Tom Vartabedian

Vartabedian: My Final Column

After a courageous battle with liver cancer, longtime Armenian Weekly columnist Tom Vartabedian passed away last night. Tom Vartabedian (Photo: WSJ) Vartabedian’s name is no stranger to the pages of the Armenian Weekly—he has volunteered his services as a columnist and correspondent with the [more...]

November 13, 2016 // 43 Comments

A Hat to Match Any Occasion

A man who loses his head at being angry or upset may be better off than most of us. He doesn’t have to worry about which hat to wear. A hat worn by Armenian adventurist Joe Dagdigian has certainly made the rounds My closet is full of them and I can’t seem to reduce the supply. At least 15 of [more...]

October 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

More Smiles Keep the Frowns Away

The other day, I found myself shuffling along Faneuil Hall in Boston, side-stepping the crowd that converged around a clown providing a comedy routine. I was feeling rather low this day. Maybe the bumper-to-bumper traffic had something to do with my disposition but it certainly could have been [more...]

October 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

Richard Sarajian: New Jersey’s Man for All Seasons

Don’t go calling Richard Sarajian a community activist or anything of the sort…unless you want another point of view. To his fellow Armenians, constituents, religious and political pundits, he’s simply one involved Armenian doing his job, not playing the role. In retrospect, he’d rather [more...]

September 30, 2016 // 0 Comments

Vartabedian: A 7-Month Overview of Cancer

Here we are, at the seven-month stage of my cancer treatments, and I’m happy to report that I’m still reporting to my reading faithful. That is, I’m still able to post periodical updates of my condition and keep a stiff upper lip with this dreaded disease. Tom Vartabedian (Photo: WSJ) First [more...]

September 29, 2016 // 5 Comments

Vartabedian: Why We Love Our School Teachers

My favorite school teacher was not found in a gym, nor was it English, where I seemed to excel.  Suppose if I wanted to be a journalist, I needed to make the grade here and not algebra.  Math was never a strong point. But I couldn’t tell you who my best teachers were in English.  I remember [more...]

September 22, 2016 // 3 Comments

Kushigian Still Getting Football Notice

The way Boston College football is going the past couple years, the Eagles could surely use a guy like Harry Kushigian, even in his mid-70’s. He still looks the part of that bruising lineman back more than half a century ago when he was playing his college ball at The Heights. What’s even more [more...]

September 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

Alashaians Keep AYF Olympic Name in the Forefront

What’s in a name? Plenty, especially if the name is Alashaian and you’re talking the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Olympics. It spans three generations and marks a crescendo when it comes to New Jersey-ites. Rosemary and Avo Alashaian at the 2016 AYF Olympics It spills over to church, the [more...]

September 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

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

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