Jack Devine counts on the Ocean City Post Office to arrange for his annual shipping of a holiday gift to Poland. By TIM KELLYIn an age of cyber-deals, easy online shopping and other benefits, carrying packages and waiting in line at the post office might seem old-fashioned.That’s exactly what customers seem to like about going to the Ocean City Post Office at Ninth Street and Ocean Avenue.“I love that post office,” said Johanna Hoch, a resident at Gardens Plaza Condominium at Park Place and the Boardwalk.“I look forward to going there. It’s a fun experience. I like the Art Deco architecture and the original brass post office boxes,” Hoch added. “What I really like are the people who work there. They’re helpful and they remember you.”The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce and the city named a marketing effort for its already popular Asbury Avenue and Boardwalk businesses “Old Fashioned Family Christmas.”The local post office certainly fits into the theme and complements it.Though technically not a business, the United States Post Office representing the 08226 zip code dovetails with the free carriage rides downtown, breakfast and photos with Santa, the Christmas tree lighting and the annual Holiday Parade, among other featured events and tourism incentives.On Tuesday, the effort seemed to be doing a good job of luring more folks to Asbury Avenue and the Boardwalk, away from the malls and chain stores.“I like to support local business and to keep my (holiday shopping dollars) here in town,” said Pat Garza, who lives in the Riviera section of the resort.She said that she prefers wrapping and packing her mailed items herself rather than trusting it to an online retailer.“Today, I sent off a package to Marlton, and I picked up a few large envelopes and packing supplies,” Garza said. “I’ll be back here when those items are ready to ship.”Count Kathleen Tully as a major fan of the Ocean City Post Office’s services.Postal customer Kathleen Tully noted that Amazon and other online retailers and “Big Box” stores are convenient but impersonal.Tully, who lives in the Gardens section of town, said, “I use Amazon for things that I bought (conventionally) and then can’t find in retail stores. I can usually find those items on Amazon for my repeat purchases. Everything else I buy locally and mail from here.”Tully said she also enjoys buying Christmas stamps at the post office to dress up her holiday cards and letters.Residents aren’t the only ones using the O.C. Post Office’s old-school methods to their advantage.Savvy local businesses are doing it too, said Aimee Schultz, whose JASM Consulting company helps clients do just that.One of them, Jilly’s, utilizes online ordering for its gift baskets, she said.However, the baskets are personalized to fit the needs of each customer, which results in different shipping needs as well.“The post office is great at that,” said Schultz.She also mentioned Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro as a business in town that combines both high and low technology.Schultz said the restaurant receives numerous online orders for gift cards and mails out individualized messages along with the cards.“The post office allows them to (add value) to the gift card sales as an additional point of contact with customers,” she said.Pat Garza stops at the post office to mail a package and purchase several large envelopes for future mailings.An OCNJDaily.com reporter observed several other businesses in line Tuesday at the post office, but most were folks looking to mail packages and cards or to purchase supplies for mailing and packing holiday gifts.Jack Devine, executive director of the Ocean City Arts Council, was mailing a card and talked about how he utilizes the post office for a gift he sends to Poland every year.“One of the people who works there is (a native of) Poland and I enjoy speaking with her about where my package is headed,” Devine said. “It’s great because you can track the package and with the cost of postage, you receive an extremely well done (hard copy) record of what’s going to happen regarding delivery.”A postal worker said Tuesday that employees were not permitted to do interviews when they work.An off-duty employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the personal touch is what the postal service is hoping to capitalize on in the years ahead as technology continues to evolve.“We have automated most of our operations as well,” the employee said. “The thing that sets us apart from the pack is that we can know our customers and sometimes anticipate their needs and help them to better meet them. People like doing business in this manner when many companies are so impersonal. It’s the old-fashioned way.”Rita Boyle of Park Place, who also owns a home in Camden County, said there was nothing like mailing cards, letters and packages from Ocean City.“The people here are so nice,” Boyle said. “They help you out and care about getting your packages there on time and for the least amount of cost.”A mural depicting an Ocean City post card stands outside the post office.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One day after Nassau County voters handed Madeline Singas a decisive victory in the spirited district attorney race, she said she felt “humbled” by the support from residents in her first successful election campaign.Singas, who has served as acting DA since January, attributed her success to her campaign’s message of prosecutorial experience resonating with voters, whom she said “rejected the notion of a political person, a political being, taking over an office that should remain steadfastly apolitical.”Singas acknowledged that she was the underdog in the race to the more seasoned political operator Kate Murray, but the results tell a different story, one that shocked political observers. She defeated Murray, the Hempstead Town Supervisor who chose to run for DA instead of defending her town seat, by a wide margin, 58 to 42 percent. The two contestants were separated by more than 32,000 votes, according to unofficial election results.“They (voters) wanted the best qualified person to do the job,” Singas told the Press in a phone interview. “And I always really ran this race on the fact that I was a professional and lifelong prosecutor, and that’s what I was bringing to the table.”“People weren’t viewing this through partisan glasses,” she added, “they wanted the best qualified person to do the job.”Singas declared victory shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday. Murray did not concede until after midnight.“I had a very good feeling leading up to Election Day,” she said, “just because I was out there so much and people were approaching me…and just saying how grateful they were to sort of have me in the race and have the experience and just how eager they were to vote for me.“Look, I’ve never been a candidate before,” she continued, “so for me it was something interesting anyway. But I just felt a lot of support out in every community that I went to and it translated into big votes and big numbers. I was very humbled by that.”Singas took over for her predecessor, Kathleen Rice, in January following Rice’s election to Congress. It was Rice who recruited Singas to the DA’s office. Singas eventually built up the Special Victim’s Bureau and was later named Rice’s chief assistant. They worked shoulder to shoulder, Singas said, adding that she was also running on her former boss’s legacy.As she looks forward to the next four years, Singas plans to continue policies dedicated to heroin prevention, such as educating school personnel and parents. She wants to aggressively investigate where the supply is and “choke” it off, while also going after the organizations saturating Nassau with the addictive drug. Her goal is to bolster resources into treatment and provide assistance to people fighting the addiction.“Ultimately,” she said, “if we don’t control the demand we’re not going to be able to control the supply, so that’s a crucial part of the equation.”Singas also reiterated her plan to expand her offices investigation into Nassau’s contract process into the county’s towns and cities, “so we can get a more global picture of what’s going on and make recommendations and figure out if there are other investigations that we need to be pursuing.”“But again,” she added, “I feel that Nassau taxpayers are entitled to know how their money is meted out, who it’s going to, what are the qualifications for the people that are getting these contracts, and if people were giving the contracts for reasons other than efficiency or for the public good. And [if] they broke laws, then they will be held accountable.”Singas declined to say whether or not subpoenas have been issued.And as for the major police unions, including the Nassau Police Benevolent Association, who backed Murray, Singas noted that it’s not in her personality to hold grudges.“That’s not who I am and that’s not what my position is,” she said. “I always said that the rank-and-file officers supported me because right after those endorsements came out I got numerous phone calls and messages and people stopping me in the street telling me how much they support me and how much they respect my experience, and I think that was demonstrated again with the big numbers in the vote.”,Alure cube,Alure cube