Friday, July 31, 2009

A Picture Perfect Postcard Premium

In this day and age, free anything is a pretty good deal. So how about 50 free postcards? USPS Premium Postcards are a great way to spread your good news. If you have a significant event to announce, a party invitation to send, family news, thank you notes or just a fun idea to share, Premium Postcards are the answer.

You can design, address and mail from your computer desktop using your own photos or stock images. And for now, the first 50 are free to new users. It’s as simple as going to: and signing up with the source code USPS09.

Once you are at the Premium Postcard website just click on the My Account, Account Sign up button and follow the prompts. Sign up now, and tell your friends, family and customers about this great deal, too, because it won’t last forever.

(Editor's Note: Thanks to West Palm Beach CRC JoAnn Goodrich who submitted this good news.)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Guiding Light: Fort Jefferson Shines

Key West Postmaster Jane Evans (R) welcomed the community to the Fort Jefferson Lighthouse First-Day-Of-Sale Stamp Ceremony on July 23. Dan Kimball, Superintendent, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Park Services (L) was the guest speaker who shared the history of the lighthouse and information on the restoration project currently underway. The Fort Jefferson Lighthouse, also known as the Garden Key Harbor Light, is in Dry Tortugas National Park on Garden Key, approximately 70 miles west of Key West.
Anne Shaver (R) accepts her award certificate, sheet of Gulf Coast Lighthouse stamps, and Fort Jefferson Lighthouse stamp enlargement for submitting the winning pictorial postmark entry of a Sooty Tern, a familiar bird in the Florida Keys. JT Thompson of One Human Family and chairperson of the selection committee (L) and Key West Postmaster Jane Evans (center) thanked Shaver for her participation.
Key West Distribution Clerk Pollie Alston's granddaughter, Kyra Alston (front), extends her arms to show just how much she loved the Lighthouse ceremony. Donna Chavis-White, Supervisor, Customer Service (L), and Karla Alston, Pollie Alston's daughter (R), also enjoyed the program.
Key West SSA/Distribution Clerk Karen Sicignano (seated) stamps the pictorial postmark design on the Fort Jefferson Lighthouse stamp before Artist Anne Shaver (background) autographs the official program.

Local artist and retired college professor Anne Shaver (L) signs an official program featuring her pictorial postmark design as President, APWU Local 620 Jack Baldwin (R) reaches for another pen to ensure the artist doesn't run out of ink to sign programs for co-workers and customers.

A Comforting Thought

Fort Lauderdale Postmaster Mike Fortunato (R) presents an enlargement of the Bob Hope Stamp to Captain Negus (L), commanding officer on the USNS Comfort. This hospital ship was docked at Port Everglades over the weekend. The Broward Navy Days organization and South Florida Wheelchair Foundation invited Fortunato to speak about the 44-cent commemorative stamp. During the presentation, Fortunato compared the "hope" that the medical crew provides to the sick and injured in Central and South America to the "comfort" that Bob Hope gave when entertaining the military overseas for decades of his life. Hope lived to be 100 years young!

POMPANO BEACH: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Safety is no accident. Just ask Pompano Beach employees who boast a safety record equivalent to driving 459 YEARS without experiencing a motor vehicle accident!

Congratulations to all!

First Row: 1) Diedre Hines Shaw, NALC Shop Steward, 2) Ricardo Brown, 3) Rebecca Ho
Second Row: 4) Marie Cagle 5) Jean Stroud, 6) Christina Stevenson, 7) Ed Coppola, Postmaster, 8) Randy Goldberg 9) Tarlochan Singh, 10) Maria Ramos, 11) John Pelkey, 12) Frank Mariano, Manager, Customer Service
Third Row: 13) Salvatore Ferrante, 14) Pamela Spencer, 15) Micheal Calkins, Safety Captain, 16) Charles Jackson, 17) Delois Rozier, 18) Keith Greenblatt, NALC Shop Steward, 19) Wilken Tisdale, 20) Miguel Caminero, 21) Dave Belt, 22) Cynthia (Kay) Harker
Back Row: 23) William Ho, 24) Rosalyn Jackson, 25) Laverne James

A Million Miles ... and Counting!

Pompano Beach Postmaster Ed Coppola (R) congratulates Pompano Beach Letter Carrier Marie Cagle (L) on her outstanding driving record.

Cagle was inducted into the Million Mile Safe Driver Awards Program sponsored by the National Safety Council.

The Million Mile Award is earned by employees who have accumulated one million miles or 30 years of driving without being involved in a preventable motor vehicle accident.

Congratulations, Marie!