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FOOD
July 31, 1994 | By Elaine Tait, INQUIRER RESTAURANT CRITIC
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.
NEWS
August 21, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
February 24, 1994 | ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/ DAILY NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 9, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 14, 2000 | DAVID MAIALETTI/ DAILY NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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)
NEWS
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.
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NEWS
September 9, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
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.
TRAVEL
September 5, 2016
Q: I need help fighting a case with Residence Inn by Marriott Phoenix, where I recently stayed. When I checked out, I saw a $250 charge on my credit card in addition to the $89 for the room. No one ever said anything about the charge. I called the front desk and was told it was a "smoking charge. " But I don't smoke. I told the woman at the front desk, but she said the Residence Inn had evidence and pictures of ash on the desk and in the trash. She said that I could dispute the charges with my bank, but that there was nothing she could do for me, and she refused to transfer me to a manager.
NEWS
August 21, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2015
D EAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for 22 years. My father-in-law's health declined and he died last year. My mother-in-law, "Babe," and I didn't get on well in the past, but we have seemed to patch things up. Since my father-in-law's death, she has become very needy. As a result, my father has been at her beck and call, and I have become closer to her, too. My mother has started to become suspicious of the relationship between Babe and my dad. They have been seen drinking together and ignoring my mother.
NEWS
October 10, 2014
TEN YEARS AGO I reported on Sheea, a dog that was dropped off at the city animal shelter and euthanized nine minutes later. This week I report on Rhonda, a dog that was dropped off at the city animal shelter Oct. 1 and euthanized 15 minutes later. In each case, the sad outcome was the same: A beloved pet that had gotten loose was killed by those who should have been its protector. Sheea slipped out of a house in Wissinoming without her collar and ID. Rhonda left Cailin Mulvihill's home in Fishtown when a friend opened the door.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
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.
NEWS
March 20, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
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.
NEWS
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
NEWS
February 8, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
ABRAM KHLIBNIKOV, 75, from Tel Aviv, who speaks only Russian and Hebrew, arrived at Philadelphia International Airport on a Saturday last month. He found a Russian-speaking cabdriver and said that he'd come here to visit his cousin but that his cousin didn't want to see him, so now what? The cabdriver is from Northeast Philadelphia, so he figured that there's one place that could do a mitzvah - a good deed, a solid - for an abandoned Russian-speaking senior from Israel. It's the Raymond & Miriam Klein Jewish Community Center, on Jamison Avenue near Red Lion Road.
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