Articles by: Charlie Clark

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 PM4 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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Our Man in Arlington

August 13, 2014 4:57 PM0 comments

Ah, Election Day. Autumn leaves tumbling ‘round yard signs, canvassing in chilly air… Oops. For one district in Arlington, Election Day currently means Tuesday, Aug. 19. Voters must select the successor to state Del. Bob Brink, who decamped after 17 years to join the McAuliffe team as deputy commissioner for […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 5, 2014 1:12 PM0 comments

It took me 60 years, but I finally visited quaint old Cumberland, Md. That’s the 19th-century terminus of the 185-mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal that played an evocative role in my Arlington boyhood. Growing up walking-distance from Chain Bridge, my pals and I had our earliest fishing experiences on the […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 29, 2014 1:21 PM0 comments

With the approaching streetcar polarizing Arlington, I submitted to lunch with two local transit consultants.

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Our Man in Arlington

July 23, 2014 6:41 PM0 comments

A most local of local histories is the new personalized recounting of the “Integration of Wakefield High School.” The paperback published by the scholarship-giving Wakefield High School Education Foundation offers powerful memories of one of Arlington’s historic transitions – some so painful for participants it took decades of time’s passage […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 14, 2014 12:43 PM0 comments

The global collision between the traditional taxi industry and the Uber and Lyft upstarts is playing out on Arlington streets. The struggle pits longtime hackers against rookies, youthful innovation against ingrained habits, and free-marketers against regulators – all set in motion by technological disruption. Last month, county police issued five citations to […]

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