The Wrap: An effort to rename the Boulevard, free GRTC rides for the VCU community, tax-free shopping, and more

The Wrap: An effort to rename the Boulevard, free GRTC rides for the VCU community, tax-free shopping, 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! Hope you’re staying out there–this has been one of the wettest summers I ever remember. Can everyone go spread some lawn seed or something? Seems to be the only thing that ever ensures it won’t rain. #DadThoughts One thing that will go on rain or shine is the Richmond Kickers game tomorrow, and Richard Hayes has a preview of the match between our hometown dudes and Bethlehem Steel FC.

GRTC has announced a one-year pilot program in partnership with VCU that will allow students, faculty, and staff to ride the bus (including Pulse buses) for free for the upcoming school year. The$1.2 million partnership expires next July. It will be interesting to see how many folks take advantage of this transportation option.

This weekend you can take advantage of a sales tax holiday and prepare for the school year, and hurricane season. School supplies and storm prep purchases are generally tax-free, with some exclusions. Here’s what you need to know. Speaking of, Regency is hosting a Back-To-School Expo along with WRIC this weekend, inside the mall.

Speaking of schools, Richmond Public Schools Superintendent Jason Kamras released a statement earlier this week regarding the SOL cheating that some teachers at Carver Elementary School engaged in–and it’s worse than many feared. An investigation was initiated, and the final, 34-page report was released this week. Students and teachers confirmed that all sorts of violations of testing standards occurred. Read on here.

A proposal has been introduced by the family of Arthur Ashe to rename the Boulevard to Arthur Ashe Boulevard. The proposal was introduced 15-20 years ago and ultimately failed. Here’s what you need to know about the effort and what would be involved, should the name change take place. The measure would need to go before City Council to become official.

There’s some sort of political joke about draining the swamp in here that I won’t touch, but the Haxall Canal will be drained this weekend downtown, so don’t be alarmed if all you see near Brown’s Island is a giant mud pit.

Five things you need to know

  1. Nacho Mama’s will close early this fall and Carytown Burgers & Fries is moving in.
  2. Richmond Police have finally filmed their own Lip-Sync Challenge video.
  3. A new elementary school is coming to Henrico’s Brookland district; here’s how you can participate in the planning process.
  4. National Night Out events are taking place around town next week.
  5. A VCU forensic toxicologist was tapped to go to New Zealand to study the health effects of vaping.



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