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VIRUS UPDATE: COVID-19 DEATH TOLL RISES

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The Fair Haven post office now has a plastic barrier to minimize contact between customers and employees. (Reader photo. Click to enlarge.)

[See UPDATE below]

By JOHN T. WARD

Seven more New Jersey deaths were recorded as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to grow, state officials said Monday.

Two days after issuing an unprecdented executive order aimed at slowing the spread of the pandemic, Governor Phil Murphy said he was also barring all  elective surgeries and invasive procedures, both medical and dental.

The state Attorney General also announced new actions to free some county jail inmates and prosecute alleged violators of Murphy’s virus-prompted orders.

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FAIR HAVEN: POSTAL SIGN LOST IN THE MAIL?

fair haven NJ post office A flag and two mailboxes out front hint at what’s inside, but the Fair Haven post office hasn’t had identifying signage for about two years. That’s created the mistaken impression that the office is closed, says the frustrated local clerk.

What’s Going On Here? Read on. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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POSTAL CUSTOMERS P.O.’D OVER LATE START

RbpoTwo hours of weekday counter service were eliminated.

Here’s a development that seems to be about as popular as junk mail.

Earlier this month, the main Red Bank post office on Broad Street shaved two hours from its weekday-morning window service. Instead of opening at 8a, it now starts conducting business at 10.

The window still closes at 7p on weekdays, and is open from 8a to 2p on Saturdays.

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Darleen Reid-De Meo, a postal service spokeswoman, tells redbankgreen the change is part of a general trend in which offices are modifying their hours to accommodate the lifestyles of consumers. It also reflects the availability of stamps and other materials from lobby machines and other sources, she says.

redbankgreen asked one of the clerks if customers are complaining. “Oh, yeah,” said the clerk. “Lots.”

The newish local postmaster, whose name we have been unable to learn, “would like to get it least moved to 9,” the clerk said, of the opening time. But officials at the postal service “don’t care. They’ll tell you to go buy a stamp at Foodtown.”

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EARLY P.O. CLOSING IRKS FAIR HAVENITES

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There’s been little formal notice to the public, but word of a plan to close the Fair Haven post office at 4p on weekdays is proving about as agreeable to local residents and business owners as the taste of envelope glue.

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In the 60 minutes leading up to the end of the customary business day, there’s still work to be done, locals say.

“To me, it’s very upsetting,” says Dean Ross, owner of the Doc Shoppe. Though his shoe store is just two doors away from the postal facility in the Acme shopping center, he frequently needs to ship packages at the end of the day, he said.

He also feels the curtailment will force seniors and disabled residents with late-afternoon mailing needs to drive to Red Bank, where parking is difficult.

“If anything, they should be extending the hours,” he says of the postal service.

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