Articles by: Charlie Clark

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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Our Man in Arlington

March 9, 2016 8:28 PM0 comments

Arlington’s heritage as an incubator of technology genius took a loss last week. I write of the sudden death of James Kimsey, co-founder of AOL (of which I remain a loyal, if out of step, subscriber). Though America Online’s pioneering “You’ve Got Mail” offices helped create the Dulles tech corridor […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 2, 2016 2:26 PM0 comments

If you marked last year’s 50th anniversary of the “Sound of Music” movie, you laid eyes on a star who grew up in in Arlington. Nicholas Hammond, who played Friedrich von Trapp, went on to a continuing career in film, TV and stage as an actor, writer and director. Even […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 23, 2016 4:52 PM0 comments

Metro’s general manager proved he is a good sport during his Feb. 17 Arlington talk. A questioner took the mic and asked about the subway’s notoriously static-garbled P.A. system: As Chuck Morley phrased his query: “Fkirlmllerly;MFMFMKEJIJEOJLJK*&&$&&#*$*$*FKSKKKKSK?” The public official got the gag. Paul Wiedefeld, a 35-year transportation veteran who began […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 17, 2016 7:01 PM0 comments

My neighborhood called East Falls Church throws off outsiders who assume with that name, it can’t be part of Arlington. Indeed, our civic association a few years back took a vote on changing from the cumbersome Arlington-East Falls Church Civic Association to a simpler “Tuckahoe” or “Somerset.” No go, said […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 10, 2016 10:28 AM0 comments

Arlington Public Schools staged a reunion of sorts on Feb. 2, assembling citizens who’d once viewed one another only across the racial divide. The panelists’ talk at the Stratford building marking the 57th anniversary of our state’s school integration was historic, educational and touching. Three of four “local heroes,” as […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 2, 2016 5:22 PM0 comments

Arlingtonians are still a bit sore from the fight over the cancelled streetcar. You could tell last week when county manager Mark Schwartz released first details of a new plan for easing clogged traffic along Columbia Pike—an approach called “premium bus service.” While too preliminary for cost estimates, the plan […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 27, 2016 7:27 PM0 comments

Count among Arlington’s notable yesteryear residents “Old Blood and Guts.” Gen. George S. Patton Jr. (1885-1945), famous for leadership in two World Wars, ivory-handled pistols and slapping scared soldiers in Sicily, was colorfully portrayed by George C. Scott in the 1970 movie. Stateside, Patton’s life’s drama unfolded at homes in […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 20, 2016 7:43 PM0 comments

Down in Richmond, the General Assembly will soon renew its stalemated debate over whether to expand Medicaid for 170,000 uninsured Virginians under the Affordable Care Act. In preparation, three health policy heavy-hitters gathered Jan. 13 at the Arlington Committee of 100 to highlight the local impact of our health system’s […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 12, 2016 2:21 PM0 comments

The historically black community of Halls Hill/High View Park kicked off a series of look-backs last week to mark its sesquicentennial (1866-2016). At the Mt. Salvation Baptist Church, I witnessed a stirring program in the company of some 200 congregants, county board members, Arlington history buffs and one veteran of […]

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