2004-11-26 / Columnists

From The Rockaway Postmaster’s Desk

By George P. Buonocore

George P. Buonocore 
George P. Buonocore I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone Happy Holiday as they come up and to let you know that the Postal Service is here to help you with all your shipping needs. We hope to put some additional window personnel in the stations for the upcoming rush and look for additional hours that will be posted in the following weeks in the Wave. Also, when you have the time, take a look at our very user friendly website, www.usps.com. Through our site you can purchase stamps, mail packages, buy supplies, get supplies for free, or just get mailing and zip code information, the site is great. And don’t forget, we also carry some great holiday gifts at the Post Office, including that historic limited print of the Olde Rockaway Beach Jetty painted by local artist Robert Sarnoff. Historic in the sense that this is the first time in postal history that the Post Office took a local artist’s work and created a matted print with a special cancellation, so get it while there are still some available. We look forward to seeing you at the office.

Let’s not forget that with the bad weather coming, preparation is great asset. It’s hard to stay ahead of bad weather. “The snow and ice always seem to know when we have plans, special things we need to do, or when we just want to stay inside, warm and toasty” says Postmaster George P. Buonocore.

No matter when it comes, or what else we need to do, when bad weather hits, it’s important to act. We each owe it to our families, our neighbors, and our letter carriers to make sure our property is safe and accessible.

That means keeping our walkways and the approach to the mailbox clear of snow and ice so no one gets hurt, and so postal employees can provide the best possible service, even in the worst weather.

The Postal Service delivers to more than 138 million homes, businesses, and post office boxes six days a week.

Postal employees deliver mail where even helicopters can’t go – to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. They do it by mule train. They deliver door-to-door in the Everglades, too – by boat. Mail service coast to coast, and then some. And in doing so, letter carriers encounter every kind of bad weather our nation knows.

With our help, the Postal Service can provide us with uninterrupted service and fulfill the famous phrase:

“Neither rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

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