Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

June 26, 2018 1:10 PM0 comments

Last year I published a compilation of defunct newspapers that once served the readers of sainted Arlington. I’ve since been reminded of another. My friends Charlie and Paula Dierkes recently decluttered and delivered to me a yellowed stash of 1964 issues of a cool weekly the “Arlington Suburban Leader.” The […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 19, 2018 6:58 PM0 comments

Herewith some deep thoughts on those plastic bags in which I receive my daily print newspapers. (Yes, digital friends, I’m one of those holdouts.) Dog walkers in my neighborhood kindly keep a batch of the blue or orange bags tied to a street sign, for other dog-owners’ needs. The image […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 13, 2018 8:48 PM0 comments

The strains of “We Shall Overcome” rang out over Lee Highway last Saturday. With a crowd of some 90 assembled across from the old Cherrydale firehouse, the good citizens of Cherrydale witnessed the fruits of their decision to combine their 125th anniversary celebration with an addition to Arlington’s civil rights […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 6, 2018 12:42 PM0 comments

Arlington schools reached a pivot point May 31 on the angry issue of whether to rename Washington-Lee High School. As the last agenda item in an otherwise-routine four-hour school board meeting, staff formally presented proposed general guidance on selecting school names. Tacked on was language that many protesting W-L alumni […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 29, 2018 2:36 PM0 comments

Another nugget from the “I Grew Up in Arlington, Va.” Facebook page. Nostalgia fans recently posted memories of passing the home of Basil Hall, one of Arlington’s infamous slaveholders. That’s who attached his name to Hall’s Hill, one of Arlington’s vital African-American neighborhoods. Hall’s mid-19th-century farmhouse stood on the 1700 […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 23, 2018 3:24 PM0 comments

For a north Arlington guy, I’ve spent an unusual chunk of time lately enjoying the surprises of south Arlington. This month I passed a relaxing evening with a book club of mostly retired federal employees who live on or near spring-blossom-bedecked Ridge Road (access to which, I’m convinced, seems harder […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 16, 2018 3:24 PM0 comments

Herewith an update from the Confederate monument beat. That 50-year-old “Confederate Outpost” historic marker at Wilson Blvd. at the entrance to Bluemont park is about to be reinstalled, I’m told by county historic preservation coordinator Cynthia Liccese-Torres. It was knocked askew by a truck 18 months ago. I had argued […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 9, 2018 3:35 PM0 comments

The national became local in Arlington last week. The Trump administration’s bid to streamline agencies bumped up against the human factor on May 3 as the Social Security Administration’s quiet plan to close its Arlington field office. That provoked a demo. I watched as 60-70 mostly union protesters chanted “Not […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 1, 2018 5:59 PM0 comments

County police on April 20 posted a request for tips from the public to help catch an armed suspect in an attempted rape near Arlington Mill. The next day, using a description assembled from witnesses, surveillance units spotted Jermaine Johnson fleeing a residence, and he was arrested and charged. That’s […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 25, 2018 6:42 PM0 comments

As a county brimming with nature-lovers, Arlington funds and manages a blossoming spray of parks now greeting the springtime. But it’s no secret that much of the labor — even some vision — comes from volunteers who fall in love with their neighborhood pastoral enclave. I recently toured my local […]

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