12 FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS CALL 12 FOR ACTION… A LOCAL RESTAURANT AND BANQUET FACILITY IS CLOSED. (HE) AS EYEWITNESS NEWS CONSUMER REPORTER SUSAN CAMPBELL FOUND OUT – AT LEAST 1 ORGANIZATION HAD TO SCRAMBLE TO MOVE A 200-PERSON-EVENT. (SC) THE VILLA IN WEST WARWICK HAS BEEN A FAVORITE DESTINATION FOR MANY.. BUT ACCORDING TO A RECENT FACEBOOK POST – FAMILY COMMITTMENTS ARE LEADING TO ITS CLOSURE. JOHN PARENTE HAS SPENT MONTHS PLANNING THE 71ST ANNUAL ‘Words Unlimited’ AWARDS BANQUET. it basically is the RI espys. THE EVENT FOR 200 – WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AT THE VILLA IN WEST WARWICK AT THE END OF FEBRUARY. BUT THE RESTAURANT AND BANQUET FACILITY JUST CLOSED UNEXPECTEDLY… there was a LOT of concern when that phone call happened. I sent out a blast email letting everyone know hey we’re in trouble! We don’t have the villa anymore! We’re going to try to find another place. And fortunately it all panned out. PARENTE SAYS… THE VILLA’S OWNER HELPED HIM RE-BOOK A DIFFERENT FACILITY – FOR THE SAME DAY AND TIME. AND HE SAYS… THE ORGANIZATION’S DEPOSIT FOR THE VILLA WAS RETURNED WITHIN DAYS. I’m very glad that we had their help. WE WANTED TO KNOW HOW MANY OTHER EVENTS HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THE CLOSURE. NOBODY WAS AT THE VILLA WHEN WE WENT THERE… AND SO FAR OUR MESSAGES HAVE NOT BEEN RETURNED. BUT A JANUARY 6TH POST ON THE VILLA FACEBOOK PAGE SAYS IN PART… ‘I would like to extend our gratitude to our wonderful customers and tell our amazing staff how much we appreciate their efforts. THE POST GOES ON TO SAY… The Villa Restaurant is now closed. In an effort to circumvent ugly rumors, we would like everyone to know that it was the desperate need for more family time and normalcy in our lives that influenced our decision. (SC) (SC) THERE’S NO WORD ON WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE PROPERTY. (SC) IF YOU HAVE A CONSUMER PROBLEM YOU NEED HELP SOLVING – CONTACT OUR CALL 12 FOR ACTION CENTER MONDAY THRU THURSDAY FROM 11 UNTIL 1 – OUR HOTLINE IS 228- 1850. OR IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CALL 12 FOR ACTION VOLUNTEER… YOU CAN CALL THAT SAME NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN. SUSAN CAMPBELL –