Articles by Tom Vartabedian

About Tom Vartabedian (649 Articles)
Tom Vartabedian is a retired journalist with the Haverhill Gazette, where he spent 40 years as an award-winning writer and photographer. He has volunteered his services for the past 46 years as a columnist and correspondent with the Armenian Weekly, where his pet project was the publication of a special issue of the AYF Olympics each September.

Nathan Kibarian Is a Pastry Chef Personified

BOSTON, Mass.—Nathan Kibarian grew up watching his mother and grandmother bake exquisite Armenian pastries. Now, people are watching him. Nathan is the type of pastry chef you would want in your kitchen the night of a VIP house party. Just leave the phyllo dough and other ingredients to him. [more...]

July 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

Like Mark Twain had once said, 'Reports of my death are deeply exaggerated.'

An Obituary That Proved Erroneous

As an obituary writer in my previous newspaper life, I took great satisfaction at perusing the day’s death notices and picking out one for a memorial tribute. I upheld this tradition for years with the Haverhill Gazette, where I worked four decades. Of all my beats—sports, community reporting, [more...]

July 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Army Medal Awarded to Vietnam Victim—46 Years Later!

METHUEN, Mass.—Better late than never. That’s how John and Margaret Bedrosian view the coveted award that was presented posthumously to their son who was killed while serving in Vietnam on Nov. 14, 1969. Margaret Bedrosian holds the Medal of Liberty belatedly awarded to her son, David, who died [more...]

July 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

My kids want me to buy a power boat. Not necessarily for me but for them.

Boat Talk Sending Me Overboard

We have an all-out alert this week, or better said an SOS warning. My kids want me to buy a power boat. Not necessarily for me but for them. I’m not talking a small motor boat. I already have one of those, along with a sailboat, two kayaks, and a canoe. Not a bad armada for a lakeside home in New [more...]

July 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Roller coasters not my ride.

Joy Rides Better Serve the Fearless

A wimp, am I? Well, guess again! How do you explain the fact that I’m first in line for the kiddie rides at any one of your theme parks and love the tram lift at Canobie? Hey, it gets me in the air and I have a bird’s-eye view of the park at “shudder-slow” speed—just the way I prefer. [more...]

July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments


This 91-Year-Old Earned a College Degree

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.—Take it from Harold Paragamian. You’re never too old to get an education. Harold Paragamian, 91, displays the liberal arts degree he received from Merrimack College, North Andover. (Photo: Tom Vartabedian) At an age when most people are infirmed or simply biding their time, [more...]

July 17, 2015 // 6 Comments

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Living the Golden Age of Usefulness

What is it they say about old age? The years don’t really matter unless you’re wine or cheese. And then, it ripens to perfection. Lately, I’ve been enamored by stories concerning our elderly population, not that I didn’t in my younger journalism days. I always went out of my way to locate a [more...]

July 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

Armenian students at Andover High School donated an Armenian flag and collection of books in commemoration of the Genocide Centennial. Taking part were (front, L-R) Dro Kanayan, chairman of the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee of Merrimack Valley, Michael Mahlebjian, Richard and Ani Minasian, Anna Shahtanian, Chris Berberian, Brendan Gibson, social studies teacher, and John Berube, library media specialist.

Andover High Students ‘Armenianize’ Their School

ANDOVER, Mass.—Thanks to some vigilant action by students of Armenian descent at Andover High School, an Armenian flag is now flying from the rafters and new books portraying their history and culture are found inside the library. Their actions coincided with a recent genocide presentation at the [more...]

July 9, 2015 // 0 Comments


Indie Film Master Kupelian Embraces Vartanantz

MONTROSE, Calif.—Roger Kupelian may not be a household name in Hollywood but he sure has a following in the indie film business, which he’s cultivated for the past 23 years. Warrior Saints’ is the brainchild of indie film creator Roger Kupelian, who’s creating quite a stir in Hollywood with [more...]

July 6, 2015 // 2 Comments

A 45 RPM collection shows its age

For the Record, My Tables Still Turn

Come with me while I take you to a special place in my home. Down a flight of stairs to my basement, past a ping pong table and washing machine, to another room just below. A 45 RPM collection shows its age And there lies my surprise: boxes upon boxes of records that have surpassed their age. No, [more...]

July 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

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