Thursday, October 29, 2009
The Postal Service is testing a limited line of greeting cards in about 1,500 Post Offices. Five hundred initial sites were chosen based on availability of display space, the number of customers visiting the location and convenience to customers. An additional 1,000 locations will begin offering cards after the first of the year.
Participating South Florida Post Offices include: Boca Rio Branch, 8185 Via Ancho Road, Boca Raton FL ; Delray Beach Post Office, 14280 S Military Trail, Delray Beach FL; Doral Branch, 1700 NW 97 Avenue, Doral FL; Fort Lauderdale Main Office, 1900 W Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale FL; Jupiter Main Office, 1095 Military Trail, Jupiter FL; Kendall Branch, 13101 S Dixie Highway, Miami FL; Oakland Park Branch, 3350 NE 12 Avenue, Oakland Park FL; Palm Beach Gardens Branch, 3330 Fairchild Gardens Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens FL; Plantation Branch, 7580 NW 5 Street, Plantation FL; South Florida Main Office, 16000 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines FL; Stuart Post Office, 801 SE Johnson Avenue, Stuart FL; and West Palm Beach Main Office, 3200 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach FL.
The assortment includes cards for birthdays, baby announcements, encouragement, sympathy and wedding anniversaries. Additional seasonal displays will offer cards appropriate to various holidays and times of the year, including Mother’s Day.
Greeting cards join the selection of shipping and mailing products at the Postal Service, designed to better meet the needs of customers. In addition to items like mailing tape, envelopes and packaging, decorative mailing boxes make sending a gift easier than ever.
- For door-to-door trick or treating, go to homes of trusted friends.
- Attend a private party hosted by friends, school, or church.
- Let an adult inspect all candy before eating.
- Only give or take candy in the manufacturer’s sealed package.
- Parents should always accompany young children.
- Don't go inside a stranger's house, no matter what anyone says.
- Trick- or-Treaters should always be in groups so they aren't a tempting target for real life goblins. Make a map of your Trick or Treat route and check the route against the sex offender database.
- Stay in your own neighborhood.
- Stop only at well lit houses.
- Carry a flashlight or light stick.
- Use make up instead of a mask so you can see.
- Wear light-colored clothing or costumes.
- Always keep a safe distance between you and moving cars.
- Be respectful of other people and their property.
- Walk, don't run. Use sidewalks or walk facing traffic. Stop, look, and listen at corners.
- Don't go inbetween parked cars or dart back and forth across streets.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
$4 a month buys 145 pounds of food for a food bank.
$8 a month funds a weaving project for a group of poor women in Asia to produce hand-woven cloth for sale in their local markets.
$10 a month will pay for a complete platelet count for two children going through cancer treatment.
$10 per pay period provides diabetes risk tests to 13,000 individuals.
$12 a month pays 5 month's salary for an adult literacy teacher.
$15 a month provides a student with a school lunch each day.
$30 a month will buy three week's worth of medication for an AIDS Trial participant.
$35 a month buys clothing for three homeless American children.
$46 a month purchases livestock so 11 families in Africa can be self-sufficient for food.
There are more than 4,000 approved charities ready to accept your donation. Your gift to the CFC is strictly voluntary. If you do decide to pledge, how much you give and whether you wish to designate your support to a specific charity is your decision. Most employees elect to pledge an amount to be withheld regularly from their paycheck while others give a one-time gift during the campaign. When a CFC canvasser comes to your work unit, remember how your generosity will shape the lives of people in your community, across the country, and around the world.
Highest Elevation — Leadville CO (about 10,150 ft)
Lowest Elevation — Mecca CA (about 180 ft below sea level)
Easternmost in US — Lubec ME
Westernmost in US — Wales AK
Northernmost in US — Barrow AK
Southernmost in US — Naalehu HI
Smallest — Ochopee FL (8’4” x 7’3”)
Oldest — Hinsdale NH (since 1816)
Coldest — North Slope Borough AK (average winter temp is -22°)
Hottest — Death Valley CA (average summer temp is 115°)
Most Unusual Construction — The Corrales NM Post Office was built using 875 bales of straw. The facility looks like others, but has a “truth” window in the lobby so the public can see its uniqueness. This Post Office also has a hitching post for our customers on horseback.
