May 27, 2013
By Elizabeth McGinley Formal memorial gardens that honor the heroes of 9/11, Iraq, and Afghanistan have become part of our 21st-century public landscape. But even the smallest home garden can be a memorial garden, honoring personal heroes. That's what I recently realized as I waited for an elderly friend at her doctor's office in our city's Castor Gardens neighborhood. I had complimented the receptionist on the violet-pink orchid that graced a table near the door. Serene amid the 1970s-era wood paneling, faded linoleum, and dog-eared magazines, the plant almost glowed in the meager light from the basement office's glass-brick window.
March 2, 2013
AMBRIDGE, Pa. - Now this is the story all about how a high school student's life got turned upside down. But it was all just a bad rap. The student's voicemail greeting triggered a lockdown at his Western Pennsylvania school after a receptionist misheard his rendition of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. While trying to confirm an appointment with Travis Clawson, 19, the receptionist thought the message said "shooting people outside of the school. " The line is actually "shooting some b-ball outside of the school.
November 15, 2011 |
A sixth worker in Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia abortion clinic pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Monday and agreed to testify for prosecutors in Gosnell's murder trial. Tina Baldwin, 46, pleaded guilty to participating in a corrupt organization, conspiracy, and corruption of a minor involving her work at Gosnell's Women's Medical Society clinic from 2001 until the clinic closed in 2010. Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner accepted the plea and, as in the cases of other people who have pleaded guilty, deferred sentencing until after Gosnell's trial.
April 8, 2011 |
Here's a workplace riddle: Who hears everything, yet hears nothing? The staff at Reed Smith, a Center City law firm, know the answer: Carol Lennon, chief receptionist. Her policy of complete discretion coupled with a professional attitude have kept her in her job for 50 years. "You never talk about any client, any attorney, or any staff member to anyone else," said Lennon, who was honored this Wednesday with a champagne party at the office. "Fifty years? That is so unusual these days," said Victoria Green, founder of Green Leadership Consulting L.L.C., a management consulting firm in Center City.
September 28, 2010 |
Jim Giblin was on the phone in his office when he saw Dennis Schuler, the maintenance man he had recently fired, walking toward the door with a box under his arm. "Dennis comes in, and I hear the receptionist shout, 'Oh, my God,' " Giblin said. "He pulls the box apart, and he has a shotgun. " A distraught Schuler held his former boss hostage for the next four hours while drinking from a half-gallon jug of vodka and taking phone calls from family and Lower Merion police gathered outside.
May 5, 2010 |
Janice Lynn Proctor Bender, 61, of Center City, a law firm receptionist who supported her husband, Frank, in his work as a forensic artist, died of cancer Wednesday, April 21, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mrs. Bender and her husband met when they were working at George Faraghan Photo Studios in Center City - she was a fashion and hand model, and he was a commercial photographer. They married on Halloween 1970. Several years later, Frank Bender began a career as a "recomposer of the decomposed.
November 14, 2007 |
"Terrible things happen when terrible things happen," as one character says. And that's Adam Bock's short, sharp, shocking play, The Receptionist, currently at the Manhattan Theatre Club, in a nutshell. Terrible things are harder to recognize as terrible when they happen on a daily basis, part of the ordinary routine, all in a day's work. The Northeast Office is absolutely recognizable, filled with ringing phones and coffee mugs. The receptionist is Beverly (the superb Jayne Houdyshell - seen locally in the Wilma's 2004 production of The Clean House)
May 5, 2007 |
Math forced Shonda Rhimes to do it. Having exhausted every romantic variable for her Grey's Anatomy surgical team in less than three seasons, the creator and executive producer was forced to establish a new franchise in California in order to start romping anew. So Thursday night, in a two-hour extravaganza, Grey's Anatomy - a massive helping of sex with a modest side of surgery - begat the Unnamed Addison Montgomery Spin-off starring the fetching Kate Walsh, all legs, attitude and gymnastic eyebrows.
February 19, 2004 |
While sitting in the cardiologist's waiting room recently, passing the increasingly long minutes by watching TV with 14 other patients, I couldn't help but marvel as modern satellite technology brought us news from around the globe. Here in New Jersey, I had a 10:30 a.m. appointment with my heart doctor. Hoping to get out a little early, I arrived a little early. I should have known better. Although technology has improved to the point that we in the United States can see what's happening in Japan instantly, I saw that some things never change.
December 6, 2003 |
A day after learning that an ethics complaint filed against him was faxed from Democrat Fred Madden's campaign headquarters, State Sen. George Geist said yesterday he would seek legal advice on the issue. But Geist, the Republican who lost to Madden by 63 votes last month, stopped short of saying he would take legal action and said he would not contest the election results. "I wish the voters knew these revelations before the election," he said. "Respectfully, I move on, but the controversy continues about the conspiracy.