43 Mass. Post Office Branches Among Those Facing Threat Of Closure

By Jim Armstrong, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – The Newton Upper Falls post office is one of eleven in that city. That puts this branch out on a limb in the eyes of federal officials.

The US Postal Service is looking to trim the fat nationwide by shuttering close to 3,700 locations that aren’t busy enough to justify staying open, knowing it’ll inconvenience patrons no matter what.

Vali Blackburn works right up the street from the Upper Falls post office. “I come here everyday, sometimes twice a day,” she says, admitting it won’t be as easy to do her job if this location closes.

Rochelle Stephenson agrees. The convenience of this facility can’t be beat, she says, since she too works nearby.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports

“And I do a lot of mailing,” she says. “So it’ll be sad if they do have to close it. That means I’d have to go all the way to Newton Center and fight the traffic.”

But the postal service, which lost close to $8.5 billion dollars last year, has to make some changes. That includes the potential closure of 43 Bay State post offices.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

“Our volume has just been dropping off tremendously, a dramatic drop off in mail over the past few years,” explains Dennis Tarmey, spokesman for the Boston branch of the USPS. “This is not something we want to do, this is something we have to do to remain viable.”

Even if a post office is on the closure list, it’s not a sure thing. Local postal officials will study the list and decide by December what’s closing down.
There will be a chance for community meetings if your post office is slated to shut down.

The full list of Massachusetts post offices that could face closure can be found here.

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  • cis

    those closing seem to be satelites POs, where a main PO already exists in the town. the impact should be minimal except for cuttyhunk – how will they receive/send? The State House, Tufts and MIT don’t need their own PO unless they are willing to pay for the luxury of having it on site.

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    Besides supermarket fliers and Scientology mailers, what else goes thru the postal service?

  • jaygee

    You can put the 8 billion dollar deficit into perspective in this way. The Postal Service delivers mail 6 days a week to 300 million Americans. WE spend 8 billion dollars per month in Afghanistan and another 8 billion dollars per month in Iraq. I guess that would tell us that if we pulled everyone out of both countries, we would gain 16 billion dollars in the first month and as another plus, we wouldn’t have any more soldiers killed or wounded. Which sounds better?

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