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Week In Review: Changes for Birmingham Christmas Tree, L. Brooks Patterson Speaks of Aug. Crash

Here's 10 stories you may have missed on Birmingham Patch this week.

Are you spending your Sunday catching up with last week's news? Here's the top 10 stories you may have missed about Birmingham this week:

Birmingham's Christmas Tree Will Be Artificial This Year

The city voted to purchase a $30,000 artificial tree for Shain Park Monday, citing cost-savings and safety issues. Several residents oppose, noting "I would rather have a Charlie Brown tree than a $30,000 plastic tree."

Editor's Note: Going to the Chapel

Birmingham Patch Editor Laura Houser is getting married this weekend and needs your help keeping her substitute editor informed and up-to-date.

After residents from Haynes and Hazel complained of smelly Ginkgo trees in January, the city will be upping the leaf pick-up and street cleaning schedule this fall.

William Cowger Presents 'The Serengeti: The Greatest Natural Show on Earth'

Wildlife photographer will speak about Africa's Serengeti at Baldwin Public Library Sunday.

Oakland County community continues benefit efforts in weeks since West Bloomfield Police Officer's death in line of duty.

Dental Office Eyes Vacant Lot on Lincoln

A group of dentists and oral surgeons are looking to build a dental office on the vacant lot at the east end of Lincoln.

Contest: Win Tickets to the Michigan Philharmonic and Isbin Plays Rodrigo

Tell us how you'd spend your night out in Bloomfield and Birmingham and join the Michigan Philharmonic on opening night for free.

Arson in Vacant Home; Television Monitor Taken from Church

The following information was supplied by the Birmingham Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

'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.

Brooks Patterson Says He Remembers Nothing of the 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.

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