Author: Charlie Clark

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Our Man in Arlington

I’ve logged a few hours in the unpretentious Clarendon studios of Arlington Independent Media (AIM), pontificating on community radio or TV — once joining a pick-up chorus to record a YouTube production of the “Arlington County Song.” But the time I put in is dwarfed by that of Jackie Steven, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Our sainted community has long drawn national publicity as a model for this and that. Take Life magazine’s hailing of our school system in the early 1950s and the 2009 documentary “Arlington’s Smart Growth Journey” on creation of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. My recent search of two state and local government […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Next time you drive I-66, know that you are crossing land that hundreds of Arlingtonians once called home. The drama of that divisive federal-state construction project — which required confiscation, under eminent domain, of 1,054 land parcels of homes, parks, gardens and dozens of businesses — remains vivid in memories […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Civic activist Jeanne Broyhill remains a good sport a half-century after the famous prank. As the daughter of Arlington Congressman Joel T. Broyhill (a Republican who served from 1953-74), she recently confided in me that she’d had advance warning that boys from Yorktown High and nearby schools were planning to […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Our literate community is chockablock with memoir writers. And as my fellow baby-boomers enter their twilight years, I suspect more will put fingers to keyboard and look back on how their lives unfolded. With permission of my childhood friend Steve Dryden, I’ve pulled some gems of our shared Arlington past […]

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Our Man in Arlington

State Attorney General Mark Herring opined last month that Arlington may, after years of resistance, have authority to remove the name of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from our portion of Route 1. The coming debate unfolds as a slew of politically touchy name changes are underway at Arlington’s schools. I’ve […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Arlington’s perennial part in our larger national history was on display last week. I was honored to attend a unique event at the Library of Congress: The first-ever reunion of the “code girls” who did so much to crack enemy communications and help win World War II. The appellation “Code […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Arlington’s courts exist for more than stern justice. Their officers also display compassion for those struggling outside the courtroom. Joanne Hamilton for two months has been coordinating an intriguing new service of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Known as Arlington Safe Havens in the Sequoia building, it has […]