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Glen removing fitness center

The Village Glen Tennis and Fitness Club has changed its name and will be getting a face-lift.

It is now called the Village Glen Tennis Club and as the name suggests the fitness center will be removed. That work will be part of an overhaul of the entire facility that will include upgrading the locker rooms, expanding the lobby and registration area and moving the pro shop to the first floor from its second-floor location.

Years ago, two indoor tennis courts were turned into the fitness center. That area will be restored to its original use when construction starts this summer, giving the facility eight indoor hard courts and eight outdoor har-tru courts, four of which are covered by a bubble for winter use.

"This new direction fulfills our strategic plan to build upon Village Glen's reputation as one of the finest tennis clubs in the area," said co-owner Maritza Ruh in a written statement. "It is also an opportunity to expand our junior program, which has proven to be very successful."

Maritza and her husband, Jack, bought the facility in December from Tom LaPenna, who remains as the club's executive director. LaPenna has been at the Glen for 25 years.

The Ruhs also bought the Southtowns Tennis Center in 2005. The improvements at the Village Glen will be similar to those made at Southtowns, Jack Ruh said.


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