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What’s Up In Newport County Today
Monday, December 21
By Ryan M. Belmore

Good Morning,

~ The pause has ended in Rhode Island. A reopening phase begins today, here’s what that looks like.

~ Stefan Pryor, Rhode Island’s Secretary of Commerce, will join WUN’s Ryan Belmore for a live virtual video conversation at 1:15 pm on Monday, December 21. Pryor will provide an update on the status of funding for small businesses, chat about financial resources available for small businesses, and they’ll chat about the shop local campaign that has been spearheaded by Rhode Island Commerce.~ ecoRI News reports Land Conservation Key to Protecting Aquidneck Island’s Water

~ Business Insider is out with the priciest homes for sale in every state. At an asking price fo $15.8 million, Newport’s Champ Soleil takes the mention for Rhode Island.

~ Sail Newport will host a virtual conversation at 6 pm this evening that will give you the opportunity to hear from two of the world’s most accomplished sailors – Ken Read and Rich Wilson. Read will analyze the long-awaited America’s Cup racing as only a former America’s Cup skipper, Volvo Ocean Race helmsman and world-class sailor such as he can. Wilson will give his perspective and first-hand experience on the wild, non-stop solo ocean race.

COVID-19 in Rhode Island

~ The next COVID-19 data update is expected around noon today.

~ This morning, we’ll also have an updated list of states with travel restrictions upon entry into Rhode Island.

Today’s Forecast & Conditions



  • Today – N wind 5 to 7 kt becoming NNW in the afternoon. A slight chance of rain before 9am. Areas of fog before 3pm. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • Tonight – W wind around 7 kt. Patchy fog between 1am and 3am. Seas 1 ft or less.
  • The current water temperature in Newport is 47°F.

Sun & Moon

  • Sunrise: 7:09 am | Sunset: 4:19 pm
  • High tide at 12:43 am & 1:04 pm | Low tide at 5:58 am & 6:39 pm
  • Moon: Waxing Crescent, 6 days, 40% lighting

 Happening In Newport County Today

Things To Do

JPT Film & Event Center Virtual Screening Room 

City & Government

The Latest From What’s Up Newp
Watch | WUN-ON-ONE: A conversation with Stefan Pryor, Secretary of Commerce – State of Rhode Island (Dec. 21 at 1:15 pm)

Coronavirus Live Updates: COVID-19 in Newport County and Rhode Island

COVID-19 in Rhode Island: The latest data

BankNewport extends $100,000 in grants to local businesses

Obituary | Sylvia Mulligan

Obituary | Carole Anne (Freeman) Mendes

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.