July 31, 1994 |
Cut off, honked at, tailgated and intimidated by one too many BMWs, I confess that driving in the near New Jersey suburbs is so stressful for me that I do it only when it seems unavoidable. Which is why I've taken so long discovering La Fontana Ristorante. But two recent forays through demon-driver land have convinced me that a meal at the family-owned restaurant is well worth the anxiety-filled 17-minute haul from Center City. La Fontana, owned by the Picariello family, is as friendly as you'd expect with Mom at the front desk, one son seating and serving you, a second cooking the meal and Pop acting as jovial ringmaster.
August 21, 2016 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - It's the innkeeper's life to be barged in on, so Harmon Brown, 90, barely raises an eyebrow when you walk through the swinging wooden doors to the kitchen - though it is way too early to be barging in on Harmon Brown. Turns out you're not the first person to take liberties with his time that day. He was answering the phone at 2 a.m., talking to people looking to arrange accommodations at Brown's Nostalgia Bed & Breakfast in the middle of the night. "They think there's a front desk," Brown said, looking up from his cryptoquip, coffee, and cinnamon bun, still in deer-hunting pajama pants.
February 24, 1994 |
Class of 77 applauds at graduation yesterday after completing the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority's hospitality training program. The class, trained in front desk, housekeeping and food-service operations, was the sixth to graduate from the Opportunities Inn Program.
September 9, 2016 |
Joan Makas and her husband had a Saturday tradition: Turn on the radio and dance the polka around the home they made for themselves and their four girls in Tacony. Through the good times and bad, she danced. Even after a leg was amputated three years ago and she had to use a wheelchair, she kept on dancing, right from her seat. "She had a love for life and people that was just incredible," said daughter Denise Gallo. Mrs. Makas, 90, who also had four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, died at home Wednesday, Aug. 31, from complications of an infection due to circulatory problems.
September 14, 2000 |
Protesters, among them Cheri Honkala (second from left), tried to deliver a letter yesterday to Police Commissioner John Jimoney denouncing surveillance of the groups prior to the Republican National Convention here. They got as far as the front desk of Police Headquarters at 8th and Race, but promised to take action if the commish didn't respond. Through spokesman Sgt. Roland Lee, Timoney said there was no infiltration of the protest groups by Philadelphia police, just observation.
February 24, 2013
TRENTON - Staffers at the public library in the state capital are rationing bathroom supplies after a growing wave of vandalism and theft. Signs outside the first-floor bathrooms direct patrons to the front desk, where they can get individual-size portions of toilet paper and other personal-hygiene items prepared by library staff. The policy was implemented after a series of incidents in recent months, said library director Kimberly Matthews. - AP
March 19, 2013 |
ACCORDING TO online reviews of the Roosevelt Motor Inn in Northeast Philadelphia, the place is busted. "If you like constant noise, doors slamming, hookers in the hallway, pot smell this place is for you," someone named philytraveler wrote on TripAdvisor.com. "[A]lso plan on not getting any sleep. " Last week, two men also were busted at the hotel - one for prostitution and the other for drugs - during a vice-squad raid that police said resulted from one guest taking gripes to authorities.
May 28, 2009
FURTHERMORE ... Hardworking employees at BRT deserve respect We are patronage workers at the Bureau of Revision of Taxes and have worked in the Citizen Service Unit since it was formed three years ago. Sitting at the front desk with my coworker, we are the first to meet with customers, so our work is varied. Besides answering questions on senior-citizen freezes and rebates, catastrophic losses, nonprofits, abatements, appeals, ownership, and taxes owed, we also track abatement applications, do inquiries on many issues, request ownership changes, mail address changes, print out ownership and tax information for customers, do market-value certificates for deaths, and time-stamp and copy many of these documents.
May 13, 2011
STU, IF YOU think that the service you got at the gun-permit office was bad, let me enlighten you on what goes on elsewhere: Employees talking on their cellphones while you wait to be "helped. " Employees at the front desk putting lipstick on, or on cellphones making plans for that night. At City Hall, being sent from one department to another, where folks are talking about their private life at the desks. Nasty-talking police officers. And don't try doing business on the phone (it's hopeless)
September 3, 2012
Investigators say the death of a church pastor who drowned in a North Jersey hotel pool over the weekend appears to have been an accident. But further testing will be done to see whether medical issues contributed to the death of Charles Ahia, 51, of Irvington, who died early Saturday. The Star-Ledger newspaper reported that Ahia was a pastor with the World Outreach Church, which was holding a weekend retreat at the hotel in Fairfield. Authorities say Ahia entered the pool with another church member around 7 a.m. and inadvertently moved toward the deep end. The other church member then ran to the front desk for help.