Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

April 14, 2015 2:28 PM0 comments

At least one Arlingtonian will line up to run next Monday’s Boston Marathon. Frank Fumich has not only run competitively on seven continents, he cycles and pursues more obscure physical tests such as stand-up paddling in ocean surf. Much of his celebrated heroic grunting and straining benefits the less fortunate. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 7, 2015 1:37 PM0 comments

April 4 delivered me to a double-barreled national history celebration, one that is possible only in Arlington. At Arlington House, the National Park Service put on a rich evening commemoration of the unfolding of the end of the Civil War 150 years ago. April 4 being the day President Lincoln […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 31, 2015 4:47 PM0 comments

Once a month, my downtown day-job colleagues bag lunches for the homeless. To help the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, I occasionally drive the readied food for distribution at the park behind St. George’s Episcopal Church. It hit me only lately what a tiny thread that is, given the larger […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 24, 2015 2:33 PM1 comment

The 105-year-old Wilson School may soon be reduced to rubble–to allow construction of Arlington’s first high-rise urbanized school, for the H-B Woodlawn secondary program. Unless preservationists pull off a miracle. Last Saturday I visited that underused utilitarian structure on Wilson Blvd. in upper Rosslyn and perused some documents to learn […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 18, 2015 11:25 PM0 comments

Memories of Arlington’s “night of gang warfare” pack a punch nearly a half-century after the drama. This March 11, I had the privilege of addressing Arlington’s Committee of 100 to share research I’ve compiled on that strange local flirtation with mass violence. On June 14, 1966, the tranquil suburban Lee-Harrison […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 10, 2015 12:53 PM1 comment

Arlington’s talented pool of painters is peopled by joiners as well as loners. Among the latter—and among the most commercially successful artists nationwide—is longtime Arlingtonian Paul McGehee. Known for his deeply researched historical flavor, McGehee has sold hundreds of oils in his “luminist” style. His works hang in the collections […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 3, 2015 3:45 PM1 comment

Arlington became a little less hip last Saturday at 11:20 p.m. It happened on the top floor of Ballston Common, when 40 improv players dressed in blue and black paraded out like in a Fellini movie to applaud spectators after the final performance at the Comedy Spot. The edgy club […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 25, 2015 4:28 PM0 comments

Lots of historic change unfolding in Arlington’s Nauck neighborhood, most of it witnessed up-close over six decades by Leonard “Doc” Muse. January a year ago the County Board honored Muse – the seven-day-a-week proprietor of the Green Valley Pharmacy since 1952 – with an historic designation. This November, it held […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 18, 2015 5:57 PM0 comments

A sharp-eyed exercise to decode the 2014 elections in Arlington unfolded Feb. 11 at the nonpartisan Committee of 100 – delivering insights on everything from the streetcar to the talent pool to our county’s peculiarities. Most thrilled with the voters’ verdict was Matt Wavro, chair of the Arlington Republican Committee. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 11, 2015 6:55 PM0 comments

When Maywood neighborhood “Mayor” Bob McAtee died last September at 100, his title as most-senior life-long Arlingtonian could pass to John Moore. The 96-year-old—who told me he knew fellow Washington-Lee High School alum McAtee—also lived and worked for nine decades within one square Arlington mile. Moore was born at his […]

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