The Wrap: Festivals galore, the annual barrage of alley trash, a Boulevard train station, and more

The Wrap: Festivals galore, the annual barrage of alley trash, a Boulevard train station, and more

Get caught up on the week’s top headlines and find something fun to do this weekend with The Wrap!

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The week in brief

Hey there Wrappers, hope your week’s been a good one. Get ready to gear up for a fun-filled weekend, because summer festival season is in full swing, and there’s no shortage of things to do from the Carytown Watermelon Festival and Filipino Festival to the Richmond Jazz Festival. We have the full details below.

A new VCU poll out this week shows that many of Virginia’s democratic candidates on the ballot this November hold a lead over their Republican counterparts. Ralph Northam leads Ed Gillespie by five points in the race to become the next governor of Virginia, according to results from the poll released Tuesday by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. A lot could change between now and November, but Virginia could very well be seeing a lot of blue in a few months.

Speaking of elections, the City of Richmond is seeking 200 election officials to work in November. You’ll get a starting pay of $130 for a day’s worth of polling place work. Here’s how you can help support democracy and ensure a smooth Election Day.

A two alarm blaze broke out this morning at the Country Club of Virginia in the Near West End. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and no one was injured.

Every August, largely due to VCU’s schedule, many apartments in the Fan and Museum District flip. And Richmond City Council 5th district member Parker Agelasto has had enough. He went around and documented instances of trash and furniture littering the city’s alleys and sidewalks, and then helped get it all cleaned up with the assistance of the Department of Public Works, VCU, and the Fan District Association. Here’s more on the problem, and what you can do about it (hint: donate your unwanted furniture!), along with some SUPER trashy photos (okay, not that kind–these are totally safe for work, I promise!).

It’s still a long way out, but local officials are beginning to plan higher speed rail in the area. Initial reports put together by the Commonwealth of Virginia have recommended utilizing the newly-renovated Main Street Station downtown as the region’s main transit hub. But a small but vocal group led by VCU president emeritus Dr. Eugene Trani is pushing for a new station on the Boulevard in Scott’s Addition. The Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association and Richmond City Councilwoman Kim Gray both support the hypothetical vision. Here’s a look at the plans, along with coverage from a public meeting held on the matter this past Wednesday.

You know Short Pump was in need of a dog park when a new facility built just a year ago is already worn out from overuse. Henrico officials are dropping an eye-popping $200,000 to add synthetic turf, upgraded seating, and more shade trees for patrons. It’s all coming out of the county’s capital budget. Hashtag #suburbanproblems?

Elsewhere in the county, Henrico County Public Schools is looking to fill vacant teaching, substitute, custodian, and other positions before the start of the school year. If you missed yesterday’s job fair, here’s how you can still apply.

Registration for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ fall classes opens Monday. Here’s a look at what’s being offered and how you can sign up before all of the slots fill up (and they go fast).

Zagat has chosen its 10 recommended restaurant and bar picks in town, Kabana is getting a menu reboot from a familiar chef, biscuits and donuts are both coming to Short Pump, and much more. Get a snapshot of the week in food by checking out our Weekly Food News here. There’s also more beer events and releases than your liver can safely handle this weekend (so choose wisely and be sure to have a designated driver/ride-sharing service handy) and check out our RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks.

Until next time,

Trevor Dickerson, Editor



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