A daily round-up of what’s happening, new and to do in and around Rhode Island.

Tropical Storm Hermine threatens Rhode Island’s south coast

Tropical Storm Hermine, which pummeled Florida and southern states as a hurricane turned tropical storm, is headed up the East Coast. Atlantic Coast states are bracing for strong winds and significant rain and possible flooding, according to numerous reports. Weather forecasters this morning were including Rhode Island’s Watch Hill (Westerly) area among those that could experience some of the more severe conditions. The storm is expected to hit this area early next week. Westerly beach areas were among those that suffered major damage during super storm Sandy, with some businesses still not completely recovered from that storm’s damage.

Woonsocket to name field for all-time baseball great Lajoie

Napoleon Larry Lajoie, nicknamed “The Frenchman” was among the most dominant major league baseball players of the last century, a hall of famer who lead the American League in batting average five times, including the highest batting average in American League history at .426. Born and brought up in Woonsocket, Lajoie would have a sterling career as a player and manager. He passed away in 1959, and now will be remembered by his hometown, which dedicates the new Little League field at World War II Park in his name.

Route 95 rest stop in Richmond reopens

The state Department of Transportation officially reopened the Route 95 rest stop (Northbound) in Richmond yesterday, nearly five years after it was closed. The stop is only offering portable toilets now, while DOT renovates the indoor facilities. Proposals for newer, more robust rest stops on each side of the highway, with restrooms, food, travel information, and possibly transportation hubs have met with stiff resistance from residents.

West Valley Inn deal collapses, 70 to lose jobs

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).