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The Hooksett Garden Club gathered at the site of the Patriotic Tree in Donati Park to show their appreciation to the men and women who have fought for  freedom and for all those who continue to fight for world peace.

remembering America’s heroes

Saturday, July 4, 2015

M any will remember the patriots who paved the way for America this Independence Day. …

Ex-Patriot Spikes pleads guilty, gets probation in hit-and-run

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WRENTHAM, Mass. – Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes pleaded guilty and will serve a year of probation in a hit-and-run crash that injured three people. Spikes appeared Wednesday in Wrentham District Court, where he admitted to negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of personal injury, operating an uninsured vehicle, speeding and a marked lanes violation. State police found …

Excusing Brady, evaluating league protocol the only fair option for Goodell

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Roger Goodell can restore a sense of loftiness to the NFL commissioner’s office with a simple expedited decision. He should lift the suspension on Tom Brady this week, and turn his disciplinary eye on the vague, sloppily enforced league rules that caused Deflategate in the first place. This is his best way out …

Belichick avoids direct answers on deflated footballs; source says Brady’s appeal date set

Saturday, May 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Coach Bill Belichick shed little light yesterday in his first public remarks since a report was issued on the Patriots’ use of deflated footballs. He avoided direct answers to most of the 10 questions he …

Patriots, Saints to hold preseason practice in West Virginia

Friday, May 29, 2015

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The New England Patriots will join the New Orleans Saints for joint practices in West Virginia in August. New Orleans Coach Sean Payton confirmed the practices yesterday after the Saints’ organized team activities in Metairie, La. The Patriots will arrive for practices at …

Rookie guards studying Patriots complex offensive system

Friday, May 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots’ two rookie guards are helping each other study the team’s complex offensive schemes. They’ve already learned a much simpler strategy. No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath …

Kraft introduces top draft pick, stays mum on ‘Deflategate’

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds yesterday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the …

AP sources: Brady’s appeal wouldn’t be heard by Wednesday

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Two people familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won’t be heard by tomorrow’s 10-day deadline. Both sources spoke on condition …

Editorial: NFL shouldn’t profit from patriotism

Sunday, May 24, 2015

As if the NFL needed any more reasons to be embarrassed. After a year of botched investigations into player misconduct, along with questionable behavior from teams and those overseeing them, observers might be forgiven for thinking the well had run dry. But no, here comes a new round …

Sources: Goodell will not recuse self from Brady appeal

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NEW YORK – Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal. Goodell will not withdraw from what the commissioner considers his responsibility of hearing the appeal, according …

Goodell wants to hear directly from Brady in appeal

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said yesterday it’s his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case. Goodell said he has not …

Patriots: Finally, high road traveled

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In yesterday’s Monitor, my colleague and friend Ray Duckler wrote about Patriots owner Robert Kraft accepting his team’s punishment for Deflategate. Duckler wrote that Kraft’s decision not to appeal the NFL’s disciplinary action had the distinctive stink of …

Kraft: Patriots won’t appeal team’s fine, draft penalties

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team’s punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback’s challenge remains. Moments after Kraft said yesterday he won’t oppose the $1 million fine and …

Ray Duckler: Patriots owner Robert Kraft caves, leaving a foul smell

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Inhale deeply. Do you smell it, the pungent odor of B.S. that’s worked its way from San Francisco to Concord? My eyes are watering, my betta fish went belly up and I saw a bunch of cows in …

NFL owners meet with more than deflated footballs on their agenda

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – What offseason? There hasn’t been a week – make that a day – since the Super Bowl that the NFL hasn’t made news. As the owners gather this week at their spring meetings, their plate …