Friday, January 16, 2015

SIA Newsletter 1/16/15

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
This Monday we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Since it is a Township Holiday, there will be no trash or recycling collected.
 Trash will be collected on Tuesday, January 20. Please hold your recycling until January 26.
Reminder – please don’t put your Christmas tree on the dunes or beach.  Place them curbside and Public Works will collect them all during the month of January.
Dumping vegetative waste on the dunes has a detrimental effect to the natural dune system.  In a sandy dune system, decomposing vegetative material prevents beach grass and other dune vegetation from growing properly.  It is also prohibited under Township Ordinance and is considered littering (Sec 24-4.1b) and is punishable for a fine of $500-$1000.
The beach replenishment project will begin in April at the Point!

On Jan. 6, officials from the Army Corps, the DEP, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Upper Township met at Corson’s Inlet and agreed to permit construction there this spring.
Read about it in the Gazette here.


The Ocean Drive Bridge over Townsend’s Inlet has closed and will remain closed until April 30th, 2015.
Note also that Sea Isle Boulevard has a reduced speed limit of 40 mph (and “cattle chutes”) because of the project to raise the roadway by some four feet.
This project is expected to take up to six years, because of the need to let the fill settle into the marshes.

On the other hand, the new southbound Garden State Parkway bridge over Great Egg Harbor is expected to complete by the middle of next year.
That Gazette story is here.
Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!
Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Rosemarie Whelan
Ken Weaver

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Strathmere’s northern tip to get beachfill first, Army Corps announces

Strathmere’s northern tip to get beachfill first, Army Corps announces

Reconstruction of the beach on Ludlum Island this spring will begin at the northernmost end of Strathmere after all, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday, Jan. 15.
Originally, construction of that northernmost tip of the beach, next to Corson’s Inlet, had been postponed until the fall because it is a known nesting ground for the piping plover. Severe erosion of the beach led to the scheduling change.
On Jan. 6, officials from the Army Corps, the DEP, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Upper Township met at Corson’s Inlet and agreed to permit construction there this spring. Normally, beachfill operations are prohibited at known plover nesting grounds from March to September, in accordance with federal law protecting endangered species. After touring the Corson’s Inlet site, however, the officials concluded that the beach is so severely eroded as to preclude the likelihood of plovers nesting there and agreed verbally to permit the exception to the plover rule.
Under the agreement, which will be formalized in writing, the beach will be monitored before and during construction to ensure that there are no plovers and no nests are disturbed.
The overall schedule of the project, which involves the southern end of Ocean City as well as Ludlum Island (Strathmere and Sea Isle) has not changed. Work on the Strathmere and Sea Isle section is expected to begin in April. Work on Ocean City is expected to begin in May. Both sections are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will perform the work under a $57.6 million contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The federal government is assuming 100 percent of the cost of the initial construction under the terms of the Sandy relief act that Congress passed in 2013.
The project is a partnership between the Army Corps and the NJDEP. Going forward, the DEP will assume 50 percent of the cost. The DEP in turn requires one-quarter of its share to come from the municipalities involved.
The beachfill in Ocean City, from 34th Street to 59th Street, will entail construction of a dune approximately 13 feet above sea level and a berm (or beach) 100 feet wide. That is expected to require a minimum of 1.6 million cubic yards of sand.
In Strathmere and Sea Isle, the dune will be approximately 15 feet in elevation and the berm 50 feet wide, requiring a minimum of 2.6 million cubic yards of sand.

From the Upper Township Gazette 1/15/15

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Nesting birds unlikely in Strathmere’s north end, but beach fill start still up in the air

Nesting birds unlikely in Strathmere’s north end, but beach fill start still up in the air

