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Post offices now open three Sundays in December
Michael P. Mayko
Updated 9:17 pm, Sunday, December 7, 2014
DANBURY -- The U.S. Postal Service has added a third open Sunday this month in a move that could ease the crunch of holiday giving.
In November, the postal service announced that a number of area post offices would be open on Sunday and Dec. 14. Now Dec, 21 has been added to the list.
The branches will open at 1 p.m. and close at 5 p.m. on those days.
"It's all about customer service and convenience -- especially during our busiest time of the year," said David Mastroianni, who oversees postal operations in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
On the three consecutive Sundays, all types of retail business -- including buying money orders, renting postal boxes and applying for passports -- can be conducted, in addition to mailing items, according to Christine Dugas, a U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman.
During the 2013 holiday season, the postal service said it delivered 434 million packages and 6.4 billion pieces of first-class mail nationwide. This year, post offices have projected a 12 percent growth in packages, amounting to 450 million to 470 million pieces.
Dugas said opening on three Sundays is another way to reduce lines during the week and get Christmas mail into the hands of its recipients.
"We will even be delivering priority express packages on Sundays and even Christmas Day," Dugas said. "So don't be surprised if you see a postal employee dressed as Santa coming to your house with a package on Christmas Day."
But she also advised any wary homeowners to ask for identification before opening the door.
In this area, the following post offices will be open on the three Sundays starting Dec. 7: Danbury, 23 Backus Avenue; Fairfield, 357 Commerce Drive; Greenwich, 29 Valley Drive; Milford, 300 Pepes Farm Road; Monroe, 270 Monroe Turnpike: Stratford, 411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff and Westport, 273 Post Road East.
Dugas said the Post Office is recommending the following mailing deadlines for an item to arrive by Christmas:
Dec. 10 -- Priority Mail Express International.
Dec. 15 -- Standard Post.
Dec. 17 -- Global Express Guaranteed.
Dec. 20 -- First-Class Mail/Priority Mail (domestic).
Dec. 23 -- Priority Mail Express (domestic).