Star Party Returns to Strathmere!*

   We are thrilled to invite you to a night under the stars with Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer of The Franklin Institute Fels Planetarium. Join us as he guides stargazers in search of Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars, and experience the first quarter moon. 

      August 17, 8:30 pm (rain date 8/18)

   *It is because of your support of the SIA through dues and fundraising, that we are able to sponsor the Star Party and to continue work on the video archive (among other things!)

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Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer, Fels Planetarium, The Franklin Institute Science Museum

Grand Marshal Jackie Cunningham!

​​Open Mic Night Returns!

Tell your Story in a Relaxed Conversation at the Schiavo Library,

Thursday, August 9, 6-8 pm.

​   The SIA Strathmere Stories Video Archive has been slowly building a treasure trove of memories large and small, but there are still so many memories and stories to be told. Come along and bring a friend. For more info or to request a specific time slot, email: Two cameras so no waiting!

   Meanwhile, enjoy the latest video of Frank Jankowski and hear about the biggest fish he ever caught!

As Karen said, more than 45 volunteers, the SIA, SVFC and the Deauville work together each year to create memories,  to celebrate our Strathmere way of life and to bring the community together wrapped in red, white and blue. Til next year...

Would you like to share your story?

   It's easy! Email: for details.

   As we continue to build our Strathmere Stories Archive, we invite you to sit back and watch Strathmere's Tom Leonard share his life's adventures on the seas, always returning to Strathmere. (Volunteers needed to help splice videos via our youtube channel.)

   Have you paid your SIA dues yet? If not, please send a check to the SIA, PO Box 4, 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.

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   Have you seen Ken Weaver's video of his presentation on early Strathmere history yet? Fire up the popcorn! Thanks, Ken, for generously sharing your work.

Proceeds help underwrite the July 4th Parade and Annual Strathmere Christmas Party.

Many thanks to all who contributed pix throughout the year, especially Ted Kingston and Greg Bennett.

To share pix, please email:

​Strathmere Improvement Association

PO Box 4, Strathmere, NJ 08248

Last Castaway Concert of the Summer!

August 11, 8:45 pm

Atley Moon is baaaacccckkkkk!!!

Another Hit of a Parade!

Thanks, Karen Mitchell,      for a super 2018 July 4th Celebration!

Kids Surf Fishing Tournament

August 11, 8 am

Be sure to stop by the SIA table for a free gift for your child!

See SFEC website for more info. 

August Dates       for your Calendar

8/9, Open Mic Night;

Schiavo Library, 6-8 pm. Drop in and tell your story for the Strathmere Stories Video Archive or sit in and listen to others tell theirs.

8/11, Kids' Surf Fishing Tournament

8/11, Castaway Lounge, Atley Moon 

8/16, Phils Game (scroll down)

8/17, SIA Star Party, Randolph Beach, 8:30. Derrick Pitts Returns!

8/18, SIA Meeting,    10 am Firehouse. Election of officers and guest Gary Riordan talking Twisties in a (Coco) Nutshell.

8/25, Nightmare!

August 18 SIA meeting to feature Gary Riordan and

Twisties in a (Coco) Nutshell!

  Please attend our August SATURDAY MORNING meeting @10 am in the Firehouse. Election of Officers; Bergus-Laurence Honor Roll Awards and updates on news and happenings on tap for a rare Saturday morning gathering of the SIA. Gary Riordan will talk about Twisties past and present, including the railroad and of course, all those coconut heads.

   Minutes of the July meeting are available by clicking the red button on the left. If you'd like to nominate someone for SIA office or if you'd like to run, please email Nominating Chair Diddy Addario at Also in the minutes is a great summary by Rosemarie Whelan, SIA Secretary, of the talk Fred Dunbar, CEO of Common Cents Financial Planning gave after the July 20 business meeting.

   Come meet your neighbors! (Meetings are open to the public.)

Remember these? If you'd like to register your vehicle as belonging to a "local," a free bumper sticker is avaliable. Email: for details.  Good for security- identifies your vehicle as one that belongs in town, especially during the off season. (@2" high X 3.5" wide)

Charcoal Gray, zip up Hoodies in Adult Sizes Small-XXXL.  $30.00 each.

The SVFC coordinated traffic flow and put on a show!

Strathmere Volunteer Fire Co. Third Annual Trip

to the Phillies Game:

August 16, 7:05 pm.
$45.00 per person includes bus, ticket and tip. For more info: Call Larry Dubs @ 609 399-5563 or email:

Have you gotten your 2018 Wooden Strathmere Ornament, featuring our beloved terrapins? Great Christmas gift for just $10.00. Email:

How Times Change!Look at the treasure we were recently given by Elizabeth Bergus's estate. Atlantic City Magazine, a little over 26 years ago, did a story on our sleepy town soon after a building moratorium had been lifted. (Moratorium was because of lack of a safe water supply.) Eight houses were under construction as of April 1992 (two finished during moratorium). Proud to say former SIA President Bill Cowan is featured, and the article gives credit to the SIA that "banded the residents together and called on Upper Township, the municipality that governs Strathemre, to impose the moratorium." Water was precious and the town was in danger of running out.

  Lynda Carpenter, Bruce & Gwen Riordan, Donald & Elizabeth Bergus, and Gussie Eggie and David Meade were also interviewed for the story. The SIA is passing the magazine along to the Schiavo Library for the public to enjoy up close and personal.

Click on menu bar    to view Stockton 2017 Coastal Report.

Yes, this happened. With sneakers!

Grand Centurion Ed Andresss!

​​This is Why WeDo It!


SIA Member-at-Large Janet Mahley 

Took the Wheel of the SIA Car.

Could We Stop Buying Mylar Balloons, please?

This graduation balloon washed up near the Inlet. Sent the image to  Long Branch School's fb page to ask that the Class of 2019 consider going Mylar Free. Great dialog ensued. Long Branch schools, for instance, have banned plastic straws in all their buildings, and promised to talk with students and families about balloon use. (Plastic straws, btw, account for about 7% of the plastic that washes ashore.)

Awards Ceremony @the Deauville  was Packed!