Henrico County News
By Ryan McKinnon, Special to the Citizen 07/11/2014 Business
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.
Citizen Staff Reports Government
UPDATE: May 1, 3:55 P.M. – Henrico officials today said that they are taking a number of precautionary measures to protect the county's water supply, following yesterday's Lynchburg derailment of a train carrying crude oil, some of which spilled into the James River.
County officials anticipate that the oil could flow into the region after 6 p.m. today, based on estimates from state agencies and CSX. Officials emphasized there continues to be no indication the oil will enter the county’s water supply.
Assistant Director of Public Utilities William Mawyer said the county’s intake was 10 feet below the level of the James River yesterday, a depth that should allow any oil to pass over. If necessary, the county is prepared to close the intake temporarily. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/29/2014 Public Safety
An 86-year-old Varina woman died Saturday at VCU Medical Center from injuries she suffered when the car in which she was a passenger ran a stop sign at the intersection of Seven Hills Boulevard and Miller Road and struck two other vehicles.
Mildred L. Grady, of the 7000 block of Turner Road in Varina, was a passenger in a Ford Focus, which was being driven by a 55-year-old woman from Marathon, Fla. at about 1:05 p.m. April 25. The car was traveling north on Miller Road, nearing the intersection with Seven Hills Boulevard, when it ran the stop sign and collided with a GMC Sierra that was heading east on Seven Hills Boulevard. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports Education
UPDATE: APR. 29, 10:40 A.M. – Eighteen Henrico County public schools were among 212 schools statewide to earn 2014 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Board of Education announced today. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board. Awards are based on student achievement and other performance indicators during the 2012-13 school year.
Overall, Henrico earned more awards than every other school system in Virginia other than Fairfax County (52 awards) and Loudoun County (23). Locally, 11 Chesterfield County schools, seven Hanover County schools and one City of Richmond schools earned awards.
Henrico's Short Pump Middle School was one of just five schools in the state to earn the Governor's Award for Educational Excellence, the highest VIP award given. > Read more.
Bargain hunting in western Henrico got a whole lot easier once the sisters were born.
The Thrifty Sisters, that is.
Founded in Dec. 2012 to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor (LSP), who operate a home for the elderly on Michaels Road, the thrift store – located at 8911 Patterson Avenue – has far exceeded expectations.
For the shop’s initial year, organizers set a goal of donating $10,000 to help the Sisters in their mission at St. Joseph’s Home. But in only 15 months of operation, the store’s proceeds resulted in donations of $50,000 – and board members are scrambling to expand their storage and retail space to help the resale outlet grow. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 04/28/2014 Property transactions
2209 Manlyn Road – $19,000, 1,456 SF (built in 1957), from Joseph E. and A.M.B. Amatisto to Kristyn B. Brockwell.
427 Newbridge Terrace – $36,000, 1,057 SF (built in 1986), from Paladin Fund II LLC to Wayne Blake and Alan Puryear.
8400 Hungary Road – $50,000 (vacant site), from My Le Cao and BIch T. Mong Hang.
3206 Chesham Street – $59,000, 688 SF (built in 1948), from Woodrow W. Smith to Eillis T. Ferguson.
2007 Delrio Drive – $60,000, 1,154 SF (built in 1957), from Catherine and Josephine C. Postell to Wayne B. Lewis.
2203 McDonald Road – $90,500, 1,981 SF (built in 1949), from Michelle G. Rafaly and D.G. Gauman, Jr. to Daniel L. Chandler.
4612 Hilbrook Avenue – $108,000, 1,090 SF (built in 1977), from Douglas R. and Charlotte R. Sheppard to Melissa Annette Martin. > Read more.
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Citizen Staff Reports 10/15/2012
Princess Banks of Henrico is the winner of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance's $10,000 Richmond Home Energy Makeover Contest, officials announced Oct. 15. Banks and her husband, along with their nine-year-old daughter, will receive energy updates to their home by mid-November, including a new heating and cooling system, added insulation and duct sealing.
“The grand prize is going to a family who will see a vast improvement in their home’s energy performance,” said Bill Greenleaf, executive director of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance. “As we promised, this family won once and they will save forever.” > Read more.
By Sarah Story, Citizen Events Editor 10/11/2012
There are several charity events in Henrico this weekend – The National Alliance on Mental Illness’ 5K walk in Innsbrook, Hilliard House’s ‘Harvesting the Grape’ event and the ribbon cutting ceremony for Sophie House in Glen Allen. Admission to the first ever outdoor music festival ‘Jammin’ on the Ave’ in Lakeside will also benefit a worthy cause - the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad. Click here for more! > Read more.
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond will hold its sixth-annual Step UP for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Festival Saturday, Oct. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Short Pump Town Center. The annual fundraiser, which attracted more than 1,300 participants and raised more than $100,000 last year, features a 5K run/walk and a free family festival that celebrates the abilities and accomplishments of children, teens and adults with Down syndrome.
“This day is a celebration of all of the amazing individuals with Down syndrome in our community,” said Allison Wixted, executive director of DSAGR. “The funds and awareness we raise directly impact these individuals and their families throughout Central Virginia.” > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Percy Jackson’ spins another Harry Potter knock-off
It’s no secret that the Percy Jackson series is a blatant attempt to cash in on the success of Harry Potter. The similarities are far too numerous (and far too obvious) to ignore. A boy with special powers is prophesized toward greatness; he finds acceptance in a school for the supernaturally gifted and gains two best friends in the process, an intelligent young girl and a goofy comic-relief character.
Swap Potter’s school for witchcraft and wizardry with Percy’s summer camp for the children of Greek gods and you’re all set to start watching. > Read more.
The Richmond comedy community, including ComedySportz, the Coalition Theater and others, along with producer PJ Dietrich, will present the Thomas George Comedy Fest Sept. 14-15. George, who taught the improv arts to many in the community and had been a popular improv performer for more than two decades, died suddenly Dec. 30, 2012.
The two-day festival is designed to celebrate and remember his life. It will begin at midnight Sept. 14 at ComedySportz Improv Theatre with an improv community jam – unscripted improv scenes and games by the entire Richmond improv community. > Read more.
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