Author: Charlie Clark

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Our Man in Arlington

The affordable housing projects built in Arlington blend in discreetly. But the sign labeling the handsome buff-and-brick Arlington Mill Residences at South Dinwiddie and Columbia Pike includes four letters that help brand the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing. Without APAH’s good offices, the unique four-story apartment building atop a county […]

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Our Man in Arlington

In politics today, he who controls the website controls the debate. Or so it seemed last week when the network of Arlington parents with kids in the H-B Woodlawn “hippie high school” program experienced a strangely unilateral airbrushing of their portion of the school’s online platform. Suddenly vanished on Friday […]

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Our Man in Arlington

In my boyhood neighborhood of Cherrydale, there’s a name renowned for decades as a volunteer fire fighter, shopkeeper, Christmas party Santa and repository of local history. Marvin Binns, 79, may have spent more time than any living soul at the early-20th-century Cherrydale Firehouse (before it was rebuilt and modernized two blocks […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Like many trial balloons floated by Arlington’s governing bodies, this one set off alarm bells, even at the county school famous for having no bells at all. H-B Woodlawn, the unique grades 6 – 12 program now in its fifth decade as a nationally recognized modern version of ’60s student-powered […]

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Our Man in Arlington

If 90 percent of success is showing up, the odds favoring my own gasping efforts at physical fitness may have dropped a few points. Arlington’s Sport & Health club, home to body-perfectors at North Kirkwood Road and Washington Boulevard since 1977, just announced it will close its sweat-stained doors March 5. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

That dome-shaped line-item in the county budget, better known as Artisphere, may have turned a corner. Karen Vasquez, director of cultural affairs for Arlington, says the Rosslyn venue known for edgy artists, global music and administrative do-overs has boosted visitation and revenues and won “a lot of critical acclaim.” Yes, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

My friends who own one of Arlington’s most historic homes opened it up last month to neighbors long-curious about what 163-year-old “Maple Shade” is like on the inside. Though many doubtless came for the accompanying talk by County Board candidate Alan Howze, I was pleased to offer the standing-room crowd […]

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Our Man in Arlington

As marijuana use wafts its way toward Obama-era respectability, I can’t help recalling the pot scene in the Arlington of my youth. For details of my own experimentation, you must visit a password-protected Website with a hefty subscriber fee (kidding). But anyone around North Arlington circa 1970 could not have […]

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Our Man in Arlington

Yorktown High School expanded what students call its “glory wall” this month. I was pleased as the alumni committee chairman to do the honors for nine new inductees for their feats in a colorful array of fields. Our Jan. 25 ceremony at the spanking new North Arlington school building celebrated […]