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About Tom Vartabedian (546 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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Vartabedian: Thoughts While Shaving

Grocery shopping frenzy On occasion, I may accompany my wife to the supermarket, but only if she mandates my attention. Otherwise, I run and hide, like I used to do when my mom was taking me to the dentist. It’s no fun going to these places. Shoppers are dodging one another with their karts. You [more...]

August 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Life isn’t always about championships. It’s not about sitting on a throne and becoming a royal pain to society. Sometimes, it’s about the 30,000th finisher in the Boston Marathon who checked in long after the crowd had dissipated.

Survival of the Fittest Hits Home

Back in high school, all the guys wanted to be like Charlie. He was the All-American Boy, captain of the football team, a 3-sport star, “couldn’t-do-anything-wrong” sort of fellow who had the world by the tail and wouldn’t let go. Life isn’t always about championships. It’s not about [more...]

August 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Three generations: Richard Bazarian attended his last genocide commemoration May 10 in Lowell, joined by Nellie Nazarian, who preceded him in death as the last survivor in Merrimack Valley, and 12-year-old Datev Gevorkian. (Photo by Tom Vartabedian)

Richard Bazarian Served His Heritage Well

HAVERHILL, Mass.—Richard K. Bazarian didn’t let his disease stand in the way of service to his beloved Armenian community. With pancreatic cancer ravaging his body, he continued to show up at genocide commemorations and other community events before death on July 23. He was two days short of [more...]

August 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

Octogenarian Sylvia Tavitian continues to play the organ after 66 years at Armenian Church at Hye Pointe in Haverhill.

A Church Organist Celebrates 66 Years

Haverhill, Mass.—The year is 1948. A 33 rpm record made its debut to the vinyl industry. The game of Scrabble took America by storm while Judy Garland was strolling along in her “Easter Parade.” A young 14-year-old choirgirl volunteered to play the organ in her church—and never stopped. [more...]

August 11, 2014 // 1 Comment

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One Day in the Life of Armenia

YEREVAN—The task remained a daunting one. How do you arrange 2,000 photographs of your trip to Armenia into an album with 200 slots? The challenge would be easy if you had bought 10 albums. But then, who would sit long enough to enjoy your portfolio without getting bored? Just fitting them into [more...]

August 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Vartabedian: Sport Debacles Leave Me Empty

At first, I thought it was a misprint. Wouldn’t you think so if you saw a college basketball score that read 116-12? Seems the host team Jaguars set an NCAA record by scoring the game’s first 44 points in their blowout over the Tigers. End result: Southern 116, Champion Baptist 12. According to [more...]

August 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lowell ARS member Shake (Dagdigian) Pendergast prepares a meal at the city’s folk festival.

Lowell ARS Sizzles at Folk Festival

LOWELL, Mass.—“I waited a whole year for this!” The voice belonged to an eager enthusiast looking to sink his teeth into a losh kebab plate prepared by the Lowell “Lousintak” Armenian Relief Society (ARS) Chapter. Lowell ARS member Shake (Dagdigian) Pendergast prepares a meal at the [more...]

August 6, 2014 // 2 Comments

Michael Charchaflian with Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley during a visit together to the Billerica House of Correction.

Prison Ministry Stimulates Charchaflian

I was in prison and you visited me.’ (Matthew 25:36) WATERTOWN, Mass.—The steel doors to the Billerica House of Correction are 10 deep before Michael Charchaflian encounters an inmate or detainee. It’s all in the line of work for this Armenian prison minister whose job it is to save souls and [more...]

August 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Pet Peeves Find Little Comfort

I’m not one to always complain for what good does it do? People don’t listen to you. They have their own troubles. I’ve learned through experience that the person who is always kicking doesn’t have a leg to stand on.  Yet, we go through life annoyed and irritable when things don’t quite [more...]

August 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

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Keeping in Step with Dance Recitals

I committed the ultimate social blunder the other day at my granddaughter’s dance recital. Just as she appeared on stage for one of her “dazzling” performances, I jumped from my seat and began taking photographs. I didn’t sit back down until the number ended three minutes later, hoping to [more...]

July 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

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