onsite and a lot of coverage can be viewed if you google "Sea Isle Fire."

STM on NCIS; Christmas party, Bulkhead Public Meeting; LaFontana @Planning Board; Aerial Views from Ted

(I'm late posting this for the SIA because my computer crashed and I haven't checked my Strathmere email in a few weeks)

November 26, 2018

In this issue Strathmere on Prime Time NCIS; Christmas Party; Bulkhead Public Hearing; LaFontana at Planning Board; a Couple New Aerial Shots...
1. Gibbs Coming to Strathmere?If you watched NCIS on Tuesday night, you may have heard Strathmere, NJ, mentioned not once, but twice!  Early into the show, the viewer learns a servicewoman's body is being escorted back to her hometown: Strathmere, NJ. The town is mentioned again when Gibbs discusses the distance between NCIS headquarters and STM. You can watch the full episode at:

   And no, we have no idea how that happened! Do YOU?

. Plan to Attend the Christmas Party!
 Now that the Thanksgiving dishes are done, it's time to start thinking about Christmas! Please make plans for the Annual Strathmere Christmas Party by emailing Donna Diefenderfer or sending a check. (see info below) You can pay at the door, but we need to give the Deauville and SANTA (!) a count of who's coming. All children 12 and under will receive a gift if we know in advance. Looking forward to celebrating with YOU! (Oh, and tasting your homemade dessert, if you're baking!)

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3. Public Hearing on New Bulkhead Heights.At a recent Township meeting, the Committee introduced a new ordinance which would raise the height of all new bulkheads to eight feet. A public hearing and vote will be taken at the next meeting, Monday, December 3, 7:30 pm , Township Hall. Two town halls were held in Strathmere, mostly devoted to the discussion of raising the height from 7' to 8'; if you'd like additional input, please plan to attend the Committee meeting. Here's an article from the Press of Atlantic City

4. LaFontana's Request on Tap at December 20 Planning Board Meeting, 7:30 pm, Township Hall.
La Fontana is requesting permission to eliminate parking on the Commonwealth side of the restaurant, and replacing that area with a new septic. This would be a loss of seven parking spaces and potentially increase the number of tables allowed inside the restaurant. Here's the section of the agenda originally proposed at the October Planning Board meeting:

BUJAR AND GAWI DAKU – BLOCK 846 LOT 4 – PB 07-18 Applicants are requesting preliminary and final site plan approval and variances for impervious coverage and number of parking spaces at LaFontana Restaurant, 1 S. Commonwealth Avenue in Strathmere.

5. Ted Kingston's Spectacular Aerial Views: 
You can follow Ted Kingston Photography on facebook for more pix like these taken on November 18. Thanks for being so generous, Ted.


Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 4
Strathmere New Jersey 08248

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Strathmere Improvement Association 11/9/18

November 9, 2018

In this issue:
 Veterans Day; Planning Board Meeting; Tom Leonard Memorial Reminder & RSVP for Christmas Party

                     Thanks to Greg Bennett for this spectacular shot taken earlier in the week.

1. Veterans Day, Monday, November 12. We thank all who are serving or have served our country. There are several observances in Cape May County, Sea Isle and Osprey, in particular. Here's a link for more info:

. Planning Board Meeting to Hear Request from La FontanaHere's the agenda listing from the first introduction at the Oct. 18 Planning Board Meeting:

"Applicants are requesting preliminary and final site plan approval and variances for impervious coverage and number of parking spaces at LaFontana Restaurant, 1 S. Commonwealth Avenue in Strathmere." 
LaFontana’s owners are asking to eliminate their parking along Commonwealth in order to install a new septic system in its place. It would increase the impervious surface and eliminate seven parking spaces in front of the restaurant. A new septic would, therefore, allow an increase in the number of tables allowed at the restaurant. It was suggested that a curb would be installed and several parking spaces would be created on the street, next to the Firehouse driveway. Currently, there is no on street parking allowed on either side of Commonwealth in front of LaFontana. 

 At the October 18 Planning Board meeting, several Strathmere homeowners spoke against approval of the request. Because of the late hour, the issue was tabled and will be continued this Thursday,  November 15, 7:30 pm, in Township Hall, Petersburg. If you cannot attend, you can find email information on the Township website for the Mayor and Committeemen:  /

3. Tom Leonard Strathmere Memorial Info: Tommy Leonard's Strathmere sendoff is next Saturday, November 17, at 11 am in the Strathmere United Methodist Church. The family invites everyone to a luncheon immediately following in the Fire Hall.

