Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

May 26, 2015 12:30 PM0 comments

On a forested mountainside in Fauquier County, where Mosby and J.E.B. Stuart rode, I was surrounded one recent Saturday by dozens of children and adult nature lovers. The common bond? All Arlingtonians. Welcome to Open House Day at the Arlington Public Schools-operated Outdoor Lab. What for thousands is the site […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 20, 2015 6:02 PM0 comments

The “hippie high school” program at H-B Woodlawn, though always avant-garde, is poised at the cutting edge of new school building concepts–as Arlington scrambles to ease overcrowded classrooms. Superintendent Patrick Murphy confirms that the days of 1950s-style two-story suburban schools sprawled on 20 acres are a thing of the past. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 12, 2015 12:16 PM0 comments

I had the chance to share local history tales last month with the Woman’s Club of Arlington. Its members responded by sharing with me a rich history slice of their own. At their headquarters on South Buchanan Street (the property itself a neat strand of their story), I perused, thanks […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 6, 2015 7:01 PM0 comments

To report on Arlington’s present this week would mean mentioning that crews completed demolition of the half-century-old “Blue Goose” office building at Fairfax Drive and N. Glebe Road. That not-exactly-quaint blue-paneled high-rise was used for decades by the CIA and the Federal Aviation Administration before Marymount University took it over […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 28, 2015 2:02 PM0 comments

Last week’s county board decision to ax the Artisphere means that Arlington’s in-flux Rosslyn neighborhood will lose the arts but retain the sphere. The demise of the edgy-urbane arts palace, effective June 30 after four-and-a-half years of hemorrhaging $15 million of taxpayer money, is a victory for the recently surging […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 22, 2015 7:01 PM0 comments

I dined this month with some Arlington “Democrats in exile” at a retirement community. The gang of six senior citizens share decades of political savvy and commitment – the only problem being that their home at Goodwin House-Bailey’s Crossroads is 100 yards into Falls Church. That renders them ineligible to […]

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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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