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About Tom Vartabedian (617 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.
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New ‘Sharagans’ for Martyrs

Armenian churches throughout the world are about to canonize the Armenian Martyrs of 1915 into sainthood. And what better way is there to dedicate the momentous occasion than with sharagans (hymns) composed by the late Archbishop Zareh Aznavorian, a gifted musician and author from Lebanon and a [more...]

April 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Dr. Ara Caprielian

Ara Caprielian Lived the Golden Armenian Life

NEW YORK—Dr. Ara Caprielian didn’t have to mine for gold in the hills and streams of California to discover his richness. He was born with it! Dr. Ara Caprielian Those who knew him would tend to agree. He was the man behind the voice and it always came across strong and distinct. Aboard the [more...]

April 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

Tom Vartabedian

What’s in your name? Plenty!

I have a friend whose Armenian name is Hampartzoum. Nobody calls him that, not even his own family and the mother who gave him that name. They call him Harry. Another guy I know is named Hamazasp. What do you think they call him? Bud. People who usually address you as Buddy or Pal are not being [more...]

April 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

John Kazarosian in his U.S. Navy uniform

John Kazarosian Marched to His Own Beat

HAVERHILL, Mass.—John Kazarosian loved a good parade, especially those he organized himself on Memorial Day. And the retired military veteran officer made the most of it. John Kazarosian in his U.S. Navy uniform As treasurer and all else with the Wilbur M. Comeau Post, American Legion, he played [more...]

April 13, 2015 // 2 Comments

Sign leading you to mysterious Armenia Avenue in Tampa, Fla.

Armenia Avenue Doesn’t Live Up to Its Billing

“If you’re troubled and can’t relax Close your eyes and think of this Armenia, city in the sky Armenia, city in the sky. Just take off, there’s no risk If you ever want to disappear Just take off and think of this Armenia, city in the sky Armenia, city in the sky.” (Written by John Keene [more...]

April 10, 2015 // 10 Comments

Nine-year-old Ani Emdjian reflected upon the goodness in life.

Rhode Island Community Stunned by Accidental Death of 9-Year-Old

PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Ani Emdjian lived well beyond her nine and a half years. Nine-year-old Ani Emdjian reflected upon the goodness in life. A third-grade student at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, she loved to sing and dance at an Armenian hantess, was a dutiful student, and performed virtuously [more...]

April 8, 2015 // 10 Comments

Charlie Jamgochian lights a final candle at his beloved St. Gregory Church.

Charlie Jamgochian Embraced His Church

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.—The St. Gregory Armenian Church community has lost its oldest and most venerable member. Charlie Jamgochian lights a final candle at his beloved St. Gregory Church. Charlie Jamgochian entered the Kingdom of Heaven on March 20 after an unexpected illness. He was 94 and an [more...]

April 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sayat Nova dancers keep in perfect harmony while preparing for their 30th anniversary. (Photo: Tom Vartabedian)

Sayat Nova Dancers Gear Up for 30th Anniversary

BOSTON, Mass.—At a time when the Armenian world is commemorating the Genocide Centennial, the Sayat Nova Dance Company of Greater Boston is relentlessly preparing for an anniversary of its own. And director/choreographer Apo Ashjian is hoping it might erase some of the grief and solace that comes [more...]

April 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

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April Fool’s Prank Had City on Alert

“See you later alligator After ‘while crocodile Can’t you see you’re in my way now? Don’t you know you cramp my style?” … Bill Haley & His Comets What started out as an April Fool’s prank one year turned this city into a pandemonium. Don’t ask me the year. Suffice it to say it [more...]

April 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Rocco Vartabedian, 8, with his four-sided Armenian Genocide project that he presented to his school

Second-Grader Commended for Genocide Centennial Project

AUBURN, Mass.—A second-grader had a perfect answer to a cultural day celebration at his school. Rocco Vartabedian, 8, decided to depict his heritage in behalf of the Armenian Genocide Centennial. Rocco Vartabedian, 8, with his four-sided Armenian Genocide project that he presented to his school [more...]

March 30, 2015 // 2 Comments

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