Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

May 23, 2017 4:13 PM0 comments

If I make it to my 90s, I hope some younger scribe squires me around my boyhood haunts for some history-invoking reminiscing. I recently spent an afternoon in the car driven by Arlington homebuilder Scot Harlan, scribbling snippets from running commentary of his father Jack, age 92, and mother Jean, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 15, 2017 5:46 PM0 comments

I’m duty-bound to congratulate Erik Gutshall for his resounding win in the Democratic “firehouse primary” for county board last week. He achieved a victory that in the past has commonly gone to those who try a second time. And his prospects for winning the seat in full in November are […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 9, 2017 4:39 PM0 comments

I first encountered Keri Shull when I received one of her letters announcing, “A local builder in Arlington wants to buy your home.”Then I began noticing her smiling face on for-sale signs in front yards and huge ads on buses. Last month I visited Shull in her upper Rosslyn office, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 2, 2017 5:39 PM0 comments

Our community’s oldest independent pharmacy, Preston’s, changed proprietors in December. John Eklund, stalwart owner for the past three decades of the store at 5101 Lee Highway, retired confidently knowing that what he calls “the go-to place for people who need assistance” is in good hands. With its discounts, specialty medications […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 25, 2017 4:41 PM0 comments

If the sight of spring blossoms against lush greenery doesn’t soothe your soul, it’s time you reorder your miserable priorities. The annual explosion of dogwoods, redbuds and lilacs around residential Arlington never fails to uplift me, though my wife chides me for meager knowledge of botanical vocabulary (I can’t tell […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 18, 2017 1:24 PM0 comments

Ah, the aroma of old paper and ink inside a fading hardbound book. One of our community’s longest-standing haunts for bibliophiles is closing up shop. The Bookhouse for 43 years sold American history volumes in an unprepossessing home on North Emerson Street (across Wilson Blvd. from Safeway) tucked in a […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 11, 2017 1:50 PM0 comments

Our hometown joined others around the nation April 6 to mark the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into what we now call World War I. As some 60 officials and citizens gathered in the county building (a rain threat canceled plans to assemble at the war memorial in Clarendon), […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 4, 2017 2:14 PM0 comments

Are our emergency responders prepared for a mega-catastrophe? At the scale of, say, a cyber-attack that shuts the entire grid during, worse, a harsh weather event? So asked clean energy activist Scott Sklar this January, addressing Arlington’s top three leaders in emergency response. Their replies to Committee of 100 banqueters […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 29, 2017 1:14 PM0 comments

The county board, after 16 years of indecision, voted March 21 to unload the 117-year-old Reeves farmhouse atop Bluemont Park. The 5-0 vote—taken after nearby neighbors and preservationists had struggled for years for funding and a partner willing to make a go of the estimated $2.5 million in needed renovations—left […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 21, 2017 2:15 PM0 comments

Homeowners who reach a certain age begin contemplating whether to sell their property (many to today’s tear-down artists) and cash in for a stable retirement. Many relocate to warm climes of Florida or Arizona. But others with deep roots in Arlington wish to stay put. Their numbers are only about […]

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