July 21, 2014 |
More than 8,000 union letter carriers - members of the National Association of Letter Carriers, or NALC - will arrive in Philadelphia on Sunday for one of the city's largest conventions this year. They, and their families, 12,000 in all, will be everywhere. They will show up at the Convention Center in a sea of colors, with carriers wearing vests color-coded by region. On Tuesday, 4,500 of them will occupy Citizens Bank Park to watch the Phillies take on the San Francisco Giants.
June 20, 2014 |
Joseph J. MacNamara, 85, of Turnersville, a former Defense Department contract administrator in Moorestown and Camden, died of cancer Tuesday, June 17, at home. Born in West Philadelphia, he attended West Catholic High School and transferred to a seminary of the Augustinian religious order on Staten Island, N.Y., a son, Joseph J. Jr., said. After two years there, Mr. MacNamara worked as a radar technician on the aircraft carrier Oriskany. From 1950 to 1960, he was a teller for First Pennsylvania Bank, and until 1963, he worked for the IRS. Mr. MacNamara began his 30-year Defense Department career in 1963 as a contract administrator at a Center City office, his son said.
April 9, 2014 |
WHEN REX PARKER joined the city's Licenses and Inspections Department in the early '90s, the place was jumping. Bennett Levin had taken over the often-troubled department in 1992 and began to crack heads. He prowled the city looking for code violators; he went after contractors who failed to get permits for construction jobs; he knocked down former crack houses and abandoned buildings harboring drugs, the homeless and rats. And Rex Parker, as Levin's deputy, was with him every step of the way. "He would size up a situation and get it cleaned up," said his daughter, Karen Parker.
December 2, 2013 |
I wasn't sure if I was ready for my first kiss, but as the catamaran eased from the dock on Grand Cayman - heading deeper into the translucent, turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea - I felt a growing sense of excitement. The crewmen introduced themselves and ticked off the rules of the vessel. Captain Jack Sparrow wasn't among them, but there were other characters. "If you fall overboard, yell out your first and last name," said one. "Say it loudly and clearly, so we can cross you off the passenger list before we motor off!"
July 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Americans for generations have come to depend on door-to-door mail delivery. It's about as American as apple pie. But with the Postal Service facing billions of dollars in annual losses, the delivery service could be virtually phased out by 2022 under a proposal a House panel was considering Wednesday. Curbside delivery, which includes deliveries to mailboxes at the end of driveways, and cluster box delivery would replace letter carriers slipping mail into front-door boxes.
June 20, 2013 |
If the adage that absence makes the heart grow fonder needed validation, the Postal Service's show at the Mann Center on Monday night made a powerful argument in its favor. As a performing entity, their existence was barely a blip: a brief tour surrounding the release of their sole album, Give Up , in 2003, and then nothing. But in the intervening decade, what began as a side-project lark became a commercial behemoth, the second-biggest seller in the history of the Seattle label Sub Pop, surpassed only by Nirvana's Bleach . Singer Ben Gibbard and laptop wizard Jimmy Tamborello kept busy with their musical day jobs in Death Cab for Cutie and Dntel, respectively, but questions about a follow-up album never died down.
May 25, 2013 |
Down the long line, the smoke of muskets and artillery boiled from the landscape, marking the collision point of Union and Confederate forces at the Battle of Gettysburg. That moment was captured in an 1887 chromolithograph by Thure de Thulstrup (1848-1930), a Swedish-born artist who became an illustrator for Harper's Weekly after the Civil War. And on Thursday, a reproduction of it appeared on a newly issued stamp from the U.S. Postal Service, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the epic clash.
May 17, 2013 |
JABEZ AUSTIN wrote everything down. A thought or idea or opinion didn't pop into his head without his writing it in his journal. He also recorded the everyday doings of his life. He even had a title for the book he hoped his musings would someday create: The Tale that Wags the Dog: An Essay of Black Influence in America . Jabez Thomas Austin Jr., son of a Southern Baptist preacher, 33-year employee of the Postal Service, Air Force veteran and devoted family man, died May 5 of heart failure.
April 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - What business gets more customers every year, yet keeps losing money? The U.S. Postal Service delivers mail to 11 million more homes, offices, and other addresses than it did a decade ago, even as the amount of mail that people in the United States receive has dropped sharply. That combination may be financially dicey, some analysts say. "The more delivery points they have to service, the higher their costs" in fuel, time spent, and other areas, said Rick Geddes, associate professor in Cornell University's department of policy analysis and management.
April 6, 2013 |
As the U.S. Postal Service struggles to stay afloat in a rapidly changing world, could it be that social media are helping to push it over the edge? Could technology put a "forever stamp" on snail mail? "We can't continue to operate on a precipice," Joe Corbett, the United States Postal Service's chief financial officer, said at a recent news conference. Coupled with the worst recession in 80 years, the USPS is facing challenges as the world of letters, postcards and stamps has taken a backseat in the millennium of e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.