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COVID-19 in Rhode Island – June 2: Daily Press Briefing & updates

Governor Gina Raimondo and the Department of Health hosted a press briefing at 1 pm today to provide an update on COVID-19...

COVID-19 in Rhode Island – June 1: Daily Press Briefing & updates

Governor Raimondo and the Department of Health provided an update on COVID-19 in Rhode Island during a press conference at 1 pm...

Middletown Public Library reopens, with restrictions

On Monday June 1st, the Middletown Library reopened to the public by appointment only. Public access hours are Monday and Wednesday 4pm-7pm;...

All Rhode Island state beaches will open on June 1st

via Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that all Rhode Island state beaches...

Guidance released for Phase II reopening of Rhode Island

Governor Raimondo and the state of Rhode Island has released a wide variety of guidance for Rhode Island businesses and sectors ahead...

Newport County restaurants offering take-out, delivery, outdoor dining (Updating)

Tired of making lunch and dinner? Luckily, many of Newport County’s restaurants are still open and ready to serve...

COVID-19 in Rhode Island – May 28: Daily Press Briefing & updates

Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Health will host a press briefing to provide an update on COVID-19 in...

CVS Health opens 10 new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites in Rhode Island

Building on the company's comprehensive efforts to help slow the spread of the virus, on Friday, May 29 CVS Health will open 10...

COVID-19 in Rhode Island – May 27: Daily Press Briefing & updates

Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Health hosted a press briefing to provide an update on COVID-19 in Rhode...

COVID-19 in Rhode Island – May 26: Daily Press Briefing & updates

Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Health hosted a press briefing to provide an update on COVID-19 in Rhode...

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What Sold: 8 Aquidneck Island real estate sales, transactions (May 28 – June 2)

Here’s what sold on Aquidneck Island over the last week. Aquidneck Island real estate...

The Wayfinder Hotel, Nomi Park open

In case you missed it, Newport added a new hotel and restaurant this past weekend. The Wayfinder Hotel, located...

The Breakers and The Elms to reopen on June 4th, with strict health and safety precautions

The Preservation Society of Newport County today announced that they have received final state approval to reopen the Newport Mansions to visitors...

Newport Public Schools announces details, schedule for Summer Meals Program

Info provided by Newport Public Schools The City of Newport is excited to celebrate the arrival of the summer!...

WUN-ON-ONE: A conversation with Ron and Pete Cardi, Cardi’s Furniture

Pete and Ron Cardi from NIROPE / Cardi's Furniture joined WUN's Frank Prosnitz and Ryan Belmore for a conversation about the legacy...

Newport will require pedestrians to wear masks on downtown streets beginning Friday

Newport City Council last night passed a resolution (6 -1, Leonard nay) that will begin requiring that pedestrians wear masks between the...

Recap & Video: Newport City Council Special Meeting

Newport City Councilors hosted a Special Council Meeting this evening on the City's proposed FY2021 budget as well as an update from...

Parking lot at Second Beach reopens on June 6th

On Saturday June 6, parking at Second Beach (aka Sachuest Beach) will reopen daily from 8:00 – 5:00 p.m, according to the Town...

What’s Up This Week In Newport County: June 2 – 8

Discover all that's happening, new, and to do this week in Newport County. This list will be updated as...

Preservation Society forced to lay off 231 full- and part-time employees

The Preservation Society of Newport County announced today that they were forced to cut back staff as result of closing during pandemic,...

The Latest: Rhode Island

WUN-ON-ONE: A conversation with Ron and Pete Cardi, Cardi’s Furniture

Pete and Ron Cardi from NIROPE / Cardi's Furniture joined WUN's Frank Prosnitz and Ryan Belmore for a conversation about the legacy...

Rhode Island is 2020’s 10th Safest State in America, study says

June is National Safety Month. With the U.S. devastated by the coronavirus pandemic this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its...

COVID-19 in Rhode Island – June 2: Daily Press Briefing & updates

Governor Gina Raimondo and the Department of Health hosted a press briefing at 1 pm today to provide an update on COVID-19...

