Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

May 29, 2013 4:32 PM0 comments

Washington-Lee High School is rightfully proud of the actors it has sent to the national spotlight—1950s graduates Shirley MacLaine, her brother Warren Beatty, and the 1980s generation’s Sandra Bullock. But there are other accomplished thespians, from W-L and greater Arlington, whose work you’ve seen on screen or stage or heard […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 22, 2013 6:29 PM1 comment

The great neighborhood sign caper came into my view by happenstance. As I drove by the entrance to my boyhood Arlington neighborhood last month, I was stunned to behold a key ingredient gone missing: the white three-dimensional letters spelling “Rivercrest” had been removed from the two curved brick walls at […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 15, 2013 3:25 PM1 comment

Eminent Arlingtonian John Paul Stevens brought down the house. The unassuming retired Supreme Court justice wowed Arlington’s Committee of 100 last Wednesday with wit and sportstalk on top of the expected legal insight. Freed to speak his mind at age 93, Stevens also hazarded predictions on the high court’s next […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 8, 2013 6:38 PM1 comment

It takes a village to raise a new school. In Arlington that means running the blueprints by a million stakeholders and pushing through a few split-the-baby decisions. For two years, Arlington Public Schools has been racing the demographic clock to create a new 600-student elementary school on the campus of […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 30, 2013 6:10 PM0 comments

Whenever I drive past Arlington Hall, I’m reminded that if it did not exist, neither would I. It was there, at the intersection of Arlington Boulevard and George Mason Drive, that my parents met during World War II. Today the 100-acre complex is a fenced-off home to the Army National […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 24, 2013 6:08 PM0 comments

County history activists, with little fanfare, have been busy breathing new life into Fort Ethan Allen, the Civil War-era protector of Chain Bridge from invading rebels. The results, which the public will see this November, combine fresh archaeology with modern museum exhibition techniques in a well-tended natural setting. And like […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 17, 2013 4:45 PM0 comments

It was a bumpy week for the visionaries of a revitalized Columbia Pike. Arlington got mocked by national media for spending $1 million on the first in a series of fancified bus stops that don’t provide decent shelter (the project was then put on hold). News broke that the Federal […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 10, 2013 6:12 PM4 comments

The word “radio,” I’m reliably informed, was first used by broadcasters a century ago this year, right here in Arlington. The transition from the quainter “wireless” was accomplished at the Naval Radio Station, the area’s first such facility, located at what is now South Courthouse Road and 7th Street, according […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 2, 2013 5:23 PM0 comments

The weeping-and-wailing budget season has enveloped Arlington. And though the Columbia Pike trolley and travails of the Artisphere draw much commentary, smaller line items spark debate that drives home at least three observations: Many citizens are suspicious of the county board’s agenda; much commentary abounds with misinformation; and spending is […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 27, 2013 6:18 PM0 comments

Utilitarian Arlington may not look like a hothouse for musical talent. But over the decades, we’ve spawned our share of tunesmiths and instrumental notables. I’ve assembled a rough list with a little help from my friends. Perhaps most legendary is Virginia-born Kate Smith, the alto who belted out Irving Berlin’s […]

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