Articles by Tom Vartabedian

About Tom Vartabedian (640 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.
A 45 RPM collection shows its age

For the Record, My Tables Still Turn

Come with me while I take you to a special place in my home. Down a flight of stairs to my basement, past a ping pong table and washing machine, to another room just below. A 45 RPM collection shows its age And there lies my surprise: boxes upon boxes of records that have surpassed their age. No, [more...]

July 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

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A Complaint Against Those Who Complain

I’d like to file a complaint. It’s against people who are never satisfied and criticize the world. It could be the weather, food they eat, places they visit, people they encounter. They are the ones who are never content with anything that encompasses their daily lives. The latest diatribe [more...]

June 30, 2015 // 2 Comments

Chelmsford artist Daniel Varoujan Hejinian (right) receives the prestigious Medal of Movses Khorenatsi from Armenian President Serge Sarkisian.

Artist Hejinian Awarded Movses Khorenatsi Medal

YEREVAN—The honors keep coming for prominent Chelmsford, Mass. artist Daniel Varoujan Hejinian. A year after he was wined and dined in Yerevan for a magnanimous art show reflecting the 100th year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, on comes another tribute. Chelmsford artist Daniel Varoujan [more...]

June 29, 2015 // 1 Comment


Vehapar’s Historic Visit a Holy Chrism

All but lost in a “Holy See” of emotion was an anniversary that should be applauded. HH Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia, can look upon his month-long visit to New England as both a personal and historic milestone. Catholicos Aram I emphasizes a point during one of his many [more...]

June 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

Armine Saryan

Armine Saryan Personified Motherhood

At a time when mothers throughout the country were being remembered and embraced for their extreme parenthood, Armine Saryan was being laid to rest by a community in mourning. Armine Saryan A quintessential mom, Mrs. Saryan passed away on May 13, two days before Mother’s Day. She was 94 and had [more...]

June 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

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A Case of Strange Exercise Partners

In our never ending quest to visit a gym, a quiet workout may become an exercise in futility. Because you never know who your partner may be on the next Treadmill over. Some people like me enjoy quiet. A lot of talk has me on edge, especially if I’m plugged into my earphones or engaged in a TV [more...]

June 18, 2015 // 0 Comments


NRA Wraps Up Historic Watertown Visit by Pontiff

WATERTOWN, Mass.—Unprecedented! Historic! Truly unique! Superlatives are in order as the National Representative Assembly (NRA) of the Eastern Prelacy ended its conclave on a rather historic note June 4-6. For the first time ever, in this convention’s history, a gathering of more than 100 [more...]

June 15, 2015 // 0 Comments


Being a Libra Is a Good Sign

I don’t place much faith in fortunes, even after I read them as a lark. My first doubt came one day as a child when I accompanied my parents to a Chinese restaurant. As always, a fortune cookie followed the meal. I cracked open the wafer and my fortune was a little off the mark. “You will soon [more...]

June 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Students from Lawrence High School receive an education on the Armenian Genocide.

13 Merrimack Valley Schools Tune into Genocide Education

MERRIMACK VALLEY, Mass.—In what was a phenomenal approach to the Armenian Genocide Centennial this year, 13 schools called upon the Armenian Genocide Education Committee of Merrimack Valley to offer presentations to its students. The number included nine high schools, two colleges, and two middle [more...]

June 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

Norik Astvatsaturov showing his ‘mettle’ with metal art.

Norik and Irina Astvatsaturov: From Baku with Art

WAHPETON, N.D.—Like their name, Norik and Irina Astvatsaturov praise God for their artistic talent every day. They also thank the Lord above for keeping their family safe and secure during the turmoil they faced in Azerbaijan. As proud Armenians from Baku, their faith and family show no [more...]

June 8, 2015 // 6 Comments

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