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About Tom Vartabedian (725 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.
Children display a poignant banner at Lowell City Hall. (Photo: Sona Gevorkian)

Merrimack Valley Commemorates Armenian Genocide

LOWELL, Mass.—Newly-appointed Mayor Ed Kennedy and a number of City Councilors joined Armenians from throughout the Merrimack Valley in commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 23. More than 100 observers turned out for the commemoration, despite the rain which [more...]

April 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

The cover of The Search for a Master’s Legacy

The Search for a Master’s Legacy

  The cover of The Search for a Master’s Legacy LOWELL, Mass.—Mehmed Ali could very well be the best friend any Armenian could have. Aside from moral support, he’s donated money to genocide observances in this mill city, taken part in commemorative marches downtown, and conducted a [more...]

April 26, 2016 // 3 Comments

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley (Photo: Tamar Kanarian)

Boston Catholics Rally around Armenian Genocide Remembrance

BOSTON, Mass.—In an era of papal recognition of the Armenian Genocide, others have also taken a quantum leap forward in their quest for justice, including Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley (Photo: Tamar Kanarian) For the first time ever inside a formal church setting, an [more...]

April 25, 2016 // 3 Comments

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Governor Hits Mark at Boston Genocide Observance

BOSTON, Mass.—Governor Charlie Baker was in his element Friday. And it wasn’t even an election year. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker gets a smile from genocide survivor Asdghig (Tetezian) Alemian (Photo: Tom Vartabedian) In addressing a crowd of 275 at the Massachusetts State House, he [more...]

April 24, 2016 // 3 Comments

Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan with the Garabedian family 
(Photo: Tamar Kanarian)

Prelacy Honors the Late Berdj Garabedian at Pillars Dinner

WATERTOWN, Mass.—Berdj Garabedian understood that preserving Armenian culture is the sacred and ultimate duty of every Armenian. Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan with the Garabedian family (Photo: Tamar Kanarian) His remarkable collection of metalwork is a testament to his passion and commitment [more...]

April 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

(L to R) Datev Gevorkian and Udi Hrant

Armenian Music Stirs Memory File

    People often ask me about my preference toward Armenian music. They want to know about my favorite bands of old, my all-time virtuosos, my best concerts, dances, CDs, tapes, and records. Udi Hrant remembered The discussion could run for hours. We could talk about personalities, [more...]

April 22, 2016 // 1 Comment

Author and filmmaker Nubar Alexanian

Nubar Alexanian: From Land to Sea

GLOUCESTER, Mass.—Nubar Alexanian is like a whirling dervish when it comes to making a point. If it’s not a genocide film that has occupied his time over the past decade or so, then it’s books on photography. If it’s not getting involved in community affairs, then it’s family, friends, [more...]

April 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

The Women's Guild

A Toast to Our Women’s Guild

As this year’s Prelacy NRA Convention draws near, I cannot help but voice a sound of approval for the women’s guilds of our various churches. The Women’s Guild Much too often, their work and commitment goes unheralded in the mish-mash of everyday society. But here they are, working the [more...]

April 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

Serge Sarkisian (Photo: Phatolure)

A Toast to the President of Armenia

What would you do if you received an invitation to toast the president of Armenia during his recent visit to Boston? Serge Sarkisian (Photo: Photolure) You’d probably do what I did—fall off your chair! Yet, that’s precisely what happened during a casual moment one recent evening. I was [more...]

April 11, 2016 // 3 Comments

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World’s Tallest Man Invades My City

My yearbook slogan kind of summed up my feelings about life in general. “A little man can do big things.” The meaning here remains obvious. A man’s stature is measured by what he does with what he has given to him. Seriously, I had this ongoing depression about my height, or rather the lack [more...]

April 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

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