Articles by: Charlie Clark

Our Man in Arlington

March 29, 2017 1:14 PM0 comments

The county board, after 16 years of indecision, voted March 21 to unload the 117-year-old Reeves farmhouse atop Bluemont Park. The 5-0 vote—taken after nearby neighbors and preservationists had struggled for years for funding and a partner willing to make a go of the estimated $2.5 million in needed renovations—left […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 21, 2017 2:15 PM0 comments

Homeowners who reach a certain age begin contemplating whether to sell their property (many to today’s tear-down artists) and cash in for a stable retirement. Many relocate to warm climes of Florida or Arizona. But others with deep roots in Arlington wish to stay put. Their numbers are only about […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 15, 2017 11:26 AM0 comments

Though I’m a card-carrying journalist, I occasionally rub tweedy elbows with Arlington’s more literary lights. My journalism colleague Burt Solomon, who writes from home in Westover, recently made the transition to novelist. A crowd of us gathered Feb. 26 at the independent bookstore One More Page to hear his confessions […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 7, 2017 5:36 PM0 comments

A seasoned teacher, once retired, can speak freely about what ails our school system. Lorraine Gandy, a high-impact kindergarten teacher at Arlington Traditional School, quietly turned in her papers last July after a 45-year career. Last month, I listened in her home as she unburdened herself of some frustrations with […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 1, 2017 2:15 PM0 comments

The just-ended Black History Month brought volumes of hidden history out from Arlington’s shadows. I never cease to be astonished at how much neighborhood lore I missed while growing up here. On Feb. 26, a crowd of 150 gathered for the ceremonial unveiling of the new marker for the “Hall’s […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 20, 2017 2:32 PM0 comments

The unease that the Trump era has brought to polarized communities worldwide broke open at Yorktown High School last week. It became a lesson in deconstructing how words get interpreted. The clash at my alma mater started when teachers became disturbed by recent harsh language from some students they saw […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 14, 2017 3:53 PM0 comments

Olympic champion swimmer Tom Dolan spent his Arlington youth so “ultra-competitive,” he would challenge you to a milk-drinking contest. His “complete disdain for losing was greater than the joy of winning,” he recalled. The two-time gold medalist who set a world record at age 18 spoke to fans and boyhood […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 7, 2017 2:34 PM0 comments

Does our county really need gimmicky big projects to put it on the map? Recent years have brought us several attention-grabbing transport and tourist-lure proposals that have perked the ears of antsy economic planners. It seems some seek to put Arlington on a level with Cawker City, Kan., home to […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 31, 2017 5:12 PM0 comments

I’m offering here a peek inside Arlington’s most secretive and haphazardly organized support group. The Men’s Development Club, for exactly one decade, has gathered every sixth Friday night (give or take) at East Falls Church-area watering holes deemed suitable for our brand of development. I’m honored to have qualified. The […]

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Our Man in Arlington

January 25, 2017 1:32 PM0 comments

A neighbor gave me the program St. Agnes Catholic Church prepared to celebrate its 80th anniversary in Arlington. Its detailed history of that august body on North Randolph St. in Cherrydale describes how founders broke ground back in June 1919. The resulting building (followed by a succession of modernized replacements) […]

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