Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

October 21, 2014 3:10 PM0 comments

If you saw the musical dramedy film “The Commitments,” you’ll recall the motley crew of young Irish rockers awaiting a rumored local club performance by the legendary Wilson Pickett. Well, for a certain strata of Yorktown High School graduates from Arlington in the late 1960s, that performance became reality. For […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 14, 2014 12:06 PM0 comments

Some clarity on the looming county board rematch between John Vihstadt and Alan Howze emerged Oct. 8 during their debate at the ever-civil Arlington Committee of 100. Democrat Howze abandoned a previous reticence and evinced some passion, while independent Vihstadt—the surprise upsetter of the Democratic establishment last April–displayed an easy […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 7, 2014 12:43 PM0 comments

Arlington students returned to school last month bursting with excitement, entering buildings bursting at the seams. “An unprecedented rate of enrollment growth,” is how facilities and operations Superintendent John Chadwick described it Thursday at a neighborhood reality-check presentation (part of a series) at Williamsburg Middle School—on the front yard of […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 30, 2014 12:59 PM1 comment

There’s only one mom in the universe who could tell me, “Here’s my daughter’s bedroom, where ‘Damn Yankees’ was written.” Yes, that reference to the book that became the 1950s hit musical was uttered in Arlington by Moley Evans, who lives with her husband Nicholas and two children in the […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 23, 2014 1:21 PM2 comments

Big changes in the air at one of Arlington’s higher-brow employers.

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Our Man in Arlington

September 16, 2014 2:23 PM0 comments

Arlington was one of the three American communities to solemnly mark last week’s 9/11 anniversary with personal experience. Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz Thursday evening recounted his role as head of unified command at the smoking Pentagon death scene on that harrowing day. His audience from the Arlington Historical […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 10, 2014 10:39 PM0 comments

Arlington has long hosted its share of residents who are power players across the Potomac. But familiarity didn’t lessen the thrill on May 21, 1969, when news broke that President Nixon was naming D.C. appeals judge Warren Burger as Chief Justice of the United States. Residents of Burger’s then-home on […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 3, 2014 11:08 PM3 comments

Arlingtonians take notice when one of their handy 7-11’s shuts its doors.

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Our Man in Arlington

August 27, 2014 1:14 PM0 comments

One of Arlington’s coziest coffee hangouts is the independent Java Shack, which offers dark liquid charms on Franklin Road near the Courthouse. When I popped by, however, it was not merely to sip the brew but to consult the owner, Dale Roberts, as part of my ongoing study of one of our […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 19, 2014 4:43 PM0 comments

With the Little League World series charming much of sportsland (even without an Arlington team in Williamsport, Pa.,) I couldn’t help but ponder my own local pint-size ball-playing experience. That simpler world of Arlington youth base paths on which I hustled in the 1960s has been remarkably transformed. Some obvious […]

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