Articles by Tom Vartabedian

About Tom Vartabedian (657 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.

When Arguments Fail, Try Abuse

I tend to be an accident waiting to happen. Lately, in my advanced years, I’m bumping into chairs, stumbling off curbstones, hitting my head on low ceilings meant for pygmies, and tripping over my own feet on a dance floor. Wish I had a dollar for every time I pushed a door marked “Pull.” The [more...]

August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Friends: Lend Me Your Ears!

  What you hear never seems to be as important as what may escape your ears. Case in point. The television is an ongoing battle every night. I am accused of keeping the volume too high. Others like it so low, you can’t follow the dialogue. There’s no happy medium. So the remote goes [more...]

August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments


Kaloosdian Hits Home with ‘Tadem’ Book

BELMONT, Mass.—Somehow, a photo of Robert Aram Kaloosdian standing before Mount Ararat answers a definable cause. ‘Tadem,’ the focal point of Atty. Robert Aram Kaloosdian’s next book. It’s as if he were built into the infrastructure, following a lifetime of public service to the Greater [more...]

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Graduates honored by the Arakadz Lodge, Merrimack Valley Knights of Vartan, were (L-R) Sophia Kitabjian, Jack Berberian, Brianne Hanedanian, Nick Kochakian, Nick Kulungian, John Mahlebjian, Jake Soraghan, Dillon Tavitian, and Rakel Tavitian. (Photo: David Tavitian)

Merrimack Valley Knights Honor Nine Graduates

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.—It was a banner year for students of Armenian descent living in Merrimack Valley. Included in the graduating class were scholars, athletes, community servants and active members of the Armenian community. Graduates honored by the Arakadz Lodge, Merrimack Valley Knights of [more...]

August 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Games Provide More than Recreation

I tend to be the ultimate gamester. I didn’t mean “gangster” and will leave that to less desirable folks. What I’m talking about is the recreation side of life. Put some dice in my hands for a game of Parcheesi and suddenly I turn restless. Perhaps that is the competitive side of me [more...]

August 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Tsoleen Sarian Joins Project SAVE Archives

WATERTOWN, Mass.—Unity is the sentiment in the Armenian community during this year of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide. Although the official slogan is to “Remember and Demand,” there is also a celebration of life and shared culture, language, food, and customs wherever Armenians are [more...]

August 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Lisa Kouchakdjian is right at home inside her Armenian kitchen

‘Love on a Plate’ Feeds All with Zest

SUDBURY, Mass.—Hardly a day goes by when Lisa Kouchakdjian isn’t serving up something special from her kitchen—to her computer and finally her website. Lisa Kouchakdjian is right at home inside her Armenian kitchen She calls the site, quite affectionately, “Love on a Plate – Armenia.” [more...]

August 7, 2015 // 2 Comments


‘Why Should I Learn Armenian?’

The above question was posed to me some time ago by a 12-year-old girl attending Armenian School at my church. Armenian School students practicing their language at a hantess. I was her instructor and the dilemma was all too familiar. Many students have pondered that same thought, assuming the [more...]

August 4, 2015 // 9 Comments


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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