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About Tom Vartabedian (626 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.
Vice President Joe Biden sandwiched between Armenia President Serge Sarkisian and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power

VP Joe Biden Keeps Low Profile in DC

  WASHINGTON—It wasn’t bad enough that President Barack Obama again declined to properly acknowledge the Armenian Genocide in this Centennial year. Bad enough, too, that he skirted the ceremonies in D.C. this month and failed to acknowledge the visiting President of Armenia Serge [more...]

May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sammy Andonian

Boston Pops Violinist Sprouts His Wings

BOSTON, Mass.—What does it take to be a teenaged violinist with the Boston Pops? Just ask 17-year-old Sammy Andonian, who will be making the appearance of a lifetime June 5 at Armenian Night at the Pops. Sammy Andonian “A privilege and an honor,” says the Lincoln-Sudbury High School [more...]

May 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

His Holiness Aram 1 during the canonization of Armenian Martyrs into Sainthood. The Vehapar will be visiting the Greater Boston community from May 27 to June 4.

Greater Boston Community Prepares for Pontifical Visit May 27

WATERTOWN, Mass.—After a deluge of genocide commemorations, there appears no rest for the weary of St. Stephen’s Apostolic Church. With nearly no time to catch their breath, members are diligently at work preparing for a Pontifical visit by His Holiness Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia. [more...]

May 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

The Arev Folk Ensemble performing at a recent concert in North Andover.  (L-R) John Kozelian, Martin Haroutunian, Tamar Melkonian, Ani Zargarian, Fabio Pirozzolo, and Stepan Megerdichian. (Photo: Tom Vartabedian)

Twenty-Five Years of Sunshine for Arev Folk Ensemble

BOSTON, Mass.—The sun never stops shining for the Arev Folk Ensemble. After 25 years, it glows as brightly as the day it first peeked through a cloud in 1990, thanks to an ensemble of musicians who bring a continuous ray of joy and happiness to the world of Armenian entertainment. With the amount [more...]

May 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

Sole genocide survivor Vartouhi Avedisian, 102, takes her venerable, yet secluded, place among the thousands in Times Square on April 26. (Photo: Tom Vartabedian)

Ode to a Forgotten Genocide Survivor

NEW YORK—My name is Vartouhi Avedisian and I am a mournful survivor of the Armenian Genocide. I took my place alone during the commemoration in Times Square on Sun., April 26. You may not have known that because I was never introduced. Not that I came looking for such glory. Sole genocide [more...]

May 7, 2015 // 4 Comments

Dozens gather in a procession along Merrimack Street in Lowell during the Centennial commemoration April 25. (Photo: Tom Vartabedian)

Lowell Genocide Observance Makes an Impact

LOWELL, Mass.—Mehmed Ali is one of the best friends the Greater Lowell Armenian community could have. As the one-time director of the Mogan Cultural Center, he was responsible for allotting funds to commemorate the Armenian Genocide and was the driving force behind a month-long observance in 1990 [more...]

May 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Runners hit the Boston Marathon trail for the Armenian Genocide. (Photo by Jim Walker/ Conventures, Inc.)

Runners Go the Marathon Distance for Genocide

  BOSTON, Mass.—Anytime you can catch millions of people paying attention to the genocide mission, you’ve completed a successful marathon—whether you finished first, last, or somewhere in between. Runners hit the Boston Marathon trail for the Armenian Genocide. (Photo by Jim Walker/ [more...]

April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Members of the Greater Haverhill Armenian community gather outside of the memorial at the Armenian Church at Hye Pointe. (Photo: Tom Vartabedian)

Haverhill Observes Genocide Centennial with Added Gusto

HAVERHILL, Mass.—Everything from the filming of a TV special to increased genocide education in public schools highlighted the Armenian Centennial observance this year in Haverhill. Members of the Armenian Genocide Education Committee of Merrimack Valley addressed 100 Advanced Placement students [more...]

April 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

tom ars feature

Merrimack Valley ARS Applauds Two Venerable 70-Year Members

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.—Margaret Hagopian and Theresa Brundage share a common bond when it comes to the Armenian Relief Society (ARS). Both have captured the spirit and nobility of this organization over the past 70 years and have not succumbed to time. Seventy-year ARS member Margaret Hagopian [more...]

April 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

The recording was recently finished by Der Stephan, who took on the challenge immediately and enlisted the support of engineer John Boloian.

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

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