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STRATHMERE – Mayor Richard Palombo said Monday that the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is willing to relax permit restrictions for a planned beach replenishment project in Strathmere, saying it is unlikely that birds will nest there this year.
That could mean the project will be able to start on the hard hit north end sooner than planned.
The Army Corps of Engineers plans to mobilize dredges for the Great Egg Harbor to Townsends Inlet Project in March, and beach replenishment is set to start in Strathmere in April. But the project will start on Vincent Road and move south through Whale Beach and Sea Isle City. The hard hit north end would not receive sand until the fall, according to the plan, because of beach nesting birds there.
Palombo said the township had approached the DEP about allowing for a waiver so that beach replenishment can start sooner on the north end. At a recent meeting, DEP officials said they would sign off on a waiver, since there is no beach on Strathmere’s north end for birds to nest, he said.
 “The likelihood of having piping plovers nest there, even on the eastern side near the ocean, is pretty minimal,” Palombo said.
That does not mean the Army Corps will change its current plan, however.
“There are no guarantees anything will be changed,” Palombo said. “We will talk to them to have them take it into consideration. I’m ecstatic it’s even being considered.”
A meeting between municipal officials, the DEP and the Army Corps is planned in a few weeks at the Tuckahoe firehouse. Palombo said he hopes to make the township’s case then.
The DEP has relaxed permit restrictions for past beach replenishment projects in Strathmere. Similar to this year, the beaches on the north end were so eroded then that the birds’ habitat was gone.
The Army Corps awarded a $57.6 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Illinois for the Great Egg Harbor to Townsends Inlet Project in early November. The Corps plans to use one dredge for Ludlam Island and another dredge for the south end of Ocean City.
The dredge for southern Ocean City will mobilize in April and start pumping sand in May, according to a December interview with Army Corps Philadelphia District spokesman Ed Voigt.
This will be the first of many beach replenishment projects to come for this area. The initial fill will be entirely paid for by the federal government, due to emergency funds appropriated by Congress after Hurricane Sandy.
Work in the southern end of Ocean City, from 34th Street to Corson’s Inlet, will involve construction of a dune approximately 13 feet above sea level, with a width at the top of 25 feet, and beach extending 100 feet from the seaward base of the dune.
On Ludlum Island, which includes Strathmere and Sea Isle, the dune will be about 15 feet high and the beach 50 feet wide.
Strathmere’s north end was hard hit this year, with the beach mostly eroded and waves crashing on the rock wall there. Upper Township made an emergency declaration last July because of the loss of beach.
Strong winds and high tides took 100 feet of sand from beaches there as Hurricane Arthur passed to the east during the July 4, 2014 weekend. The dunes have been swept away and a beach entrance to the state park area was closed because of erosion last summer.
Homeowners in the area have pleaded for help as waves break just a few yards from there homes.
With the emergency declaration in place, Upper Township officials said they can move quickly to truck in sand if a storm looks like it could breach the rock wall and threaten public and private property.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Schiavo Library: January 2015 Newsletter

Schiavo Library: January 2015 Newsletter 

New Jersey Run for the Fallen: 
Every year here at the shore there is a wonderful tribute to NJ’s military heroes and their families. Last September the fallen heroes were honored during the 182 mile run from Cape May to the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel. Along the route there are hero markers. This year’s Hero Marker #035 (right here on this island) was dedicated to CPL Michael D. Jankiewecz. His home town was Ramsey, NJ, he was 23 years old, and “knew he wanted to be a soldier as a child.” He served twice in Iraq and had just left for his second tour of Afghanistan. For more information on this event go to their website: 

Food Collection Box:
Again this winter we will collect food for the local food banks. There is a lot of need in the area as you probably know from reading the news. Please take a moment to go through your pantry and see what you can contribute. Thanks!

Movie Matinees – Friday 1:00pm
Our Movie Matinees will continue throughout the winter. January will feature spy movies.

New Schedule for February:
For the first time the Schiavo Library will close for a short period during the slow winter. We will be closing for the first two weeks in February – from Feb. 1st until Feb. 14th. This will give us a chance to do some needed maintenance (painting, etc.). The library will reopen with normal hours the last two weeks in February: Tuesday through Saturday 10-4pm or 9-3pm.

Any questions, please call or email: (609) 486-6265 or 

 Christine Rohrman, Library Director

Thursday, January 08, 2015

SIA Newsletter 1/6/15: The Passing of Priscilla Bergus Laurence

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
We regret to inform you of the death of Priscilla Bergus Laurence.

Andy, Liz and Katie Laurence are sorry to let Priscilla’s friends know that after a long and brave struggle with cancer, with many more bright moments than difficult ones, and a beautiful last Christmas at home, our glorious Priscilla died ...peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday afternoon, December 27 at St Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham”. 

The funeral will take place at Honor Oak Crematorium (Camberwell New Cemetery, Brenchley Gardens, SE23 3RD, London, UK) at 10.45 am on Saturday, January 10th. 
It was Priscilla’s wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St Christopher’s; you can do so using this link (also has Priscilla’s life story).
For the last several years, Priscilla continued her parents’ tradition of donating and presenting scholarship prizes to Strathmere resident children.
Here she is with the Pond and Furey boys at the August, 2014 SIA Meeting:

Strathmere will miss a great lady!