4. Less than a Month to Go for the Christmas Party: Please RSVP so that Santa's Helper knows how many gifts we'll need for our little ones. You can pay at the door, but we need a count for the Deauville.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Strathmere's Man About Town, Tom Leonard

October 19, 2018 - from the Strathmere Improvement Association -

  With heavy hearts we bring you news of the passing of Strathmere's Man About
Tom Leonard on Monday evening. Tom had a smile or hug for everyone, was a founder of the Fishing Club and super story teller. 
Services are set for Tom on Monday, October 22, in his hometown of Glenside, PA. Click the link for more information about Tom and his celebration of life:…/Strathmere-New-Jer…/1818911

On November 17, Tom's family will hold a memorial at the Strathmere United Methodist Church at 11 am, with a luncheon to follow in the Firehouse.

Last winter Tom sat down for an interview for the Strathmere Stories Video Archive project. Here's a rough cut of Part 1. For the remaining four parts, visit our youtube channel, Strathmere Stories.

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Here's Tom with his "Quilt of Valor." He was thrilled and humbled by the recognition.
photo by Rosemarie Whelan

Saturday, September 01, 2018

September Schiavo Library Newsletter

Schiavo Library: September 2018 Newsletter    

Used Book Sale
Our Ninth annual end of summer book sale is happening now! Library hours are generally 10-4pm. Some days we open earlier. Stop on in - the sale goes on until the end of September.  Lots of great Books still left.                                                 

September News
September is “Amnesty Month.” NO FINES are collected for overdue books!
September returns to normal off-season hours – NO Thursday evening hours.
MahJong continues here this fall – times vary, so call the library for more information.

End of Summer Recap:
We had Storytime and Lego Club all summer, sadly we hardly had anyone to read to or play legos with.  J Remember us next Summer we have it Tuesday’s.  
Our Summer Family activities are always so much fun, and you guys make it special. 
Family Scavenger Hunt (10 attended).  We had 1 huge family breakup into 3 groups.  It was a good time. Next year, lookout we will have a whole new list and hopefully other families to challenge. 
Family Bingo Night (3 attended) However, there were several games played and lots of prizes.
Mahjong – was also played here a few Thursday (Late) evenings. 

September Ideas:
Be on the lookout for our Banned Books display, the week of September 23rd

Have a great fall!
Melissa Warren, Library Director                                                                                                     

Beach erosion on Seaview and Seacliff

The ocean is rough out there today. The erosion at Seaview is terrible. That entrance had been closed for a few weeks already. Now the dune is washing out, including beach fencing and poles. That's at least an 8 foot wall there which used to be a dune.
The entrance at Seacliff should also be closed because there is about a 3 foot drop there.

The waves are wild out there today. This is the ocean side of the Point, just north of Seaview. You shouldn't try to walk out there, the waves are right up to the dune at Seaview, pulling out fencing and posts and tossing them around.

The video below is standing at Seacliff beach entrance.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Nightmare; Sept. Calendar; SIA August Minutes; Trash Reminder

August 27, 2018
Another Nightmare in the Books; September Calendar and August 18 SIA Minutes-Plus Trash Reminder!

1. Trash and Recycling will be picked up as usual on Monday, September 3 (Labor Day). Reminder: Recycling must NOT be bagged. Please remind tenants and folks coming off the beach that recyclable material should be loose.

2. September's calendar is available in printable form at the SIA website.

3. Minutes of the August 18, 2018 SIA meeting are posted on the website as well.

4. A golden sky and full moon marked the beautiful Bayside on Nightmare. For a list of winners and pix from the night, visit:


Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 4
Strathmere New Jersey 08248
United States 

Friday, August 03, 2018

Schiavo Library: August 2018 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: August 2018 Newsletter

Summer Fun Highlights
We have had an awesome Summer so far, but the fun isnt over yet.  Check out the rest of our programs we have for this month below.  Here are a few Photos from July’s events which were our New Program Bird Walking on the beach (17 attended); Turtle Terrapin Release (record Breaking number of 175 attended); New Horseshoe Crab Program (26 attended):

August 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
·         Family Scvenger Hunt – Thursday, August 2nd (6pm)
·         Open MIC night – Thursday, August 9th (6pm) ~ SIA will be recording stories to share of Strathmere.
·         Family BINGO night – Thursday, August 16th (6pm)

Summer Raffle Winner
The “Spa Day Basket” was won by Rick Doyle. Congratulations!!

End of Summer Used Book Sale
Save the dates: Aug. 30th – Sept. 30th. Get your bargains here!  

Melissa Warren, Library Director
Enjoy the rest of your Summer! 

