Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

May 18, 2016 6:42 PM0 comments

Arlington Cemetery will conduct a special ceremony June 13 that will weave together a tragedy from World War II and achievers in current-day Arlington youth sports. The Merrill Hoover Award, which is given annually to a top female high school athlete by the Better Sports Club of Arlington, is named […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 11, 2016 6:06 PM0 comments

Your curmudgeonly columnist has again joined the etiquette battle between pedestrians and drivers on Washington Blvd. Twice this spring, I’ve been at the wheel and exchanged glares with pedestrians who, shall we say, have a different interpretation of the meaning of those white stripes painted to form mid-block crosswalks (the […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 4, 2016 11:11 PM0 comments

There came a point in Arlington’s cultural history – yes, the swinging ‘60s – when sports heroes were eclipsed as idols for youth by rock bands. I experienced this at age 12, when with the British invasion at full tilt, I got my first electric guitar. I fantasized my high-volume […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 26, 2016 11:28 AM0 comments

I’m a man who could be accused of being a member Arlington’s WASP establishment. Hence I feel compelled to share a recent off-the-beaten-path experience. On April 14, I spent a pleasurable evening in an Arab-American night club of Wilson Blvd., surrounded by hookah mist and waitresses in skimpy outfits, laughing […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 19, 2016 2:00 PM0 comments

A county archeological dig, I can announce here, has uncovered a cache of nearly 2,000 18th-and 19th-century artifacts at the Dawson Bailey House. Known to many for its playground, rec center and voting station overlooking Spout Run, the upper Rosslyn structure long known as Dawson Terrace is considered Arlington’s oldest […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 12, 2016 12:42 PM0 comments

“When you turn on your taps and flush your toilets, you have the Arlington Civic Federation to thank.” So read the earthy history compiled in tribute to that sometimes-cacophonous collection of 80 neighborhood entities celebrating its 100th anniversary this month. Last Friday’s Civic Federation gala banquet at the Rosslyn Holiday […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 5, 2016 1:34 PM0 comments

The local tragedy in a nutshell: A boyhood schoolmate, who drank to excess and became homeless, repeatedly asked me to help him. But he rejected the kind of help he really needed. He died last month nearly alone. “Pete,” as I’ll call him, will never know that his unfortunate end […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 31, 2016 12:55 PM0 comments

If you were alert before the start of this February’s Super Bowl, you might have watched an Arlingtonian honored at the pre-game 50th anniversary ceremonies. Waving a rare hello on current national television was retired NFL star Jake Scott, a veteran of the 1970s Miami Dolphins and the Washington Redskins […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 22, 2016 1:10 PM0 comments

The gun dealer NOVA Armory, after an aborted lease in Cherrydale last year, will open a large weapons outlet on North Pershing Drive in Lyon Park. The owner is offering free T-shirts to its first 100 visitors on March 26, a kind of shot across the bow, so to speak, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 16, 2016 6:42 PM0 comments

Could it happen here? Last year’s eruptions of street violence between police and minorities in not-so-distant places like Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore rocked the nation’s policy discourse. Arlington, however, is an unlikely setting for such socially combustible clashes, according to three who would likely play a role in any response […]

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