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Hawleyville post office will close

Jan 9, 2009 NewsTimes.com 36
The long love affair between the Hawleyville Post Office and its loyal customers will come to an end on - of all days - Valentine's Day. Read more ...

Jim From Woodbury of United States on Jan 9, 2009

Have had a PO Box in Hawleyville for over 25 years. Best Service ever and will deeply miss them! No way will I go to the Newtown PO which is inconvenient nor will I go to those obnoxious people at the Brookfield PO. Perhaps the PO needs some competition. Great Location! Dumb move PO. Hawleyville was/is a money maker!!!

Jen of Richmond, VA on Jan 9, 2009

WOW :-(
I now live in VA. I remember going there 20 years ago. A sad move.

Return to Sender of Seymour, CT on Jan 9, 2009

Will the post office have to fill out a "forward mail to" postcard for their mail?

Susan of Monroe, CT on Jan 10, 2009

I am a resident of Brookfield and I have used the Hawleyville post office forever...They are so friendly and helpful...I will never go to the Brookfield Post, as I find the people who work there, very unfriendly!
Until Hawleyville post office finds a place, I will buy my stamps online..
Hawleyville and the people who work there will be greatly missed!

livin in ct of Plainville, CT on Jan 10, 2009

Mark and his staff are the best. Very courteous and friendly. Also always speedy service. What are we to do now? Drive out of our way to Commerce Rd and wait on line for 20 minutes? What about the brand new building being constructed on Barnabas Rd? A perfect new location for the post office. Leave it to the government to screw it up. Way to go USPS!

Say it isnt so of Worcester, MA on Jan 10, 2009

No no no... oh please no. I live in Brookfield and if I need to go to the post office I go out of my way to use the Hawleyville P.O. They are all so nice and helpful and there are never lines there. The main Brookfield post office is awful. There are always lines and never enough help on hand. This is a big mistake.

whawahWUT of United States on Jan 10, 2009

NO!

this is the nicest PO in the area

it's a PLEASURE doing business there, so different than any other post office in the area!!!

NNNNOOOOO!!!

Jim From Woodbury of United States on Jan 10, 2009

livin in ct wrote:
Mark and his staff are the best. Very courteous and friendly. Also always speedy service. What are we to do now? Drive out of our way to Commerce Rd and wait on line for 20 minutes? What about the brand new building being constructed on Barnabas Rd? A perfect new location for the post office. Leave it to the government to screw it up. Way to go USPS!
Barnabas Road is where I thought they would move to also as it's the perfect locaton. Think it comes down to the mighty dollar. With the little overhead Hawleyville has/had they are probably one of the few Post Offices that are/were making a profit. Perhaps a Mailboxes chain or something similar will open up at the Barnabas Road location...Not sure...I live in Woodbury, but travel to Danbury almost everyday. Have had a Box in Hawleyville for over 25 years and they will be surely missed..

fred hurley of Bloomfield, CT on Jan 10, 2009

Only the goverment could screw up somthing as simple as our little post office!

out of ct of East Hampstead, NH on Jan 10, 2009

06440, soon to be history

Ca mu na t Disorganizer of Trumbull, CT on Jan 10, 2009

Maybe Obama will save the Haweyville post office.

Sosad of Raleigh, NC on Jan 10, 2009

I own a business n bethel, stony hill ara, these folks that work at the postoffice come in all the time, what a big loss for the area. the are great people and make a chore going to the post office anything but. So sorry to see this is being closed, too bad we cannot vote as to which one gets closed!

Puff n Grunt of Colchester, CT on Jan 10, 2009

You could die in the Brookfield post office and the clerks there would just drag their coffee cups around your twitching body. If you think gov't managed health care is a good idea, spend a few hours in line at the Brookfield PO. The bozos who run the Housatonic Railroad, who brought this calamity on us, are simply evil.

Pat of Old Chatham, NY on Jan 11, 2009

I now live far, far away, but when we lived in the Stony Hill section of Bethel, that was the only post office I used. Close by and the workers were always so helpful and friendly. Do hope a post office is earmarked for Stony Hill.

coin of Southbury, CT on Jan 11, 2009

So right wrote:
<quoted text> The Brookfield post office is horrendous. You're so right the clerks that work there are as slow as molasses and they could give two sh1ts about the people waiting forever online. I cringe if I have to go in there.
I hate the Brookfield Post Office too! The staff there is rude and every time I am stuck in their slow line I am subject to listening to their loud, crass mouths telling off-color jokes.
Maybe I will use Bridgewater, there might be some old-fashioned good service there.

coin of Southbury, CT on Jan 11, 2009

Is there some way to complain about the Brookfield Post Office officially? I am guessing that the Postmaster there is probably of the same mentality as his staff. It seems a lot of people are unhappy with the Brookfield PO

Pepper of Yolo, CA on Jan 11, 2009

Post offices are so 1980's. They should close them all. You can do everything in minutes right on the computer now. You can buy stamps, ship packages and hold mail without standing in line at some grubby government office that smells like mold. Actually, it might be the workers that smell like mold.

