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Post Office closures would hit Medford seniors

Posted by Matt Byrne  July 28, 2011 11:44 AM

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By Matt Byrne, Town Correspondent

Medford's senior citizens may be hit the hardest if the US Postal Service follows through on a plan to close two of the three Medford retail offices, the mayor said yesterday.

On the chopping block are the Boston Avenue and High Street locations, Mayor Michael McGlynn said, adding that this is not the first time the two locations have been up for closure.

"Every time they look at it, they find out how heavily relied upon they are," said McGlynn in a phone interview.

If the two offices are closed, the only remaining retail post office in the city will be in Medford Square, a problem for the aged population, who can struggle with mobility and travel.

"It's critical for Medford residents because Medford has a tremendous senior population. Some of them don't drive, or face challenges, and can't make it to the square," McGlynn said.

The possible closures, the latest effort by the mail service struggling to cut costs amid falling use by customers who flock to the Internet to send messages, would be among 3,600 nationwide.

McGlynn said his office has yet to be notified officially by the Postal Service, but said that once official measures are underway, he expects the office of Congressman Edward J. Markey to get involved.


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