Articles by: Charlie Clark

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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Our Man in Arlington

January 7, 2014 11:10 AM0 comments

During neighborhood walks, I often squint and visualize Arlington back when it was rural farmland, devoid of neon and modern suburban curbs. This little local history game has recently centered on the extended Birch family, 18th- and 19th-century denizens who owned my East Falls Church neighborhood among other parcels. Samuel […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 30, 2013 10:53 AM0 comments

The New Year will bring Arlington an exit of the articulate Chris Zimmerman after 18 years on the County Board. He’s satisfied and relieved, he tells me. So are his opponents. Zimmerman, an economist who chaired the board four times, will become vice president of economic development for the nonprofit […]

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