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The North Adams Police Department purchased a Christmas meal and presents for a dozen families in need.
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The prepackaged meals are ready to go.

North Adams Police Deliver Meals to Families In Need

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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Officers Erik Thomas, left, with Police Chief Jason Wood and Officer Matthew Meranti on Monday. The department raised money to buy dinners and presents for local residents.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Police department wanted to give a little more this year and decided to deliver Christmas meals to 12 families in need.
 
"I know what it's like this time of year if you are a young family. Food is not always the top priority," Officer Erik Thomas said. "You want to get your kids some toys to put under the tree."
 
Thomas said the department reached out to elementary school adjustment counselors and asked for a few families that may need a little help this holiday season.
 
"We asked them to pick us a few families and we wanted to see what we could come up with for donations from the officers," he said. "The chief offered to match the donations, which we really didn't even need because we had enough through the donations from each individual officer. We covered about 90 percent of it."
 
Each family got a Butterball "ready to roast" turkey breast, mashed potatoes, rolls, vegetables, gravy, and a pie. Thomas said they also gathered some toys for the younger kids and movie tickets for some of the older kids.
 
The meals were delivered on Monday afternoon.  
 
Police Chief Jason Wood said he was proud of his officers for stepping up and giving back to the community.
 
"I think this is great that everyone wants to help ... we need to make sure we grow with the community’s needs," he said. "Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that are in need and if the police can help in a small way we are going to do it."

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Mass MoCA Readies for Summer Restaurant, Season

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

A conceptual image of the restaurant.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Georgian restaurant out of New York City is planning a pop-up eatery at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art this summer.
 
The Mass MoCA Commission on Wednesday approved the seasonal restaurant to occupy the former Gramercy space, specifically the courtyard near the museum entrance. The restaurant would operate from Memorial Day until some time September.
 
"The operators for this pop-up restaurant are coming to us from Manhattan, where they run two restaurants with Georgian — as in, over-in-Europe Georgian — style food, and they recently, last year pre-COVID, hosted a dinner event for us so we got to know them and their delicious food," said Tracy Moore, the museum's interim director. "They would operate as many days as they could in the beginning as they staff up and ultimately gearing towards full lunch and dinner operations that comport with Mass MoCA hours."
 
Tamara Chubinidze, a native of Tbilisi, Georgia, opened Chama Mama in New York City in 2019 and has had plans to expand. The restaurant is appearing before 
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