Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

December 6, 2016 6:39 PM0 comments

What would we make today of 1950s Arlington school board member Helen Lane? This one-of-a-kind education activist not only won appointment to the board in 1957 with a mission to prevent desegregation, she emerged as a friend to the American Nazi Party and its notorious local founder George Lincoln Rockwell. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 29, 2016 4:46 PM0 comments

When I was 12 years old, I was a Washington Post paperboy, spending countless pre-dawn hours traipsing my boyhood Arlington neighborhood of Rivercrest. Each house, it seemed in the dark, had its own personality, traits I gleaned from making deliveries and returning once a month to collect fees (back when […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 22, 2016 3:26 PM0 comments

1968, like this year a politically turbulent one, was also the year a group of us high school kids picketed the Washington Golf and Country Club. This largely forgotten anti-Arlington-establishment protest drew plenty of news coverage. When a half-dozen who marched then recently reunited online to recall the details, we […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 16, 2016 1:44 PM0 comments

There’s a county movement afoot for new protections against predatory towing. Though returning to your “parking place” and finding your vehicle vanished is a bugaboo of Arlington life, many businesses, cops and the main towing company have their own feelings on fairness in the towing wars. It’s a national issue. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 8, 2016 5:11 PM0 comments

While voters pondered the globally portentous, certain Arlingtonians channeled their passions to more local concerns. The county’s ongoing remaking of the athletic fields of my youth has polarized two communities. One imbroglio involves a three-year-old dispute over whether to install nighttime lighting for two new synthetic turf soccer fields at […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 1, 2016 12:04 PM0 comments

In another of the myriad ways Arlington stands out from other parts of Virginia, our citizens are welcoming Syrian refugees. Other jurisdictions—due to fear of terrorism, strapped budgets or politics—are offering less hospitality to the 10,000 who came as the U.S. share of the 4 million fleeing Syria’s war zone. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 25, 2016 5:38 PM0 comments

For Halloween, I offer three fresh Arlington ghost stories, all from reliable sources. I report, you decide. Start with Arlington Hall. Back when that white-columned edifice on Arlington Blvd. was a girls school (1927-42), there was a student named Mary. She became pregnant and committed suicide, as I was told […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 19, 2016 6:31 PM0 comments

The most contrarian neighborhood in Arlington? Try Lyon Village. Sophisticates there have tried the patience of many in government over the past century. They’ve gone to court and blitzed county hearings on issues ranging from collective funding of their community house, to residential encroachment from Clarendon’s re-zoned restaurants (the ones […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 12, 2016 12:53 PM0 comments

Late-life conundrum: Five or six decades out of high school, how many of us care to partake in a classmates reunion? Having just gathered the Yorktown High School Class of 1971 for our 45th-year wing-ding, I can say with certitude that for us baby-boomers the answer is…enough, but not most. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 7, 2016 9:21 AM0 comments

No fewer than three currently hot novels contain scenes in our own fair Arlington. And I’m not just talking about the Pentagon, the stuff of much pulp fiction, but quotidian landmarks. These literary passages may prove that New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was wrong when she called Arlington a “soul-less […]

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