Summer in Review: Outages, Elections, CruiseFest, Fireworks and More (With Photos)
Here's what happened in and around Berkley and Huntington Woods.
We shared a lot of good information this summer and want to make sure you didn't miss a thing, so here are some highlights:
- UPDATE: Berkley Man Will Stand Trial in Attack on Royal Oak Roommate: Judge sends case to trial after Brent Smetana, 20, waives his right to have a preliminary examination.
- Last Blue Moon Until 2015 Visible: The rare occurrence corresponds with a private memorial ceremony for astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died Aug. 25 in Ohio at age 82.
- The Berkley Farm Stand Opens: Berkley native Laura Uhlianuk will sell fruits and vegetables grown at her family's farm in North Branch during September and October at the site next to Clark's Ice Cream and Yogurt.
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- Levin Rallies Democrats in Berkley (With Photos): Approximately 70 people turned out to hear the U.S. representative and a handful of Democratic candidates for Oakland County offices during the invitation-only event at Jaycee Park.
- Huntington Woods Issues West Nile Virus Alert: Residents are urged to educate themselves about how the disease is spread – the LaSalle Boulevard fountain is not a mosquito breeding ground, for example – and take protective measures such as wearing long-sleeve shirts and long pants.
- Clark's to Stay Open All Year: The ice cream and yogurt shop in Berkley will add new offerings when the weather turns colder that could include coffee, hot cocoa and spiced cider.
- Get to Know Berkley School District Superintendent Dennis McDavid: "I feel lucky to be here. It's a great place. We've got great community support, we've got great staff and we've got great kids," says the aspiring author and fan of Southern literature, who lives in Auburn Hills with his wife and two dogs.
- Photos: Pub Crawl Hits the Town: Crawlers visited seven bars and restaurants during the annual Berkley Area Chamber of Commerce event.
- Berkley Honors Retired Public Safety Sergeant: "I have no regrets at all. I enjoyed it immensely," said Tom Dzendzel of his 25-year career with the city, which was recognized in a resolution.
- Huntington Woods Passes Fireworks Ordinance: The new rule bans personal fireworks use on all days except those protected by a new state law.
- Berkley OKs Dispatch Agreements with Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge: The Berkley Public Safety Department will continue to handle 911 calls from both cities; a fire agreement with Pleasant Ridge will be terminated.
- Norup Gets New International Baccalaureate Coordinator: Denise Tomlinson, a former Berkley High School special education teacher, will replace Sarah Fairman, who has left the district to take a position at the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills.
- Rewind: Woodward Dream Cruise: We're here to catch you up on stories and photos from the classic car parade that you might have missed!
- Photos: Berkley CruiseFest Delights Fans: Hundreds of classic cars parade along 12 Mile Road before an evening of festivities downtown.
- Woodward Dream Cruise a Nightmare for Some: Residents and business owners who are fed up with the event and the activity that precedes it sound off on Facebook.
- Coolidge Highway Reopens in Huntington Woods: The northbound lanes were reopened more than a month ahead of schedule.
- County Executive Patterson Injured in Car Accident: According to news reports, L. Brooks Patterson suffered broken bones as a passenger in an Auburn Hills crash but is expected to make a full recovery.
- New Michigan Department of Education Rule Impacts Berkley School District: The state agency has mandated that Title I schools with significant achievement gaps – such as Norup International School – must allow some students to transfer within the district beginning in the 2012-13 school year.
- Berkley OKs Millage Request; Will Raise $1.36 million Annually: "At the end of the day, the community spoke. Now we've got to work together," resident Marc Herron says of the Municipal Operating, Police and Fire Millage Proposal that received 69 percent approval at the polls.
- Voters Pass Gogh, Tell DIA to Collect $230M from Macomb, Oakland, Wayne Counties: The Detroit Institute of Arts millage passed in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
- UPDATED: Work on 12 Mile Road, Coolidge Highway Wraps Up: "Everything really went well," Berkley Department of Public Works Director Derrick Schueller said.
