Articles by: Charlie Clark

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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Our Man in Arlington

February 3, 2015 4:30 PM0 comments

Three score or more of Arlington’s online news addicts came face-to-face Jan. 27. The usually-virtual networkers shelled out a food-and-drink fee to mingle and congratulate the team at the newsblog ARLnow for reaching its fifth year of continuous local coverage. Cajoling the crowd via posters to “party like it’s 2010,” […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 27, 2015 2:44 PM0 comments

If there’s a Marryin’ Sam in Arlington, that would be Gerald Williams. From his basement office in a 1940s-vintage small-practice law building on Courthouse Square, the 82-year-old Williams performs “no appointment necessary” civil weddings that take under an hour. Averaging 25-30 per week, Williams figures that since embarking on this […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 21, 2015 6:23 PM0 comments

December’s announcement that the storied H-B Woodlawn “hippie high school” program will move to a new multi-story building in upper Rosslyn was greeted with relative equanimity. But high among the worries that surfaced – revealingly – is what will become of “the words of the prophets [that] are written on […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 14, 2015 7:25 PM0 comments

Herewith a discovery in the story of slavery in 19th-century Arlington. John Taylor, a local schoolmate who works at Brown’s Hardware, shared with me a remarkable boyhood memory. Back in the 1960s, at an old house two doors from his in the Overlee Knolls neighborhood, he once ducked into a […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 6, 2015 2:57 PM0 comments

Women in public office. It may seem normal today—look at Arlington’s School Board with four of five members female, and our County Board with two of five. But it was not long ago when “women made the coffee and the men ran for office,” I was reminded recently by longtime […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 30, 2014 2:32 PM0 comments

Much ado of late in the Arlington theater scene. The creative-but-resented-by-some Artisphere, the county announced Dec. 17, will likely shut down June 30. It’s a casualty of subsidies that failed to produce the envisioned self-sustaining, hip arts and drama institution that would help revitalize nighttime Rosslyn. That same day, the […]

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