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Week in Review: Little Free Library, Rollover Accident, Burton Fun Run and More

Here's what happened in and around Berkley and Huntington Woods.

We shared a lot of good information last week and want to make sure you didn't miss a thing, so here are some highlights.

  • L. Brooks Patterson Says He Remembers Nothing of Aug. 10 Crash: In one of his first interviews since the accident, the Oakland County executive talks about his injuries, his first year missing the Brooksie Way, and why he wasn't wearing a seat belt.
  • : The following information was supplied by the Berkley Public Safety Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
  • Photos: Burton Fun Run Puts 'Fun' in Fundraising: The event Friday outside Burton Elementary School surpassed organizers' expectations, generating $25,000 for school activities put on by the Parent Teacher Association and at least $3,000 for the Burton Playground Endowment Fund.
  • : The Michigan State Police, Huntington Woods and Berkley Public Safety Departments and Alliance Mobile Health responded to the scene Friday.

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  • 'I Won't Text and Drive Because ...'—Tell Us Why and You Could Win: Tell us why you won't text and drive and you could win some cool prizes, including smart phone with accessories that promote safe use! Patch has partnered with AT&T to raise awareness about distracted driving.
  • : Job applicants will be screened for signs of nicotine as part of the hiring process.
  • : Longtime residents Eric and Susan Murrell serve as stewards of the charming, handmade box, from which neighbors can borrow books on the honor system.
  • Activist Delivers 'Tough Love' at Berkley Intersection: George Stephens of Madison Heights stood Thursday at the corner of 12 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway with signs in support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and in opposition to abortion and homosexuality.
  • Berkley High School Student is Semifinalist for National Merit Scholarship: Sarah Michalak is among 16,000 scholars nationwide who have advanced in the competition for 8,300 awards worth more than $32 million.
  • Flu Shots Available at Oakland County Health Division: Flu shots offered in Pontiac and Southfield offices. Residents can pre-register online.
  • : Huntington Woods musician Stewart Francke will perform during a benefit concert in Royal Oak and Rackham Golf Course will donate some proceeds as part of efforts throughout Oakland County to aid the slain West Bloomfield Police officer's love ones.
  • : In the wake of L. Brooks Patterson's Aug. 10 accident, county officials discuss who is in charge while he recovers. Some commissioners say they feel like they are being kept in the dark; Patterson's representative says he's focusing on the 'big picture.'
  • Challenger Howley Says He's 'Frustrated' by Oakland County Executive's Silence: With L. Brooks Patterson not making any public appearances since his accident in August, opponent Kevin Howley of Huntington Woods is calling for more openness from Patterson's campaign.
  • Want To Drive a Snowplow? Oakland County is Hiring Drivers: The Road Commission is seeking to fill 30 part-time, temporary positions this winter.
  • 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 says the city is No. 2 in Michigan; Berkley ranks No. 12 in the state.

[Do you know of important news or events during the coming week? Leave a comment to let us know!]

  • Former Margarita's Mexican Restaurant Gets New Owner: The Woodward Avenue property was purchased this month by Kevin Denha from previous owner Luis Gomez, Berkley City Planner Amy Vansen said Tuesday.
  • : Berkley and Huntington Woods residents have donated more than $70,000 to President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to an interactive database of campaign contributions from the Federal Election Commission.
  • : The Southeast Oakland SWAT team responded to the incident Friday night in which no one was injured.
  • Pure Michigan Viral Singalong Video Taken Off YouTube: An alleged copyright infringement caused the video to be removed this weekend.

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