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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 June 1, 2011

WARREN — Many students who attend Roose Elementary in Center Line Public Schools can look back on their formative years and say the first rock concert they ever attended was right on the school grounds.

On a hot and humid May 20, the student body stepped into the world of rock ‘n’ roll when Principal JoAnne Elkin donned a red-and-black wig, black boots and pants, a pink fringe T-shirt, a silver scarf and hard-to-miss hoop earrings, and performed a live concert.

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Published June 1, 2011

CENTER LINE/WARREN — Center Line Public Schools officials are going through with putting their $45 million bond proposal on the ballot.

At the CLPS Board of Education meeting May 23, the school board voted 6-0 to approve the bond issue ballot language for the Aug. 2 election. Board Vice President Shannon Boccomino was absent.

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Published May 28, 2011

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One lone voice might not be heard, but 150 of them could make an impact.

That was the sentiment on May 27, when about 150 Fitzgerald High School students, plus a handful of parents and Chatterton Middle School pupils, gathered along Ryan Road, across the street from FHS, to protest a number of budget cuts Fitzgerald Public Schools officials have determined need to be made.

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Published May 4, 2011

A new face will sit on the Fitzgerald Public Schools Board of Education come July 1.

During school board elections May 3, newcomer Lori Eseman-Dreyer narrowly defeated current board president Tom Owczarek by just seven votes. Eseman-Dreyer, an active parent group member who has three children in the district, beat out the incumbent with 230 votes to Owczarek’s 223, according to the Macomb County Clerk’s Office’s unofficial results.

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Published April 27, 2011

In the Warren Weekly’s coverage area, voters will decide four school board races on May 3. Candidates were asked, in 150 words or less, to state the top items they would wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over their word limit, ( … ) replaced the rest of their answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.

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Published April 19, 2011

EASTPOINTE — “It feels so great to be here,” performer Kevin Lepine said from Las Vegas last week. “I’m living my dream as a Vegas headliner. It’s been a blast.”

For the past year, the 1993 East Detroit High School graduate has wowed crowds at the Harmon Theater inside Planet Hollywood in “Hypnosis Unleashed.” Every Thursday evening, the Sin City showman brings brave audience members on stage to perform funny antics while under his hypnotic spell.

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Published April 13, 2011

Parents and children of the Macomb/St. Clair County Autism Society engaged in some friendly “lane” competition when they gathered for an evening of bowling April 4.

They also were preparing to enjoy an afternoon of activities at Oakland University’s OU Cares family fun day April 9, and a private movie viewing of the film “Rio” was in the works for April 16.

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Published April 12, 2011

Come this August, Center Line Public Schools voters will decided whether or not they will support a $45 million bond initiative that would provide dollars to renovate buildings throughout the district.

At a school board meeting April 11, the Board of Education voted 6-1 to place the bond proposal on the Aug. 2 ballot. If voters approve it, taxes would be used to fund renovation projects throughout the district.

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Published April 6, 2011

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TROY — Since October, Troy resident Taylor Kanas has been fighting negative anaplastic large cell lymphoma, an aggressive rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The Troy resident has bravely endured chemotherapy, an emergency biopsy, lost her hair, faced a relapse, and is in need of bone marrow transplant to save her life.

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Published April 4, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When Marsha Cassidy sat down with television icon Art Linkletter for an interview in 2001, he told her he loved quizzing kids on the air because “children tell the truth.”

The late Linkletter, of “Kids Say the Darndest Thing” fame, also shared his thoughts about “Art Linkletter’s House Party,” which was first broadcast on television in 1952.

“He told me ‘the world needed laughter; and he intended to spread it around,” Cassidy said.

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Published March 28, 2011

CENTER LINE — With only 89 kindergarten through eighth-grade students enrolled this year, St. Clement Catholic School will close its doors June 7, more than a century and a half after it was founded.

“The enrollment fell below 90 students. Parents were informed last week this school year is the their last,” Archdiocese of Detroit spokesperson Joe Kohn said last week. “It’s always a difficult decision when it comes to closing a Catholic school.”

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Published March 22, 2011

With only 89 kindergarten through eighth-grade students enrolled this year, St. Clement Catholic School will close its doors as a school June 7, more than a century and a half after it was founded.

“The enrollment fell below 90 students. Parents were informed last week this school year is the their last,” Archdiocese of Detroit spokesperson Joe Kohn said. “It’s always a difficult decision when it comes to closing a Catholic school.”

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Published March 18, 2011

Center Line High School teacher Jaime Bellos isn’t usually the type of person to sit around and complain.

But when faced with what he believes is the strong possibility of school districts losing their local control to the state under emergency manager reform legislation that Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law March 17, he couldn’t sit back and not do anything about it.

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Published March 2, 2011

By Maria Allard
C & G Staff Writer

WARREN — Michigan’s public school officials say they are looking at a loss of $709 per student in state aid funding for the 2011-2012 school year should the House and the Senate pass Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget.

On Feb. 17, the newly elected governor presented his recommended budget, which calls for $470 less per student in per-pupil funding statewide.

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Published February 11, 2011

Team Center Line “Be The Change” has been the district’s motto for several months now, and changes could be in store for the district.

Much of that, Center Line Public Schools officials said, depends on the community, which is why school personnel are in the process of putting together a master plan to take the district into the next 10 years. And to seek community input, school officials have set up public forums this winter designed to bring a master plan to light.

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