Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

November 7, 2017 3:03 PM0 comments

Our main library has a groaning shelf displaying books written by Arlington authors. The selection barely scratches the surface. Not only are there numerous newly published volumes by local scribes, I can think of five actually set in our hometown. In the fiction department, thriller writer Bill Schweigart recently added […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 1, 2017 7:12 PM0 comments

Can jailtime change a person for the better? I recently toured the Arlington County Detention Facility, accompanied by a committed manager of inmate programs and a self-made inspirational instructor. College professor Sly Young told me his tale of how the few hours a week he spends in the jail educating […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 24, 2017 2:05 PM0 comments

Twice recently I heard mention of one of our area’s grimmer historical tales, that of a serial murderer who by day was a jazz musician and salesman in Arlington. Melvin Rees (1933-95) went down in the annals of infamous killers, websites for which I was steered to by jazz buff […]

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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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