United Way launches #BeKindRI challenge to spur random acts of kindness

Beginning June 1, United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) invites all Rhode Islanders to share in something special by joining its #BeKindRI challenge and...

What’s Up Interview: RI Roots Musician Jake Blount Releases “Spider Tales”

There’s an exciting new voice on the local music scene, an artist who has already achieved critical acclaim. Recent Providence transplant Jake...

RITBA: Phase One of Newport Pell Bridge Deck Rehabilitation Project completed, Phase Two begins this week

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) is pleased to announce the successful completion of Phase One of the Newport Pell Bridge...

Full Text: Governor Raimondo’s Emergency Declaration – Phase II Re-Opening

Rhode Island officially moves into Phase II of Reopening Rhode Island on Monday, June 1st. Among the changes,  personal...

COVID-19 in Rhode Island – June 1: Daily Press Briefing & updates

Governor Raimondo and the Department of Health provided an update on COVID-19 in Rhode Island during a press conference at 1 pm...

Board of Elections to install mail ballot drop boxes at all Presidential Preference Primary polling locations on June 2

The Board of Elections has authorized mail ballot return drop boxes to be installed at the 47 polling places set to open...

NUWC Division Newport engineer offers perspective on coronavirus while working as an EMT

By NUWC Division Newport Public Affairs | This story originally appeared here. As an emergency medical technician (EMT) in...
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Militarization has fostered a policing culture that sets up protesters as ‘the enemy’

Tom Nolan, Emmanuel College The unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd after being pinned to the ground by the knee of...

George Floyd’s death reflects the racist roots of American policing

Connie Hassett-Walker, Norwich University Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes has recently resurfaced following...

Jane Pickens Announces Upcoming Films in Virtual Screening Room

Like many independent theaters, the Jane Pickens Film and Events Center in Newport is facing serious financial challenges due to the CCOVID-19...

What’s Up at the Movies: We Review “The High Note”

Like The Lovebirds, director Nisha Ganatra’s The High Note is another movie forced into an online release by the pandemic, following the...

Newport Tour Guides & Greeters News: Our churches are re-opening

Yes, our churches will re-open this weekend!  People are anxious to return to public worship. The long several month...

Frank Prosnitz – Just My Opinion: We owe them

We owe them. They stormed the beaches at Normandy – Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. They fought battles...

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Photo Gallery: Sidewalk chalk display at Memorial Boulevard and Chapel Street

What's Up Newp captured the following photos of a sidewalk chalk display at the corner of Memorial Boulevard and Chapel Street on...

Militarization has fostered a policing culture that sets up protesters as ‘the enemy’

Tom Nolan, Emmanuel College The unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd after being pinned to the ground by the knee of...

George Floyd’s death reflects the racist roots of American policing

Connie Hassett-Walker, Norwich University Outrage over racial profiling and the killing of African Americans by police officers and vigilantes has recently resurfaced following...

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County Awards the Fourth Annual Tinney Family Arts Scholarship to Olivia Brennan

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County (ACA) is very excited to announce the recipient of the fourth annual Tinney Family...

What’s Up Interview: RI Roots Musician Jake Blount Releases “Spider Tales”

There’s an exciting new voice on the local music scene, an artist who has already achieved critical acclaim. Recent Providence transplant Jake...

Jane Pickens Announces Upcoming Films in Virtual Screening Room

Like many independent theaters, the Jane Pickens Film and Events Center in Newport is facing serious financial challenges due to the CCOVID-19...

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The Wayfinder Hotel, Nomi Park open

In case you missed it, Newport added a new hotel and restaurant this past weekend. The Wayfinder Hotel, located...

What’s Up This Week In Newport County: June 2 – 8

Discover all that's happening, new, and to do this week in Newport County. This list will be updated as...

What’s Up Interview: RI Roots Musician Jake Blount Releases “Spider Tales”

There’s an exciting new voice on the local music scene, an artist who has already achieved critical acclaim. Recent Providence transplant Jake...

