Weekly Feature

2007-01-31 / Letters to the Editor

Closing procedure at Glen is upsetting

The story about the Village Glen becoming strictly a tennis club is a story of reckless disregard for literally hundreds of people. It is true that years ago the Glen was just tennis. For at least the last 15 years that I have been attending, however, the Glen was the place to work out and get fit as well. In addition, there has been a successful physical therapy operation.

When Jack and Maritza Ruh purchased the Glen last month there were promises of improvements and upgrades. In fact, new fitness trainers were hired in December.

Needless to say we were shocked beyond belief when on Monday, Jan. 22 we were handed a piece of paper that matter of-factly declared that on Feb. 2 the fitness center would be closed. Members and staff alike were given less than two weeks notice. The Silver Sneakers organization, senior citizens trying to stay physically active, are tossed out on the street. Staff members, one newly hired young lady who just signed an apartment lease, are also tossed out. The physical therapy patients apparently will have to go up a flight of stairs for their help. Is that humane?

The Ruhs are upsetting all these people for two tennis balls and a maximum of eight players at a time. Apparently two tennis courts will be installed. Is that fair? Is it even a good business plan? I am very disturbed at the way the Ruhs did this. Up until last week memberships to the Fitness Center were still being sold. There has been no effort to apologize for the massive inconvenience and even heartache that this action has caused. I lived in Amherst for 39 years and have never seen such a poor "business process."

Robert Snyder Boxwood Drive Clarence Center

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