Blogs | Ethan Shorey

Tuesday, May 27

Rep. William San Bento, who is in his 22nd year representing the residents of House District 58, says he’s ‘teetering on the fence’ about running again in 2014.

San Bento told me Tuesday that he hasn’t made a final decision yet about defending his seat against a likely challenge from Carlos Tobon, and probably won’t decide before "the end of June." Tobon narrowed the gap against the incumbent to just one vote on his second try two years ago.

San Bento said he had been leaning... more

Sunday, May 25

Seniors at North Providence High School made a video to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.

The video appears to be going viral, getting nearly 10,000 hits on YouTube in a week. Check it out.

Wednesday, May 14

Are you the type who can't get enough of the weather? Who, instead of groaning when you hear about an event in the five-day, you cheer? You may just have the knack to be a weather spotter for the National Weather Service, which is always looking to build its network of 6,000 spotters in the region.

Click here to read about my experience training to... more

Thursday, April 17

Sometimes you don't realize how much "little" local decisions can impact your life until they come back and smack you in the face. Some North Providence residents are about to deal with that reality after someone in the distant past failed to come up with new names for four streets. Whether through a lack of creative thinking, lack of knowing or lack of caring, someone made the decision to give the same name to multiple streets.

Read my story on the situation... more

Wednesday, March 26

In honor the Red Sox season getting started, I found this little compilation of hits from the team's 2013 World Series run to get everyone's juices flowing. Enjoy.

Thursday, March 13

Since before my first son was even born, I’ve dreamed of taking him to a ballgame at McCoy Stadium. It’s hard to believe he'll finally be old enough to go see the PawSox this summer.

Based on my boy’s reaction to dump trucks, zoo animals and cotton candy, I can't imagine the look on his face when he sees a baseball go rocketing over the wall for the first time. I have no trouble admitting that I’ll probably shed a tear when I see his reaction.

Baseball season is my favorite... more

Tuesday, February 25

I found it such a fascinating story that I never needed the finer details. I’d sit on my grandfather’s lap and listen to him tell how he was one of the few people in the stands the day Ted Williams got his 1,000th extra base hit.

Somehow I always pictured him leaping for the home run ball, but my Grampie, rarely one to make himself look better than he was, would always remind me how he actually reached down between a crowds of kids to snatch it away.

Fenway Park officials... more

Thursday, February 6

Some North Providence residents have suggested that local police are spending their Google money like “drunken sailors” on all the shiny new items they can get their hands on, from state-of-the-art cars and guns, to computers and tasers.

Chief Paul Martellini insists that he is focused on addressing needs over wants, that wisely setting his department up to have great resources for years to come is his highest priority with the money. But Martellini has also pointed out that his... more

Tuesday, February 4

Many of you probably know by now that two of my favorite activities are to grill good food and to follow wild winter weather as closely as possible.

What better way to enjoy these simple pleasures, I thought a while back, than to create a couple Twitter hashtags to get my friends in on the fun.

The #ForeShoreCast, an amateur weather forecast I like to think is slightly more accurate than some of the hype you’ll see out there, and #WinterGrillingRI, where semi-crazy New... more

Saturday, January 25

The new $4.3 million Conant Street Railroad Bridge in Pawtucket took 25 years to complete, so it only stands to reason that some city residents would inspect the structure with a critical eye.

After hearing from one of my trusty tipsters that a “little bird” informed him that the metal on the bridge is “totally rusty,” I thought a little explanation might be helpful.

For anyone concerned at the fact that the new bridge has rusted over just a month after it opened, fear no... more

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