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September 11, 2014: Happy Birthday to the Gifts of Hope Born 9-11-2001

The Freedom Tower - the New World Trade Center, opening in 2014, photo by Theresa McNelley

The Freedom Tower – the New World Trade Center, opening in 2014, photo by Theresa McNelley

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and Boston City Paper, 9/2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014:  According to various web sites, somewhere between 10,000 and 15,000 kids across America celebrate their 13th birthday today. I would venture to guess that for most, they’re in the 6th-8th grade, they’re finding their way, and their parents are beginning to wonder when their sweet child was replaced with this independent teen-ager with thoughts and ideas of their own.… Click here to read the rest of this post!

Robin Williams, 1951-2014

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Image Credit: RobinWilliams.com

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 8/2014

In September 1978, at one of the most depressing and lonely times in my life, a new actor burst onto the scene in a hilarious show called “Mork and Mindy.”

Robin Williams weekly comedic insanity was a gift to a very sad and lonely boy — he helped me find my joy again. Every Thursday night, I knew I’d be laughing.

Back in those pre-VCR, pre-DVR days, I used my cassette recorder and audio-taped episodes of Mork & Mindy every week.… Click here to read the rest of this post!

Because you demanded it: Another Slow News Day (Summer 2014)

SlowNewsDayFullby Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and Boston City Paper 7/2014

Because you demanded it! In response to your literally thousands of cards and letters, and because jocularity is always a good thing, it’s time again for Slow News Day, Random Thoughts, Summer Edition!

We begin with a summer tradition we can all do without: Back to School sales. The first “Back to School” sale was announced right after July 4.

Seriously.

I believe I speak on behalf of EVERYONE reading this when I say, “Dear retailers, STOP THAT.… Click here to read the rest of this post!

Cherishing the people around us – NOW

Lilacsby Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and Boston City Paper 7/2014

A fair warning friends, this one isn’t summer fluff.

Every now and then, I look up a name from the past – sometimes it’s to see how someone is doing – perhaps connect with them on Facebook – or just see who’s working where, who’s living there, who got married, or find out “the rest of the story” of people from my past.… Click here to read the rest of this post!

Free event at La Salette July 14-17 2014 / “Jesus: Who? When? Where?”

Free event — The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attelboro invites you to be part of a unique “revival” in July. Not a mass, not a ceremony, but a joyous revival celebration. We celebrate Jesus at Christmas and Easter, but you’re invited to make Him a part of your SUMMER celebration as well! To be held over four evenings in July (July 14,15,16,17), from 7:15pm-8:30pm, at the beautiful outdoor chapel/pavilion. Guest speakers and singers will share, though words, songs, and testimony, the remarkable grace and love of Jesus in their lives.… Click here to read the rest of this post!

Foxborough Founders Day 2014

Founders Day 2014 Logo

By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 6/2014

“From humble beginnings, Foxborough Founders Day has grown into a wonderful celebration of civic pride and a chance for the community to come together for a day of fun, food and fellowship sandwiched between the pageantry of a parade and an awesome display of fireworks. The 2014 theme is, “Celebrating Foxborough Sports & Athletics” and Foxborough-based organizations and businesses are encouraged to build upon this theme as they prepare their entries for the parade.Click here to read the rest of this post!

What if they gave an election in Foxboro and most everyone stayed home?

ballotby Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 5/2014

So before I go on my little rant here… A full disclosure so I’m not a hypocrite.

I didn’t vote last Monday.

Yep, the guy who moderated candidate’s night and is always reminding everyone what a privilege it is to be able to vote didn’t show up at the polls Monday May 5, 2014.

But I had a good excuse — I didn’t vote on Monday because Saturday, my car broke down with a bad case of shredded serpentine belt, broken water pump and wasn’t going anywhere.… Click here to read the rest of this post!

Foxboro Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt 2014

The Easter Bunny greets the crowd under a spectacular blue sky and the warmest Saturday in recent memory.

Saturday, April 12, 2014: The Easter Bunny greets the crowd under a spectacular blue sky and the warmest Saturday in recent memory.

by Robert Gillis
(News Story)
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 4/2014

Despite a very busy schedule of coloring eggs and making Easter baskets, the Easter Bunny made time to visit the children of Foxboro this past Saturday.

The Foxboro Jaycees once again brought the bunny to Foxboro Common in their annual spring Easter Egg Hunt, which included a meet and greet with the bunny.… Click here to read the rest of this post!

Remembering the fallen Boston fire fighters, and thanking all our courageous protectors

Vendome Firefighters Memorial Boston

Vendome Firefighters Memorial Boston; Robert Gillis photo

By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and Boston City Paper, 4/2014

This past week, less than one year after the Marathon bombing and its horrible aftermath, the city of Boston is grieving again.

As you all know, a nine alarm fire on Beacon Street in Boston claimed the lives of two firefighters. There have been memorials, tributes, and by the time this column runs, these two fallen heroes will be laid to rest.… Click here to read the rest of this post!

I’m moderating Foxboro Jaycees Candidates Night LIVE on Foxboro Cable Access 4/10/2014 – please watch, meet the candidates, and please vote!

Moderating candidates

Moderating candidates Night last year (2013)

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 3/2014

One of the many benefits I enjoy as a member of the Foxboro Jaycees is to participate in community development projects and other programs that have a direct benefit to the town of Foxboro. One such privilege is coming up this April 10 at 7 p.m.: Candidates night, on Foxboro Cable Access.

For over 20 years, the Foxboro Jaycees have held this program at FCA, which is filmed there LIVE and broadcast repeatedly until Election Day.… Click here to read the rest of this post!

UPDATED: An open letter to the Saint Kevin property managers — let us say a proper good-bye before the church is demolished

Saint Kevin School Grades 5-8 and "Center" building

Saint Kevin School Grades 5-8 and “Center” building

By Robert Gillis
Published in the Boston City Paper, 3/2014

(Written at the request of a great group of people on the FaceBook group “ST KEVIN PARISH & SCHOOL / UPHAMS CORNER – DORCHESTER MA” — Current Former residents of Uphams Corner and St Kevin’s Parish, welcoming all residents from the 40’s – 80’s)

This is an open letter and formal request to the people in charge of the former Saint Kevin property – we are asking for a chance to walk inside these buildings one last time and say a proper good-bye.… Click here to read the rest of this post!

Regarding CVS/Caremark’s decision to stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products: THANK YOU!

CVSBy Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and the Boston City Paper, 2/2014

“Cigarettes are the only product, that if used as directed, will kill you.” – George Carlin

Full disclosure: no one asked me to write this, and this is not a paid endorsement nor advertisement.

Anyone who knows me is well aware that I am a fan of the CVS here in Foxboro. While I do patronize other pharmacies, there’s something about our CVS that it awesome — the people.… Click here to read the rest of this post!