The Wrap: Awash in tourism dollars, a new leader for the ICA, 60 years of Armenian food and culture, and more

The Wrap: Awash in tourism dollars, a new leader for the ICA, 60 years of Armenian food and culture, 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 Wrappers, and welcome to the end of what I hope was a short week for you. Let’s jump into some news, then I’ll help you find something fun to do this weekend.

The new school year got off to a scary start at Highland Springs High School, when a small plane crashed in a field outside of the school on Wednesday. There were no injuries reported to those on the ground or the pilot, thankfully.

Some good news if you’ve been underwhelmed by the city’s new RVA311 service, which has allegedly experienced a high ticket volume and low response rate–Mayor Stoney’s office announced Richmond’s first Director of Citizen Service and Response, Peter Breil. He comes to the city from the private sector and the hope is that the city will respond faster to citizen calls for service under his leadership. Read more here.

Tourism spending in the Richmond region is very strong, according to recent reports. Henrico County, for example, raked in $915 million in tourist spending in 2017. The Richmond region as a whole? A whopping $2.4 billion. Yes, with a “B.” Here’s what’s driving those revenues.

The eastbound Shockoe Pulse station remains closed after a drunk driver struck the roadside platform, scattering bricks about the area. There were no injuries reported, but it definitely took some…talent…to cause that much damage, in broad daylight no less. The driver, who was uninjured, left the scene of the crime and fled on foot–and was later charged with DUI.

The VCU Institute for Contemporary Art has chosen a new leader. Dominic Willsdon has been named as the center’s executive director, taking the reins from interim chief Joe Seipel, former dean of VCUarts. Get to know him here.

The lineup for the 30th annual 2nd Street Festival to be held in Jackson Ward October 6th and 7th has been released and it looks awesome. Click through for a look at all of the artists set to play and read our full guide to the festivities so you can plan ahead.

Taking the Chippenham or Powhite Parkways to get to and fro this weekend? Check out this repaving schedule that may impact your travels.

The fact that a supposed ventriloquist supposedly harassed shoppers last weekend at Short Pump Town Center somewhat amuses me, and it’s the subject of our RVA News In Brick feature this week, wherein Richard Hayes takes one of the week’s most oddball headlines and portrays it in LEGO form. This week’s certainly didn’t disappoint.

Five things to know

  1. A local developer has purchased a service station in the Devil’s Triangle and plans to go vertical–eventually.
  2. Meanwhile, in South Richmond, the purchase of a building to eventually house a grocery co-op means that project may be in jeopardy now.
  3. You can adopt a furry friend–a cat or dog, puppy or kitten, through Sunday from the Richmond SPCA, and all fees will be waived.
  4. Ever wanted to write a book? Registration for the 2018 James River Writers Conference is now open.
  5. You can drink great beer and contribute to the mission of Virginia Supportive Housing tomorrow night at The Veil Brewing Co. in Scott’s Addition.

Weekend event picks

Weekend Event Picks: Armenian Food Festival, Stone’s Throw Down, Northside Big Tent Festival, and more

Until next time,

Trevor Dickerson
Editor, RVAHub



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