Blogs | Ethan Shorey

Tuesday, December 27

Did you know that 48 percent of parents plan to count down the last 10 seconds of 2016 with their children at 9 p.m.? Or that 30 percent of Americans fall asleep before midnight on New Year's Eve? Or how about that 20 percent of all charitable contributions are made in the last 48 hours of the year?

WalletHub is out with a great new infographic showing some fun facts related to the New Year's holiday. Did...


Saturday, December 3

One of my favorite activities is to ask simple questions in response to people's crazy assertions on Facebook. Usually it goes something like one of these: Do you have any examples? What story are you referring to? Where did you hear that? Nothing accusatory, just the basics.

The responses are often hilarious and ridiculous, proving again and again that we're living in a world where facts are things to be sniffed at. A New Yorker Cartoon had it right. "I'm sorry, Jeannie, your answer...


Thursday, November 24

As you prepare to shop until you drop, we hope you'll check out The Breeze Holiday Gift Guide to see what local businesses are offering this holiday season. Just click the arrow to read right through. You supporting our advertisers makes it possible to put out this great paper each week.

Monday, November 21

Heading into work this morning, I decided on a whim to check Lite Rock 105 to see if the Christmas music was on yet. Sure it's three days before Thanksgiving, but worth a shot, right? And there it was, some hokey holiday song that I didn't even like all that much, but left it on for the rest of my ride in.

I'm the guy who listens to Christmas music from Halloween through January, but I certainly understand that's not everyone's cup of tea. I've heard all kinds of opinions on this...


Friday, November 11

Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump handily in Rhode Island, 53.8 percent to 39.5 percent, but the president-elect would have won locally if the only communities to vote were 10 of the 11 covered by The Breeze.

Clinton had 53,139 votes from all 11 cities and towns covered by the paper, compared to 47,164 votes for Trump. Without Pawtucket factored in, Trump would have held the edge, taking 41,359 votes to Clinton’s 38,676 votes.

Of the 11 communities, only four went Clinton’s way...


Tuesday, November 1

Those who know John Arcaro know he marches to the beat of his own drum. The Pawtucket resident running for mayor under the "Sick of Scandals" party has spent much of his adult life challenging incumbent Democrats, and he's back at it again in 2016.

Arcaro has taken distinct campaigning style to another level with his new commercial promoting himself as "lean, clean, fighting the machine," even shedding his shirt for the performance.

Check it out.

... more

Tuesday, September 13

Those who have followed the North Providence mayoral race have seen two candidates with dramatically different approaches. Challenger Kristen Catanzaro has characterized the town as an undesirable place in need of having its beauty restored. Incumbent Charles Lombardi has emphasized what he says is going right, including the saving and beautifying of the former Camp Meehan property as the town's biggest park.

The candidates' strategies were again apparent during a Sept. 9 debate on...


Saturday, July 30

For those who don't know already, I had a life-changing experience this week. On July 24, at 1:46 a.m., my little angel, Añalia Elizabeth Shorey, came into this world.

Seems people care about length and weight, so I'll get that out of the way. She was six pounds, 12 ounces, and 19 inches long. The real story is she's the most perfect little bundle I could imagine.

It's easy to get down about the troubles of this world, to get overwhelmed by the tragedy and the heartache, but...


Wednesday, July 6

Independent Kevin Crawley is asking Pawtucket residents to help him decide whether he should actually challenge Mayor Donald Grebien in the 2016 election, proving once again that filling out a declaration of candidacy form does not mean that someone is definitely going to run.

"I need your help. I have to make a final decision whether to run for mayor," wrote the retired city police officer on his Facebook page Wednesday. "This is an enormous task. I don't recall an elected incumbent...


Thursday, June 30

There's been a good deal of discussion about whether John Arcaro can run against Mayor Don Grebien in Pawtucket under the "Sick of Scandals" party he listed on his declaration form.

Gonzalo Cuervo, chief of staff in Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea's office, initially told me Thursday that Arcaro, who previously ran as a Democrat for state representative, would be listed as an independent on the ballot, as the state only recognizes Democrats, Republicans and Moderates. But Cuervo...