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Hit-and-run victim was daughter of Citizen managing editor

Public memorial service planned for Friday at 3 pm
Lanie Kruszewski
The daughter of Henrico Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski was the victim of a fatal hit-and-run incident on River Road in Richmond near the University of Richmond late Sunday night.

Lanie Kruszewski, 24, was riding her bicycle east on River Road near Bridgeway Road, when she was struck by a motorist who apparently was traveling the same direction, according to Richmond Police. She died at the scene.

Police believe the vehicle that struck Kruszewski may have been a Jeep Cherokee or Dodge Durango. It may have damage to the front passenger side area, including its headlight and side mirrors or window, police said.

Kruszweski was a 2006 graduate of the Maggie L. Walker's Governor School in Richmond and a 2011 graduate of James Madison University.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637 using the word “iTip” followed by a tip. Both options are anonymous. Tips may also be made to the Richmond Police Hit and Run Unit by calling (804) 646-1369.

A public memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 3, in the the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School commons.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kruszewski's name to:

the Maggie L. Walker Governor's School Foundation, which supports the school;

the Virginia Bicycling Federation, a safety and advocacy group that seeks to improve cycling conditions statewide;

Brain Food, a Washington, D.C. organization that teachers high-schoolers about food, nutrition, cooking, and jobs in the food industry.

Patty Kruszewski recently wrote a column about Title IX's 40th anniversary, in which she described a number of Lanie's experiences as a student, athlete and young adult and explained how the law helped open doors for her and millions of other young women; read it here.

A Facebook page in Lanie's memory has been established here: https://www.facebook.com/InMemoryOfLanieKruszewski.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

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.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


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.

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Entertainment

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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