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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.

‘Hallway of Hope’ brightens hospital for patients

For cancer patients and their families, trips to the hospital can be discouraging. But a collaborative art exhibit between Henrico County Public Schools and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital has made barren hospital hallways a little brighter.

“Hallway of Hope” is an exhibit of HCPS student artwork, designed to lift the spirits of visitors to the hospital’s cancer departments. The pieces rotate monthly, and the continuing theme for the artwork is “What makes me happiest.” The initial call for artwork brought 700 entries. Project organizers want to refresh the exhibit with new pieces. > Read more.

Hot air balloon was carrying 2 UR women’s basketball coaches

UPDATE: May 12, 6:01 P.M. – The families of Ginny Doyle and Natalie Lewis have released statements through the University of Richmond about the women who died in Friday's hot air balloon crash in Caroline County.

Statement from the family of Ginny Doyle
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic events and the loss of Ginny. Words cannot express how we feel or our remorse. Ginny was a daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, athlete, teammate, coach, teacher, colleague, friend and storyteller. > Read more.

Citizen wins 12 awards from VPA, VPW

The Henrico Citizen recently earned 12 awards from the Virginia Press Association and Virginia Press Women.

Citizen Managing Editor Patty Kruszewski won 10 awards in the Virginia Press Women 2014 communications contest, including four first-place awards for entries that will advance to the National Federation of Press Women contest. Awards were announced at the VPW spring conference awards luncheon, held April 5 at The Moton Museum in Farmville.

Kruszewski collected two of her first-place honors in the Specialty Articles category, with stories in the sports and reviews categories. > Read more.

Henrico School Board approves new MS, ES laptop contracts

UPDATE: MAY 8, 5:50 P.M. – The Henrico County School Board today voted unanimously to award two four-year contracts to Dell, Inc., totaling $27.2 million, for the provision of computers to elementary school and middle school students and teachers.

Both contracts – a $17.6-million deal to continue the one-to-one laptop initiative for middle-school students, and a $9.6-million deal to provide one computer for every 1.5 elementary school students, through carts and classroom sets – will begin July 1. Last year, the board awarded a new four-year contract to Dell for its high school laptop program. > Read more.

Mondelēz International to expand Nabisco plant in Varina

UPDATE: MAY 8, 12:01 P.M. – Mondelēz Global LLC, the U.S. operating company of Mondelēz International, Inc., will invest more than $40 million to expand its biscuit bakery in Varina, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today.

The facility manufactures a variety of Nabisco crackers and cookies, including Ritz, Wheat Thins and Premium crackers, Oreo and Chips Ahoy! cookies, and Nilla wafers. The expansion will enable the addition of a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing line for Ritz crackers and add 38,000 square feet to the existing bakery. > Read more.

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Community

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the holiday season through several concerts in Henrico this weekend: The Central Virginia Wind Symphony, the Richmond Men’s and Women’s Chorus and The Ranier Trio all perform. Theatre performances this weekend are at HATTheatre and the Gayton Kirk. For all our top picks, click here! > Read more.

Trees the season

“Illumina – Festival of Trees” opened Dec. 1 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, featuring a festive display of Christmas trees – each with its own special theme. The exhibit was designed by curator Yvonne Hopkins and continues at the center through Jan. 3. > Read more.

‘Golden trowel’ for Lewis Ginter

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (LGBG) was one of four organizations and individuals honored with a Golden Trowel Award at Tricycle Gardens’ Fourth Annual Harvest Celebration, held Nov. 9 at Historic Main Street Station. Among LGBG staff members and supporters celebrating the award were, from left, Brian Vick, Grace Chapman, Laura Schumm, Shane Tippett, Shannon Smith and Randee Humphrey.

Founded in 2007, Tricycle Gardens is a Richmond nonprofit organization focused on growing healthy food, healthy communities and healthy food access. > 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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