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Watch Live: Governor Raimondo’s press briefing on COVID-19 in Rhode Island – June 5

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

LIVE BLOG – COVID-19: The latest local updates

Please note: This story is being updated as new information comes in. Please check back for any updates. 

COVID-19 in Rhode Island – June 4: Daily Press Briefing & updates

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

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...

COVID-19 in Rhode Island – June 3: Daily Press Briefing & updates

Governor Raimondo and the the Department of Health provided an update on COVID-19 in Rhode Island during a press briefing at 2:30...

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...

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...

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...

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City of Newport releases statement on Black Lives Matter Rhode Island rally that is scheduled for Saturday

The City of Newport released the following statement regarding the Black Lives Matter Rhode Island Demonstration that is planned for Saturday, June...

Aquidneck Land Trust adds six new members to its board of trustees

The Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) has announced that six new board  members have been appointed to its board of trustees. Four of...

Rally for Justice and Equality scheduled to take place in Newport on Saturday

Black Lives Matter Rhode Island announced on Thursday that they will host a Rally for Justice and Equality on Saturday, June 6th...

Norman Bird Sanctuary inspires community support while adapting summer events & education programs

As summer approaches, Norman Bird Sanctuary’s 7 miles of trails remain open and its 325 acres of wildlife habitat are thriving. Like...

Newport offering payment plans for those unable to pay utility bills

Recognizing that we are still in challenging times, the City of Newport’s Department of Utilities is urging customers in Newport, Middletown and...

Newport Secret Garden Tour postpones both 2020 tours to 2021

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID 19, the Benefactors of the Arts has concluded after many meetings and discussions that it...

Governor Raimondo extends executive order mandating the use of face coverings until July 4th

Governor Gina Raimondo on Thursday signed an executive order extending her emergency declaration requiring people to wear a cloth face covering while...

MLK Center releases June Mobile Food Pantry schedule

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center today announced it's June Mobile Food Pantry schedule. We've included the entire message and...

COVID-19 in Rhode Island – June 4: Daily Press Briefing & updates

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

Pell Community Garden survives distance learning

by Marcin Rembisz, Newport Public Schools Covid-19 and distance learning hit just as the Pell Community Gardens were about...

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Music Streaming Online This Weekend (June 5-7) – Sturgill, Lucinda and Taylor

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

DEM asks beach-goers to buy season parking passes online and in advance to ease traffic tie-ups at beach entrances

via Rhode Island Department of Health The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is encouraging Rhode Islanders to buy season beach passes...

Governor Raimondo extends executive order mandating the use of face coverings until July 4th

Governor Gina Raimondo on Thursday signed an executive order extending her emergency declaration requiring people to wear a cloth face covering while...

COVID-19 in Rhode Island – June 4: Daily Press Briefing & updates

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

FirstWorks to Present Virtual Learning “Rise Up” with Syncopated Ladies Thursday at 1PM

As part of their Arts Learning/Virtual Learning Series, FirstWorks presents Chloe and Maud Arnold- the fierce females of Syncopated Ladies- on Thursday,...

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...
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Tyler Bernadyn: A sign of HOPE on Broadway

Tonight at 5pm, the team at Fifth Element will launch ‘Outer Element,’ their much-anticipated outside dining space.  Located in the old Foley’s...

Newport Tour Guides & Greeters News: The Breakers and The Elms open today

The big news is the re-opening of The Breakers and The Elms today (Thursday, June 4) by the Preservation Society of Newport...

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...

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Music Streaming Online This Weekend (June 5-7) – Sturgill, Lucinda and Taylor

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

Tyler Bernadyn: A sign of HOPE on Broadway

Tonight at 5pm, the team at Fifth Element will launch ‘Outer Element,’ their much-anticipated outside dining space.  Located in the old Foley’s...

FirstWorks to Present Virtual Learning “Rise Up” with Syncopated Ladies Thursday at 1PM

As part of their Arts Learning/Virtual Learning Series, FirstWorks presents Chloe and Maud Arnold- the fierce females of Syncopated Ladies- on Thursday,...

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...

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Music Streaming Online This Weekend (June 5-7) – Sturgill, Lucinda and Taylor

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

Newport Secret Garden Tour postpones both 2020 tours to 2021

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID 19, the Benefactors of the Arts has concluded after many meetings and discussions that it...

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,...

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Tyler Bernadyn: A sign of HOPE on Broadway

Tonight at 5pm, the team at Fifth Element will launch ‘Outer Element,’ their much-anticipated outside dining space.  Located in the old Foley’s...

Newport businesses board up windows: ‘Better safe than sorry’

In a statement issued today related to the ongoing nationwide protests, the City of Newport said they “are not aware of any...

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...

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...

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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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