Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

June 20, 2017 1:41 PM0 comments

A century ago this month, the first U.S. “doughboys” hit European battlefields to help win the Great War. Downtown near the Willard Hotel, Pershing Park is being redesigned to honor all the soldiers, not just “Black Jack” John Pershing. The congressionally chartered World War I Commission doing the remake tells […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 13, 2017 3:39 PM0 comments

It may have been the quietest rollout of a tax hike ever in what conservatives call “The People’s Republic of Arlington.” This spring, the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office got its quacks-like-a-ducks lined up to begin charging a 7.25 percent transient occupancy tax (informally called the hotel tax) to guests staying […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 7, 2017 1:53 PM0 comments

The Civil War continues to reverberate around Arlington, known during that conflict as Alexandria County. Though our resident ancestors hosted no battles, Arlington was a vital strategic defense line and thoroughfare to epic points south. There was no shortage of local drama in the 1860s. This May 20, the county […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 30, 2017 7:05 PM0 comments

I marked Memorial Day with a stroll around the Arlington site that has been called the “exclamation point” to the symbolic line across the Potomac to the National Mall. The six-decade-old Netherlands Carillon– though looking a bit worse for wear—offers touching patriotic music and a spectacular view of the downtown […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 23, 2017 4:13 PM0 comments

If I make it to my 90s, I hope some younger scribe squires me around my boyhood haunts for some history-invoking reminiscing. I recently spent an afternoon in the car driven by Arlington homebuilder Scot Harlan, scribbling snippets from running commentary of his father Jack, age 92, and mother Jean, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 15, 2017 5:46 PM0 comments

I’m duty-bound to congratulate Erik Gutshall for his resounding win in the Democratic “firehouse primary” for county board last week. He achieved a victory that in the past has commonly gone to those who try a second time. And his prospects for winning the seat in full in November are […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 9, 2017 4:39 PM0 comments

I first encountered Keri Shull when I received one of her letters announcing, “A local builder in Arlington wants to buy your home.”Then I began noticing her smiling face on for-sale signs in front yards and huge ads on buses. Last month I visited Shull in her upper Rosslyn office, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 2, 2017 5:39 PM0 comments

Our community’s oldest independent pharmacy, Preston’s, changed proprietors in December. John Eklund, stalwart owner for the past three decades of the store at 5101 Lee Highway, retired confidently knowing that what he calls “the go-to place for people who need assistance” is in good hands. With its discounts, specialty medications […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 25, 2017 4:41 PM0 comments

If the sight of spring blossoms against lush greenery doesn’t soothe your soul, it’s time you reorder your miserable priorities. The annual explosion of dogwoods, redbuds and lilacs around residential Arlington never fails to uplift me, though my wife chides me for meager knowledge of botanical vocabulary (I can’t tell […]

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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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