A statement from the publisher
Yesterday's news that an individual has come forward to admit that he was driving the vehicle that struck and killed Lanie Kruszewski is a welcome development for those of us at the Henrico Citizen and all who knew and loved Lanie.
Lanie's mother, Patty, is our employee, coworker and friend. Our hearts break for her and for the entire Kruszewski family, as well as for Lanie's boyfriend and the many others who have been touched by her life and by this incident.
We are hopeful that the new developments in this case will begin a process of some closure for the family and those who knew Lanie. We are anxious for justice to be served in this case through the legal system, but the sad reality is that an incident such as this one provides no happy conclusion.
Today, a memorial service at 3 p.m. will celebrate Lanie's life. The service at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School on Lombardy Street in Richmond – from which Lanie graduated as an outstanding scholar and athlete in 2006 – is open to the public.
The loss of a young person just entering the prime of her life is nearly impossible to accept. Lanie was a shining light to so many people, and her passing has provided a glimpse of the way she lived life to many who never knew her.
In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to follow the legal process and do our best to support Patty and the Kruszewski family while remembering Lanie's positive spirit and the curiosity and happiness with which she lived her life every day.
We endeavor to honor Lanie in death by adopting in ourselves the attributes that made her so unique in life. In that sense, she will never truly be gone.
– Tom Lappas, publisher
Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.
At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.
Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.
The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.
Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/15/2014
Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.
Publick Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. > Read more.
Paid extras are being sought to appear in the AMC television series TURN: Washington's Spies, which will begin filming its second season in the Richmond area at the end of September and continue through February.
No experience is required, but producers say that extras must have flexible availability, reliable transportation and a positive attitude.
Arvold Casting is holding an open call on Sunday, Sept. 21 and is seeking men, women and children who are Caucasian, African American and Native American, with thin to average builds and who can realistically portray people living in Revolutionary War times. Long hair is a plus but not a must. > Read more.
TGIF! Celebrate the weekend at Oak Hall Baptist Church’s Community Block Party on Saturday. Learn more about ballroom dancing, art and Colonial times. Or take the kids to Generation Z Games for water play or Southern Season to cook up a Disney-theme meal. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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