Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

August 21, 2013 11:49 AM0 comments

Barry Becker hails from Arlington, but more precisely, he hails from Hidden Oaks. Becker and his wife Susan occupy one of the 18 townhomes on a circle just off Arlington Boulevard that constitute a kind of private enclave, a semi-independent carveout from the county’s street system. Since the handsome red-brick […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 14, 2013 5:25 PM1 comment

When I chose Friday night to hit the county fair, I had no inkling I would encounter this sign at a vacant booth: “It’s not that we don’t want to be at the county fair…but we’re celebrating Shabbat at Congregation Etz Hayim.” On the table was a stack of maps […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 6, 2013 12:38 PM0 comments

Herewith a fair-to-midway prescription for enjoying the Arlington County Fair.

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Our Man in Arlington

July 31, 2013 3:46 PM0 comments

Arlington, mercifully, has a low crime rate. But when evil does strike our suburban environs, it can produce some harrowing tales. Among the most sensational, recalls my friend Fred Gosnell, a onetime sheriff’s deputy, was the 1977 trial of Raymond Urgo for the murder of his girlfriend in a Rosslyn […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 30, 2013 11:13 AM0 comments

Arlington, mercifully, has a low crime rate. But when evil does strike our suburban environs, it can produce some harrowing tales. Among the most sensational, recalls my friend Fred Gosnell, a onetime sheriff’s deputy, was the 1977 trial of Raymond Urgo for the murder of his girlfriend in a Rosslyn […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 24, 2013 3:57 PM0 comments

It appears the descendants of Peter Rabbit have taken over Arlington. Perhaps you’ve noticed a proliferation of rabbits on our suburban greens this year, and maybe you’re astonished that these commonly standoffish furry friends are suddenly willing to sit still, stare and quiver just a few feet from imposing humanoids. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 17, 2013 3:57 PM1 comment

I finally got a chance to take shelter at Arlington’s infamous $1 million bus stop. It’s the one that drew international mockery last spring in what might someday make a Jeopardy category of boondoggles. It feels small for a scandalous object (I’d expected graffiti defacing it). But it is sleek […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 10, 2013 2:49 PM0 comments

As a newly minted college graduate back in 1976, I applied for a reporting job at the Northern Virginia Sun. Thirty-seven years later, I landed an interview. Herman Obermayer, the longtime editor and publisher of the old Sun (predecessor of today’s Sun-Gazette), accepted my lunch invite so we could compare […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 2, 2013 5:15 PM0 comments

Teddy Roosevelt continues to blow the 4th inning presidents’ race at Nationals Park. But, of course, in real life TR was anything but a slowpoke; in fact, the old rough rider was an ace horseman who rode many hours through woods here in Arlington. I ponder this when I bike […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 26, 2013 3:26 PM0 comments

The closest thing to a museum of Arlington’s legal establishment is the law office of Earl Shaffer. During a visit to his longtime suite across from the courthouse, I was stunned to behold his frozen-in-amber wall filled with photographs – 60 years of rubbing elbows with the county’s notable jurists, […]

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