Sunday, September 23, 2018

Career Conference Comments Part 1

“The conference helped me understand how to make a successful career within all the possibilities the U.S. Postal Service has to offer.”

Carlos Valdiviezo
Maintenance Support Clerk
Miami General Mail Facility (GMF)


"I stepped into the spotlight at the Career Conference, ready to reach new heights in my postal career. I went to the conference to network and explore the variety of workshops. From Charisse Nadal’s workshop, “Transitioning from Craft to EAS,” to Debra Fetterly’s “Writing for Career Advancement,” I  gained tools to improve my communication skills, how to make a lasting impression and learned that if I apply myself, no goal is unobtainable.”

Ronneka Montgomery
Mail Processing Clerk
Miami P&DC


“The Career Conference has been a great educational, and networking experience for all involved. Getting a chance to engage our future postal leaders, share our stories as to how we arrived to where we are, and provide insight on how to progress going forward is both rewarding in the guidance we provide, but also in the guidance we receive from the District and Area Leadership.  I look forward to see the development of those who attended.”

Kristopher Novy
Manager, Delivery and Customer Services Programs



“Overall, it was a great turnout and engagement of employee ideas and enthusiasm. I was very impressed with the amount of employees who have been with the Postal Service less than two years and are so ready and energized to take the next step in their careers. Young minds with great vision and determination to keep our great organization going for another 200 years.” 
Henry Dominguez
Senior Plant Manager 


“The conference was an extremely rewarding event – the majority of the participants provided positive comments and stated they gained a greater understanding of the many opportunities available within the U.S. Postal Service. All of the events were packed with value-added content and generated excellent conversation and feedback.”

Enrique (Rick) Suarez
Postmaster, Miami


"The Career Conference was a huge success!  It gave me opportunities to meet our employees in the field.  I met a lot of wonderful and dedicated employees with lots of potential to succeed in the U. S. Postal Service. Not only was I able to explain the function of Information Systems, I also was able to address their questions about other departments and how to get assistance from those departments."

Jose Puig
Manager, Information Systems

'What Safety Means to Me!'

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Margate Carrier Ties for NALC Honor

Margate Letter Carrier John Sylvain (above) and Tampa Letter Carrier Jason Moss are the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) National Heroes of the Year. This is the first time that judges have selected two winners.

Each carrier risked their lives battling heat and smoke to save two residents apiece, trapped by fires in their homes in separate incidents. 

Driving up to a curbside box on his route on April 12, the South Florida Branch 1071 member noticed that things were amiss at his customers’ house.  
“I knew both gentlemen and talked to them every day,” he said. “I was looking for Mr. Hicks to yell, ‘Good morning!’ as always. But that was not to be.

“Someone yelled, ‘Help! The old man!’ ” Sylvain said, and he then began to see and smell dark, ominous-looking smoke coming from their home.

“I then placed my LLV in park in the middle of the street, locked up my truck, and ran toward the side door and went in to look for Mr. Hicks,” he said.    

A neighbor called out to tell him that the homeowner, Lou Didomenicis, was asleep inside the burning house. It was unclear whether the man’s octogenarian tenant, Donald Hicks, was there.

The carrier said he knew he had to go in.

He made his way into the house, and found the kitchen engulfed in smoke. He quickly located Hicks by the side door. “He was trying to find his way out,” Sylvain said. “I grabbed the guy and brought him outside.”

Then he returned to the house. “[Someone] gave me an extinguisher, I believe it was the next-door neighbor,” the carrier told WSVN-TV. “I got the extinguisher, trying to extinguish the fire. I couldn’t do it from the inside, so I asked [Didomenicis], ‘…could I break the window and try to get the fire from this angle?’ He told me, ‘OK,’ so I broke the window and started spraying the fire.”

Didomenicis later told WSVN-TV that, when he woke up, he witnessed Sylvain trying to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. The homeowner was able to get out of the house on his own.

“Then someone said, ‘The dogs!’ ” Sylvain said. “I ran to get the dogs, but the smoke was too thick to breathe and see, so I couldn’t. Then I went back out for air.”

