Author: Charlie Clark

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Our Man in Arlington

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

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

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

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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Our Man in Arlington

My alma mater of Yorktown High School for six decades stood apart from its sports competitors across town at Washington-Lee, Wakefield and O’Connell. We Patriots had no alumni make it to big-league professional sports. Our void is now likely to be filled. On April 26, the three-day National Football League […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Like many who venture to the kingdom of Ballston, I am impatient for the never-ending renovations to be over. Tina Leone, CEO of the Ballston Business Improvement District, was happy to promise me that the rewards for us patrons of Arlington’s most central community will unfold in September—with staggered openings […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Arlington schools have embarked on another perennial “can’t please all the people all the time” endeavor. This winter, central education officials launched an Elementary School Planning Initiative that suggests a coming conversion of a neighborhood school (yet unnamed) to an option or theme school. My neighbors in the Tuckahoe jurisdiction […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Perched on a tree-lined cliff overlooking the Potomac — as seen through the G.W. Parkway — sits the Glass House. It’s a stately, historically designated, century-plus-old Arlington home originally called “Glenmore” (a contraction of the first lady of the house’s maiden name). But its current owners love the Glass House […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Arlington Hosp…..er, sorry, Virginia Hospital Center, is scrambling daily to find space for its patient overflow. The medical nerve center of our county built in 1944 (whose name was delocalized in 2001) has 394 beds, but commonly needs more than 421 per day, said Adrian Stanton, vice president and chief […]

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Our Man in Arlington

In this age of technological change, I offer tribute to some old-school Arlington businesses that help us preserve past valuables. Deemarie Hunter and her husband Lee Tang own the 24-hour Clock and Watch Works on Wilson Blvd. at N. Florida St. (No, it’s not open 24-hours.) I once asked Tang […]