Strathmere Improvement Association August

August 3, 2018

Planning Board News; Open Mic Reminder; Kids Surf Fishing Tourney; Star Party; August SIA Meeting

Planning Board Meeting, Wed. August 8, 5 pm; Township Hall.

 The Planning Board is meeting Wednesday to discuss and adopt the “Master Plan Reexamination, Housing Plan element and the Fair Share Plan.” The Board will focus on affordable housing in Upper Township in order to meet the state deadline and to afford a penalty. You can view the agenda here:
    During a phone call with Planning Board Chair Jim Kelly and SIA President Linda Bateman, Mr. Kelly said that the public is always welcome but that Strathmere will not be discussed as part of the agenda. It is important to note that the Township had budgeted for a mini-update to Strathmere's Master Plan for this year and despite several organizations and individuals repeatedly urging for the planning to begin and to include Strathmere residents in the process, this has not happened as of yet. Ted Kingston and Gary Riordan are Planning Board members and Mr. Kelly recognizes many of our concerns as related by Ted and Gary, and has reached out again to the Township to "get the ball rolling" on Strathmere's Master Plan update.
   Attending Wednesday's meeting, however, would be a show of force and would allow you to speak if you choose during the public comment session before the vote is called.  Our message is that we need a comprehensive master plan for Strathmere and Whale Beach, and we want to be part of the process.

Strathmere Stories Continue to Grow! Open Mic Night, Thursday, August 9, 6-8 pm, Schiavo Library
   Here's a fun way to share your memories or to tell a story about your life in Strathmere. It can be a quick three minute tale or a longer, wider ranging recollection. Bring along your family members to chat about the time you...We all have a story. We want yours! There will be two cameras to avoid a long wait time and you're invited to come hear what others are saying. Check out some of the Strathmere Stories on our You Tube Channel:
   Here are one or two examples you might enjoy: Marilyn Roland in a two minute clip about Corson Toads:; Here's a longer interview with Bill Cowan, a former SIA president and a long time year round resident:
   You can request a specific time or just show up. More info: email or call 609 970-0157.

Note Earlier Date this Year for  Annual SFEC Kids Surf Fishing Tournament, Prescott, August 11, 8 am Registration
   Always a great day for kids and their parents. This year the SIA will be on hand with a special gift designed to create awareness of an easy way to reduce the use of plastic straws. (shhh-it's a surprise!) Check SFEC website for more details.

 Star Party Returns, August 17, 8:30 pm, Randolph.
   As you may have already heard, Derrick Pitts is returning to Randolph Beach just as Venus sets prominently in the sky during the quarter moon. Venus will also be accompanied by Jupiter, Mercury and Mars. Sponsored by the Strathmere Improvement Association through member support of dues and fundraising activities. See SIA website for more details.

August Calendar (Printable version) and more news and event details available on SIA* Website:

Save the Date: SIA August Meeting Moves to Saturday morning, August 18, 10 am, Firehouse. Election of officers; Bergus-Laurence Honor Roll awards; updates on news and happenings and special guest Gary Riordan  on Twisties in a (Coco)Nutshell!   

Note: Still a few zip up hoodies and black mesh hats available Saturday 10 am-noon. 14 E Tecumseh.  Sizes limited: Adult Small, XLG, 2XL and 3XL. $30.00 each; hats $10.00. 

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

2018 Strathmere 4th of July Parade photo's

We had another great 4th of July Parade here in Strathmere. The streets were packed with spectators and all of the entries were great, including several very funny ones.
There were many doggies in the parade, the police horse was back again (big favorite) and this year there was a mini horse wearing little sneakers!
Thanks to all of the fire and rescue squads that come help us celebrate every year. Tanks to the American Legion who are just awesome. Thanks to our volunteer fire co. Everyone who organises the parade and the Deauville for the after party.

See more photos on the Strathmere Facebook page.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

4th of July Parade info

Strathmere Improvement Association June 2018

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June 14, 2018, Flag Day & Father's Day Weekend

So much news to share!  Get ready for the July 4 Parade!

Bulkhead survey and upcoming meeting with Twp officials;

Take a walk down memory lane via a 1992 AC Magazine story with pix of locals you'll recognize;

Time to send in your SIA dues of $10.00 each and More at:

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                  Long May It Wave!               

Happy Father's Day.  Hope you're celebrating at the shore!

PS If you have ordered a hoodie, you can pick it up Friday, June 15, between 6-8 pm @ 14 E Tecumseh.        

Any Qs about existing stock, just email. Thanks for your support of the SIA.