Monday, June 26, 2017

Remembering the Caped Crusader

Adam West speaks at the Phoenix Comicon event in 2014. Image: Gage Skidmore

Adam West, the “Batman” star who died this month at age 88, is being remembered by USPS and Postal Inspection Service employees who knew and worked with him.

Soon after West and his wife Marcelle settled in Ketchum, ID, in 1987, he became a regular customer at the local Post Office.

“When he wasn’t traveling, Adam came to the Post Office every day,” Ketchum Postmaster John McDonald said. “He received a lot of fan mail.”

West played a campy version of the Dark Knight in the 1960s “Batman” TV series. It aired for only three seasons, but much to West’s delight, it continued to attract fans in reruns.

“My mail really reflects the fact that people still see the show, and it’s really been evergreen. It’s been around 40-some years. I’m very lucky,” West told "Your Postal Podcast” in 2015.

West’s crime fighting wasn’t limited to TV. Last year, he helped battle foreign lottery scammers in  educational videos for the Inspection Service’s Delivering Trust site.

Paul Krenn, an Inspection Service program manager, has fond memories of working with West on the videos.

“Adam West inspired many youngsters of the time to pursue a career in fighting crime, including me. Little could I imagine I would have an opportunity later in life to work with him,” Krenn said, adding that West was “as passionate in his performance as he was in his commitment to helping the Postal Service protect consumers.”

McDonald said he’ll miss his longtime friend.

“Adam was always happy and made the people around him feel welcomed. He had a wonderful sense of humor,” he said.

Source: LINK

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Royal Palm P&DC Chili Cook Off


Tour 1 Automated Flats Sorting Machine (AFSM) 100 Distribution Clerk Kirrie Baker (above) won first place for her turkey chili recipe.
 
 
Automated Parcel and Bundle Sorter (APBS) Distribution Clerk Debra Myers (above) won first place in the Tour 2 chili cook off competition.
 
Automated Flats Sorting Machine (AFSM) 100 Distribution Clerk Carmen Torres (above) won first place among chili cook off competitors on Tour 3.
Photos: Bridget Taylor

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Meet 'Miss Doris'

Doris Jenkins stands in front of rows of roller skates at her rink, Image: Nicole Triche

For more than 50 years, Doris Jenkins has traded shifts between the Topsail Beach, NC, Post Office and the roller skating rink that she and her husband built upstairs.

Jenkins, a contract Postmaster, operates the Post Office during the day and runs the rink every night. Both have been family affairs.

“My grandmother was a postmaster during the Second World War, and I had several aunts that worked in Post Offices,” she said.

When the Topsail Beach Postmaster retired in 1962, Jenkins applied and got the contract.

She and her husband, Sonny, got into the skating business because it “was our hobby.” He designed the rink in 1964 and built it above ground to avoid hurricane damage.

Today, the rink has its original flooring, signage and disco ball. There’s no air conditioning, and music is played on vinyl 45 records.

Customers routinely comment on the beach town’s “time capsule” venue.

They also praise the beloved “Miss Doris,” who recently became the subject of a local public television report, as well as a documentary short, All Skate, Everybody Skate,” by filmmaker Nicole Triche.

Between the Post Office and the rink, Jenkins serves more than 400 year-round residents and hundreds more visiting vacationers.

“I enjoy meeting people, getting to know them,” she said of her work with USPS. “Every year there’s new vacationing ones. It’s fun to hear their stories.”

Source: LINK
 

 

Friday, June 23, 2017

It's Back to School for Postal Trio


JC Nadal (front, center) presented a Certificate of Appreciation to his father, Marketing Manager Juan Nadal (left), his mother, Safety Manager Charisse Nadal (center), and A/Driver Safety Instructor Dorothy Uriarte (right).