HMc of New Milford, CT on Jan 11, 2009

Let's bring back the pony express while people want to save a post office.

Never complain about the cost of a stamp.

When are they going to close the gaylordsville post office?

Downtown New Milford needs more shoppers.

savehawleyvillep o com of Monroe, CT on Jan 25, 2009

We are grassroots group of local residents trying to save the post office. In spite of what the post office is telling us - there is a possibility they may reopen in Hawleyville at a later date - the truth is 98% stay closed forever.
PLEASE GO TO www.savehawleyvillepo.com for a list of things you can do to help us! This is URGENT URGENT URGENT. They plan to close the post office on Valentines Day - which seems kind of heartless to those of us that love and use the facility.
Terry Laslo

owner- HomeFromSlovenia of Danbury, CT on Jan 26, 2009

As a struggling small business owner, I really don't need this hammerblow from the govenment right now! It will probably cost me $10-20k to review what needs to be changed, change all my ads, change and reprint catalogs and other materials... etc etc etc. And I'm supposed to get this all done between Jan 10 and February 14th - or find time for a daily drive to Newtown until I can get this done? It probably makes more sense to close my business. Why in the world the Federal Government in the form of USPS would choose to close what is probably the best loved (and perhaps most profitable per square inch??) post office in the country, makes me wonder. Are they making other post-offices look bad? Did someone from an old administration slip this through at the end of the year? Does the Post Office need an overhaul too? I guess so - if the ones with great customer satisfaction are the ones that get closed! Senator Dodd, President Obama, Please help!

Jim From Woodbury of United States on Jan 26, 2009

owner- HomeFromSlovenia wrote:
As a struggling small business owner, I really don't need this hammerblow from the govenment right now! It will probably cost me $10-20k to review what needs to be changed, change all my ads, change and reprint catalogs and other materials... etc etc etc. And I'm supposed to get this all done between Jan 10 and February 14th - or find time for a daily drive to Newtown until I can get this done? It probably makes more sense to close my business. Why in the world the Federal Government in the form of USPS would choose to close what is probably the best loved (and perhaps most profitable per square inch??) post office in the country, makes me wonder. Are they making other post-offices look bad? Did someone from an old administration slip this through at the end of the year? Does the Post Office need an overhaul too? I guess so - if the ones with great customer satisfaction are the ones that get closed! Senator Dodd, President Obama, Please help!
Agree... I also own a small business and will not be using the Newtown P.O. Business cards, letterheads, envelopes, trade name address, promotional give aways "pens, calculators, magnets, calendars,daily planners, etc all just ordered for the new year with the Hawleyville address...The only P.O. that is probably making money...what a shame...

Ca mu na t Disorganizer of Trumbull, CT on Jan 26, 2009

savehawleyvillepo com wrote:
We are grassroots group of local residents trying to save the post office. In spite of what the post office is telling us - there is a possibility they may reopen in Hawleyville at a later date - the truth is 98% stay closed forever.
PLEASE GO TO www.savehawleyvillepo.com for a list of things you can do to help us! This is URGENT URGENT URGENT. They plan to close the post office on Valentines Day - which seems kind of heartless to those of us that love and use the facility.
Terry Laslo
This is a heart wrenching tragedy!

Very Sad in Newtown of Trumbull, CT on Jan 27, 2009

I wish I thought something I could say would change the situation, but I know that's not so. I'm writing this on the chance that Mark, Laura or Rich might read it and know how much they will be missed. I've been going to the Hawleyville PO for just a few years, but what a pleasure it has been. Any one of the employees would go over and above to help make a visit to the PO quick and easy. Many times they helped me unload packages and fill out forms. They always remember your name. I can tell you we won't get that anywhere else. I'm truley unhappy about the prospect of using the Newtown PO, but mostly I will miss how actually pleasant the post office chore was at Hawleyville. So, so sorry to see you go.

Hard To Believe of Boston, MA on Jan 27, 2009

In a time where positive examples of customer service and professionalism are hard to come by - itís sad that a dispute over property / building renovations is going to force a great operation to close. I find it hard to believe (or at the very least disappointed in their negotiating skills) that between the Railroad and the USPS that some form of compromise couldnít have been reached.

verrlet of Boston, MA on Jan 27, 2009

The racist posts should just bow their heads in shame, it's ridiculous in this day and age that they should still be posting such s_ _t. It is too bad that the post office is being closed, I go to the Bethel and Wilton post offices and they are so incredibly slow and inefficient that it is a shame that a good post office is being closed down for no reason, Although in the Bethel Post Office defense, they are very understaffed (like most of Bethel) and don't get enough funding and help. The Wilton Post Office however is staffed by inefficient losers.

