The Wrap: Mother’s Day activities, Carytown redevelopment, a transformational summer internship, and more

The Wrap: Mother’s Day activities, Carytown redevelopment, a transformational summer internship, and more

Get caught up on the week’s top headlines, learn the five things you need to know, and find something fun to do this weekend with The Wrap!

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The week in brief

Good afternoon Wrap readers! It’s Friday, the sun is shining, and it’s not too humid out yet! Sounds like a great night to get out to Friday Cheers on Brown’s Island tonight. Things kick off with Sweet Crude at 6:30 and continue with headliners Tank and the Bangas. Scott Castro has a preview to get you in the mood to jam. Congratulations to Melissa Johnson, who scored a four pack of tickets to tonight’s show! We’ll have another pair for you next week, so be sure to connect with us on Facebookand Twitter for your chance to win.

The talk of the town this week has been the newly-announced Carytown Exchange, which will bring a Publix-anchored development to Carytown to replace the dated Richmond Shopping Center. It will also include a 500-vehicle parking deck that will be hidden from view as well as a number of one-story buildings, all of which will be unique in design and color, much like the rest of Carytown’s stock of storefronts. I attended a public meeting on the development on Tuesday and put together an exhaustive article with answers to just about any question you could have. Check it out here.

This is pretty cool. Some area businesses have teamed up with local nonprofit Girls For A Change, who supports and prepares black girls and girls of color for the workplace and provides them with life skills, for an eight-week internship program and real-world experience. The Program, called “Ready to Work,” is targeted to high schoolers and will focus around STEAM careers (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). Here’s how you can get involved.

A 22-year-old man was killed in Byrd Park near the Pump House during last night’s storms when a tree branch fell and he went into cardiac arrest. Our condolences to the victim’s family and friends.

Mother’s Day is this weekend, and what better way to enjoy the day with mom than to tour some of the area’s most beautiful homes and gardens? You can do just that this Sunday with the Museum District Association’s Mother’s Day House & Garden Tour. Get your tickets here.

I want to give a special shoutout to the student reporters I worked with this past semester at the VCU Robertson School of Media & Culture. They produced some of the in-depth reporting you’ve seen in our publication over the past few months as part of the Capital News Service, and I’ve really enjoyed working with this smart and dedicated group of students. They’ve wrapped up for the semester, but we have a few pieces they put together this week before starting summer vacations (and many of them are graduating!) including this in-depth piece highlighting VCU’s support of sexual assault survivors, a look into Virginia’s human trafficking crisis, and what’s being done to address the rising number of missing persons in the state. All heavy stuff, and all very professionally written. Thanks for your hard work and best of luck in your future endeavors!

Five things to know

  1. Police have identified the suspects accused of attacking a cyclist while she was making a delivery in Northside.
  2. The Science Museum of Virginia is competing in a dance-off of sorts, and you can vote to help them win.
  3. Not satisfied with a Wu-Tang Sandwich Week, Brewer’s Cafe in Manchester is hosting a Wu-Tang Paint Night, because why not? Looks awesome.
  4. Tacos, anyone? Don’t Look Back is finally open in the former Triple pool hall in Scott’s Addition.
  5. The Monument Avenue Commission met again last night, but there’s not yet much forward movement on where we go from here–yet.



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