Monday, December 16, 2019

More Boca Veterans Recognition

Boca Raton Postmaster Brian Coulton (second from right) recognized veterans at the West Boca Carrier Annex and thanked them for their service. From left, Supervisor, Customer Services Peter Rapone; Letter Carriers Ramon Perez, Jr. and Kirk Johnson; and Sales and Services Distribution Associate Julio Rodriguez.

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Veteran Recognition

Boca Raton Postmaster Brian Coulton (above) is a veteran.

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

A Boca Raton Promotion

Boca Raton Postmaster Brian Coulton (left) congratulated Jeremiah Ritchie (right) on his promotion to Manager, Customer Services at the Boca Palmetto Park Carrier Annex/Postal Store.

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Saluting Boca Downtown Veterans

Boca Raton Postmaster Brian Coulton (far right) recognized Boca Downtown Station veterans, from left, Carrier Technician Kenneth Easley, and Letter Carriers Richard Dunton, Reynold Rapersad, and Lonnie Loff.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Use Caution Driving in the Rain

It’s raining! Use extra caution after the road gets wet.

What’s so different about driving in rainy weather? Your vehicle won’t stop or steer the same as on a dry surface. Visibility is hampered by rain and windshields often get smeared, so wipers must be in good repair. How are your windshield wipers? Did you check them today?

Drivers are different, too. They often hurry and are likely to be tense and worried about the possibility of road conditions becoming worse. Driving at a reduced speed is necessary.

Stopping distances are increased on wet or slippery surfaces. A three or four second following distance should be observed. Plan your stops. Slow down and signal well in advance and be ready for sudden slowing of traffic.

Be prepared to encounter large puddles of standing water that could cause you to momentarily lose control of your car. If the brakes get saturated, you may not be able to stop.

Slow down well in advance before you reach curves or turns in the road.  Cornering too fast on slippery roads may cause rear tires to lose traction and your vehicle may fishtail.

Be aware of the defensive action to take if you should go into a skid. Here are some types of skids you could have the misfortune of experiencing.

Front brake lock. Front brakes grab hold before the rear ones do. You cannot steer; your vehicle will slide straight ahead.

All-wheel brake lock. Front and rear brakes lock; car slides in any direction. To prevent this ease off the brakes.

Rear brake lock. Rear brakes grab hold before front ones. Car spins in half circle and ends up going backwards.

Power slide. You accelerate too much for road conditions; rear swings back and forth. If you can, steer in the direction you want the vehicle to go without sudden application of the brake. The best prevention for this is to start our more slowly.

Hydroplaning. On a wet road, at about 35 mph, wheels begin to lose contact with road. This varies with water depth and condition of tire tread. Winds or a slight turn can cause a skid.

You can control a skid by taking your foot off the gas and letting the engine slow down. Take your foot off the brake until you can control steering again.  Always turn the steering wheel in the direction you want to go, but gently; don’t over steer.

The best way to prevent an uncontrolled skid is to slow down. If you become involved in an uncontrolled skid, chances are you were driving much too fast to begin with. When it’s raining out—slow down.

Holiday Stress? Just 'Click-N-Chill'

The holidays are staring you in the face. And although there is one less week to prepare for them than last year, there’s no need to panic because you can “Click-N-Chill,” knowing the Postal Service has your back this holiday season.

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines
The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by December 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses*:

Dec. 14 – USPS Retail Ground
Dec. 18 – APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express
Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
Dec. 20 – First-Class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
Dec. 21 – Priority Mail
Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express*

Dec. 18 – Alaska to mainland First-Class Mail
Dec. 19 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail
Dec. 21 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express

Dec. 19 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
Dec. 21 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express

* Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before Dec. 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time and other conditions. Some restrictions apply. For Priority Mail Express® shipments mailed Dec. 21 through Dec. 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two business days.

To send packages to loved ones serving in the military or at diplomatic posts abroad, the Postal Service offers a discounted price of $18.45 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box. The price includes a $1.50 per-box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO destinations worldwide.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the Postal Service expects to deliver 800 million packages. To handle this year’s holiday shipping, the Postal Service is expanding Sunday deliveries in high package volume locations. More than eight million packages are expected to be delivered each Sunday in December. Mail carriers will also deliver Priority Mail Express packages on Christmas Day for an additional fee in select locations.

Busiest Week
The Postal Service’s busiest time of the season is two weeks before Christmas. The week of December 16 is predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week. During the week of December 16, the Postal Service expects to process and deliver nearly 2.5 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards.

Ship Gifts in Your Jammies
Don’t feel like going to the Post Office to drop off your special gift? You can stay comfy and visit The Postal Service anticipates December 16 will be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 8.5 million consumers predicted to visit for help shipping that special holiday gift. And is always open.