South Florida District Marketing Manager Juan Nadal and District Safety Manager Charisse Nadal participated in Career Day where their son, "JC” (Juan Carlos), attends. A/Driver Safety Instructor Dorothy Uriarte also participated.
Prior to their visit, students had exchanged addresses and had written a letter to one of their classmates. During the presentation, students learned to address the letter and affix the stamp in the right location. Dorothy Uriarte collected their letters and promised to mail them. The intent was for the students to continue to write each other during summer recess.
Juan Nadal briefed the students on postal history and illustrated several stamps, Charisse Nadal spoke about safety around the postal vehicle and Dorothy Uriarte gave a tour of the Long Life Vehicle (LLV). The postal trio also distributed postal coloring books to students. 
Safety Manager Charisse Nadal (right) cautioned students not to approach or play near a postal vehicle. A/Driver Safety Instructor Dorothy Uriarte, pictured above in her Letter Carrier uniform, reiterated the importance of being safe and staying away from the truck.

Marketing Manager Juan Nadal (above) provided a postal history lesson to students, including son, JC (standing, left).  

Photos: Miami Customer Relations Coordinator Mirtha Uriarte 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stamps to Feature Disney Villains

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the rich legacy of the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department by dedicating a sheet of 20 Forever stamps featuring 10 classic Disney villains. Beginning Thursday, June 22, the stamps may be pre-ordered at usps.com/shop for delivery shortly after the July 15 issuance.

       
Each stamp showcases one of 10 classic Disney villains against a blue background. First row, from left: the Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Honest John (Pinocchio), Lady Tremaine (Cinderella), the Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland) and Captain Hook (Peter Pan). Second row, from left: Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), Cruella De Vil (One Hundred and One Dalmatians), Ursula (The Little Mermaid), Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) and Scar (The Lion King).
 
The Art of Animation

Beginning in 1923, Disney’s Ink & Paint Department helped create classic animated films. Its artists brought life to countless memorable characters, including many iconic Disney villains.

One of the first groups of its kind, Disney’s Ink & Paint Department was yet another stop on the road to creating an animated film. After the animators’ pencil drawings were finished, they went to Ink and Paint. There, highly specialized artists meticulously recreated each pencil line in ink, capturing every nuanced movement and expression. At first, artists used black and white, and later shades of gray to “color” each celluloid or cel. In the early 1930s, the artists began using rich colors on the animation cels.

The last full-length animated Disney film to use the hand-painted cel process was The Little Mermaid (1989). Beauty and the Beast (1991) and The Lion King (1994) were hand drawn. The original pencil drawings for those films were then scanned and painted digitally. For these stamps, the characters Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) and Scar (The Lion King) have been recreated using traditional ink and paint techniques.

Art director Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, designed the issuance.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Loxahatchee Needs Ad-Hoc SCS


Are you interested in expanding your postal horizons as an Ad-Hoc Supervisor, Customer Services EAS-17? If so, Manager, Post Office Operations Denise Young wants to hear from you.

All qualified career and non-career postal employees in the South Florida District are eligible to apply. The successful applicant will report to the Loxahatchee Post Office, 14611 Southern Blvd, Loxahatchee, FL 33470. The Ad-Hoc position is not to exceed six months.  
Non-Scheduled Days: Sunday, Tuesday; H
ours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.    

FUNCTIONAL PURPOSE: Supervises a group of employees in the delivery, collection, and distribution of mail, and in window service activities within a Post Office, station or branch, or detached unit.

