Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

January 16, 2019 6:33 PM0 comments

By chance, the open seat I grabbed at the Jan. 10 Arlington School Board meeting was amidst a reunion of angry alumni of the now-renamed Washington-Lee High School. The plan to remove the problematic Robert E. Lee moniker was known going in. But there was an element of surprise that […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 9, 2019 7:15 PM0 comments

Herewith some evidence from our county that women in the workforce value networking. And that slogans like “lean in” and “having it all” work better in theory than they do when the rat-race rubber meets the road. I recently discussed the teetering “Lean In” movement launched by Facebook heavy Sheryl […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 2, 2019 8:16 PM0 comments

Greeting the New Year with uncertainty is my favorite neighborhood small business. Jin’s Cleaners and Tailoring, at the Williamsburg Shopping Center, is negotiating with its landlord on a threatened rent hike. But all the while its sole proprietor, a Korean immigrant named Briant, teams up six days a week with […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 26, 2018 5:43 PM0 comments

Regional magazines enjoy success with cover stories showcasing the area’s “best doctors.” Though I personally would never indulge in formula writing, a dinner several years ago reunited me with my childhood physician. Dr. Bertram Snyder had offices first in Ballston (where my current doctor’s practice) then in the group building […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 19, 2018 8:26 PM0 comments

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, a stone’s throw from Chain Bridge, were stirrings of not quite joy. I must have been about the sage age of 10 when our family gathered to sing carols ‘round the tinsel-shimmering tree bought at the Optimist Club lot, bedecked […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 13, 2018 4:44 PM0 comments

Crystal City is not a city. I’ve had to stress this point repeatedly to journalistic colleagues raised elsewhere who were planning to dateline stories from the exotic-sounding “Crystal City, Va.” Such misconceptions about this transforming section of Arlington will persist given last month’s huge Amazon announcement, which has brought no […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 5, 2018 8:36 PM0 comments

The Pollyannas who entered the 21st century planning for a post-racial society have seen that vision eclipsed by harsh rhetoric and street violence. One response in Arlington is the thriving work of the school-based conversation facilitators at the nonprofit Challenging Racism. “Along with a rise in the number of white […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 28, 2018 7:42 PM0 comments

Our treasured Arlington National Cemetery is still itching to expand its boundaries to accommodate more graves. That’s the word from Kim Holien, the former Ft. Myer historian who shared hard-unearthed facts about the base during a Nov. 8 talk to the Arlington Historical Society. Before the expansion that’s now underway, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 20, 2018 5:09 PM0 comments

County board member Erik Gutshall heard the big news of Amazon’s coming on a Monday night, via a call from County Manager Mark Schwartz, the night before the Nov. 13 announcement confirming the long-trickling rumors. Schwartz had been told by Gov. Ralph Northam. When word reached me via old-fashioned newsprint, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 14, 2018 7:09 PM0 comments

Nearly 150 of us bundled up on this chilly Veterans Day Sunday to pack the sliver that is Clarendon Park for Arlington’s marking of the 100th anniversary of the end of the “war to end all wars.” Somber reflective remarks and rituals combined with light lyrics of “Over There” sung […]

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