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Huntington Woods-Berkley Patch's 10 Most Popular Stories of 2012

The most-read stories included a bank robbery and shooting, a millage request, lots of restaurant news and more!

It was a busy year in Berkley and Huntington Woods, so we've rounded up the top 10 most-read stories to refresh your memory!

[What were your top stories of 2012 on Huntington Woods-Berkley Patch? Leave a comment!]

1. First Impressions of Vinsetta Garage Restaurant: I'll Be Back!

A Patch reader's review of the Woodward Avenue eatery after her visit on opening day in June was the most popular story on Huntington Woods-Berkley Patch in 2012. Crowds from throughout Metro Detroit have continued to pack the Berkley restaurant, boosting business but complicating parking in the area.

2. Berkley Public Safety Seeks Man Who Touched Girl in Park

The suspect impersonated a law enforcement officer in July near the Community Center as he approached two 12-year-olds.

3. Preview: Crispelli's Restaurant on Woodward

The popular bakery and pizzeria in Berkley has added breakfast and a cocktail bar since opening this spring and made the Detroit Free Press' list of the best new restaurants of 2012.

4. UPDATED: Chase Bank in Huntington Woods Robbed; Suspect Shot in Pleasant Ridge

A Huntington Woods resident who followed a hunch called 911 to report the robbery, leading to the arrest of John Jones of Royal Oak Township who was charged in the incident.

5. New Hot Dog Restaurant Coming to Berkley

Atomic Dawg on Coolidge Highway has been a hit since it opened in June, serving up speciality dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches that have attracted legions of fans.

6. Fire Destroys Berkley Home; No One Hurt

Neighbors reached out to help in July after one person, two dogs and two cats escaped the blaze on Columbia.

7. Berkley Meets at a Crossroads

Participants packed a town hall meeting in July to learn about the Municipal Operating, Police and Fire Millage Proposal. that 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 said.

8. Bicyclist Hospitalized After Collision With Car in Berkley

The man, who was wearing a helmet, was transported to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

9. Huntington Woods Ranked as No. 10 'Best Place to Live for Suburbanites' in United States

A Coldwell Banker Real Estate survey of 11,000 suburbs nationwide also said the city is No. 2 in Michigan; Berkley ranked No. 12 in the state. It was a year of accolades for Huntington Woods, which also was named a top city for social seekers by Coldwell Banker and one of the United States' friendliest cities by Forbes magazine.

10. Hogger's BBQ in Berkley Closes

The 2012 Berkley Patch Readers' Choice award-winner was forced to shutter operations after failed negotiations with its landlord, according to an e-mail sent to customers. Its co-owners attempted to reopen in November but the deal fell apart at the last minute and the restaurant remains closed.

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