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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.
Older people live each day with a smile.

Elderly Keeping Fit with Vitality

There’s no reason why anyone should crumble with age in your community. Just take a quick look around and you’ll see the opportunities that give geriatrics a bad name. My mother, God bless her soul, had a perfect answer to it. Make the most of every day and don’t worry about tomorrow. Older [more...]

April 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Father Raphael Andonian

Father Raphael Andonian Left No Stone Unturned

BELMONT, Mass.—Like a utility player for his church, Very Rev. Father Raphael Andonian covered every base as pastor for two decades at Holy Cross Armenian Catholic Church in Belmont. Father Raphael Andonian It was the church and parish center he helped construct, the one he manifested and [more...]

April 16, 2014 // 4 Comments

Students of St. Stephen's Armenian Elementary School and Armenian Sisters’ Academy sing the U.S. and Armenian National Anthems. (Photo by Tom Vartabedian)

Boston Mulls Centennial after Statehouse Observance

Special for the Armenian Weekly BOSTON, Mass.—No sooner had the final prayers been uttered and closing remarks given by State Rep. Jonathan Hecht that the crowd of 400 spectators gathered for a reception in the Massachusetts Statehouse on April 11. Students of St. Stephen’s Armenian [more...]

April 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Genocide memorial titled 'A Mother’s Hands' will be unveiled May 10 in Lowell on Mother’s Day weekend.

Lowell to Unveil Genocide Memorial on May 10

Lowell, Mass.—In what is believed to be an historic first—at least in America—a genocide monument with an imposing cross will be unveiled by a municipal complex. Genocide memorial titled ‘A Mother’s Hands’ will be unveiled May 10 in Lowell on Mother’s Day weekend. The unique [more...]

April 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Tom Vartabedian

Vartabedian: Hey, Buddy! Can You Spare a Dime?

Growing up, I used to think a dime was a big coin, despite its diminutive size. For a dime, I could get into a movie and see two feature films. I could buy a pocketful of candy and still get change back. For 10 cents, I could ride the trolley, purchase my favorite comic book, enjoy an ice cream [more...]

April 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lisa Apovian celebrates her Sontag Prize in Urban Education by teaching elementary school in Lawrence, Mass., every day for the past 17 years.

Lisa Apovian Earns Top Award in Education

WLawrence, Mass.—Somebody once imparted words of wisdom to Lisa Apovian during her 17 years as an elementary teacher in Lawrence. Lisa Apovian celebrates her Sontag Prize in Urban Education by teaching elementary school in Lawrence, Mass., every day for the past 17 years. “If you love your job, [more...]

March 20, 2014 // 2 Comments

Ellen DeGeneres with pizza star Edgar Martirosyan

Armenian Pizza Guy Upstages Oscars

Move over Papa Gino. Step aside Dominos. Make way for Big Mama & Papa, based in Los Angeles. Ellen DeGeneres with pizza star Edgar Martirosyan After that Academy Awards charade at the Oscars March 2, Edgar Martirosyan may just have found his pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. One report [more...]

March 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

KAYAKING

Vartabedian: An Amazing 4,000-Mile Kayak Journey

Show me someone that doesn’t have a bit of adventure in their lives and I’ll show you someone cringing with inertia. Climb a mountain, take a hike, run a road race, swim a lake. Whatever your niche, it’s bound to bring you a certain amount of self-esteem and pride. Even the more passive can [more...]

March 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Participants in a human rights forum at Pentucket Regional High School. (L-R) Students Alyson Ruzycky and Cody Sedler; George Aghjayan (Armenian Genocide), Dr. Ivy Helman (Jewish Holocaust), Claude Kaitare (Rwandan Genocide); and instructor JC Honer.

Merrimack Valley Steps Up Genocide Talks

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.—In an era marked by violence and chaos throughout the world, more and more schools throughout the Merrimack Valley are looking to learn about the Armenian Genocide. Participants in a human rights forum at Pentucket Regional High School. (L-R) Students Alyson Ruzycky and Cody [more...]

February 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

Barry Chooljian

Wrestling Coach Chooljian Piles Up State Titles

PLAISTOW, N.H.—Sometimes, the best coaching talent isn’t found in schools like Alabama and Duke. More often than not, they’re located in small, unnoted schools. With 496 victories to his credit, Barry Chooljian should reach a coveted milestone before long at Timberlane Regional High School, [more...]

February 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

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