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Lena Horne special dedication ceremony in Los Angeles

A surprise guest joined a special dedication ceremony for the Lena Horne stamp in Los Angeles last week: Dionne Warwick.

Warwick was being honored at Los Angeles City Hall, where local Postal Service leaders were holding the stamp ceremony. When Warwick learned about the dedication, she asked if she could join the event — a request USPS officials happily obliged.

“Lena Horne was one of my major mentors,” Warwick said. “She referred to me as one of her daughters and I revered that tremendously. In fact, she was one of the only other females that my mother allowed me to refer to as ‘mama.’ It is with a great deal of pride and pleasure that I have been asked to help unveil her stamp.”

The Lena Horne stamp, the 41st entry in the Black Heritage series, honors the iconic performer who also inspired millions of people as a civil rights activist. USPS released the stamp Jan. 30.

“Although her name will always be synonymous with an era of elegance, sophistication and grace, Lena Horne’s life — by her own admittance — was always about one thing: Survival,” Los Angeles Postmaster Joe Zapata told attendees at the Feb. 7 special dedication ceremony.

“In a career that spanned nearly 70 years, she existed and persisted, and along the way, she became a star, an advocate, a leader and a legend.”

Other speakers at the ceremony included Los Angeles District Manager Ken Snavely, Finance Manager Sue Labadie-Taylor and Marketing Manager Beth Rubio.

USPS districts across the nation are also holding special ceremonies to dedicate the stamp, which is available at Post Offices and usps.com.

Keeping current

White Plains, NY, Operations Programs Specialist Frankie Wright

Frankie Wright says knowledge is important to his job.

The White Plains, NY, operations programs specialist provides administrative support for dozens of USPS systems in Northeast Area’s Westchester District.

“There are always new tools and programs to improve USPS,” Wright says. “We’re the first in line to troubleshoot if anyone has a problem, so we need to understand them.”

Postal Service leaders say employees like Wright help the organization become better equipped to respond to customers’ needs, one of its core business strategies.

Wright has three tips for fellow employees:

• Stay in the know. Wright keeps up to date by reading Link, Area Updates, department emails, industry magazines and district sites.

• Create a support system. Wright credits mentors and colleagues who have provided him coaching, advice and a network to tap into when questions arise.

• Keep learning. “You really have to be a sponge,” says Wright, who recommends asking questions and seeking different resources to expand your knowledge.

“If you call me for assistance and I don’t have the answer, I will work to find one and get back to you,” he says. “You’re never alone in the Postal Service.”

“Best practices,” a series on employees who demonstrate on-the-job excellence, appears regularly in Link.

Taxation percentages

Supplemental wages

The Postal Service is reminding employees that the percentages used to tax supplemental wages differ from normal taxation percentages.

Supplemental wages can include:

  • Annual leave exchange
  • Awards
  • Back-pay awards
  • Prizes
  • Severance pay
  • Reimbursements for nondeductible moving expenses

Supplemental wages are subject to a withholding rate of 22 percent. Congress and the IRS determine taxation percentages.

The Postal Bulletin’s Feb. 1 edition has more information.

Need to know

Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek

“Jeopardy!” alert. A stamp that celebrates a children’s author will be a clue on the “Jeopardy!” episode that is scheduled to air Thursday, Feb. 15.

Think you know which stamp will be featured? Tune in to find out. The Jeopardy! site has broadcast times and stations.

Holiday hours. The Postal Service is providing general operating policy and planning guidance for the Presidents Day holiday, which will be observed Monday, Feb. 19.

A new memo, available on Blue, explains guidelines for delivery, retail, processing and logistics operations.

Who doesn’t love a parade? USPS letter carriers kept their appointed rounds during a Feb. 8 parade in Philadelphia to honor the Eagles, this year’s Super Bowl champions.

Ray Daiutolo, an Eastern Area strategic communications specialist, told the Philly Voice that carriers treated the parade “like a snowstorm.”

“We gave it our best effort,” he said, adding that carriers “got to experience the whole party vibe.”

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