Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 5:22 PM

+3 Rebkee Co. brings back an alternate proposal to build a ballpark on the Boulevard, continuing the long-running stadium debate. So yes, there is something that takes longer to watch than a baseball game.

+1 Brokers put land on Mayo Island up for sale, the T-D reports, noting that a project could take the island to the next level, though there's no city sewer connection in place. Or, two birds with one stone: Has anyone called Guy Fieri about his restaurant expansion?

-2 Richmond police ask for help finding someone who stole $15,000 worth of copper planters from the Jefferson Hotel. The suspect has 20-inch biceps and a very lovely garden.

+2 Summit Media announces that Bill Bevins and Shelly Perkins, a team for 13 years at Lite 98, will launch a morning show on Easy 100.9. So where have they been for the last seven months? Let's just say the Electric Daisy Carnival will never be the same.

+1 City Council members hold their last regular meeting before going on summer break till September. In the meantime, their beach volleyball team will keep them in shape, spiking every ball the mayor sends their way.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 12:47 PM

0 Only two guys show up to a Second Amendment demonstration planned for July Fourth in Carytown, where they stroll the sidewalks with their firearms. And they wonder why they never get invites to backyard barbecues.

+9 The Independence Day weekend brings pool parties, packed Flying Squirrels games and fireworks celebrations across the city. And then there was that one guy who just had to get up early on Sunday to mow his lawn.

+4 In Richmond, Tropical Storm Arthur is a dud. Which explains the endless local news coverage.

-3 The former chief executive of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia repays the nearly $30,000 she embezzled, the T-D reports, and begins serving her sentence of three months. Orange is the new Thin Mint.

+1 Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery launches its limited-release Pony Pasture Pilsner, pitched as a drink "Perfect for hot Virginia days down by the Rivah." At Texas Beach, on the other hand, you're going to see way more than six-packs.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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Posted on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 2:25 PM

+6 The Revolutionary War spy drama filmed locally, "Turn," is renewed by AMC network for a second season. So much for those hopeful predictions that the end of "Lincoln" filming would usher in Richmond's glorious post-beard era.

-5 The speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates devises a way to sneak into the governor's office suite to deliver the budget when no one's there, the T-D reports. Two seasons of "House of Cards" and this is the best you could come up with?

+1 The upstart comedy group Coalition Theater marks its fifth anniversary. And they didn't have to hire a single clown for the party.

+7 Richmonders enter a short workweek, looking toward a weekend filled with Fourth of July celebrations. Remember kids, don't shoot bottle rockets out of your hands. That's what your patriotically themed beer cans are for.

-2 But meteorologists caution that Independence Day festivities could be rained out, while they keep an eye out for a potential Tropical Storm Arthur. Which, like most Arthurs, so far appears harmless.

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 1:00 AM

+4 In an event organized by local sports groups including the Richmond Kickers, more than 6,000 fans turn out to a World Cup viewing party in a downtown parking lot to watch the United States tie Portugal 2-2. They exceeded their gooooooooaaaallls.

-3 Dave Brat, the Republican candidate for Congress who beat Eric Cantor, keeps a low profile and takes no questions at a news conference he holds at his campaign headquarters. Who needs words when you can just drop the mic and pop champagne?

+2 Hopeful kid extras line up for a chance to be in the movie "Ithaca" after Gov. Terry McAuliffe announces that it will be filmed here, produced by Tom Hanks and featuring Meg Ryan's directorial debut. If only we could start exporting child stars to L.A.

+1 Nutzy the Flying Squirrel hits the auction block for the Single in the City Bachelor and Bachelorette Auction to raise money for Centerstage, bringing in a bid of $200. Weird? Maybe. But the date package included a huge diamond nut.

+3 Firehouse Theatre prepares for the opening of its summer musical, "Hair," with a cautionary note that the production contains brief nudity. And unfortunately, some of you may have to sit in the back row.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 2:44 PM

+4 Some local guys convince the Foo Fighters to play here by raising $70,000 in tickets to a concert that had yet to be scheduled. Next up, they're trying to convince Smashmouth to open the show by pointing out that its members have nothing better to do.

+8 Richmonders gather around grills, pools and dining-room tables to celebrate Father's Day. Which is very much like Mother's Day, except moms aren't allowed to wrap the day up with an afternoon nap on the couch.

-2 Local bars are filled with revelers for World Cup watching parties. Public service announcement: Don't take a shot every time you see Cristiano Ronaldo shirtless.

+1 A team of VCU engineering students prepares for drone-building battle, heading to the Small Unmanned Aerial Systems competition in Maryland. You know you found a good major when you can claim PlayStation as a high-level training device.

+3 The Martin Agency opens an office in London, its first expansion into an international market. So what do we need to do to ship that hump-day camel overseas?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

+5 Thousands of hungry Richmonders turn out for the Richmond Bacon Festival, which falls on the last day of RVA Bacon Week. Completely unrelated, has anyone seen Parker the Rally Pig lately?

