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About Tom Vartabedian (607 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.
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Where You Look Will Meet Your Destiny

Why is it that every time I attend a wedding, my eyes follow the photographer? Could it be because I spent 35 years of my non-journalism life as a wedding photographer? Comparatively speaking, these photographers have it all over me. While I worked alone, they travel in pairs or threes. One covers [more...]

March 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

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Sara Vosgarichian Dedicated Her Life to the ARS

HAVERHILL, Mass.—For more than 50 years, Zarouhi (Sara) Vosgarichian was all heart and soul when it came to the Armenian Relief Society (ARS), both inside her own community and with events that demanded international attention. Sara Vosgarichian Whether it was coming to the assistance of a local [more...]

March 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

Andreea Sarchisian of Los Angeles helps herself to a pomegranate tree while touring Armenia. (Photo: Tom Vartabedian)

What’s in a Pomegranate? More than Seeds!

I love a good pomegranate and will take it any way I find it. In a fruit salad, juice, salad dressing, vinegar, or straight from the membrane itself. Peel and eat but be careful: It could leave you with an indelible stain on your sweater. I suggest you wear red. Andreea Sarchisian of Los Angeles [more...]

March 19, 2015 // 3 Comments

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Teachers Deserve a Lot of Credit

Of all the vocations, mine included, is there any more vital to the welfare of our country than teaching? Okay, so I’m married to one, but we’re both retired and still dwell upon our careers. Education is the cornerstone of our society, the enhancement of our youth, the way of the future. And [more...]

March 13, 2015 // 2 Comments

Armenian Genocide survivors Jennie and Edward Vartabedian (Mom and Dad) pour a cup of coffee inside their 1940’s shop in Somerville.

Neighborhood Shops Enjoyed Their Era

Growing up, much of my time was spent in Dad’s coffee shop tending to business. If I wasn’t there, you’d find me hanging out at the corner drug store by the soda fountain whistling at the girls as they walked by. I bought my penny candy from the variety store beneath by home. And grocery [more...]

March 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

Delegates attending the Prelacy’s New England Conference on Feb. 21

Prelacy’s NE Conference Rallies Around Genocide Centennial

WORCESTER, MASS.—“Your church. Your nation. Engage!” These words served as a backdrop and motivational tool for delegates attending the Prelacy’s New England Conference on Feb. 21. Close to 50 guests from 8 churches turned out at Holy Trinity Church, representing trustee boards and [more...]

March 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian is presented artwork by the children of St. Gregory Church in North Andover during a visit commemorating the parish’s 45th anniversary.

A Bishop’s Long and Winding Road

The weather was nasty but that did not prevent Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian from fulfilling his mission to St. Gregory Church in North Andover. It was the 45th anniversary of this small congregation, located in the heart of Merrimack Valley, and he had his favorite companion seated in the passenger [more...]

February 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

The annual Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Senior National Athletic Tournament will take place March 6-8.

North Andover AYF Hosting National Athletic Tournament

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.—Athletic teams from coast to coast will converge upon North Andover March 6-8 for the annual Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Senior National Athletic Tournament (NAT). It’s been confirmed that there will be representation from California and from throughout the [more...]

February 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

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Which Cold Don’t You Prefer?

Hack! Hack! Sniffle! Sniffle! Brrr … I’m cold– and I’ve got a cold. So what else is new this winter? It seems like we’re all in the same boat. Which Cold Don’t You Prefer? The topic of conversation these days is not necessarily the weather because that’s pretty stale. Instead, [more...]

February 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

‘Women of Ararat,’ a play by Judith Boyajian Strang-Waldau, will have a staged reading March 28 and 29 at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, commemorating the Genocide Centennial with proceeds going toward the Women’s Support Center in Armenia.

Mom’s Death Inspires Playwright Boyajian

WATERTOWN, Mass.—Judith Boyajian Strang-Waldau’s mother was her inspiration. She was the quintessential Armenian mom, wrote poetry, raised two children to become conscious of their heritage and culture, and was always there for support like any dutiful parent. Now, it’s being reciprocated in [more...]

February 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

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