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About Tom Vartabedian (590 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.
Mark Krikorian

Florida State Coach Mark Krikorian Wins Third National Title

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Add the name to the venerable list of prominent Armenian-American coaches who have made an imprint on the national scene. He’s Mark Krikorian and he just coached Florida State University to its first-ever NCAA Division 1 women’s soccer championship. Mark Krikorian Krikorian [more...]

January 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tom Vartabedian

Reminding Myself to Stay Connected

As I approach the 75th year of my life, it’s not the future I worry about. It’s my mind—the current bane of my existence. Simply put, I forget to remind myself. It could be a doctor’s appointment, the meeting that took place yesterday, a day after the fact. Might be a birthday or [more...]

January 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree resembled Mom’s.

A Christmas Tree that Wore Out Its Welcome

Mom hated to part with her Christmas tree. She kept it standing in our modest living room, by a radiator no less, and admired its beauty well into April. Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree resembled Mom’s. I have a feeling it brightened her day and brought a smile to others. Neighbors did not think [more...]

January 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Musician Ara Topouzian is making inroads in Detroit.

The Music Never Stops with Ara Topouzian

DETROIT, Mich.—Ara Topouzian is one calibrated musician, whether he’s performing on the kanoun, recording other people’s music, compiling a documentary about the history of Armenian music in his community, or keeping others informed with a blog he has called “Hye Times.” Musician Ara [more...]

January 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tom Vartabedian

New Year Keeps Time in Perspective

Odd, isn’t it, that in welcoming a new year, our most precious and often unappreciated commodity is time. Not necessarily time gone by but time waiting to be lived. How many of us would welcome a new day, even another hour, to make the most of our situation? How many regret the waste, the idle [more...]

January 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Armen Harootian, center, is inducted into the Fitchburg State University Athletic Hall-of-Fame for the second time, joining the charmed circle in both track and soccer. Sharing in the celebration are Sue Lauder, athletic director, and Dr. Robert Antonucci, university president.

Fitchburg State Taps Harootian a Second Time

FITCHBURG, Mass.—Every good act deserves another. After being inducted into the Fitchburg State University Athletic Hall-of-Fame in track, lightning struck again a second time for Armen Harootian. Now he has a soccer star beside his name. Armen Harootian, center, is inducted into the Fitchburg [more...]

January 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

The ultimate volunteer John Kebadjian is hard at work inside Project SAVE Archives in Watertown, where he has spent the past five years donating almost 8,000 hours of service. (Photo by Ruth Thomasian)

Project SAVE Archives Honors John Kebadjian

WATERTOWN, Mass.—John Kebadjian considers himself a very rich man. Not in terms of monetary wealth, but in good friends, good health, and service to others. Kebadjian has spent the past five years as a consummate volunteer for Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, as office manager and [more...]

January 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Tom Vartabedian

Erevan Choral Society a Gift

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—If you were at Holy Trinity Church on Dec. 14 and heard the Erevan Choral Society in concert, you probably walked away with a Christmas songfest in your heart. I know I did, and could not have received a better gift from anyone, let alone St. Nick. This was everything Christmas [more...]

December 31, 2014 // 1 Comment

Roger Krikorian during his playing days

CD Set Memorializes Roger Krikorian

WATERTOWN, Mass.—Seven years after his death, the music of Roger Krikorian is still being heard and appreciated. Roger Krikorian during his playing days Just released was a two-CD compilation of the artist’s favorite recordings, which could certainly qualify for some of his best work over what [more...]

December 30, 2014 // 2 Comments

Choreographer/dancer Apo Ashjian

One Armenian Name that Backfires

What’s in a name? Plenty! Especially if it’s Appo or Apo, however you wish to interpret it. Publisher/writer Appo Jabarian For the life of me, I know three people by that name. There’s an Apo Jeknavorian in my community who works as an EMT, associated with one of our more prominent families [more...]

December 24, 2014 // 4 Comments

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