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About Tom Vartabedian (703 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.
Casinos can be addictive.

A Casino Run Is Best by Foot

Like the proverbial rose, a casino by any other name is still a casino. It cries, “Show me the money.” I made my first trip to a Massachusetts casino the other day. It’s located in a small town called Plainville and at any given time, there’s more people playing the slots than you’d find [more...]

February 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

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Antranigian Story Defines Horrors in Keghi

MENDON, Mass.—From Hell to Heaven is not your ordinary book because it was actually written by a man who experienced the genocide first-hand and lived long enough to compile his own memoirs. What’s left of St. Gevork Armenian Church in Keghi where Armenag Bedigian-Antranigian lived as a young [more...]

February 6, 2016 // 8 Comments

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Knights of the Armenian Round Table

We grew up together in the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF), went to camp, attended each other’s weddings, laughed and cried together in moments of happiness and sorrow. Had King Arthur been around today, he would have appointed us knights to his Round Table because of our loyalty and commitment [more...]

February 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

A bottle of Mechitharine

Let’s Enjoy a Vibrant Drink on Me

News flash: A 70-year-old bottle of Armenian brandy was sold at Sotheby’s auction in London this November for (gulp!) 80,000 pounds. That’s more than $110,000 in American money. A bottle of Mechitharine I needed a shot just to perk back up to reality upon reading this blurb in a California [more...]

January 28, 2016 // 1 Comment

Pearl Bargamian Teague and husband Denis man their own table of Armenian breads and pastries at different venues in Vermont.

Storytime Foods Sweetens the Vermont Palate

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—On any given day, you’ll find Pearl Bargamian Teague and her family working a farmers’ market in this Green Mountain State. Pearl Bargamian Teague and husband Denis man their own table of Armenian breads and pastries at different venues in Vermont. The focus is not necessarily [more...]

January 26, 2016 // 4 Comments

Computer hackers can work in your favor.

A Hack Job That Bodes Well

To the infidel who hacked my computer the other day and screwed up all my files: A big thank you from the bottom of my heart for the e-mail I never sent asking everyone for $2,000 to assist an ailing relative in Mexico. Computer hackers can work in your favor. Let’s do lunch some time. My treat! [more...]

January 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

Optometrist Dr. James Fantazian helps a young Armenian boy see correctly during one of two missions he made to Hayasdan.

An Insightful Gift to Armenia This Christmas

BILLERICA, Mass.—In his retirement, Dr. James Fantazian did what any resourceful optometrist would do. Optometrist Dr. James Fantazian helps a young Armenian boy see correctly during one of two missions he made to Hayasdan. He donated his equipment to Hayasdan as a gift to his nation this [more...]

January 14, 2016 // 2 Comments

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One Man’s Survival Journey Reflects Grit

  Hrant Russian defied the odds he faced during the genocide. LEXINGTON, Mass.—Hrant’s Story: A Journey to Survive is a true eyewitness account of one man’s life and survival in the Armenian Genocide during the early part of the 20th century. Traveling from Kharpert to freedom, his [more...]

January 13, 2016 // 1 Comment

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A Winning Lottery Ticket for Christmas

I gave my wife the gift of love this Christmas, along with a winning scratch ticket. Big spender that I am, my stocking stuffer included a stack of lottery tickets. The love is always expected. That’s automatic when you’ve been married 50 years. A winning ticket, that’s an added bonus. Okay, [more...]

January 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

Maestro Konstantin Petrossian is in his element as conductor of the Erevan Choral Society.

Maestro Petrossian Defies Health to Conduct Chorale

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Days before conducting the Erevan Choral Society in its annual Christmas extravaganza, Konstantin Petrossian was confined to a hospital bed, his fate hanging in the balance. Maestro Konstantin Petrossian is in his element as conductor of the Erevan Choral Society. The popular [more...]

January 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

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