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    New school year -- old educational questions

    Education. We pretend it begins for youngsters in September, when the leaves turn, but it continues through all of our season, every minute of every day, for everyone. Learning persists for two reasons -- human curiosity and technological change (you can't stop either one, but notice which is first). Shouldn't a third factor be classroom teachers? Good ones can have a lifelong effect, but our curiosity is the best guide, as technology draws us, often in too many directions, in the classroom that is everywhere. As Arlington schools open Tuesday, Sept. 2, what happens there is sliver of the educational story, albeit a key one for residents. Still, let's take a quick look at the new school year -- and then peer more broadly beyond it. Opening-day info >> ...

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    Spaced out? Many artists, but resistant owners

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    Primary letters -- all welcome -- 8 ask you to vote for Berwick

    YourArlington welcomes letters to the editor from Arlington residents for all Massachusetts candidates whose election would have an impact on the town. Email them to sprague.bob at Here are eight supporting Don Berwick, who is seeking to be the Democratic nominee after the Sept. 9 primary. Send letters supporting any candidate in the primary. 'It's not just talk' Don Berwick, Democratic candidate for governor, speaks boldly about values and making Massachusetts a beacon for the nation. It’s not just talk -- he has met bold goals throughout his career.  Don is a creative leader with wise judgment and deep executive experience in complex bureaucracies, including as President Obama’s head of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, that vast $800 billion federal agency.  His vision includes single-payer healthcare for Massachusetts, and he is the one candidate who understands how to make that happen; and, why it must happen, as rising healthcare costs consume o ...

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    Review, ‘Life of Crime’: Leonard’s crew back at shenanigans

    This review by Tom Meek, a writer living in Cambridge, was originally published at Cambridge Day, a YourArlington partner, and is republished with permission. His reviews, essays, short stories and articles have appeared in The Boston Phoenix, The Rumpus, Thieves Jargon, Film Threat and Open Windows. He is a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and rides his bike everywhere. You can follow Tom on Twitter @TBMeek3 and read more at Elmore Leonard, the beloved master crime and western novelist, transcended seamlessly the divide between pulp and celluloid. His career is littered with great novels that became great movies (“Get Shorty,” “Jackie Brown” and “Out of Sight” to name a few), a smattering of original screenplays (“Joe Kidd”) and even took a few turns as producer. Cormac McCarthy might be his only peer. ...

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    Searching for an Arlington poet laureate: YOU?

    Are you a poet -- and you do know it? What have you written? Anything published? Inquiring minds want to know. Rumor has it that Arlington could have its own poet laureate, perhaps next year. Could that be you? ...

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    8 ask you to vote for Berwick; letters for others welcome

    YourArlington welcomes letters to the editor from Arlington residents for all Massachusetts candidates whose election would have an impact on the town. Email them to sprague.bob at Here are eight supporting Don Berwick, who is seeking to be the Democratic nominee after the Sept. 9 primary. Only candidate to oppose casinos   I write in support of Don Berwick for governor. I support Don because he is the only candidate for governor opposed to casinos. In a strong field of likable candidates, this is decisive for me. I saw the Detroit casino pull the life out of the Greektown neighborhood there, so that it looked like a bombed out war zone. ...

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    Loreti to seek Town Meeting article targeting assessors' fiasco

    Loreti The following opinion column by Christopher Loreti of Adams Street was first published in The Arlington Advocate, on Aug. 14, under the headline "It’s Time to Professionalize Arlington’s Board of Assessors." The full column, which includes a paragraph about YourArlington deleted from The Advocate's version, is republished here with permission. In January 2012, the state Department of Revenue provided to Arlington a “Town and School Finance Analysis,” which included several recommendations for restructuring town government. The report contained two recommendations related to the Board of Assessors. The first of these recommendations was that the town make the director of assessments position an appointment of the Town Manager instead of the Board of Assessors. The second was that the town consider changing the Board of Assessors from an elected to an appointed board. The actions of the Board of Assessors in recent months make it clear that the town needs to move forward w ...

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    New law curbs domestic-violence reports: What about sexual-assault case?

    A new law, signed Aug. 8 by Governor Patrick, requires law enforcement to keep domestic-violence cases off public police logs initially, and the Arlington police department is complying. That means details about domestic violence reported to police are not immediately available to the media -- or to you. Had the law been in effect June 1, information about a sexual-assault case in East Arlington would have been delayed. Chief Fred Ryan reached out to area media outlets Aug. 12, alerting them about the law and asking for feedback. He explained: ...

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Nancy Galkowski

Nancy T. (Kane) Galkowski, a longtime former deputy town manager in Arlington, died Friday, Feb. 15, of pancreatic cancer. She was 58.

She was the town manager of Holden, where she was born and reared. She was appointed to the position in 2010, the year she left Arlington.

A funeral notice from Miles in Holden said she died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.

Alan McClennen Jr., the town's planning director from 1974 to 2003, worked with Galkowski for many years.

"Nancy was the number cruncher behind Don Marquis," the town manager from 1966 to 2000. "Nancy worked tirelessly to analyze town finances, find the options and give Don the material he needed to take the public stands he was so famous for.

"Nancy was also full of fun and friendship. For several years she organized the Department Heads ski team. Each Thursday we would drive out to Mt Wachussett and do night skiing. What a great way to unwind! She will be missed."

Galkowski began her professional career in the Town of Holden as a planning and research assistant in 1977 and as assistant to the town manager in 1982. After graduating from the Fels Center of Government, she became the assistant to Marquis in the 1980s, then acting town manager after Marquis retired in 2000 and deputy town manager.

The funeral notice describes Galkowski as "a consummate leader with a strong passion for her profession. She was widely admired and respected by her peers and those who came in contact with her. Their ongoing support was a great comfort to her over the last several months."

She was a member and vice president of the International City/County Management Association, member and former president of the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association, member of the Local Government Advisory Council, Mass. Minority Internship Advisory Board, Mass. Water Resources Authority Board, and the Hazardous Waste Facility Site Safety Council.

"Nancy brought love and laughter to every occasion," the notice said. "The most cherished to her was when she was spending time with her family and friends -- whether hiking a trail, skiing, traveling, sitting around the table on holidays or enjoying the beach in Maine."

She was a graduate of Wachusett Regional High School, received her bachelor of arts from the University of Vermont at Burlington and her master of government administration from the Fels Center of Government, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Lawrence H. Galkowski; two sons, Christopher T. and Alexander J. Galkowski, both of Holden; her brother Richard B. Kane of Peterborough, N.H.; her sister, Tracy V. Wells, and her husband, James, of Holden; her stepmother Alison (Sonny) Johnston of Hampton, N.H.; nephews and nieces, Adam G. Kane of Peterborough, N.H., Korin G. Kane of Paris, France, Ashley E. Wells of Worcester and Tyler J. Wells of Charlotte, N.C.; and many close friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Nancy's family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main St., Holden.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. Mary’s Church, 114 Princeton St., Jefferson.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to MMMA, Nancy Galkowski Legacy Leadership Fund, One Winthrop Square, Boston, MA 02110. To share a memory or leave an online condolence visit here >>

This story was published Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, and updated two days later. 


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