Sunday, June 16, 2019

Boat Ride on the Bayfront; Planning Bd. & Twp. Meeting News; July 4th Parade; Community Bike Ride/Walk; SUMC Fundraiser; SIA Dues & Swag; Pix!

From the Strathmere Improvement Association
June 16, 2019
Warm Father's Day Greetings to our Dads, Grands and Uncles!

Next Planning Board Meeting: June 20, 7:30 pm
Discussion regarding the “RR” Resort Residential Zoning District and follow up to public comments from the May 28 Township Committee Meeting.


News from Upper Township Committee Meeting:Beach Replenishment Approved for Fall:
Once the birds have left in October, 400,000 cubic yards of sand will be dredged onto the beach from Corson’s Inlet down to Winthrop, according to Twp. Engineer Paul Dietrich. The dredge will do work in Ocean City, Strathmere and Sea Isle. It is not definite which borrow site will be used at this time; the Army Corps, with the contractor, will make the final decision as the time nears.

Plan Now to Join the Annual July 4th Parade
People make the parade! Let’s continue the tradition of bike decorating, float building and fun themed walkers down Commonwealth. Share the experience with your little ones and start your own parade tradition. No entry fee and prizes for all children.
Registration at the Firehouse: 9:15
Judging: 10 am in designated/division areas
Parade Kick Off: 10:30 am


Strathmere United Methodist Church Needs Your Help
Church trustees are launching a major fundraising campaign to replace its "beyond repair" organ. A reconditioned one has been located and will cost $16,000. More details to follow, but if you can, please mail a check to SUMC, Box 93, STM 08248 to help defray the costs. Regardless of your religious preference, SUMC has been  home to countless concerts, funeral and memorial services, hymn sings and Sunday services.  It's "the town's" church. 

In late fall,  the SIA made a donation of $500.00 to help defray some of the costs of the winter season. Here's hoping you'll  be able to offer financial support, too.


Inaugural Bike Ride/Run/Walk Down Commonwealth!
Saturday, July 6, 2019. 8 am, near the turtle sign
Lace up your sneakers and join the inaugural Commonwealth bike/run/walk down Commonwealth’s new pedestrian/recreation lane. . Gather with your neighbors and friends at the turtle sign near the trailer park for an 8 am picture, and then cyclists take off, followed by runners and walkers. We’ll head down to the new parking area near the paint chips in SIC (or as far as you’d like to go) and back.
The Commonwealth re-striping has been years in the making and has created a safe recreation corridor, with parking limited to the east/beach side of the road.  The County created 200 new parking places (replacing the approx. 190 lost on the bay side) near the paint chips. Sea Isle is waiving beach fees in that area. The committee members below have long advocated for a solution to the dangerous conditions on Commonwealth,  and worked with County Freeholder Will Morey, with community input, to seek a solution. Thanks to the members and their organizations for their advocacy.


After reading about the boat ride, click on the link at the bottom for the complete newsletter and downloadable boat ride registration form.

Ahoy SIA Members! 
Join with fellow Strathmere Improvement Association members on a boat ride along the historic Strathmere Bay front with special guest host Ed Andress.
We’ve chartered the Avalon Lady, a 45’ pontoon boat for Sunday evening, July 14, from 6-8 pm. We’re offering 20 minute trips (leaving every half hour), making a loop down to the Deauville and back to our Sumner Avenue starting point. (Unfortunately, children under 5 are not permitted onboard.)
Along the way, Ed will regale us with tales of days gone by, you’ll see the familiar houses from the bayside view, and feel the breeze that only a boat ride can deliver.
We’ll gather at the street end of Sumner and the Bay, and thanks to the generosity of Ed and Becky Grasavage, board from their dock. Please arrive15 minutes early and kindly try to keep your group size small so that everyone has an opportunity to cruise. The boat seats 30 folks with four departures every half hour. Ticket price to help underwrite costs is $5.00 per person to help defray insurance and charter costs. The balance will be paid from our treasury’s dues, fundraising efforts and generous donations.
Seating is limited and pre-registration for active, dues paying SIA members is open until July 4; then it will open to other Strathmere residents and visitors.
Reservations can only be made by email, followed by receipt of the payment form available on the SIA website. First emails received, first served. and then please fill out and mail the form and a check to: SIA, Box 4, STM, 08248.
Food and Drinks/Alcohol are NOT allowed on the Lady Avalon!

Enjoy the rest of the newsletter and download the printable boat ride form by clicking on the link below: 

Strathmere Improvement Association
PO Box 4
Strathmere New Jersey 08248

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Schiavo Library: June 2019 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: June 2019 Newsletter  

Used Book Sale:
Our 10th annual “Welcome Summer” Used Book Sale is going strong. The sale continues until at least June 15th. Stop in; we have TONS of books left! Great Prices.  June 11th will begin our “Fill a Bag for $2” sale.

Library 10th Anniversary:
We are celebrating  “10great years here at the Schiavo Library! Stop in week of June 25th – we will be celebrating all week with special gifts for the first ten visitors throughout the week. And celebrating with cupcakes on Thursday, June 27th All day.
Summer Programs & Events Preview:
Our summer storytime programs will begin on July 2nd.  Storytime is now offered Tues/Thurs. 
For Teens, we have a BookMark Contest as well as a T-Shirt contest.
Adults, we have Mahjong! They will continue to meet every Wednesday morning.  Our late Night evenings will begin every Thursday June 13th – Aug 29th

(Please sign up at Library ahead of time for events, stop in or Call Tel.# 609-486-6265, or email:

Our Events: (some NEW!)
· Wildlife Conservation Film Festival “Summer Series”  Grab a flyer for Dates starting June 13th @6pm. 
· BIRD Nature Walk– July 18th 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.  (Sign up at the Library)
· HORSESHOE CRAB – July 25th 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.  (Sign up at the Library)                                                     
· FAMILY TEAM SCAVENGER HUNT: August 1st  6:00pm (Sign up at the Library)
· FAMILY BINGO NIGHT: August 15th 6:00pm (Sign up at the Library)

Library News:         
Be on the lookout this Summer we will be adding YA – Audio Books to our collection as well as we will be adding YA - Playaway readers (Just need a set of headphones/earplugs plug in and play)

 Our Summer Raffle is underway, “Summer Kick-off” Basket, $1 a ticket.  Drawing ends June 15th. 

  Also, we are hosting a Book Signing for “One Loose String” by: Christine Scarpa  June 20th @ 5pm.

Don’t forget Father's Day June 16th                                 

Melissa Warren, Library Director

Meet the author Christine Scarpa