Articles by Tom Vartabedian

About Tom Vartabedian (769 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.
Richard Sarajian is congratulated after spending the past eight years on the AYF Olympics Governing Body. (Photo: Tamar Kanarian)

Richard Sarajian: New Jersey’s Man for All Seasons

Don’t go calling Richard Sarajian a community activist or anything of the sort…unless you want another point of view. To his fellow Armenians, constituents, religious and political pundits, he’s simply one involved Armenian doing his job, not playing the role. In retrospect, he’d rather [more...]

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Tom Vartabedian (Photo: WSJ)

Vartabedian: A 7-Month Overview of Cancer

Here we are, at the seven-month stage of my cancer treatments, and I’m happy to report that I’m still reporting to my reading faithful. That is, I’m still able to post periodical updates of my condition and keep a stiff upper lip with this dreaded disease. Tom Vartabedian (Photo: WSJ) First [more...]

September 29, 2016 // 4 Comments

Johann Sebastian Bach

Vartabedian: Why We Love Our School Teachers

My favorite school teacher was not found in a gym, nor was it English, where I seemed to excel.  Suppose if I wanted to be a journalist, I needed to make the grade here and not algebra.  Math was never a strong point. But I couldn’t tell you who my best teachers were in English.  I remember [more...]

September 22, 2016 // 2 Comments

Harry Kushigian (R), is honored by the Providence Gomideh with Peter 'Doc' Bedrosian (center),, joined by Chairman Hagop Donoyan, (L)

Kushigian Still Getting Football Notice

The way Boston College football is going the past couple years, the Eagles could surely use a guy like Harry Kushigian, even in his mid-70’s. He still looks the part of that bruising lineman back more than half a century ago when he was playing his college ball at The Heights. What’s even more [more...]

September 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Rosemary and Avo Alashaian at the 2016 AYF Olympics

Alashaians Keep AYF Olympic Name in the Forefront

What’s in a name? Plenty, especially if the name is Alashaian and you’re talking the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Olympics. It spans three generations and marks a crescendo when it comes to New Jersey-ites. Rosemary and Avo Alashaian at the 2016 AYF Olympics It spills over to church, the [more...]

September 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

'The challenge was up to North Andover, a small community in Merrimack Valley which had never prevailed on the diamond—ever in its brief but storied past.' (Photo: Tamar Kanarian)

2016 AYF Olympics: North Andover Wins First Ever Softball Game

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (A.W.)—You can label this the classic David & Goliath story. ‘The challenge was up to North Andover, a small community in Merrimack Valley which had never prevailed on the diamond—ever in its brief but storied past.’ (Photo: Tamar Kanarian) On one side, you [more...]

September 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

Anoush Krafian pulls away to win the 4 x 100 relay

An AYF Olympics Pre-Empted…By an Armenian Church Shutdown

HAVERHILL, Mass. (A.W.)—On a day when I would normally have been covering Sunday’s Armenian (AYF) Olympic Games, fate had taken me to another destiny—a far greater mission than a mile or a long jump. I covered the game of life—the closure of an Armenian church in my community. Yes, I had [more...]

September 14, 2016 // 1 Comment

Artbridge in Yerevan

Coffee Houses Serve an Ideal Place

Have you had your coffee today? You can either escape to the comfort of your favorite coffee house or simply dwell over a cup of brew in the privacy of your home. Artbridge in Yerevan But then, you would be escaping all the friends and fraternity that such places are remembered and revered. It’s [more...]

September 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

Parishioners unite in prayer

Haverhill Church Celebrates its Last ‘Badarak’ For the Road Ahead

HAVERHILL, Mass.—Since 1945, St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church has remained a sacred cornerstone of this once bustling shoe capital of the world. Parishioners unite in prayer It maintained a lofty presence at the junction of Main and Winter Streets, across from GAR Park dating [more...]

September 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

A child steps off a school bus on the first day of school at Shaw Heights 
Elementary School on Shaw Air Force Base (Photo: Jensen Stidham)

A Child’s First Day of School

As a doting grandparent, I know what makes a child happy. Take them on a shopping spree and open the world before their eyes. And so it was with a 6-year-old granddaughter who answers to Mazie Grace. I call her “A-Mazing Grace” after the Christian song that is still known after nearly 250 [more...]

September 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

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