Articles by Tom Vartabedian

About Tom Vartabedian (773 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.

An AYF Olympics Pre-Empted…By an Armenian Church Shutdown

HAVERHILL, Mass. (A.W.)—On a day when I would normally have been covering Sunday’s Armenian (AYF) Olympic Games, fate had taken me to another destiny—a far greater mission than a mile or a long jump. I covered the game of life—the closure of an Armenian church in my community. Yes, I had [more...]

September 14, 2016 // 1 Comment

Coffee Houses Serve an Ideal Place

Have you had your coffee today? You can either escape to the comfort of your favorite coffee house or simply dwell over a cup of brew in the privacy of your home. Artbridge in Yerevan But then, you would be escaping all the friends and fraternity that such places are remembered and revered. It’s [more...]

September 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

Haverhill Church Celebrates its Last ‘Badarak’ For the Road Ahead

HAVERHILL, Mass.—Since 1945, St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church has remained a sacred cornerstone of this once bustling shoe capital of the world. Parishioners unite in prayer It maintained a lofty presence at the junction of Main and Winter Streets, across from GAR Park dating [more...]

September 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

A Child’s First Day of School

As a doting grandparent, I know what makes a child happy. Take them on a shopping spree and open the world before their eyes. And so it was with a 6-year-old granddaughter who answers to Mazie Grace. I call her “A-Mazing Grace” after the Christian song that is still known after nearly 250 [more...]

September 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

Autumn’s Bounty is Most Alluring

“The falling leaves drift by the window The autumn leaves of red and gold Since you went away the days grow long And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song …” “Autumn Leaves” Autumn’s bounty is most alluring Weather-wise, I consider myself a very fortunate man to be living in the [more...]

September 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

A Well-Deserved Olympic Tribute to Adam Krikorian

All but lost in this year’s world Olympic Games was the work of Armenian Coach Adam Krikorian. Adam Krikorian tasted gold at this year’s Olympics with his United States women’s water polo team. We celebrated a gold medal and three silvers by our Armenian team and some others by Armenians [more...]

August 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Hachikian Score Enhances Netflix Series Marco Polo

  The guy who brought you the scintillating “Voyage to Amasia” as a tribute to his grandmother has taken a quantum leap forward in the musical world. Eric Hachikian   Eric Hachikian is composing the score for a nine-part Netflix series, “Marco Polo,” that carries a budget of $90 [more...]

August 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Alex and Ani: An Armenian Jewel

We’re living in an Alex and Ani world. No matter where you may go, there seems to be a vision of their business genius before your very eyes.  Americans tend to gloat over their jewelry products.  Armenians explode with pride over their accomplishments, pointing to a strong ethnic backbone. [more...]

August 24, 2016 // 12 Comments

Sosy Kadian Danced to Her Own Beat

CRESSKILL, N.J.—It was almost poetic really. Take a dance floor, introduce some Armenian music, and call Sosy Krikorian-Kadian to the forefront. A dancing Sosy Krikorian-Kadian No, you wouldn’t have to call, probe, or invite.  It was automatic.  The dancing machine didn’t need a clue, much [more...]

August 24, 2016 // 3 Comments

A Book that Initiates 100 Years of History

One never knows what the day’s mail will bring. One moment, it could be a solicitation from a worthy Armenian Cause. Another time, it could be a publication. Impact of an Ancient Nation In both cases, there’s a plethora of activity that makes my life more compelling—for richer or poorer. The [more...]

August 23, 2016 // 1 Comment

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