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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-07-2017

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'This is just not normal' Parents speak up about former LHS baseball coach's behavior LINCOLN – Parents say a "dark cloud" has lifted since Andrew Hallam, the former Lincoln High School baseball coach and English teacher, was fired, but concerns about Hallam extended beyond eye- brow-raising fundraiser discrepancies. Hallam, the 32-year-old Warwick resident arrested on charges of embezzling $8,440 from fundrais- ers for the LHS baseball team, was known for behavior parents said was "inappropriate," including comments made to student athletes. Before his firing in August, based on concerns brought to the School Department, Supt. Georgia Fortunato said there was an internal investiga- tion about complaints before the Rhode Island State Police investiga- tion began. Fortunato did not pro- vide an exact timeline for when the investigation started. "Everything we did, we did by the book, and we followed the direc- By BRITTANY BALLANTYNE Valley Breeze Staff Writer brittany@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY BILL MURPHY LUIS MUNOZ, of North Providence, releases his Champ radio- controlled ultra- mico plane as he enjoys Saturday's sunny weather at Chase Farm, in Lincoln, over the Labor Day weekend. Munoz says he is out flying one of his many planes every weekend. More Labor Day weekend photos on pages 12-13. Labor of love Masses at St. Patrick Church transferring to St. Aidan CUMBERLAND – Calls to St. Patrick Church are answered with a greeting from "St. Aidan and St. Patrick Parishes," but staff members say the churches are not yet offi- cially merged. Rev. Msgr. Jacques Plante, pas- tor of St. Aidan Parish at 1460 Diamond Hill Road and adminis- trator at St. Patrick Parish at 301 Broad St., said the two churches are still separate organizations, and the process of potentially merging them will play out over the next year. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com See ST. PATRICK, Page 29 See COACH, Page 14 ©2017 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE SEPTEMBER 7-13, 2017 725 7725 725 7725 Locally Owned & Operated David Bourdeau & Bruce Martins Falamos Portugues Since 1963 All Work Guaranteed AUTO BODY WALKER ST., LINCOLN Collision Specialists

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