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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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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Foxboro Senior Center Christmas Faire

Mary Cicciu and my "cousin" Lorraine MacMasters
Mary Cicciu and my “cousin” Lorraine MacMasters

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter 11/2003

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending and pitching in a bit at the annual Senior Christmas faire at Council on Aging (COA). It’s always a joyful time for me, to get to see the seniors and enjoy some great food and see old friends. I had some impressions from the senior fair that I’d like to share:

First, I just adore Mary Cicciu.

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A final toast to Foxboro’s grand dame Betty Friedman

Betty Friedman at an event on Foxboro Common, 11/13/1999 - Photo by Mike Schuster
Betty Friedman at an event on Foxboro Common, 11/13/1999 – Photo by Scott Farmelant with thanks to Mike Schuster

by Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter 11/2001

Betty Friedman first contacted me about three years ago. Betty, a senior resident of the Doolittle Home, wrote saying that she had enjoyed one of my columns. I welcomed Betty’s letter; at that time I hadn’t received much written feedback about my work.

Since then, I’d received more than a few letters from her, and the last one, in June, requested that we meet.

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Foxboro Senior Center Christmas fair

Helping out at the Foxboro Senior Christmas Fair; Foxboro Reporter Image
Helping out at the Foxboro Senior Christmas Fair; Foxboro Reporter Image

Robert Gillis
Published in The Foxboro Reporter November 2000

Every year, it seems like the Christmas sales start earlier, and the decorations are in the stores sooner. The corporations begin their annual holiday blitzkrieg, inundating us with sale after sale.

It’s easy to become jaded as Christmas becomes more and more commercialized and arrives sooner every year. Many people choose to ignore the pre-Christmas hype.

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Support the new Foxboro Senior Center

Dream come true - The new Foxboro Senior Center was completed in 1998 and has flourished ever since. (Robert Gillis Photo)
Dream come true – The new Foxboro Senior Center was completed in 1998 and has flourished ever since. (2003 Robert Gillis Photo)

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter, 8/1997

Pay attention, folks; this one’s important. You might see the “Seniors” page in this paper each week and think, “I’m not a senior” or you might say, “Oh, another column about the seniors,” and turn the page.

Stop. Read this. It’s important.

If you’ve lived in this town for more than a day you know all about the Foxboro seniors’ search for a new home.

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My first Foxboro town meeting – and the senior center vote

Foxboro - Foxboro Town Hall
Foxboro Town Hall

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter, 5/1997

In the six years I’ve lived in Foxboro, last week was the first time I’ve attended a town meeting. My main reason for attending was my great interest in seeing question six, the senior center funding issue, approved. But as I sat and watched people debate various topics and budget issues, I kept looking around the crowded auditorium and saw the same things on everyone’s faces: Pride.

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We’ll all be a senior someday – support the new Foxboro senior center

This picture remains at the Foxboro Senior Center to this day - breaking ground on the new center, circa 1997-1998, with Gerry Rodman, Lorraine Garland, Mary Cicciu, Joanne Pratt, and other friends.
This picture remains at the Foxboro Senior Center to this day – breaking ground on the new center, circa 1997-1998, with Gerry Rodman, Lorraine Garland, Mary Cicciu, Joanne Pratt, and other friends.

by Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter, 3/1997

“Dismiss that notion of the ancient senior in a wheelchair with nothing to offer the world anymore. Foxboro’s seniors are a lively, important group, and they WILL be heard.”

Those words were mine; I wrote them in my very first full length column for this newspaper back in March of last year.

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Seniors can show you secrets of eternal youth

By Robert Gillis
Published in the Foxboro Reporter,7/1996

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I have a great affection for seniors. Taking care of Nana for so many years and listening to her talk about her amazing life made a positive difference in my life. Nearly 3 years after her death, I find myself thinking about her often, and missing our talks.

Many other seniors – my mom’s mother, aunt’s and friends – have touched my life and made it a happier place to be.

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My very first Reporter Column; Support your seniors!

One of the MANY fundraisers for the senior center; this was was a lot of fun as we spent a day making over 900 pizzas!
One of the MANY fundraisers for the Foxboro senior center; this was was a lot of fun as we spent a day making over 900 pizzas! Photo credit: Foxboro Reporter

(After many letters to the editor, I submitted this, my first full-length column to the Reporter.  After it ran, I approached editor Jeff Peterson about a regular, bi-weekly column, and he agreed we’d start with three, the first which ran a month later on April 25, 1996. 

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