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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 December 5, 2012

WARREN/CENTER LINE — Several capital improvement projects slated for two Center Line Public Schools bond proposals that failed at the polls in August 2011 and again in February 2012 have become a reality.

Although the voting majority turned down both bond initiatives — which would have taxed district residents, had they passed — school officials recently announced the sale of its 2012 School Building and Site Bonds in the amount of $6 million.

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Published December 5, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It’s a Saturday night, and the five members of Sponge are about to do something they usually don’t do: turn down the amplifiers.

On Nov. 24, the rockers — who had just returned from the West Coast after playing a few shows in California and Arizona — performed an “unplugged” set at the Detroit Pub on Harper Avenue. It was a different kind of show for the musicians, yet it went over well with the fans.

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Published November 30, 2012

Show dates and times for the Farmington Players’ “The 1940s Radio Hour” are:
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Published November 28, 2012

DETROIT — The grounds on which the Detroit Lions play home football games became a music mecca when high school marching bands from around the state congregated at Ford Field Nov. 3.

The marching bands — including those of Farmington and Harrison high schools — tuned up their instruments to participate in the Michigan Competing Band Association’s Championship Contest. It was an honor for the talented students to make it to the finals, and it also showed off their hard work and dedication to their craft.

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Published November 28, 2012

FARMINGTON — Six times during the school year on half days, Farmington Public Schools teachers get together to jointly examine student achievement.

During the meetings, they study data, share ideas and open up dialogue on various teaching strategies that can be taken back into the classroom, in an effort to increase student achievement.

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Published November 28, 2012

WARREN — Dentist James Karam has a suggestion for parents trying to get their young children to properly brush their teeth.

“Brush the inside of the mouth first because those always get missed,” he said. “Then we brush the front, the smile part, and then the chewy portion.”

And parents: you don’t need a lot of toothpaste. Karam, whose office is located in Warren, recommends using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste per brushing.

“It’s the smallest amount they need to use,” the dentist said.

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Published November 20, 2012

FRASER/WARREN — A group of U.S. service members will soon receive a special delivery, courtesy of Jennifer Kelley’s Eisenhower Elementary School kindergarten students in Fraser Public Schools.

On Nov. 12, one day after Veterans Day, the students drew and colored their best wishes by making two “thank you” cards each to be sent to our troops through the website www.amillion thanks.org.

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Published November 20, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS — New science and technology adventures await Farmington Public Schools students.

Earlier this month, 15 of the district’s teachers each received a $1,000 grant as part of the Bosch Energy, Science and Technology grant program.

The teachers, recognized during a ceremony held Nov. 9 at Robert Bosch LLC, on Hills Tech Drive, will use their grant money for a variety of classroom projects, including urban-garden developments, the designing of fuel-cell cars, learning about alternate energies and building autonomous robots.

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Published November 16, 2012

WARREN — Joseph Victor was working as a biologist for the State of Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources, when budget cuts cost him his job.

Victor moved back to Michigan, filed for unemployment and looked for work. He eventually enrolled in the Macomb Community College Michigan Technical Education Center’s multi-skilled technician program.

“I walked into this building with robot cells. I thought, ‘This is going to be pretty cool,’” he said. “For 16 weeks, I learned as much as I could.”

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Published November 16, 2012

WARREN — What U.S. Air Force veteran James Green remembers most about his World War II years are the “sounds of people dying.”

“The sounds just haunt you. I hear them every single day,” said Green, who served from 1943-46 and spent four months in a Japanese prison camp. “I go to sleep each night thinking about what could I have done to save somebody. Did I do things right?”

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Published November 14, 2012

When the curtain rises later this week for the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre’s production of “Peter Pan,” the long hours of rehearsal from the cast and crew will have paid off.

Community members are invited to take a trip through Never Never Land with the Lost Boys when about 140 children, teens and adults in two separate casts present the ever-popular “Peter Pan” Nov. 15-18 at the Costick Center.

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Published November 8, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS —  When she was 12 years old, Rae Lynn Harvey picked up her musical horn and joined her father and younger brother to participate in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.

“The best part was helping the Salvation Army help others,” she said. “That’s the main reason I did it.”

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Published November 7, 2012

SOUTHWEST DETROIT — Framed photos of deceased loved ones, elaborate sugar skulls, marigolds and other gifts adorned the altar of Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church last week.

The decorations on the altar were placed there to acknowledge Day of the Dead. Generally celebrated Nov. 1-2 in Mexico, with variations of it observed in other Latin American countries and other parts of the world, Day of the Dead celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed away. It coincides with the Catholic observances of All Saints Day Nov. 1 and All Souls Day Nov. 2.

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Published November 7, 2012

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — After hearing rumors that secretarial positions throughout Clintondale Community Schools would be eliminated, about 100 Clintondale High School students staged a brief demonstration Oct. 31.

They left the school and walked to the district’s administration building, located on the same block, in an effort to support the secretaries.

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Published November 7, 2012

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Voters turned down a $56 million bond initiative that, had it passed, was designed to fund capital expenditures to renovate and update Macomb Community College facilities and the school’s technology infrastructure.

According to the unofficial results the Macomb County Clerk’s Office released Nov. 7, it was a close race, with 186,386 or 52.9 percent of the voters turning it down, while 166,099 or 47.1 percent of those who went to the polls voted in favor of it.

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