It’s estimated nearly 400,000 consumers will use the Postal Service’s Click-N-Ship feature and other online services on December 16 to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup.

Holiday Advertising Campaign
The Postal Service’s 2019 holiday campaign features direct mail, TV, radio, print, digital and social media promotions highlighting the organization’s proud tradition of delivering cheer and value to consumers and businesses.

The first of several TV spots can be viewed on USPS-TV.

The Postal Service also offers shipping tips in 10 video “how to” guides. Each video is less than three minutes long and shows how to address packages, ship packages and pack a box so items arrive safely.

New this year
Mail and packages weighing more than 10 ounces and/or are more than a half-inch thick using stamps as postage cannot be dropped into a collection box or left for a carrier to pick up. Instead, take them to a window clerk at a Post Office. Click-N-Ship customers are unaffected by this change.

Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing, and shipping deadlines, can be found at

More Boca Raton Veterans

Boca Raton Postmaster Brian Coulton (third from left) thanked veterans at the Boca Rio Branch. From left, Letter Carrier James Mathis, Laborer/Custodian Ivens Duperier, Letter Carrier Timothy Beck, Carrier Technician Rainer Balzac, and Vehicle Operations Maintenance Assistant Paul Gardenhire.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

WPB Manager Reads Dinosaur Book

West Palm Beach Manager, Customer Service Operations (MCSO) Andy Moir (left) presented a T-Rex stamp enlargement to Library Director Doug Crane (right) at the West Palm Beach County Main Library.

West Palm Beach Manager, Customer Service Operations (MCSO) Andy Moir (above) read the book, How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read, to children at the West Palm Beach County Main Library. He also distributed crayons and coloring books to the children who presented him with a small rubber dinosaur as a thank you gift.
Photos: West Palm Beach Customer Relations Coordinator Gayle Jones

More Boca Raton Veterans

Boca Raton Postmaster Brian Coulton (far right) recognized veterans at the Boca Raton Main Office. Kneeling is Letter Carrier Alicia Mitchell. From left, Letter Carrier Kenny Hill, Mail Processing Clerk Joseph Castellucci, Letter Carrier Doug Severino, and Mail Processing Clerks Maurice Myers and Johnny Dugan.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

40 Years and Counting ...

The Postal Service has experienced many changes through the years, and we are proud of our commitment to the efficiency and quality of public service that we have maintained. Together, we have built a communications service second to none, and by working together, we will all share pride in its accomplishments.

Fort Lauderdale Postmaster David Guiney (right) presented Galt Ocean Postal Store Lead Sales and Services Associate Lilly Sills (center) with her 40-year Service Award and pin. He thanked her for her years of loyalty and dedication to the Postal Service.

Also pictured is Fort Lauderdale Main Office Carrier Annex Supervisor, Customer Services Javier Casimir (left). Casimir is assisting in retail operations for the holiday season.  
Photo: Fort Lauderdale Customer Relations Coordinator Edwin Vivas


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Sunday, December 8, 2019

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FEHB Open Season to Close Dec. 9

Open Season, the once-a-year opportunity for employees to make changes to their health coverage or choose a new plan, will close at midnight EST on Monday, December 9.

Here’s what you should know:

• You should review your coverage. The Postal Service wants you to evaluate your options to ensure you have the coverage you need without paying for services you do not.

• Making changes can save you money. Last year, approximately 42,000 employees made changes to their benefits during Open Season. On average, these employees are on track to save $2,020 this year — or about $78 each pay period.

• Several options are available. You can choose from a variety of health, vision and dental coverage options through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB), USPS Health Benefits Plan (USPSHBP) for non-career employees, Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs).

• You can explore your options online. Log into the Open Season LiteBlue page to review your health plan and find out what’s available. You can compare multiple plans side by side through Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans, an online tool available on LiteBlue.

• You can make changes online, too. To enroll or change coverage in FEHB, USPSHBP or FSA, go to PostalEASE or call 877-477-3273 (select option 1). Use the BENEFEDS site to enroll or make changes to your FEDVIP coverage and the FSAFEDS site to enroll in FSAs.

• There’s a new way to receive information. This year, USPS is testing a service that allows you to receive open season information and reminders through text messages to your mobile devices. Sign up by texting BENEFITS to 21333.

• Help is available. For assistance, call the HR Shared Service Center at 877-477-3273 (select option 5). The Federal Relay Service number is 800-877-8339.

Boca Raton Veteran Recognition

Boca Raton Postmaster Brian Coulton (left) recognized Manager, Customer Services Jeremiah Ritchie (right) of the Boca Palmetto Park Carrier Annex for his military service.  

