Blogs | Ethan Shorey

Thursday, November 14

"Distracted driving" seems to be reaching epidemic levels. And it's not just the texting while driving that we hear so much about, but the Facebooking, Snapchatting, Twittering, Pinteresting, and Vining that must be attended to every moment of the day. Far too many people, young and old alike, seem more interested in what's on their gadget at a particular moment than who is walking across the street in front of them.

There may not always be an injury resulting from an incident of... more

Thursday, November 7

Those of you who have ever been pregnant know that some people tend to make really annoying comments, often saying things that they would never dream of saying to a non-pregnant person.

With my lovely wife now carrying our second son, and some of her friends also moving toward their due date, I’ve been compiling a list of some of the most annoying comments said to them. Several are quite common. Enjoy.

• You look like you might pop!
• You’re getting so big.
• It... more

Wednesday, October 16

PAWTUCKET – Over the summer I wrote about how Wayne Losey and Tucker Johnson, of Pawtucket-based Dynamo Development Labs, had received the $12,000 they needed through a Kickstarter campaign to launch their "ModiBot Mo" action figure line (

This week, as promised, my action figure came in the mail, and it's every bit as functional as Losey and Johnson said it would be. The molded plastic body and cool 3D-printed accessories... more

Friday, October 11

PAWTUCKET – I wrote a story this week on the impact of the federal government shutdown on two prominent Pawtucket businesses, the Comfort Inn and Collette Vacations (, but it turns out an upstart brewery in the city is also being hurt by the ongoing standoff.

Nick Garrison, of Foolproof Brewing on Grotto Avenue, said that the government shutdown is holding up the brewery's new batch of Revery Russian Imperial Stout.

As... more

Thursday, October 10

I’m not sure anyone who’s ever been to Pawtucket thinks of it as "a great place to gawk at fiery fall foliage as you hike or bike riverside and back-country paths..."

I’ve seen some "travel and leisure" pieces that were pretty off target, but this one that keeps showing up in my inbox makes Pawtucket sound like the scenic cycling capital of the world.

There are plenty of reasons to come to the city, like McCoy Stadium,... more

Saturday, October 5

There's been plenty of chatter about how the federal government shutdown is a national problem that will potentially hurt the U.S. economy to the tune of billions of dollars.

But Patti McAlpine, sales manager at the Comfort Inn on George Street, told me on Friday that the shutdown that started earlier in the week is being felt in a big way at the city's only hotel.

McAlpine said she had booked a business for five rooms starting Oct. 6 and running all the way to Dec. 12. The... more

Thursday, September 19

I'll admit that I have a bit of an obsession with traffic lights. These inanimate objects hold so much power to control daily life, but we often barely notice them as we go about our business. A traffic signal left unattended, over a period of years, can get so far off its original program that it starts backing up traffic for blocks - every day.

Last June I reached out to officials from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to see if anything could be done about the lengthy... more

Sunday, September 15

Pawtucket school officials have issued their rebuttal to my open meetings complaint about being locked out of the Aug. 8 School Committee meeting. Among other findings to be gleaned from surveillance photos presented to the attorney general's office, I actually arrived at the door of the meeting at 6:02 p.m. and not 6 p.m. as I stated in my complaint.

School officials are basically claiming that the buzzer at the door of the central administration building was working just before I... more

Friday, September 13

Everyone is allowed a mistake or two when it comes to grammar and spelling, but a local parent was more than a little perturbed when he saw the contents of a back-to-school letter from the principal of a Pawtucket school just before the start of the academic year. The following is a paragraph from the letter:

"I am very much looking forward to meeting and working with you all of this year. I should be a great year full of fun and exciting things. If you every have a question or... more

Thursday, September 5

Pawtucket School Committee member David Coughlin thanked The Valley Breeze this week for a story informing the public about our open meetings complaint against the school board he serves on. An email from Coughlin was copied to other School Committee members and administrators.

"Had I not read this article in the Valley Breeze today I would not have known this (Open Meetings Act) complaint had been filed with the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office," he wrote. "The School Committee... more