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About Tom Vartabedian (536 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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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

Tom Vartabedian

Vartabedian: 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 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Metropolitan Opera tenor Richard Tucker as ‘The Duke’ in ‘Rigoletto,’ shortly before his death in 1971.

Richard Tucker Remembered during Centennial

If Richard Tucker were alive today, he would be celebrating his centennial—and probably still singing. Metropolitan Opera tenor Richard Tucker as ‘The Duke’ in ‘Rigoletto,’ shortly before his death in 1971. The world’s greatest tenor enjoyed a modest, yet memorable career at the [more...]

July 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

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 // 2 Comments

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

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