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About Tom Vartabedian (533 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.
Tatoul Badalian has helped turn Amaras Art Alliance into a genuine community gem.

Amaras, MENK Keep Badalian Active

WATERTOWN, Mass.—Whether it’s posting your calendar item or promoting a cultural venue, look no further than Tatoul Badalian. He’s a community catalyst who works in more ways than an Energizer bunny. Tatoul Badalian has helped turn Amaras Art Alliance into a genuine community gem. The [more...]

July 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Author Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte speaking to an audience of enraptured listeners in North Andover

Baku Survivor Adapts to a New World

In a world marked by violence and remorse, Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte considers herself a survivor—and rightfully so. Author Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte speaking to an audience of enraptured listeners in North Andover She survived a pogrom in Baku at the height of the Azeri conflict. She faced [more...]

July 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

Olga Sarkisian during the early years, and as she appears now after 60 years with the Andover Companies.

Olga Sarkisian: Same Job for 60 Years

ANDOVER, Mass.—The year was 1954. Roger Banister broke the four-minute mile barrier. Philly-born pool player Willie Mosconi sunk 526 pool balls without missing. Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, and Lana Turner were sizzling Hollywood stars. Doris Day topped the song charts with “Secret Love.” [more...]

July 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

Project SAVE Executive Director Ruth Thomasian shares a microphone with Karoun Restaurant owner John Eurdolian at a Cocktails & Conversation social May 8 at Karoun Restaurant in Newton, Mass. (Tom Vartabedian photo)

Project SAVE Gala Picture Perfect

What’s in a photo? Well, if it was taken in 1946 inside a Watertown building called Kondazian Coat Factory, plenty! The picture shows Armenian immigrant employees and perhaps children of those refugees sitting around tables filled with libations and what appears like mezza plates. The people are [more...]

July 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Robert Megerdichian is ready to catch a sinking glove.

Baseball Gloves Get New Life with Megerdichian

Robert Megerdichian is ready to catch a sinking glove. CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—It’s the All-American game. And Robert Megerdichian is giving baseball a new lease on life—at least the glove part of it. Bats are swinging. Balls are being hit out of the park. Runners are stealing bases. Teams are [more...]

July 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Gerald Chertavian hit the national spotlight with a TV stint on ‘Sixty Minutes’ as founder and CEO of ‘Year Up,’ an intensive one-year education program that serves low-income young adults.

‘Sixty Minutes’ Lifts Chertavian into National Prominence

BOSTON, Mass.—He grew up in nearby Lowell, the son of a dentist and dental hygienist, bent on cutting his own teeth in the business world. Gerald Chertavian hit the national spotlight with a TV stint on ‘Sixty Minutes’ as founder and CEO of ‘Year Up,’ an intensive one-year education [more...]

July 2, 2014 // 2 Comments

Ready, set, go for another AYF Olympics in Detroit this Labor Day weekend.

Will Host Detroit Retaliate at AYF Olympics?

That seems to be the big question as AYF pundits gear up for another Olympic showdown in the Motor City this Labor Day. Ready, set, go for another AYF Olympics in Detroit this Labor Day weekend. The natives are getting restless. Diehards like Sonny Gavoor, Harry Derderian, and Nick Stepanian are at [more...]

July 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Merrimack Valley genocide survivor Nellie Nazarian, 102, kept a vigil until the very end.

Last Genocide Survivor in Merrimack Valley Passes Away

METHUEN, Mass.—Nazalie “Nellie” Nazarian took her leave with a blaze of glory. Merrimack Valley genocide survivor Nellie Nazarian, 102, kept a vigil until the very end. The last genocide survivor in Merrimack Valley passed away peacefully on June 12, surrounded by her loving family. Just [more...]

June 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

‘When I do Swan Lake, I feel like I’m in another world,’ says Avetik Karapetyan.

Karapetyan Taking Quantum Leap with Boston Ballet

BOSTON, Mass.—As a young lad of 8 pursuing ballet, the girls laugh and giggled when they saw Avetik Karapetyan in leotards. Today, they can laugh all they want. Yerevan-born Avetik Karapetyan brings a fresh approach as a solo dancer in his second year with the Boston Ballet. Karapetyan not only [more...]

June 13, 2014 // 2 Comments

Felix and Candace Gregorian of Chelmsford display the gifts they received during a recognition luncheon June 5 at St. Gregory Armenian Church, North Andover. (Photo by Violet Dagdigian)

Fifth Deployment No Sweat for Gregorian

CHELMSFORD, Mass.—U.S. Army Major Felix Gregorian is preparing for his fifth assignment to the Middle East next month at age 59. Felix and Candace Gregorian of Chelmsford display the gifts they received during a recognition luncheon June 5 at St. Gregory Armenian Church, North Andover. (Photo by [more...]

June 12, 2014 // 6 Comments

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