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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 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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Published October 31, 2012

FARMINGTON HILLS —  Sitting in a rocking chair with nothing to do doesn’t appeal to Botsford Commons Senior Community resident Bill Waddell.

So in 2009, he picked up a paintbrush and joined several residents on a particular Monday afternoon for a watercolor class held right at the living center.

“I thought it might be a fun thing to do,” the 85-year-old said. “I really enjoy it.”

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Published October 31, 2012

WARREN — The talent of Macomb Community College student Linda Hopkins will cruise the avenue during the St. Clair Shores Harper Charity Cruise next year.

Through a competition held at the college, artwork that the Royal Oak resident designed was chosen as the 2013 Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise’s new logo, which will be used in conjunction with promoting the cruise, scheduled for Aug. 28, 2013.

Hopkins’ logo depicts a red-colored classic car featuring decorative flames, a top hat and a marquee.

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Published October 17, 2012

With cooler air blowing in and less time spent outdoors, autumn is the ideal season to freshen up the inside of your house or condominium.

A new coat of paint, hiring a company to clean carpeted rooms, installing new kitchen cabinets or remodeling a bathroom can greatly enhance your living quarters, giving any space a fresh look.

“This is the time of year to get your house cleaned up,” said Tom Dempsey, owner of Centurion Services in Warren. “Kids were off over the summer and it’s time to get your house back in order.”

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Published October 10, 2012

FRASER — The Fraser Public Schools community had a fight on its hands last month, facing one of the toughest opponents of all: cancer.

The district’s annual fundraiser “Fraser vs. Cancer” was held the week of Sept. 24 and raised approximately $20,000 to fight cancer. The donations will be distributed to a variety of cancer-related charities including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, University of Michigan Hospital, the American Cancer Society, the Believe Foundation, and the Special Days Camp.

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Published October 3, 2012