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Don’t start school before Labor Day, group says


Virginia schools should not be allowed to start classes before Labor Day, a coalition of state legislators and tourism officials said Wednesday. They voiced support for the current law requiring schools to begin after Labor Day, the traditional end of the tourism season, unless they get permission from the state.

A half-dozen bills before the General Assembly seek to eliminate the so-called “King’s Dominion law” and give school boards the authority to begin classes before Labor Day. The bills’ proponents say a pre-Labor Day start of the school calendar would boost students’ academic performance.

But officials from tourist destinations like Virginia Beach and Williamsburg disputed the alleged benefits of starting school before Labor Day and said it would be a bad idea. > Read more.

U.S. Navy Concert Band to perform in Glen Allen

Performance will be one of 32 on the 2015 spring tour
The United States Navy Concert Band will perform in Glen Allen next month as part of its 2015 spring tour.

The band will play Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Glen Allen High School Auditoriam, 10700 Staples Mill Road.

The tour is one of the Navy's signature outreach programs. > Read more.
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GRASP awards scholarships to 31 Henrico students

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a non-profit, education organization, headquartered in Glen Allen, recently awarded 163 Last Dollar scholarships totaling $161,000 to Virginia high school students graduating in 2014 – including 31 to Henrico students.

“We had an overwhelming number of scholarship applicants this year and were most impressed with the talent of our GRASP students. It is always exciting to be able to award deserving students our Last Dollar Scholarships which give students that extra financial bonus toward achieving their post-secondary education dreams,” said Bettsy Heggie, GRASP CEO. > Read more.

Henrico students honored at National SkillsUSA Championships

Several local students earned awards recently at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

High-scorers in each of 99 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking, earned Skill Point certificates for their work. > Read more.

Country Style Donuts to open West End location

The “King of the Doughnuts” is expanding his territory. Zouhair Nasserddine, owner of Country Style Donuts in Eastern Henrico, has announced the opening of a new store in the Gold’s Gym Plaza at West Tower, 8900 W. Broad Street.

Nasserddine, a native of Lebanon, earned the regal nickname while working for Dunkin’ Donuts in the 1970s.

“The owner saw him making doughnuts one day and called him the King of the Doughnuts,” said Nasserddine’s wife, Waswa. She says that the owner declared, “We can’t ever let this guy go!’” > Read more.

Marine patrol no leisurely cruise

Henrico officers stay busy with river enforcement duties

Officer Dewayne Wilson of Henrico Division of Police may have a more scenic beat than most, and is surely able to catch more rays than other officers on patrol.

But a typical shift for the Henrico Marine Patrol officer is just as busy as the days he once spent patrolling Henrico streets – though perhaps with a bit more diversity in the nature of his encounters.

On a recent Sunday, he and partner Rob Bell cruised the Henrico County shoreline of the James River from Rocketts Landing to its southern end near the Benjamin Harrison Bridge in Hopewell, stopping to chat with swimmers, skiers, boaters and fishermen. > Read more.

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Community

New community calendar system provides centralized location for events

The Richmond Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau (RMCVB), CultureWorks and local cultural attractions recently launched a new community calendar system that offers event organizers one centralized location where they can list their events online for publication. Likewise, media outlets now have the ability to collect event information from a single source and include it in their calendars. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

UR chef carves pumpkins for White House event

University of Richmond executive chef Glenn Pruden helped create a spooky graveyard of pumpkin skeletons, headstones, bony hands and vultures on the White House lawn Saturday.

Pruden worked on a team of carvers that included the winners of Food Network’s Pumpkin Challenge and $50,000 carving competition. James Parker of Veggy Art in Chantilly organized the White House team and invited Pruden to participate.

Parker recently trained university dining services employees in the art of carving fruits and vegetables and is the current Food Network Fruit Sculpture Challenge champion. Pruden said he was the “new guy” on the team, although he has been carving for many years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

UniverSoul Circus tour of ‘US’ at Richmond International Raceway

The UniverSoul Circus’ 2012 tour titled “US” will be at Richmond International Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum, March 13-18.

“US” features a family-friendly global mix of circus artistry, music, theatre, dance and style. Highlights include Shaolin Kung Fu acrobats from China, bone-breaking contortionists with a hip-hop flair from Guinea, acrobatic comedy from South Africa, pro-style hip-hop dancers from the United States and an all-male Russian Bar act from Cuba. The international cast includes 80 world-class acrobats, contortionists, aerialists, martial artists, dancers, comedians, clowns, tigers and elephants. > Read more.

Play along with this play

Rowan Joseph has worked alongside actors such as Kevin Spacey, Helen Mirren and Katharine Hepburn. Shane Partlow has trod the boards for decades and appeared in plenty of films and television programs.

Yet they’re coming to town to share the stage with a 10-pound frozen turkey – and having the time of their lives.

“The Queen of Bingo,” a play by Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy, gives the friends a chance for some frivolity and fun.

They roll out the touring show several times a month across the United States and will perform at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen March 9 and 10. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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