Most Unexpected — The Peach Springs AZ Post Office is equipped with walk-in freezers for food destined for delivery to the bottom of the Grand Canyon by mule train to the Havasupai Indians.
Most Isolated — Located in the farthest reaches of northern Alaska, the Anaktuvuk Pass Post Office is the only link to the outside world for the residents who live there. There are no roads to the town, everything must be flown in.
Most Needing a Bridge — The Point Roberts WA Post Office cannot be reached by vehicle unless you drive through British Columbia, Canada. Only a boat or float plane will get you there directly.
Most Unusual Delivery Method — Mule trains in Arizona. Each mule carries about 130 pounds of mail, food, supplies and furniture down the 8-mile trail to the Havasupai Indians, averaging 41,000 lbs. per week. Another Unusual Delivery Method — The JW Westcott is a 45-foot contract mail boat out of Detroit MI, that delivers mail to ships passing by the Detroit River. The JW Westcott even has its own ZIP Code (48222).
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Only several days remain for postal employees to take advantage of the 20% discount at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island Tampa Bay, SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando (SeaWorld's new water park). This offer does not include Discovery Cove Orlando.
Only valid through Saturday, October 31, 2009!
Just show your USPS ID badge at the Guest Services Window to purchase up to 6 tickets at the 20% discount.
Remember, all one-day tickets are valid for a free upgrade to a next-day ticket. This means just take the ticket to the ticket upgrade window prior to leaving for the day of your park visit to upgrade your one-day ticket to a FREE next-day ticket.
Guests can also upgrade their one-day ticket towards a Fun Card or Passport by stopping by the upgrade window prior to leaving the park for the day. A credit of what they paid for the one-day admission will be applied to their Passport of choice.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sandy Blank, Executive Director of the Florida Breast Cancer Resource Network, is a breast and ovarian cancer survivor. Sandy shared her personal experience and gave a presentation on the "Myths or Facts of Breast Cancer" to postal employees and community members who gathered in the library auditorium.
From blue collection boxes, to blue uniforms, to the blue eagle logo, you may not realize just how green the Postal Service really is. In fact, the Postal Service is one of the greenest of all federal agencies.
This month the Postal Service announced the results of its first greenhouse gas report, its “carbon footprint.” The report showed that the Postal Service’s “direct” carbon footprint is only one twentieth of 1 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions in America. That’s pretty green for an agency with 220,000 vehicles — the largest civilian fleet in the world — 34,000 facilities (more than McDonalds and Starbucks combined) and 618,000 employees.
GREENHOUSE GAS STUDY 2009
By The Numbers (national figures)
5.3 million metric tons, total greenhouse gas emissions for our facility and vehicle operations
20% GHG reduction goal by 2020
30% energy use reduction goal by 2015
20% petroleum fuel use reduction goal by 2015
43,000 alternative-fuel capable vehicles in our fleet
10,000 non-fuel efficient vehicles retired from our fleet
61% increase of alternative fuel (E-85) usage since 2005
1.4 million mail pieces delivered by hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
4 pennies: per mile cost for each T-3 electric delivery vehicle 24,000 tons of paper diverted from landfills by our Post Office Box Lobby Recycling Program
17% reduction in facility energy use since 2003
875 billion BTUs saved per year (the energy equivalent of 27,000 US households)
500 million Cradle to Cradle certified Express Mail, Priority Mail, and ReadyPost recyclable packaging and supplies provided to customers each year
70 awards won for environmental leadership
As an independent federal agency that doesn’t receive tax dollars, the Postal Service is not required to take all these steps to be green, but the Postal Service has been and continues to be an environmental leader, committed to delivering now without compromising the needs of the future.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has professional counselors who are prepared to help you get through the holidays ... and also to assist you throughout the year with virtually any issue or problem which can affect your work performance or personal health. Some of the most common concerns cover emotional, marital, family, alcohol or other drug abuse, job-related, or legal/financial problems.
