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.

+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.

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