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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.

Racing for a cure, one breath at a time

More than 250 participants will take a stand against lung cancer in the fourth annual Richmond Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk March 8 at Innsbrook Corporate and Community Center, which aims to raise awareness and funds for groundbreaking research in the early detection of the disease.

Susan Keen, a thoracic nurse navigator at CJW Medical Center, founded the local area race after losing four family members to lung cancer, the deadliest form of cancer in men and women. > Read more.

GA delaying individual school grading system

The House Education Committee approved a bill delaying the implementation of a new grading system for schools this past week, but some delegates are questioning if the new system meets the needs of Virginia schools, parents and communities.

This past November, the State Board of Education approved a new A-to-F grading system for individual state schools to supplement the current accreditation system.

The bill passed the House committee and delays incorporating the new grading system for one year, moving the deadline for grades to Oct. 1, 2015. > Read more.

Canine commitment


Sixty-one year-old Debbie Hart-Bowley of Henrico suffers from a neurological movement disorder that limits her mobility. But she has gained some of her freedom back after being paired with Fletch, a young Labrador/golden retriever mix through Companions for Independence.

Fletch can open doors, turn light switches on and off, assist with transportation and pick up dropped objects; Hart says he’s a perfect match.

“Fletch is laid-back and just loves moving at my pace, which is important because my health has slowed me down,” she says. “I can do so much more when he is helping me, and I save time and energy. I am no longer sitting looking at four walls; Fletch has helped me enjoy life again.” > Read more.

Henrico County property transactions, Feb. 3-9

4910 Lurgan Place – $132,000, 1,228 SF (built in 1990), from See the Moments, LLC to Diana Wright
8309 Hood Drive – $145,500, 1,990 SF (built in 1960), from Haynie W. Crafton, Jr. and E.J. Crafton to Brian Williams and Crystal Villarreal
831 Bogart Road – $146,296, 2,748 SF (built in 2000), from Rodney A. and Katrina Booker to Veterans Affairs
7703 Mendota Drive – $150,000, 1,295 SF (built in 1955), from Sandra B. Green to Eric S. and Ashley Jones
203 Brooks Road – $150,000, 1,275 SF (built in 1985), from Vivian O. Groome to Richard F. Talley
201 Brooks Road – $150,000, 1,275 SF (built in 1985), from Vivian O. Groome to Richard F. Talley > Read more.

They came, they sawed

The Henrico County Division of Fire conducted a class about chain saw safety, use and maintenance last week for 10 Virginia National Guard soldiers at the division’s training facility on Woodman Road. Lt. David Newell, Firefighter Billy Myers and Firefighter Jeff Beach from Firehouse 21 and Squad 21 taught the soldiers a quick refresher class on the use of the saws, in preparation for the soldiers’ efforts to assist with relief efforts during and after last week’s snowstorm. > Read more.

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Community

Volunteers needed for annual James River Parade of Lights

The James River Advisory Council is seeking volunteers who own power boats for its 19th annual James River Parade of Lights, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10.

Boaters decorate their craft with lights and cruise the James as spectators watch from numerous viewing sites between Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico Counties. The parade will start around 6 p.m. with a grand illumination before cruising downriver. > Read more.

Free Christmas tree guide available online

The holiday season is getting underway and for many, that means a trip to a Virginia Christmas tree farm or retail lot. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services wants to make this annual tradition a little easier and has published the new “2011 Virginia Grown Christmas Tree Guide,” which is available online at http://www.virginiagrown.com > Read more.

‘America Recycles Day’ is today

America Recycles Day, recognized annually on Nov.15, is designed to celebrate the successes of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling throughout the year.

America Recycles Day is a national initiative of non-profit Keep America Beautiful,Inc.(KAB). Millions of Americans have pledged to increase their recycling habits at home and at work over the 14-year history of ARD,a nationally-recognized initiative dedicated to encouraging people to recycle more at home,at work,and on the go. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite food establishment fared during recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CMoR, Cultural Arts Center to partner

First joint event planned for June 26 at West Broad Village
The Children’s Museum of Richmond and The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen have joined together to bring the first Heart the Arts Festival to the Short Pump community.

The two organizations will be co-hosting the event on Sunday, June 26 from noon until 5 p.m. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

Find out how your favorite food establishment fared during recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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