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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.

14-year-old wins Governor’s Award

Fourteen-year-old Henrico resident Unity Bowling recently was named a winner of the 2014 Governor’s Award as a youth volunteer.

Bowling has been passionate about reading and raising funds for a number of local organizations and activities. When she was nine, she spearheaded a book drive for Read Aloud Virginia. In the years since, she has organized, collected and distributed more than 6,000 books to children and families statewide and in the Dominican Republic, where her efforts helped sustain a children’s library. > Read more.

Henrico to offer rabies vaccinations for pets May 17

The Henrico County Division of Police will offer rabies vaccines for dogs and cats from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17 at the Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. The clinic will be on the first level of the parking deck adjacent to the Administration Building.

The vaccines cost $10 and must be paid in cash. A rabies tag and certificate of inoculation are included. Pets from all localities are welcome. Cats must be in carriers. > Read more.

New 7-Eleven planned in E. Henrico

Morgan Property Group, LLC has announced its plan to construct a freestanding 7-Eleven in Henrico on newly acquired property at the northeast corner of Williamsburg Road (Route 60) & Oakleys Lane. This new store will serve as the relocation of another store nearby.

The 1.068-acre property was acquired by MPG through an affiliate from The Restaurant Company and will feature six pumping stations. Construction already has commenced and the store is scheduled to open this summer. > Read more.

Henrico students earn national chess honors

Members of the Maggie Walker Chess Club took first place in the U1200 team competition of the United States Chess Federation National High School Championship. The tournament was held April 4-6 in San Diego, Calif.

The winning team was composed of seniors Bryan Kaperick and Bobby Grayson of Richmond and freshmen Matthew Normansell and Jeffery Song of Henrico. They competed in the K-12 under 1200 section. > Read more.

JRAC recognizes ‘Stewards of the River’

The regional James River Advisory Council recently presented three women with its annual Stewards of the River Awards during a breakfast reception at Deep Run Recreation Center in Henrico.

The winners, pictured (left to right) were:

• Communications Award – Gay Stokes, the community outreach coordinator with the Stormwater Utility Division of the Richmond Department of Public Utilities. Stokes communicates with citizens about how stormwater runoff impacts water quality. and has been instrumental in the development of public service announcements addressing illicit discharges and their impacts on the river; > Read more.

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Community

Knitters unite at Cedarfield

The “Knitters of Cedarfield” made their annual donation of handmade caps to the Henrico Christmas Mother Dec. 3 at The Hermitage at Cedarfield, presenting 130 knitted caps to be used by needy families. Among the Christmas Mothers on hand to accept the donation and thank the knitters were Mitty Sledd (1975), Sue Trimmer (1998), Bonnie Abernathy (2011), and Terry Brady (2012). The presentation was followed by a program of holiday music, courtesy of the Greater Richmond Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is winding down so it’s finally time to sit back and enjoy some local performances like Theatre IV’s “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at CACGA and a piano recital at Good Shepherd UMC. To truly appreciate the holidays, though, take some time to give back – a blood drive takes place this weekend at VCC. Click here for more! > Read more.

Hat trick for Henrico man

At the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD), held Dec. 4 in Roanoke, Henrico resident Donald O. “Spec” Campen (at right in photo, with grandson Kristopher Burnette) was honored with the 2012 E.C. Compton Meritorious Achievement Award. A former chairman of the Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Henrico County, Campen has been involved with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts for 34 years. He has also served as AREA III Chairman of the VASWCD, been a member of the state association’s legislative committee for 24 years, and headed committees involved with Chesapeake Bay corrective efforts. > Read more.

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Entertainment

AMC television series seeks background actors

The new AMC television series “TURN” is currently being filmed in and around Richmond, and casting officials are seeking background actors to appear on screen.

“The background actors are profoundly important to the filmmaking process,” said Erica Arvold, casting director. “The show takes place during the Revolutionary War, and background actors contribute to the atmosphere of that era.” > Read more.

Scene sparkles, food falls flat

American Tap Room’s new Willow Lawn location offers breath-taking atmosphere, but average dishes
On a rare warm night in late November, the newly opened American Tap Room was, to my surprise, bright and packed with guests – many eating outside.

I didn’t have a clue what to expect from this unheard-of restaurant in an unexpected spot – right in the heart of Willow Lawn. I came to learn it’s not unheard of; it’s a restaurant chain out of Northern Virginia.

“It definitely improves the look of Willow Lawn,” said my friend, who ventured to the new spot with me on a Monday night for dinner one week after the restaurant opened. > Read more.

Overstuffed turkeys

Free Birds offers some giggles, but more eye-rolling
Thanksgiving season is upon us – a time for friends, family, and recklessly indulgent overeating. As we settle into our annual turkey-induced food coma, there’s no better time to take in a festive holiday film. And Free Birds, for better or worse, has the distinguished honor of being one of the only Thanksgiving-themed movies currently on the market.

The film stars Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson as Reggie and Jake, two turkeys who can’t stand the Thanksgiving tradition of watching their neighbors be plucked and served for dinner. > Read more.

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