Articles by: Charlie Clark

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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Our Man in Arlington

September 17, 2013 9:25 AM0 comments

Arlington’s roster of venerable old businesses reset last year when the granddaddy of them all, T.A. Sullivan & Son Monuments (founded in 1885), moved from Clarendon to Vienna. I’ve since chatted with proprietors of what may be the oldest shops still serving our county, four paragons of entrepreneurial tenacity. The […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 11, 2013 6:33 PM0 comments

Working musicians in our county have several recording studios in which to play out their dreams, among them the Washington-area stalwart Inner Ear Studios in South Arlington and the Rosslyn-based Get Me Produced. But as of this month, Arlington will host one less refuge for tune perfectors. Birdsong Studios on […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 3, 2013 10:20 AM1 comment

Is Arlington poised to become an electric bicycle hub? We shall begin to learn on Sept. 7 with the opening of a pioneer outlet for these combo two-wheelers that move on battery as well as pedal power. The new store could test whether Arlington lives up to its reputation as […]

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