REQUIREMENTS:

KNOWLEDGE OF PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT systems and standards, and customer satisfaction indicators, as they relate to customer service operations.
CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Prepares employees for change by establishing and maintaining continuous dialogue with employees; communicates change to employees and reassures them during the transition from present to future state.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Organizes and expresses thoughts and information in a clear and concise manner while tailoring the message to the audience; engages in active listening; is aware of the impact of nonverbal cues on the message being delivered; takes into account the feelings and motivation of others when delivering a message.
EMPLOYEE FOCUS: Establishes a positive and safe work environment conducive to increasing productivity through treating employees with dignity and respect; defines the roles of employees and clarifies their responsibilities for the success of the organization; provides employees with the tools and support they need to accomplish their goals.
FUNCTIONAL ADMINISTRATION: Completes administrative tasks; generates and analyzes    daily reports to ensure appropriate documentation of operations.
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT: Manages the operation through the use of operational plans developed to drive work unit and organizational performance; addresses labor relations issues and applies knowledge of local and national agreements to solve workplace conflicts; analyzes data on a regular basis to determine if adjustments to current operations are necessary to achieve goals.
PERSONAL ACUMEN: Adapts to changes in the business environment; demonstrates trustworthiness and initiative to accomplish work unit and organizational goals and objectives.
WORK UNIT PLANNING: Determines priorities of the work unit on a daily and weekly basis; identifies resources (employees and capital) needed to accomplish goals and allocates resources as allowed to support the priorities and goals established for the work unit and organization as a whole. 
HOW TO APPLY:
Employees interested must submit their eCareer profile, along with a summary of accomplishments addressing the above requirements. All applications should be sent to the below address for receipt by Close Of Business (COB) Tuesday, June 27, 2017:

Denise Young
MPOO
South Florida District Office
1900 W Oakland Park Blvd Room # 129
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310-9998

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hallandale PM Seeks Ad-Hoc SCS

Are you interested in expanding your postal horizons as an Ad-Hoc Supervisor, Customer Services EAS-17? If so, Hallandale Postmaster Bobbie Sims wants to hear from you.

All qualified career and non-career postal employees in the South Florida District are eligible to apply. The successful applicant will report to the Hallandale Post Office, 500 S Federal Highway, Hallandale, FL. The Ad-Hoc position is not to exceed 90 days.

Non-Scheduled Days: Sunday, Wednesday
Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.        

FUNCTIONAL PURPOSE: Supervises a group of employees in the delivery, collection, and distribution of mail, and in window service activities within a Post Office, station or branch, or detached unit.

REQUIREMENTS:
 
KNOWLEDGE OF PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT systems and standards, and customer satisfaction indicators, as they relate to customer service operations.
CHANGE MANAGEMENT: Prepares employees for change by establishing and maintaining continuous dialogue with employees; communicates change to employees and reassures them during the transition from present to future state.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Organizes and expresses thoughts and information in a clear and concise manner while tailoring the message to the audience; engages in active listening; is aware of the impact of nonverbal cues on the message being delivered; takes into account the feelings and motivation of others when delivering a message.
EMPLOYEE FOCUS: Establishes a positive and safe work environment conducive to increasing productivity through treating employees with dignity and respect; defines the roles of employees and clarifies their responsibilities for the success of the organization; provides employees with the tools and support they need to accomplish their goals.
FUNCTIONAL ADMINISTRATION: Completes administrative tasks; generates and analyzes daily reports to ensure appropriate documentation of operations.
OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT: Manages the operation through the use of operational plans developed to drive work unit and organizational performance; addresses labor relations issues and applies knowledge of local and national agreements to solve workplace conflicts; analyzes data on a regular basis to determine if adjustments to current operations are necessary to achieve goals.
PERSONAL ACUMEN: Adapts to changes in the business environment; demonstrates trustworthiness and initiative to accomplish work unit and organizational goals and objectives.
WORK UNIT PLANNING: Determines priorities of the work unit on a daily and weekly basis; identifies resources (employees and capital) needed to accomplish goals and allocates resources as allowed to support the priorities and goals established for the work unit and organization as a whole.
 
HOW TO APPLY:
Employees interested must submit their eCareer profile, along with a summary of accomplishments addressing the above requirements. All applications should be sent to the below address for receipt by Close Of Business (COB) Tuesday, June 27, 2017:

Bobbie Sims  
Postmaster
500 S Federal Hwy
Hallandale FL 33009-9998