Articles by: Charlie Clark

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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Our Man in Arlington

February 4, 2014 10:30 AM0 comments

As marijuana use wafts its way toward Obama-era respectability, I can’t help recalling the pot scene in the Arlington of my youth. For details of my own experimentation, you must visit a password-protected Website with a hefty subscriber fee (kidding). But anyone around North Arlington circa 1970 could not have […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 28, 2014 12:56 PM0 comments

Yorktown High School expanded what students call its “glory wall” this month. I was pleased as the alumni committee chairman to do the honors for nine new inductees for their feats in a colorful array of fields. Our Jan. 25 ceremony at the spanking new North Arlington school building celebrated […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 21, 2014 10:06 AM0 comments

In the lead-up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I heard a talk by an Arlingtonian who personally shared some dangers of King’s civil rights struggles. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland is known best as a young white woman at the 1963 lunch-counter confrontation with racists in Jackson, Mississippi. But her 1950s […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 15, 2014 7:47 PM0 comments

I can already hear the anti-government screeds: First they came for our lightbulbs, then they banned our Big Gulps, and now they’re fixing to take away our fancy bottled water. A fizzling flood of facts on Arlington’s H20 habits enlivened the Committee of 100 dinner Jan. 8, as county board […]

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