- Elderly Woman, Son Escape Berkley Fire: No one was seriously injured in the blaze that occurred in the 2200 block of Cummings, the Public Safety Department says.
- UPDATED: Burton, Pattengill Receive Top Ranking on School Report Cards from State: But, because Adequate Yearly Progress now has more stringent requirements, the Berkley School District failed to meet the mark, even though a majority of its schools did.
- Berkley Historical Committee Seeks Photos for Book: Arcadia Publishing will produce a Berkley edition of its series on Metro Detroit history.
- Yad Ezra Offers Drive-up Grocery Service: The kosher food pantry in Berkley introduces the option, which may be the first of its kind in Michigan, to help preserve clients' dignity.
- Hispanic Woman Arrested at Berkley Bank Seeks Apology: Erandy Pacheco of Ferndale claims she was singled out by bank employees because of her race and wrongfully arrested by Berkley Public Safety officers. She has filed a lawsuit against the bank, the city of Berkley and the Berkley Public Safety Department.
- Huntington Woods Heads to Michigan Supreme Court: The state's top court will decide whether to take up the city's long legal fight against engineering firm Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment, Inc. over work done on Coolidge Highway.
- Thousands Lose Power in Berkley, Huntington Woods: DTE attributes the outages to record-high temperatures and a substation fire.
- Residents, Water Safe After Gas Tanker Leak, Officials Say: The accident occurred in Oak Park and prompted the closure of the 11 Mile and Greenfield Roads intersection, as well as some evacuations in Berkley.
- Family Sues Berkley Public Safety Department in Lockup Death: "Yes, we had a death two years ago in the lockup and we haven't had any problems since," BPS Chief Richard Eshman says.
- Berkley Public Safety Seeks Man Who Touched Girl in Park: The suspect impersonated a law enforcement officer near the Community Center as he approached two 12-year-olds.
- $100,000 at Stake in Recycling Challenge: Huntington Woods is the only Michigan city picked to compete in the national Recyclebank and SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge, which hinges on residents' participation. Individuals also could win water bill discounts or gift cards.
- Photos: Huntington Woods Fireworks Show Goes On: The city makes "lemonade out of lemons" after a severe thunderstorm forced the cancellation of Scotia Park festivities including a Sun Messengers concert and the Men's Club fireworks raffle drawing, which has been rescheduled.
- UPDATE: Thousands Lose Power in Huntington Woods: A severe thunderstorm that struck the area left hail, downed wires and fallen trees in its wake and forced the cancellation of some Fourth of July events in the city.
- Photos: Huntington Woods July Fourth Parade: "It's like a sauna," resident Beth Schryburt said of the heat during the event. "You just sit and you drip."
- Soul Quest Wins Adult Battle of the Bands: Even a downpour couldn't douse the fun at Scotia Park in Huntington Woods.
- Fire Destroys Berkley Home; No One Hurt: Neighbors reach out to help after one person, two dogs and two cats escaped the blaze on Columbia.
- UPDATE: Outage Snarls Woodward Commute; Hundreds in Huntington Woods Lose Power: "I did not enjoy driving in it on Monday of Fourth of July week," says commuter who got stuck in the traffic jam, which began at Lincoln and stretched north to 13 Mile Road, affecting Huntington Woods, Royal Oak and Berkley.
- Run/Walk BOOM!!! Beats Organizers' Expectations: Hundred of participants hit the streets in Huntington Woods to help raise funds for the city's annual Fourth of July fireworks display over Rackham Golf Course.
- Shanti Yoga, Integrated Financial Management Open in Berkley: A family-friendly grand opening event was held at 2769 Coolidge Highway.
- Berkley High School Improves Michigan Merit Exam, ACT Scores: Test results show students made gains in math, reading, science and writing, but performed worse this year in social studies, as did students statewide.
- Norway's King Honors Huntington Woods Resident: Dennis Flessland, a Sons of Norway member and honorary consul to Michigan, selected to receive The King’s Knight First Class of the Order of Merit.
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