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January 19, 2018

Shake off the winter chill with morning and afternoon stories and crafts during Newport’s Winter Festival at The Breakers Stable

Preservation Society announces schedule and topics for ‘Winter Lecture’ series

Landscape and garden design, the great hurricane of 1938, the African American experience in 19th century Newport and even Winnie-the-Pooh are among the topics to be explored during The Preservation Society of Newport County’s winter lectures. Advance registration is required for all lectures, online at www.NewportMansions.org/Learn or by calling 401-847-1851.   The Art Of Gardening At Chanticleer William

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Representative Ruggiero’s senior center grant program part of governor’s budget proposal

Rep. Deborah Ruggiero’s proposal to establish a state grant program to assist municipalities with their senior centers or programs has been included in the budget proposal submitted by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo yesterday. Representative Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) has already introduced the legislation, which she also sponsored last year, as a separate bill (2018-H

Pell Elementary School chosen as semifinalist for International Space Station “Rhode Island Space Chat #3”

Pell Elementary School has been chosen as one of 13 U.S. semifinalists to host a student-led “space chat” with the International Space Station (ISS) during the second half of 2018. This would be the first-ever contact for a Rhode Island public school. Pell submitted a detailed educational proposal in November supporting its bid. “We’re all

Facebook has made it harder to see posts from What’sUpNewp, here’s how to make sure you don’t miss a thing from us

When Facebook announced last week it will begin showing users more posts from friends and family, while hiding the news, the What’sUpNewp Crew — along with publishers around the nation — was disturbed. It’s ironic that Facebook’s so-called “News Feed” will now suppress news stories rather than help people find them. Our team works hard to

National Geographic Traveler recognizes Newport as one of the ‘Best Small Cities in the U.S.’

National Geographic Traveler, the world’s most widely read travel magazine, has included Newport as one of 30 “Cities on the Rise” in the February/March 2018 issue, available now on newsstands and online at www.natgeo.com/bestsmallcities.   “We’re thrilled National Geographic Traveler has selected Newport among this remarkable and diverse group of small cities,” said Evan Smith, Discover Newport’s president, and

Rhode Island Waterfront Events starts summer concert lineup announcements for Bold Point Park with ‘KIDZ BOP LIVE 2018’

East Providence, RI – Rhode Island Waterfront Events and music promoter, Live Nation, announce that KIDZ BOP, the #1 kids’ music brand in the country, will be bringing its “KIDZ BOP LIVE 2018” North American Tour to the Bold Point Park outdoor venue on the East Providence, Rhode Island waterfront on Friday, August 24th with

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20+ things to do this weekend: January 19 – 21

Here’s all that’s happening, new and to do in and around Newport County this weekend. Friday, January 19 2 pm, 4:45 pm & 7:30 pm – Phantom Thread at Jane Pickens Theater 5 pm to 8 pm – Fireside Friday: Live music with David Alves at Newport Vineyards 5 pm to 11 pm – Newport Skating Center Open 8 pm

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Clean Ocean Access hosts two beach cleanups in Portsmouth

Clean Ocean Access (COA) hosted two beach cleanups in Portsmouth this past weekend, one at Weaver on Saturday, January 13 and another Sandy Point on Sunday, January 14. The Weaver Cove cleanup had a very successful turnout of 27 volunteers who removed 150 pounds of marine debris from the beach. An additional 20 volunteers attended

Podcast: Current and former Newport residents reflect on their experience in Hawaii during false missile alarm

Following the false missile alarm, it’s been absolute chaos in Hawaii. Patrick Murphy, a Newport native, a contributor to What’s Up Newp, the founder of The Kings Lens And Friends and (at least for this winter) a winter resident of Hawaii, called in to What’s Up Newp Radio Edition on WADK 1540AM recently to take us through what life was like

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Designed and manufactured for the White House Historical Association by Rhode Island-based Beacon Designs by ChemArt

Podcast: Beacon Designs by Chem Art – The Rhode Island company that’s manufacturing the Official White House Christmas Ornament

Recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning, National Geographic and Reader’s Digest, Beacon Designs by ChemArt (located in Lincoln, RI) has been making the Official White House Christmas Ornament for the White House Historical Association since 1981. The holiday decorations have honored each president sequentially, with brief pauses to recognize significant occasions such as the White

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Dear What’sUpNewp: “What’s your favorite restaurant or bar that opened in 2017?”

Dear What’sUpNewp is where we’ll regularly feature an audience question and have all or some of our editorial team members provide their answer. Want to submit a question? Send an email to ryan@whatsupnewp.com. Ryan recently got the question while at an event – “What’s your favorite restaurant or bar that opened in 2017?” It’s a

Registration for Norman Bird Sanctuary Summer Camp open Feb. 1

Norman Bird Sanctuary continues the tradition of learning and being active outside in their 59th year of summer camp. Over the course of eight weeks, hundreds of campers enjoy a unique blend of fun-filled nature exploration, hands-on learning, animal encounters, games, and team building. Campers explore Norman Bird Sanctuary’s 325-acre outdoor classroom and learn in

Governor Raimondo’s State Of The State Address: We’ve Come So Far, Let’s Keep Going (Full Text)

The following is the full text of Governor Raimondo’s State Of The State Address on Tuesday, January 16th, as provided by her office. STRONGER TODAY Good evening. Thank you. Mr. Speaker, Senate President, members of the General Assembly; distinguished guests; my husband Andy, my son Tommy; and my fellow Rhode Islanders: Tonight I stand before you

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Newport legislators to file bill to defend against Trump administration’s plan to open coasts to drilling

Newport legislators Rep. Lauren H. Carson and Sen. Dawn Euer today decried President Trump’s efforts to open up nearly all of the United States’ coasts to offshore drilling as a menace to Rhode Island’s environment and economy, and announced their own legislation designed to hinder efforts to drill of Rhode Island’s coast. “As the Ocean

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Newport Jazz Festival will announce ‘First wave’ of artists, put all tickets on sale on January 23rd

Last call for Early Bird tickets for the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival® presented by Natixis Investment Managers. On Tuesday, January 23, at 10:00 am (EST), all ticket types will go on sale and the early bird discounts will end. In addition, Producer/Founder George Wein and Artistic Director Christian McBride will announce the First Wave of artists

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Aquidneck Land Trust gifted five-acre property in Middletown

Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) has announced receipt of a five-acre property located off of Paradise Avenue in Middletown, given by a local couple specifically for the purpose of conservation. The land was gifted in full to the organization in December 2017 by Middletown landowners John and Deborah Warner. The parcel is within the drinking supply

What’s up for this week: January 15 – 20

Discover all that’s happening, new and to do in and around Newport County this week. Monday, January 15 10 am to 9 pm – Newport Skating Center Open 4:45 pm & 7:30 pm – The Shape Of Water at Jane Pickens Theater Tuesday, January 16 4 pm – Community Conversations Report Out at Rogers High School

Live music and entertainment guide: January 15 – 20

Our Newport Live Music and Entertainment Guide is Newport County’s premier and most comprehensive source for live music and entertainment in our area. Here’s a look at all the live music and entertainment that’s worth seeing, hearing, doing, or knowing about in Newport County this week. Monday, January 15th Diego’s: Trivia at 9:30 pm Fastnet

Sen. DiPalma and Rep. Kennedy introduce legislation regarding net neutrality rules and state contracts

Sen. Louis P. DiPalma and Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy, Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives, introduced legislation (2018-S 2008 / 2018-H 7076) that would prohibit the state and its municipalities from entering into contracts with any internet service provider who engages in business practices that were prohibited by recently repealed net neutrality rules. “It was

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