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Maria Allard

C&G Staff Reporter – Warren Weekly, Grosse Pointe Times, Sterling Heights Sentry


Staff Writer Maria Allard covers the school districts of Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke, Warren Consolidated and Warren Woods, and Macomb Community College for the Warren Weekly and Sterling Heights Sentry newspapers. She also covers the City of Grosse Pointe Woods and the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System for the Grosse Pointe Times newspaper. Allard has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University, and she is in love with the Rolling Stones.

Published February 11, 2013

At age 75, Westview Elementary School physical education teacher George Cutshaw is still going strong.

Each day, he keeps fit right along with his students at the school, which is part of Fitzgerald Public Schools.

“I exercise with every class myself, six to seven times a day,” said Cutshaw, entering his 50th year of teaching. “The kids can’t even keep up with me.”

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Published February 5, 2013

FRASER — There’s a new music idol in town.

Her name is Francesca “Frankie” Gianetti, and on the evening of Feb. 1, the Fraser High School junior was named this year’s “Fraser Idol” inside the school’s auditorium.

Gianetti sang the original song “Buried Beneath The Snow” with members of the band Ohana, of which she is a member, backing her.

“Oh, my gosh,” Gianetti said moments after her victory. “I’m just glad our music is out there. I’m just happy people liked us.”

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Published February 5, 2013

MACOMB COUNTY — Students who attend Macomb Community College will see an increase in tuition rates when they register for their fall 2013 and spring/summer 2014 semester classes.

At a Macomb Community College Board of Trustees meeting Jan. 15, the board voted 5-2 to increase resident tuition by $3 per credit hour along with an additional $5 per credit hour technology and facility fee. All of Macomb Community College’s tuition rates will increase approximately 3 1/2 percent beginning with the fall 2013 semester.

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Published February 5, 2013

CENTER LINE — Jim Murray worked up a bit of a sweat.

As he marched down one hallway of Center Line High School and then another, the 56-year-old Center Line resident got in a good workout doing something simple: walking.

Each step he took helped him keep in shape, trim his waistline and improve his overall physical health.

“It’s good to exercise,” he said. “You always feel better. People don’t realize it helps to alleviate stress.”

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Published February 5, 2013

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STERLING HEIGHTS — He proudly wore jersey No. 6 as a member of the Sterling Heights High School football team, played guitar, ran track and sported facial dimples you couldn’t miss.

Brian Thomas was an outgoing All-American kid who loved football, his family, his friends, school and his girlfriend.

“He was a beautiful boy,” his mother Paula Thomas said.

In the fall of 2011, as friends settled into their first year in college, Brian passed away from a rare form of cancer, something he battled for nearly two years.

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Published February 1, 2013

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FRASER  — Kathy Roberts is a recognizable face in Fraser Public Schools.

She has been a Parent Teacher Organization member, parent volunteer and employee. The mother of five will now wear a new hat: that of FPS Board of Education member.

On Jan. 15, the school board voted 6-0 to unanimously appoint Roberts to fill the vacancy created when Debra Herron resigned.

“I was happily surprised,” Roberts, 50, said. “It’s a challenge I am looking forward to.”

The term expires Dec. 31, 2014.

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Published February 1, 2013

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FRASER — Fraser Public Schools Superintendent David Richards is staying put.

Richards, in his third year as FPS top administrator, was one of two finalists under consideration for the role of Rochester Community Schools superintendent last week.

But one day before the RCS Board of Education made its final selection, Richards withdrew his name from the running.

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Published January 28, 2013

FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS  — Knowing the costs associated with extracurricular activities for students, parent Dan Reihl saw the need to go outside the district to help fund academic programs in Farmington Public Schools.

With school budgets so tight because of Michigan’s economic downturn, programs within the district might not be receiving the funding they need. So Reihl joined forces with others to form the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation, and he serves as the board’s vice chair.

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Published January 25, 2013

WARREN — From sorting food at the Salvation Army to preparing construction sites for Habitat for Humanity, Macomb Community College students and staff observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year by volunteering in various ways.

A few years ago, MCC began an annual tradition of performing charity acts, in honor of the late Civil Rights leader. Some volunteering is done right at school and some off campus.

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Published January 25, 2013

STERLING HEIGHTS — The dances have been choreographed, the costumes sewn, the music selected and the audience invited.

The spotlight will shine on 80 Warren Consolidated Schools of Performing Arts students Feb. 1-2  as they perform in the district’s annual “Winterfest.” Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

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Published January 23, 2013

WARREN — “Please clear your cards,” Warren Mott High School senior Katie Braschayko called out, as another bingo game got under way at St. Anthony Health Care Center. “Is everybody ready? The first number will be….O-65.”

On the afternoon of Jan. 12, the Mott girls varsity basketball team dribbled its way over to St. Anthony on Ryan Road to spend some quality time with the residents.

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Published January 23, 2013

WARREN/CENTER LINE — From children’s artwork to heartfelt letters, students and staff are showing their appreciation to their respective school boards in observance of National School Board Recognition Month.

Every January is set aside to recognize the work school board members do, and this year’s theme is “School Boards LeadStrong.”

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Published January 22, 2013

January is set aside to aknowledge the work school board members do through observance of National School Board Recognition Month.

The National School Boards Association initiated the program in 1995, and this year’s theme is “School Boards LeadStrong.”

“We get a lot of support and appreciation from all the schools in our district,” Warren Consolidated Schools Superintendent Robert Livernois said. “They often provide nice cards and coasters and any number of ways of saying, ‘Thanks.’”

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Published January 16, 2013

WARREN — The Warren Woods Public Schools family, including alumni and retired personnel, will have the opportunity to pay tribute to a much-loved educator who passed away last month.

A memorial service for former teacher and assistant principal Ralph Weibel will be held Jan. 19 at Warren Woods Middle School, 13400 12 Mile Road at Schoenherr. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and the service will start at 1 p.m.

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Published January 16, 2013

WARREN — Students who attend Carlson Elementary School learned several safety tips when using the Internet, during a presentation from the State of Michigan’s Attorney General’s office Jan. 10.

Lori Mabee, a Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative presenter with the attorney general’s office, gave the presentation, which included tips on how to avoid strangers when surfing the Internet and what to do when faced with a cyber bully.

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