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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 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

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 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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Published February 29, 2012

ROYAL OAK — Men giving birth on stage. People fighting over napkins that look like $100 bills. Macho guys hitting the dance floor as Britney Spears.

That kind of amusement and much more will serve up laughs March 7 when Eastpointe native Kevin Lepine brings his “Uncensored Comedy Hypnotist” show to Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.

Lepine, 36, who grew up in Eastpointe and has lived in New Orleans and Warren, now calls Las Vegas home. His show is the main headliner at the Harmon Theater inside Planet Hollywood in Sin City.

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Published February 29, 2012

It was another letdown for Center Line Public Schools officials Feb. 28 when voters again said no to a tax increase to renovate school buildings, update the district’s technology infrastructure and revamp the Center Line High School athletic complex.

During an election Tuesday, the CLPS voting majority turned down two initiatives — Proposal 1 for $39.9 million and Proposal 2 for $3.8 million — school officials placed on the ballot.

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Published February 27, 2012

The first round of Michigan Education Assessment Program test results to come out since the implementation of more rigorous “cut scores” illustrate mixed performance among students statewide.

According to the Michigan Department of Education, the scores — which stem from tests taken in grades three through nine in fall 2011 — generally show improvement in reading and math and consistency in social studies, but declines in science and writing.

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Published February 20, 2012

The Feb. 28 Center Line Public Schools bond election falls on the same day of the presidential primary. The primary is open to all local residents, not just those in the CLPS district. The presidential primary ballot is for nominating candidates for the office of president. Voters can vote for a candidate or may vote “uncommitted.”

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Published February 13, 2012

WARREN/CENTER LINE — Teachers in Center Line Public Schools are always looking for ways to enrich their students’ academics through various projects and activities.

They sometimes stumble upon road blocks because money through the district’s general fund is not available.

But there is always a chance they will to bring that learning concept to the surface, thanks to the Center Line Public Schools Education Foundation. The foundation provides money for projects that are not available through the district’s budget.

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Published February 7, 2012

WARREN — Many students who attend Immaculate Conception Catholic Schools went “retro” Feb. 2.

Instead of their standard school shirts, a large number of students came to school wearing IC school shirts and jackets from decades past, including eighth-grader Zenon Lewyckyj, who wore his mom’s cheerleading sweater from 1978, and sixth-grader Tassia Zaryckyj, who wore her mom’s 1990 varsity jacket.

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Published January 18, 2012

WARREN — A statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary nestled on a mass of rocks overlooking a calming pond with koi fish has quickly became a main attraction on the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church grounds.

The grotto is one of the many welcoming changes at the parish since Our Lady of Grace, formerly of Eastpointe, merged with St. Cletus Catholic Church at 26256 Ryan Road, south of the I-696 service drive.

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Published January 11, 2012

It’s becoming more widespread.

Families who purchase a new home but can’t sell their current residence or get asking price for it are deciding to hang on to their house and rent it out instead.

They’re reluctantly becoming landlords, and local real estate agents have several tips to help them be successful at their new endeavor. For starters, they need to figure out if they want all the responsibilities that come with being a landlord.

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