April 9, 2015 |
Bogus Angelou quote fracas Yesterday, for Poetry Month, kind of, the U.S. Postal Service released a Maya Angelou commemorative stamp, bearing this quote: "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. " Angelou liked to say it. It's associated with her. And - we love it! - it's not hers! It belongs to poet Joan Walsh Anglund , now 89: It's in her 1967 book A Cup of Sun . Stunned silence. Flailing attempts at explanation! Just a reeking mess.
October 13, 2014 |
JOSEPH HIGHTOWER says U.S. postal investigators agree he got ripped off last year when he bought a $600 money order to pay his rent. But no one in the Postal Service can tell Hightower when he'll be refunded the cash he paid to a postal worker at the 30th near Chestnut Street branch on Nov. 23. "That's a lot of money," says Hightower, an occupational therapist who works with kids. The money order was apparently counterfeit. It bounced. "That made me short for Christmas. I've been trying to catch up. " When Hightower told me his story, I presumed he'd bought his money order from postal worker Felicia Townsend, who was charged last week with stealing $28,642.31 customers paid for money orders.
October 10, 2014 |
ANNA MARIE Perkins-Bottoms had a number of jobs in her working career, but among the most satisfying was working with autistic children at the Wood Services School. "She loved that job," said her cousin Estelle Matthews. "She would say, 'Those kids are normal; we're special people.' "She really loved those kids. They are so loving, kind and generous, she would say. It was more than a job to her. She said she learned a lot from those children. " Anna Marie, who also worked with homeless people at the RHD Ridge Shelter, at the Postal Service's main office at 30th and Market streets, and in retail, died Sept.
October 3, 2014 |
IT WAS A TALL ORDER, but the U.S. Postal Service was up to the task. Yesterday, it unveiled the images of two Wilt Chamberlain forever stamps, one of him as a Philadelphia Warrior and the other as a Los Angeles Laker. The stamps are long and lean, just like the Big Dipper in his prime. At just over 2 inches in length, they are one-third larger than most commemoratives. The U.S. Postal Service and the Sixers, along with the NBA, will formally dedicate the stamps and show a tribute video during halftime of the Sixers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Wells Fargo Center.
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.