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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 August 23, 2011

WARREN/CENTER LINE — With Michigan struggling upstream through an economic downturn with no end in sight, officials from both Van Dyke Public Schools and Center Line Public Schools dipped into their fund balance accounts to make up financial shortfalls for the 2011-2012 school year.

Fund balance, which acts like a savings account, is often used in emergencies, and that’s where money will come from to help VDPS and CLPS get through next year.

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Published August 3, 2011

WARREN — Just about everyone knows the story of “The Wizard Of Oz.”

Dorothy, displaced by a tornado, must find her way back home following The Yellow Brick Road.

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Published June 24, 2011

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —Becoming a firefighter is something incoming Lakeview High School junior Jacob Horne has always aspired to do.

The 15-year-old got a taste of what it is really like to douse fires, rescue people and more when he participated in Macomb Community College’s summer fire academy the week of June 20.

About a dozen high school students with an interest in firefighting learned more about the field through a number of training exercises they completed at the school’s East Campus.

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Published June 24, 2011

WARREN — Residents who frequently dine at the McDonald’s near 13 Mile on Schoenherr or shop at the CVS store located up the road might already know Leslie Chapman.

He’s the soft-spoken gentleman whose mode of transportation has been his two-wheel bicycle ever since he was told he couldn’t drive anymore.

The 68-year-old Detroit Tigers fan now has a new set of wheels. He recently acquired a three-wheel bicycle, known as a trike, through the generosity of others.

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Published June 8, 2011

EASTPOINTE — During her first-ever Eastpointe Chamber of Commerce meeting, Carol Corrie suggested city officials and businesses open Gratiot Avenue for an annual classic cruise within the city limits between Eight Mile and 10 Mile roads.

As Cloverleaf general manager, Corrie thought highlighting the golden days of cruising Gratiot in a convertible with fins or a fast-moving GTO for one day each summer would put a great spotlight on the city.

“When it first began, the idea was to bring people to the community,” Corrie said.

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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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