Monday, January 7, 2013
U.S. Postal Service rates are set to change on Jan. 27.
When you head down to one of Waltham's post offices later this month, don't be surprised if the stamp prices are higher than you remember. The cost to mail a letter will rise slightly later this month when postal-rate changes go into effect, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Stamp prices will increase one cent, from 45 cents to 46 cents, to mail one-ounce letters, effective Jan. 27. The cost for letters weighing more than one ounce will stay the same, at 20 cents for each additional ounce, an announcement from the postal service says. Postcard stamps will also see a one-cent increase, from 32 cents to 33 cents. Letters under one ounce mailed anywhere internationally will cost $1.10, the announcement says. Those looking to save a few …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The USPS presented a plan Wednesday that would avoid closing some of the rural post offices and instead, reduce the hours of 13,000 rural post offices across the country.
With May 15 as the end date to the United States Postal Service's "moratorium" on post office closures, decisions could be made soon on whether some local branches will stay open. Despite a new cost-saving measure presented today for some of the country's rural post offices, local USPS Spokesman Dennis Tarmey said the Postal Service is still going to go through and consider the those post offices on the list of proposed closures. According to Tarmey, the USPS plans to abide by the moratorium it set back in December and will not make an official decision on post office closures until after Tuesday, May 15. A decision related to the proposed closures is likely to come sometime next week, he said. Last year the USPS proposed closing as …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Read this if you are planning a trip abroad soon.
Two Waltham Post Offices will host "Passport Day" Saturday, during which customers can apply for passports or make inquiries on them, according to the U.S. Postal Service. The event starts at 8 a.m. and runs to 11 a.m. at the Main Street and Lexington Street post offices. Passport applicants should bring the following information: an unsigned passport application, photo identification, a photocopy of that identification and documentation proving you are a U.S. citizen. Applicants under 16 must have parents with them. Photo services will be available. Also, be prepared to pay the application fee.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Markey calls for delay in closing.
U.S. Congreesman Ed Markey, who represents Waltham, is striking back at plans to close the mail sorting center in Waltham. According to the Boston Globe, Markey has called on U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donohue to delay closing the facility saying it could slow mail delivery, according to the Boston Globe. It's operations would move to other facilities. Markey, in a letter to Donohue, said closing the facility, which employs 400 people, would actually hurt the Post Office's budget because customers would go to private competitors, according to the Globe. He also said closing the site could hurt the area's economy. Instead, he argued, the closing should be delayed to give Congress time to rewrite rules that force the Postal Service to…
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Still time to adjust decision.
Senator Scott Brown, R-MA, is demanding answers on the possible closing of the mail sorting center in North Waltham. According to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Brown, in a letter to U.S. Postmaster Patrick Donohue, says he is concerned with the lack of transparency in the decision making process to close the Waltham facility and three others in the state. Brown said he is concerned that the decision has not been explained well. He is also concerned that operations and jobs at the impacted sites would move to Connecticut and Rhode Island. Despite his cocnern's, the Postal Service still has time to explain their decision and make changes to it, according to the paper.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
No date given on when the facility will close.
The mail processing center in Waltham will likely close and move operations to two other locations, according to the U.S. Postal Service. The facility’s operations will move to the Boston processing center and the Middlesex-Essex processing center in North Reading. No precise closing date has been issued yet for the Smith Street facility, but due to a moratorium, the facility will not close before May 15, according to Postal Service spokesman Dennis Tarmey. The closings are contingent upon the Postal Service's efforts to change its service standards, which regulates the speed at which mail is delivered, according to the Postal Service. The decision does not impact possible closings of Waltham Post Offices. In December, the Postal Service …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Meeting to be held on Jan. 10
The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public input forum next month on whether to close the North Waltham postal processing center. The meeting will be held on Jan. 10 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Waltham High School at 617 Lexington St., according to a U.S. Postal Service press release. Postal Service officials will be at the meeting to hear from the public on whether the facility should close. The meeting will not discuss the proposal to close the South Waltham Post Office on Spruce Street, which was recently given a reprieve. The public comment period will end 15 days after the meeting.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
South Waltham facility gets reprieve.
The South Waltham Post Office has avoided closure — for now. The U.S. Postal Service has imposed a nationwide moratorium on closing retail post offices until May 15, according to spokesman Dennis Tarmey. “No decision will be made until May 15,” Tarmey told Patch. “No office will close prior to that date.” U.S Congressmen asked for the delay saying they may pass a law that would help the Postal Service, according to Tarmey. The decision comes amid proposal to close many retail branches nationwide. If closed, Waltham would still have two retail post offices — one on Main Street and the other on Lexington Street.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Postal Service plans to slow delivery of first class mail.
The U.S. Postal Service is planning to make some major changes next spring as it faces bankruptcy. The Huffington Post reports that the United States Postal Service is facing $3 billion in reductions and plans to slow the delivery of first-class mail and eliminate next-day delivery of stamped letters as a result of those cuts. The postal service has sought help from Congress, but to no avail, HuffPost reports. The cuts, which are being finalized, would potentially close about 250 of the nation's 500 mail processing centers, including one in Waltham. Consolidating the centers means mail will travel farther between post offices and processing centers, forcing the USPS to alter first-class delivery standards that have been in place since 1971…
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The South Waltham Post Office is under threat of closing.
With the U.S Postal Service threatening to close the South Waltham Post Office, some residents have objected to visitng the remaining Main Street Post Office or saying it has inadequate parking, or the Lexington Street branch? Take our poll below on whether you will use the Main Street Post Office or Lexington Street branch if the South Waltham branch closes.