Saturday, December 7, 2019

More Veterans Recognition

Boca Raton Postmaster Brian Coulton (center) thanked Boca Woodlands Station Sales and Services Associates Samuel Jones (left) and Analicia Edwards (right) for their military service.  

Nat'l Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Saturday, December 7, is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, an annual commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Postal Service facilities are required to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff December 7. The POW-MIA flag also should be flown at half-staff, below the U.S. flag.
To fly the flag at half-staff, hoist the flag to the peak for an instant and then lower it to the half-staff position. The flag should be raised to the peak again before it’s lowered for the day.
For additional information, refer to the Postal Service’s online guidelines on U.S. flag display and maintenance.

From the National Park Service in Honolulu, HI:

Each year on December 7, Pearl Harbor Survivors, veterans, and visitors from all over the world come together to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
An additional 1,178 people were injured in the attack, which permanently sank two U.S. Navy battleships (the USS Arizona and the USS Utah) and destroyed 188 aircraft.

On August 23, 1994, the United States Congress designated December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Every year, remembrance events are held at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, culminating in a commemoration ceremony on December 7.

To see photos of these events, please go to our Flickr page. To see videos of these events, please visit our YouTube page.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

'I Was Caught Working Safely ...'

Fort Lauderdale SSA Retires

Fort Lauderdale Postmaster David Guiney (left) presented Fort Lauderdale Main Postal Store Sales and Services Associate Marlinda Spark Davis (right) with a Service Award Certificate for more than 25 years of government service. Guiney thanked Spark Davis for her service and wished her much happiness and good health in her retirement.
Photo: Fort Lauderdale Customer Relations Coordinator Edwin Vivas


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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Recognizing WPB Career Milestones

Acting District Manager Salvatore Vacca (far left) and Acting West Palm Beach Plant Manager CJ Tabbot (far right) recognized Supervisor, Maintenance Operations Robert Killebrew (second from left) and Supervisor, Distribution Operations Richard Guevara (second from right) for their career milestones.

Story & Photo: West Palm Beach Customer Relations Coordinator Gayle Jones

After receiving recognition for their outstanding performance and ongoing dedication and commitment to the U.S. Postal Service from Acting District Manager Salvatore Vacca and Acting West Palm Beach Plant Manager CJ Tabbot, West Palm Beach Supervisor, Maintenance Operations Robert Killebrew and Supervisor, Distribution Operations Richard Guevara received a round of applause from mail processing and customer service managers.
Guevara  was recognized for 35 years of service and Killebrew for 30 years. Both received Service Awards and pins for these career milestones.
All in attendance agreed that Guevara and Killebrew are leaders who are dedicated in building the postal brand through developing their employees.  Both supervisors are well respected by their employees, and always are willing to go above and beyond for the best interest of the business. 

Learning Your Healthcare A, B, Cs

Do you know the difference between a deductible and a copayment?

If you don’t know, you’re not alone. Many people are confused by health insurance terminology.

To help you navigate your way through this year’s open season benefits enrollment period, here are some important definitions:

• Deductible: This is the amount you pay for covered health care services before your health plan starts to pay. You can find the amount, and how much you’ve paid toward it, through your health insurance plan’s web portal.

• High-deductible health plan: This is a plan with a higher deductible than a traditional insurance plan, but usually with lower monthly premiums and a health savings account.

• Copayment: This is a fixed amount paid for certain covered health care services.

• Coinsurance: This is similar to a copayment but refers to a percentage paid for some covered health care services rather than a fixed amount paid.

• Flexible Spending Account (FSA): This is an account set up to pay for out-of-pocket medical or dependent care expenses pay for out-of-pocket medical or dependent care expenses on a pretax basis.

• Preventive services: This describes routine health care that includes screenings, patient counseling and vaccinations, such as flu shots. Preventive services are covered at 100 percent under your health plan if you go to an in-network provider.

The Open Season LiteBlue page has additional information to help you better understand your plan options, including a link to a comparison tool from Checkbook’s Guide to Health Plans.

Open season runs through Monday, December 9. 

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Today is 'Giving Tuesday'

Giving Tuesday, a single-day charity drive held annually on the fifth day after Thanksgiving, is December 3.

Employees can participate by donating to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the federal government’s workplace charity drive.

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 to encourage people from around the world to come together and do good deeds to help others.

Nationwide, employees raised more than $161,340 on Giving Tuesday last year through donations to charities participating in the CFC.
Postal Service workers have already pledged almost $1.75 million during the CFC’s current cycle, surpassing the amount donated at the same midpoint during the previous cycle.

Employees have also shared stories of being helped by organizations that participate in the campaign.

The Postal Service’s goal for the current CFC cycle, which ends January 12, 2020, is $8.3 million. Employees can donate to participating charities by using the online donation system or with a paper pledge form.

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