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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 Eastpointe and Roseville community schools for the Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider newspaper. Allard has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University, and she is in love with the Rolling Stones.

Published May 14, 2012

WARREN — The mood felt still inside Joanna Serra’s fifth-grade classroom the morning of May 8.

With pencils in hand, the Pinewood students put their thoughts on paper while writing persuasive letters in an effort to collect items for the school’s soldier drive.

The students — looking up periodically to read the Smart board — wrote to various people to help gather everything from razors to soap to boxer briefs and more for the soldier drive, which the student council organized.

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Published May 11, 2012

The dusty record bins, artistic displays and music cranking from every speaker drew in Mary (Jacobs) Waldorf every time she shopped at her local Harmony House Records and Tapes store in Grosse Pointe.

As “a huge music person,” Waldorf longed to work for the Detroit chain since high school, and after much persistence, she got her wish when she was hired in March 1986.

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Published May 7, 2012

DETROIT — Walking down a backstage hallway inside Orchestra Hall May 3, the melodic sounds of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians practicing led the way.

It was guaranteed to be a busy weekend for Paul Yee, the DSO’s retail sales manager and buyer.

“One of the great benefits of working here is hearing the orchestra,” the 1973 Center Line High School graduate said.

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Published May 7, 2012

WARREN — The green movement certainly has caught the attention of many, including Macomb Community College officials.

With several business owners, schools and companies opting to go green, there is going to be more demand for workers knowledgeable in the field of renewable energy and alternative fuels.

That is why in 2009 MCC officials began offering a renewable energy certificate program to help students become skilled in the areas of geothermal energy, biomass technology, sustainability, solar energy, wind energy and more.

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Published May 1, 2012

Macomb Community College students will have to pay a little more per credit hour for the 2012-13 school year.

At a Board of Trustees meeting April 17, the board authorized by a 5-0 vote an approximate 2 percent increase effective fall 2012.

Chairperson Jim Kelly, Secretary Connie Bolanowski, Treasurer Nancy Falcone, and trustees Joseph DeSantis and Charley Jackson voted in favor of the new tuition rate. Vice Chairperson Christine Bonkowski and Trustee Roseanne DiMaria were absent.

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Published May 1, 2012

WARREN — When Kennedy Elementary special education teacher Linda Dunn steps inside her classroom each morning, she doesn’t feel like she is going to work. She feels like she attending school.

“I’ve always loved school,” Dunn said. “I went into teaching because I love school and learning. I enjoy being a part of that learning community and working with others for a positive common outcome.”

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Published April 13, 2012

Three-and-a-half-month-old Liana Lanni nestled inside her daddy’s arms after an evening feeding that left her satisfied. It was obvious she felt cozy and warm snuggling with new dad Thomas Lanni.

A few feet away twin sister Nadia relaxed in her baby chair as she cooed and smiled with mom Geraldine Lanni, who kept a burp cloth close by, just in case.

After trying for three years to conceive and start a family, the Lannis finally became parents when their fraternal twin daughters were born Dec. 29 at Beaumont Hospital in Troy.

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Published April 13, 2012

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There are days in which Krystal Kramer can barely walk.

She tires easily, can’t run, hasn’t been able to work at all and misses her favorite pastime of dancing.

The Roseville resident was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis approximately nine years ago, and every day is a struggle.

“There are so many things I can’t do. I have days I can’t walk and my memory gets confused. It affects your eyes,” Kramer, 26, said. “But I try to be positive and keep going.”

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Published April 6, 2012

WARREN — “There’s a magic in theater,” James Higginbottom said while taking a break in the Warren Woods Middle School auditorium backstage area as cast members of the upcoming “Once Upon A Mattress” viewed their costumes for the first time.

Higginbottom, cast and crew will bring that magic to the WWMS stage this weekend for the school’s musical production of “Once Upon A Mattress.” Curtain call is 7 p.m. April 13-14 and 2 p.m. April 15 inside the auditorium, located on 12 Mile Road, just west of Schoenherr.

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Published April 2, 2012

WARREN — Learning how to create electricity using alternative energy is just one of the many components of Lincoln High School’s green technology small learning community, offered for the first time this year.

Students enrolled in the green technology program, which is held inside the new Lincoln Career and Technology Mark A. Kedzior Center on the LHS grounds, are getting their feet wet and soaking up all they can about the green movement. LHS is part of Van Dyke Public Schools.

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Published March 16, 2012

CENTER LINE — Although set in the 1950s, the story behind “The Pajama Game” easily could be told today.

The musical comedy follows a group of pajama factory employees who are demanding a 7.5 cent per-hour raise, and the talented cast of the Center Line High School Drama Club brings it to the stage this weekend.

Showtime is 7 p.m. March 23-24 and 3 p.m. March 25 at the CLHS auditorium, 26300 Arsenal. Tickets, available at the door, are $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.

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Published March 16, 2012

Center Line staff members recognized for going the extra mile

By Maria Allard
allard@candgnews.com

CENTER LINE — Hours before the start of the Cookies With Santa event last December at Crothers Elementary School, kitchen staff member Karen Czapp spent the morning baking 600 cookies to help make the evening a sweet success.

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Published March 16, 2012

WARREN — Fitzgerald High School sophomore Marcell Sanchez has a goal to achieve by his 21st birthday — to have his own charity that pays for insulin for diabetic children whose families can’t afford it.

“I don’t want to see diabetes in the future,” Sanchez said. “Hopefully, diabetes is gone 10 years from today.”

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Published March 15, 2012

CENTER LINE/WARREN — Center Line Public Schools officials are conducting a survey regarding the district’s two bond initiatives that failed at the polls last month.

CLPS residents are asked to visit the district’s website at www.clps.org and click on the Center Line Public Schools post-election survey link. At press time, the link was on the website’s main page. Those who participate will answer several questions, including how they learned about the bond proposals and what, in their opinion, were the major objections to the bond.

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Published March 14, 2012

WARREN — A painting recently discovered on the Fitzgerald Public Schools’ premises is now on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit.

“Two Figures and Landscape” painted in 1954 by artist Hughie Lee-Smith, is among several of the late artist’s pieces hanging in the DIA’s “New Art for a New Self-Awareness” gallery in its suite of African-American art galleries.

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