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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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Same Old Routine? Why Change?

Like many people, I tend to be a creature of habit. I sleep on the right side of my bed and wake up the same way. My breakfast table has been set the night before with a banana in place. Half for me and the other half for my wife. But before breakfast, gotta get the workout in sync. Summers [more...]

August 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

Nancy Gavoor, right, and Jill Tosoian Dolik continue to remain best friends as Detroit AYF alumnae while remaining atop the all-time Olympic scoring list with 144 points each.

Detroiters Gavoor and Dolik Still Carry Olympic Torch

DETROIT, Mich.—They were best friends growing up through Sunday School, premiere AYF athletes, community activists, role models and, most of all, proud Armenians from noted family stock. Nancy Gavoor, right, and Jill Tosoian Dolik continue to remain best friends as Detroit AYF alumnae while [more...]

August 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Justin Aprahamian can turn any kitchen into a gourmet’s delight.

Justin Aprahamian Is Chef Personified

MILWAUKEE, Wisc.—You happen to be a well-known Armenian chef in America, and suddenly you get a call from the president of Armenia who wants to visit your home for dinner. If you’re Justin Aprahamian, the menu would be nothing out of the ordinary. Simply, the same as any traditional Armenian [more...]

August 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

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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

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