Articles by Tom Vartabedian

About Tom Vartabedian (581 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.
Choreographer/dancer Apo Ashjian

One Armenian Name that Backfires

What’s in a name? Plenty! Especially if it’s Appo or Apo, however you wish to interpret it. Publisher/writer Appo Jabarian For the life of me, I know three people by that name. There’s an Apo Jeknavorian in my community who works as an EMT, associated with one of our more prominent families [more...]

December 24, 2014 // 4 Comments

'‘Tis the season to be jolly, I know, but also the time of year when we must express some gratitude for being alive.'

Readers Share Their Gratitude Toward America

Every good story deserves a sequel, or so it’s said. Sometimes I get more pleasure out of a follow-up than I do with the original. Please read on. The Thanksgiving column I wrote about sharing my gratitude in being an American-Armenian created quite the stir. What bothered me a little were a [more...]

December 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Joseph’s Amazing Dreamcoat

A Pre-Christmas Coat That Wore Thin

Even Joseph and his “Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” would have to take a back seat to this. Not that I didn’t enjoy the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical when it first opened on Broadway in 1982. I left there humming the lyrics to the hit song “Any Dream Will Do.” My reverie of such a dream [more...]

December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Hitting the Rails with Gusto

Where would any of us be without our different modes of transportation? Hop into a car and we arrive anywhere in the United States. Board a plane and we can travel the world. Trains and busses also serve their purposes well, especially for a couple of endearing folks we know who have flight [more...]

December 12, 2014 // 2 Comments

Rev. Archpriest Aram Stepanian celebrates his last ‘Badarak’ Sunday at Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church in Whitinsville. (Tom Vartabedian photo)

Whitinsville Honors Its Retiring (?) Pastor

WHITINSVILLE, Mass.—He was a carpenter, electrician, mechanic, and an astute businessman. He could get the stains out of a deacon’s vestment, replumb a Baptismal font he had designed, and be your best friend and caretaker in time of need. Rev. Archpriest Aram Stepanian celebrates his last [more...]

December 11, 2014 // 1 Comment

khatch feature pic

Khatchig Mouradian: A Man in Motion

It wasn’t enough editing the Armenian Weekly for seven years and coping with all the innuendoes of what this business of journalism demands. Sleepless hours. Deadlines. Circulation concerns. Where the next story will originate. A busy writing schedule that never relaxes. Nor did it suffice to [more...]

December 5, 2014 // 7 Comments

Pieces of artwork ‘From Genocide to Independence’ representing Hejinian’s exhibit that took place in Armenia this fall.

Armenia Applauds Hejinian Art Exhibit

YEREVAN—Artist Daniel Varoujan Hejinian of Chelmsford, Mass., is not one to sit idle very long, not when his heritage is at stake. Armenia’s First Lady Rita Sargsyan greets Hejinian at the Presidential Palace in Yerevan. Weeks after his annual billboard blitz throughout Greater Boston and [more...]

November 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

A Thanksgiving to count our blessings

Giving Thanks as Proud American Armenians

As we hover over our dinner tables sagging with food this Thanksgiving, let us pause to reflect what this day may bring us. A Thanksgiving to count our blessings Let us thank God that as bountiful American Armenians, we live in a country that is not ready to explode in our faces like Syria. That [more...]

November 26, 2014 // 7 Comments

Tom Vartabedian

Old Cameras Outlive Their Time

I’m in a bit of a dilemma and am hoping someone out there in Readerland can help me. What do you do with old cameras that have outlived their time but served you well? If it were a thoroughbred, you would put it out to pasture and keep it comfortable. But we’re talking inanimate objects here. I [more...]

November 21, 2014 // 5 Comments

Barefooted hikers on their toes

Vartabedian: There’s Hillbillies in Them Ther Hills

I never knew about hillbillies in the true sense of the word. I always thought they were fellas named Bill who took to the hills barefooted with a shotgun in hand, drinking moonshine with bad teeth and worn-out clothes. Barefooted hikers on their toes It never crossed my mind that the word had an [more...]

November 17, 2014 // 1 Comment

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