July 24, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: While our daughter was on vacation with our small grandkids, she bought them postcards and suggested they write us about their vacation. She said she laughed when the kids finished with the cards because she hadn't realized they didn't know how to write a postcard. The children had turned the cards sideways and had written across the entire card from top to bottom. Not wanting to hurt their feelings, she found a half-inch space on one side and, in tiny print, wrote our names and address.
March 23, 2016 |
Eva Mae Mayfield, 72, of Philadelphia, died Sunday, March 6, at Crozer-Chester Medical Center of injuries she suffered in a Feb. 1 fire at her home. Mrs. Mayfield was lighting a candle when the flame got away from her, said her son, Carl A. She was hospitalized in critical condition and never recovered enough to leave the facility. The Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office ruled that Mrs. Mayfield's death was accidental. The cause was smoke inhalation and burns. Born in South Boston, Va., to John Isaac and Kate Stephens Lewis, she was reared on the family farm with 13 brothers and sisters.
January 6, 2015 |
William A. Boone Jr., 82, of Chesilhurst, a retired U.S. Postal Service employee who was a dedicated family man and church volunteer, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, of congestive heart failure. After a routine morning that included a piping-hot cup of coffee brewed just the way he like it, breakfast, and a round of his favorite card games on the computer, Mr. Boone died quietly at the Erial home of his daughter, Minretta B. McFadden. "He kept saying, 'I'm looking for that ace,' " his daughter said with a laugh.
October 8, 2014 |
A post office worker in Philadelphia has been charged with allegedly stealing nearly $29,000 intended for customer money orders, city prosecutors said Monday. Felicia Townsend, 35, of the 400 block of North Simpson Street in West Philadelphia, was arrested Sept. 30 and charged with receiving stolen property, theft, unlawful use of a computer, and tampering with public records. Townsend allegedly voided money orders after the customer left the post office and then pocketed the money, prosecutors said.
April 28, 2014 |
WHEN STATE Rep. Brendan Boyle joined American Postal Workers Union protesters this week in front of the bulk-mail center in Northeast Philadelphia, it was the second time in two months that he fought to keep hundreds of good jobs on Byberry Road. Looking down the street, Boyle could see the old Nabisco/Kraft snack-food bakery on Roosevelt Boulevard, where he spoke out last month against current owner Mondelez International's plan to close the plant next year, terminating 320 good-paying jobs.
April 25, 2014 |
Two Philadelphia-area U.S. Postal Service unions plan protests on Thursday over mail-service counters in Staples Inc. stores. Postal union leaders say the mail-service counters, to be staffed by Staples employees, threaten higher-wage unionized postal jobs and the survival of traditional post offices. More retail chains could seek mail-service counters, they said. The protests are part of a "national day of action" by the American Postal Workers Union. Rallies are also planned for Pittsburgh and Easton in Pennsylvania, and Brick Township and Hamilton in New Jersey.
March 5, 2014 |
IF PEOPLE IN the Melrose Park Gardens neighborhood had a problem like vandalism, drug dealing, etc., they wouldn't call the cops directly. They would call Ed Roberson. Ed had the cellphone number of the captain of the 35th District and he would make the calls. Because Ed was recognized as a longtime leader of the community and one who cared deeply about its welfare, he would invariably get the action he sought. At election time, Ed invited candidates to meetings he organized at churches or other locations to talk with the voters.
September 8, 2013 |
Abington police have arrested two U.S. Postal Service employees who they say stole customers' credit card numbers and used them to purchase gift cards, aquarium tickets, and other items. Rashaad Schell, 23, and Daryl Matthews, 24, both of Philadelphia, are charged with identity theft, conspiracy, forgery, and related offenses. They were arraigned Thursday, and bail was set at $75,000 each. Police say the men used their cellphones to capture photos or videos of customers' credit cards.
June 9, 2013 |
Plummer Morton, 95, of Yeadon, a postal service worker who later became a school-bus driver, died Saturday, June 1, at Lankenau Hospital of a heart ailment. Born in Warren County, N.C., Mr. Morton was the only boy among five siblings. His family moved to Philadelphia when he was 9; he attended the city's public schools. During World War II, Mr. Morton served four years and eight months in the Army. He was a military policeman at Fort Bragg, N.C., and served in the Pacific. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home and found a job as a clerk with the U.S. Post Office.
March 11, 2013 |
Former welterweight contender Tony Martin, 52, was shot and killed Friday afternoon in the city's Hunting Park neighborhood, 6ABC reported Sunday. Martin was attempting to collect rent from a tenant at a property he owned on the 1300 block of West Butler Street when he was shot in the head, the station reported. A Philadelphia police spokesman was not available to confirm the shooting death. A postal worker who had a record of 34-6-1 with 12 knockouts, Martin was the United States Boxing Association and North American Boxing Federation champion, taking both titles from Kip Diggs in separate bouts in 1996 and 1997.