Articles by: Charlie Clark

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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Our Man in Arlington

March 15, 2017 11:26 AM0 comments

Though I’m a card-carrying journalist, I occasionally rub tweedy elbows with Arlington’s more literary lights. My journalism colleague Burt Solomon, who writes from home in Westover, recently made the transition to novelist. A crowd of us gathered Feb. 26 at the independent bookstore One More Page to hear his confessions […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 7, 2017 5:36 PM0 comments

A seasoned teacher, once retired, can speak freely about what ails our school system. Lorraine Gandy, a high-impact kindergarten teacher at Arlington Traditional School, quietly turned in her papers last July after a 45-year career. Last month, I listened in her home as she unburdened herself of some frustrations with […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 1, 2017 2:15 PM0 comments

The just-ended Black History Month brought volumes of hidden history out from Arlington’s shadows. I never cease to be astonished at how much neighborhood lore I missed while growing up here. On Feb. 26, a crowd of 150 gathered for the ceremonial unveiling of the new marker for the “Hall’s […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 20, 2017 2:32 PM0 comments

The unease that the Trump era has brought to polarized communities worldwide broke open at Yorktown High School last week. It became a lesson in deconstructing how words get interpreted. The clash at my alma mater started when teachers became disturbed by recent harsh language from some students they saw […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 14, 2017 3:53 PM0 comments

Olympic champion swimmer Tom Dolan spent his Arlington youth so “ultra-competitive,” he would challenge you to a milk-drinking contest. His “complete disdain for losing was greater than the joy of winning,” he recalled. The two-time gold medalist who set a world record at age 18 spoke to fans and boyhood […]

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