Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

January 16, 2018 2:32 PM0 comments

Whither Lee Highway? I caught a glimpse of the multi-faceted answer on Jan. 11 when I attended the board meeting of the five-year-old Lee Highway Alliance. Some 45 gathered at its newly rented office in the Russell Building near Lee Heights shopping center. They offered a rich example of Arlington’s […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 10, 2018 1:14 PM0 comments

The steadiest hometown newspaper in Arlington would be the Sun-Gazette, nee the Northern Virginia Sun. Its inaugural issue on Dec. 12, 1935, which I viewed on microfilm, was a far cry from today’s expressly local and conservative-leaning chain-owned Sun-Gazette. The original was a high-brow, region-wide compilation that included global UPI […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 2, 2018 3:01 PM0 comments

Who’s up for a tailgate party at the next youth swim meet? That’s the alcohol policy issue making waves this winter in some of Arlington’s swimming pool communities, particularly at the Dominion Hills Area Recreation Association. It’s a tale with passion and intrigue. Last summer, I’m told by several members […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 26, 2017 6:46 PM0 comments

It was an anxiety-ridden, but fruitful year in Arlington. My selected highlights for 2017: In January, the Donald Trump Inauguration across the river drew smaller crowds than the one the next day for the pink-hatted women’s march. The entrance to the East Falls Church Metro was so jammed – the […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 20, 2017 7:47 PM0 comments

Old-school-tie emotions ran high at the Arlington Committee of 100’s examination of the pending question: Should the name of Washington-Lee High School be changed? School Board chairman Barbara Kanninen had put the national-turned-local issue in play after last August’s racial violence in Charlottesville following that city’s plans to remove a […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 12, 2017 7:16 PM0 comments

The slow-motion clash continues in the Westover community, where builders are tearing down aging apartments to erect $800,000 townhomes. Residents await a drawn-out county decision on protecting World War II-era garden apartments via a proposed historic district, which would bring strict regulations on improvements. And the county is proceeding with […]

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Our Man in Arlington

December 5, 2017 4:38 PM0 comments

Perhaps you noticed that the winner of October’s Arlington-based Marine Corps Marathon was from Ethiopia. You may not have noticed that 32-year-old Desta Beriso Morkama, who placed first at 2:25:14, is an Arlingtonian with an intricate local support network (the proverbial village). His talent and exhaustive work is backed by […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 29, 2017 3:21 PM0 comments

There’s a delicate situation for some of Arlington’s senior citizens, as I was recently told by county Treasurer Carla de la Pava. Homeowners in a certain age and income range are eligible for property tax deferral or outright relief. But because of forgetfulness, pride or poor record-keeping (exactly by whom […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 21, 2017 12:47 PM0 comments

My goal was to escape the megalopolis and glimpse some autumn leaves without journeying outside the Beltway. My destination: Roaches Run, the Arlington wildlife refuge that millions pass on the George Washington Memorial Parkway on their way to Reagan National Airport. I ended up making a surprise discovery. But first […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 14, 2017 3:06 PM0 comments

Fear, loss of livelihood, hunger, separation from loved ones. That’s what the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown has brought to a slice of Arlington residents. Passionate testimony on their behalf was delivered Nov. 8 at the Arlington Public Schools Career Center after a dinner served by culinary arts students. The event […]

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