Strathmere Improvement Association

Tidal pool reflections taken by Greg Bennett, early morning, June 2.

   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.

It's the Summer of Eds!Ed Andress Junior and Senior will speak at the SIA July 21 meeting about their lives in Strathmere. Save the date!

Ed Andress Jr.                 

The Annual Jane Shetler/Debbie Starr Open Tournament for Women is Saturday, June 24. More details from the SFEC (flyers at Post office and at Whale Creek).

Hats for sale!  email: sia1912@comcast.net or call 609 970-0157. Also on sale at the trailer park, site 97.

 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 QOVF.org.




First in a series of look-backs at July 4 parades. This one is from @1995.Thanks, Ed Tettemer for sharing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAYIknFAqyo               (At the end, he is saying, "219.") Hint: subtract from 1995!

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

The SIA Invites you to a concert:
St. Augustine Prep Acappella Choir to Perform in Town!

    Strathmere’s own Matthew Pond and the St. Augustine Prep Acappella Choir will present a concert in the Strathmere United Methodist Church this summer. Come enjoy the exquisite church acoustics filled with the voices of a dozen or so young men. (The SIA will make a donation to the Arts program at St. Augustine; donation offering for ongoing church maintenance if you wish.)
   Date and time to be announced soon!

Ted Kingston took this from the air on April 26.


Jitneys Resume Service-restrictions in place.

   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.

   Upper Township recently passed two resolutions to license jitney operations in Strathmere and Whale Beach. Jitneys will run from noon til 4 am and will only operate on South Commonwealth and West Willard. Stops will only be made at the Deauville; La Fontana; Mildred's; 1495 S Commonwealth (Hawthorne); 2075 S Commonwealth (Hayes); and 2613 S Commonwealth (Taylor Ave). It is illegal for the driver to stop at any other stop.

   Thanks to many in town for their input at last summer's town hall, or for emails and phone calls to Township officials and to those who spoke at Township meetings.

It's not too soon to start planning your parade entry!

Tom Leonard Honored by Quilts of Valor


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