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About Tom Vartabedian (732 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.
Leo and Mary Sarkisian

A 95-Year-Old WWII Veteran Who Defies Age

Leo Sarkisian could very well be a poster child for his generation, few that remain. He speaks six languages, plays an intricate 2,000-year-old Middle Eastern instrument called the “kanoun” and could probably talk you under the table while sharing his World War II experiences. Leo Sarkisian He [more...]

May 30, 2016 // 1 Comment

Tom Vartabedian

Finding Meaning in My New Reality

Editor’s note: Columnist Tom Vartabedian has been diagnosed with cancer. This is the second in a series of columns about his treatments and other experiences related to the disease that will appear occasionally in the Haverhill Gazette, where Vartabedian worked for decades. The Armenian Weekly [more...]

May 27, 2016 // 3 Comments

Lisa Kouchakdjian is right at home inside her Armenian kitchen

Love on a Plate Serves Us All

  Lisa Kouchakdjian is right at home inside her Armenian kitchen What started out as a whim 18 months ago has now turned into a staple for Lisa Kouchakdjian. Her plateful of love is being served in heaping portions to an audience that’s constantly asking for seconds. Her nutmeg is called [more...]

May 20, 2016 // 2 Comments

Two favorite authors: Chris Bohjalian visiting statue of William Saroyan in Yerevan (Photo: Aaron Spagnolo)

Updates and an Anecdote

An Athlete Who Follows Her Dream Every once in a while, a story crosses my desk that makes me want to cheer aloud. This one has to do with a girl named Ariana Chipolone who plays basketball for her high school in Old Tappan, N.J. She’s quite good at her sport—good enough to take her skills with [more...]

May 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

Tom Vartabedian

Taking a Load off My Mind

It’s that time of year when postal carriers across the land may be regretting their jobs. And consumers, too. We’re bearing the burden of investment corporations who use the first day of spring in mailing out their annual reports. Like a lot of people, I have mutual funds and stocks that often [more...]

May 6, 2016 // 1 Comment

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A Trip Derailed by a New Journey

Editor’s note: Columnist Tom Vartabedian has been diagnosed with cancer. This is the first in a series of columns about his treatments and other experiences related to the disease that will appear occasionally in the Haverhill Gazette, where Vartabedian worked for decades. The Armenian Weekly [more...]

May 5, 2016 // 5 Comments

Berdj Garabedian

Berdj Garabedian: A Pillar Among Many

It’s nice to know that nearly three decades after his death, Berdj Garabedian is not a forgotten man. His work in refined metals and numismatic circles continues to live on and be appreciated by those who’ve known him or never met the man. Berdj Garabedian An exhibit that will have you [more...]

May 4, 2016 // 1 Comment

Children display a poignant banner at Lowell City Hall. (Photo: Sona Gevorkian)

Merrimack Valley Commemorates Armenian Genocide

LOWELL, Mass.—Newly-appointed Mayor Ed Kennedy and a number of City Councilors joined Armenians from throughout the Merrimack Valley in commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on April 23. More than 100 observers turned out for the commemoration, despite the rain which [more...]

April 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

The cover of The Search for a Master’s Legacy

The Search for a Master’s Legacy

  The cover of The Search for a Master’s Legacy LOWELL, Mass.—Mehmed Ali could very well be the best friend any Armenian could have. Aside from moral support, he’s donated money to genocide observances in this mill city, taken part in commemorative marches downtown, and conducted a [more...]

April 26, 2016 // 4 Comments

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley (Photo: Tamar Kanarian)

Boston Catholics Rally around Armenian Genocide Remembrance

BOSTON, Mass.—In an era of papal recognition of the Armenian Genocide, others have also taken a quantum leap forward in their quest for justice, including Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley (Photo: Tamar Kanarian) For the first time ever inside a formal church setting, an [more...]

April 25, 2016 // 3 Comments

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