Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM

+4 The Richmond Flying Squirrels win their home opening series against the Altoona Curve, drawing 33,386 fans to the crumbling Diamond. Next week, stay tuned for Sledgehammer and Spackle Night.

-6 Tax day comes and goes. Which begs the question: What are we going to do when all these dancing Statues of Liberty get laid off?

-2 Kids head into days off from school for spring break, with temperatures hitting the high 70s. In other words, there will be a gorgeous view out the window while they're playing Xbox all week.

+1 Speaking of kids, Maymont announces that Tag the goat has given birth to two of them, with another goat named Amelia expecting little ones soon. Who's been playing Barry White in the goat pens?

+5 Richmonders lend a hand to charitable projects around town, marking National Volunteer Week. And if you didn't enjoy The Score this week you can blame the volunteers who wrote it.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 11:51 AM

+6 The Monument Avenue 10-K draws more than 36,300 participants, with UNC-Greensboro track star Paul Chelimo posting the fastest finish at 29:24. What's even more impressive is that he stopped for keg stands at a porch party along the way.

+4 The Byrd Theatre is filled with thousands of Francophiles through the weekend for the 22nd year of the French Film Festival. Does it cultivate romance? Let's just say we won't be surprised if the next big baby name around these parts is Pierre.

-1 Richmond police make three drug arrests, CBS-6 reports, after a two-month investigation leads to a raid on a fish market and two downtown barber shops. The "high and tight" haircut special will now be known as just "tight."

+2 The Metro Richmond Zoo announces that its five cheetah cubs, which have been seen on webcams for months, will move into their new exhibit to the public April 1 at 10:30 a.m. Guess it's back to YouTube to get our cute kitty fix.

+5 Gwar decides that a memorial for its late frontman, Dave Brockie, will be public, to be held Aug. 16 at Hadad's Lake and followed by Gwar-B-Q the next day. In lieu of flowers, please come prepared to stroke the Cuttlefish of Cthulhu.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

-3 The first day of spring arrives a few days before a weather prediction for, well, we just physically and emotionally can't bring ourselves to write the S-word any longer.

+4 Local residents, politicians, business owners and news anchors show off their dance moves in music-video send-ups to the song "Happy" for the International Day of Happiness. Thankfully, there never came to be an International Day of Harlem Shake. +4

-5 In a last-minute upset, the VCU men's basketball team loses during the first round of the NCAA tournament, falling to the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. But you'd better believe Shaka Smart won't be getting the ax.

+1 Richmond-based blogging sweethearts and authors Young House Love introduce their line of hooks and wall storage designs being sold at Target. As a side note, do not Google "young," "hooks" and "love" from your work computer.

+6 It may have been a week after St. Patrick's Day, but that doesn't stop thousands of revelers from another weekend of fun with the 29th annual Church Hill Irish Festival. We aren't pointing fingers, but gentlemen, you had a whole seven days to wash those kilts.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

-6 After teasing winter-weary Richmonders with a weekend of spring temperatures and sunny skies, Mother Nature wallops the city with yet another dose of snow and ice on St. Patrick's Day. At the end of the rainbow, there's a big pot o' cold.

-4 The men's basketball teams at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University fail to claim the Atlantic 10 championship in New York. On the upside, the Peppas signed a movie deal with Spike Lee.

+3 A program at the Virginia War Memorial commemorates K-9 Veterans Day, honoring war dogs that have helped defend the country. Paws for a moment of silence.

+1 The city's Department of Public Utilities urges residents to check household plumbing in the midst of Fix-a-Leak Week. The Department of Health holds its own Fix-a-Leak Week, but that's for a different kind of plumbing.

+5 The T-D reports that a record amount of money, nearly $255,000, was raised for local charities by the kids at Deep Run High School in their 27-hour dance-a-thon. Fortunately, one of those charities is the American Association for Blister Recovery.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

-4 The week begins with yet another snowstorm, with the Virginia State Police spending the morning responding to 322 crashes, 53 disabled vehicles — and three sleep-deprived television meteorologists suffering from green-screen overdose.

-6 The University of Richmond announces that a search for a new president will begin in the next academic year, with Ed Ayers stepping down to join the faculty. Wait till he finds out how long he has to wait for a masseuse in the teachers' lounge.

+2 The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus draws thousands of parents to the Richmond Coliseum with children in tow. But they must cover the kids' eyes when they discover the third ring is a City Council debate on baseball in Shockoe Bottom.

+1 The UCI Road World Championships unveils the routes for its 2015 bike race in Richmond, describing the challenge of one 10.3-mile city course as "cobbled and technical." Add in the potholes and you have an Olympic sport.

+3 Chef Kevin Roberts comes to the rescue of Perly's, saying he'll revive the more than 50-year-old restaurant that closed abruptly in September. What he wasn't counting on was having to compete with Taco Bell's new breakfast.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 3:42 PM

+3 As a new Richmond resident, Gov. Terry McAuliffe stops by the City Council meeting to say hello. Also, to ask: “Who does a guy have to sleep with to get his property tax bill straightened out around here?”

