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.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Schiavo Library: June 2018 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: June 2018 Newsletter

Used Book Sale
Our Ninth annual “Welcome Summer” Used Book Sale is going strong. The sale continues until at least June 16th. Stop in; we have TONS of books left! Great Prices. June 9th will begin our “Fill a Bag for $2” sale.

Library 9th Anniversary
We are celebrating “9” great years here at the Schiavo Library! Stop in June 27th – we will be open 10 – 4pm and celebrating with cupcakes and balloons. We continue to add on to our Library legacy through our programs.

Summer Programs & Events Preview
Our summer programs will begin on July 3rd.
The Children’s schedule is the same as in the past years.
For Teens we have a BookMark Contest as well as a photo contest “Get Caught reading a Book”. Adults, we have Mahjong! They will continue to meet every Wednesday morning.
Our late Night evenings will begin every Thursday July 5th – Aug 30th. (Please sign up at Library ahead of time, stop in or Call Tel.# 609-486-6265, or email:

Our New Events:
BIRD WATCHING – July 12th Program starts at 6pm, try to arrive at least 10-15 min prior. Meeting at the North end of Strathmere, near Statepark. Will be meeting with Hosts Debbie Rivel the Conserve Wildlife NJ to take a tour on beach. Bring Binoculars, and cameras.

HORSESHOE CRAB – July 26th Program starts 6pm, come learn about these magnificent creatures and why they are important to our wildlife, especially in our area. RARE old Dinosaur! Meet at the Library inside.

Our tried-and-true events:
FAMILY TEAM SCAVENGER HUNT: August 2nd 6:00pm (sign up at the Library)
FAMILY BINGO NIGHT: August 9th 6:00pm (sign up at the Library)

June Momental-Facts
National Photography Day ~ June 15th – Send us your nature photos we would love to add them to our photo album for the library.
Remember, Those Specials Dad and Granddads ~ June 17th (Happy Father’s Day)!

Melissa Warren, Library Director

Friday, May 04, 2018

Strathmere Improvement Association May 2018

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May 3, 2018


Hi Neighbor,

 It's that time of year when the sounds of the birds and surf mix with the buzz of saws and hammers. Folks are opening up their homes for the season and the Ocean Beach Trailer Park has come to life.
Please click on the link below for our first newsletter of May. You'll find a printable copy of the May calendar of Strathmere events as well of other news of interest. Stay tuned for the unveiling of the SIA summer fundraiser:  Zip up Strathmere hoodies and a collectable tree ornament-on sale beginning Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Schiavo Library: May 2018 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: May 2018 Newsletter 

New Books:
New Titles added to the Collection:

Used Book Sale: May 24
Our next used book sale will begin on May 24th. Save the date! Lots of books – very cheap! The sale will last until June 16th. Any questions, call the library: (609) 486-6265. If you would like to help set up the sale, please call us.
Our Hours are 8:30am – 2:30pm (Tuesday – Friday).
 10am – 4pm (Saturday’s).

Mahjong Lessons / Games:
Wendy is continuing with mahjong lessons on Wednesday. Call or email the library: we need your phone number and email address so that Wendy can get in touch with you in case of changes. If you’re not a member of the library, a small donation is appreciated. For Beginner’s (Learning) $4.00 and for Experienced players (Non-Members) $2.00.

Summer Program (sneak peek):
This summer some favorites – Story hour, LEGO club, and Terrapin Release Program, Makerspace Table that will be available at all times (for crafts and science experiments) and WII game system for active indoor fun (especially on those rainy days) and Movie Nights. More information in the June newsletter.

Fun - Facts: 
May 17th – is WORLD BAKING DAY! What are some of your favorite baked goods?

 Melissa Warren, Library Director

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Strathmere Improvement Association - Commonwealth Plans, Motel News and What a Forecast!

Strathmere Improvement Association

April 10, 2018
Have you seen the weekend forecast? Looks as if we're going from a March-full of snow and storms to weekend temps in the high 60s. The daffodils are in bloom, trees are budding and the seasonal birds are starting to make their appearance. Hope you'll enjoy some Strathmere time, too. Meanwhile, here are two items of interest...

Proposals for Commonwealth Avenue:The County has developed several plans to restripe Commonwealth Avenue to create a safer, more user friendly corridor. Most versions would support the creation of a pedestrian lane and parking on only one side of the street.
plans here

The public is invited to an information session at the Sea Isle City Community Lodge in the Welcome Center on JFK Boulevard from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 20.

Strathmere Motel News!In case you haven't heard,
the owners of the Strathmere Motel have decided not to reopen this summer. As a result, they have petitioned the UT Zoning Board to change their status from Resort Commercial to a non-conforming, multi-family dwelling while they explore future development. You are invited to attend the Zoning Board meeting this Thursday, April 12 at 7 pm in Township Hall. If you would like to ask questions, homeowners within 200' are first invited to speak and then the general public may join in.

