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Residents opposed to developing an indoor soccer facility in Memorial Park sent town officials a letter and a petition stating their case.

The letter, dated Dec. 2 and co-signed by Kelly Reinhardt and Kristine Perry, raised concerns including loss of green space, increased traffic, decreased property values, and “loss of privacy and peace.”

“If this facility is such a ‘must have’ for the Town of Clarence and the Clarence Soccer (Club), their efforts should be directed toward a different and more acceptable location,” the letter said, mentioning Sheridan Drive near the Nature Center or behind Eastern Hills Mall as two ideas.

Signs with the message “No Indoor Soccer Center Here” have sprouted on a number of homeowners’ lawns near the park.

Town Councilman Bernard J. Kolber commented on the petition last week, saying some of the 102 signatures were from people who lived far from the park or outside of town. The town’s Recreation Advisory Committee is reviewing the soccer facility idea.

Also this week:

• A Holiday Pet Expo will be held noon to 5 p.m. today at Eastern Hills Mall, near Honey Hill Pet Center and Orvis in the JC Penney concourse. Well-behaved pets are welcome to attend. There will be pet-related products and vendors, prize drawings and adoption organizations on site. Pets may have their picture taken with Santa from 5 to 8 p.m.

• A Planning Board executive meeting will be 9 a.m. Monday in Town Hall.

• The Clarence Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Mixer will be 6 p.m. Tuesday at Protocol restaurant, 6766 Transit Road in Amherst. The event is open to the public; the cost is $25 per person, and there will be a cash bar.

• Clarence Fire District No. 1’s annual election will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at 10355 Main St.

• The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall.

• The Planning Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, following a 6:30 p.m. work session.

• The Clarence Hollow Association’s annual membership meeting will be 8 a.m. Thursday in the Youth Center, 10510 Main St. Members and nonmembers are welcome.

• Town Board members are reviewing an idea to create two parallel roads just east of Transit Road, linking Main Street and the southern end of the Eastern Hills Mall parking lot. One road would extend what is now called Bryant & Stratton Way; the other road would create a north-south link east of the AAA’s service center.