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Dover Venue's Abrupt Closure Prompts Event Organizers to Scramble

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A sign found posted late last week on the inside of the entrance to the Duncan Center. A sign found posted late last week on the inside of the entrance to the Duncan Center.

DOVER, Del.- Employees of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority expected to be celebrating on Saturday at their holiday party --- until they learned the day prior about a sign placed inside the front doors to the Duncan Center.

Mike Parkowski, the chief of business and governmental services for the DSWA, said that party never happened and the sign was the first signal to the authority that the Duncan Center's fifth-floor event hall, The Outlook, would not be open for business.

"We did not get any contact from them, whatsoever," he said.

Late last week, signs appeared inside the front doors to the Duncan Center that read "Outlook Events 2 CLOSED Failure to Pay Rent." The sign listed the phone numbers for Cheryl and Orville Carney, who own and operate An Affair To Remember Catering.

Parkowski said DSWA would go onto learn the group's party would not be happening at the Duncan Center --- much too late to reschedule or relocate the event.

"It was really disappointing for a lot of the employees. A lot of employees really look forward to this all year so this is something we were really upset about," he said.

According to Justice of the Peace court records, an eviction at the Duncan Center involving Cheryl Carney as a defendant was completed on Dec. 12. Her name is listed in state records as the agent for Outlook Events 2, LLC.

An attorney for the Duncan Center's owner, declined comment but acknowledged the legal proceedings.

Multiple calls from WBOC to Cheryl and Orville Carney and a listed number to an Affair to Remember Catering went unreturned on Monday.

It's unclear how many upcoming events or holiday parties had been scheduled at The Outlook, though some organizations have reported not receiving any notification about the venue's closure.

Carl Luft with the League of Local Governments said all he knew is that the "manager or operator of The Outlook had closed up operations" and the group was searching for a new place to hold its monthly meeting.

"It's inconvenient," he said.

Parkowski said he was uncertain what would become of a $500 deposit DSWA had placed with The Outlook for the holiday party but noted the organization was seeking to stop a check used to for the party.

Having only found out about the venue's closure "just by luck" the day before the DSWA's holiday party was supposed to take place, Parkowski said the organization was fortunate there was enough time to warn the authority's nearly 100 employees about the event's cancellation.

"It would have been a real nightmare...if they got to the place and it was closed," he said.


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