Category Archives: Foxboro

Casino in Foxboro is a losing bet

Casino Image - GillisPhotos 01by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 9/2011

“Well I got a job and put my money away / But I got debts no honest man can pay / So I drew what I had from the Central Trust / And I bought me and my baby two tickets on that coast city bus… Meet me tonight in Atlantic City.” — Bruce Springsteen, Atlantic City

I write these words not to any particular elected official, board member, or organization, but to everyone in Foxboro.

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‘Tis the season to be generous

Christmas Still Life - Salvation ArmyBy Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and Boston City Paper 12/2011

“I have always thought of Christmas time, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.

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Another storm, another four days without electricity – ENOUGH.

Foxboro Town SignBy Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter, 11/2011

For the second time in two months, despite plenty of weather forecasts and warnings, our town was without power for four days. The unprecedented pre-Halloween Nor’easter took out power for over two million people up and down the eastern seaboard, but my focus today is on our area, because while I can’t really speak to what people in other states experienced, I can certainly talk about what happened here.

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The prodigal son returns to church (again)

14 Church - Saint Marys Church FoxboroBy Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and Boston City paper 10/2011

A few years ago I attended a family wedding. During mass, several of my other cousins and extended family were looking at each other during mass, unsure of when to sit, stand, and so on. I overheard my favorite cousin Michelle whisper, “Just do what Bobby does, he knows.”

I was flattered by that comment and the perception that I was such an expert on the customs of mass, but I also felt some guilt.

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Foxboro Founders Day 2011!

2011_founders_day_parade_049By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 6/2011

Founders Day is here again!

The annual day-long celebration of our town’s birthday starts as you drive through Foxboro at 8:45, 9:00am, and people are already putting out beach chairs, staking out the best viewing spots. Business owners and employees are opening windows and doors, hovering, getting ready for the event. The police begin closing roads. The crowds thicken. There’s real anticipation in the air. Something special is about to happen.

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2010 Cable auction to benefit the Doolittle Home is Saturday November 6, 2010

By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 10/2010

Just in time for all your holiday shopping — the Doolittle Home auction event is back! Mark your calendars for November 6, 2010 as the seventh annual cable auction to benefit the Doolittle Home is broadcast live and on the web!

Proceeds from the 2010 fund-raising will be used to purchase an improved model of whirlpool tub for the nursing unit, where it would have therapeutic value to all residents.

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Be part of the solution; write your letter to the editor

ReporterSignby Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro
Reporter, 5/2010

(Standard disclosure: I am not an employee of the Foxboro Reporter. Since 1996, I have been a column contributor, and hope to continue this happy relationship for many years to come)

Well, we made it.

The Foxboro town election is over, and as usual, the campaigns were exciting, controversial, and filled the Reporter and its companion web site with letters, editorials, and columns, as another election cycle splashed across these pages.

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Review: RENT at the Orpheum Foxboro

by Robert Gillis, published in the Boston City Paper 2/2010

[Full disclosure: This is not a paid review, I just thought it would be nice to write a review about the extraordinary performance of RENT, playing here in Foxboro at the Orpheum Foxboro — no one asked me to do this.]

During the “Halloween Song” of the stage production of the play, “RENT,” one of the characters wonders, “How could a night so frozen be so scalding hot?” The question was perfectly timed last Friday night: Outside, the arctic tundra of a Massachusetts January evening had frozen everything solid, yet inside the Orpheum Foxboro; a scalding, scorching presentation of RENT was being enjoyed by an enraptured audience.

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Eulogy for Bob Shea, our beloved friend

This is the eulogy that I wrote for Bob and read at his funeral.

How do you summarize and eulogize such a magnificent human being and a life so very, very well lived? How do you properly celebrate someone so extraordinary who not only gave, and gave, and gave, but more importantly — inspired others to do the same, all the while supporting a family and holding down numerous jobs?

No matter what gets written, and what gets spoken, it can’t measure up, or do justice to, the legacy of Bob “Papa” Shea.

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NASA announcement of discovery of a “sun” and “blue skies” ridiculed by local residents

 

Historians note: When this piece was written, Foxboro and the surrounding area saw the sun MAYBE three times in about two and a half months.  This is absolutely true — It rained for weeks with three “dry” days.  It was just miserable, with rain literally EVERY day.  This piece was written in response to that.

By Robert Gilllis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter and the Boston City Pap
er 7/2009

A major announcement from the Foxboro bureau of NASA has residents in an uproar.

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Foxboro Founders Day 2009

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter 6/2004 and 6/2008 and 6/2009 in various forms/updates

Founders Day!

The annual day-long celebration of our town’s birthday starts as you drive through Foxboro at 8:45, 9:00, and people are already putting out beach chairs, staking out the best viewing spots. Business owners and employees are opening windows and doors, hovering, getting ready for the event. The police begin closing roads. The crowds thicken. There’s real anticipation in the air.

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Meet Bob “Papa” Shea

Bob Shea, our beloved friend, passed away on January 1, 2010. This profile of Bob ran in March 2009, and he really enjoiyed it. Bob made a difference for so many — he will be missed, and he is well remembered. You can read his eulogy HERE

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter, and the Boston City Paper, March 2009

{Note: After Bob Shea read the advance copy of this column before it was published, he said, “Thanks for the advance copy, what a job you did on my life, I could almost like the guy you wrote about… God’s blessings.

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2009 – The 6th Annual Cable Auction to benefit Doolittle Home will be February 28, 2009

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 2/2009

Mark your calendars for February 28, 2009 because the Doolittle Home auction event is finally here! After months of preparation and the round-the-clock work of a dedicated group of volunteers, we’re proud to present over one hundred quality items — many priceless — at the sixth annual cable auction to benefit the Doolittle Home.

Proceeds from the 2009 fund-raising will be used to purchase an adjustable diagnostics table for the nursing unit to enhance the comfort and safety of residents.

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Breaking Dog Park News!

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter 7/2008

Background: Here in Foxboro, a battle has raged — literally raged — over whether a dog park should be allowed to remain open. This is no joke (I wish it were) —
The dog park, which opened in September 2006, has become a legal battleground. A lawsuit filed by abutters and others seeking to close the park is pending in State Land Court. Week after week, the top story is the dog park.

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Helping out with Foxboro Cable Access is a blast (in more ways than one!)

By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter April, 2008. Also published on the Foxboro Cable Access Website April, 2008.

Today I thought I’d share a fun memory, an example of me doing something stupid (suspend your disbelief) and suggest another opportunity for YOU to volunteer to help the community and have a great time doing it.

It’s Thursday June 22, 2007 and I’m on Foxboro Common at the first of the annual Foxboro Jaycee concerts of the season.

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