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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 5, 2019

GROSSE POINTE PARK — In an effort to ensure that all residents of the Grosse Pointe Public School System, or GPPSS, are being heard on the district’s redistricting plan, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, or MDCR, held four listening sessions to hear from the public on the matter.

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Published June 4, 2019

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Safety is alerting residents to a scam regarding Social Security benefits. The department has received several reports about people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration. These individuals are trying to get personal information from residents by contacting them by telephone. The alleged scammers are primarily targeting senior citizens.

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Published June 3, 2019

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WARREN/ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Cromie Cougars team will again come together to do their part to fight cancer, help people battling it and remember those who died from it. The Cougars, out of Cromie Elementary School in Warren Consolidated Schools, will participate in the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour Relay for Life of the Eastside from noon June 8 to noon June 9 at Veterans Memorial Park, 32400 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores.

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Published May 28, 2019

GROSSE POINTE FARMS/GROSSE POINTE WOODS/GROSSE POINTE PARK — Get ready for blast off: It’s time for the annual summer reading program at the Grosse Pointe Public Library. The program — open to children, teenagers and adults — is a chance for residents to keep up on their reading during the summer months. This year’s summer reading theme, “Universe of Stories,” will coincide with the 50-year anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969.

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Published May 28, 2019

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — As the Grosse Pointe Public School System community continues to discuss the district’s reconfiguration plan, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, or MDCR, will hold listening sessions to hear from residents on the matter.

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Published May 27, 2019

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The military service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation’s freedoms were honored during the Grosse Pointe Woods Historical Commission’s 37th annual Memorial Day observance.

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Published May 24, 2019

WARREN — On May 16, the Van Dyke Public Schools Board of Education announced the sale of its 2019 refunding bonds in the amount of $7.175 million.

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Published May 24, 2019

CENTER LINE — “It’s OK to fail. “The real test out of failure is what you should do to make it up. I learned what it meant to fail. I also learned what it meant to get out of a failure. Every failure is a good opportunity to learn and reflect on.

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Published May 24, 2019

CENTER LINE — Center Line Public Schools officials, staff and community members gathered behind Center Line High School the evening of May 16 to break ground on the new Peck Elementary School.

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Published May 21, 2019

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Works has begun the process of raising the boat docks at Lake Front Park, 23000 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores.

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Published May 21, 2019

GROSSE POINTE PARK — With the possibility of Trombly Elementary closing prior to the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, families held “A Walk Thru Rush Hour” exercise the morning of May 17. The event was designed to demonstrate to school officials the increase in pedestrian traffic that will occur along Jefferson Avenue if the Trombly students walk to Defer Elementary School should Trombly close.

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Published May 20, 2019

WARREN — May 9 was definitely a happy birthday for Lincoln Elementary School second-grade student Aaron Wright when he turned 11. Many of Wright’s birthday wishes came true when the national children’s charity organization Kids Wish Network visited his house to give him a birthday celebration he’ll always cherish.

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Published May 20, 2019

WARREN — Rays of sunshine and a gentle breeze greeted the crowd that gathered May 16 in the parking lot of the Keith Bovenschen School at 12345 Frazho Road. Last Thursday morning, the school’s students, teachers and families — along with a large group of volunteers — participated in the eighth annual Lancer Fun Walk, Run and Roll. The Lancer is the school’s mascot.

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Published May 14, 2019

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — This weekend, the students that compose the Grosse Pointe North All-Male Apollo 11 team will travel to northern Virginia to participate in the Team America Rocketry Challenge Fly Off.

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Published May 14, 2019

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Next month, the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education is scheduled to vote on a reconfiguration process that is designed to cut expenses as the district deals with declining enrollment and what school officials call a lack of funding from the state of Michigan.

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