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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 17, 2019

WARREN — After state Sen. Paul Wojno, D-Warren, received letters from third grade students who attend Pinewood Elementary School, he decided he wanted to meet them. On the afternoon of June 7, Wojno visited with the school’s two third grade classes — under teachers Pam Ansell and Courtney Joondeph — to talk about state politics, his role as a senator and more. Pinewood is part of Warren Woods Public Schools.

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Published June 11, 2019

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — For many students, middle school is the most challenging time. “There’s a whole lot of physical changes happening in a short period of time, social and peer relationships change, and the expectations and demands of academics grow as you’re going into high school,” Brownell Middle School counselor Angie Niforos said. “After that, the real world is upon them. It’s quite a fast journey.”

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Published June 11, 2019

GROSSE POINTE WOODS/ST. CLAIR SHORES — After almost four years in the making, there will soon be a new miniature golf course at Lake Front Park for Grosse Pointe Woods residents and their guests to enjoy.

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Published June 10, 2019

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FARMS — After months of discussion, countless meetings, shared ideas and heavy emotion, the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education might be ready to vote on school closures and the grade level reconfiguration at the June 24 school board meeting.

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Published June 10, 2019

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WARREN/CENTER LINE/STERLING HEIGHTS — Once their graduation cap tassels were moved from one side to the other, the Class of 2019 officially graduated from high school.

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Published June 10, 2019

WARREN — Students, staff and families who attend Carlson Elementary School are in the process of raising money to build a community track at the school. The community track will be located around the school’s playground area, stretching from Mruk Avenue to Frazho Road. The school is located at 12355 Mruk Ave.

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Published June 7, 2019

WARREN — Plans for a new downtown in the Civic Center area near City Hall — on Van Dyke Avenue, north of 12 Mile Road — are moving forward. That was one of many topics that Warren Mayor Jim Fouts discussed during the State of the City address held June 5 at Andiamo restaurant in Warren.

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Published June 5, 2019

METRO DETROIT — The scent of charcoal smoldering in the air. The sounds of kids playing cornhole. Watching the sunset from a chaise lawn chair. It's all part of the camping experience in Michigan.

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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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