Newton Corner, Massachusetts
It's not enough that Newton Corner has lost its library, lost its post office (many years ago), and lost its "villageness" with the building of the Massachusetts Turnpike, now the residents of Newton Corner may not even have the wonderful little New Town post office in Watertown to walk to.
According to Sean Collins Walsh writing in the New York Times on July 26, 2011, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has indicated that nearly 4,000 U.S. post offices might close. Walsh writes that most of the offices to be closed are primarily in rural locations and produce little revenue. Kind of sweet to think that any part of Newton, Massachusetts, be considered rural by the powers that be! Bitter sweet, that is. On the list of targeted offices are Boston College (Chestnut Hill 02467), Newton Lower Falls 02462, Newton Upper Falls 02464, Nonantum 02458, and West Newton 02465, and New Town (Watertown 02472) used by many if not most Newton Corner residents.
An email was sent out yesterday to area post offices from Dennis Tarmey, USPS Communications, Greater Boston District, stating that should the media have any inquiries about the closings, they should contact Mr. Tarmey at 617-654-5982 or email him at email@example.com. Mr. Tarmey promises to respond to every media inquiry, so if any of you have contacts with the media, please use your voice.
I'd like to think that our voices will be heard, whether or not we are "media". We the people must speak out or once again, our services with go the way of all good things.