Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

December 1, 2015 5:57 PM0 comments

My neighborhood’s most notable military hero returned for a visit a few months back. Long-timers on my cul-de-sac spread the word they had spotted Gen. James Dozier, whose 1981 kidnapping by the Italian Red Brigades terrorist group made international news, stopping by in a car for old time’s sake. So […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 24, 2015 7:03 PM0 comments

Arlington’s ailing but still centrally located Ballston Common Mall got an economic shot in the arm last week. For frequent users such as I, the news telegraphed local history repeating itself. The county board voted to cough up $10 million for parking and transportation improvements following years of public-private planning. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 18, 2015 7:03 PM0 comments

Lots of bustle in our county last week suggesting there’s life left in the famous “Arlington Way.” That tradition of ultra-thorough community consultation permeated the long-awaited release of the Community Facilities Study and the four – count ‘em – four-day public “charrette” planners held on re-envisioning Lee Highway. The facilities […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 11, 2015 3:24 PM0 comments

Arlington’s namesake home is planning a small makeover. At an Arlington Cemetery auditorium last month I was privileged to sit in on a National Park Service historians roundtable discussing how the well-visited Arlington House–the Robert E. Lee Memorial might modernize its portrayal of blacks, women and plantation domestic life. Park […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 3, 2015 3:01 PM0 comments

I’ve long felt that the strangest episode in Arlington County’s history is the presence of the American Nazi Party here, from 1958 to 1983. Even stranger is the way memories of the party’s charismatic, racist and anti-Semitic founder George Lincoln Rockwell persist in the minds of longtime Arlingtonians. My high […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 28, 2015 6:07 PM0 comments

“Since this is the 2200th county board candidate debate, I brought my family,” joked Democratic candidate Christian Dorsey as four who hope to help govern Arlington appeared Oct. 21 at the Committee of 100. Their evening advertisements for themselves – some familiar, some fresh two weeks before the Nov. 3 […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 20, 2015 3:03 PM0 comments

Of all the mansions atop select hills in Arlington, one has stood out in my mind since my boyhood. “Whispering Oaks,” so named on its plaque at the corner of North Glebe and Chesterbrook Road, affords a swell view of Walker Chapel. The stately pale-red-brick home fronted with eight columns […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 13, 2015 1:22 PM0 comments

Among the crowded tents at last month’s Clarendon Day festival was the showcase for Hybrid Pedals, the green electric-bike vendor run by idea-a-minute entrepreneur Alan Levine. When I last reported on my boyhood friend, he had just sold Mario’s Pizza, his family’s business financially kind to him for decades. He […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 7, 2015 11:43 AM0 comments

Some 450 Arlingtonians not likely soon to become homeless traipsed through the gleaming new year-round Homeless Services Center during its open house Oct. 1. Guests taking the tour from staff in black A-SPAN shirts ranged from household-names to volunteers who perform their good deeds out of the limelight. Warmed by […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 1, 2015 10:15 AM0 comments

 Attention, collectors! I’m assembling a fresh slice of Arlington history—as told through postage stamps. Our county boasts many assets worthy of commemoration on a stamp—the Custis-Lee Mansion, the Iwo Jima and Air Force memorials, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Pentagon. But I was surprised recently to learn that […]

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