                                          47 Days Til Memorial Day!
                                                           Photo thanks to Greg Bennett

Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 4
Strathmere New Jersey 08248

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Schiavo Library: April 2018 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: April 2018 Newsletter

National Library Week: April 8-14, 2018
Join us for National Library Week. A great time to celebrate all kinds of libraries. Find a good book and enjoy a cupcake, too. Browse our mini-museum take a look at some Local History from Strathmere Families.

Major League Baseball (MLB)
The 2018 Major League Baseball regular season will begin on March 29 — the earliest Opening Day in league history. Stop on in and check-out a good sports books. We have a nice display going for all you Baseball fans.

Spring Mahjong Lessons
Wendy Dougherty has been away. However, Mahjong can still be played Wednesdays if there are 3 or more players interested and want to get together. We are more than happy to have you play here at the Library, we have Mahjong tiles sets, and tables. Times are between 10:30-12:30. If you are interested, please call the library (609 486-6265). We need your name, phone number and email address so that Wendy can contact you. The lessons will be free for Schiavo Library members and $4 for non-members. Wendy says that beginners should figure on at least two 2-hour lessons to feel comfortable at open games.

Volunteer Recognition Day (April 20th)
Thank your Library Volunteers (Marion Ingram, Joan DiFiore, Ruth Nickelsburg, and Rosemarie Whelan) , School Volunteers, and Fire Department Volunteers. We have so many to be thankful for. Thank you for all your help, it mean so much too so many.
Save the date Our Annual Memorial Day Used Book Sale is scheduled for May 24th – June 16th. We have been taking in books all winter long, books are filling up the library. Put the dates on your calendar!

Melissa Warren, Library Director

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Schiavo Library: March 2018 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: March 2018 Newsletter

 Library Quotes:
“The More that you read. The more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." ~Dr. Seuss

Under-Dog Masks ~ Eagles:
We still have some Masks available (limited amount), if you are still interested. Only $1.00

Food Bank Collection:
Thank you for all your donations. We will continue to collect until the end of this Month. Then it will be delivered to a Local Food Bank.

Spring is in the air: 
It’s time for the sun to shine upon us longer. Daylight Savings time is Sunday, March 11th. Don’t forget to “Spring Forward”. First Day of Spring is Tuesday, March 20th.

Important Info: March (18-24), is National Poison Prevention Week. Contact your local center for resources or share materials on the American Association of Poison Control Centers. 

Melissa Warren, Library Director

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Schiavo Library February 2018 Newsletter

February Schedule
Just a reminder - the library will be closed for the first two weeks of February again this year. This will provide needed maintenance time. We’ll be reopening on February 13th with our regular schedule. Mahjong games will be postponed until we resume on Tuesday, Feb. 13th.

Blind Date with a Book
Come check out our Mystery Date with a book, never know what you might get. There is a survey to rate your date inside each book. Let us know your thoughts. Love it, hate it, would you like to see more like it. Let us know.

February: Library Lovers’ Month
If you love your local library, show it! Write notes of gratitude to your local librarian or maybe even better - write your local politicians and tell them how important our libraries are to everyone! Or just stop in and enjoy our lovely Library. You can still Donate (Books, DVD’s, VHS Tapes or Money) all donations are appreciated.

February: National Bird-Feeding Month
Visit one of your local Audobons, or use the Audobon Guide to North American Birds to identify what birds are local to your region and which may visit your bird feeder. Check out our variety of information on Birds in North America and Cape May, New Jersey.

Library News
We say goodbye & Happy Retirement to our former Library Director Christine Rohrman. You will be missed and I will do my best to carry on traditions. Have a Happy and safe vacation. Will look forward to your visit in April.

Melissa Warren, Library Director

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Schiavo Library: January 2018 Newsletter

Winter Challenges
Despite the cold and the snow, we’re open. If you need to get out of the house (even for just a few minutes), stop in. The library is bright and warm and cheerful. We’ve got books, magazines and the daily newspaper to browse. You could even listen to some music.

Food Collection Box
We are still collecting food for the local food banks. Please take a moment to go through your pantry and see what you can contribute. Thanks! Brain Teaser Month
January is brain teaser month. So, we will feature the puzzle of the week. The first one is “The World’s Best Pizza Puzzle.” Stop in and see if you can solve it.

Mahjong continues here at the library. Wednesday is the normal day for play. Lessons can also be scheduled with Wendy. Call for any changes or updates or to schedule lessons (609 486-6265).

Changes at the Library
I’ll be retiring at the end of the month and Melissa will become the Library Director. Rosemarie Whelan is going to step in as the Assistant Librarian. So, you will be seeing more of her. For the winter the hours will generally be 8:30-2:30 and occasionally 10-4pm. And we will be closed the first two weeks of February.

I will miss seeing everyone. Please help to continue Rita Schiavo’s legacy and keep this a great library.
Thanks for a wonderful 8 years!

Christine Rohrman, Library Director