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January 19, 2018

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

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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

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

Rep. Casimiro reintroduces bill that would repay fire departments for patrolling Narragansett Bay

Rep. Julie A. Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) has reintroduced legislation (2018-H 7100) that would direct the Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) to reimburse the town of North Kingstown $10,000 to maintain its fireboats that participate in the Narragansett Bay Marine Task Force. According to the legislation, Providence, East Providence, Cranston, and Warwick would

Newport Mansions surpass one million admissions again

For the second consecutive year, The Preservation Society of Newport County gave more than one million tours of the Newport Mansions last year.  From January 1 through December 31, 2017, the Preservation Society gave 1,017,586 tours of its 11 historic properties. In September and October, the Newport Mansions were the most visited museum in New

North Kingstown man wins $50,000 on PowerBall Ticket

A North Kingstown man claimed a $50,000 winning Powerball® ticket from the October 11th draw, according to the Rhode Island Lottery. His winning ticket matched four numbers and the Powerball® number to win $50,000. Had he purchased the PowerPlay® feature, his prize would have been multiplied by 2, the PowerPlay® number for that draw, to

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