-6 A little more than a month before spring’s arrival, Richmonders hunker down for a snowstorm that fails to live up to its catastrophic hype. Looks like another week of milk sandwiches.

+2 If anything good comes of the storm, it’s the Kit-Kat-O-Meter devised by 8 News reporter Nate Eaton, which measures snowfall according to various sized candy bars affixed vertically to the ground. Coming soon: the Almond Joy Dew Point Meter.

+5Richmonders celebrate Valentine’s Day. Love is in the air. Have you been vaccinated?

-1 Richmond chocolatier Tim Gearhart creates ceremonial chocolates using fig jam from Virginia that he gives to French President Francois Hollande during his visit. That’s going to make some mistress very happy.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 11:33 AM

+3 Just in time for Valentine's Day, Goochland native and baseball star Justin Verlander makes headlines for appearing to get back together with his supermodel sweetheart, Kate Upton. I hate Justin Verlander.

+2 Richmond BizSense reports that Hollywood Cemetery has hired a marketing agency to promote available plots and cremation services at the 167-year-old Richmond landmark. Talks of a "try it before you buy it" campaign were quickly nixed.

+1 Former "Top Chef" competitor Mike Isabella announces that he's bringing a second version of his Washington restaurant Graffiato to town, at the site of Popkin Tavern. It's the first time he's been happy about packing his knives and going.

-4 The University of Richmond newspaper reports that campus police are warning against interacting with an alleged con artist named Eric Lannon, a story that spawns Eric Lannon tales across the Internet and a parody Twitter account. Naturally, Richmond will create some sort of food festival out of this.

+5 WRIR-FM 97.3 marks its anniversary with a Party for the Rest of Us, celebrating nine years of low-power, independent radio programming in Richmond. Yet more proof of the success you achieve when you ban Justin Bieber.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 1:18 PM

+7 Hometown star and Collegiate grad Russell Wilson throws two touchdown passes in leading the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl win. Collegiate students are filled with hope that they don’t have to settle for a career as a doctor, lawyer or Wall Street exec.

-1 Speaking of the Super Bowl, Times-Dispatch headline writers get somewhat hyperbolic about the Richmond connection, with a front page that blares: “RVA Powers Win.” Just think how much credit they would have taken for a Redskins victory!

+2 In another big face-off, the Richmond Spiders and VCU Rams draw a passionate crowd courtside to the Battle for the Capital, with the Rams winning 81-70. There was no actual battling, though the VCU Peppas come armed with weapons of brass destruction.

+3 Richmond lands on CNN’s list of the “10 Hottest Housing Markets for 2014.” We aren’t sure whether that means it’s a good time to buy or sell, but we do know the Realtors win either way.

+1 Mayor Dwight Jones delivers his State of the City address, playing up financial figures from the Redskins training camp, the need to improve schools and pushing for a ballpark-led redevelopment of Shockoe Bottom. He remains mum about whether we’ll ever see the arrival of cronuts.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

-7 Before pleading not guilty to corruption charges in federal court, former Gov. Bob McDonnell says he's on cholesterol medication, while his wife says reveals she's on prescriptions for "concentration and anxiety." So much for retail therapy.

-1 A new thread on the social news website Reddit called "Your Daily Annoyances in RVA" gains traction quickly, drawing gripes mostly about bad driving in Richmond. Posting pictures of snow covered patio furniture came in a close second.

+1 The Budweiser Clydesdales make majestic appearances locally at Stony Point Fashion Park, West Broad Village and Carytown. And they still couldn't find shoes that fit.

+4 Timed for the legend's birthday, classical music floods the streets and businesses of Carytown on Sunday for the Mozart Festival. Unfortunately our requests to hear "Rock Me Amadeus" went unanswered.

+1 Staking its claim in Short Pump, Tom Leonard's Farmer's Market unveils the official change of its street to Tom Leonard Drive. Not bad, though it would have been way more fun to give directions to an E-I-E-I-O Way.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM

+3 A college-guide website called Unigo ranks the University of Richmond as the country's 10th most-wired campus. And that's just counting the tennis racquets.

+1 The Center for Responsive Politics issues a report that lists Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia as the second-richest member of Congress. But hey, let's give him a break, the guy puts on his pants one titanium-plated, bionic leg at a time.

-2 For a story on CBS-6, Mark Holmberg explores some 145-year-old, underground beer vaults, during which he accidentally falls into a hole. Some reporters have Deep Throat, others have mud stuck in places they'd rather not disclose.

+2 VCU holds its homecoming parade along the streets of downtown Richmond. Participants may pick up their Celebratory Studies in Urban Geography and Physical Expressions degree at the end of the route.

+5 Richmonders commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in part by volunteering during the National Day of Service. And no, spending the day napping doesn't count toward "keeping the dream alive."

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