Blogs | Ethan Shorey

Wednesday, May 11

In March I wrote about how Pawtucket dancer Raul Soto had won a chance to dance with Justin Bieber on the star's "Purpose" tour in Boston. On Tuesday night, Soto's dream came true. I believe that's him doing all the crazy flips around the two-minute mark.

Soto, a Central Falls youth who dances at Dancin Spirit Performing Arts in Pawtucket, won a #...


Thursday, May 5

Students at Shea High School are taking exception to my blog post about Principal Don Miller. A letter sent by senior Patience Adegboyega and signed by the "Shea Raiders" defends Miller as a leader who cares about students. It reads as follows:

Dear Mr. Shorey,

On behalf of the student body at Shea High School, I would like to express our outrage at...


Saturday, April 30

What a shame for the students of Shea High School.

On Friday night, I was scrolling through Twitter and saw some mediocre photos of the annual Shea Fashion Show popping up from an account run by outgoing Principal Don Miller. The Breeze has given the front-page treatment to the show in the past and it’s one of our favorite events to cover.

But as has been his practice for the entire 2015-2016 school year, Miller didn’t invite us to take pictures of the show, and...


Friday, April 15

Fridays for me are pretty busy days of rushing around gathering stories to write over the weekend. One little hiccup in the schedule, like someone being late to an interview or an unexpected meeting, can really put a crimp on the productivity.

So when I scrambled out of an interview today in North Providence only to find that I’d locked my keys in my car, I was pretty frustrated, thinking it could set me back by hours. The roadside assistance hotline sent two guys to help, and I was...


Friday, April 1

IndieWhip, the Providence-based company at least partly responsible for the "Rhode Iceland" debacle, has released a new video making light of a situation that's caused headaches for state leaders all week.

Here it is:


Wednesday, March 30

The widespread consternation over the $500,000 spent on the design of a new “Rhode Island: Cooler and Warmer logo” for the state got me to thinking about the rebranding Pawtucket officials commissioned last year.

Working with city-based Glad Works, Mayor Donald Grebien and his staff got a new website (, logo, and “Pawtucket: Join the Evolution” slogan for just $5,000. Grebien spokesman Rico Vota said...


Wednesday, March 30

There’s been a lot of speculation about where the controversial “Cooler & Warmer” slogan for the comprehensive Rhode Island marketing campaign originated.

Oddly enough, the Providence-based advertising agency that created the “Rhode Iceland” video and helped with the campaign, IndieWhip, did work for another company with a stake in making people warmer and cooler.

The ”work” section of the...


Tuesday, March 29

Like a TV show that gains steam after the first awkward episode, sometimes promotional campaigns that elicit a negative first reaction can also find their way in this world.

I’m a sucker for commercials that tell me to come somewhere. Tim Allen’s dulcet tones on those “Pure Michigan” commercials make me want to hop in a Prius for a cross-country trip. And I don’t even play golf.

I want to love Rhode Island’s new $5 million marketing campaign, and there are parts of it that show...


Sunday, March 27

It’s hard to believe The Valley Breeze is already 20 years old. It’s even harder to fathom that I’ve been here for half of that time, with my 10-year anniversary coming up in a couple weeks.

When I first started here in 2006, I knew little about how unique The Breeze was among news publications, particularly with its relentless...


Tuesday, March 15

Phil Eil's patience must be wearing thinner than an Olsen twin on a fad diet.

During this Sunshine Week (one of my faves), the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is asking a federal court to order the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to release thousands of pages of documents in support of its Freedom of Information Act request on behalf of Eil, former editor of The Providence Phoenix. Eil has been frustrated for years in his effort to get from the DEA evidence...