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US Postal Service to Raise Rates Effective January 21, 2024

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Ridgewood NJ, new postal prices scheduled to take effect Jan. 21, 2024. US Postal Service prices remain among the most affordable in the world. First-Class Forever stamp will be 68 cents.

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USPS Christmas Shipping and Mailing Deadlines

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Ridgewood NJ, to assist customers with their preparations for the upcoming busy holiday shopping and shipping season, the U.S. Postal Service is providing 2023 holiday shipping and mailing deadlines. The information below covers domestic, international and military shipping destinations to allow for the timely delivery of cards, letters and packages by Dec. 25th.

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U.S. Postal Service Releases Dog Bite National Rankings

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Ridgewood NJ,  over 5,300 Postal Service employees were attacked by dogs while delivering the mail last year. Aggressive dog behavior is a common safety concern USPS employees face. To keep its workers safe, the organization is providing important information on how dog owners can be good stewards for safe mail delivery as part of its annual National Dog Bite Awareness Week public service campaign.

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U.S. Postal Service Raising Rates Again

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Ridgewood NJ, the United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of mailing services price changes to take effect July 9, 2023. The new rates include a three-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 63 cents to 66 cents.

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U.S. Postal Service Announces Proposed Temporary Rate Increases for 2022 Peak Holiday Season

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Ridgewood NJ,  The United States Postal Service filed notice today with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) regarding a temporary price adjustment for key package products for the 2022 peak holiday season. This temporary rate adjustment is similar to ones in past years that help cover extra handling costs to ensure a successful peak season.

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Owners of Bergen Company Admit Roles in a Scheme to Defraud the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) of over $3 million

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Elmwood Park NJ, two owners of a Bergen County company today admitted their roles in a scheme to deprive the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) of over $3 million in revenue through fraudulently altering postage labels, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

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Postmaster General, Sorry About the Late Mail Delivery

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Washington  DC, Below is the oral statement prepared for delivery by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy before today’s hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

“Good Morning Chairwoman Maloney, Ranking Member Comer, and Members of the Committee. I want to applaud the subject of the hearing – legislative proposals to place the Postal Service on a more sustainable path while addressing service performance.  You have put your finger on the precise combination of success factors that the Postal Service leadership and I have been focused on for the past 8 months – building a financially sustainable organization that fulfills our responsibility to the American people and to our employees, and that enables excellent, reliable service that meets the expectations of our customers.

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The Postal Service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this fall

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Ridgewood NJ,  Postmaster General Louis DeJoy issued the following statement today:

“The United States Postal Service will play a critical role this year in delivering election mail for millions of voters across the country. There has been a lot of discussion recently about whether the Postal Service is ready, willing and able to meet this challenge.

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Postal Service Warns of Missed Mail-in Ballot Deadlines

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Ridgewood NJ, the U.S. Postal Service is warning some states that they need to provide more time for those votes to be counted. According to the Washington Post ,the Postal Service  in a letter has warned a total of 46 states and the District of Columbia of mail delays. The Garden State was not included in the warning.

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Mail Reported Stolen from East Glen Avenue resident in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, as previously reported on this blog the Ridgewood police report that on October 16th an East Glen Avenue resident responded to Ridgewood Police Headquarters to report a fraud. The victim reported an envelope containing a check was placed in a mailbox on East Glen Avenue but never arrived at the intended destination. The victim later discovered the check had been cashed unlawfully without her consent. The victim notified her bank and the account was closed.

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Why the Post Office Gives Amazon Special Delivery

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A Citigroup analysis finds each box gets a $1.46 subsidy. It’s like a gift card from Uncle Sam.

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July 13, 2017 7:12 p.m. ET

In my neighborhood, I frequently walk past “shop local” signs in the windows of struggling stores. Yet I don’t feel guilty ordering most of my family’s household goods on Amazon. In a world of fair competition, there will be winners and losers.

But when a mail truck pulls up filled to the top with Amazon boxes for my neighbors and me, I do feel some guilt. Like many close observers of the shipping business, I know a secret about the federal government’s relationship with Amazon: The U.S. Postal Service delivers the company’s boxes well below its own costs. Like an accelerant added to a fire, this subsidy is speeding up the collapse of traditional retailers in the U.S. and providing an unfair advantage for Amazon.

This arrangement is an underappreciated accident of history. The post office has long had a legal monopoly to deliver first-class mail, or nonurgent letters. The exclusivity comes with a universal-service obligation—to provide for all Americans at uniform price and quality. This communication service helps knit this vast country together, and it’s the why the Postal Service exists.

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Father of fallen Waldwick Marine calls renaming of post office ‘a mixed blessing’

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2015    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015, 4:18 PM
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Waldwick – As the community this week awaits the final step in a three-year effort to rename its post office in honor of fallen Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph D’Augustine, his father on Tuesday, Sept. 29, characterized it as “a mixed blessing.”

On Sept. 24, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to rename the post office at 1 Walter Hammond Place the “Staff Sergeant Joseph D’Augustine Post Office Building.” The bill had already been approved in the Senate in an effort spearheaded by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5th District) and co-sponsored by the entire New Jersey Congressional Delegation.

The bill now sits before the president, whose deadline to sign it into law is Monday, Oct. 5.

The post office would become the 16th in the sate to be dedicated to an individual, and the fourth in Bergen County.

The long wait has tempered excitement about the tribute, but has also engendered appreciation. D’Augustine’s father, Anthony, spoke to the bittersweet nature of the effort’s route to success.

“On the one hand, we still lost our son,” he said in an interview. “That’s a hole in your heart that can never be healed.”

But, he added, “It is nice to know that people recognize his sacrifice. He’ll be honored in that regard. That makes my family feel happy as far as it could be happy. We’re pleased that Joey is being recognized for his service and his sacrifice.”

D’Augustine, 29, was killed in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on his second tour of duty March 27, 2012. He had departed for boot camp at Camp Lejeune, N.C., the day after graduating from Waldwick High School. In addition to his father, D’Augustine is survived by his mother Patricia and sisters Nicole, Jennifer and Michelle.

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Postal Service set to cut Saturday delivery

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Ridgewood NJ– The U.S. Postal Service has announced that it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week under a plan aimed at saving about $2 billion, the financially struggling agency says. Saturday mail cutback would not begin until August.

The move allows the USPS to focus on package delivery which has increased by 14% since 2010, At the same time technology which aids in package delivery has caught up with the delivery of letters and other mail declining significantly with the ever increasing use of email and other Internet based technologies. .

Under the new plan, mail would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. and Post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open on Saturdays.

The Postal Service for some time has advocated shifting to a five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages . The US Postal Service is an independent agency that gets no tax dollars for its day-to-day operations but is subject to congressional control.

The agency would need congressional approval to make the change and It was not immediately if that would be forth coming or even necessary.

Patrick R. Donahoe, postmaster general , says Postal Service market research and other research has indicated that nearly 7 in 10 Americans support the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs.

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US Post Office has busiest day of year

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Ridgewood NJ, The U.S. Postal Service had its busiest day of the year this past Monday.With just over a week left until Christmas, the cash-strapped agency said it expected some 658 million cards, packages or other pieces of mail to be shipped on Monday or about 25 percent more than the average day.

Patrick R. Donahoe, the 73rd Postmaster General of the United States has said that US Post Office needs to cut $22.5 billion in annual costs by 2016.