“At varying times in each of our lives, we face personal problems,” said EAP Consultant Polly Zaldivar. “Some of our problems are more easily resolved than others, but many best can be solved with professional assistance. Help is just a phone call away.”
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" program will provide qualified volunteers with a one-day ticket to any park at Disney World or Disneyland. Slated to launch on January 1, 2010, the program will run until all tickets are accounted for or until December 15, 2010, whichever comes first.
To be eligible for a free ticket, a volunteer must:
-- Register online with Disney
-- Be at least 18 years or older
-- Be a resident of the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico
-- Perform volunteer work in 2010
It's one ticket per person, regardless of the number or hours of volunteer service completed. Up to a maximum of 8 additional members of your same household may register. Volunteer work done by children ages 6-17 qualifies for a free ticket as long as kids are accompanied by an adult or guardian when volunteering.
Tickets must be redeemed by December 15, 2010.
Volunteer opportunities are coordinated through the HandsOn Network. For more information and to sign up for E-Mail updates, go to http://www.handsonnetwork.org/disney. Volunteer assignments are within your community, not at a Disney theme park.
The "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" program will replace Disney’s free admission on your birthday program, which granted a free ticket for any guest who visited the theme park on their birthday. That campaign is slated to end on December 31, 2009.
Monday, October 19, 2009
That’s the theme of the nation’s largest workplace fundraising campaign — the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) — now underway in South Florida and across the country. CFC key workers are soliciting donations and will be visiting your work location in the coming weeks.
There are more than 4,000 approved charities eligible to receive your donation --- organizations that provide human services, health care, medical research, disaster relief, housing, youth development, and much more. Locally, the benefits of the CFC charities come back to each one of us in the form of such things as a cleaner environment, a safer neighborhood, and a better education for our children.
How much you give and whether you wish to designate your support to a specific charity is your decision. Most employees elect to pledge an amount to be withheld regularly from their paycheck while others give a one-time gift during the CFC.
Remember, by supporting this year’s campaign, you are helping those who need it most. Your CFC contribution will make a difference!
Friday, October 16, 2009
In support of “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” West Palm Beach City Postmaster Maribeth A. Norman is hosting a free seminar, “Bring Your Lunch and Learn the Myths or Facts of Breast Cancer,” on Monday, Oct. 19, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. This event will take place on the third floor of the West Palm Beach Public Library Auditorium at 411 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach.
Bring a brown bag lunch and listen to the testimonials of breast cancer survivors and a presentation by Sandra Blank, Executive Director, Florida Breast Cancer Resource Network.
(Employees are reminded that this is an off-the-clock activity.)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Congratulations to Connie D. Edwards, Mail Processing Clerk at the Miami P&DC!
Connie has 36 years of service and is responsible for the processing of Business Reply Mail, Merchandise Return Service, and Postage Due for Caller Service and Post Office Box customers at the Miami P&DC.
Connie has been instrumental in assisting the BSN in successfully presenting business customers with positive resolutions leading to high levels of customer satisfaction ratings.
Who will be named CSTM for Quarter 1, FY 10? It could be you if you work directly with the BSN Staff to provide quality customer service and obtain resolution to service-related issues.
Congratulations, Connie --- you make us all proud!
(Special thanks to Lillian Castro, Manager, Business Service Network, for sharing this news with the blog.)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
"Bring Your Lunch and Learn the Myths or Facts of Breast Cancer" is a FREE seminar planned on the third floor of the Place West Palm Beach Public Library at 411 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach.
