Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

April 4, 2018 9:08 PM0 comments

Arlington schools have embarked on another perennial “can’t please all the people all the time” endeavor. This winter, central education officials launched an Elementary School Planning Initiative that suggests a coming conversion of a neighborhood school (yet unnamed) to an option or theme school. My neighbors in the Tuckahoe jurisdiction […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 27, 2018 1:50 PM0 comments

Perched on a tree-lined cliff overlooking the Potomac — as seen through the G.W. Parkway — sits the Glass House. It’s a stately, historically designated, century-plus-old Arlington home originally called “Glenmore” (a contraction of the first lady of the house’s maiden name). But its current owners love the Glass House […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 20, 2018 5:31 PM0 comments

Arlington Hosp…..er, sorry, Virginia Hospital Center, is scrambling daily to find space for its patient overflow. The medical nerve center of our county built in 1944 (whose name was delocalized in 2001) has 394 beds, but commonly needs more than 421 per day, said Adrian Stanton, vice president and chief […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 15, 2018 1:34 AM0 comments

In this age of technological change, I offer tribute to some old-school Arlington businesses that help us preserve past valuables. Deemarie Hunter and her husband Lee Tang own the 24-hour Clock and Watch Works on Wilson Blvd. at N. Florida St. (No, it’s not open 24-hours.) I once asked Tang […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 6, 2018 2:43 PM0 comments

With debate still percolating over whether to rename Washington-Lee High School, I couldn’t help but notice an influx of anecdotes about the county’s oldest secondary school that recently came my way. They’re mostly tokens of affection for the school’s uniqueness.  But I take them as a sign that if the […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 28, 2018 6:38 PM0 comments

Arlingtonions of a certain age spent their childhoods nickel and diming. Sucrose memories of Robertson’s 5 & 10 Cent store, which greeted kids aged 1-92 for decades near Lee Highway and N. Glebe Rd., came to me from scattered friends. Imprinted joys of wax lips, Lik-M-Aid, atomic fireballs, model cars […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 20, 2018 1:47 PM0 comments

To mark this February’s Black History Month, Central Library’s Center for Local History mounted a fresh exhibit of photos called “Growing Up Black in Arlington.” The shots of school kids, scouts and sports teams come mostly from the collection of Ernest E. Johnson. A commemoration of a different sort sprang […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 13, 2018 2:15 PM0 comments

Who is the all-time queen of Arlington real estate? (Hint: her picture is not on a bus.) Ruby Lee Minar (1883-1952), whose name inspires awe in homebuilders, in the 1920s was tops among the visionary investors who created our restful suburb. “The most successful woman in realty development in the […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 6, 2018 2:46 PM0 comments

Tree lovers, tree stewards and tree protectors have grown across Arlington recently. The county released its latest study of the 755,400-tree canopy (a protective asset from Mother Nature under threat from over-exuberant development), designated four protected tree specimens and updated its inventory of “champion trees.” This weekend, I met with […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 30, 2018 6:49 PM0 comments

“My kids said middle school stinks, and they hope high school is better.” That was a motivator for Karyn Ewart, the clinical psychologist who last September opened Arlington’s newest educational experiment. The private Sycamore School, where she gave me the cook’s tour, serves just over 20 motivated 6th-to-8th-graders on leased […]

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