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Totty named director of Henrico MH/DS

Laura S. Totty has been named director of Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS), effective Sept. 20. Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced the appointment today.

Totty has more than 31 years of experience with MH/DS, having served as a residential counselor, residential service specialist, program coordinator, program manager and director of the Clinical and Prevention Services division. She has served as acting director since August, when Michael D. O’Connor retired as director. He had served MH/DS for more than 35 years, including 10 years as director. > 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.

Henrico wins National Association of Counties awards for 26 programs

Henrico County departments and agencies recently earned 26 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), plus a Best in Category honor for an electronic library that chronicles changes to the zoning ordinance since its initial adoption in 1933.

Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Frank J. Thornton will accept the awards Sunday, July 13 at the 2014 NACo annual conference in New Orleans. The NACo Achievement Award Program recognizes groundbreaking programs and initiatives in 21 service categories, including children and youth, county administration management, parks and recreation, health, and human services. > Read more.

Marine patrol no leisurely cruise


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.

Business in brief


Virginia Credit Union will be honored in the annual CIO100 list in CIO Magazine, published by the International Data Group. Given to organizations for excellence in information technology, the award will be presented to Chris Saneda, the credit union’s senior vice president and chief information officer. Virginia Credit Union was recognized for an innovative system it developed to analyze data in real time and enable staff to identify and prevent external fraud attempts. The CIO 100 list is available online and will be published in CIO Magazine’s August 1 issue. Virginia Credit Union was named to the CIO100 list in 2010. > Read more.

Getting a jump on the job hunt

Difficult economic times can hit young workers particularly hard. Thirty Highland Springs High School students recently gained an edge by taking part in a job-shadowing program through Junior Achievement of Central Virginia and Capital One.

Students in the JA Job Shadow program participated in sessions dedicated to career research, job-seeking and preparation. During a four-hour visit to the Capital One campus June 3, students toured the company’s Technology Operations Center and participated in a Q-and-A session with Capital One executives on topics such as professionalism, ethics in the workplace and job search challenges. > Read more.

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Community

Church seeks to spread holiday ‘hope’

New Bridge Baptist Church in Sandston is seeking donations to assist with its “A Touch of Hope” program, which aims to provide a holiday meal, warm coat and wrapped gifts for more than 1,000 people next month.

The church hopes to raise $50,000 in donations and monetary support. It will distribute the items Dec. 15. > Read more.

Farmers’ Market donates to Breast Center

The Lakeside Farmers' Market donated 41 crocheted and knitted hats, three shawls and two lap robes to the Bon Secours Women's Breast Center in October for "Breast Cancer Awareness Month." The items were made by the market's vendors and customers, including the 11-year-old girl pictured. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


If you're looking to check a few gifts off your holiday list, visit Lakeside Avenue this weekend for some great deals during its annual Holly Jolly event. A great way to feel jolly – Taste The Local, a new festival in Short Pump celebrating what makes Virginia unique. Other events this weekend include: an archery workshop, Art for All Ages and a forum for young men. Click here for more! > Read more.

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Entertainment

Brick oven bravado

Staff, selection impress at Short Pump’s Tazza Kitchen
Before I am comfortable writing a review of a restaurant, I like to visit it twice. Invariably, I find that differences in the timing of a visit can result in vastly different experiences.

Even though I may find a place appealing the first time around, it frequently disappoints me the next time. And if I don't care for a place on the first try, I think it deserves a chance to redeem itself – which it almost always does.

Tazza Kitchen is that rare restaurant that had me at hello, at the getting-to-know-you stage, and at goodbye after both my visits. And trust me, there will be more visits to come. > Read more.

A love story, or a moral mess?

Film’s message gets lost amidst mix of melodrama, candy coating
I’m in Love with a Church Girl lays out everything you need to know right there in the title.

Miles Montego (Jeffrey Atkins, who may be more recognizable under his stage name, Ja Rule), is a notorious drug kingpin, but when he meets the church-going girl of his dreams, will he be able to part with the glamour and the money of the drug game? > 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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