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
In Varina, one of the most anticipated events of the season is approaching. The 19th Annual Big Toy Parade will return on Dec 14, offering a “homey,” small-town feel that helps elicit holiday spirit among participants and spectators alike.
The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., is sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans and Henrico County Parks and Recreation and is held in conjunction with the James River Boat Parade. It is led by a grand marshal along Old Osborne Turnpike and ends at the Osborne Boat Landing, where hundreds of community members gather to await nightfall and the arrival of lighted boats, concluding a festive holiday celebration. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/2013
The region's two premier youth soccer organizations – the Richmond Kickers and Richmond Strikers – have partnered to create Richmond United, a cost-free U.S. Soccer Development Academy program designed to serve the most talented players in the region. The arrangement marks the first time in U.S. Soccer Development Academy history that two member clubs have united their respective Academy programs.
Slated to begin play in the fall of 2014, Richmond United will field U13/14, U15/16 and U17/18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams. The teams will train and play home games at two of the top soccer specific complexes in the nation, Ukrop Park and Striker Park. > Read more.
Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen 11/24/2013
Henricus Historical Park has a new, messy guest. Eleanor, a rare five-month-old Tamworth pig, was donated this month to the Chesterfield park by the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau as part of an effort to enhance the living history museum's partnership with the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Eleanor and her livestock pig and goat neighbors at the park will be a special attraction for the schoolchildren and others who visit the Henricus Historical Park. Eventually, she will triple from her current 150-pound weight and grow to about two feet tall. > Read more.
Holiday events are in full swing this weekend in eastern Henrico! The Henrico Theatre will show the holiday classic “Elf” and the Concert Ballet of Virginia will perform a shortened version of “The Nutcracker” at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. On Sunday the North Airport Drive Civic Association’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at Fire Station #3. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.
“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.
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