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About Tom Vartabedian (573 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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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

Gracie Stepanian, 6, dances up a storm with the Siroun Ensemble. (Tom Vartabedian photo)

Armenian Dancing Remedies a Child’s Illness

WHITINSVILLE, Mass.—If dancing is the best medicine, you won’t have to convince Gracie Stepanian otherwise. The 6-year-old has battled a lingering illness since the day she was born. In and out of hospitals, pain, discomfort, and an influx of medical prescriptions have tormented the young girl. [more...]

November 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

Rose (Chakerian) Babaian has built her own history of the Armenian community—one newspaper article at a time.

Rose Babaian: The Ultimate Scrapbook Keeper

BRAINTREE, Mass.—Like all of us, Rose Babaian enjoys a good Armenian story. She’s found them in the pages of our local papers, clipping them out and preserving them forever inside her treasured scrapbook. Rose (Chakerian) Babaian has built her own history of the Armenian community—one [more...]

November 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

Richard Hovannisian applauds ‘the Haireniks’ during an anniversary reception Oct. 26 hosted by Avo and Carmen Barmakian of Waltham, attended by some 180 guests. (Tom Vartabedian photo)

Reception for ‘the Haireniks’ Captures the Spirit

In an era where electronics are threatening printed media, the Haireniks appear to be weathering the changing times. Had you attended the reception on Oct. 26, you would have received a vote of confidence in the two publications at 80 Bigelow in Watertown. The Armenian Weekly—formerly Hairenik [more...]

November 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Hrant Dink Memorial Lecture to Be Held at Harvard Nov. 13

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—It’s been nearly eight years since Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was gunned down in the streets of Istanbul in what has become known as an act against humanity. Yet his memory perseveres. To say it saddened Armenians worldwide is putting it mildly, not to mention the [more...]

November 4, 2014 // 1 Comment

Who doesn’t like a good tomato?

Secret Garden Remains No Mystery

One of the nicest things about gardening is watching your neighbor grow one. So why grow vegetables when you can live off other people’s produce? Case in point. Who doesn’t like a good tomato? The other day following a workout at the gym, a complete stranger next to me says, “Hey, Bud! Want [more...]

October 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Tom Column - Red-autumn-morning

Which Season Is Your Favorite?

I’ll start out by telling you mine. It would be the one that’s embracing us all. The splendor of autumn. This all started when the grandkids were revealing their favorite season. One said winter for obvious reasons: Christmas. Another pointed to summer for camps and swimming on a lake, not to [more...]

October 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Birthday boy William Whittlesey (with hat) celebrates his 11th year by collecting more than $600 in gift contributions for Camp Haiastan.

A Child’s Birthday Gift for Camp Haiastan

SHERBORN, Mass.—In a world governed by corporate executives, venture capitalists, and philandering bureaucrats, sometimes it takes a child to do a man’s job. Birthday boy William Whittlesey (with hat) celebrates his 11th year by collecting more than $600 in gift contributions for Camp Haiastan. [more...]

October 23, 2014 // 2 Comments

Rose Narzakian was all heart when it came to her church and the Armenian Relief Society.

Lowell ARS Loses Beloved 65-Year Member

LOWELL, Mass.—Few have given more of their lives to the Armenian Relief Society (ARS) than Rose Narzakian. Rose Narzakian was all heart when it came to her church and the Armenian Relief Society. Whether it was collecting food and supplies for relief victims, tending to a booth at the Lowell Folk [more...]

October 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

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