Blogs | Ethan Shorey

Thursday, January 9

The early inner workings of the Republican primary battle between gubernatorial candidates Allan Fung and Ken Block hit the public eye during a Jan. 7 discussion on Twitter.

Scott Rotondo, head of the Pawtucket GOP, started it off by inviting The Breeze to a Jan. 14 meeting where he said Block will be addressing the local group. I asked Rotondo whether the city’s GOP has endorsed Block or Fung, and he said that the decision will be made following Block’s presentation.

Rotondo... more

Thursday, January 2

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island General Assembly opened its 2014 session on Tuesday, Jan. 7, with both the House of Representatives and the Senate convening to begin the work of the new legislative year.

For some of you, watching a General Assembly session on TV might be akin to getting a root canal. For those, as well as the hardcore political observers, we at The Breeze will be watching and updating you in our papers and right here at www.... more

Friday, November 22

I've received plenty of news tips over the years. Many I've been able to use, many I've not, but I appreciate all of them because it means people are paying attention. The following tip, received in a postcard on Nov. 22, might be one of my favorite:

Mr. Ethan Shorey,
We have been reading your articles on Mayor Donald Grebien's weight. The mayor was seen bringing clothing to Sado's Tailor Shop, 23 Dexter St., for repair. We called Mr. Sado and he confirmed. Please call and... more

Tuesday, November 19

President Obama is being taken to task by many for problems associated with the rollout of his Affordable Care Act, particularly for people who are losing their health insurance plans after he said they wouldn’t.

Now some Rhode Islanders, including leaders of the Rhode Island Tea Party, are asking how much members of Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation knew about the pitfalls of the health care law even as they supported it.

I’ve reached out to all members of the state’s... more

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