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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.

Steward students learn with live ‘laptops’

Eighth-grade girls in Meredith McGuire’s health class at The Steward School enjoyed a hands-on lesson in early child development during a Jan. 17 class in the school's Bryan Innovation Lab.

McGuire recruited local pediatrician and Steward board member Dr. Charles Terry, who with the help of several babies and toddlers and their parents has led a series of lessons on human development. > Read more.

Democrats take control of Virginia Senate

Democrats regained control of Virginia’s Senate this past week after Lynwood Lewis, D- Norfolk, assumed the District 6 seat vacated by Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam after an 11-vote victory against his Republican opponent. Lewis’s installation split the state Senate 20-20, with Northam casting most tiebreaking votes. The newfound voting-block majority prompted Democrats to alter committee assignments and Senate rules, just as Republicans had done in 2012 under the tiebreaking authority of former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, R- Hanover.

The new committee assignments give Democrats an advantage over Republicans in 11 committees. > Read more.

Cabela’s to open Short Pump store in 2016

UPDATE: Feb. 13, 8:14 A.M. – A major outdoor retailer today announced plans to open a giant store in Short Pump in 2016, creating an estimated 150 full- and part-time jobs.

Cabela’s Incorporated, which specializes in hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will build a 97,500-square-foot store at West Broad Marketplace near the intersection of West Broad Street and Cold Hill Lane, along Interstate 64 west of Short Pump Town Center, near Strange's Florist.

The store will be the second location for Cabela’s in Virginia, joining a store in Bristol. > Read more.

Red light cameras remain legal

Red light cameras will remain legal in Virginia for at least another year, as the House Transportation Committee defeated a bill this past week that would have forced the discontinuation of such photo-monitoring systems.

The committee voted 13-8 against House Bill 973, sponsored by Delegate Benjamin Cline, R – Amherst, which would have repealed local authority to operate the systems known as “photo red” or “red-light cameras.” > Read more.

Sunday hunting bills progress through General Assembly

Two bills seeking to allow Sunday hunting of deer and wild animals on private Virginia property and state waters are progressing through the General Assembly. However, hunting with dogs or hunting within 200 yards of a house of worship would be prohibited.

The House passed House Bill 1237 this past week and sent the legislation to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources. Senate Bill 154 is expected to go before the full Senate next week. > Read more.

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Community

Dorey Dog Park to open Oct. 15

Henrico County's first county-built dog park will open Saturday, Oct. 15 at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road in Varina. A grand opening and dedication ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The one-acre park will feature sections for large and small dogs, exercise play equipment, water fountain and spray water features. The first 200 dogs Oct. 15 will receive a giveaway, and attendees can take their dog's photo with Snoopy and Sparky the Fire Dog.
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Fall festivals abound

(A sampling of fall festivals throughout Henrico County this month appears below; admission is free unless otherwise noted.)

Oct. 15 – Henrico County’s annual Harvest Festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Meadow Farm, 3400 Mountain Rd., featuring hands-on activities and demonstrations, pony rides, a petting zoo, tethered hot air balloon rides, the Great Pumpkin Patch of Meadow (ages 3-12) and more. For details, call 501-5121. > 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.

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Entertainment

Restaurant Watch

See how Henrico food establishments fared during their most recent Virginia Department of Health inspections. > Read more.

Restaurant Watch

NOV. 29
Alfa Laval, 5400 International Trade Drive – One critical violation reported (found sliced rebagged deli meats had no date on packages and were stored in cold unit for more than 24 hours) and no non-critical violations reported.
Asian Panda, 10430 Ridgefield Parkway – One critical violation reported (TCS foods in top of prep > Read more.

2011 ‘Virginia is For Lovers’ Travel Guide Released

Virginia recently released the 2011 Virginia is for Lovers travel guide, which features more than 200 pages of amusement parks, beach getaways, wineries, history and outdoor adventure vacation ideas. Special sections are devoted to family fun, small town discoveries and regional itineraries. > Read more.

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