National Register of Historic Places plaque presented at La Jolla, Calif., Post Office

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La Jolla Light: The historic La Jolla, Calif., Post Office, located at 1140 Wall St., has seen a lot since its construction in 1935. Once a critical communication hub, the building has stood the test of time through the digital age. It has outlasted a threat of sale and felt the love of the community that rallied to support it.

And the morning of March 20, the La Jolla Post Office got a new badge of honor: a plaque to recognize its historicity. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013, and just got the plaque to prove it. Representatives from the La Jolla Historical Society and local government were on hand to celebrate the commendation.

Seonaid McArthur, chair of La Jolla Landmarks Group (a sub-committee of the La Jolla Historical Society) opened the plaque dedication with a few words: “Think about the time when this post office was completed (following the Great Depression). When it was built, it symbolized security. It was something constant, something permanent for the community at a time that was very scary. The architecture alone speaks to security, speaks of solidity.  Read more.

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Boca Raton, FL, residents worried over post office move

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WPTV: The downtown post office in Boca Raton, Florida, is moving. The United States Postal Service posted the news outside the building and notice of a public meeting.

The news has some local residents worried that the easy access to a post office might go away.

“I live in this vicinity and it is very convenient,” said Steven Sarashon.

“I can come get my mail and it only takes a few minutes,” added Erv Fleishman.

Petitions have started to keep the location at the NE 2nd, and even some protestors showed up with “Save Our Post Office” signs on Wednesday.

“I don’t like the idea, I hate it, this is a very convenient location,” said Fleishman.

There is a post office a few miles away, but people would like to see a location closer to the current one and in downtown. USPS didn’t say where the new location will be yet but they will keep it in the same area.

“If there were ever a time for a post office to be in our downtown, it is now,” said Boca Raton City Councilman Scott Singer.   Read more.  (More here.)

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The War on the Post Office

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Truthdig: The U.S. banking establishment has been at war with the post office since at least 1910, when the Postal Savings Bank Act established a public savings alternative to a private banking system that had crashed the economy in the Bank Panic of 1907. The American Bankers Association was quick to respond, forming a Special Committee on Postal Savings Legislation to block any extension of the new service. According to a September 2017 article in The Journal of Social History titled “ ‘Banks of the People’: The Life and Death of the U.S. Postal Savings System,” the banking fraternity would maintain its enmity toward the government savings bank for the next 50 years.  Read more.

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Downtown Alexandria, LA, post office to close

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Downtown Alexandria, Louisiana, will soon be left without a post office.

The Alexandria Downtown Post Office will cease operations on May 31. The branch is located at 515 Murray Street, inside the federal courthouse.

According to a spokesperson from the U.S. Postal Service’s communications team, there will not be a new branch opening to take over services offered at the downtown location. Instead, customers will be diverted to the main office, located at 1715 Odom Street in Alexandria.

The lease on the Downtown Post Office expired and USPS was “unable to solidify a new agreement” with the General Services Administration, a spokesperson said. GSA is a government agency that manages office space for federal employees.

(Closing this post office without a relocation to a new facility would require a discontinuance procedure, but there are no reports that such a process has been conducted.—Ed.)

 

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Green Street post office in Gainesville, FL, will relocate

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The relocation of the Green Street post office in Gainesville, FL, is “a done deal,” according to City Councilman Sam Couvillon.

Couvillon said Wednesday night that city officials had received a letter from postal officials confirming that the post office would be moving. As to where or when, that remains unknown.

“They won’t relocate it until they find a new location, which has to be within a certain distance of the current location,” Couvillon said.

A public meeting was held in January to discuss the possible move, which has been sought by officials for decades. Alleviating traffic on busy Green Street is among the reasons.   Read more.

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USPS says Cincinnati, IA, will get new post office

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The Postal Service is relocating its retail operation in Cincinnati, Iowa, to a yet-to-be-determined location due to structural and safety concerns.  The United States Postal Service closed down its post office on 107 S. Liberty in Cincinnati last year under an emergency order.

The Postal Service says its goal is to select a new customer service location as close to the current site as possible. The Postal Service anticipates providing the same services at the new location as were previously provided to our customers at the previous location. Consideration will be given to the sites that are convenient for the customers and meet all postal operational needs. Additionally, the Postal Service plans to continue offering services at the Centerville Post Office until the replacement facility is open and operating as a Post Office.  Read more.  (More about the suspension here.)

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New post office opens for business in Watford City, ND

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Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night keeps the post office from doing its job, but now residents in Watford City, North Dakota, have a brand new spot to pick up their packages and letters.

On Sept. 25, the Watford City Post Office opened for business at its new location, 1204 4th Ave. NE. The new facility is more than double the size of the previous building, which was near the downtown area, and is complete with two retail counters and P.O. boxes available to rent.  Read more.

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After several months, temporary post office opens in Cadiz, Ohio

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WTOV9Fox: The former post office site in Cadiz, Ohio, has been closed since October due to concerns of the building’s foundation. There’s no word yet on plans for a permanent replacement.

A temporary post office site along Peppard Avenue opened its doors Monday. The short-term post office will hold regular weekday hours from 8:30 to 5 every day, with Saturday hours to be determined.  Read more.

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Welton, IA, Post Office operations suspended due to building issue

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KWQC: Postal officials say the Welton, Iowa, Post Office, 502 Main Street, was temporarily closed due to building issues. There is no timetable to reopen at this time. Officials did not go into details about the issues.

All postal operations have been relocated to the Dewitt Post Office, 618 9th St, DeWitt. Post Office Box customers will be provided delivery to cluster box units until other arraignments are made.

Customers are reminded that the Post Office is always open, 24/7 including holidays, at www.usps.com. Customers can skip the trip to the post office to mail a letter, ship a package, or purchase stamps. In addition, postage stamps can easily be purchased at many area retail businesses, like grocery stores, drug stores and big-box stores outside of a traditional Post Office.  Read more.

(The Welton Post Office is a POStPlan office, open two hours per day.)

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Rolling Meadows, IL, tries to get post office to come back

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Daily Herald: Nearly six years after the Rolling Meadows, Ill., post office closed, residents and local officials are trying to get it back.

Mayor Len Prejna is working with the offices of U.S. Reps. Raja Krishnamoorthi of Schaumburg and Peter Roskam of Wheaton to lobby U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan. Dave Whitney, a community volunteer and member of the city’s planning and zoning commission, is also coordinating a petition drive to try to persuade postal service officials to reopen a local branch.  Read more.

(The Rolling Meadows post office was suspended over a lease issue in May 2012, and finally discontinued in August 2017.)

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