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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 17, 2012

When members of the Fitzgerald Public Schools teachers union gathered at the state Capitol Dec. 11, it wasn’t just on behalf of the Fitzgerald Education Association. It was for all the middle class, Union President Chris Kriss said.

“We’re fighting for jobs,” she said. “Being 12,000 strong, I hoped we would influence the House and the Senate. I was hoping we would change the governor’s mind.”

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Published December 17, 2012

WARREN — As soon as Marge Bosek put the finishing touches of makeup on Wanda Taylor, it was picture time at the Leaps and Bounds Family Services agency.

Taylor, 53, her sister Donna Anthony, 52, and several family members — including four grandchildren dressed for the occasion — gathered under the studio lights for a family portrait. Their smiles lit up the room.

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Published December 17, 2012

FRASER — Ten-month-old Ian Edghill was the first person to try out the new Fraser High School gymnasium.

During a ceremony to unveil the new 13,000-square-foot gymnasium that will allow for more student sports and activities, Edghill crawled several feet across the shiny gym floor as Fraser Public Schools Board President Gerry Gauthier addressed the crowd.

“He’s ready to play ball,” the school official said.

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Published December 11, 2012

FARMINGTON — The court has been primed, the T-shirts have been sold and the teachers have drummed up their star-athlete personas.

On Dec. 14, the Farmington High School gymnasium will roar like a Detroit Pistons game as the north-versus-south basketball challenge, Battle of the Middles VIII, heats up.

Several Farmington Public Schools staff members will take on each other in a charity basketball game to benefit the Neighborhood House of Farmington/Farmington Hills and the Farmington Area Goodfellows.

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Published December 11, 2012

School is closed today for Warren Consolidated Schools and Fitzgerald Public Schools because teachers from both districts are expected to be in Lansing to protest the right-to-work legislation currently pending.

The day will be treated like a snow day for both districts.

"Without an adequate number of staff members, we cannot hold school," WCS Superintendent Robert Livernois stated in a letter sent to the "WCS Community."

A similar message was stated on the FPS website.

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Published December 10, 2012

WARREN — Leaps and Bounds Family Services representatives are seeking assistance from local businesses to help make the agency’s second annual “Warm Hands…Warms Hearts” holiday campaign a success.

Last year, 10 local businesses partnered with Leaps and Bounds to collect more than 400 gloves, hats and other cold winter items for children and families of LBFS. The goal this year is to expand the drop-off sites to 20 businesses and collect 1,000 items.

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Published December 10, 2012

WARREN — Several Carlson and Kennedy elementary school students will have a “holly jolly Christmas” this year.

Through a collaboration with the Meijer store at 12 Mile and Mound and the Warren Fire Department, 25 Van Dyke Public Schools students went on a shopping spree last week with a firefighter in the department’s “Christmas With A Firefighter” program. The children’s families also came out for the event, as did several educators.

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Published December 10, 2012

WARREN — Warren Police were called the morning of Nov. 30 after a Grissom Middle School student reported to school officials that someone followed her as she walked to the bus stop.

According to a letter Grissom Principal Joseph Konal sent to parents on the same day, the student was on her way to the bus stop between 7:20 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. The letter stated a “suspicious male” driving a white work van in the area of Chicago Road and Wixson Drive followed her. Grissom is part of Warren Consolidated Schools.

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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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