Four fire crews soon responded to the scene. The two residents survived and were taken to the hospital. Sylvain was treated for smoke inhalation and was hospitalized for four days. The house was damaged, and the two dogs inside were lost in the fire.

Firefighters said the cause of the fire was unknown, but the two occupants said they thought that it may have started with the water heater. Didomenicis now is trying to repair the house and get it back to livable condition.

Neighborhood residents praised the carrier in local news media, but Sylvain, a fourth-year letter carrier and five-year Army veteran, insists he’s not a hero. “I was just trying to help,” he said.

In naming Sylvain one of NALC’s two 2018 National Heroes of the Year, the judges commended the carrier’s selfless and brave actions during the fire’s “huge, dangerous exposure” and said, “He was going above and beyond his duties—incredible.”

Sylvain said he didn’t expect this type of honor, but added, “I just hope someone will see something good being done and pay it forward.”
Source: NALC

Issuing Birds of a Feather

In the midst of winter, when leaves have fallen from the trees and snow covers the ground in many areas, the lively sights and sounds of resident birds can be a welcome treat. The U.S. Postal Service celebrates these beautiful creatures with Birds in Winter Forever stamps.
A First-Day-Of-Issue dedication ceremony for the stamps will be held today at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, VT.

The stamps feature four of winter’s winged beauties – the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus), the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), the blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) and the red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus). The stamp art features four striking designs that highlight these resident birds. The somber feeling of winter, evoked by the stark white backgrounds, is enlivened by the bold colors of the birds’ plumage in the simplified shapes of the digital rendering.

The Birds in Winter stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in booklets of 20. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

'What Safety Means to Me!'

Friday, September 21, 2018

Career Conference Wrap Up Part 2

From left, District Manager Timothy Costello and Administrative Assistant Carolina Wilson take a moment from their busy schedules for this photo opportunity. 

From left, District Manager Timothy Costello and Operations Programs Specialists Connie Rayford, Lenora Banks, and Joe Gennaro commemorate the Career Conference with a photo at the "It's Showtime!" display at the hotel entrance.
From left, Carolina Wilson, Administrative Assistant to the District Manager, and Senior Plant Manager Henry Dominguez took a short break from conference duties to pose for this photo. 

Miguel Nieves (left) and Donald Williams (right) exchanged a handshake and posed for a photo at the conference. Nieves, a Retail Associate in Coral Springs, was selected for a 30-day detail to the Human Resources function, and Williams, a Data Collection Technician in Fort Lauderdale, was praised for an innovative idea presented to the District Leadership.   

Manager, Marketing Juan Nadal (left) and Miami International Service Center (ISC) Plant Manager Sheldon Dixon (right) participated in a fun-filled business session that encouraged employees to present their ideas to the District Leadership.  

The Career Conference attracted employees at various stages in their postal career. Lisa Berrio (left) is a City Carrier Assistant who began her career in August 2018. Her husband, Carlos Berrio (right), is a seasoned postal veteran who currently is a Strategic Accounts Manager on the Sales Team.

Photos: Miami Customer Relations Coordinator Mirtha Uriarte

PERF Helps after a Hurricane

The Postal Service wants you to know that assistance is available following the effects of a hurricane.  The Postal  Employees’ Relief Fund, or PERF, helps employees and retirees whose homes are significantly damaged by natural disasters. 

PERF is not an emergency relief or immediate response organization such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross or insurance companies that pay to replace damaged or lost property. 

PERF instead provides relief grants to help qualifying individuals get re-established after a loss, based on an application process. Applications are considered in one of two categories:
·  If the primary residence is destroyed and occupants are never able to return

·  If the primary residence is significantly damaged and is temporarily uninhabitable for 90 days or longer, but there is an expectation of being able to return at some point.
For more details, go to the PERF website:

To apply for a grant, click on “Apply for Assistance” on the left-hand side of the PERF home page.

You can contribute to PERF by clicking “Donate” on the website, or through the Combined Federal Campaign, now through January 11, 2019, by designating charity number 10268.