Friday, December 12, 2014

SIA Newsletter 12/11/14

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,
Our SIA / SVFC Community Christmas Party will be this Saturday, and we hope you’re coming!
The annual Strathmere Christmas Party will be held from 6:00 to 10:00 pm at the Deauville Inn.
Responses (ticket sales) have been very good and it will be a great party!
The ticket charges are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
These prices include taxes and gratuity, but no drink tickets (there will be a cash bar).
There will be tickets available at the door if you do not yet have tickets.
However, if you are bringing a child 12 and under and you did not register them, please bring a wrapped gift so the child will not be disappointed.
Don’t forget to bring your camera, so that you can take a family picture with the lifeguard boat!

The Strathmere snowy owl suncatchers / ornaments will be available for purchase at the party!
They’ll make great Christmas gifts!

You can also buy them in town or through the mail (see below).

They’ll look great on a Christmas tree; they come with both a tree hanger and a suction cup for a window.
The cost is $5.00, and you can get them at the Schiavo Library, at 401-B Bayview Drive (call 215-801-5876 first) or at 212 Bayview Drive (call 609-263-6846 first).
If you’d like them mailed, please send a check made out to SIA to P.O. Box 57, 08248.
The postage and package cost is $2.00 extra for one, two or three (three would be $17), and $1.00 extra for each suncatcher after that (five would be $29).
Unfortunately, the beach replenishment project that we’ve been expecting to start this month, will not begin in Strathmere until April.
Here is a story in the Press of Atlantic City.
Here’s one in the OCNJ Daily.
And here’s a video clip by Channel 40 on the story featuring our own Mike McNally!
As you probably know, we had a nor’easter earlier this week that caused flooding on Bayview and beach erosion from the ocean. This was “minor” tidal flooding on Bayview on Monday morning:

and this was “moderate” tidal flooding on Tuesday:

We doubt that the owner of that van thinks the flooding was either “minor” or “moderate”... 
The storm washed away a lot of beach. This is at Williams, where it left an eight-foot cliff:

Up near Seaview, the ocean overwashed the dune and washed sand onto Neptune:

The good news is that the “point” still seems to be accumulating more sand, and there’s not much danger there in the near term.
If you don’t want to wait for these newsletters, you can see these pictures (and many more - and videos) in almost real time by checking the SIA Facebook page.
“Like” us so that our posts come onto your timeline automatically.
Upper Township has quite a bit of information available on their website here regarding flood information and flood insurance rate maps.
Last Saturday, the Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club held their annual Election Meeting and Christmas Party at the firehouse.
You can read about it on their website here.
Their December meeting is also highlighted by a Food Drive.
The Food Drive was a big success, but the need doesn't stop with Christmastime!
There are many people very much in need of help from the Food Bank, at the non-denominational Community Food Pantry at the Church of the Resurrection in Marmora.
If you can help out, donations are very much appreciated.
 Checks may be made out to COTR - Food Pantry. Please note SFEC in the memo section.
Then send your check to the SFEC (made out as above) at PO Box 77, Strathmere 08248.
All donations are tax-deductible.

Are you a military veteran?
American Legion Post 524 in Ocean City has arranged for a visit by the Veterans Administration Medical Center’s Mobile Outreach Clinic Van
on Monday, Dec. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at post headquarters 3304 Bay Avenue.
More details are available here.
If you plan to go, take your Form DD214.

Upcoming Events - please mark your calendars:
Strathmere Christmas Party, Deauville Inn, Saturday, December 13, 6:00 pm
Let us know of additions or corrections!


The Strathmere Improvement Association invites all owners, renters and vacationers in Strathmere and Whale Beach to join as dues paying members.
The SIA was founded in 1951 as a community organization with the simple objective of making Strathmere a better place.
We work to preserve our town’s “hometown feeling” and to keep lines of communication open within town, and with local government
We are proud of the organization's many accomplishments over the years, including sponsorship of 2012 Centennial activities, taking on a key organizing and leadership role in Strathmere and Whale Beach relief efforts after Sandy, and hosting an annual community beach party and concert or similar event.
Additionally, the July and August SIA meetings feature programs of interest to vacationers and homeowners.
Please let us know if you have comments or suggestions for the newsletter or for SIA in general, or if you'd like us to change your e-mail address in our records.
You can contact us by responding to this e-mail at or by mailing the SIA at PO Box 57, Strathmere 08248.

Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!

Linda Bateman
Elaine Holsomback
Donna Diefenderfer
Rosemarie Whelan
Ken Weaver