North Adams Police Holding Officer Exam

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Police Department is hosting an officer entrance examination on Saturday morning. 
Registration is $100 and is open until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 2. 
The written test will be administered at the police station, 21 Holden St., at 10:15 a.m. and the physical ability assessment at 2 p.m.
The department is seeking qualified and motivated men and women for the position of police officer. It officers competitive pay and educational incentives for college degrees and recently moved into a new facility. 
The department strives to maintain a positive relationship with the community and outreach is one of its priorities.
Candidates must be able to obtain a valid license to carry, be a citizen and have a driver's license, be at least 21 at the beginning of academy training, hold a high school diploma or higher and pass a number of written, oral and medical exams, and not use tobacco products. The department requires officers to live within 25 miles of North Adams, including over the state border. 
Those taking the test should arrive at 10 a.m. with the admission notice, a legal photo ID and a No. 2 pencil.  


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Blackinton Mill Owners: City's Delays Put $17M Hotel Project in Peril

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff

Mayor Jennifer Macksey speaks at Tuesday's City Council meeting as Tourists owner Ben Svenson looks on. 
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The $17 million expansion plans for the Blackinton Mill are tripping over a 10-foot high pile hides that has been decaying for 60 years. 
The partnership that operates Tourists resort says the whole project — including a proposed bike path — is in danger of failing before it even begins if a November grant deadline to clean up the mess isn't met. 
But the Mayor Jennifer Macksey says more testing is needed before the city takes control of the one-acre site and is positing a February closing date.
On Tuesday, the partners were pleading with the City Council to use any tools it had to make the mayor abide by an agreement to close on the parcel before the deadline.
"I really don't want to say it will go away but we will not be able to sustain any longer unless we can resolve this issue," said principal Benjamin Svenson. "And so I appeal to you tonight to please — whatever tools you have — communicate to the mayor the urgency of resolving this matter."
The matter before the council was an authorization for the mayor to purchase the property, which would be for $1. The city would be able to apply for a U.S. Environmental Protection Act brownfield grant not available to the private entity. 
"We need this to secure our financing," said Svenson. "We can't get a bank loan until we resolve this matter. ... 
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