Jim From Woodbury of United States on Jan 27, 2009

verrlet wrote:
The racist posts should just bow their heads in shame, it's ridiculous in this day and age that they should still be posting such s__t. It is too bad that the post office is being closed, I go to the Bethel and Wilton post offices and they are so incredibly slow and inefficient that it is a shame that a good post office is being closed down for no reason, Although in the Bethel Post Office defense, they are very understaffed (like most of Bethel) and don't get enough funding and help. The Wilton Post Office however is staffed by inefficient losers.
Agree!! I think what this boils down to is something a large corporation or the (P.O.) does not see in the long term. Yes, the Post office is a large enity, but it is also local. We see the same people every day at our local Post Office but they also represent the US Government. I am proud to vote on election day, as most of us are, but also proud to see a local Government office such as the small Post Office in Hawleyville with the American Flag waving as I enter. Call me sentimental, but I always feel a local connection to America when I see our flag in a small community such as Hawleyville.

GI Baby 46 of Newtown, CT on Jan 28, 2009

I asked the USPS why they print lots of stamps--what we need is service-Hawleyville gives us a full measure... Thanx

Jo-Ann Scebold of Worcester, MA on Jan 28, 2009

I have lived in Newtown for 13 years, 10 of which I have had a p.o. box at Hawleyville. It's the best p.o. in this area. I have been soooo happy there. Personnel couldn't be nicer. They know their customers and treat us well. I have NEVER used such a wonderful p.o. as Hawleyville. It's a dump; I call it "no frills" but the SERVICE IS GREAT. That's what counts. jts

Amy in Hawleyville of Ridgefield, CT on Jan 30, 2009

I live in Hawleyville and work on the west side of Danbury (exit 2). Hawleyville is the only Post office convenient to where I live and drive.
Newtown and Brookfield are both in areas I rarely visit, expecially during business hours, and the Danbury PO out by the mall is so understaffed and the lines are so long that it is torturous to use. The other day I had to send a priority mail item in the middle of my work day and spent an hour accompllishing this task, even though the Danbury PO is only 5 minutes from my office.
In contrast, I can stop at Hawleyville on the way to and from work and accomplish the same thing in just a few minutes.
The folks at the Hawleyville PO are very friendly and know our whole family on a first-name basis - toddlers included. My husband's family has lived in Hawleyville since the 1920's and it has always been our post office.

Louis David-davidphoto s of New Haven, CT on Jan 30, 2009

I've been using this post office to run my business for many years. The only reason I use the postal sevice is because of the staff at the Hawleyville Branch. They are OUTSTANDING PEOPLE. You need need to do what it takes to keep them open.Because you can count on us to do the same.

Kathy Brookfield CT of East Longmeadow, MA on Jan 30, 2009

It saddens me to think that such a great and friendly post office will be closed. I live closer to the Brookfield PO but like many others have mentioned, I hate to go there!! The lines are long, the staff slow, and its workers are not nearly as friendly as Mark and the rest of the staff at Hawleyville. What a stupid move by the USPS. I guess I will just have to start paying my bills online and forget the USPS all together. USPS..sorry but think of the money you stand to lose with this stupid move.

mitchell rex of Southbridge, MA on Feb 2, 2009

coin wrote:
Is there some way to complain about the Brookfield Post Office officially? I am guessing that the Postmaster there is probably of the same mentality as his staff. It seems a lot of people are unhappy with the Brookfield PO
I agree, Hawleyville is much friendlier and offers the same service & products

postal blog of Encinitas, CA on Jun 29, 2009

Bravo!!! Keep up the good fight.
I miss my homestate of Connecticut.
http://postalweb.blogspot.com

Jed Pauker of Orange, CA on Feb 26, 2012

Our historic Post Office is about to close. We are trying to save it. We are reaching out to your community in an effort to work together. We ask for your help to save our post office, and we hope to help save yours, which may face reduced service and closure this year or next, or soon after that.

The danger is a bad law that needs to change. A new law can make that change - but it may not pass soon enough. Meanwhile, over 3,700 post offices that don't have to close are in danger.

We know about nearby closures. We know about rural closures. We are organized. We hold rallies, we write letters and we speak out. Last week, we filed a lawsuit in DC Circuit Court to challenge the closure of our post office.

We received a letter of support from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. We will meet this week and next with our US Senators and Congressman. They can help us break the deadlock.

Please consider signing our petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/rep-henry-wax... .

Here is our Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/savethevenicepostoffi... .

Feel free to learn more at a local resource page: http://venicenc.org/savethevmpo and a national web site: http://savethepostoffice.com .

Feel free to contact us at <savethevenicepostoffice@gm ail.com>. Let's help each other. Let's work together to save this most valuable public service and the heart of every community.

Thank you.

The Coalition to Save Venice Post Office

TV MAN of United States on Feb 26, 2012

postal blog wrote:
Bravo!!! Keep up the good fight.
I miss my homestate of Connecticut.
erectuswalksamongstus.com
Haha nice site!

TV MAN of United States on Feb 26, 2012

But seriously, best thing about Hawleyville was that there were no black people working or walkin` in there stinkin` up the place. The people were so nice to each other.