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Alan Horbal, center, picks up flags donated by Ocean State Job Lot.

Ocean State Job Lot Donates Flags to Fly in North Adams

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With a little help from Ocean State Job Lot, resident Alan Horbal secured 200 American flags to hang from utility poles throughout the city.
 
Every year, Horbal buys hundreds of flags in preparation for Memorial Day. But with Memorial Day being over a month away, stores were not fully stocked.
 
Enter David Sarlitto, executive director of the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation.
 
According to a statement from Ocean State, Sarlitto took a road trip to multiple store locations to collect the flags Horbal needed, without depleting store supplies.
 
After many stops and more than six hours of driving round trip, Sarlitto delivered — and donated — 200 flags to Horbal at the end of March.
 
Horbal, a local historian, began some years ago placing flags along Kemp Avenue and East Main Street. Last year, his nonprofit group Kempville Flags Inc. raised enough in donations and volunteer time to fly 304 3-foot by 5-foot flags.
 
Memorial Day is May 31.
 
Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Kempville Flags Inc., 458 East Main St., North Adams, MA 01247.
 

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Mass MoCA to 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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