Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

October 18, 2017 12:25 PM0 comments

This Columbus Day I spent a fun hour in the heart of Italy, after a fashion. In the wood-paneled boardroom in the Westover Italian Store, proprietor Bobby Tramonte told me fresh tales of his Italian forebears. (Disclosure: he and I are school chums.) While scads of customers eyed the store’s […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 10, 2017 1:52 PM0 comments

Electronic signs are announcing testing of rush-hour toll lanes on 10 miles of I-66, set to open in Arlington and points west in December. Solo drivers willing to shell out extra bucks can benefit — if they procure an E-Z pass — from the commuter highway at peak hours. The […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 3, 2017 1:32 PM0 comments

Man’s best friend demands only the best dog park. Such has been Arlington’s approach over the past three decades as it has fenced off no fewer than eight canine recreation centers — allowing unleashed romping and occasionally unleashed social intercourse among the committed humans who partake. But the enclaves have […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 26, 2017 1:41 PM0 comments

My East Falls Church neighbors and I are at nerves’ end about a seemingly perpetual construction project we drive or walk past daily. The county’s stormwater drainage system expansion has been underway for a year at N. 24th and Rockingham streets. It has necessitated countless automobile and pedestrian detours around […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 19, 2017 1:52 PM0 comments

Like many jurisdictions, Arlington is adjusting to the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown – but with its own twist. At the Arlington Committee of 100’s Sept. 13 dinner, three local specialists described the county’s approach to handling its estimated 17,000 undocumented residents – one that stays within the law but resists […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 12, 2017 2:41 PM0 comments

Herewith some fresh details on one of Arlington’s most famous – and vanished – historic homes. Falls Grove, built in 1852 near the intersection of N. Glebe Rd. and Little Falls Rd., was the scene of luxury living and Civil War drama before its demolition in 1966. I’ve learned of […]

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Our Man in Arlington

September 5, 2017 1:26 PM0 comments

A new school year brings change, which is what’s in store for the Arlington Public Schools staff child care facility known emblematically as The Children’s School. Planners in our space-starved school system have set sights on new uses for the renovated Reed School building in Westover. So the Children’s School […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 29, 2017 12:22 PM0 comments

I hate to think the founder of the American Nazi Party would take satisfaction knowing he influences Arlington 50 years after his assassination. The racist and anti-Semitic “commander” George Lincoln Rockwell was gunned down on Aug. 25, 1967, while doing his laundry at the Dominion Hills shopping strip on Wilson […]

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Nazis Swoop into Arlington to Mark 50th Anniversary of Rockwell Shooting

August 25, 2017 3:36 PM0 comments

On Friday just after noon, six neo-Nazis descended on the Dominion Hills Shopping Center on Wilson Blvd. in Arlington to display a swastika flag, sing and salute.

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Our Man in Arlington

August 22, 2017 7:03 PM0 comments

More proof that Arlingtonians love history. In the past few weeks, I’ve been handed or discovered a stack of out-of-the-mainstream histories of our fair county, all pleasant surprises even for obsessives such as I. “Arlington Then and Now” is a coming 28-page 2018 calendar packed with vintage local sepia photos […]

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