People: Nov. 15, 2013

People: Nov. 15, 2013



Meghan Fabianski, daughter of David and Ginny Fabianski of Pawcatuck, has been named to the dean’s list at Landmark College in Putney, Vt. Meghan is the granddaughter of Charlie and Jane Holdredge, Marianne Fabianski and the late John Fabianski.

Charlestown native Aaron J. Arzamarski was promoted to sergeant major in the U.S. Army in June in El Paso, Texas. Attending the ceremony were his wife, Sondra, and two daughters, Avrey, 9, and Carson, 6; and his mother, Cassandra Crandall, and stepfather, David Crandall, of Charlestown. Arzamarski has been in the Army since graduating from Chariho High School in1994. He earned his Ranger tab and proudly served as a member of that elite unit for most of his military career. During that time, he was deployed seven times, as recently as 2012 to Afghanistan. Throughout his career he has earned many awards including two Bronze Star medals. Arzamarski is currently stationed at Fort Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska. He and his family live in nearby Eagle River, Alaska.

Ryan Francis, a senior at Stonington High School, was the Connecticut first place winner in the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation’s InvestWrite essay competition with McGraw Hill Financial. Francis was among 20,000 students nationwide who took the SIFMA InvestWrite challenge last spring. The competition aims to develop expertise in making real-world financial decisions. In his essay, Francis was asked to pick a stock, bond, or mutual fund and describe an actual political or economic event that could increase the price, and one that could reduce the price. He would then need to explain if he thought the choice was a wise investment. Francis chose Pfizer, indicating that the company had received approval for the sale of eight new drugs and consequently would see an estimated $60 billion in revenue in 2013. “Such a large event over the next four years could be very good for Pfizer’s stock price,” wrote Francis. “It is currently at $26.97 and if these expected revenues actually come to be true then their stock price could have a very significant increase from year to year.” (The stock is currently trading at more than $30.) He cited an announcement of a possible breakup of Pfizer’s branded medicines from its generic products as an event that could cause a decline in stock price.

The Anna Warner Bailey Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution has announced the following officers for 2013-16: Janet F. Purinton of Mystic, regent; Janith Clay of Mystic, first vice regent; Constance Miller of Groton, second vice regent; Suzanne Lojzim of Stonington, chaplain;

Barbara Morin of Franklin, recording-corresponding secretary; Marianne Wydler of Mystic, treasurer;

Janet F. Purinton of Mystic, assistant treasurer; and Betty Ann Chapman of Groton, registrar-historian. Chapter meetings-luncheons are on the second Thursday of October-December, March-June, 11 a.m. The September meeting is held on the 6th to commemorate Battle of Groton Heights. The mission of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is to perpetuate the memory and the spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence; to promote the development of an enlightened public opinion, and to foster patriotic citizenship. Any woman who is not less than 18 years old and who is descended from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. For more information, contact Janet F. Purinton of Mystic at 860-572-8780,

Mason Thompson, a 2013 graduate of Chariho High School’s Career & Technical Center, is a student at Central Connecticut State University, enrolled in the Manufacturing and Construction Management Department. Thompson earned a 2013 gold medal for carpentry in the Skills USA program. Thompson is also core-certified by the Association of General Contractors of America and the Rhode Island chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, and is a member of the National center for Construction Education and Research. He competed in the Skills USA carpentry competition in Kansas City in June.

Watch Hill summer resident Jim Barnes is the founder and president of The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain, a private club-community with private mountain activities ranging from Alpine skiing and boarding to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and an 18-hole Desmond Muirhead-designed golf course. The property is located on 1,400 acres in Southern Vermont, anchored by the Hermitage Inn, which provides luxury hotel accommodations and dining. Barnes is a trustee of the Connecticut Science Center, Marist College, and the Watch Hill Conservancy, and is a former director of Riverfront Recapture,

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