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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 …

‘Deflategate’ appeal could test powers of NFL commissioner

Sunday, May 17, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – This is no longer about deflated footballs. Tom Brady signaled in his appeal of his “Deflategate” suspension that he will put NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s credibility on trial, further inflating the stakes in what started …

Brady, union threaten Goodell with lawsuit in ‘Deflategate’

Saturday, May 16, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady’s lawyers demanded that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the Super Bowl MVP’s “Deflategate” appeal and threatened to go to court unless the four-game suspension is overturned. Laying out the grounds for …

Brady appeals suspension on deflated balls; Pats rebut NFL

Friday, May 15, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady appealed the four-game suspension he was handed for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game, and the players union urged Commissioner Roger Goodell to appoint a …

Colts taking quiet approach to debate over Deflategate

Thursday, May 14, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Dwayne Allen was in an awkward position yesterday. As a tight end for the Colts, he was trying to toe the company line on “Deflategate.” As a player rep, he found himself defending Patriots quarterback Tom …

NFLPA to use noted labor lawyer Kessler in Brady appeal

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NEW YORK – Noted labor attorney Jeffrey Kessler will aid in the players’ union’s planned appeal of Tom Brady’s suspension. The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2015 …

Ray Duckler: Deflategate? Tom Brady? Patriots lineman won’t tackle topic during visit to Concord

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I went hunting yesterday, for the elephant in the room. Or in this case, in the Abbot-Downing School gym. Sure enough, there was Dumbo, or Mr. Snuffleupagus, or Horton, or whichever name you choose, camouflaged by a New …

Despite $1 million fine, Patriots reap profit from Brady suspension

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A four-game suspension. A $1 million fine. The loss of first- and fourth-round draft picks. The numbers were flying after Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were hit with a trio of penalties for tampering with the footballs in the AFC championship game. Here …

Garoppolo, Brady’s backup, learned to play quarterback by imitating him

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The phone call seems surreal to him now, because small moments so rarely become the start of something so meaningful. In 2007, Jeff Christiansen received a plea from Doug Millsaps, the head football coach at Rolling Meadows High …

NFL investigator says he found direct evidence against Brady

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NEW YORK – The lawyer who investigated the New England Patriots insisted yesterday that he found direct, not just circumstantial, evidence to show quarterback Tom Brady knew team employees were deflating footballs. Miffed by criticism from Brady’s agent, …

Local football coaches, quarterbacks weigh in on Brady’s suspension

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

When the Deflategate penalties came down Monday – a four-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady, a $1 million fine for the Patriots and the loss of a first- and fourth-round draft pick – pundits across the country lined …

Brady, Patriots dared NFL to strike, and deserved what they got

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The four-game suspension of New England Patriots Tom Brady, handed down by the NFL yesterday, and the New England Patriots’ $1 million fine and loss of draft picks is the end result of the quarterback and his team …

Veteran CB Arrington released by Patriots

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Cornerback Kyle Arrington was released by the New England Patriots. Arrington, 28, spent the last five seasons in New England, playing in two Super Bowls. An undrafted free agent out of Hofstra who didn’t stick …