As predicted on “06880” earlier this month, President Biden has nominated Sarah Bloom Raskin to the Federal Reserve. If confirmed, she would serve as vice chair for supervision. The post was created after the 2008 financial crisis.
Raskin — the daughter of longtime Westporter Arlene Bloom and her late husband Herb — is a law professor at Duke University. She served as a Federal Reserve governor before joining the Treasury Department under President Obama. She is married to Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland.
The New York Times says of Raskin: “She is a Harvard-trained lawyer who studied economics as an undergraduate at Amherst College, and she has a track record of pushing for tougher bank regulation — something that makes her popular among Democrats, but which could earn her a tough confirmation battle.”
Republican Senator Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania says: “I have serious concerns that she would abuse the Fed’s narrow statutory mandates on monetary policy and banking supervision to have the central bank actively engaged in capital allocation.”
Click here for the full Times story.
Two track items of interest:
Last night, the Staples High School sprint medley relay team won their race in the New York Armory with the fastest time in the country this season: 3:36.73. It’s well under the qualifying time for the national meet.
Congratulations to Samir Mott (200 yards), David Sedrak (200), Bruno Guiduli (400) and Jalen St. Fort (800)!
Meanwhile, Henry Wynne — the 2012 Staples graduate, and one of the best runners in that track program’s storied history — will run in the Wanamaker Mile at the 114th Millrose Games. They’re set for the Armory on January 29.
The Wanamaker Mile is one of the most renowned races in all of track and field. Wynne — who in 2016 was the NCAA mile champion, running for the University of Virginia — now competes professionally, for the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts. (Hat tip: Peter Gambaccini)
More Staples news: The January Students of the Month.
Seniors Alex Anastasi and Jacob Yarish, juniors Mia Vindiola and Jackson Oliver, sophomores Timothy Herold and Sofia Santamaria, and freshman Maxwell Manchester, “help make the a welcoming place for their peers and teachers alike. They are the ‘glue’ of the Staples community: the type of kind, cheerful, hard-working, trustworthy students who make the high school the special place it is.”
Congratulations to these 7 worthy teenagers!
Throughout the pandemic, Cohl Katz has been making “haircut house calls.” She’ll continue doing that. But now that she’s back in Westport, you can come to her too.
The celebrity hair stylist and makeup artist has worked with — among others — Al Pacino, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Bush, Bob Dylan, Cal Ripken, Cindy Crawford, Ellen DeGeneres, Hillary Clinton, Hilary Swank, Jerry Seinfeld, John McEnroe, Johnny Depp, Katie Couric, Keith Richards, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martha Stewart, Mary Tyler Moore, Mel Gibson, Mick Jagger, Muhammad Ali, Nicole Kidman, Phil Donohue, Ray Charles, Robert Redford, Robin Williams, Rod Stewart, Rosie O’Donnell, Sting and Tom Cruise
She invites “06880” readers — famous and less well known — for a haircut, blowout and make-up for a special evening, or a make-up lesson.
Text 917-848-9596 to schedule an appointment.
I’m not sure why we haven’t seen this before. But Elena Nasereddin spotted these “kissing rocks” yesterday at Sherwood Island State Park. They’re perfect for today’s “Westport … Naturally” feature.
And finally … Monday is the official celebration of Martin Luther King Day. But the minister and human rights activist who — in his 39 short years — changed history was born today, in 1929. We don’t have to wait until the holiday to celebrate his contributions to our nation, and those of the countless men and women he inspired.