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Vol. LXII, No. 4
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
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IMMIGRATION AND CIVIL RIGHTS: Los Angeles City Councilman José Huizar pointed to parallels between the current movement for immigration reform and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, saying that the message of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could be compared to modern movements for equal opportunity. Mr. Huizar was the keynote speaker at Princeton University’s annual King Day celebration Monday at Richardson Auditorium.

Front Page

King’s Dream Seen as Key to Immigration

Matthew Hersh

Approaching the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a commemoration Monday honoring his legacy sought to link the civil rights leader’s dream of equal opportunity to the hotly debated topic of immigration.

Battlefield Preservation Movement Gains Support From National Park Service

Matthew Hersh

Preservationists opposing a plan for increased faculty housing for the Institute for Advanced Study made tactical gains last month, as the National Park Service came out against a development near the Princeton Battlefield.

Board Gives Nod to Senior Housing Change; Final Township Vote Scheduled for Monday

Matthew Hersh

For a brief moment Thursday, it looked as though a proposed zoning change to accommodate a wider age demographic on a 20-acre Township parcel was going to hit a stumbling block as the Regional Planning Board of Princeton weighed in on housing policy, the merits of age-restricted housing, and developing environmentally sensitive land.

Other News

The Spirit of Invention Prevails in Sight and Sound at Sarnoff

Ellen Gilbert

The older couple was showing Dr. Alexander B. Magoun, Executive Director of the David Sarnoff Library, a photograph of a radio console — really a retro entertainment center. “He had just come back from the War [World War II],” explained the woman, “and we needed a table and chairs. We got to the top of the escalator in Gimbel’s and saw this.” She didn’t mention whether or not they ever got around to buying anything as practical as kitchen furniture, but the must-have, beautifully-maintained piece of furniture in the photograph was clearly a source of pride.

Substantially Revised Memorandum Subject of School Board Meeting

Ellen Gilbert

The Princeton Regional Board of Education was scheduled to consider a revised version of the Uniform State Memorandum of Agreement between Education and Law Enforcement Officials (MOA) at an open meeting on Tuesday evening after Town Topics went to press. The Board already discussed this document at a closed meeting on January 8.

Going Gentle Into That Good Night and Giving the Family Peace of Mind

Ellen Gilbert

“Life comes at you fast.” — at least that’s what the insurance commercial tells us. Perhaps no one knows this better this year than Mark Laycock, whose musical life at the end of 2007 bore little resemblance to his professional activities at the beginning of that year. In January of 2007, Mr. Laycock was enjoying his 21st year as Music Director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra while guest conducting throughout the world. Eight months later his tenure with the ensemble was over, and September found him both looking for new opportunities and reflecting on his legacy. Add a new marriage and turning fifty, and 2007 was truly a “watershed” year.

More of the Other News…


With Perspective From Varied Experiences, Callahan Bringing Maturity to PU Men’s Squash

Bill Alden

For many years, Scott Callahan seemed destined to end up as a two-sport athlete at the college level.

Tiger Men’s Hockey on Historic Streak, Hopes Exam Break Doesn’t Hurt Rhythm

Bill Alden

It looked like the Princeton University men’s hockey team was on its way to a nailbiter early in the second period of its recent clash at Brown.

With Goeke Thriving in Leading Role PHS Boys’ Hockey on the Right Track

Bill Alden

In his first two seasons with the Princeton High boys’ hockey team, Jeff Goeke played a supporting role.

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Book Review

The Wondrous Art of Junot Díaz: A Jersey Dominican Triumph

Stuart Mitchner

In an interview about The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead $24.95) provided by the publisher, Junot Díaz says, “I knew this novel would live or die on its female characters.”

Oscar Wao not only lives on its female characters, it achieves literary splendor through its depiction of Oscar’s mother and sister, Beli and Lola, and the way they talk, think, and deal with adversity, most of it courtesy of the Dominican dictator, Trujillo.


Princeton Symphony Orchestra Brings Local Composer’s Music to Richardson

Nancy Plum

As the Princeton Symphony Orchestra continues its transition season, Sunday’s guest conductor Mischa Santora had a challenging task — to bring to life a program not only selected by someone else, but one which included a world premiere and second performance of music notated from a handwritten manuscript by a composer who was no longer living. Mr. Santora, whose international career includes a repertoire of both opera and symphonic music, was up to the task. He created a well-blended orchestral sound, inspiring the Princeton Symphony to turn in its best performance yet this season.

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