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About Tom Vartabedian (563 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.
Vrej-Armen Artinian forever remains a Canadian-Armenian activist.

Vrej-Armen Artinian Is Canadian Strong

In most every major Armenian community throughout the world, there is usually one catalyst—the individual who keeps the embers of life burning and promotes the very ideals of our heritage. Vrej-Armen Artinian forever remains a Canadian-Armenian activist. Such an individual is Vrej-Armen Artinian, [more...]

October 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

Angele Manoogian receives a medal from the Artsakh Freedom Fighters Organization in Yerevan, recognizing her services during the Artsakh conflict. Making the presentation is Harmik Hovsepyan, a freedom fighter.

Artsakh Freedom Fighters Honor Angele Manoogian in Yerevan

A funny thing happened to Angele Manoogian on her way to Yerevan last month. Not only was her flight re-routed to Warsaw—that’s Poland!—but her luggage didn’t arrive until a week later. “Try living out of a carry-on and you get the picture,” she laughed, condoning such a calamity. [more...]

October 17, 2014 // 1 Comment

Filmmaker Stephanie Ayanian is producing a documentary on Armenian-Americans for the 100th anniversary of the Genocide.

Ayanian Documentary Planned for Centennial

Philadelphia, Pa.—Stephanie Ayanian is developing what she calls “A New Armenia” and just in time to commemorate the genocide centennial next year. Filmmaker Stephanie Ayanian is producing a documentary on Armenian-Americans for the 100th anniversary of the Genocide. She’s working with [more...]

October 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sam Manoian Post #1, Armenian-American Veterans of Lowell, presented five scholarships to worthy high school graduates on Oct. 4 during a dinner-dance at Sts. Vartanantz Church in Chelmsford. (L-R) Commander Richard Juknavorian, Samantha Sarkisian, Nairi Hovsepian, Robert Papazian, Daniel Donabedian, Rob Kochakian, standing in for son Matthew, and Scholarship Chairman George Manuelian. (Tom Vartabedian photo)

Lowell Veterans Award Five Scholarships

CHELMSFORD, Mass.—One graduate looks to a career in medicine. Another is opting to become a nurse. A third has chosen English literature and biochemistry as possible careers. A fourth yearns to design video careers as his future, while a fifth student looks for a business degree. Sam Manoian Post [more...]

October 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Community activist George Aghjayan is presented with a commemorative poster of the Armenian Genocide designed by artist Martin Barooshian and his wife Mary during an Armenian Independence Day celebration Sept. 20 in Lowell.

Aghjayan Keeps the Historic Wheels Turning

Retirement for most people is lying on a hammock with a cold drink and watching the world pass by unabashed. Community activist George Aghjayan is presented with a commemorative poster of the Armenian Genocide designed by artist Martin Barooshian and his wife Mary during an Armenian Independence [more...]

October 10, 2014 // 1 Comment

Paul Varadian: from AYF Olympics to Armenia

Looking Back at Detroit Olympics

Memories are a penny a pound when you’ve become a veteran of the AYF Olympic Games. When devotees like myself gather among friends, we turn back the pages of time and reminisce. Paul Varadian: from AYF Olympics to Armenia We recall the good old days when we competed, followed by our children and [more...]

October 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Detroit luminaries (L-R) Sue (Merian) Arzoian, Violet Gavoor, and Nancy Gavoor have kept the AYF spirit embedded in their hearts.

Sue Merian: Pioneer of AYF Women’s Track

RENO, Nev.—At a time when women’s athletics was not considered fashionable, Sue (Merian) Arzoian created inroads. Detroit luminaries (L-R) Sue (Merian) Arzoian, Violet Gavoor, and Nancy Gavoor have kept the AYF spirit embedded in their hearts. Over a star-studded career that encompassed all of [more...]

October 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

Olympic King Alex Sarafian with wife Kara and 2 children, Ani, 27 months, and Alina, 4 months

Olympic King Alex Sarafian Shuns Obstacles

DETROIT, Mich.—Given the choice between basking in royalty or passing the glory on to others, there’s no contest. Alex Sarafian was never much for individual attention, not in his days as a star-studded athlete, Governing Body member, coach, or now AYF Olympic King. Olympic King Alex Sarafian [more...]

October 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Artist Martin Barooshian displays the poster he designed as a free gift to the community marking next year’s Armenian Genocide Centennial.

A Gift of Art to Mark the Centennial

NORTH READING, Mass.—With the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide next April, many are making plans. Artist Martin Barooshian displays the poster he designed as a free gift to the community marking next year’s Armenian Genocide Centennial. Playwrights are busy putting scripts together. [more...]

October 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

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Hairenik’s Anniversary Hits Home

At a time when the ethnic press is teetering on the brink of change, both the Armenian Weekly and Hairenik publications continue to toe the line with a vision to the future. Both papers have survived a plethora of editorial exchanges, a transgression of readership over its generations, unsettled [more...]

September 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

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