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City Hallways (Aug. 16): Honoring a champion in life and sports

Serving up love

The tennis camp where Natalie Lewis once coached youngsters will be renamed “Love to Serve” in her honor today.

Ms. Lewis died in a hot-air balloon accident in Virginia in 2014.

The 24-year-old was a noted local athlete who set records for Nardin Academy and continued to excel as a scholar-athlete in the University of Richmond’s swimming program.

And that’s before she became operations director for the university’s Division I women’s basketball program.

Ms. Lewis also was an intern in the Mayor’s Summer Youth program for several years and a tennis instructor with the Police Athletic League (PAL).

This morning at 11, PAL will hold its annual Tennis Camp award ceremony at the Delaware Park McMillan Tennis Courts, where the camp will be renamed “Love to Serve” to honor the memory of Ms. Lewis. Her parents also will be present at the celebration.

My colleague Jerry Sullivan penned a personal tribute to Ms. Lewis not long after her untimely death.

Sullivan's known to be a little rough around the edges, but he’s all heart in this piece.

Book bargains

The Central Library downtown is holding its Used Book Sale beginning Thursday and running through the weekend.

From fiction and nonfiction books, as well as books on CD, everything is 50 cents.

An early bird preview will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday. A $5 donation for this special session gets you admittance and first pickings.

The sale continues from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The library is located at 1 Lafayette Square. For more information, go to


A prayer vigil in response to the deadly protests last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., will be held at 5 p.m. today at Durham Memorial AME Zion Church.

The vigil also will commemorate the lives of Heather Heyer, Virginia State Police Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates. All three lost their lives during the violent demonstrations.

Government officials, clergy, the business community and community leaders will stand with the community at-large to “denounce violent racism and bigotry” and to say to those who may wish to spread hate and violence, “not here, not ever.”

Durham Memorial is located at 174 E. Eagle St.

The event is free and open to the public.


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