Articles by Tom Vartabedian

About Tom Vartabedian (684 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.
Filmmaker Stephanie Ayanian, right, is joined by partner Joseph Myers and John Sweers, a volunteer from Madison, Wis., during a shooting session in Armenia for her upcoming documentary ‘A New Armenia,’ which is a year into the works.

A Genocide Film with Vision—and Hope

BRYN MAWR, Pa.—Filmmaker Stephanie Ayanian is on a long, yet relentless journey toward fruition. Ayanian is a year into her hour-long documentary called “A New Armenia,” combing the roads and byways for engaging stories about Armenians in the diaspora. Filmmaker Stephanie Ayanian, right, is [more...]

November 27, 2015 // 0 Comments


Merrimack Valley ANC Honors Trio with Freedom Awards

CHELMSFORD, Mass.—A former mayor who designated a parcel of land for an elaborate genocide monument at Lowell City Hall. Daniel Varoujan Hejinian, David Boyajian, James Milinazzo A consummate journalist from Greater Boston who stops at nothing to bring homage and proper recognition to his beloved [more...]

November 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Railed by a parking glitch

‘Stop the train…we want to get on!’

Railed by a parking glitch Had you been aboard the noon train coming out of my transit-friendly city, you may have noticed an incredulous sight. Two people chasing frantically after a train in motion, hoping it would stop to let them board. My wife and I were in hot pursuit to meet a doctor’s [more...]

November 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Leo Sarkisian playing the kanoun

A 95-Year-Old World War II Veteran Who Defies Age

Leo Sarkisian playing the kanoun (Photo: Tom Vartabedian) TEWKSBURY, Mass.—It’s Veterans Day week here at Bayberry Emerald Court and there’s something special going on with one of its cherished residents. A 95-year-old is busy at work setting up an eye-popping art exhibit that characterizes [more...]

November 19, 2015 // 1 Comment

Dr. Ara and Milka Jeknavorian find retirement very much Armenian.(Photo: Kevin Jacobus)

What It Takes to Become a Proud Armenian

Dr. Ara and Milka Jeknavorian find retirement very much Armenian.(Photo: Kevin Jacobus) As the daughter of a prominent Armenian writer, Lorig Gelenian knows first hand what it means to be a conscientious Armenian. She was raised in the same spirited mold as her father. And carried it throughout her [more...]

November 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

tom column - play-Matchmaker

Matchmaker: No Match Necessary!

Matchmaker, matchmaker Make me a match Find me a find Catch me a catch Look through your book And make me a perfect match — “Fiddler on the Roof” As conscientious Armenians, we need to be thinking about the welfare of our own people. If we don’t support and patronize our own kind, then who [more...]

November 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Musician Danny Bedrosian comes from a rich Armenian cultural heritage.

Bedrosian Blends Heritage with Music

LAWRENCE, Mass.—The smiling, beard-covered face of international super producer and musician Danny Bedrosian hides the tragedy his family faced. A native of Lawrence, his family was from the Kharpert province, which was known as the “Slaughterhouse Province” during the Armenian Genocide. It [more...]

November 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Merrimack Valley Armenians dance up a storm in Haverhill for a church benefit.

A Good Time for a Church Cause

HAVERHILL, Mass.—They call themselves the Armenian Friends of America and their mission appears to be an effective one: bring people together and divide up the proceeds among area churches. Merrimack Valley Armenians dance up a storm in Haverhill for a church benefit. Over the past three years, [more...]

November 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Cover of Onnik Dinkjian's 'Diyarbekiri Hokin'

‘Vay Baboo’ Still Says It All!

“Saturday is bath day The wooden shoes and towel are in my hand Hot, hot in front of the sink, My mother rubs with the bath mitt Vye baboo, oh daddy, vye baboo.” —Sung by Onnik Dinkjian   My grandmother was a woman of sound expression. She seemed to have one for every occasion—good or [more...]

November 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

Halloween pumpkins glow with a smile

Elephant Man Personified Halloween

The “elephant man” needed no costume on this Halloween night. You would find him walking the streets of my city at night for fear of being recognized and scaring the wits out of some unsuspecting child. Much as you wanted to see his face, it didn’t want to see you—given his disfigurement. [more...]

October 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

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