Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

April 15, 2014 9:20 AM0 comments

The Democratic establishment was gobsmacked by the triumph of Republican-turned-independent John Vihstadt in the April 8 county board special election. His 57-41 percent victory over endorsement-rich Democrat Alan Howze – with Vihstadt taking 40 of 52 precincts – is by no means guaranteed to repeat in November when the two […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 8, 2014 9:02 AM0 comments

Are you familiar with East Arlington? Neither were most of the nearly 100 who turned out at Central Library April 3 to hear a local historian describe this bygone African-American neighborhood torn asunder in 1942 during construction of the Pentagon. East Arlington (or, as its original 1892 subdivision was called, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 1, 2014 10:49 AM0 comments

The affordable housing projects built in Arlington blend in discreetly. But the sign labeling the handsome buff-and-brick Arlington Mill Residences at South Dinwiddie and Columbia Pike includes four letters that help brand the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing. Without APAH’s good offices, the unique four-story apartment building atop a county […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 26, 2014 6:31 PM0 comments

Golf legend Arnold Palmer has an intimate tie to Arlington, though he may not be aware of it. My scooplet on this topic was achieved after a friend who attends Resurrection Lutheran Church told me Palmer was married at that sanctuary at 6201 Washington Boulevard. That was news to me, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 19, 2014 3:07 PM1 comment

In politics today, he who controls the website controls the debate. Or so it seemed last week when the network of Arlington parents with kids in the H-B Woodlawn “hippie high school” program experienced a strangely unilateral airbrushing of their portion of the school’s online platform. Suddenly vanished on Friday […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 11, 2014 10:03 AM0 comments

In my boyhood neighborhood of Cherrydale, there’s a name renowned for decades as a volunteer fire fighter, shopkeeper, Christmas party Santa and repository of local history. Marvin Binns, 79, may have spent more time than any living soul at the early-20th-century Cherrydale Firehouse (before it was rebuilt and modernized two blocks […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 4, 2014 11:39 AM1 comment

Like many trial balloons floated by Arlington’s governing bodies, this one set off alarm bells, even at the county school famous for having no bells at all. H-B Woodlawn, the unique grades 6 – 12 program now in its fifth decade as a nationally recognized modern version of ’60s student-powered […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 25, 2014 10:34 AM0 comments

If 90 percent of success is showing up, the odds favoring my own gasping efforts at physical fitness may have dropped a few points. Arlington’s Sport & Health club, home to body-perfectors at North Kirkwood Road and Washington Boulevard since 1977, just announced it will close its sweat-stained doors March 5. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 18, 2014 10:50 AM0 comments

That dome-shaped line-item in the county budget, better known as Artisphere, may have turned a corner. Karen Vasquez, director of cultural affairs for Arlington, says the Rosslyn venue known for edgy artists, global music and administrative do-overs has boosted visitation and revenues and won “a lot of critical acclaim.” Yes, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 11, 2014 10:39 AM0 comments

My friends who own one of Arlington’s most historic homes opened it up last month to neighbors long-curious about what 163-year-old “Maple Shade” is like on the inside. Though many doubtless came for the accompanying talk by County Board candidate Alan Howze, I was pleased to offer the standing-room crowd […]

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