+2 The new head coach of the Washington Redskins, Jay Gruden, gets his first look at training camp in Richmond, where his team will practice with the Patriots. When asked what he's most looking forward to, he says what we're all thinking: Tom Brady.

-2 A transgender woman tells CBS-6 that she's upset with a local McDonald's for barring her from using the women's room. So this is a place that can't tolerate gender equality but can glorify a burger thief in a black cape?

-1 Democrat state Sen. Phillip Puckett resigns his seat, tilting the balance of power in the chamber and potentially leaving Republicans in control. With this newfound power, they vow to do as little as possible until gridlock is restored.

+3 Worldwide DJ phenom Skrillex brings his Mothership Tour to Brown's Island, bringing, by one onlooker's count, at least three tour buses and five tractor-trailers. In a nod to the environment, the engines are fueled by gallons of recycled sweat.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 2:22 PM

+5 Tens of thousands of hungry Richmonders flock to food at the Richmond Greek Festival and Broad Appétit, leading into RVA Bacon Week. Stay tuned for details on Richmond Muffin Top Month.

-4 Mayor Dwight Jones pulls his Shockoe Bottom ballpark plan in advance of a likely vote against it by City Council, but says he'll bring it back for reconsideration. This has been the longest seventh-inning stretch in history.

-2 The Henrico County Schools put a temporary halt to serving milk after students said it made them sick. School spokesman Andy Jenks issued a Spoiler Alert.

+1 The Washington Redskins announce that their training camp in Richmond will run July 24-Aug. 11, with fan appreciation day set for Saturday, Aug. 2. That's despite previous reports that fan appreciation day was when they let Mike Shanahan go.

+3 The metal band Gwar launches a campaign to raise $50,000 to open a themed restaurant called GWARbar with Rappahannock Oyster co-owner Travis Croxton. If there's a way to make raw oysters look more shocking, Gwar will find it.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 1:39 PM

-3 The city feels the effects of a 3.2-magnitude earthquake, which is followed later in the week by flash flooding, a pelting of hail and stunning rainbows. The mayor quickly changes course on his ballpark plan, submitting sketches for a large, wooden ark.

+7 Concerts, picnics and events honoring veterans give Richmonders a full Memorial Day Weekend. And on the river rocks at Belle Isle, things go off without a hitch at the annual Unveiling of the Pale Skin Festival.

-2 With a commute that starts at 4 a.m. in Chesterfield County and lasts an average of seven hours to Metro Center in Washington, Thurmond Alford Jr. wins an extreme commuter contest from WTOP 103.5-FM. All he really wants is a nap.

-1 Summit Media launches a new soft-rock station, Easy 100.9, which welcomes listeners to "the land of Refreshing Relaxation." Stay tuned for Detox Weekends, where every ninth caller wins a Kenny Loggins colonic.

+5 More than 70 restaurants are announced as participants in the outdoor food festival Broad Appétit, happening June 1, which is followed by RVA Bacon Week and the Richmond Bacon Festival. Which is followed by a napkin shortage.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, May 20, 2014 at 3:49 PM

+8 With a sun shining and a river high, the outdoor sports and music festival Dominion Riverrock draws an estimated 100,000 people to Brown's Island over the weekend. Best of all, bikes and dogs were the only things flying through the air.

-2 A mysterious, overpowering stench in a kindergarten classroom at John B. Cary Elementary School forces the students and their teacher into the library for the rest of the year. In unrelated news, after weeks of searching the class hamster remains missing.

-3 VCU's board agrees to hire a consultant to evaluate the job performance of President Michael Rao, the T-D reports, at a cost of as much as $28,000. When did VCU become the local university for rich kids?

+1 NBC-12 investigative reporter Rachel DePompa announces that she's having twins. Stay tuned for a two-part delivery at 6 and 11.

+3 The Richmond police mounted squad checks out the route for its Richmond Ride on Saturday, May 31, which allows as many as 100 horse riders to join them in a three-hour tour of the city. Beware of the steaming speed bumps.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, May 13, 2014 at 12:10 PM

+6 The Score comes to you from Style's new headquarters in Manchester, where we've moved next door to Plant Zero. We're near warehouse lofts, a coffee roaster, art studios, microbreweries and the river. Somehow we ended up in Portland.

+8 With cards, flowers and brunches, moms across Richmond are shown signs of appreciation on Mother's Day. You still didn't do enough, you ungrateful little punk.

-1 Citing costs, logistics and other plans in the works, the Byrd Theatre Foundation turns down a donation of seating from a Cannes, France, theater. On an unrelated note, free movie tickets will be available from local chiropractors.

+1 Two weeks after Wegmans announces that it's coming to Richmond, Whole Foods says its second store here will be inside city limits, on land owned by the spice company C.F. Sauer at 2000 W. Broad St. Is it too much to request vanilla-scented carts?

+3 The local advertising community comes together for the Richmond Ad Club's annual awards celebration called the Richmond Show: Quest for the Cannonball. We'll reveal all the winners — right after the break.

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