Articles by: Charlie Clark

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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Our Man in Arlington

August 29, 2017 12:22 PM0 comments

I hate to think the founder of the American Nazi Party would take satisfaction knowing he influences Arlington 50 years after his assassination. The racist and anti-Semitic “commander” George Lincoln Rockwell was gunned down on Aug. 25, 1967, while doing his laundry at the Dominion Hills shopping strip on Wilson […]

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Nazis Swoop into Arlington to Mark 50th Anniversary of Rockwell Shooting

August 25, 2017 3:36 PM0 comments

On Friday just after noon, six neo-Nazis descended on the Dominion Hills Shopping Center on Wilson Blvd. in Arlington to display a swastika flag, sing and salute.

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Our Man in Arlington

August 22, 2017 7:03 PM0 comments

More proof that Arlingtonians love history. In the past few weeks, I’ve been handed or discovered a stack of out-of-the-mainstream histories of our fair county, all pleasant surprises even for obsessives such as I. “Arlington Then and Now” is a coming 28-page 2018 calendar packed with vintage local sepia photos […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 15, 2017 1:32 PM0 comments

The tear-down trend in our home-sales market continues apace. But a few mighty oaks may slow the demolitions that are putting much real estate beyond the financial reach of average local American dreamers. Arlington’s tree stewards — a label far more sophisticated than the epithet tree-hugger — last month banded […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 8, 2017 11:38 AM0 comments

Few think of Arlington as an open-spaced paradise for runners. But online, you find hundreds of trails mapped out along our streets, graced by some impressive distance-running competitors. Last month, in a bit of a journalist’s stunt, I executed a project that combined marathoner talent with old-fashioned Arlington history. I’d […]

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Our Man in Arlington

August 1, 2017 2:53 PM0 comments

Our placid residential enclave in East Falls Church was rocked July 24 when news broke of an apparent murder-suicide. Around 2:45 in the afternoon, police responded to a welfare call on the 2400 block of North Quantico St. When I arrived two hours later, a dozen officers and a mobile […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 25, 2017 12:37 PM0 comments

As the Internet continues to shrink newsrooms and alter reading habits, the health of the community newspaper is on my mind. In Arlington, we’re fortunate to maintain an array of choices, from the Sun-Gazette, to the Connection Newspapers, to the online ARLnow and portions of the Falls Church News-Press. Most […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 19, 2017 6:25 PM0 comments

A baby boy toddled onto my daughter’s front yard in North Arlington this month. Badly in need of a wardrobe change, the kid was alone and crying. With no parent in sight, my daughter – herself the mother of a two-year-old – sought to comfort the child as passing motorists […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 12, 2017 8:11 PM0 comments

Just over the footbridge, behind those dense deciduous trees, lies the interior of Roosevelt Island. Centuries before that bully memorial to our 26th president was begun in the 1930s, the 88-acre island once known as Analostan was glimpsed by Captain John Smith and inhabited by Native Americans. But this same […]

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