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A little Christmas miracle as the Foxboro Jaycees decorate Foxboro Common

Let there be light -- Jaycee David Fisler, left reacts as the power is restored to the common at the exact moment Paul Lanza places the angel on the Foxboro Common bandstand.  Photo by Robert Gillis

Let there be light — Jaycee David Fisler, left reacts as the power is restored to the common at the exact moment Paul Lanza places the angel on the Foxboro Common bandstand. Photo by Robert Gillis

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 12/2014

This story begins with a very nice affirmation. Christmas miracles – they still happen.

And it should be noted before I go further I swear this is true; and there are witness and photographs!

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The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro — it’s more than just Christmas Lights

Note: Originally published 11/28/2012, and one of the most important pieces I have ever written, I have moved this to the top of my blog for the season for more visibility — I want people to know about La Salette and visit it. For 2014, La Salette’s festival of lights, with a theme of “Jesus, Light of Life,” will be open Thanksgiving 2014 to January 4, 2015 with illuminations from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

Since this was written in 2012, the concerts listed in the article have already taken place, and very happily, since this was written, Father Pat has recovered from his illness and returned to La Salette to continue his popular concert schedule so please
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2014 CONCERT SCHEDULE   or  CLICK HERE FOR THE LA SALETTE WEB SITE

As of December 2014, nearly all of the ground lights are LED and the next endeavor is to convert the rest of the lights to LED — so please keep bringing those bottles and cans!

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We All Want To Be Remembered

This card is sent to all BC High alumni each October to list the names of our beloved deceased and returned to the Loyola Chapel and the names are remembered at each mass in November

This card is sent to all BC High alumni each October to list the names of our beloved deceased and returned to the Loyola Chapel and the names are remembered at each mass in November

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and Boston City Paper, 11/2014

The month of November means many things: the beginning of the Christmas season (at precisely one second past Halloween), elections every two years, Thanksgiving, and Veterans Day, just to name a few.

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This is not the Foxboro I remember — that’s a good thing (progress takes time!)

Foxboro Town Hall (2014)

Foxboro Town Hall (2014)

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 10/2014

This is not the Foxboro I remember.

Good golly Miss Molly how many times have we heard/read that?

It seems like every week there’s a battle brewing about this or that change to the town, and the latest debate/discussion/battle is town hall. But like most hot-button issues, our town hall issue will be settled at some point in the future, and we will move onto something else.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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