Hot Time in Strathmere! Annual July 4th Parade

Tops Off a Long Holiday Weekend!

And the winners are...

​(Apologies for spelling-judges have to write quickly!)

Motorized Floats Division:

1st Prize: What Happens In Strathmere, Stays in Strathmere-Elvis Wedding

2nd Prize: Honest Abe

3rd Prize: Flintstone Vacation

Honorable Mentions: Finding Mary Lee; Topless in America; Environmental Club

Hand Pulled Floats Division:

1st Prize: Lobsters on the Loose

2nd Prize: Casablanca

​Honorable Mentions: Red, White and Bluau; Future Lifeguards

Mixed Walkers, Wagons and Strollers:

1st Prize: Minecraft

2nd Prize: Already Hooked on Strathmere

3rd Prize: Strathmere University

Honorable Mentions: Beauty & the Beast; Beach Patrol; Slime; Summer Got the Best of Us

Adult Walkers and Wagons:

1st Prize: The Place is Right

2nd Prize: Staying Alive

3rd Prize: Countdown to Super Bowl

Honorable Mentions: Still In Style; Clinton Still Relevant

Bikes, Junior 0-5 Years Old

1st Prize: Wonder Strathmere

2nd Prize: God Bless America

3rd Prize: Fourth of July

Honorable Mentions: God Bless America; Still 2 Kids; Strathmere Patriots

Bikes, Ages 6+

1st Prize: Blue Man, Uncle Sam

2nd Prize: Bow in Hair

​3rd Prize: Crey Paper

Honorable Mentions:

Soldier, Cart; Cape; Billy Donnes Patriotic

Strathmere Pets

1st Prize: Max

2nd Prize: Buddy

Trikes and Scooters

1st Prize: Uncle Sam & Abe Lincoln

2nd Prize: Red, White and Boom!

3rd Prize: A Fairy

​Special Shout Out to Antique Cars! 

You're All Winners!

A Few First Place Winners Pictured Below:

The Place is Right

   Have you seen Ken Weaver's video of his presentation on early Strathmere history yet? If you were one of the hundreds who packed the firehouse last summer and want to revisit it, or if you missed it, here's the Friday night session. Fire up the popcorn! Thanks, Ken for generously sharing your work.

Save the Date!

   St. Augustine Prep Acapella Choir to perform at Strathmere United Methodist Church. August 5, 7 pm, featuring Strathmere’s own Matthew Pond! Sponsored by the SIA. Free admission. (Giving plate for the church if you choose.) Come enjoy the exquisite church acoustics filled with the voices of a dozen or so young men.



Tom Leonard Honored by Quilts of Valor

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   Have you paid your SIA dues yet? If not, please send a check to the SIA, PO Box 57, Strathmere, NJ 08248. $10.00 per person. Your dues help underwrite the July 4th Parade prizes, the annual Christmas Party, newsletter and website fees,  and several programs held over the summer season-more announcements soon! Thanks so much for taking part in a community organization dedicated to preserving life as we know it in Strathmere and to keeping you informed of goings on around town.

What Happens in Strathmere...

Hats for sale!  email: or call 609 970-0157. Also on sale at the trailer park, site 96.

Stay tuned for more picture uploads. See page, "July 4th Parade Pix."

   From young to old, it was a parade to remember. Thanks to Karen Mitchell, Parade Chair; (on right with Uncle Sam). We snapped the shot on the left of a 92 year old WWII vet doing the Mummers' strut outside of the Deauville at the end of the parade. 

Interested in working on a living shoreline project?

  The DEP is organizing groups of volunteers interested in helping monitor some new coastal restoration/ resiliency projects. Many projects, such as the one in Strathmere by the Bayview boat ramp, are “living shorelines” (i.e. projects that use natural materials to protect the shoreline while still maintaining ecological functioning).  If anyone is interested in helping to monitor the progress of the project, please email Evan Sherer @

 Black or Pink Cool Mesh or Navy visor piped in white, canvas material.   $15.00 ea.

 By Rosemarie Whelan

Strathmere’s man-about-town, Tom Leonard (pictured above), was recently honored for his service to our country by the Quilts of Valor.  This is a non-profit foundation whose mission is “to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.” The Foundation was begun in 2003 by Catherine Roberts of Seaford, Delaware.

Tom received his Quilt of Valor on Saturday, April 8, at the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal.

 His service to our country was as a member of the Military Sealift Command from 1966 to 1972.   In this capacity, some of Tom’s duties included “sailing on ships which were transporting tanks and ammunition to Viet Nam; taking Apollo moon rockets from Seal Beach, California to Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and surveying the bottom of the ocean, so that submarines could more easily navigate the waters.”

In discussing the quilt, Tom noted that a certificate is presented with the quilt.  He also pointed out that sewed into the quilt is a 5x5” patch, which gives information as to “who made the quilt and what state they live in.”  Tom also noted that a “patriotic pillow case” in which to keep the quilt, was also given to him.

In his remarks upon being presented the quilt on April 8, Tom stated that “it was a great honor to receive this Quilt of Valor.”

For further information about Quilts of Valor, please visit

Lobsters on the Loose

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