Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Score

This Week: Labor Day, Broad Street parking update, cannon permits + more.

Posted on Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 4:37 PM


+6 With the Labor Day weekend in sight, Richmond heads into the last unofficial week of summer, with vacations ending and kids on their way back to school. In other words, Sweet Frog's about to become a mob scene.

+2 Four Godwin High School graduates — siblings in the Lomaka family of Henrico, the T-D reports — become the first quadruplets to enroll at Virginia Tech. Engineers are already working on a specially designed keg stand.

-3 Clemenza Caserta, who spends part of his time as Stuzzi's executive chef, gets kicked off Gordon Ramsay's "Hell's Kitchen," losing out on being one of the reality show's final four. On the upside, he learned all kinds of new cursing combinations.

+4 After a series of meetings with neighbors, business owners and police, the city takes down longstanding but only recently enforced signs prohibiting late-night parking on West Broad Street. City Hall officials caution that this doesn't mean they've changed their longstanding policy against fun.

+1 The American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar seeks a city permit, the T-D reports, to hold weekly firing demonstrations of a reproduction 12-pounder Napoleon cannon, loaded with as much as a pound of gunpowder. Aim for Short Pump.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Score

This Week: Move-in week, scootin' robbers, Gwar's apology + more.

Posted on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 2:49 PM

+3 Thousands of college freshmen begin to make Richmond home, surging onto campuses at the University of Richmond, Virginia Union and Virginia Commonwealth University. Special deal: Any freshman who mentions this column will receive 20 percent off VCU football season tickets.

-4 Armed robbers hit two city convenience stores, with the T-D reporting that their getaways are by small motor scooter — possibly a Vespa. Detectives are running DNA on some fake ironic mustaches and lifting prints off PBR cans found at the scene.

-6 The rough summer for restaurants continues with Cellar Door and the Belvidere at Broad announcing closings, joining the growing list of such recent ghosts as the Empress, Becky's and Sensi. After a collective sigh, Richmonders head out for dinner at the newest restaurant they'll forget about in three months.

0 A new political ad for Mitt Romney refers to the Richmond Times-Dispatch as "one of the most respected newspapers in America." It's refreshing to finally see some humor injected into this presidential campaign.

+2 Heavy metal band Gwar apologizes to fans for the initially small size of beer cups offered at its wildly popular Gwar-B-Q. It's the first time the band's apologized for anything since someone accidentally deodorized the Slave Pit.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Score

This Week: Romney in Ashland, SportsQuest bankruptcy + more.

Posted on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM


+6 Ashland catering business Homemades by Suzanne gets a blast of publicity when presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits with his new VP pick, buying up some apple, pecan and chocolate pies. "These pies are certainly homemade," Romney said. "They taste as good as the ones baked by my personal chef."

+1 More Ashland news! Writer and teacher Phyllis Theroux is set to become Jennifer Aniston's mother-in-law, with her son, actor Justin Theroux, announcing his engagement to the actress. Just let it sink in: We've all become a few degrees closer to Brad Pitt.

-4 The failed Chesterfield athletic complex, SportsQuest, continues Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation, listing what RichmondBizSense reports as $1,030 in assets to $7.35 million in liabilities. Looks like our bank account after that time we hung out with Justin French at Colonial Downs.

+7 More than two dozen jazz artists draw thousands of music fans to the wide-ranging, three-day Richmond Jazz Festival, presented by Altria. Richmonders like their jazz the way they like their cigarettes, in the company of others and smooooth.

+2 The T-D reports that Richmond lawyer Courtney Paulk successfully completed her 14-hour, 25- to 30-mile swim across the English Channel. No one had the heart to tell her the London Olympics had already ended.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Score

This Week: Randy Blythe returns, zombie ballpark shambles back, the RAA raps + more.

Posted on Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM


+6 Lamb of God's Randy Blythe finally returns to Richmond after his Czech Republic imprisonment for more than a month. A month. In a Prague prison. So yes, it turns out there is something more agonizing than Ryan Seacrest at the Olympics.

+2 Dusting off an idea from three years ago, a group of political, business and civic leaders resurrect discussion about replacing The Diamond with a new ballpark downtown. Also on the docket: high-speed rail, a proposed Arthur Ashe statue on Monument, and a possible secession from the Union.

+8 The 29th annual Carytown Watermelon Festival draws a reported crowd of more than 115,000 people to the shopping district on a hot Sunday afternoon. Seeds! Oh, the seeds! So many seeds!

+3 To get increasingly distracted pedestrians to pay attention when crossing the street, the Richmond Ambulance Authority launches an awareness campaign, complete with an original rap song. We can only hope LL "Not Cool" 2 J-Walk's "Mama Said Look Both Ways" will be available to download free on iTunes.

+1 Richmond mothers and children participate in the Big Latch On, joining a national awareness event with a mass breastfeeding in Capitol Square. Or as Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli calls it, porn.

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