The opening session is at 11:00 am. Listen to testimonials from breast cancer survivors from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm. Sandy Blank, Executive Director of the Florida Breast Cancer Resource Network for Breast Cancer, will present "The Myths or Facts of Breast Cancer" and field questions from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.
The Breast Cancer Research semi-postal stamp will be available at the event. The 55-cent cost covers the one-ounce First-Class postage rate of 44 cents. The additional 11 cents goes to breast cancer research.
So pack your brown bag lunch, learn the key to early detection, and purchase your Breast Cancer Research semi-postal stamps on Monday, October 19.
Please note that this is an off-the-clock activity for postal employees.
(Story by Jo Ann Goodrich, West Palm Beach Customer Relations Coordinator)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
In support of "Breast Cancer Awareness Day," the public is invited to learn more about breast cancer prevention and detection from health professionals in the Fort Lauderdale Main Office lobby from 9 am to 1 pm. Free bone density testing will be conducted onsite.
Breast Cancer Research semi-postal stamps also will be available at the retail counter. Forty-four of the 55 cents for each semi-postal stamp pays the single, one-ounce First-Class postage rate. The remaining 11 cents goes to breast cancer research. Since this first semi-postal stamp was issued in 1998, nationwide customers have raised $67.6 million for breast cancer research.
You also can support breast cancer research by participating in the "Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure" in downtown Miami on Saturday, October 17. There's still time to register. For more information, contact Damaris Agrait at 305-470-0881 or Marguerite Goulet at 954-436-4422.
(Both events are off-the-clock activities for postal employees.)
Saturday, October 3, 2009
It's "Resident Appreciation Day!" Just show a valid ID for free admission on your designated day (see below)!
Sunday, October 4 - Cooper City and Davie residents
Sunday, October 11 - Plantation, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, and Weston residents
Sunday, October 25 - Miramar and Pembroke Pines residents
Flamingo Gardens is located at 3750 S Flamingo Road in Davie. Hours of Operation: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, call 954-473-2955 or visit http://www.flamingogardens.org/.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Contract Technician Lisa Albu was thinking about how she could help reduce postal costs in these challenging economic times. Just then the phone rang! It was Brad Berggren of the Southeast Area Office inquiring about the 2009 invoice for Solid Waste Authority. Lisa invited Southeast Area Environmental Specialist Carroll Burgess to join in the discussion. This "cost-conscious trio" talked about the current trash situation and brainstormed an idea to reduce the exorbitant cost being paid to Solid Waste Authority. Lisa also enlisted the support of Kenneth Goodrich, Manager of Maintenance, who committed to assist in her cost-reducing efforts.
The larger compactor was emptied twice a week with assessment calculated on it being full even when it was not. The new dumpster is full when picked up five days a week. The anticipated savings in 2010 will be over $40,000!
“There seems to always be room to enhance our waste and recycling. We do a lot now, however, I would love to see us all maximize our recycling potential to keep costs at a minimum and increase revenue,” Lisa said.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Here’s how the story unfolded …
Mr. Van Der Meulen was in the kitchen when LaFleur rang the doorbell.
“I think some guys are breaking into your neighbor’s house,” LaFleur said. “Call the police.”
Van Der Meulen grabbed his portable phone and walked outside with LaFleur to peek around the corner. Two individuals with backpacks quickly realized that they were being watched and fled the scene on foot. LaFleur remained with her postal vehicle to safeguard the mail. Van Der Meulen called the police, then grabbed his bike and followed the two guys at a distance. He phoned information to another neighbor and the police.
Margate police arrived to apprehend the two individuals and conduct an investigation. It turns out the neighbors were out of town visiting relatives and would not have realized their home had been burglarized until returning from their trip.
“Christine is our hero,” said Van Der Meulen. “She really saved the day!”
Lafaman, along with Pompano Beach Officer-In-Charge James Heneghan, presented LaFleur with a Certificate of Appreciation in front of her peers.