Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man In Arlington

November 27, 2013 6:29 PM0 comments

Give thanks, next time you’re stuck in line at the bank or the DMV, for society’s progress on reducing wait times. I nominate Goodwill Industries’ main Arlington outlet as the local model for line efficiency. For years, during Saturday errand-running, I would swing by the Goodwill location at Arlington Boulevard […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 19, 2013 10:25 AM0 comments

In Arlington, budding politicians start young. Last month, 100 middle-schoolers gathered at H-B Woodlawn for a “teen leadership” exercise in a mock General Assembly. The kids researched and debated bills according to Richmond’s procedures, telling fellow solons, per the Sun-Gazette, a certain parliamentary ruling was “cool.” What was cool for […]

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Our Man In Arlington

November 13, 2013 12:56 PM0 comments

The rumor pinging around the Internet is that public libraries are obsolete. The death knell rings true if you buy the notion that anything worth reading is downloadable from your armchair. Or that the hundreds of patrons of all age groups you can see every day packing the eight branches […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 5, 2013 10:18 AM0 comments

The current Arlington Magazine includes a haunting photo, tossed in almost marginally as part of a timeline of county history. The image (available here) is of black civil rights activist Dion Diamond sitting on a counter stool at the old Cherrydale Drug Fair, engaging in a sit-in to protest segregation, on […]

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Our Man In Arlington

October 30, 2013 6:31 PM0 comments

Count me privileged to be among dozens of cake-munchers who gathered Oct. 27 to help Arlington stalwart citizen Bob McAtee celebrate his 100th birthday. “Mr. Mac,” as he is called by the guests from age groups ranging from the terrible twos to the ninety-somethings, has been a fixture in the […]

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Our Man In Arlington

October 23, 2013 7:10 PM0 comments

Like last year’s derecho and Hurricane Sandy, this month’s 16-day shuttering of the federal government cut a swath through Arlington life. And like those strange recent storms, its still-sour memories come with an ongoing threat of a repeat. Washington’s closest suburb is home to some 34,000 of the 800,000 federal […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 15, 2013 9:12 AM0 comments

Do the lesser-known annals of Arlington history offer evidence of an early 19th-century sex scandal? A family secret involving marquee names like Lee, Custis and Febrey? I’ve done my darndest to bring the tale alive. The rumor passed down for generations of a child’s suppressed illegitimacy revolves around the Febreys. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 9, 2013 5:39 PM3 comments

Arlington, surprisingly, is home to not one but two nonprofits that donate bicycles to the underprivileged in Africa and elsewhere. Our 26-square-mile county, however, may not be big enough for both – the two groups do not ride alongside each other smoothly. Wheels to Africa, founded in 2005 by then-10-year-old […]

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Our Man In Arlington

October 1, 2013 9:44 AM3 comments

Arlington’s let-there-be-lights-on-athletic-fields conundrum took a twist last week. The face-off pits an array of evening soccer enthusiasts against a roster of homeowners in close proximity to public fields who seek to preserve residential tranquility. Where you stand depends on where you sit. On Sept. 24, the County Board bestowed final […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 24, 2013 4:35 PM0 comments

With Obamacare about to land, the executive director of the Arlington Free Clinic held forth last week on…the historic birth-control activist Margaret Sanger. Nancy Sanger Pallesen, who has shepherded the county’s volunteer-supported health care provider for the needy since its founding 20 years ago, spoke on Sanger because she is […]

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