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Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekend Weather Forecast: Mild Temps, Chance Of Rain

Despite a chance of rain on Friday and Saturday, not many can complain about the weather forecast for the final weekend of Newport Winter Festival and February. Here’s what’s happening this weekend in and around Newport – 50+ Things To Do This Weekend in Newport (Feb. 24 – 26). The National Weather Service has issued the


Senator Seveney to Introduce Legislation That Would Require Certification for Software Engineers

Concerned about the performance and cost overruns of several public works projects involving computers, Sen.  James A. Seveney (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton) plans to introduce legislation that would require certification of software engineers. The legislation would create a professional designation and registration criteria for professional software engineers with the subsequent purpose of requiring professional

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Newport Historical Society will host Lecture That Examines the Trading Operations of the Vernons of Newport

US merchants brought slaves not just to the Caribbean and the North American colonies in the 18th century, but also to labor in South America. American merchants (almost all Rhode Islanders) played a significant role in the trade of slaves from Africa to the Río de la Plata in Argentina and Bolivia. While most enslaved

Norwegian Airlines to Bring First-Ever Year-Round European Routes to T.F. Green Airport

Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) and Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown) joined the Rhode Island Airport Corporation to announce today (February 23rd) that Norwegian Airlines will begin service this summer from T. F. Green Airport (PVD) to Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh and Shannon. The following is a press

50+ Things To Do This Weekend in Newport (Feb. 24 – 26)

Here’s a round-up of what’s happening, new and to do in and around Newport, RI this weekend! The 29th Annual Newport Winter Festival, Touted as “New England’s Largest Winter Extravaganza,” will take place February 17th-26th, 2017 throughout Newport and Newport County. Featuring over 150 events, the Festival offers a unique winter experience combining food, festivities,

Quick Recap: February 22nd Newport City Council Meeting

The following items of business came before the Newport City Council at its regular meeting to be held on February 22, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. No residents signed up to speak at the citizen’s forum. COUNCIL LIAISON UPDATES 1. PUBLIC HEARING- Recommended FY2018-2022 Capital Improvement Program. A copy for review is on file in the


(Updated) City Council Members Look To Crack Down on Cigarette Butts and Debris on Sidewalks

Five members of the Newport City Council are looking to tackle cigarette butts and litter on the city’s sidewalks. hold local merchants more responsible for making sure the area in front of their businesses are clean of cigarette butts and debris. The resolution, “Requesting the City Administration to draft an ordinance requiring merchants to pick

Middletown’s Wild Things, LLC Sells Business and Some Assets for $4.5 Million

MIDDLETOWN, RI  – Mission Ready Services Inc. has announced that the closing of the previously announced acquisition of the business and certain assets of Wild Things, LLC, whose design studio and executive offices are located in Middletown, is scheduled for February 24, 2017 valued at USD $4.5 million, according to MarketWired. Chosen for the world’s most

Embrace Home Loans Expands into Texas

MIDDLETOWN, R.I.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In response to a strengthening housing market and demand for home financing across Texas, Embrace Home Loans, a prominent leader in the mortgage industry, has expanded into the state with its newest branch in Frisco. The branch is located at 2601 Network Blvd., and will serve the surrounding communities including Dallas and Fort

Rhode Island Red Food Tours Expands into Providence

Rhode Island Red Food Tours, which operates the Newport Neighborhood Food Tour, has announced they will launch the Downcity Food Tour,  a new sister tour intended to share the Creative Capital’s history, food and arts scene with the world. The Downcity Tour will demonstrate why Providence is hailed as one of America’s best cities for its

Dancing at the Forty Steps Kicks off Irish Heritage Month

The 40th annual Newport Irish Heritage Month kicks off on Sunday, February 26, at 3:00 p.m., with Dancing at the Forty Steps. In addition to dancing and live Irish music, the AOH Men choral group will provide some sing-a-long Irish songs. Weather permitting, of course. This event not only officially begins Irish Heritage Month but

Poll: The News Media and President Trump

President Trump has called the media the “Enemy of the American People,” while the media fights back, emphatically saying that it is “not the enemy.” President Trump and those around him in the White House refer to any negative news as “Fake News,” while being called out for false representation of certain situations or making


Alliance for a Livable Newport Will Host Community Forum Featuring the Newport Utilities Department

Where does your drinking water come from? Where does your wastewater end up? Why does it all cost so much?   The Alliance for Livable Newport (ALN) will host a Community Forum and Information session featuring Julia Forgue, Director of the Newport Utilities Department, and her staff who will explain their department’s responsibilities and operations. The

2nd Annual Quahog Week Kicks Off Across Rhode Island on March 20th

Quahog Week, which made its debut last year, returns to Rhode Island restaurants on March 20 – March 25, 2017. The week-long celebration highlights the importance of Rhode Island’s wild harvest shellfish to the state’s history, traditions, and economy. As part of the week, participating restaurants and markets will feature quahog-inspired menu items and deals,

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Newport to host first ever J Class World Championship in August

Just over one hundred years on from the advent of the Universal Rule, to which they were originally built, the J Class will this year get to race its first ever World Championship. The J Class Association has recently become an affiliate member of the International Maxi Association (IMA). The IMA administers the International Maxi

Poll Shows Strong Support for Pro-Choice Legislation

In a recent poll, WhatsUpNewp readers overwhelmingly showed their support for proposed legislation that would make Roe v. Wade, which upholds a woman’s constitutional right to abortion, the law in Rhode Island, even if overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. More than 84 percent of the nearly 400 readers responding to the poll, voted yes

Booking.Com: Newport Trending As One of Most Popular Cities to Visit for Spring Break in 2017

Newport is among the most six popular cities in the U.S. to travel to this spring, according to a news release highlighting 2017 Spring Break Travel Trends from Booking.com. Booking.com has found that Newport is among this year’s trending cities, based on current bookings. Newport joins Big Bear Lake, California; Charleston, South Carolina; Moab, Utah;

Weather Forecast: Mild Week Ahead for Newport

Good news for anyone who enjoyed the 60-degree temperature on Sunday, the forecast for the week is snow-free and temperatures are forecasted to be pretty mild. It should make for a very busy school vacation and Newport Winter Festival week in the City-By-The-Sea. Latest detailed forecast by The National Weather Service  Last updated: 3:32 pm