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.
March 13, 2014 |
NAME a celebrity who's been to Philadelphia in the last century. Tell that name to Steve Hornstein, the bell captain at the Radisson Blu Warwick. Chances are, he'll tell you a story. A really good story. He's been full time at the circa 1926 hotel, which lifelong locals like Hornstein know to pronounce "War-ick," for well more than 30 years. The West Oak Lane native began there in August 1973. Worked two days a week as a bellman. He left in '76, when the place got sold and closed for renovations.
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.
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.
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
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.
October 28, 1999 |
Sparked by the growing Philadelphia hotel industry, the Community College of Philadelphia has become the latest school to enhance its course offerings in the hospitality industry. Through three years of planning, the college has revised and broadened its hospitality technology curriculum, adding courses in front-desk management and housekeeping management this year. The move follows an ambitious initiative at Temple University, which last year began a school that offers bachelor's and master's degrees in tourism and hospitality management.