Less than a week before its first scheduled match and still no word from polo about its season

With just a few days before what is supposed to be its opening match of the season, against a team from Switzerland,...

What’s Up Interview: Poster Artist Peter MacPhee Shares Quarantine Poster Coloring Pages

Portsmouth artist Peter MacPhee has been designing noteworthy posters for nearly 30 years, building a name for himself in the music world...

Music Streaming Online This Weekend (May 29-31) – Dropkick Murphys, Lucinda and Bruce

Here’s a weekend round-up of some of the best concerts streaming locally and nationally during the COVID-19 crisis. Show...

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The Wayfinder Hotel, Nomi Park open

In case you missed it, Newport added a new hotel and restaurant this past weekend. The Wayfinder Hotel, located...

Newport County restaurants offering take-out, delivery, outdoor dining (Updating)

Tired of making lunch and dinner? Luckily, many of Newport County’s restaurants are still open and ready to serve...

Newport restaurants struggle to limit the environmental impact of take-out

Restaurants in the Newport area are trying to ensure that their growing dependency on take-out meals does not generate more plastic and...

Phase II of Reopening RI expected to start June 1, indoor dining, hair salons, and gyms to reopen

During her press briefing on Friday afternoon, Governor Raimondo said that her intention is to move to Phase II of Reopening RI...

Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Hotel Viking reopen

Two more of Newport's most popular hotels have reopened for guests and dining. Hotel Viking began accepting reservations for hotel stays...

Sweet Berry Farm will open for 40th season on Friday

Sweet Berry Farm enters its fortieth season when it opens to the public on Friday May 22nd at 9 am. While the...

People & Profiles

What’s Up Podcast: A conversation with Bekah Salwasser, Executive Director of Red Sox Foundation

For Bekah Salwasser, a Brown University graduate and former professional soccer player and now executive director of the Red Sox Foundation, the...

WUN-ON-ONE: A conversation with Dr. James McDonald, Rhode Island Department of Health

Dr. James McDonald from the Rhode Island Department Of Health will join us on this edition of WUN-ON-ONE on Tuesday, May 19th...

What’s Up Podcast: Caitlin Frumerie, executive director of Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless

The headline reads "During the Covid-19 pandemic, nowhere is safe for homeless people." That is as valid in San Francisco and London as it...

WUN-ON-ONE: A conversation with Lt. Governor Dan McKee

Lt. Governor Dan McKee joins us to chat about the impact COVID-19 has had on small businesses in Rhode Island, to...

What’s Up Podcast: Suzanna Laramee, president and chief executive officer, Newport Music Festival

To many, the Newport Music Festival, the chamber music festival in the city’s mansions, is the stepchild of the city’s folk and...

What’s Up Podcast: Heather Strout, executive director, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education, culture of their...

Sailing & Sports

What’s Up Podcast: A conversation with Bekah Salwasser, Executive Director of Red Sox Foundation

For Bekah Salwasser, a Brown University graduate and former professional soccer player and now executive director of the Red Sox Foundation, the...

Newport Polo remains hopeful it will not have to cancel its season

With less than three weeks to its scheduled first match on June 6, versus Switzerland, Newport Polo remains on hold and hopeful...

2020 International Tennis Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, Hall of Fame Open cancelled

The International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Induction Ceremony and the Hall of Fame Open, the annual ATP Tour tournament...

New England Collegiate Baseball League cancels 2020 Season

The New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) announced last last night that its board of directors, comprised of executives from its 13...

Newport Polo hopes governor accepts its proposal that would change the experience for spectators and players

Polo is hoping that a proposal it gave to Governor Raimondo a few days ago will allow the popular event to hold...

Tennis Hall Of Fame: Regular execution of the Hall of Fame Open and Induction Ceremony in July will not be possible

In light of Governor Gina Raimondo’s announcement this week regarding large events in Rhode Island this summer, the International Tennis Hall Of...

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