2015-10-01 / Around Town

Turning Heads at Gillette Stadium

New England sports fans had a great day on Sunday, Sept. 27, with the decisive Patriots win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, 51-17 at Gillette Stadium. Newporters watching might have recognized a one-time co-owner of the team with connections to Newport, Ruth Orthwein, as the subject of numerous fan photos with her distinctive Patriots hat designed by Newporter Lisa Stubbs, which she stylized from the team logo. Mrs. Orthwein's former husband, James Busch Orthwein, bought the franchise in 1992 and intended to move the team to his native St. Louis, Mo., but sold them two years later to the current owner, businessman Robert Kraft. This was Mrs. Orthwein's first visit to the Patriots' home field in 20 years. (Gillette Stadium opened in 2002, replacing the old Foxboro Stadium. She remarked how huge the new stadium seemed.) She and Stephen Lewinstein, co-owner of the Boston Celtics, shared a box with their hosts, Newport residents Paul Garrido and wife, Cherry Maddela Garrido. Likely to always be a Patriots fan at heart, you may see her “Go Pats” license plate around town.

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